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Shadow People (Peter Warlock Series) Mass Market Paperback – March 25, 2014
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“A darkly brilliant story of magic and witchcraft...Curl up in your favorite chair and prepare yourself to be fully enthralled.” ―David Copperfield
“Jim Swain's books are must-reads for me.” ―Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of The Affair
“Keeps the reader guessing from the first magic act to the final curtain call. A definite page-turner!” ―Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Born to Die
“Dark Magic is entertainment magic, a thrilling and wildly creative ride that surprised me every step of the way.” ―Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girl
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Top Customer Reviews
In Shadow People we find that shadow people are trying to stop a serial killer killing a research scientist and somehow force Peter Warlock to help them. Thereafter we run through the perils of the witch Holly, the worries of his love Lisa and the mysterious hands of Peter's Friday Night paranormal group meetings as well as Peter's Harry Potter like worries about his hidden past and super powers from the devil.
We then have a helter skelter race with Peter the FBI, local law enforcement and Lisa to save the next victim complete with monsters and unexplained fires.
Does all this sound too much? For me it was. I understand that books about paranormal happenings will have some strange events, but this one has crammed in every possible happening without any discernible care about plot, character or understandable events.
Mr Swain's obvious interest and expertise in these matters has detrimentally affected his ability to write a simple and coherent novel.
I am thoroughly enjoying the characters in this series. Well, all but one, Peter Warlock's demandingly annoying girlfriend, Liza. What a thorn in the side. And, here is my future prediction. This woman is somehow gonna bring tragedy to the life of our hero. She is evil.
All the remaining characters work well with the story. From Snoop, Max, Milly, Holly and the Friday night séance club, to Agent Garrison, Dr. Sierra and the aging priest. And then, all the evil doing bad guys. Wow. Just a great supporting cast.
The premise is well thought out and brilliantly executed. Some plot twists were fairly obvious. But that's okay. I love those aha moments when you figure something out early. Makes ya feel so warm inside.
I anxiously look forward to the next chapter in the tale of Mr Warlock. Looks like Dante is gonna be a pain in the keister.
I’ve actually meant to pick this book up for a while, but kept passing it up for some reason. I’m now glad I grabbed it. I’ve never heard of the author before and his previous books have slipped by me. When I read the blurb on the back, I was mildly intrigued but not totally hooked, at first. I finally broke down and am glad I took the chance, because it turned out to be a pretty decent supernatural thriller.
The characters were likable, the plot intriguing and unique, and the icky bugs interesting. The author’s intimate knowledge of slight-of-hand added an extra dimension to the main character as well.
The writing was outstanding with solid third-person, past-tense and no noticeable head-hopping. There was no long and rambling character exposition and unending narrative to bog things down. The story moved.
The plot had plenty of twists and turns and the ending was satisfying. However, the author left plenty of hanging threads for a sequel and the ending pretty much reeked of that. I didn’t care because I’d be willing to take on the next one.
This was a story where I looked forward to reading the next chapter. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t dread having to get through one section to get to the good parts like some other books I’ve read. Can’t ask for better than that.
Yup, a nice surprise, and I’m glad I finally grabbed it off the shelf. It was worth it. Highly recommended.
Taking off where the last book ended, Warlock is back at his Friday night seance with his fellow magicians when he finds himself drawn into a psychic situation that becomes frighteningly too real. Pulled back from the spirit world in the nick of time, Swain sees a Shadow Person, a specter still partially among the living, scuttling about the walls of the apartment. Soon, he sees them everywhere. Are they trying to help Peter locate the serial killer? Or trying to lure him to a horrible death?
Swain's research is incredible. Who knew that the Washington Square Arch had an interior, or that the evil Order of Astrum is based on a mystic society founded by the wickedest man in the world, Aleister Crowley? Swain's familiarity with New York City is also readily apparent in the detail he brings to his cityscape.
Shadow People is a real page turner. I was sorry when it was over, but also happy that it is clear there will be another book in the series.
If you like a supernatural mystery, with a romantic love triangle thrown in, Shadow People is definitely for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like Swain usually, but not this genre or character. Never again.Published 16 months ago by Ol Ranger
I couldn't put it down,
I wonder how Jim sleeps at night with stories like this one rumbling around in his head. Read more
Really good book. Jim Swain has been one of my favorite fiction writers since the Tony Valentine series.Published 23 months ago by Terry Terrell
James Swain has a talent for catching my interest early in a book and that has me staying up too late at night just to see what is next. Great story.Published on August 23, 2014 by Mike Piercefield
Another great book by Swain. Not sure I love the intro to the next book, but Jim is my favorite author. Well done.Published on August 13, 2014 by Eric Lazarus