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Cast of Shadows | [Kevin Guilfoile]

Cast of Shadows

A bereaved doctor undertakes a diabolical experiment in a shattering philosophical thriller that anticipates the moral, social, and metaphysical dilemmas science is poised to confront. Davis Moore is a fertility doctor in Chicago specializing in reproductive cloning, when his 17-year-old daughter is brutally raped and murdered. The case is investigated but never solved. Months later, Moore retrieves her belongings from the police, and finds among them a vial containing the killer's DNA.
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Publisher's Summary

A bereaved doctor undertakes a diabolical experiment in a shattering philosophical thriller that anticipates the moral, social, and metaphysical dilemmas science is poised to confront.

Davis Moore is a fertility doctor in Chicago specializing in reproductive cloning, a controversial and closely regulated new practice, when his 17-year-old daughter is brutally raped and murdered. The case is investigated but never solved. Months later, Moore retrieves her belongings from the police, and finds among them a vial containing the killer's DNA. Tormented by grief, Moore entertains a monstrous thought: the possibility of cloning not his daughter but the man who killed her. How far would you go to look into the face of your daughter's murderer?

Justin Finn, at three, looks like any other child. Bright, joyful, sweet; an innocent toddler to his unsuspecting parents and to all who know him. But his face, one day, will be the exact match of the cold-blooded killer of whom he is a perfect genetic replica. Can a three-year-old have a past? Where does evil come from? What happens to the soul when we die? What are you duplicating when you duplicate a human life?

Cast of Shadows is a spectacularly original, hair-raising novel about the fate of a little boy brought into the world to solve a crime. Relentlessly gripping, profoundly unsettling, and visionary, it introduces a major new suspense novelist.

©2006 Kevin Guilfoile; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Guilfoile's tricky, high-concept plot continually subverts and plays with the reader's expectations....Gripping." (The New York Times)
"Guilfoile's engrossing debut novel takes a high-concept look at the age-old but still provocative question of nature vs. nurture....The novel as a whole is rich and involving." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ellen 03-14-15
    Ellen 03-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Hard-to-Put-Down Science-Driven Thriller!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend - particularly any one of them who likes a good thriller. There are so many threads woven through this story, you have to pay attention while you're listening, or you might miss something. The writer's interweaving of these threads is masterful - bravo!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot really kept me on the edge of my seat. Because the subject matter and the plot is complex, I found myself looking for alone time and excuses to listen uninterrupted. Human cloning and the possible consequences are going to be an inevitable discussion in the future. Hearing the future novelized, with so many of its possible outcomes - even those that are truly unthinkable - is positively mesmerizing.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard any of Scott Brick's other work, so I have nothing with which to compare it. That said, his performance of this particular book is very (very!) well done, and he manages to read all the different characters' voices spot on. He does a great job with female characters - he doesn't make them sound ridiculously falsetto or "cartoonish," which is one of my peeves as a listener.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I absolutely wanted to listen to the entire book in one sitting, but because I buy only unabridged books, and because I have a life, it was impossible. I definitely looked forward to the times when I could pick it up again, in between.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Kevin Guilfoile will write more books along these lines. It has been great to hear a book with this depth, both of plot and characters. Guilfoile is extremely talented, and I have thoroughly enjoyed this work. Again - bravo!

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    David 02-13-15
    David 02-13-15 Member Since 2002
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    extremely boring even up to the last 30 min of the book I kept thinking it best to cut my losses and start a new book. wish I had....

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    Alexandra 09-07-14
    Alexandra 09-07-14
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    "Excellent Thriller with unexpected twists and turn"

    The story is a blend of the psychological thriller and weaves in the concept of cloning the whole concept of alter ego in the world of gamers - around these cores the consequences of questionable ethics and the blurring of reality between computer games and real life, a really engaging thriller unfolds. The story unfolds from the participants view not from a police viewpoint. Excellent read! and you keep guessing all the way!

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    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 02-18-14
    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Suspense"

    At first I was a little bored with the beginning and then after the first and second chapter I was hooked. It had so many twists and turns and it all ended with a fantastic ending. Wow. This is the first book by Kevin Guilfoile but I will definitely look into other books from him.

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    Danette Stankovich Monessen, PA United States 01-22-14
    Danette Stankovich Monessen, PA United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A doctor seems to play God."

    Doctors are now able to clone human beings. Childless couples are resorting to becoming parents through cloning. But, in "Cast of Shadows", there's a hitch. A baby is cloned for another reason. Not just so that one couple can become parents. The doctor has his own agenda. This book takes many twists and turns and the ending brings it all together. I really enjoyed this book. It's unusual.

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    131 East Rochester, NY, United States 10-18-13
    131 East Rochester, NY, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too long."

    I gave up on this one. Couldn't suffer through it. Just not my cup of tea. I was bored to death!

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    Sharyn Eatons Hill, Australia 10-05-13
    Sharyn Eatons Hill, Australia 10-05-13
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    "Great Stuff!!"
    What did you love best about Cast of Shadows?

    I could not put this down, an amazing story with great twists and turns. Fabulous


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Justin ...... he was so lovely, and what he did was not predictable


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Davis Moore


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Cloning! It's not what you think.....Beware!


    Any additional comments?

    Just keep em comin!

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    Debra Pace, FL, United States 09-25-13
    Debra Pace, FL, United States 09-25-13
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    "Great debate topic"
    Would you try another book from Kevin Guilfoile and/or Scott Brick?

    yes as long as Scott Brick read it


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Never does one know what they would do for sure in that situation. Grief and pain
    makes terrible conditions whereas, people mistakenly make choices that would not even
    be considered under different circumstances. Reading this had me thinking how immoral
    it would be. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators so I send kudos to how the
    the book was presented.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have read many many books read by Scott Brick. For me how a book is read makes a huge difference.


    Could you see Cast of Shadows being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe


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    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 08-03-13
    Bonnie Cape Coral, FL, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story with unexpected ending"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cast of Shadows to be better than the print version?

    If I had the book I could have gone back and reread some of the things towards the end. When I listening, I multi-task, I had to replay a few chapters to make sure what I thought I heard I heard, especially near the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the end really summed up the story so well (no spoilers here) but it showed the many levels of the story


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he is just so easy to listen to, my favorite narrator


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long and you need time to absorb it all


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was great, not what I expected and had so many levels and depths for the characters. Really enjoyed this book and hope the author can write another as well as this one. The story had a different background than most of what is out there now but it kept the suspense and was thought-provoking as well. Best book I have listened to in quite a while. Highly recommend, especially to those looking for something different from the norm.

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    Cecilia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 07-13-13
    Cecilia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 07-13-13
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    "Cant stop listening!"
    Would you listen to Cast of Shadows again? Why?

    Amazing plot, very original and relevant in this age


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not much. The plot was so good reading it in a would have been equally enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Audible offers more books of this calibre. Also suggest Audible starts a category `medical thrillers'

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