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Shadow Man | [Cody McFadyen]

Shadow Man

Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best, until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead, but her life was shattered forever.
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Publisher's Summary

Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best, until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead, but her life was shattered forever.

Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel between her lips and pulling the trigger one last time. Because for a woman who's lost everything, what is there left to lose?

She's about to find out.

In all her years at the Bureau, Smoky has never encountered anyone like him, a new and fascinating kind of monster, a twisted genius who defies profilers' attempts to understand him. And he's issued Smoky a direct challenge, coaxing her back from the brink with the only thing that could convince her to live.

The killer videotaped his latest crime, an act of horror that left a child motherless, then sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett. The message is enough to shock Smoky back to work, back to her FBI team. And that child awakens something in Smoky she thought was gone forever.

Suddenly the stakes are raised. The game has changed. For as this deranged monster embarks on an unspeakable spree of perversion and murder, Smoky is coming alive again, and she's about to face her greatest fears as a cop, a woman, a mother, and a merciless killer's next victim.

©2006 Cody McFadyen; (P)2006 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"First-time novelist McFadyen writes like an old pro." (Booklist)
"McFadyen's writing is crisp and smart, and his scenes pack a visceral punch without being cheap or exploitative." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lee Flagstaff, AZ, USA 10-01-08
    Lee Flagstaff, AZ, USA 10-01-08
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    "Horrifying, excellent"

    It was not particularly pleasant, some of it, but I could not put it down, as they say.
    The purpose of my review is to merely say that I will buy whatever this author writes.
    I go thru at least 20 audiobooks a month, and I rarely if ever, say that about an author.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 05-26-10
    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 05-26-10 Member Since 2008

    Audible obsessed!

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    "Wow!"

    This book has a punch on your emotions. I really liked this one because I had a bit of a tough time with it. a bit gory in some parts for me but it challenged me to follow through with it. I loved the characters and I had some real hate for some characters. The plot was intriguing and it had a real punch in the end. Narration was great, but Kate Reading is always wonderful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly Hathaway 11-04-08 Member Since 2004
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    "GREAT!!!"

    I have been listening to audio books forever and this is a new aurthor and I truly enjoyed it....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha Zar Australia 06-06-14
    Natasha Zar Australia 06-06-14 Member Since 2013

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    "A Book Full of Cliche Characters"
    What disappointed you about Shadow Man?

    I was disappointed by everything in the book. There was nothing at all believable in it, it read like a Hollywood blockbuster - and I don't mean that as a compliment. The characters, most of all the main character were pure cliches of what we "expect" FBI agents to be - tough talking and patronising, with witty one liners spat out as often as possible. The story line in the book has been done a million times over, it even included the revelation of a secret love child! Give me a break.
    I also have to mention that the amount of times "honey love" is uttered in the book made me want to puncture my eardrums with a pair of chopsticks. Enough already!


    What could Cody McFadyen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cody McFayden could have done more research on law enforcement procedure and a hell of a lot more character development to make the entire book more believable and not such a laughable cliche.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

    The problem wasn't with the narrator, though Michael Kramer has got to be my favorite.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadow Man?

    I would have cut every scene out until it was nothing!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of my credit and time listening to this drivel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica L. Roberts 12-31-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Dark!"
    Any additional comments?

    I was hooked the whole time. Incredibly dark-just when you think it can't get any worse, another level of horror occurs. Good until the very last minute, I will be starting the next book in the series today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karin Germany 05-30-11
    Karin Germany 05-30-11
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    a really good story and a very good narrator, it is only a little sentimental and sometimes a little too much for my taste. You never expect to have tears in your eyes when you read or listen to a thriller.

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    Laverne 06-13-09
    Laverne 06-13-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Rated F for foul language"

    The plot and characters were excellent and the bad guy is a REAL surprise, but the language is rediculously and unnecessarily foul. I could have done without that and would have appreciated a warning. I wish authors would learn that adding such wasted words doesn't build the personality of the character or express their mood, it only cheapens an otherwise excellent work.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Scarborough, ME, United States 01-17-10
    Laurie Scarborough, ME, United States 01-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Laughable not Suspenseful"

    The author has way too much time to fill. The FBI agents sound like they just graduated high school. The gore is way over the top to the point of silly. The author must think people do not watch CSI and each situation, thought, facial expression, and sentence, must be painfully explained detail. I will admit I fast forwarded through much of the last four hours. Found it just to painful. When they deduced the serial killer was "insane" I almost lost it!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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