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Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1 | [Christine Feehan]

Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1

A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.
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A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.

©2003 Christine Feehan (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"In Feehan's latest paranormal, sizzling sex scenes both physical and telepathic pave the road to true love for brilliant billionaire scientist Lily Whitney and Captain Ryland Miller, the leader of a squad of psionically gifted soldiers who have been imprisoned and separated from each other after receiving life-threatening enhancements. When Lily's father called her in to consult on a top-secret project he was working on for the government, he had no idea that he was signing his own death warrant or that his beloved daughter with her psychic talents would witness his murder and become a target for the traitors who were bending his project to their own evil purposes. Ryland lends his psychic strength to Lily and ignites a passion that brings him and his men into her high-security estate. Action, suspense, and smart characters make this erotically charged romance an entertaining read." (Booklist)

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-16-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-16-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Sensual and Action Packed"

    Captain Ryland Miller is a basically a "rat" in a cage as are his men in his military unit. They volunteered for a highly classified experiment to enhance the psychic abilities they each had. Dr. Peter Whitney is the head scientist with Colonel Higgens the military liaison. Several of Captain Miller's men have died of "brain bleeds" and other suspicious causes. They are all separated and can only communicate infrequently via telepathy.

    Dr. Whitney and Col. Higgens come to talk to him and have brought guards and Dr. Whitney's daughter, Lily who is also a doctor and scientist. Dr. Whitney has asked his daughter to consult on the project as he is not sure why some of the men have died.

    Ryland is immediately drawn to Lily and she to him. They communicate telepathically which scares Lily at first. Shortly after she is linked with her father and she realizes he is being killed and almost doesn't separate herself from him in time but with Ryland's telepathic help she does. In the coming days, no one else seems to know her father is dead not just disappeared and Lily becomes worried as she delves into her father's secret laboratory and papers finding secrets about him and herself that are very hard to take in.

    The story progresses as Lily helps Ryland and his team break out and shelters them. Ryland, Lily and his team also work to find out how his other men died and who is responsible as it soon becomes apparent it is not Dr. Peter Whitney.

    My one main problem in this story. I can't beleive I am saying this because I love a good sex scene. However, I felt there was too much spent on Lily and Ryland falling into bed and/or having sex in dangerous places almost every other page. I would like to have had more time spent on both the "bad" guys and the members of Ryland's team to get to know their characters more and what they had actually gone through being part of this experiment.

    I still really enjoyed the book and although I felt there a few too many sex scenes they were well written and hot.
    Tom Stechschulte was outastanding in the delivery of the story

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Wilton Manors, FL, United States 05-19-10
    Denise Wilton Manors, FL, United States 05-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome Book!!!"

    I love this series and was so glad to see Shadow Game, which is book 1 in the GhostWalker series, was finally picked up for audio. Shadow Game sets up the whole series about Doctor Peter Whitney who experiments on men to make the perfect commando team that can work together, talk to each other without speaking, have paranormal powers like being able to make guards look the other way, blending in with the background and control over animals. They also have super hearing and can see in the dark. When Dr Lily Whitney, Dr Peter Whitney's daughter, who also has the same type of powers as the men, is brought in on the project, she wonders if her father is a genius or a madman. Of course there is a love story as well that will blow your mind.

    The narrator, Tom Stechschulte, is a brilliant choice for this series. He has a different voice for each of the GhostWalkers (the team of men in this series), and having listened to the other books in this series, he keeps the voices true to each character, in each book. Awesome!!

    Christine Feehan is such a good author and I always have a hard time waiting for her next book to come out, no matter which series it is in. I really loved this book and will listen to it again and again.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-20-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not enough happening."

    I had to force myself to keep reading.

    I liked the overall outline. The characters are trained military guys given drugs to create psychic powers, but at times they have pain from it. The plot sounds ok. Bad guys want to sell this process to other countries and kill anyone in the way.

    The problem is filling in the pages. Most of the book is boring conversation and ponderings about feeling bad, sad, angry, and what to do. Lily feels bad because her father was killed. Lily is upset when she learns what her father did in the past. They talk about what to do about the bad guys, but there is no interesting process of discovery. It has some heroine stupidity because twice Lily goes “alone” to the bad guys’ place saying to her buddies “I’ll be fine, don’t worry.” But something bad happens to her. Other action scenes could have been shown but were not. For example, we don’t see the guys escape from their cells. We don’t watch the scenes when people are killed. There are a couple of action scenes toward the end that were shown, but they were vague and unsatisfying - for me.

    When Lily and Ryland first see each other there is an instant bond. Then their conversations sounded like an old married couple. Of course there are several sex scenes. Those are full of “I want you so bad... You feel so good...” It felt like a cheesy campy old-style romance novel.

    I know many readers liked this so there must be some appeal.

    The narrator Tom Stechschulte was good. I liked his deep sexy alpha male voice.

    Genre: paranormal romantic suspense

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Avid Reader Virginia 05-17-13
    Avid Reader Virginia 05-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Honey Hutson

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    "Great audiobook, for both sexes"
    Would you listen to Shadow Game again? Why?

    This was a really good book and the first book of it's kind that I think would strongly appeal to both sexes. A lot of it is from the main male characters viewpoint. He's a soldier, special operations in a leadership position and as a former military wife I can say she was dead on with his characteristics and personality. Reminded me a lot of some folks I know. I think a man would like this book just as much as the ladies. A nice balance between story, character and animal attraction (and of course the results of that - it is Feehan after all). I'd certainly recommend the book or audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strong characters, not a damsiel in distress type of thing, she is as much rescuing him as he ever rescues her.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Ryland - definitely. He oozed right out of the head phones and into my fantasies!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His emotions conflicting with his need to be all male.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done from all sides. Particularly like that this book would be as enjoyable for the guys as the gals. I haven't seen another of this kind like that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Ridgehaven, Australia 03-14-13
    Suzanne Ridgehaven, Australia 03-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "GOOD ON STEROIDS"
    Would you listen to Shadow Game again? Why?

    I love this series - read the book, now listened to the audio and Yes would listen again because there is romance with a twist, betrayal, intrigue, good versus evil again with twists and the happy ever after is replaced with the need to take each day as it comes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I find the whole concept fascinating and the hero's are great characters with terrific chemistry between them. The heroine is compassionate and driven to correct her fathers evil. The development of trust between the agonised daughter who misses the father she loved and the men who were his victims is an integral part of the story. Even the lust/ love between hero and heroine is suspect because of the father's manipulation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The pathos when Lilly realises that the feelings they have for each other may be pre programed. The fear and confusion she experienced added to the depth of her father's betrayal and manipulation of her. From early in the book she accepted how bad her fathers experiments were to the men, and as the story progresses she learns of others who were victims, but having to accept that she was also a victim of a man she thought loved and respected her, was for me a defining moment that was not treated lightly or weighted down to overly miserable. It was written with a deft hand and gave a paranormal story the light of reality with which reader or listener could empathis.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither. The more subtle reactions of smiling or sympathy


    Any additional comments?

    Christine Feehan is a favoured author because each series is entertaining while providing more depth than others.

    I have read the series to book 8 and believe there is more that could be written. In the meantime cannot wait to hear all of the series on Audio.
    Tom Stechschulte is terrific as the narrator, giving depth and personality to all the characters. Great narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 02-28-13
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved the Book--I Want a Ghostwalker in My Life!"
    What did you love best about Shadow Game?

    I loved the way Lily and Ryland interacted and the way he was so gentle with her. The sex scenes were very good but still not on a par with her Leopard People series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ryland Miller. He was a contrast between a rough and tumble Army Ranger and a kind and gentle lover.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    Yes. I thought his voice was perfect for Ryland Miller and he was able to modify it enough to let you know when Lily was talking.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Almost all of the interactions between Lily and Ryland were special. I liked the characters and I liked how Ryland supported Lily no matter the problem. I especially liked their dreamwalking sequences.


    Any additional comments?

    Christine Feehan is an exceptional writer of love/sex scenes. She must have an interesting life---all eleven kids worth!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 01-16-12
    Amazon Customer Cape Town, South Africa 01-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

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    "Too MUCH!"

    I do not mind the occasional sex scene, especially if read by good narrator. This book however, did not contain sex scenes. What it did give the poor reader was a spinster’s idea of sex in a tub of syrup. Exhausting! Utterly to much burning love, throbbing this and that’s. Too much feeling and explanation of feeling – so to justify the frequent sex. This book had potential, but the writer killed it with long scenes that was supposed to be sizzling, but just bored the living daylights out me.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Roberts San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 06-21-10
    Roberts San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 06-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't go wrong!"

    First of all you have an author like Feehan who is consistently great. Her books are well thought out and the characters come alive. I have re-listened to her book more times than I can count. They are a soulace when I do not want to be discouraged. I retouch them weekly! The narrator, Tom Stechschulte, is so good I have purchaed book read by him and not knowing at all what the book is about. Though Feehan is a great author the combonation of Stechschulte is astounding! I cannot say enough praise. Each character has a distinct voice and accent. Feehan's characters come to life! The wonderful thing about this book is that it is a part of a series and I can't wait for more.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John Nevada City, CA, United States 02-13-14
    John Nevada City, CA, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrible horrible horrible"
    What disappointed you about Shadow Game?

    Way too much ....what? I could not even listen far enough to get to the sex scenes. We get it he was really really hot for her. Get on with the damn story. What absolute crap. I listened to the book much longer than I should. I kept thinking she would eventually start telling an actual story that might be compelling. It never did in my opinion. No humor, did not like or care what happened to the characters...at that point I realized my time was being wasted.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christine Feehan again?

    No way.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I listened to the book much longer than I should. I kept thinking she would eventually start telling an actual story that might be compelling. It never did in my opinion.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 08-14-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 08-14-13 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "GhostWalkers done it for me !!"
    Any additional comments?

    Shadow Game - GhostWalkers is a Hot and excellent paranormal listen. Christine Feehan has made a very interesting and Sexy Fantasy world. Unfortunately for me being in NZ i can not get the next few books in the series. I have to skip to book 5 to continue on with the adventure. Would of been great to be able to access the entire series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Great story"

    I just wish I could get all the books in the series as I just love it. a bit to much discription on the sex but this does not take away from the real story. keep them coming.

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  • M.Y.Standford
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    "Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1"

    Having read Christine Feehan’s Dark Hunter series I was keen to see what the GhostWalkers offered, happily, it offered it all for me and remains one of my all-time favourites series. I love the concept that is consistent throughout all the books in this series and has strong male & females characters. The suspense in these books are as fundamental to the story line as the romance, which leaves me feeling fully satisfied once the read has come to the and allows me to be fully engaged for the duration of the story.



    Lily & Ryland are fantastic and believable characters and a great to introduce us to the Ghostwalkers. Their contrasting personalities, ( Ryland the gentle warrior, well when it comes to Lily any way) and Lily with keen intelligence and her sweet innocent to the harsh reality show us a couple that help each other grow and become stronger as a couple.

    We meet many of the characters from Team 1 that are explored more fully in the up and coming series this gives you a sense of meeting new friends feeling what they feel as the plot unfolds. So get ready for wonderful ride full of thrills, passion , love, fear, betrayal , friendship … I think you get the idea an honestly what more could a reader/ listener want

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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