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Shadows Audiobook

Shadows: The Game Is Life, Book 5

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Dawn belongs to a secret group of teenagers who play a cloak and dagger game on their cell phones. Her world is turned upside down when the players' actions begin to affect reality, and not in good ways.

©2014 Terry Schott (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Michael Moussa 05-23-17
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    "The preview of the next book was better than the entirety of this one"

    My wife and I have greatly enjoyed the series thus far so it pains me to say this, but what the heck? The last book left off with so many interesting things going on and this one is set way before the timeframe of any of the other books, so the previous story is left hanging until the next book.

    Worse, after getting to the end of this one finally, I found myself thinking "oh, ok... that's interesting I guess, but why'd we need a whole book for it?" rather than the "my mind was just blown so many times" feeling I had after the learning the truth about Tygon and who the timeless really were, etc in the previous books.

    I'm sure the story in this book will be expanded on in one of the following books and it will all tie in nicely, but I didn't like the way this "interlude" was done at all unfortunately.

    Of course, Luke Daniels gets his "I wish there were six stars" rating as usual!

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    Elliot Tampa, Florida, United States 05-19-17
    Elliot Tampa, Florida, United States 05-19-17 Member Since 2015

    Molecular biologist. Musician. Lover of science. Lover of music. Dreamer of magic. Thinker of thoughts. ||| "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" - Arthur C. Clarke ||| As a scientist, science fiction and fantasy inspire me to push the line of discovery forward, beyond conventional imagination, beyond conventional wisdom.

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    "Somewhat standalone but excited to see how it fits"

    The Publisher's summary doesn't do this justice at all. I'll give a brief explanation that will help tie it into the larger series a bit more without giving any spoilers. But, I can tell you that this book could pretty much stand on its own and still be a solid sci-fi installment.

    Based on the "preview" at the end of Book 4 - "Virtual Prophet" - this was not initially planned as Book 5. I would guess that as Book 5 took form, Mr. Schott felt like adding some background. This is very similar to what he did with Interlude: Brandon. Yes, this book appears to actually be a prequel to the rest of the series, taking place even before Interlude: Brandon, given the age of a specific character I won't name.

    There may have been more clues I missed, but it's difficult or maybe impossible to say *where* exactly this book takes place within the series, however. "North America" is specifically mentioned, but cities are only designated numerically. I don't think I remember in Interlude Brandon there ever being any Earthly geographic locations named in the world where young Brandon lives. Nevertheless, my feeling is that this book takes place in that world and is a buildup to the war that is brought to a standstill in part by General Donovan. I am only guessing though. Judge for yourself.

    It was a little slow going at first as I tried to orientate myself, but once I just let go and stopped trying to figure out connections to the previous books, I was able to enjoy it. It's worth it. You will meet one character in particular who appears to be of some mysterious importance to the whole multiverse. You probably know who I am talking about.

    In summary, if you go into this book hoping for more on True and Danielle, you are going to be disappointed. Just give it a chance and understand that while the book does indeed fit into the larger series, we probably won't learn until the next book exactly how everything clicks. I just hope Mr. Schott and Luke Daniels can bring us the 6th edition sooner rather than later.

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    Amazon Customer 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Feels unfinished"

    I expected this to be a continuation of the story revolving around True and Daniel but no such luck. I recognized some characters but no idea where this book is [time and place] I'm relation to Earth/Tigon (excuse my spelling). Story was interesting and I cannot wait for the next installment and for the reveal. A lot was explained and many new characters introduced. I don't feel as though they were fully developed as I never really became attached or emotionally invested in anyone. I understand that is probably difficult with how much information was presented and how Shepards had to be explained but left with an air of mystery and intrigue. Overall I am pleased ave would recommend for fans of the series. Fantastic narration as usual.

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    VAL-B123 05-10-17
    VAL-B123 05-10-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Another great Game !"

    Phenomenal series and another amazing audio adaptation. My only complaint is that the audio for next book in this series isn't available yet!

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    TNVolFan 05-17-17
    TNVolFan 05-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I expected from an otherwise good series"
    What would have made Shadows better?

    To get rid of Daniel. She was the most annoying character I have read about in a while, and her constant use of "Daddy" was childish. I tried to avoid her as much as possible, but it seemed impossible as she appeared to be the main character.


    Has Shadows turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I listened to the book because I loved the four before it, and hoped that this book would follow in their excitement and adventure. However, it fell incredible short. It felt forced, as though Mr. Schott did not know what to write about or how to advance the story along and wrote the first thing that came to mind. For me, it did not fit in with the other books and was a huge disappointment. The characters were either annoying or more annoying, with Daniel at the top of the list. There were times when I wanted to shake some sense into them.


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

    Luke brings the characters to life with life and inflection that reading alone cannot do. Also, his voice is dreamy beyond dreamy.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. There were so many times I just wanted to turn it off and give up, but didn't because I was hopeful that it would reveal its connection to the other four books. It did not. It seemed that some characters, namely the Old Man, were added to give the impression of being connected to the other books, but I didn't see the connection. He just seemed to be there for no other reason than just to be there. Is there something that I missed?


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book ended it for me. I can't go any further with the series, as much as I would like to. The first four books were superb, but this one fell flat on its face. It was boring, and unbelievable almost to the point of being comical. I do realize that our banking system and so many other parts of our lives are greatly dependent upon computers, but there are backup systems for backup systems for backup systems. What was suggested in this book could not happen unless the all the stars, planets, and other heavily objects were aligned in perfect alignment. And as for a series of families controlling the whole world and being toppled by a group who believe they were wronged because they couldn't get in on the action, I simply can't suspend my disbelief. Who's to say what the Displaced wanted was any better than what the families offered? At least the families provided stability, which is key to a civilized society. The Displaced wanted anarchy, which would undoubtedly lead to the demise of the human race.

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