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Earth is at war. Portals are opening across the planet and bringing creatures known as Outsiders. Their only desire is to eat, leaving a trail of destruction in their path. The only people who can stop them are the Defenders - led by Gareth Walker - who can open portals of their own to target the Outsiders in minutes. Gareth's only advantage is an ability to see glimpses of his future.

For the past decade the Defenders have held back the incursion, but now a new portal opens, bringing something that Gareth did not see coming. As he must find a way to stop this new threat, he starts a quest for answers. He must learn how the war began and find a way to stop them once and for all.

All the while, he is aware of a shadow in his future; a moment he can't see past. Will stopping the Outsiders cost him everything?

©2016 Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers Ltd (P)2016 Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers Ltd

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Became completely lost in this terrific book.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Science fiction, Adult but appropriate for YA.

OVERALL: I absolutely loved this book. The story and well developed characters drew me in. Ended up listening to this book in three days. I loved the characters, their back stories, their flaws and their strengths. As with any good book it was the characters that made this book great.

SEX AND PROFANITY: None, thank you. This book is appropriate for all ages. I plan on recommending this book to my teenage children.

"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Hungry mutant demons, whats not to love!

Would you consider the audio edition of Shadows of Tomorrow to be better than the print version?

I always consider the audio versions to be better. The narrators bring in an aspect to the stories that I couldn't come up with myself, and i can listen to them anywhere.

What did you like best about this story?

I love inter dimensional travel, and when you mix it with scary monsters, even better!

Which character – as performed by Jake Urry – was your favorite?

Probably Richard, Jake Urry just has that voice that is perfect for snooty "I know everything" types.

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

They've come, and they are hungry.....

Any additional comments?

I received this book for free from the author, narrator, or publisher via audiobookboom for an unbiased review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Truly a hidden gem

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Shadows of Tomorrow by Jessica Meats is a terrific book with interesting and believable characters that you can't help but feel for and become emotionally invested in. With the author's attention to detail, the reader can't help but be drawn into the story and the world in which she has created.

This book is narrated by Jake Urry and with his lovely British accent took this story to a whole other level of enjoyment. This is the third audio book I have listened to that is narrated by Mr. Urry, and each one continues to get better and better. The performance was solid and the 'voices' were subtle yet distinctive enough for the listener to keep track of the speaker. I would have liked to have heard more emotion from each of the characters, but this is just a personal preference and did not distract from the story.

Overall, Shadows of Tomorrow is riveting story with a unique plot that will keep any fan of science fiction engaged throughout. This book is truly a hidden gem among the many jewels in the literary world and one that I would highly recommend.

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I would highly recommend this book!

One of the reviewers called this a hidden Gem, I would have to agree. I loved it! I was hooked from the beginning until I got to the end.

The author is really talented not only in the plot but also for not using any profanity or sex scenes. I didn't feel anything was missing, so it suitable for all ages. I would highly recommend it.

The book had a bit of everything, SciFi, some romance (but it doesn't take over the plot) and action/adventure.

The narrator did a great job in giving the characters there own personality and gave the book suspense.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great sci-fi, lots of surprises, twists, turns!!!

Shadows of Tomorrow
By: Jessica Meats
Narrated by: Jake Urry
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I really enjoyed this sci-fi book. The characters were well developed and introduced in a way that was different and interesting, I liked it and found it flowed well in the story. The plot...it was always ahead of me, and never what I thought was going to happen. So many twists, turns, unpredictable but satisfying. Lots of action, adventure, of course great sci-fi, creatures, and friendship. I haven't read any of this author's books before but I will be looking for them now.
The narrator was perfect for this book! He did the voices well and kept the action and tension for the scenes just right! Great acting. Wonderful job!!!

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different

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I got this book in exchange for a review 1st now much world building, 2nd the narration was only a 3 could be we just finished a book performed by Grover Garner, but he was bad with woman's voices

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

nothing

Was Shadows of Tomorrow worth the listening time?

only finished 1/2

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This one has it all.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
This was a great story to get lost in. Inter dimensional demons, secrets, and betrayal. I listen to a lot of books while I'm working and this was perfect. Not too involved with action all along the way.

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Shadows of Tomorrow

This is an amazing story filled with love, action,romance and sacrifice.It makes you also wonder how others see your heroes.Gareth was injured, dead really, but his hero saved him.After being sucked into a portal and told of his heroes indiscretions,he can barely believe it.People change,especially after a trip through death.Monsters that eat flesh also come out of the portals.This all sides can get behind to fight.Jake Urry is the perfect narrator for this story.I was given this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.

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Took me a bit to get into it, but I liked it

Would you listen to Shadows of Tomorrow again? Why?

I'm normally a fan of Jake Urry's narration. He has the perfect voice for narrating horror books. He's able to send chills down your spine with his slow, deliberate pacing and gravely voice. However, I can't honestly say I'd willingly listen to another science fiction book narrated by him. He did okay in Shadows of Tomorrow (once I increased the playback speed), but his voice just doesn't suit it well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character in Shadows of Tomorrow was Cassie. I think this was because she felt the most real out of the lot. It's hard to understand how the other characters can be so selfless and brave without knowing their backstories. Cassie gives us a chance to see inside the head of a new defender, and her thoughts and vulnerabilities make her that much more relatable. You can easily put yourself in her position and know that you'd probably be thinking and feeling the same things as her.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I don't want to harp much on Jake Urry's narration because, as I've said, I really like his horror works... but no the narration didn't match.

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

There were a couple of moments in Shadows of Tomorrow that caught my attention and drew me in, but I have to say that I think the author particularly nailed the ending. I can't go into details for obvious reasons, but the way she wrote it made it a scene straight out of a last-stand sci-fi movie. There was a perfect amount of emotion, snark, laughter, and bravery that just shone. I loved it.

Any additional comments?

I thought that the premise that the author presented us with in Shadows of Tomorrow was well thought out and executed. I loved the various twists and turns that she took us on as the layers of the story were peeled back. The only thing I really didn't particularly care for was the relationship between Gareth and Myra. I know that it was important to the book, but if any part of it felt overdone/weak, it was that part.

Overall, though, I think this was an excellent book (albeit one that would have been better served by a different narrator) and I'd definitely recommend people give it a try.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the narrator for review consideration.

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its a romance in disguise.

What did you like best about Shadows of Tomorrow? What did you like least?

I enjoyed how the main characters power was not overpowered. I disliked the pacing. The middle of the series just stops for several hours to insert a random romance plot.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jessica Meats? Why or why not?

Maybe. I liked the concept but disliked the pacing. She can probably improve on it in her future books.

What about Jake Urry’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed it. His voice comes off as a little sinister at first but you get used to it. His character voices are well done and do not bring you out of the story.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No. It would be a ya romance.

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • med c
  • 10-20-16

Shadows of tomorrow

What did you like best about this story?

Shadows of Tomorrow is an entertaining scifi novel which explores of what life might be like if you could see into your future. Looks so simple but it will turn out that time is not a single, unbroken, continuous forward line. Very interesting novel adding a superb narration

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 12-04-17

Interesting concepts used well

This book takes some interesting ideas such as alternate dimensions or realities, precognition and predestination and packages them into a book that seemed like a more human version of Pacific Rim.

In this book you still had the demonic-seeming invaders coming from another world through portals, but in this case those defending the earth needed to rely on their own strength and skill to fight them off rather than being more safely locked away in mechs as the casualties throughout clearly demonstrated.

I liked that the author shifted the first-person perspective from time to time as it helped me to get to know more of the characters than simply the main protagonist and the story felt all the stronger for that choice.

The narrator gave a good performance, nicely enhancing the overall story, even if I did expect some of the characters to have been quickly killed off as some of his voices sounded rather like Sean Bean.

Overall, I found this to be an interesting and enjoyable sci-fi novel suitably enhanced by good narration.

[I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Vicki Goodwin
  • 11-13-16

Excellent What if stroy


I loved the premise and the words that were used. They conveyed the heart of the characters and the pain of their knowledge of the future. Knowing that they could change that if they varied. The setting was dismal and brought reality to the story.

The narration was wonderful, the tone of Jake Urry's voice was fitting for the emotion of the story. I enjoyed the tension and the emotion.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-16

"A whole new Universe, a whole new life"

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For some years the earth has been beset by the sudden appearance of Outsiders, terrifying, ravenous creatures which pour out of opening portals "like a horde of zombies in a horror movie". And they are impervious to almost all weapons. Small groups of highly trained human Defenders, armed with unique and non replacable swords, are the only protection. What are these creatures and where are they from?
We follow the core group of the Defenders through a crucial period, getting to know them individually how they work and interact and, in particular, we meet Cassie, a one time athlete as she trains to join the Defender's ranks.
The book is written in a deceptively simple style, easy to read. But it covers a complexity of concepts including portals into other dimensions, foreknowledge of who will live and who will die, memories of the future, time travel, free will, loyalty and traitorous deeds, envy, fear and love. All wrapped up in a rattling good unusual action thriller.Jake Urry reads the text flawlessly and his characters each have distinctive, true sounding voices despite the numbers involved. But the real highlight of his narration is the sinister tension his reading imparts to the entire story. Excellent, as always.
My thanks to the narrator for the gift of Shadows of Tomorrow, given to me without expectation of any return. I very much enjoyed this book and hope that the author will soon follow with another to provide answers to the questions raised and, so far, not explored. A good, thought provoking science fiction adventure suitable for all ages. Recommended

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  • robert
  • 10-12-16

alien zombies from another world!

What did you like most about Shadows of Tomorrow?

the concept of portals from other worlds with alien zombies pouring through eating and killing anything in their path, of people with precognition fighting through the knowledge that others going into battle with them will die and not being able to do or say anything that will change that whilst coping with the deception of those once admired made for an action packed roller coaster ride of a tale that was very well written

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadows of Tomorrow?

when Richard realized that the capture and abduction of Gareth his best and only friend was down to his childish prank to get back at Geoff was a real turning point in how he saw not only himself but his but his friend and well, enabling him to refocus his abilities in understanding the portals

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the race up the tower on the alien planet, fighting every step of the way , trying to get to the top, Jake ulry's narration really pulled me into the scene with the heroic team battling impossible odds to try and save humanity, absolutely gripping stuff!

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

for sure! it was certainly a tale that kept you gripped to the edge of your seat, the story was very well written and Jake's narration always made you feel that you could be just one step from certain destruction!

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 05-15-17

Good story, GREAT narration

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Ms Meats has written a thoroughly enjoyable and complex sci fi story, which is raised to greater heights by the brilliant narration of Jake Urry. I'm sure I would have liked this audio book, but the calibre of the narrator takes it up to a higher, superb level.

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  • Petra
  • 11-14-16

Enjoyable, fast-paced sci-fi suitable for all ages

This exciting science fiction story had a bit of everything: ravenous alien creatures that appear through portals, a skilled group of "defenders" who attempt to protect earth from these monsters, named "The Outsiders"; special powers, fighting and action scenes, betrayal, secrets, and even some romance.
The characters were well developed and I thought the group of defenders was made up of a good variety of different personalities. I enjoyed the relationships and the dialogue among the defenders. In particular, Cassie's story of joining the training to become a defender from her background of having been a successful athlete was interesting. The book was generally well written; the only thing that interrupted the flow a bit were the inserted back stories of each character. They were great for getting to know the characters, but I wished that information had been inserted into the story in a different way.
The end leaves a few things open, presumably to be continued in the sequel "Between Yesterdays".
A very suitable story for a younger audience, clean with regards to language and romance, nothing graphic.
Jake Urry brought the characters to life and made them easily distinguishable through subtle differences. The only thing I was missing here and there was a bit of emotion.
Overall, an easy to follow, suspenseful sci-fi adventure recommended for all ages.

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  • James
  • 01-16-17

good story but...

not sure the narrator was the best choice, good story but distracted by his pronounciation of some words and the slight misplacing of punctuation

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