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In "Shadow People," national bestselling author James Swain's brilliant follow-up to "Dark Magic," magician Peter Warlock has a dark secret. A psychic who peers into the future, he is able to use the information to alert the authorities to pending

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Bring back the old James Swain 12 Sept. 2014
By Keith Hurst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been devotee of Jim Swain's Los Vegas and the Jack Carpenter series and eagerly read Dark Magic and the Shadow People even though they were not available on Kindle.

In Shadow People we find that shadow people are trying to stop a serial killer killing a research scientist and somehow force Peter Warlock to help them. Thereafter we run through the perils of the witch Holly, the worries of his love Lisa and the mysterious hands of Peter's Friday Night paranormal group meetings as well as Peter's Harry Potter like worries about his hidden past and super powers from the devil.

We then have a helter skelter race with Peter the FBI, local law enforcement and Lisa to save the next victim complete with monsters and unexplained fires.

Does all this sound too much? For me it was. I understand that books about paranormal happenings will have some strange events, but this one has crammed in every possible happening without any discernible care about plot, character or understandable events.

Mr Swain's obvious interest and expertise in these matters has detrimentally affected his ability to write a simple and coherent novel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Just enough to keep you guessing 24 July 2013
By TechJunkie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I think it's hard to make sequels totally unique because readers know a back story. That said I enjoyed the pacing and dialog of this book except for one thing - I didn't like the Chinese girlfriend's saying she would do anything but then fighting so hard at times against the main character's true nature. Too much wanting to have it both ways.
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James Swain does it again! 12 July 2013
By Maureen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Couldn't put it down. Like all his books it twists and turns then leaves you hanging for more. Hoping there is another to continue the story.
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Glad I Grabbed It Off The Shelf 21 Jun. 2014
By Fred Rayworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It’s really hard to find good icky bug and it’s just by sheer coincidence that this is the third one I’ve found in the past month. Though not exactly monster icky bug (my word for horror), it does have monsters of sorts, in a supernatural vein.

I’ve actually meant to pick this book up for a while, but kept passing it up for some reason. I’m now glad I grabbed it. I’ve never heard of the author before and his previous books have slipped by me. When I read the blurb on the back, I was mildly intrigued but not totally hooked, at first. I finally broke down and am glad I took the chance, because it turned out to be a pretty decent supernatural thriller.

The characters were likable, the plot intriguing and unique, and the icky bugs interesting. The author’s intimate knowledge of slight-of-hand added an extra dimension to the main character as well.

The writing was outstanding with solid third-person, past-tense and no noticeable head-hopping. There was no long and rambling character exposition and unending narrative to bog things down. The story moved.

The plot had plenty of twists and turns and the ending was satisfying. However, the author left plenty of hanging threads for a sequel and the ending pretty much reeked of that. I didn’t care because I’d be willing to take on the next one.

This was a story where I looked forward to reading the next chapter. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t dread having to get through one section to get to the good parts like some other books I’ve read. Can’t ask for better than that.

Yup, a nice surprise, and I’m glad I finally grabbed it off the shelf. It was worth it. Highly recommended.
Another Thriller from Swain 3 Nov. 2013
By Stephen T. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I finally had a chance to read Swain's new installment in the Peter Warlock series, and I am glad I did. The author takes us deeper into the tortured soul of the main character, who is forced to confront horrific details of his past while trying desperately to stop a serial killer AND save his relationship with his emotionally needy girl friend.

Taking off where the last book ended, Warlock is back at his Friday night seance with his fellow magicians when he finds himself drawn into a psychic situation that becomes frighteningly too real. Pulled back from the spirit world in the nick of time, Swain sees a Shadow Person, a specter still partially among the living, scuttling about the walls of the apartment. Soon, he sees them everywhere. Are they trying to help Peter locate the serial killer? Or trying to lure him to a horrible death?

Swain's research is incredible. Who knew that the Washington Square Arch had an interior, or that the evil Order of Astrum is based on a mystic society founded by the wickedest man in the world, Aleister Crowley? Swain's familiarity with New York City is also readily apparent in the detail he brings to his cityscape.

Shadow People is a real page turner. I was sorry when it was over, but also happy that it is clear there will be another book in the series.

If you like a supernatural mystery, with a romantic love triangle thrown in, Shadow People is definitely for you.
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