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The Summoning (Shadow World) [Hardcover]

F. G. Cottam
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd; First World Publication edition (31 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 072788350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727883506
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Former magazine editor Francis Cottam is the author of four novels and the novelization of a feature film.

His debut novel THE FIREFIGHTER was shortlisted for the W.H. Smith Literature award. It was followed by HAMER'S War, SLAPTON SANDS and A SHADOW ON THE SUN.

All four of these novels are either set in, or examine the repercussions of the Second World War. THE FIREFIGHTER examines one man's experience of the most intense period of the London Blitz. Hamer's War takes as its theme the moral dilemma facing a brave German soldier recovering from a wound sustained in battle on the Eastern Front.

THE RESIDENT is the novelization of a film made by the resurgent Hammer production company. Along with SLAPTON SANDS and A SHADOW ON THE SUN, it is available for download on Kindle.

Francis is the author of a series of paranormal thrillers published under the pen name F.G. Cottam

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Summoning 19 Jan 2014
Adam is taking part in an archaeological dig in Scotland when he finds a strange artefact which he cannot identify but which arouses all sorts of emotions in him. He takes it to Professor Grayling who seems to know more about it than he is telling and who appears afraid of it. He arranges for Adam to take it to a Dr MacGuire in Brighton and here Adam's adventures begin.

I think this book is aimed more at the Young Adult market but I found it had enough substance to keep me reading. The characters are interesting and even though I would not normally find a teenage boy of interest as a main character, Adam is far from being your average teenage boy and it is clear to the reader that he has more powers than he is aware of.

I thought the relationships between the main characters were very well done. Adam's ambivalence about his estranged father and his tentative steps into what is clearly a serious relationship with Jane Dodd especially had a ring of truth about them. I felt the meeting with his father was especially well done and brought tears to my eyes.

I think my only criticism of the book is that the ending seemed a little rushed though it became clear to me later that this is the first book in a series and so there had to be enough loose ends to continue the story. Recommended to people who enjoy horror - whether Young Adult or adult readers.

I received a free copy of this book for review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, evil supernatural chiller... 26 Jan 2014
By Martin Belcher VINE VOICE
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I can honestly say this the best F G Cottam book I have read to date. From the first page it grabbed my attention like no other book has done in a long while, when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it.

Cottam has upped his game and introduced not only a supernatural thriller based in our world but also in an evil shadow world "Endrimor", a world physically comparable in size but smaller in population, seemingly stuck in a medieval feudal type system, plagued with brutality, evil creatures and unlike our own world, magic.

It all starts when Adam Parker working on an archaeological dig in Scotland unearths a very strange artefact made of a unknown metal. Professor Grayling heading the dig knows more about this artefact than he admits. Adam is fortuitously thrown into a sequence of events triggered by a long lost relative. The shadow world of Endrimor seems to have had many effects on our world since human time began. The Black Plague, the First World War, the Cold War, all may have been the work and product of meddling by Endrimors agents. Can this really be true and can Adam and his companion Jane find the truth and stop a future war that may mean victory for Endrimor and the end of our world as we know it.

A fantastic mix, of horror, evil, chilling supernatural events interlaced with fascinating historic events and an original alternative evil world populated with horrific creatures from your nightmares. I defy anyone not to get lost in "The Summoning" and not get out again!

The first book in a new series "The Shadow World" so I cannot wait for the next book. Please give this one a try. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not Time Team. 21 Jan 2014
By Trav
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This a thrilling story of a student Adam, who finds an unusual artefact at a student archaeology dig. This starts a trail for Adam and his friends, of discovery of a world running parallel to earth, where magic/sorcery rules. It is a frightening world that wants control of earth.

It is a well written novel, with interesting characters and interesting theories on historical events. Although it is aimed at young adults, it is a deep and thrilling enough read for adults.
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