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David Gemmell
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10 Dec 1987 Jon Shannow Novel (Book 1)

It is three hundred years since the world toppled on its axis, and civilisation was destroyed. In this savagely reshaped world ruled by brigands and war-makers, a rider seeks a lost city. Pursuing a dream to calm the violence in his soul, Jon Shannow, the brigand slayer, desires only peace. But from the Plague Lands emerges a fresh terror.

The Lord of the Pit and his hellborn army seek to plunge mankind into a new satanic era. Seemingly invincible, they make a fatal mistake. They take Shannow's woman for blood sacrifice. And find themselves facing the deadliest warrior of the new age. Jon Shannow - The Jerusalem Man.


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (10 Dec 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857237889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857237887
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Published in 1984, David A. Gemmell's first novel, Legend, has become a classic. His most recent Drenai and Rigante books are all published as Bantam Press hardcovers and Corgi paperbacks. All of his novels are Sunday Times bestsellers. Now widely regarded as one of the finest writers of heroic fantasy, David Gemmell lived in East Sussex until his death in July 2006.

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Has pace, conviction and gritty resolute vitality...The result is a book that will be enjoyed by Tolkien fans (TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT)

The mood that Gemmell weaves is compelling... this powerful, harsh fantasy examnines our assumptions about good, evil and the nature of quests... immense (Locus)

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The first book in David Gemmell's classic series of Jon Shannow novels.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Max seeks Dark Tower... 17 Nov 2006
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I like David Gemmell's books for telling a story without any unnecessary waffle. This is no different: in 300-odd pages tells a tale that would have taken three 1000-page epics from another author! There are clear moments when I was aware of 'missing' psychological explorations and deep musings on the whys and wherefores of the characters' thoughts and feelings - aware, but not desperately sad to miss them!

The story itself brought to mind elements of Mad Max, with a hefty dollop of Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Jon Shannow is a gunslinger; he's chasing his Jerusalem rather than a Dark Tower, but still the same broad themes.

Shannow lives several hundred years in our future, when Armageddon has reset civilisation to that of about 1850s America. Think pioneers and horses, outlaws and guns. Shannow himself is on a self-imposed quest, to find some meaning to life. He's a 'man of the book', bringing justice to brigands and quoting bible passages (strictly old testament!) as he blows holes in them. But can even he stand up to a 300-year-old man who has mastered the sipstrassi bloodstones, rock fragments imbuing the holder with magical powers?

As I said, it's quite a pared down story, cramming in action without pausing for too much reflection. Which makes a nice change, really! And despite being one of three Jerusalem Man books, Wolf In Shadow stands alone quite nicely, finishing with a surprisingly satisfactory rounding off.

Recommend to those who like this genre, for a light but suitably engrossing read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon should allow more stars in it's scale!! 30 Dec 1999
By p.new
Format:Paperback
I have just re-read this book for perhaps the dozenth time. Every time I read and reread Gemmell's work I enoy them immensely. In this book Gemmell conjurs the dark figure of The Jerusalem Man, a character that could have stepped straight out of a western. This being the author of the Drenai tales you know there's going to be more to it than that. The armies of the devil, ancient immortal pseudo-scientists, and magic are all expertly woven into a post apocalyptic tale of dazzling scope. As with any of David's richly portrayed novels, the chracters are realistic and convincing, engaging and captivating. It's easy to see how the clamour for more Shannow novels led to the writing of "Bloodstone". I can't wait for Mr. Gemmells next work "Hero in the Shadows", out in March 2000. Happy new Millennium David!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to meet your God... 23 Oct 2013
By Bridgey
Format:Paperback
After reading all the Stephen King 'Dark Tower' books, I found a copy of Wolf in Shadow and the setting sounded very similar so I thought I would give it a try.

We follow Jon Shannow as he travels the land in search of Jerusalem (hence his nickname Jerusalem Man). A master with the gun, Jon is feared and admired in equal parts. The setting is placed several hundred years into the future. The earth has suffered a cataclysmic event and people are starting rebuild the towns and cities. What we find is a world that resembles the wild west American Era. However things are not always as they seem, especially with the introduction of the Sipstrassi Stones. These are seemingly all powerful but used at a cost. Can Shannow, armed with his Bible and Pistols overcome the evil that surrounds him? Or will the marauding gangs stop him dead.

This is the first book I have read by the author but immediately went out and bought the other two books of the trilogy. I particularly loved the way that Gemmell allows to feel Shannow's emotions, the way he sees things in black and white, good and evil. The magic v religion theme that runs through the book keeps the reader guessing at what will happen next. With plenty of action the pages fly by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What the future holds 16 Jan 2014
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This was a fantastic read with some really interesting concepts of a world hit by disaster and a return to ancient ways of life but with modern weapons. Gemmell doesn't write a book that's not worth reading and this book doesn't disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top marks 3 Jan 2014
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a very easy book to read and a hard one to put down. nobody writes like Gemmell. A writer who is greatly missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gemmell 22 Dec 2013
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First gemmell I read over 20 years ago still brilliant. Fast paced and exciting with good characters you invest in.
All good from king of fantasy .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have read this book so many times it is now an old friend I am sure I will revisit again and again. The original paperback has fallen to pieces and has been in storage so often it now has that delicious old book smell.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jon Shannow, 1st book 23 April 2013
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An unlikely hero, seemingly protected by the divine leaves you wishing you could live by the same convictions. If you like a story where characters die who you thought were sure to live, and the central character can hardly do wrong it will be a good read. Add the imagination as the story develops and it's a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come and join me on this adventure
I have now read a large number of David Gemmells books.I discovered them by accident 6 months ago with the Druss series of books. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Brainstorm31
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have read all of David's books so admittedly I am biased, saying that I have genuinely enjoyed all his stories. Such a shame he's no longer with us.
Published 14 days ago by MR A NAVEED
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Be prepared for lots of bible comments. Other than that it's a really well written and enjoyable book. It's certainly different to most books of it's type
Published 2 months ago by Alex72
5.0 out of 5 stars READ!
WHY WHY WHY? are you waisting time with these reviews when you should be reading this series? Wolf in SHadow is amazing, and sets the pace for an excellent triology of books about... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. J. S. Robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Messy and uninspiring
I have loved all of Gemmell's books up till the Shannow novels. For me the whole parallel universe thing was too much, end of world, world reborn held little interest. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mrogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book for readers of Gemmel
Gemmel at his best. Such complete characters that you really fell for them in their time's of need.

Recommend to anyone!
Published 9 months ago by Steven Cubbon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf in Shadow
Another typically excellent David Gemmell story about characters you want to believe in!!
A superb mix of myth, fact and fantasy.
Published 10 months ago by M. Bates
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