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Adversary (Shadows of the Past Book 1) by [Schiver, Richard]
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About the Author

Unlike other writers who knew they wanted to write the moment they became self aware, Richard’s path to taking up the pen followed a more leisurely route. As a child he wanted to be a fighter pilot, later he thought it would be neat to be a rock star. Unfortunately, as an introvert, he was not suited for the stage. Once he gave up the guitar, much to the relief of his parents, he turned his attention to making movies. Armed with an 8mm movie camera, several rolls of aluminum foil liberated from the kitchen, and the spare bed sheets, he filmed his first masterpiece. The story was about a space ship crash landing in the woods behind his house. His sister starred as the damsel in distress while his little brother, wrapped like a mummy in the spare bed sheets, chased her through the woods. His career as a famous director ended before it even got off the ground when on opening night his mother recognized the missing bed sheets and aluminum foil resulting in his grounding for the remainder of that summer. A voracious reader, he believes writing is the most intimate form of communication possible. The reader permits the writer access to their mind, and the readers reality dissolves as they focus on the narrative of the tale being spun. His love of the macabre was sparked at an early age when he would sit on his grandmother’s porch listening to her tell ghost stories. During the summer he and his cousins would sleep in his grandmother’s back yard, within sight of the abandoned haunted house next door, and spend the night scaring one another with gruesome tales of shadowy creatures that went bump in the night. During his life he has played a series of roles, husband, father, son, and lover, but his favorite by far is grandfather. He and his wife of twenty plus years have raised four children, and helped raise eight grandchildren. They provide a secure home to a yellow lab named Max and a cat who will answer to either Flame or Furball. His loving wife, Dena has experienced first hand the exasperation of living with a writer whose mind has a tendency to wander at the most inappropriate times. Yet she manages to keep his feet firmly planted on terra firma. Richard can be found online at: Facebook: http://www.facebook/RichardSchiver Follow Richard on Twitter: @RichardSchiver Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/richard-schiver Written in Blood is Richard's personal blog http://www.richardschiver.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2975 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615583180
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Abis Books; 2 edition (7 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RW9RYK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #973,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rick Schriver's "Shadows of the Past" is a well written tale of the age old battle between good and evil. Through a supernatural aspect, the story takes it to an entirely new level. This is definitely not a story that has been done over and over again.
The way the author's words flow freely makes for an easy read. With well-rounded characters, you will find yourself drawing parallels to your own life. As the story progresses, the readers will no doubt see that all the character's have something in their past that they now regret. It is wonderful to see that even fictional characters have skeletons in their closets, as so many of us do in this day and age. I highly recommend this book for anyone out there.
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By Ginger Nuts TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 May 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Shadows of The Past is a good attempt at updating the Cthulhu Mythos, the story is well told if not completely gripping, this is probably due to the large number of loose ends that seem to left hanging, and a couple of plot lines that don't seem to serve any purpose to the larger story. However don't let this put you off, for this is still a good read that will entertain you. The basics of an really good story are here, a good casts of characters, nice ideas and twists on an age old plot, but ultimately what stops from becoming a great read is a slightly verbose style of writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Prepared to be Looking Over Your Shoulder 31 Mar. 2012
By Kat Yares - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
They say the past has a way of catching up to you, and in Shadows of the Past, author Richard Schiver proves the saying beyond a shadow of a doubt. This is one book, that once you start, you will not put down until you've reached the very end.

For those who love the Lovecraftian mythos of Cthulhu, this book will satisfy your hunger for more tales from the myth. For those who have never read Lovecraft - this book will serve as a wonderful introduction to the mythos that has inspired writers for decades.

Well written and edited, Shadows of the Past is a chilling story of things best left alone - but are not. Don't read this at night or when you are alone in your home - the images Schiver invokes are disturbing and will remain with you for a long time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dagger, Shadows & the Old Ones 27 Jan. 2012
By Bruce J. Blanchard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The lesson should be clear: do not dig for relics of the ancient past at the polar ice caps and yet archeological teams don't seem to listen and they have found a twelve inch dagger within a white box. It's far older than anybody can imagine. The relic is stolen in repayment for a gambling debt and the evil is unleashed on the world. The air is icy and tendrils are emerging from the dark, looking for the Chosen One. Those who don't qualify die in horrible ways. Bring in Sam Hardin, a man whose world is falling apart. He is haunted by memories of the death of his wife. He's ready to eat the bullet. He has estranged relations with his daughter Cheryl, a mentally challenged son Frankie, receiving voices from his dead wife, and tended by her sister Michelle. On top of that, he is the Protector for Frankie.
The evil of the dagger, the Old Ones, want back into the world and rule it as they once did. They find their Chosen One in the form of Jack Griffith, an ex-Viet vet and sewer worker. He fights them almost every inch of the way. Destiny will pit Jack on his path of destruction against Sam and his family as the fight turns wicked and murderous.
The Old Ones want Frankie and the forces of evil will take the battle to the very end in a book that once you get into it will dominate your reading to the last word. Twists and turns, betrayals, and mental possessions will life rough for Sam and his family until the barbarous end. Give Shadows of the Past a try and see what you think. The price is right and it's a damned good story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book 13 May 2012
By Mirrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Shadows of the Past brings an alien feel to evil as we follow the existence of a wicked life form, bent on eliminating the human race. Parallel to this is the story of a child who has brain damage from an accident at his birth, who seems to have the gift of bringing people back from near death... at the cost of the lives of another, however. The good and the evil must battle out, but it is those taking care of the good child who must do the battling. The story itself sounds like some kind of twisted science fiction or holy story, but really it is a suspenseful tale of the struggle to reach beyond what you are, survive the end of life as you know it, and save mankind. I could not put it down.

There was some repetition through the story, but it was easy enough to ignore for the most part. I was more distracted by the constant sorrow of the main character, feeling that it was driven home a little too much. Grief lingers, but I think we can understand that without the constant reminders of just how much it does. Also, there were a few elements that were out of place, such as the worry of getting lost while it is snowing and wandering in circles. Depending on how hard it is snowing, wouldn't you be able to avoid your own footprints? I also found it hard to believe that a being out to kill someone wouldn't smash through glass to get at them. Some events like that were simply too convenient.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book that kept me reading to the end. It well matched movies of the same, where you would expect a family to bond through grief as this terrible ordeal occurs to them and to those around them.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it. I also give bonus points for Text To Speech enabling on Kindle format.... but that also wasn't a factor in the above review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love being introduced to something I thought I would not like 25 July 2012
By TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
First admission, I have never read Lovecraft. I know that might seem blasphemous, but it just never came up on my radar. I have read Neil Gaiman, and I would place Mister Schriver's talents in league with Gaiman's. He shines in his ability to let dialogue propel a story. That is trickier than it may seem, but the talented writers do it with an effortless grace. The conversations reveal details without becoming narratives.

The story has a realistic but fantastic bent to it that makes me feel terrible for letting this book sit on my shelf as long as it did. For that, I apologize because Mr. Schiver can spin a heck of a story. Once you start, just know you will be busy for a while. The action scenes flow well and don't seem awkward or blocky. You have no problem visualizing the scenes that play out.

Credit is given to Patricia Russo with the edits and they are well earned. This is a clean read. Combine that with a pace that keeps you so entranced that you cant turn pages quick enough. I was sent a copy of this book by the author for review on the grounds that I give an honest one. In short...BUY THIS BOOK! I won't ask for another free copy from Mr. Schiver, I want to support him buy making purchases...that is the highest praise I can give. And if you wonder why I can heap this much praise and not give this a 5-star review, it is simply because I must now go read Lovecraft to see what the heck I have been missing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great premise with lots of gore 19 July 2012
By lq - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved the premise of this novel - what a great concept! This is a very graphic horror novel. The beginning was very engaging and the ending was engrossing and thought provoking. The middle, at times, was somewhat disjointed and overly graphic. I would have loved to have had the premise fleshed out at a more complex (and less graphic) level.
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