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on 17 November 2006
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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on 16 January 2014
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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on 15 September 2014
this was the first book i read and of course shannow the first literary character i came across, that was twenty years ago and thanks to this book and its great author i cant be without a book now , i have read many great works of fiction come across great characters but to me no book is better no character greater ,shannow is the the lone warrior in the wasteland, in a world after disaster that has reverted back to the times of the old west many men have no morals and a dark army awaits ,shannow known by repute as the jerusalem man is the quiet soldier he has manners wisdom faith and true courage , he is a deadly warrior with great skills some say passed down to him from an ancient race of warriors that he belongs called rolynd, but shannow is no harm to anyone who does not try to harm him or the innocent like he says himself only the ungodly need fear me, i have read some stupid comments that shannow is dark wreckless shannow is the light and the wisdom of whole trilogy he just will not sit on his hands while the bullies prosper a great great character, i was ninteen when i read wolf in shadow and in prison for getting into one fist fight to many shannow taught me to be better man im 39 now im married with four kids and have not been back to prison i will always look up to and be inspired by jon shannow . god bless david gemmell sleep well my friend.
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on 30 December 1999
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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on 23 October 2013
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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on 29 December 2012
Jon shadow rides up to water his horse and finds love and battles though hardened by a violent past he will face no enemies and join with friends to defeat an evil that is without mercy
a mix of western and fantasy that only David Gemmell could manage so well it will keep you reading and the shock of the last page well
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on 27 August 2013
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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on 19 February 2004
If you want to know what the world will really be like 7000 years into the future then you have to buy this book. It has betrayal, love, violence, twists and turns. You'll be drawn in so fast you wont realise you've just finished the book. Then without warning you will feel the unstoppable urge to buy the next book in the trilogy.
I cant urge you enough to buy this book!
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on 18 July 2015
Wolf in Shadow is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that is the future Earth. Civilization is in tatters. In no particular order the story has:

:: blood guzzling magical meteors which make the user evil,
:: cannibals that roam the lands,
:: an army of Satan-worshipping fanatics called The Hellborn who terrorise folk, and
:: the almost immortal Guardians exist with psychic powers.

In amongst all this is the main protagonist Jon Shannow, The Jerusalem Man. Jon is a wandering Old Testament quoting gun-slinger. He's searching for Jerusalem, believing it to be paradise and provide meaning to his life.

Shannow is a man who doesn't hesitate to use force to combat the dark forces of evil. He bring justice to brigands by blowing holes in them. During his quest he gets many, many opportunities to do this.

I’m a fan of David Gemmell's work. I've read several of his books and loved every one of them. He writes in an way that I find enjoyable. Wolf in Shadow reads like a Western, horror fantasy (if such a genre exists?) and had a characters that you care about. They’re genuine and credible and the masses of action makes the pages fly by.

For a short book there’s a hell of a lot happening but this isn't a bad thing. Gemmell writes in a lean way. Where other authors would use 1000 words Gemmell would use 100.

One criticism is that I’m also not a massive fan of books that rely on magical devices to overcome tricky parts of the plot. For example, here we have characters communicating with each other using magical means. They also teleport themselves. This detrimentally effects the tension. But saying that that this is still a brilliant book and I’m going to definitely read the other two books in the series.
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on 23 April 2013
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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