This is my kind of book. A bit creepy and scary. I never read it before going to bed. A bit strange and different but I loved it. Monsters, nightmares, vampires and conspiracies. This book is one of my favorites.
Let me start by saying "Thank you" to Mr. Olson for not crafting a "Twilight/Underworld"-cliched vampire story. This book is totally unique and like nothing I have ever read before. Shade hearkens back to the original Gothic classic Dracula, not the horror/romance crud we have floating around today. The book was amazingly suspenseful and intriguing. Like other reveiwers, I did not know who was the good guy and who was the bad guy. Very good read. Christianity and redemption shine through. Here's hoping that Olson writes a sequel to Shade and Powers.
Shade is a thrilling ride. It does get scary sometimes, and very suspenseful. I had a hard time tell what was real and was not real. The characters are tricky as well. Because it's almost like one moment their good, and then the next their bad. Get this book, and go for a ride!!!
Hailey Maniates was a tall and beautiful third year grad student majoring in Biochemistry. One night, after returning to her lab, she is pursued by someone or something. Terrified, she runs through Golden Gate Park where she is rescued by a very tall homeless man. She can't understand it, but she can read his mind and she can feel his emotions. He sprints her to the hospital, and leaves her to explain her story. Even though Hailey thinks this is due to the shock from the trauma, the doctors feel it is something more. Hailey is put in a mental institution and is medicated for her hallucinations. She knows she's not crazy, and must find the very tall homeless man to find out what happened and get her many questions answered. What really did pursue Hailey? Why did she think she saw herself being chased through the attackers eyes? How could she feel the thought and emotions of the homeless "giant"? What was happening to her? Was she really just the crazy person her doctors diagnosed her to be?I had read the second book of this series, "Powers", first, and was a little concerned that I may have ruined this first book. Not at all!! From the beginning, "Shade" pulled me in. Masterfully written, it's full of mystery and intrigue and heart-stopping, spine-tingling terror. Olson wrote a fantastic page-turner that scared the pants off me! His characters have depth and memorable qualities that I won't easily forget, nor will I be comfortable being alone in the dark for a long time to come!!
An urban fantasy, Shade twists, turns and veritably races through the streets of modern day San Francisco.I can feel them. The homeless man and some kind of monster. I know what this sounds like, but Im not crazy! Im a grad studenthere at UCSF. Something attacked me in my lab. It was in my head. I saw myself through its eyes (Page 42).How can graduate student Hailey Maniates be anything but terrified? The Mulo wants her dead. A homeless giant assigns himself her protector. And emergency room doctors question her sanity. Before she knows it shes locked up in a psychiatric ward with a new identityparanoid schizophrenic. But Hailey is sure shes not having hallucinations, that shes not crazy. Well, shes pretty sure.In this fast-paced, mind-bending thriller, Christy award winning author, John B. Olson, explores the age old battle between good and evil. Is Hailey misdiagnosed with a debilitating mental illness at the hands of an agnostic physician? Or in the supernatural battle of a lifetime with spirits of the dead? Told from a Christian worldview, Olson employs a masterful use of language, characters that get under your skin and a genuine exploration of faith. Not so much outright scary as deep down frightening, readers will be thinking about Hailey and Melchi long after they put the book down. Shade is full of faith, mystery, science, suspense and a double-dollop of romance. Recommended for adults and older teens who like romance or thrillers. The book trailer and a sample chapter are available at http://bhpublishinggroup.com/fiction/books.asp?p=9780805447347 You will not fear the terror of the night. Psalm 91From the Christian Library Journal; used by permission.