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Publisher's Summary

They call it the Academy. A secluded, cliff-top mansion overlooking the rugged Pacific coast. A school for children gifted - or cursed - with extraordinary minds. Children soon to come under the influence of an intelligence even more brilliant than their own - and unspeakably evil.

For within this mind a dark plan is taking form. A plan so horrifying, no one will believe it. No one but the children. And for them it is already too late. Too late, unless one young student can resist the seductive invitation that will lead... into the Shadows.

©2005 John Saul (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"[A] tense, high-tech psychological suspense thriller." (Publishers Weekly)  

"Saul has the instincts of a natural storyteller." (People)   

"J. Charles, does a terrific job creating a variety of children's voices....the overall effect is a gripping and suspenseful reading of a nerve-jangling tale." (AudioFile

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  • THATZLIFE
  • 18-04-2010

Loved it!! Will keep you listening!

My first John Saul book and he had me hanging on the edge in this book the entire way! I can't wait to download another one of his books! This is what you want in a book...you do not get bored.
The narrarator was excellent also. Since this book was suspensful tale about kids, it reminded me of a Koontz book called The Voice Of The Night. The narrarator makes it really good!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-2011

Good read - Good narration

This book kept my mind so engaged during a long drive from SC to TN that the hours passed nearly unnoticed. I arrived at my destination before the book ended and found myself looking for an activity to busy my body so I could finish listening to the story.

The ending was pretty much what I'd expected but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story at all.

So far this is one of my favorite audio book listens.

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  • Scott
  • 02-08-2013

Can't go wrong with this one

Very entertaining, a little Twilight Zone, a good story and it makes you think.

Worth a credit.

If you like John Saul at all, you will enjoy this!

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  • Laprin
  • 23-02-2013

No doubt - "Shadows" is worth a listen

I have downloaded several John Saul novels, and have come to the conclusion that most of his works are average, but when he's at his best he rivals Steven King. This is John Saul at his best. It took a little while for me to warm up to the characters, but soon I was on the edge of my seat. This is not demonic or filled with gore. Instead, it is a psychological thriller that ask you to see the world through the eyes of highly intelligent children who are largely outcasts, and there need to be a part of something - even something more sinister than you can imagine. The narrator, J. Charles, does an excellent job of bringing these characters to life.

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  • Christina Ciniglio
  • 22-10-2020

Awesomeness!!!

Most favorite narrator ever, to the point I have begun searching for booms that he narrates. Shadows was the second book I read of John Saul and after reading this second book of his, he became my favorite author. Since then l have read everything of his I can get my hands on. In my opinion, this book combined with J. Charles as narrator, is absolute perfection. I have laughed, I have cried, I couldn't stop listening. J. Charles switches between characters seamlessly. I feel as if I know each character personally and as intimately as if they were right in front of me. Excellent performance by J. Charles. This book is a must have in your Audible library. Happy listening...CCinig

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  • Amy
  • 10-08-2019

Just ss I remembered It!

This was such a great story. I was introduced to this novel when I was in 7th grade by our reading teacher. I am sure shecut out the gruesome parts but this book stuck with me. I am now 31 years old and have heard it the second time. It still leaves an impression on me now as it has then.

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  • kevin connolly
  • 23-01-2019

Darkly Fantastic!

J.S. takes the reader on a very dark nightmarish ride in a world time and place just like our own. thankyou

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  • Dean L Ma
  • 28-11-2018

cool

took a little while to get to the best parts of the book but it was worth it

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  • jay johann
  • 26-11-2018

John saul is amazing!

excellent story, amazing premise executed absolutely perfectly, great performance and voicing for the characters. highly recommended.

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  • Joyce Burpee
  • 06-12-2016

wonderfully suspenseful.

love it, great suspense. many twisting plotlines. great writing! So far have loved every one of the John Saul books.

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  • Cindy
  • 12-09-2020

Loved it

Typical John Saul, but I loved it. The narrator was brilliant and really got into telling the story by changing the tone of his voice of the different characters, so you could tell who was talking to whom. Well worth listening too, and one that I will be listening too again.

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