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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    A Clever Book

    This first novel- more thriller than scifi- has a great concept and good characterization, although the convoluted, interwoven storylines tend to periodically give you a few moment's pause as you sort them out. (And sometimes they just...go away, taking a few characters with them.) Still, the suspense builds fairly steadily, and the ending is a genuine (but fitting) surprise. The book raises a few ethical questions about cloning and the characters debate them to some degree, but that doesn't really seem to be the main focus of the book. (See the great new scifi thriller An Audience for Einstein by Mark Wakely for a novel that tackles the thorny ethical issues of human medical experimentation head on.) What Cast of Shadows offers instead is a psychological cat-and-mouse game and tense entertainment. The depiction of Shadow World, a creepy online role-playing 'game' of the future that blurs the distinction between what's real and what isn't, is perhaps the best invention in the book the suspense is ratcheted up when Shadow World appears. And as the killer is methodically hunted in true mystery novel fashion (although with far more conviction and purpose than your typical 'gumshoe' fare,) Cast of Shadows proves able to blend several genres into a satisfying whole. And you'll definitely wish for another round of Shadow World someday.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exhilarating medical thriller

    In Chicago fertility Dr. Davis Moore mourns the brutal rape and murder of his seventeen years old daughter, Anna Kat. He finds no closure when the police fail to break the case symbolized by returning his child¿s stuff to him. However, amongst Anna Kat¿s items is an inadvertently left vial of sperm that Davis knows must have come from the culprit. Though once ethical, Davis breaks the law by using the DNA of a live person to impregnate Martha Finn so that her child would provide the visage of his daughter¿s killer. --- A few years later Davis depressed wife has committed suicide while he uses software to see what the cloned child Justin will look like as an adult. He also informs his peer Joan Burton that he broke the law by using a live person¿s DNA. She joins him as they follow clues that lead to a Windy City serial killer the Wicker Man, but no proof that Anna Kat is one of his victims though Justin feels an affinity to this sociopath. --- This exhilarating medical thriller grips the audience who will wonder if Davis is looking at the face of his daughter¿s killer when he stares at Justin and whether he created a chip off the old block in a Frankenstein way. The story line is action-packed, but has several subplots that add suspense but seem like unnecessary detours that husks the reader away from the prime theme. Still Kevin Guilfoile cooks up an extremely exciting tale with several intriguing moral questions that would make even the Kansas AG pause before demanding information.--- Harriet Klausner

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