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Iron Shadows

Iron Shadows

by Steven Barnes, Coleen Marlo
     
 

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Iron Shadows...an exciting, fast-paced thriller about a charismatic cult with a dark underside, a riveting adventure filled with passion and danger.

Cat Juvell has a black belt and a knack for solving difficult cases. She and her partner have been hired by a wealthy industrialist to retrieve his sister—and the family's millions—from the control

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Iron Shadows...an exciting, fast-paced thriller about a charismatic cult with a dark underside, a riveting adventure filled with passion and danger.

Cat Juvell has a black belt and a knack for solving difficult cases. She and her partner have been hired by a wealthy industrialist to retrieve his sister—and the family's millions—from the control of a mysterious cult known as the Golden Sun.

The cult's young leaders, twins Joy and Tomo, are said to have miraculous powers to heal and transform—and the cult's inner circle are rumored to perform erotic rituals in a quest to reach a higher consciousness.

But there are suggestions of darker practices, and a whispered phrase—Iron Shadows—that hints at a long-slumbering conspiracy of terror.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pounding on the heels of Blood Brothers, Barnes's 1996 fictionalized position statement on American racism, this non-stop erotic thriller seems tailored for the big screen, hormone-zapped adolescents and earsplitting wraparound sound. Cat Juvell, who's white, and Jax Carpenter, who's black, newly divorced but still best friends and private-eye partners, hire on to rescue wealthy heiress Kolla Sinclair from the Golden Sun, a cult led by enigmatic mixed-blood twin gurus Joy and Tomo Oshita. Once Jax and Cat plunge undercover into the titillating rites of the Golden Sun, Barnes doesn't overlook a single clich of dark fantasy fiction. Before the final ectoplasmic chase, he peels off layer after layer of plot, alternating heavy-breathing sex therapy with heavy-handed flashbacks about the twins' darksome mission. Joy and Tomo, it seems, are two halves of a monstrous whole, post-Nagasaki mutations shaped by their revenge-crazed Japanese mother and a sexually abusive U.S. Marine stepfather into supernatural instruments of mass destruction. Barnes's occasional lapses into farce notwithstanding ("Take them to the yurt!"), this yarn packs a stinging punch. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Private detective Cat Juvall goes undercover to locate a missing heiress linked to a pseudoreligious cult led by charismatic twins said to possess miraculous powers. Cat's rescue attempt leads, instead, to the discovery of the terrifying origins of the Golden Sun cult and to a confrontation with her own darkest secrets. The coauthor (with Larry Niven) of Beowulf's Children (LJ 9/15/95) demonstrates his cinematic flair for action scenes to good advantage in this fast-paced sf thriller. Explicit sex and graphic violence, while integral to the plot, may limit this novel's audience. Purchase where Barnes has a following.
Kirkus Reviews
Another contemporary horror/fantasy that, like Blood Brothers (1996), features the same mysterious immortal sorcerer known as the African. Maxwell Sinclair, of Sinclair Electronics, hires Juvell Associates (sleuth Cat Juvell; her huge, black ex- husband Jax Carpenter; and Cat's crippled computer-whiz Tyler) to track down his sister Kolla, who's in the clutches of the Golden Sun—a cult headed by the charismatic Japanese-African twins Joy and Tomo Oshita, whose talents purportedly include healing, firewalking, and psychic powers. On her upcoming 21st birthday, Kolla will sign over to the Golden Sun her share of the business—some $140 million. But Cat's investigations turn up a disturbing mixture of evidence: sexual ecstasy, terror, soup kitchens, unexplained deaths, and genuine miracles. Soon, Cat and Jax uneasily attend a cult workshop with Kolla and the twins, where some sort of blood-sharing seems to be going on—yet they can't decide whether to trust the genuinely psi-powered twins. Then Max Sinclair and assorted gunmen burst in to capture Kolla, Cat, and Jax. He just used Cat to discover Kolla's whereabouts, and intends to destroy the cult. But there are further adventures in store for Cat and Jax before they must irrevocably decide if the twins are a force for good or evil, and what they should—or can—do. A solid, hard-hitting workout, well-pitched and balanced, with plenty of broad appeal.

From the Publisher
"Barnes's compelling story...will have you turning the pages at a rapid clip." —Rocky Mountain News

"Barnes holds his cards close to his vest, carefully revealing only what will whet our curiosity, while he plays a strong hand of martial arts mayhem, male-bashing, cult-seminar sex, and powers-beyond-belief stunts....He keeps his readers guessing and interested." —The Washington Post

"This nonstop erotic thriller seems tailored for the big screen....This yarn packs a stinging punch." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781522683551
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
07/19/2016

Meet the Author

Born in Los Angeles in 1952, Steven Barnes began writing at the age of five, and since that time has published over two million words. His first published collaboration, "The Locusts," was nominated for the 1980 Hugo award, and his Outer Limits episode "A Stitch In Time" was nominated for a Cable Ace Award and won an Emmy for Amanda Plummer. He also wrote a one-woman show based on the life of Bessie Coleman (the first Black Aviatrix), been the Kung-Fu columnist for Black Belt Magazine (he holds dan rankings in Judo and Karate), and served as the host of the world's longest-running science fiction radio show, Hour 25. Currently living in Washington State with his wife, Novelist Tananarive Due and his daughter Lauren Nicole, Steven is working on a series of novels set in prehistoric Africa, for which he recently spent two weeks on Tanzania's Serengeti plain.