The Shadow Project

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Danny Lipman is a thief . . . until one night he robs the wrong house. He inadvertently breaks into the headquarters of the Shadow Project, a secret government organization where teenage spies are trained to leave their bodies, using astral projection to travel around the world on deadly missions.

Danny is captured, but the Project leaders quickly realize he has a special gift. And when a key operative—the director's daughter, Opal—goes ...

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Overview

Danny Lipman is a thief . . . until one night he robs the wrong house. He inadvertently breaks into the headquarters of the Shadow Project, a secret government organization where teenage spies are trained to leave their bodies, using astral projection to travel around the world on deadly missions.

Danny is captured, but the Project leaders quickly realize he has a special gift. And when a key operative—the director's daughter, Opal—goes missing, he is offered a choice: Join the Shadow Project or go to jail.

Danny joins and is quickly sent to investigate the Project's current target: a worldwide terrorist organization known as the Sword of Wrath. But as he gets deeper in, he discovers both the Project and the Sword of Wrath are far more than they seem. Danny and his fellow operatives are caught up in an ancient supernatural conflict and will have to learn how to survive in a world without boundaries of space or time, where the wrong choice could be their last.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jay Wise
London-born teenage thief Danny Lipman breaks into a home fronting the Shadow Project, a CIA/MI6 operation that uses out-of-body experiences (OOBE) to gather intelligence in the global war on terror. Danny's break-in happens just as Opal, a teen Shadow Project operative, attempts to track the movements of the Wrath of God terror cell during an OOBE. Although Project agents have been trained to believe that they cannot be captured or feel pain during an OOBE, Opal is imprisoned in the remote nation of Lusakistan as a result of the machinations of Farrakhan, a Wrath of God mystic bent on using occult creatures and objects within the astral plain to accomplish his objectives. Danny, using previously unknown psychic abilities, is recruited to the cause and rescues Opal. The two teens then join Michael, a natural-born magician from Mali, to travel through an alternate dimension and regain the Spear of Destiny, the legendary lance used to pierce Jesus' side during his crucifixion, now under Farrakhan's control. Faerie Wars series author Brennan crafts a middle grade suspense novel that combines action, adventure, a hint of romance, and religious mysticism perfect for readers not yet ready for the Alex Rider or Pendragon series. Employing short, episodic chapters told from various characters' perspectives, this fast-paced thriller gives a feel similar to James Patterson's Alex Cross novels. The ending, though, is altogether too rushed and implausible given the vivid description of earlier events, while many unanswered questions leads one to believe a sequel is forthcoming. Reviewer: Jay Wise
Children's Literature - Jamie Hain
Set in the British countryside around London, this fast-paced book follows teenager Danny Lipman as he breaks into the wrong house and inadvertently stumbles onto one of MI6's top-secret projects. Before long, Danny finds himself the project's newest recruit and in the middle of a supernatural adventure that is hundreds of years in the making. With the help of an ancient secret society, Danny and two other teenage project operatives use astral projection to battle evil forces and defeat the enemy. A complex plot full of twists and turns keeps readers guessing as to what will happen next. The well-developed characters make some of the more unrealistic points in the book more believable and add a bit of humor to this action story. This book would be a great addition to a library serving older middle and high school aged kids who enjoy books about the supernatural, espionage and adventure. Reviewer: Jamie Hain
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Danny Lipman is a young thief who stumbles into a clandestine operation that he does not immediately understand. The staff of the Shadow Project allows him to escape after deciding that he shows natural talent for their work but not before bugging his jacket. Danny soon learns that the project is a joint MI6/CIA venture that makes use of teen operatives to conduct remote viewing, a paranormal activity that allows agents to gather intelligence without risking themselves. Or so they believed. Opal, the director's daughter and a skilled operative in her own right, is somehow detained while on a mission and Danny is brought in to attempt a rescue. He is enticed to work for them, in part by their promise to provide the best possible care for his Nan, who has just had a stroke. From that point, nothing proceeds as Danny or anyone involved in the Shadow Project imagined. Given the number of spy novels and those on the entire spectrum of the paranormal battling for spots on young adult reading lists, this book was probably inevitable. It's exciting, has a good range of characters, an appealing cover, and also feels like a series opener, also inevitably. It should have broad appeal.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Danny's smart, independent . . . and a thief. One night, he breaks into what looks like a country mansion not too far from London only to stumble into the middle of a government experiment in astral projection and remote viewing-in other words, spying on terrorists from a safe distance. Recruited to join the project, he quickly finds out that things are not as they seem nor as safe as he'd been promised. "Remote" viewing gets up-close and personal, reaching out to include his frail grandmother as well as his new friends Opal (the director's daughter) and Michael (a descendent of African princes with secrets of his own). Some mysticism, a mean spiritual leader as the enemy, a touch of self-discovery and a look at the protagonists' deepest fears keeps the action moving. This is a quick, hard-to-put-down read, and if the premise seems improbable, there's just enough fact in the foundation to make it somewhat believable. It's all a bit too pat, but the interesting characters might well keep readers involved. Boys will be more attracted than girls, even with a central female teen character. (Science fiction. 10 & up)
The Horn Book
“The kind of mind candy that action/adventure junkies will gobble right up.”
Booklist
“Fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider Books should be right at home.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061756429
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Series: Shadow Project Series , #1
  • Pages: 355
  • Sales rank: 1,395,525
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Herbie Brennan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Faerie Wars Chronicles and the Shadow Project Adventure series. Worldwide, his books have sold in excess of 8.5 million copies. He lives in Ireland.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Danny picks the wrong house to break into; what looks like an old home is actually housing for secret government operations. The Project is attempting to defend the world against a terrorist organization. They're using astral projection to spy and locate this group.

    At the moment, they're looking for one man in charge of a terrorist cell who is in hiding. Danny looks into an operation room just before they send a girl out on a mission. He can see parts of the process that normal people can't ever see. The government takes notice.

    They let him escape and then capture him again to make a deal. They'll keep him out of jail, pay for his spot at Cambridge, and look after his grandmother if he works for them. Danny takes the offer.

    However, the terrorists have their own unique supernatural methods of spying and they catch one of the Project's operatives. The whole operation is in grave danger, and Danny and two other operatives must secure an ancient weapon in order to stop the Sword of Wrath. The weapon must be taken over in an alternate world, where nothing is as it appears and one wrong step could mean the end of everything.

    THE SHADOW PROJECT is a new action tale featuring spies, an alternative universe, and one dangerous mission. This book combines spies with paranormal twists, creating an awesome and unique read. Plus, the author describes the fact that research into extrasensory perception really did exist among agencies.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    A MUST READ!

    Its great, right amount of information, may be a bit confusing, other than that,GREAT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2011

    can someone give a reviw?

    this looks awesome.peopls who have read it, tell me if it is good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    An awesome sci fi thriller

    This book was the best I have read in a long time. I could barely put it down! But in the end I knew it was the humane thing to do. Anyway, this book is great for boys and girls because of its use of different perspectives. It can show that things are not always as they appear to one person. Also, it has a great ending, Herbie Brennan has really outdone himself!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Awesome

    Had slow opening and predictable to quick ending but overall it was a good book. Took less than two days to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Amazing Book!!!

    This was an amazing book. It has so many twists and a lot of suspense. It also had a lot of action and a lot of cool adventure! I think this book is appropriate for ages 11 and up because there is a little bit of bad words. Not curse words, but bad words. I would recommend this to anyone above the age group. I even convinced my mom to read it. It was an overall great book!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Meh... Not good.

    The plot was exciting, but not so much that you jump out of your seat. The conflict was strong, but the actions that were taken to solve and achieve the goal was boring and tedious. In the end, 3 stars because I had to drag myself through this book.

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  • Posted November 22, 2012

    enjoyed it

    I liked the characters and the premise of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Great book

    I have read this book hundreds of times. Every time ut gets better and better. One of the best books i have ever read GET THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Amazing

    I will definitely read this book soon.? The best

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Amazing

    One of the best books ever

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Not The Best!

    Super slow at parts but then gets really exciting!

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Highly recommended, through observation!

    My 12 year old son read this book straight through. I had to buy the sequel the following morning. I did not read the book, but I can tell you that the book captured his attention and was a page-turner through observation. Obviously a great book that he VERY much enjoyed! If your son/daughter is in this age range, it'll keep him/her busy! Prepare to buy the sequel.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    To slow for me

    I dont think it gets into the action quick enough and its hard to follow.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Great book

    My mom bought this for me and I wasn't sure if I would like it. I couldn't put it down once I started.

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  • Posted March 8, 2010

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    Spies on the rise.

    This teen spy novel is a very different tale then most out there. The begining is somewhat the same but there's a twist that makes 'The Shadow Project' stand out. Great book for fantasy and action/adventure lovers!/

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

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    A fun, fast-paced read

    This is a really fun book. Certainly not life changing by any means, but it has all the necessary elements that make up a great spy thriller - action, secret espionage, special technology, likeable heroes, fast-pacing, secret religious societies, a great good versus a terrible evil, pending world destruction, and hints at romance (or just romance in general). The cast of characters is perfect as well, and although they're a bit stereotypical, it works well for a book like this.

    To be honest, this is the first sci-fi/fantasy spy book that I've read in a while that I really loved. Not that I'm generally into them, but it could rank among the Dan Brown's and James Patterson's, but with a more YA feel. I recommend this to everyone looking for a fun, fast read.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

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