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by John Saul

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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


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.

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"Saul has the instincts of a natural storyteller." — People
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After a very slow first half, Saul ( Darkness , The God Project ) picks up the pace and delivers aword? tense, high-tech psychological suspense thriller. Ten-year-old genius Josh MacCallum is bored, lonely and almost always angry at his older, teasing classmates. After he attempts suicide, his frantic single mother jumps at the chance to enroll him in the Academy, a school for very gifted kids in Northern California. Run by aloof Dr. Engersol and matronly housemother HildieHildie not Hidie/eed , the school, which occupies an old mansion, offers Josh a friend in another `fellow genius' awk when describing a woman genius, Amy Carlson. Trouble surfaces when a 12-year-old kills himself, but calm returns as Hildie dispenses hugs and common sense. Soon after Josh and Amy are picked for an advanced ``seminar,'' Engersol and Hildie are revealed as nasty and the mad-scientist plot hurtles to a violent conclusion featuring dueling brains?? Josh and Amy's? unclear You're absolutely right but i'm afraid it will have to stand as is. I can't reach the reviewer, and altho I have the galley, connected to a mainframe computer. The novel's padded beginning and only serviceable prose are tolerable `lesser' implies comparison w greater flaws, not w virtues flaws in light of Saul's chilling conceit, Hildie's jarring comeuppance and a delightful final twist. 150,000 first printing. (June)

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House of Reckoning is John Saul’s thirty-sixth novel. His first novel, Suffer the Children, published in 1977, was an immediate million-copy bestseller. His other bestselling suspense novels include In the Dark of the Night, Perfect Nightmare, Black Creek Crossing, Midnight Voices, The Manhattan Hunt Club, The Right Hand of Evil, Guardian, and Faces of Fear. Saul divides his time between Seattle, Washington, and Hawaii.

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Shadows 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember searching through my school library in search of something that could hold my interest and keep me wanting more. Thats about the time i stubbled onto this book. Ever since i picked it up and read the first few pages i couldnt put it down it went with me everywhere and every chance i got i would read the book. This was the first John Saul that i had read and after i finished it i wanted more so i drove down to the bookstore and picked up 4 other John Saul books and since then i've only read his books. I love the way that he keeps the reader in suspense and wondering the whole time and just when you think you've figured it out he throws in another plot twist and then in the end you never would have guessed it would turn out the way it did. I say people read this book and other books by John Saul. I recomended this book to all my friends and they went to the library and checked it out and fell in love with the way John Saul writes. This is an extremly good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I am reviewing is called 'Shadows' by John Saul. I found this book mind warping and hard to put down. This book was about realy young smart kids that go to a University. They live in dorms and some of them have a special class that deals with artificial intelligence. Kids turn up dead, assumed scuicide, but the truth of the story is revealed with multiple twists and never ending enjoyment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read eleven of his books and would have to say this is one of my all time favorites. Whether a first time Saul reader or an experienced one, this book will draw you in and satisfy you beyond believe in many different ways. Excellent. Must Read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!!! 100 stars!!!!!! -skycloud
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first John Saul book i read. I found it to be very addicting. You should really read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg, everytime I read John Saul, I never go away unhappy. I love his thrillig twists and turns, his haunting story lines and characters. Always a good read and page turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first John Saul book and i 'no lie' read it in less than one day! I holed up in my room and literally couldn't put it down! it was really good and i can honestly say that i will go out and buy more of his books if they are half as good as this one! I very much recommend it! the suspense and mind-blowing 'no pun intended' plots are incredible! :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fasinating! In my life, i haven't read a book all the way through. But this book we wonderfull. I love this book, and this author. John Saul has easily become my favorite. This is a twisting book about a young boy, too smart for his own good. I loved this book, and read the whole thing through twice! easily my fav!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are thinking of reading this novel, then I suggest you give it a try. Filled with surprising twists and turns, Shadows immediately pull you into the darkened corridors of the Acadamy, and the even darker paths of the human mind. All this with a cast of characters no older than ten years old, tempted and swayed by those who should be wiser than they. How often are we able read a book like this?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first John Saul at that was back in 1997. Also first book I fully read in English while being a foreign exchange student in the U.S. Since then, I have read all his books, am living here full time and cannot wait for his latest 'Perfect Nightmare' out this month. 'Shadows' is definitely one of his best books. I never put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this one is not as intensively spine chilling as some of his other work, it definately belongs on the 'HORROR' shelf. This is my 7th Saul book and I'm on my way to get more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was really interesting; so interesting that it only took me, seriously, two days to read the book. I couldn't put it down and it was a real page turner. In the end you have an idea whats going to happen, but how its going to happen is what keeps you reading. I love John Saul's books and would recommend any of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book! It was suspensful, interesting, creative, terrifying...everything a good John Saul novel has. I found the plot INCREDIBLY original, very interesting, and just...great! I mean, I am not making this up. This book was the first- maybe second- John Saul book I ever read, and is still #1 on my list of my favorite John Saul books. I really recommend this to ANYone who likes an original story, a terrifying story, and a just plain great novel! I can't say enough good things about this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! John Saul books are the best I,ve ever read! A certain suicide scene will raise the hairs on your neck(I'm not going to give away who it is.) I love how the kids act like real, normal kids. Read it, you won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an eerie transformation awaits those young, gifted children, and John Saul takes them through a bizarre, twisted tale of over the edge bio-ethics and does so in a way that's sure to knock the reader in the head for attention!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was my second book to read of John Saul's. I love books in the Horror genre, and I loved John Saul books. He is a great author and this book really great! I could come to terms with this book (especially the way Josh was treated. This was one of the best books I've read (between my two favorite authors, John Saul & Dean Koontz). You will absolutely love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a fast reader. I got this book and was not really sure how much I would get into it, even though I love Saul books. I just wasn't sure about the whole Artificial Intelligance thing. I could not put it down. I would go out to dinner with my family.. and there I was in the corner reading my book. It is an AWESOME story. You will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This being the first book by John Saul that I've read, I didn't expect much. But, after the first fifty pages I was hooked. Unlike what I had originally imagined,I could relate and understand the novel really well. The plot line hit home, and made that kind of artificial intelligence experimentation seem not so far off in the future. You know what some people say, 'If someone can dream it, it can be done!'
Anonymous 8 days ago
As usual Saul delivers. His formula, predictable sometimes. But this tale, like his others, will not let you go quietly. He is not afraid of the touchy, dark subjects. Because of character's age, heart wrenching. Editing got sloppy towards the end. Unless computers infected my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my 4th John Saul book. I highly recommend this book! I started reading, and had to force myself to put it down, family wanted fed..
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John Saul is a good writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She creeps up behind Soul.....and presses her feline body down on Soul kissing her a few times before she goes down to Soul's "place" and licks it eagerly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a less technophobic, more utopian version of this experiment, read 'The Ship Who Sang' by Anne mCAffrey. This book, Shadows, is well built, good chsracterization, decent understanding of how children think, sneaky and enough to make a Luddite out of you. Not novel - movies dating back to the 40s used the basic plot, but well crafted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of spelling errors on the e reader edition but still a wonderful story. I couldn't put it down!