by John B. Olson

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ISBN-13: 9780805449655
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

John B. Olson holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin but left his job as a director and principal scientist at a major scientific software company after eight years to pursue full-time writing and speaking. He has since won several awards for his books. Olson lives with his wife and two children in San Leandro, California.

John B. Olson holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin but left his job as a director and principal scientist at a major scientific software company after eight years to pursue full-time writing and speaking. He has since won several awards for his books. Olson lives with his wife and two children in San Leandro, California.

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Shade 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
tweezle More than 1 year ago
Hailey Maniates was a tall and beautiful third year grad student majoring in Biochemistry. One night, after returning to her lab, she is pursued by someone or something. Terrified, she runs through Golden Gate Park where she is rescued by a very tall homeless man. She can't understand it, but she can read his mind and she can feel his emotions. He sprints her to the hospital, and leaves her to explain her story. Even though Hailey thinks this is due to the shock from the trauma, the doctors feel it is something more. Hailey is put in a mental institution and is medicated for her hallucinations. She knows she's not crazy, and must find the very tall homeless man to find out what happened and get her many questions answered. What really did pursue Hailey? Why did she think she saw herself being chased through the attackers eyes? How could she feel the thought and emotions of the homeless "giant"? What was happening to her? Was she really just the crazy person her doctors diagnosed her to be? I had read the second book of this series, "Powers", first, and was a little concerned that I may have ruined this first book. Not at all!! From the beginning, "Shade" pulled me in. Masterfully written, it's full of mystery and intrigue and heart-stopping, spine-tingling terror. Olson wrote a fantastic page-turner that scared the pants off me! His characters have depth and memorable qualities that I won't easily forget, nor will I be comfortable being alone in the dark for a long time to come!!
winstonsmithlives on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the basic plot of a graduate student, Hailey Maniates, pursued by an unknown enemy who is then saved by a homeless man who may be more then he seems. I also thought I would like the apparent mixing of genres, mystery, science fiction, Christian fiction, etc. However, problems with the back-story and editorial problems really took away from the book. The beginning of the story turned out to be fairly jumbled, which at first I thought was part of the structure of the book, but the chaotic nature took away from the story and didn't pan out for the reader. The ending felt rushed with random bits of story that seemed placed just to make the whole thing wrapped up, while having nothing to do with other parts of the book. For the most part, the story is half good mystery, and half bad science fiction novel.
multilingualmaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Full of whispers of vampires, cults, and an ancient prophecy, Shade is packed with suspense. Hailey doesn¿t know who she can trust when she starts having what the doctors dismiss as hallucinations. However, she can¿t shake the feeling that something evil seems to be tracking her and she begins to question her friends, the police, and even herself. Does Melchi, a homeless man, have the answers to her questions, or is he crazy too? Truth and lies, good and evil are jumbled and confused as the reader, along with Hailey, tries to determine which is which. I think I must have changed my mind several times about who was good and who was evil before the end. I confess that I never really got as interested in the subplot involving Athena, although I suppose it added to the pacing and overall suspense of the story. There were some moments of confusion, especially at the beginning when I wasn¿t sure what was going on, but as I read further, it only seemed appropriate since the character herself often doesn¿t fully understand what is happening. Overall, I enjoyed the suspense and general creepiness as well as the uniqueness that a character like Melchi brings to the story. I will likely look for more by this author in the future.
pandorabox82 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The premise is an intriguing one, and had it been handled just a touch differently, I think it would have made all the world. The problem was that I had such a hard time getting into the book. It was such an awkward beginnging and did not giuve enough of the backstory that one would need to really delve into the story right away.I also hard a problem with liking the female lead. She really had no redeeming qualities, as she seemed to vacillate between trusting Melchi and pushing him away that by the end when she has to put her trust in him it seems forced and weak.
happymom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book. Had many componenets for a good read, and it falls into a number of genres so I think it will be a good book for many different types of readers. Anyone reading from religious thrillers to conspiracy theories to vampire novels will like this book.
vintagebeckie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shade is the first book that I have received as an LTER. Not really the kind of book I would pick, but having said that, I really enjoyed reading the book. Fans of Peretti and Dekker would probably love this book. The setting is San Francisco which is experiencing a spate of missing youth and Sudden Onset Dementia cases. The book is written from the points of view of the main characters. When the character is experiencing confusion and out of body experiences, the reader feels the confusion also. Nothing is as its seems and this adds to the suspense. I would recommend this to anyone interested in reading experiences of sprititual warfare.Beckie Burnham
elbakerone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hailey Maniates is a San Francisco graduate student in biochemistry. She is a scientist who trusts in data that can be observed with her senses but she is shaken one night when she is attacked in her laboratory by a supernatural force that causes her to question her own sanity. She is rescued by a homeless giant named Melchi and though she finds herself drawn to the stranger by an unexplainable attraction, he is just as confusing to her as the attacking force, as she seems to be able to read his emotions. As the story progresses, Hailey enters even more confusing situations and constantly questions what is real around her. Doctors want to diagnose her with paranoid schizophrenia; her friends warn her of a plague of Sudden Onset Dementia that has been sweeping the city; and stranger still is Melchi's explanation of a spiritual war between an evil vampirish being known as The Mulo and a mysterious force for good called The Standing. The real answer lies somewhere between faith and science and it is up to Hailey to discover the truth in time to save several lives - including her own. Combining faith, mystery, science, and suspense, with a dash of romance, John B. Olson has crafted one of the most intelligent works of Christian fiction on the market today. Fans of Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti will not want to miss this book - but be assured that Olson's style and voice are unique and original. Shade is a fast paced and suspenseful thriller yet even with all the action, it manages to deliver well-developed characters with plenty of heart. Olson does a great job of engaging the reader in Hailey's struggles and the challenge is on to distinguish reality from hallucination alongside the protagonist. Thought-provoking as well as entertaining, Shade is truly a book that shines!
bookking on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story focuses on two main characters. Hailey is a grad student who is gifted in The Standing, an order that is protected by Melchi. The story is well thought out, but I felt it did lack a little in delivery. I did feel connected to the two main characters, but the supporting cast seemed to just fade as the story developed.I enjoyed the imaginative prose of the author. Melchi was a fascinating man and I loved his specific attributes. The way he lived. The way he moved around the city. It all seemed to have the "super hero" effect that the author may have been looking for.The genre is Christian Fiction. The messages were subtle, so I'd recommend this to anyone, regardless of their religious strength.
TrishNYC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a grad student, Hailey Maniates, who has her quiet life ripped to shreds by some unearthly happenings. While being attacked both physically and mentally by a stranger in Golden Gate Park, she is rescued by a handsome homeless man called Melchi. From this encounter, her life seems to spiral out of control and both she and the reader begin to doubt what is real and what is purely an overactive imagination. Her savior Melchi deposits her at a local hospital because she had been hurt by her attacker but when she descends into abnormal hysterics, the doctors think she is mentally unhinged. I think this was a good first book by a new writer. My biggest issue with the book was that the book rested too much on making the reader feel too much as Hailey felt. When she was confused, we were confused. When she could not determine reality, we could not determine reality. As a story telling device, this is wonderful but the problem began when this device is overused as I think it was here. I spent the first 65 pages of the books confused and wondering exactly what was going on and I don't think that this is a good thing. There was quite a bit of jumping around between scenes and not enough character development. The villain's motives were a bit blurred and confusing and even when we we are told why he is doing what he does, it just seems kinda flimsy and lacking in complexity. But the pluses of the book are many. I liked its main message and I really liked the two main characters and wish I got to know them better. In my opinion, the last 100 pages were the best part of the book. It was in the last 100 pages that I felt the thrill and suspense that I felt had gone missing midway through my reading of the book. I hope the writer writes a sequel to this book,one that gives a clearer picture of the legend that spured the story and allows us to truly understand what was going on. Definitely an interesting read. (And any writer who finds a way to work in a mention of Dr. Who and his sonic screwdriver has my vote)!!
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book much more than I actually did. I loved the basic plot, a grad student being pursued by an unknown enemy only to be saved by a heroic homeless man. Along the way both seem completely delusional, to the point where Hailey, the grad student, is treated for schizophrenia and believes the diagnosis herself. Despite this, they grow more attracted to one another and Hailey learns to reluctantly trust her hero, Melchi, and he spins a tale full of the evil Mulo, or gypsy vampire that he must destroy in order to save our world. This is a great plot with exceptional characters that were easy to like and sympathize with.The problem was in the actual story telling. Too much was thrown into the mix. The backstory was confusing and often made me feel like the schizophrenic one, wondering what could possible be added next. The beginning of the story was chaotic and jumbled and the ending felt rushed and thrown together with random bits of story that seemed placed just to make the whole thing wrap up nice and tidy, while having nothing to do with other parts of the book. I appreciated the faith based aspects of the story and characters, especially set against the basic science, but I just felt it could have been much clearer to enable the reader to enjoy without having to scratch my head every few pages. I do however look forward to a sequel, in the hopes of shedding more light on the general plot line.
Kenkwa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having enjoyed reading similar books in this genre (esp. Frank Perretti), I really had difficulty getting into this book. From the opening lines of this book, I was having difficulty of grasping what was going on - so I gave up after a few more pages. This is on my stack to revisit.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hailey, a graduate student in San Fransisco, is just trying to get away from the date that her temporary roommate tried to foist upon her, when she has an absolutely bizarre experience of feeling something coming after her which leaves her absolutely full of fear and hunger. Trying to escape, she is accosted in the park by a man with a knife. A homeless man, Melchi, saves her and brings her to the hospital, but when Hailey tries to explain to the doctors what's going on, they're convinced she has paranoid schizophrenia. She's not sure who to believe, but she's soon drawn into events smacking of the supernatural.I picked this up to read before I receive the sequel from Early Reviewers. It's solid Christian suspense fiction, dominated by pace, and definitely worthy of the comparisons to Ted Dekker. Though the events are unbelievable after stepping back from the book, during the reading it's a scary adrenaline rush that had me reading it straight through all afternoon.
aya.herron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This fast-paced novel keeps you on the edge of your seat with a wild chase through San Francisco and a glimpse of the underground Goth scene. John B. Olson melds faith, science, romance, and suspense in his novel, Shade. UCSF graduate student Hailey Maniates' quiet life is suddenly interrupted by a powerful force she can't understand. Running away from a "monster", Hailey is attacked. She is saved by a homeless man named Melchi who delivers her to a hospital where she is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.The only way Hailey can prove her sanity is to find her knight in shining armor. With the help of her friend Boggs, Hailey is reunited with Melchi. He explains that Hailey is a child of The Standing, while he is a child of the prophecy. His job is to fight the Mulo, evil gypsy vampire-like creatures who have the ability to move into different bodies to achieve immortality.Hailey finds herself torn between Melchi and a magnetic stranger, Sabazios Vladu. At the same time, Hailey must convince the world that she is not insane. She must learn to rely on her own beliefs and faith to overcome many challenges and help fulfill Melchi's prophecy. This is a classic good vs. evil story.Recommended for teens and adults who enjoy Christian suspense with supernatural and romantic undertones. The themes of faith and redemption are also featured.
horomnizon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like other reviewers, I did have an issue when the book changed from a science fiction/fantasy novel to Christian fiction. Sure, there had been inklings throughout, but suddenly the whole timbre of the book changed...from just being good versus evil to being salvation versus damnation.OK, so I still gave it 4 stars - I'm not opposed to Christian Fiction, I just prefer to know when I'm reading it. I thoroughly enjoyed the psychological conflict Hailey is experiencing trying to decide if Melchi is a lunatic or telling the truth - if she really saw and felt what she remembers or if it was all illusion. Some of this got very confusing at times, though - perhaps partly because of Olson's word choice at times. In the end, though, all the people I assumed were good, were....and those I thought were evil, were. So the suspense sort of fell through toward the end. And, it kind of tied up in a nice little package too well, so I'm curious to take a look at his next book (which I'm getting as an Early Reviewer). I'm not totally sure if it's a sequel...I will read it anxiously, but if it is more of the same as the end of this book, I expect to tire quickly of it. Here's hoping it's more like the middle of Shade and not the end. Still worth a read, if you like a mix of Christian Fiction and fantasy...Peretti fans should give it a try.
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Thomas Fore More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the subtle mystery and twist to the story. Well done can't wait for the authors next one!
moose65 More than 1 year ago
i really love this book .... at its start it is a classic vampire storie .. but in the 21st century people don't believe in monsters .. that is about where it leaves it and becomes a great storie of GOD'S love and the true saving power of CHRIST JESUS
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JanetAnnCollins1 More than 1 year ago
This book is set in San Francisco and the places are familiar to me. That adds to the sense of mystery and danger, but anyone would be drawn into the scary story and identify with Hailey. It's nice to read something with nuances of the supernatural that's not just another vampire book, but something totally original. The ending is positive and satisfying, but left me wondering what would happen to the characters in the future. A sequel may be on the horizon.
Rapid_Reader More than 1 year ago
This book in the beginning is a little slow but after the first chapter or two, it will grab you and not let go. There are parts in the book that are psychologically thrilling and make you question your own sanity or your idea of what is real and what is fake. I think this book has many twists that will keep you keep thinking about it for days after you read it. The main characters are well developed and you can feel for them. There are some points where you can get the minor characters mixed up, but only a couple times. It keeps you on you feet until the very end. The ending is a little disappointing but it wraps the story up in a bow.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson

When a noise scares Hailey from the science department at her collage, she runs. A great fear presses down on her and suddenly she can see herself, as if she is looking through the eyes of her pursuer. She can feel his thoughts, his emotions. She flees the campus and runs into Golden Gate Park, but falls and hurts her ankle. Just as her pursuer is about to attack, a towering homeless man rescues her. As he carries her to the emergency room, she can sense his thoughts as well.

The hospital workers think she might be schizophrenic, that she hallucinated the whole ordeal. They prescribe heavy medication that leaves Hailey falling asleep at her desk. She can¿t live like this. She knows she¿s not crazy, and the only way to prove it, is to find her rescuer. But when she finally does, he seems as crazy as she feels, going on and on about ancient monsters who are hunting them. It makes no sense, but Hailey can¿t stop thinking about this giant hero. She is drawn to him, but is that because he is right? because he is sick and needs help? or because he¿s the monster and is using his powers on her?

Ooh! This was a creepy one, but I really liked it. John B. Olson has a great way of hooking you with his unique characters. I instantly liked both Hailey and Melchi (the homeless man). And the plot just kept twisting and turning, I couldn¿t even guess how it was going to end or what the whole monster thing was all about. This is an adult book, but older teens who like thrillers will love it. Recommended (with caution for those who don¿t like to be scared).
LynnRush More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I started it on a Saturday night and finished it the next day. John B. Olson did a fantastic job hooking me into his characters. I absolutely loved Melchi. His tortured existence was so entrancing. I love characters like that. Great read!!
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazingly eerie book that makes you think and keeps your heart pounding through the entire book. What is Hailey experiencing? Is it vampires, hallucinations, mental illness? Who is the homeless giant? "Whom do you trust when you can't tell reality from fantasy?" I loved Hailey and Melchi, but spent the whole book trying to figure out if they were right for each other and who the bad guys were. Intriguing book and highly recommended for readers that love fantasy / sci-fi books. **** (4 stars) for originality