Shadow Games

Shadow Games

by Doug Welch

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BN ID: 2940011134241
Publisher: Doug Welch
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Series: Shadow People , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 138,974
File size: 455 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Although I'm a retired community college instructor, I lived another life and acquired a wide range of experiences before my teaching and now author gig. I served the U.S. Navy and my country in Vietnam. I repaired robots and automated equipment in the aerospace industry. I was publicity chairman of the California Belly Dance Association for a while, actor in a motion picture, Manufacturing Engineer and Regional Chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and finally Professor of Manufacturing Technology at a local community college. Name it, and I've likely done it.
However, despite threatening to do so for many years, I'd never written a book. At least, until now. It's a lot of work. You really, really have to love it. Fortunately, (or unfortunately) it do love it and plan to continue it as long as I can type, scribble or speak.
Stay tuned for more. (See my website,Facebook and my blog for new books.)

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Shadow Games 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 507 reviews.
DougWelch More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank AmberKillian for the excellent review of my work. Painful as it is, it is a review like this that helps me become a better author. All I can say is that in a large novel such as this, the text is like a many tentacled monster, waiting in the wings to scream 'gotcha' at the most embarrassing moments. They were not only embarrassing, but dumb and unforgivable. Dumb because I knew better, and unforgivable because I made the same mistake over and over again. I apologize to any reader whose enjoyment of the novel was spoiled by my poor grammar editing. Rest assured, the revision is on its way. However, I take issue with some of the comments. I hardly think a self-confessed 'grammar Nazi' is a poster child for the twenty something generation. In a country in which a clear majority of the twenty plus population can't supply correct answers to simple questions about geography, government, and science, it would not be unusual for someone to have a momentary lapse in memory as to not be able to correctly identify Marilyn Monroe. After all, she died more that fifty years ago. The reference to "soul mates' was simply to provide the definition of the term for those readers who might not have encounter it. As to 'facts', I searched the whole novel for the word, and I could not identify the 'facts' the reviewer was referring to. If she refers to the scene with the physics professor, do a search on Wikipedia for 'quantum computing' and you can satisfy your curiosity. Remember, this is a science fiction novel. Science fiction deals with the "what if". What if Einstein was correct in his published paper in which he coined the phrase 'spooky action at a distance'. Could it explain the totally impossible concept of mental telepathy? In the world of science fiction, space ships regularly violate the laws of physics by traveling faster that the speed of light. Am I not allowed to do the same with the mind? By the way, the picture depicted in the novel is real. It was published in Wired Magazine. (I don't remember the issue.) As for pacing, I am an amateur author. I'm learning. The characters dragged me, kicking and screaming, to where they wanted to go. Doug Welch, author of Shadow Games
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful and amazing!! First off, who cares about some of the grammer mistakes Mr. Welch made, he is a new and rising author. It doesn't matter about the simple mistakes if you are spellbound by his wonderful creativity and imagination like I was! I will recommend this novel to everyone!! Thank you Mr. Welch for your amazing work of art!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good read. The only thing I would have changed would be the explicit sex scene. It was just as good without it. Leave some room for the imagination.
SapphireAngel More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story and the characters in it. It is quite a long book though, and there were a few times that the story dragged just a bit. All in all, my feeling is that Shadow Games is well worth the read if you enjoy the genre.
Jolene Cleaver More than 1 year ago
Well, If you like guys who act like guys, then you wont like the main character in this book. In the very beginning I almost thought there would be some kind of gross incest scene because he kept mentioning how pretty his twin sister was. The story line would be better if the ridiculous romance he ends up having with a very one dimensional character never happened. PLUS, if you like crying, well then this is the book for you since the sister cries at least every ten pages whether she needs to or not. I actually found myself skipping pages of repetitive crap (how many times was he going to indicate he was in the Army Rangers?). The dialogue between the brother and sister was also highly unbelievable. They conversed with the same amount of familiarity one would expect when you talk to your neighbor. If my brother spoke to me like that, I would literally punch him in the neck. Thankfully this book was free. I had hoped for so much more!
horsyheaven More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down. I cant wait for your second book. Keep it going. The gramer mistakes were not so bad that you couldnt read through them.
zoyalynn More than 1 year ago
The book would be great if I could beleive in the characters and thier diolog. The male character thought and spoke like a woman would. I know some pretty sensitive guys that are highly in touch with thier femanine side that wouldn't even begin to talk or think like this guy did in the book. I am not even sure I know gay guys that talk or think like this guy did. I also found it hard to beleive that a brother and sister would call each other bro, brother, sis, or sister in pretty much every conversation they have together and most times in every sentence they have to each other. I have siblings and I wouldn't, personally. The actual concept of the book and the sotry line is great, but like I said the conversational aspect was majorly lacking in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good and fast paced book. I enjoy finding new authors and their work. Watching them grow and their books become highly sought after is very rewarding. I find it amusing to read a negative review by someone who is unable to spell, use correct punctuation and the ability to use correct capitalization is clearly beyond them. I would encourage readers to take into account the reviewer ability to compose a review before condeming a new author. Many, many veteran writers have misspelled or misused words. After all, we all make mistakes, that's why there are erasers on pencils.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly loved the premise of this book, but couldn't help noticing that the writing left something to be desired. It lacked a certain maturity and depth. I truly hope the sequels will bring depths to Mr. Welch's writing that are not seen here. I am looking forward to learning more about the People and how they interact with Normals. Mr. Welch, please keep writing... just leave off some of the "dears" and "darlings".
1of5 More than 1 year ago
I was quite disappointed with Shadow Games. The author's few good ideas are swamped by his unnecessary repetition. And I was frankly offended by the porn passage he slips into the second half - jarringly gratuitous and out of place in the relation to the rest of the book. The synopsis was promising - a young man, Paris Fox, and his sister Alexandra are reunited on the sad occasion of their parents' tragic deaths. The twins' connection to each other is strong, and mysterious powers are evoked in them in the face of outside evil forces. They meet another brother/sister pair under odd but pleasant circumstances, and each of them falls in love with their opposite counterpart. As the mystery of the threatening powers attacking them becomes clearer, Paris' ability to counteract them develops. But this is the point at which the author begins repeating themes and plot points, to the point of tedium. The last chapters are most unsatisfying - where the author had tried to build detail upon detail in developing the story, the ending grows more and more vague. Paris undergoes something deep and wrenching, but little is explained except his agony. He develops new powers that are unexplained - a "Deus ex machina" that concludes the book with a "Wait... what?" of epic proportion. And then it ends. Abruptly. The plot and story-telling here is on the level of juvenile fiction. But the sex scene makes that unworkable. I can't figure out who the audience for Shadow Games might be, but I don't recommend it for anyone. For me it was the worst kind of read - just enough to keep me going, but a denouement that left me angry at the author, and angry with myself for reading all the way to the end. I kept hoping it would redeem itself. Silly me.
mbcrandell More than 1 year ago
The author did a good job developing his story, keeping the reader engaged and had a good ending. Kudos on your original idea and to developing it! Other than a few slow spots and some grammatical errors, this book is well written. Mr. Welch, I'll be waiting to see what you come up with next and looking forward to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved the overall story and theme. I just didnt like the whole love-at-first-sight thing. ( sorry, im a skeptic. Lol ) also, the scenes where they kept declaring their love were really cheesy, repetitive, and flat. I also must agree that Paris seemed too emotional and mushy at times... which is what i would expect perhaps from a female narrator, but rarely a male. BUT...... i would definitley recommend this book because of the intriguing mystery and thriller aspects. If one can overlook the slightly weak love subplot, one can find the book a very enjoyable and exciting read. The author certaintly deserves credit and a high five for the incredible mystery aspect. And just for the record, Paris's ignorance of Marilyn Monroe and the concept of soulmates did not bother me in the least. In fact, it rather made me appriciate him as a three-dimensional chararacter who has valid ignorance. ----- kay
BrutSB More than 1 year ago
Good idea for a plot. The dialog between the characters was juvenile. The sex /love scenes were PAINFUL. Could have been written by a teen a young teen. Skimmed thru alot of it. Didnt enjoy much of it
Ericka Prichard More than 1 year ago
This book has it all. Suspence, romance, mystery, and invisable men. READ IT NOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, immensely! My only complaint is that the author made Paris and Ceasar, a little too sensitive and unreal, as well as too well spoken. Alex was much more down to earth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good storyline, novel concept. This book takes you on an extraordinary journey that bewitches your imagination. It's an unpredictable page turner. Once i started reading it was nearly impossible for me to put down. I highly recommend this book!
TC_Murphy More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I knew all the areas spoke of in this book and didnt have any trouble at all picturing the scenery. The storyline was very different but I like different. Great to read something new. Thanks for the great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a ridiculous book. Full of useless details and inappropriate thoughts and dialouge. It wasn't worth the time I spent reading it. The author owes me 7 hours of my life back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave the book three stars because there were 700 pages of explicit details and then the author zips through the practically unexplained and weak ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was alright. Not realistic though. No one talks to their siblings like that, and Paris seems to talk about his sister in a weird way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writer tends to leave you with bad description or lacking of in certain ares and in ares where it matters less he gives you a mouthfull.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly well writem book. Full of suspence that leads you from page to page.. In the romance scenes it was a bit too graphic fur my liking. I find that when more is left too the imagination it is usually much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it and the following one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book so far u should read it
janaelin More than 1 year ago
This book had plenty of action for action lovers. speaking of lovers it has romance and just a pinch of sexy. this book is all around.