Vale Of Shadows

Vale Of Shadows

by Rob Dakin


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Vale Of Shadows by Rob Dakin

In Rob Dakin's modern thriller, Vale of Shadows, readers are introduced to 20th Century Istanbul, six teenagers, and a corpse. It is the 1950's, and young Altin Guler understands that murder is afoot, having witnessed what appeared to be a killing of supernatural devise with five of his friends on the dark streets of Istanbul. Never in his imagination could he have expected to be thrust into a drama so frightening that he would leave his beloved Turkey, and flee to America. Mystery and unanswered questions abound until, decades later, when his son Jeff Smith, returns to Turkey as part of an earthquake relief team. Jeff reconnects with his college roommate, Orhan Aziz, a student from Turkey. It soon becomes terrifyingly clear that their friendship was no accident, and that their destinies have been intertwined for a soul, diabolical purpose. Jeff and Orhan find themselves in a deadly struggle for survival. A struggle that began five hundred years earlier during the Ottoman invasion of Albania when a curse was cast against the two families of Jeff and Orhan. Orhan's uncle Umet was also one of the six teenagers who witnessed the murder, and confides in the young men the story of the events that have brought them to this point in time. Jeff was drawn by destiny to come back to his father's Turkey, as the effects of the curse happen cyclicly once in a generation, and the recurrence of that cycle was imminent. As the story unfolds, the young men begin to understand that their only objective is survival. When they meet Aubrey and Jonathan, the four become trapped in a web of violence, with their only defense a clan of Roma sworn to protect the family of Orhan. In this gripping speculative fiction fraught with mysticism and revenge, love and determination, readers are swept into a vortex of treachery. Will the four survive? And what is this curse that they finally confront in the isolated mountains of Albania?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439254622
Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
Publication date: 01/07/2010
Pages: 546
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Rob Dakin has been a dentist for twenty-six years. He has participated in many dental missions in Albania, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Liberia, and Kenya. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Wichita, Kansas

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Vale of Shadows 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read. I pinned it for a good pool-side read to last me throughout the summer but found myself unable to stop reading. I read Dakin's novel from cover to cover and was upset when it ended .  I simply cannot wait for a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it from start to finish. Fast paced, spellbinding story full of action, historical fiction, a modern day thriller with a supernatural twist. Dakin combines his knowledge of the superstitions, myths, and religions of the Balkans to create suspense, at times terror, and a little romance. I can't wait for another story by this author.