The Valley of Shadows

The Valley of Shadows

by Mark Terry

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ISBN-13: 9781933515953
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: A Derek Stillwater Thriller , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 551,520
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mark is the author of the Derek Stillwater series, which includes The Devil's Pitchfork, The Serpent's Kiss, The Fallen, and several standalone novels. He is a contributing essayist in Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads. When not writing, Mark practices guitar, lifts weights, bikes, runs, and studies Sanchin-Ryu karate, in which he holds the level of black belt.

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The Valley of Shadows 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Review:The Valley of Shadows by Mark Terry 4 STARSThis was a good thriller book. A little too much swearing isthe one thing I could have changed. Intell from a raid on a terrorist cell where they came across a computer that the bomb did not go off said they wereplanning attack on voting day in 5 US cities.A group of agents from FBI, Homeland security and office of the Director of National Intelligence counterterrorismwill go to each of the 5 cities to try and stop it.Derek Stillwater is not known as a team player. He is assigned to LA. Derek has quite a rep. for getting things done. people around him dying and breaking rules.Derek gets into trouble from everyone it seems andthats on the good guys side. He is very smart anddoes not take everything at face value.This is the first Derek Stillwater book that I haveread and I have enjoyed it. I would love to go andread the earlier books.I have messed up and not sure where I got thisebook from. I know that I did not buy it and the file I put it under says Librarything but don't showgetting it from thier or Netgalley. I do get emailsstraight from Oceanview saying some books are free at amazon right now. I did get it free and notpaid anything for my honest review.06/07/2011 Oceanview Publishing 308 pages
Sentinel83 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Early Reviewer. I thought this book was decent but not great. The plot moved along at an average pace but at times it felt stretched out and slow. The heroics and personality clashes were at times annoying to read and didn't add much to the story other than to cause the lack of inter-agency cooperation trying to stop the attack. I wouldn't read every book that Mr. Terry writes, but this one wasn't too bad.
LarryVoelkel on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Thank you for The Valley bof Shadows. What a thriller! The characters Dr. Derek Stillwater and Sandy O'Reilly deserved each other. They click together in many ways. The plot moved along at a fast pace which kept you turning the pages to see what was happening next. In light of the happenings in Norway last week this shows us that there is a need for homeland security and other such organizations. However, it would be much better if they cooperated with each other better. This book gives us a feeling of what goes on in the world and how the more militant Muslims think of the rest ofd the world. I do like Mark Terry's style and plan to test some of his other books to see if they are up to this book. Very good job. Thank you once again.Larry
LeonardIngram on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I read this right after a house fire that had me and my family in constant flux for a couple of weeks trying to settle into "permanent" temporary housing. This certainly influenced my views and reading of this book. I found it great for escaping at night from the problems every day brought me. Certainly unbelievable in parts, with more last minute escapes than Batman and Robin, the fast pace kept me going. Until I found that I really liked the author's style. I am now going back and reading earlier books in the series.
DocWalt10 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
First read done in 5 days. Very impressed. Reading again and then will do a in-depth review.
DBower on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I received this book through early reviewers. I thought it was an amazingly well done thriller. A raid in Pakistan uncovers an al-queda plot to set off explosions in five US cities in two days. Dr. Derek Stillwater, an agent with homeland security, is assigned to one of several multi-agency teams assigned to track down the explosives and stop the terrorists. The team Stillwater is assigned to is dysfunctional to say the least and Stillwater is a loose cannon himself. As you go through the two days with the team you hardly have a chance to catch your breath - the pace is incredible. I found the characters to be well-developed and interesting, the plot incredibly realistic (even scary), the writing style exceptional, and the book impossible to put down. I also liked that Mr. Terry was not afraid to kill off characters that I had begun to develop a bond with because it brought true emotion into the book. I definitely plan to go back and read other books in this series.
reading_fox on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Thanks to the publishers and the author, for a very professionally produced signed hardback, it looks and feels great. It is just a shame that the plot wasn't up to the quality of the rest of the book. The prose was ok, the characters were gritty if not that realistic, but the plot was dire. Nominally this is the fourth in series of some anti-terror hotshot, but it reads very well as a standalone. I'm unlikely to go back and check whether the 1st in the series is more plausible.Supposedly full of insider knowledge, it felt like a cheap Hollywood adaption of something better, complete with all the clichés. Invincible heroes who grit their teeth and carry on despite being shot, beaten up, set on fire and lacking any sleep for the last few days. That's ok a couple of ordinary strength painkillers and a cup of coffee will see you through. Law and order? due process? Hah. I'm a hero, I can do whatever I like and it's ok. To be fair once or twice other characters reproach him for this attitude, but does he pause? suffer a single moral quandary? or even think twice? nope. Are there any consequences? of course not. It's all about the plausibility, and this just fails, its not how the world works. You can have vigilante style heroes, you can have superheros, but they aren't members of gov. anti-terror teams. Equally Hollywood stylee, were the visual jokes half way through, no-one runs round a house corner and falls down a cliff. It is totally obvious from the front when a house is built on a cliff edge. Likewise many of the car chase scenes and the fights. And the fire: although the author has obviously heard of smoke poisoning, he's evidently never seen a house fire. The hero had 30s at most to get out of the smoke, not tens of minutes wondering how to avoid a few flames.The bad guys - and guess what it's a rogue Muslim terrorist group, would never have guessed that - set up a really complex op, involving major distractions in various cities so the main guy can shoot a missile at a minor politician. What a failure of imagination that was. Given the complexity (undescribed) of the distractions you'd have thought they'd be going for a major target, or else the weak attempt with the missile would be the distraction for the very complex dirty bomb scenarios used in the other cities. And since when do terrorists leaders get involved in the actual operations? That's what the suicide bombers and underlings are for. It's all very very weak. Fortunately the hero gets some inspired guesswork without going down a single dead end (despite being days short on sleep), and rushes to the rescue.There are some positives, a few things were well done. The little girl was well crafted and her responses and her parents were basically believable (even if the dad wouldn't have had those accesses, or even if he had the bad guy wouldn't have known that he had them). The opening incident, despite some very clunky passages, was clever and well set-up. I prefer my thrillers to be more exciting, with better drama and better tension. This means at least some degree of realism, and some possible chance that the hero might be in danger. As a very fast paced, very light airport story it is readable enough, but it's hardly into the serious category. I'm sure it will make a good film and earn the author a lot of money, but it isn't a good book.
Draak on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The Valley of Shadows tells a tale of a terrorist plot that is targeting 5 major cities, Washington, New York, Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles on Election Day. Derek Stillwater is an agent with Homeland Security and is assigned to a team that has 2 days to find the bombs. Quite an exciting read. I liked the characters and I plan on buying the Derek Stillwater books. I believe this is the fourth in the series. A must read.
dekan on LibraryThing 7 months ago
i really liked this book. it was a good spin on terrorism and the people trying to fight it. the different divisions from homland to dni. i liked the amound of time he spent on the different characters. example: sometimes you have whole chapters on one spot and sometimes that's not really where your interest is. his was a really really good mix and really kept flowing. this was an early reviewer book and i just want to shout out to the publishing company. not only was the book hardback but also signed (via copy). so oceanview publishing good for you, i'm impressed. spoiler alert: i was getting excited towards the end thinking it would all end badly and that would be rare and wouldve kicked up my stars to five, but it didn't quite do it. i'm not sure what to grade this book because the five wouldve been personal however it did end well but not rosey, so i was happy with it, just saying. it was well written though and probably deserves a five i don't know why i'm reluctant to give it that so i settled for not grading it. i'll have to look for more mark terry, he's written about 9 other books and i really did like his style. ok, so i'll give it a five.
cmparkhurst on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A fun read, although some implausible heroics and characters that lacked some depth. I liked the plot, particularly the idea of random terrorist attacks in the United States as a cover for disrupting a presidential election. However, the characters needed more development and the overall story seemed glib and tongue in cheek. With better dialogue, character development, and less of a glib tone, this could have been a better book.
velopunk on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I found this book entertaining and fast moving. It held my interest. A raid in Pakistan on an Al-Qaeda cell has resulted in the recovery of two laptop computers that point to a series of terrorist attacks planned in the United States in the Autumn of a presidential election year. Derek Stillwater is a troubleshooter for the Department of Homeland Security and one of a team of investigators tracking down the mysterious plotter who seems to be leading investigators on a wild goose chase while trying to hide his real target. I would now like to read other books in the Derel Stillwater series.
nursewidener on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A fast paced thriller with good twists and good characters. With the recent events in the world this thriller dealing with terriorists is perfectly timed. I would recommend this book to thriller readers along with readers who enjoy fact paced intelliegent twists and turns in generalized ficiton.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the Derek Stillwater series is excellent..one of the best
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Review:The Valley of Shadows by Mark Terry 4 STARS This was a good thriller book. A little too much swearing is the one thing I could have changed. Intell from a raid on a terrorist cell where they came across a computer that the bomb did not go off said they were planning attack on voting day in 5 US cities. A group of agents from FBI, Homeland security and office of the Director of National Intelligence counterterrorism will go to each of the 5 cities to try and stop it. Derek Stillwater is not known as a team player. He is assigned to LA. Derek has quite a rep. for getting things done. people around him dying and breaking rules. Derek gets into trouble from everyone it seems and thats on the good guys side. He is very smart and does not take everything at face value. This is the first Derek Stillwater book that I have read and I have enjoyed it. I would love to go and read the earlier books. I have messed up and not sure where I got this ebook from. I know that I did not buy it and the file I put it under says Librarything but don't show getting it from thier or Netgalley. I do get emails straight from Oceanview saying some books are free at amazon right now. I did get it free and not paid anything for my honest review. 06/07/2011 Oceanview Publishing 308 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as previous Stillwater novels, more like 2 1/2 stars
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harstan More than 1 year ago
US forces conduct a raid of an Al-Qaeda compound in Pakistan. The Special Forces unit captures laptops that contain plans for terrorist attacks using all types of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) on any or all of Washington, New York, Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles on Election Day. Department of Homeland Security Special Terrorism Activity Response Team is assigned to find the terrorists, especially the cell leader art history Professor Miraj "Kalakar" Khan, and their WMDs. The mission is like finding a needle in a haystack, but also must be done in two days or else. The DSH Director adds his top field agent Derek Stillwater to the unit. Besides the timeliness with the Bin Laden death, the fourth Derek Stillwater thriller (see The Fallen, The Devil's Pitchfork and The Serpent's Kiss) is an action-packed tale that has readers running alongside of Derek and his mates. The story line is fast-paced as the clock ticks away. Although with the exception of his on and off nuclear expert girlfriend Cassandra, the unit is somewhat shallow (then again this is Derek's story), fans of a thrill a paragraph will relish The Valley of Shadows. Harriet Klausner
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The author's fourth book in the Derek Stillwater Series is a thriller that will make the reader's heart race. A first rate novel, well written that does not let up until the last page; and then, only for a little while as we all wait for the fifth installment. There are many stories out there right now about terrorism but, this one is fantastic. Our hero, Derek Stillwater, is a troubleshooter for the Department of Homeland Security and is on call with the Director of Homeland Security to be at the ready wherever and whenever there is a threat to the United States. The tale begins when there is a raid by US forces on an Al-Qaeda group in Pakistan. During the raid they confiscate two laptops. These laptops have been booby-trapped with bombs that will blow up in the soldiers' faces when opened. When the bombs are diffused and the laptops checked out, it is found that there are plans to carry out terrorist attacks in five major U.S. cities (Washington, DC, New York City, Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles). These attacks could involve dirty bombs, biological weapons and maybe even a nuclear attack on Election Day. Derek is assigned to a Special Terrorism Activity Response Team (START) to find the weapons and the people who are bent on using them in Los Angeles, and stop the attack. His team has two days to accomplish this. As Derek and his team look for their targets things start to get interesting. There are multiple characters, doing many things that bewilder the team and distract their attention away from the real target of the terrorists. This is a fascinating novel with many characters who will captivate the reader at once. Readers may compare this book to the early novels written by Clive Cussler in which his main character (Dirk Pitt) gets into many scrapes and, as soon as he is out of them, he's back into something else with a vengeance. This author has that knack and it makes the book very exciting. This book has very cleverly pictured the personalities of the people threatening the U.S. with acts of terrorism. The result, for the readers, is a one-day read because you will find it very hard to put down. Readers will definitely be looking forward to volume five of the Derek Stillwater Series. Quill Says: This narrative takes off like a rocket ship and does not come to a full stop, even at the end. Don't miss it!!