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The Shadow Paperback – July 13, 2021
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- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (July 13, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538703955
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538703953
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.55 x 1.25 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Shadow never owned a hat (even though just about every man in the 1930s wore hats), shoots lightning from his hands, and transforms into an cat. Minor quibbles? More like they reflect the story's general disdain for anything that made the character The Shadow in the first place.
He turns into a cat.
And the viewpoint character turns the story into YA. The slogan, “Crime has a new enemy,” fits her, not The Shadow. The book is about her.
Do not read this.
Read one of the 300+ originals or more recent graphic novel versions instead. Matt Wagner, Michael Uslan, and (though a little less recent) Dennis O’Neil knew what lurks in the heart of The Shadow stories.
Even forgetting these facts, this book seems to have been written as a condescending teen novel; however, whatever powers that be decided they didn't want this to be a teen novel and laced it, albeit slightly, with profanity. The lead character is a girl. Just to show how ineptly written this book is, we have chapters that are written in first person from lead character Maddy's perspective and others written in third person. Apparently the authors couldn't make up their minds about how to tell this story.
There are embarrassing and predictable clues about the history of Maddy and her grandmother. The future world these characters live in feels "un"inspired by "The Hunger Games" and I couldn't help but think about how wonderful those books are compared to the Disney-fied dreck of this book and that I'd much rather be rereading those. As I read this book I kept picturing Pixar's The Incredibles being trapped in the world of "The Hunger Games." It never feels remotely real.
This book seems to have been written by someone who watched the 1994 film version of The Shadow and tried to reinvent it as fan fiction based on memories from 27 years ago. I've never read a James Patterson book, until now; I'll never read another. The Shadow, the real one, has the last laugh after all.
The 2 stars are for concept since that is why i bought the book.
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The story starts off in the 1930’s in the original era the hero existed, but then through an utterly unconvincing and creatively lazy series of events ends up in the future after requiring hibernation!
This book appears to be designed for the teenage audience though why I don’t know, as people naturally drawn to this novel will be in their twilight years and likely fans of the original.
Patterson also disregards and dismisses important elements of the characters history too for no good decent reason at all.
If this is the honest calibre of Patterson’s work I don’t know how he has become the best selling author he apparently is.
Absolute rubbish in my opinion and a disgrace to the original character creator Walter B. Gibson.