Top positive review
It takes time to build so give it a chance before quitting
Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2021
The Shadow: A Thriller by James Patterson & Brian Sitts
To many of us, The Shadow is the hero in the dark suit and cape, a red scarf around his lower face and wide-brimmed hat pulled down low over burning eyes who laughs as he blows crooks away with twin .45s. To others, he is Lamont Cranston, the invisible crimefighter who along with the lovely Margo Lane tackles street crime and international intrigue. The Shadow in this novel is neither and both to some extent.
As a longtime Shadow fan, I admit I wasn’t thrilled when I saw this book first advertised and even less thrilled when I read some of the early reviews. Nevertheless, I had made a promise to read the book and so I felt obligated.
And I was pleasantly surprised to find I liked it for the most part. The only thing I can really fault the authors for comes in chapters 36 and 37. As I said readers will know The Shadow from the pulp magazines or old radio shows and to have the character denounce both, especially the treatment of the pulp Shadow is a good way to lose readers. A magazine that ran for 325 issues plus paperbacks, comics, and reprints doesn’t deserve that snub!
This series HAS potential, and at least Lamont donned the Shadow costume on one occasion in the book. A reader who only reads the first chapters and stops there might easily think the book is to be the adventures of the teenager Maddy Gomes whose connection to the Shadow is later revealed, but they would be wrong. Maddie is a new character, but Lamont and Margo are major stars along with the diabolical Shiwan Khan.
I am totally surprised to be saying this, but I give the book four stars. I cannot forgive the snub of the pulp Shadow, and that’s going to cost a star…
Quoth the Raven…