Wayne has a really, really bad day. Not only was he just recently discharged from jail, after been in for three years, the sand (“blackouts”) is returning with a vengeance, he’s in more trouble than ever before, and to top the day off? He’s is sitting in his old precinct – but on the “other” side, as a broken man, a man who have lost everything, and can’t remember what he has been doing, all he knows is that his daughter and her son are missing, and he needs to get out of the precinct to help find them. The only way out is to remember what really happened, and the one who can help Wayne with that is Elaine. But what happens when the door is slowly and painfully being opened for his past? Does he truly want to remember?
In the Shadow of the World, we are following Wayne through a, quite extraordinary day in his life. We meet him just as he’s been fired for the second time in a week, his friend is trying to help him calm down until Elaine can reach him. But he can’t concentrate. In the past three months, he’s been without a blackout, and now when he finally got out of jail, they start coming like pearls on a string.
Shadow of the World concentrates on Wayne and his blackouts (or Sand as he calls it), his daughter and grandson that went missing, his battle to reach them in time to save them from a sick killer. All he has to do is remember what happened during the day.
There are a lot of back and forth in this book. The focus point, the starter point, is in the room, where Wayne is sitting cuffed to the table/chair, talking to Elaine and Sam who is standing quietly in the corner. This is our anchor. And then we’re off, following Wayne through his day with everything weird happening, how he discovers that he can in a way control the Sand – to smallish degree, his hunt through town and along the way, more and more is being revealed about Wayne, about his past. The more he remembers, the more we’ll know. I like this. Noting is handed to you, but it is being unwrapped slowly, packed into action, drama and urgency.
I was caught up in this tale. I liked the “time-jump”, to get little bits revealed about Wayne’s day along the way, and still when I got to the end, everything wasn’t delivered on a silver platter. The journey through the book was catching, I didn’t want to put it down, and when I was done reading, all I wanted to do was to get the next and continue. I was so caught up in the story, and everything leading up to the end was amazingly written – I WANT to know what happens next!
If you haven’t read anything by Gregory Carrico before, I’ll definitely recommend Shadow of the World. I know I will look into some of his other books as well.
In this gritty “Dark Knight” meets “The Wire” superhero series, an ex-con tries to overcome his blackouts and memory loss with the help of his prison psychiatrist. Along with his returning memories, he finds evidence that his daughter and grandson are in grave danger from a brutal killer with a grudge. But he also discovers a side to his personality that only comes out during his blackouts: a superhero with telepathic powers. As he finds himself in a complex world of betrayal, dangerous alien biotechnology, and a dimensional rift to a world of waking nightmares, can he bring together the fragments of his broken mind in time to save his family, or is everything he thinks he knows just another figment of a deluded killer’s imagination?
About the author:
Gregory Carrico is a former dental practice management consultant and software trainer. Abandoning his dream of working the daily grind until death, he was forced into the thankless life of a fiction writer. Now an Amazon.com Best Selling horror and science fiction writer, as well as a 2013 HFA Author of the Year Finalist, he finds a small degree of succor in crafting despicable bad guys and then tricking readers into caring about them.
When not creating new worlds and plotting their destruction, he advocates for adopting rescue dogs, and politely urges slower drivers to get out of the passing lane.
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