Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
He can hear a whisper across the block… and can’t remember why.

Paul lives in hiding, struggling to control preternatural senses no secret is safe from, and certain that nobody suspects he exists. And now he must risk everything to protect the family he left and face enemies more ruthless than his worst fears… because the one person who knows what happened, is the one who did it to him. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9780985048419
About Ken Hughes

Ken Hughes has been living for storytelling since his father first read him The Wind In The Willows, and everything from Stephen King’s edge to Hayao Miyazaki’s sense of wonder has only fed that fire. He has worked as a technical writer in Los Angeles at positions from medical research to online gaming to mission proposals for a flight to Mars. For more about his stories, songs, and his Unified Writing Field Theory, see

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Review by: Donna Fernstrom on Oct. 29, 2013 :
This is an odd book, that seems to drop you in at the beginning of what might be the third chapter, instead of the first. You feel as though you're playing catch-up, trying to understand the events that occurred before the story began, even as the main character reminisces about them.

Yet you do catch up, and are swept into the story, trying to figure out, just as the main character is, what's going on, what this strange power he has is, and where it came from. You're never sure whether his family is worthy of the regard he has for them, who the real bad guys are, or where it's all going to lead. An engrossing and fascinating story, well worth reading.
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Review by: Luke Green on Oct. 15, 2013 :
One of my brothers has often stated that enhanced or extra senses are the most dangerous and powerful abilities that a superhero could have. This story lends credence to that statement.

The main character, Paul, is very much human. He doesn't have superior physical abilities or combat training. His only superhuman capability is his ability to enhance his senses one at a time. He makes very clever use of these abilities throughout the book and the author manages to write them in a superb manner that makes them as spectacular to the reader as a blaster or brick would be in a comic book.

The plot weaves a circuitous route threading between several interlinked plots that will leave guessing as to how much of the overlap is coincidental and how much by design well on to the end. It is somewhat dizzying in an enjoyable manner for the reader, but it is a torrent of confusion for the main character who, until now, had been used to being able to control the pace at which things happened.

While there are heavy paranormal and superhuman aspects to this story, it is, first and foremost, a suspense thriller focusing on intrigue and mystery. There are a few fights and such, but most of the action and excitement comes in the main character's infiltrations and surveillance efforts. The interplay of these scenes read very much similar to the rhythm of a typical fight scene and leave you hanging just as much on the edge of your seat.
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Review by: Evelyn Ink on Oct. 13, 2013 :
The book starts out with the main character (Paul) in a state of muddled confusion trying to harness his special powers as well as unravel the mystery as to where the powers came from. Written in an almost stream-of-consciousness style (although not in first person), the reader is slowly given drifting bits of information that piece and pull the story forward, but (at this point) it is not quite enough to drive the plot. Although I respect the author’s style of writing, which I assume is meant to capture the mental state of the main character Paul, I will say it did not immediately hook me, and I had to force myself to pay attention and read on through those first few chapters.
Happily, the more I read the further I was pulled into the story, and as the plot thickens and pieces together, the intrigue builds.
Overall: There are some proofreading issues, though not bad, the writing is decent, the dialogue sounds natural, the characters are excellently crafted (though not particularly likable) and the plot suspenseful. The only downside to this book was how long it took me to be drawn into the story.
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Review by: Demelza Carlton on Oct. 13, 2013 :
I liked the concept of this - a man suddenly beset by special powers who can't remember how he got them. With most stories where people have heightened perception, they seem to take it all in their stride, yet Paul seems to lack the intelligence to process all the extra data he gets. He lurches from one bad decision to the next because he's an ordinary bloke - not an expert politician, businessman or even PR person, though such characters surround him and leave him confused.

While I didn't like Paul much, I did feel quite sorry for him, which is why I found the ending funnier than I believe the author intended. Poor, poor Paul.

Four stars.
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Review by: Jason Ahl on July 10, 2012 :
This exciting book is a fantastic upgrade from the common paranormal thriller. With a distinctive point of view and a wonderful ability to tell a story, Hughes keeps the reader intrigued and engaged, turning pages to discover just what's going on. Shadowed is a tremendous read that leaves you wanting more! Can't wait for his next book.
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)

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