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Summary

Two hundred years ago, the path of human history took a frightening turn. But the event was carefully hidden from the world….until now.

Young Sarah was devastated following the loss of her mother. At just six years old, she was now alone and very confused. She had no idea that the young, newly assigned social worker on the other side of the glass would become the hero she needed. Neither of them did.

Christine Rose's smile through the window was a nervous one. It was her first case and no one knew yet just how special Sarah really was. But Christine was about to find out, including the terrible reason behind her mother's death.

The time had finally come. After being hidden for centuries, the world's most devastating secret was now being exposed. And with it, a chain reaction as far reaching as anyone could imagine.

But one individual could still change the outcome. From the halls of Washington D.C., to the Vatican, to the deserted Nazi bunkers of Argentina, Christine would ultimately be left with just one goal … keeping Sarah alive.

And what Christine doesn't yet know is she isn't the only one on Sarah's side.

©2013 Michael C. Grumley (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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  • Ariana
  • Norfolk, United Kingdom
  • 12-12-15

Good start, BUT . . .

Frankly, it felt like a con. A good thriller suddenly turned into a religious tract. I feel cheated. This is not what I expected - or wanted - at all.
Julia Whelan is an excellent narrator and does a great job, but I will avoid this author in future.

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just stunning. brilliant book and we'll read

absolutely brilliant. why has this not been made into a film. I couldn't stop listening.

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Du du dummmmmmmmmm

The narrator is excellent that is the reason I initially looked at this book she's very good. The book intrigued me and it's comparison to the da Vinci code type thriller lives up to the hype! I hope there will be a sequel!

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  • Sotherntraveler 1585
  • 16-06-16

Hold on to your hat

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very different book , not what I normally would listen to . It is a great thriller but also has a very interesting twist and surprise characters . Has some religious undertones , that actually made you think ?

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Did not want to stop listing , felt pulled in with a lot of surprises and suspense..

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No ,but I will in the future

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No , it felt like I just listened to a great book and absolutely wanting more.

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  • Quella
  • 18-03-17

I suspense thriller that takes you on a ride

As the review on the cover image says, “If you liked DaVinci Code, you’re going to love Amid the Shadows”. I will say up front that I’m not a fan of “The DaVinci Code” but I did enjoy this book written by Michael C. Grumley. This may be why the other books I have read by the author, this would be my least favorite. This is not saying that the book itself is not well written, not at all. It is more that the book was not what I had initially expected nor is it in a genre I often find myself reading. I would classify it more as a suspenseful thriller having all the conspiracy theories found in other books of its type. If you like a book that travels all over the globe and uncovers many deep and hidden secret societies, this may be a book worth picking up.

Even with the book not in my preferred genre, I will say that I enjoyed the book very much and listened to if more for pleasure than education. As with most typical mystery thriller tales, we have a young girl that is found to be special in some way which is unraveled as the book progresses. We also have the young helper, in this case a social worker, that is the adult uncovering these special powers, needed to protect the child from harm. The author throws in the super-secret religious group that is trying to prevent the young girl from realizing how important she really is. We have the world against these two main characters and as the author says, they travel all over the world uncovering the mysteries and trying to be safe while doing it.

I will say that the author does a decent job of developing the characters and many locations the book takes place. It is not simply a rehashing of the “DaVinci Code” but there are many similar elements in this story. As others have said, you will have to suspend belief in many areas to enjoy this book. Again, this is intended for entertainment like “National Treasure”. If you can accept the book in this way, it can be enjoyed. I also felt, as some others suggested, that the end of the book felt rushed. It seemed the author realized the length the book was and he needed to compress all the remaining parts into quick chapters. This could have been done for dramatic effect, but I do not think so.

As with other books written by Grumley, this book did not include vulgar language or adult-only scenes; kudos for not going with what appears to be the norm in books today. The book could be enjoyed by both younger and adult readers. I would recommend it for older teen readers and above due to the multiple characters and plots occurring throughout the book which may become confusing for younger readers. Other than that, the book was well paced, apart from the ending, and I do like that many of Grumley’s books are not serialized and instead wrap up when the book is completed. I will continue to read books by this author and I’m happy to see him trying more than just the science fiction/action genre. He continues to experiment with style and story which often makes something that may have already been done before, new a fresh.

Grumley gets some of the best narrators on Audible to perform his books, and I think this makes a good book into a great audiobook. Julia Whelan is no novice when it comes to narration. Not at all, she is a seasoned veteran with over 225 other titles on Audible; and most having four or five star performances. As with all the other recording from this author, they have all been professionally recorded and no noticeable audio artifacts (swallowing, page turns, etc.) were observed while listening.

If thrillers are your cup of tea, I would recommend you pick up this book and give it a go.

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  • g e l
  • 23-05-16

Really Really Good...But

Really enjoyed reading it and made time for listening even when other things needed to be done. I only wish it didn't "wrap up" so quickly at the end. The last five or six chapters were short and made me feel the author just wanted to end.

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  • Catrn01
  • 31-05-15

could not put it down!

An edge of your seat book!!! I never wanted to stop listening, incredible story development!

narrator performance better than most

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  • Matthew
  • 26-04-17

Wow! What a great story

If you could sum up Amid the Shadows in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, unpredictable, unique

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I have never read anything like this before. I usually read murder mysteries or legal thrillers and this was a totally different animal. Love every second of it! Not a religious person, but the story was fascinating. Couldn't stop listening.

What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At first I found the narrator a tad dull and unexciting. But I feel like she picked up midway through the book, maybe she got into the story herself, i'm not sure. She doesn't have very many voices, so all the males tend to sound the same. But the story was excellent at keeping you on track.

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  • Melinda Little
  • 14-07-16

Summer fun

This was a fun book. I loved the Breakthrough series so snatched this. I like the author's style and this book like his others was fun. While it got a little bogged down at the end I still enjoyed it a lot. Look forward to more from this author. He has quite an imagination!

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  • Larry
  • 09-05-16

I loved it with my mind, and then my heart.

I'm a reader of hard science fiction, stories for thinking out of the box, and a love of philosophy

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  • @ChrisRising
  • 22-10-16

Great story

I enjoyed this book. Lots of twists and turns and an exciting read! It deals with interesting ideas on God, the world and history,

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  • Juder Kuipers
  • 01-06-15

Nothing like his last book :(

I pre-ordered this because I loved his other novel "Breakthrough" so much. This was so meh. Nothing sci fi, more like a small bit of fantasy in a typical crime novel.

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  • Wayne
  • 22-10-16

Carrying the ability to suspend disbelief too far

This is my 4th Michael C Grumley novel. I liked his Breakthrough and Leap novels which include both ESP and verbal communication between humans and dolphins. Amid the Shadows goes beyond that to the point that the entire novel is based on the paranormal, specifically the supernatural. That is outside my area of knowledge and interest. I did listen to the entire novel and I found the plot mildly interesting. Had this been my first Grumley novel it would have been my last.

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