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Shadows of the Past (Shadows of the Past #1)

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  15 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
They hide in the shadows..

An ancient ceremonial dagger has a disturbing effect on any who come into contact with it. Contained within the blade is the spirit of a primordial god who once ruled a young planet. Seeking a return to its former glory it searches for the only one who can release it from its prison of the past. A brain damaged four year old whose fathomless black
Mass Market Paperback, 248 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Abiss Books (first published December 30th 2011)
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Fiona Ingram
Aug 25, 2012 Fiona Ingram rated it it was amazing
When an undergraduate student steals an ancient ceremonial dagger to pay a gambling debt, all hell is unleashed on an unsuspecting and unprepared populace. Found under the ice in Antarctica, the dagger has been dated to many millions of years old. This is no ordinary dagger, but an artifact that predates man’s history, emanating from a primordial past. When the bodies of people who come in contact with the dagger start turning up with strange and devastating wounds, Washington DC Homicide Detect ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Mirrani rated it really liked it
Shadows of the Past brings an alien feel to evil as we follow the existence of a wicked life form, bent on eliminating the human race. Parallel to this is the story of a child who has brain damage from an accident at his birth, who seems to have the gift of bringing people back from near death... at the cost of the lives of another, however. The good and the evil must battle out, but it is those taking care of the good child who must do the battling. The story itself sounds like some kind of twi ...more
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Nov 03, 2014 Colleen Wanglund rated it liked it
By Richard Schiver
(Abis Books 2012/240 pgs./Tp)

Sam Hardin is a detective with the D.C. police department. He is also a man with some deep psychological scars. Sam’s pregnant wife Anne was killed and the baby, Frankie was born with brain damage from the bullet. Four years on and what’s left of his family is falling apart. Teenage daughter Cheryl fears her father’s temper, alcoholism, and the possibility of his suicide. Michelle, Anne’s best friend is the only person keeping it
Brandi Hines
Jan 12, 2014 Brandi Hines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

When I first started reading this novel it was hard to remember all the characters, they came in so fast and switched from one scene to another quickly. However the writing style and character drama kept me intrigued. After a few chapters I felt I knew all the people well enough that I was not turning pages back to find out who this or that person was.

Sam is a police officer who has had a rough life, we all know the stre
T.W. Brown
Jul 24, 2012 T.W. Brown rated it really liked it
First admission, I have never read Lovecraft. I know that might seem blasphemous, but it just never came up on my radar. I have read Neil Gaiman, and I would place Mister Schriver's talents in league with Gaiman's. He shines in his ability to let dialogue propel a story. That is trickier than it may seem, but the talented writers do it with an effortless grace. The conversations reveal details without becoming narratives.

The story has a realistic but fantastic bent to it that makes me feel terri
Lisa Schuch
Jul 29, 2012 Lisa Schuch rated it really liked it
Rick Schriver’s “Shadows of the Past” is a well written tale of the age old battle between good and evil. Through a supernatural aspect, the story takes it to an entirely new level. This is definitely not a story that has been done over and over again.
The way the author’s words flow freely makes for an easy read. With well-rounded characters, you will find yourself drawing parallels to your own life. As the story progresses, the readers will no doubt see that all the character’s have something
Pam K.
Apr 04, 2013 Pam K. rated it really liked it
I received this book free from LibraryThing for an honest review.

Years after his wife's death, Sam Hardin is still overcome with grief. So much so, that he ignores his children and wishes for his own death.
An ancient being is released into the world, and is searching for Sam's son.

I enjoyed the story. It has just the right amount of horror, family dynamics, and retribution. Sam learns how much life and his family means to him, when he has to fight off the monster threatening his family. There ar
Jamie Stanley
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. This book is a horror novel that was very well written. At first I had a hard time getting into the book because I felt that it jumped around quite a bit. But once I got in to the novel 5 chapters in, I was hooked. The story starts out with an evil presence that escapes into the world. The main character is Sam who contemplates suicide on a nightly basis. He is suffering from depression and guilt over his wife's death. He comes to realize that this evil p ...more
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Unlike other writers who knew they wanted to write the moment they became self aware, Richard’s path to taking up the pen followed a more leisurely route.

As a child he wanted to be a fighter pilot, later he thought it would be neat to be a rock star. Unfortunately, as an introvert, he was not suited for the stage. Once he gave up the guitar, much to the relief of his parents, he turned his attent
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