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Shade (Shade #1)

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  254 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
"You will not fear the terror of the night." Psalm 91

A monstrous waking nightmare is pursuing graduate student Hailey Maniates across San Francisco to Golden Gate Park where she is rescued by a towering homeless man. She seems able to read her rescuer's mind, but is it just a delusion? Doctors diagnose her as a paranoid schizophrenic and attempt to prescribe away her alleg
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by B&H Fiction
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Jan 22, 2014 Miriam rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished, fantasy
I didn't realize when I ordered this book that it was Christian fiction -- I picked it based on the grad students in San Francisco setting. I persisted in trying to read it anyway, and although the religious elements were pretty heavy-handed it was more the poor writing that was a turn-off. I read half of it and couldn't take anymore; I got too bored trying to skim to the next interesting bit. Part of this could've been improved with stronger editing.

However, I do want to say in Olson's defense
Sep 30, 2009 Carl rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Stephen King and Stephen Lawhead
I've dumped my first paragraph of comments in this review, b/c I think I was a bit overly negative-- this really is one of my favorites of John's books, and as long as you take it as the start of a series (and are OK with CBA (=evangelical christian) fiction that makes that worldview an integral part of the plot), then it is quite satisfying-- and as I've said before, I really like the direction John is going with this, even if he does things differently than I would. Sales have unfortunately be ...more
Jill Williamson
Jan 12, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it
Review by Jill Williamson

When a noise scares Hailey from the science department at her collage, she runs. A great fear presses down on her and suddenly she can see herself, as if she is looking through the eyes of her pursuer. She can feel his thoughts, his emotions. She flees the campus and runs into Golden Gate Park, but falls and hurts her ankle. Just as her pursuer is about to attack, a towering homeless man rescues her. As he carries her to the emergency room, she can sense his thoughts as
Nov 25, 2008 Kait rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jon, Wayne Thomas, Hanna
Recommended to Kait by: CSFF Blog Tour
This book only got 3 stars because every review said "oh, it was so scary" and when I read it, I didn't think it was frightening at all. It's probably true that I have a higher scare tolerance than some, but there wasn't a single time when I was kind of creeped out. The two other things that I thought might be contributing to my non-frightened state was that vampires (if that's what the Mulo truly are) are firmly in my "do not believe" category, and I try not to waste time on being frightened by ...more
Sep 28, 2012 Ithlilian marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A student is saved by a homeless man and starts to think she is crazy. Plot lines are thrown at us from every direction, to the point where you think *you* might actually be crazy. Just not enough here to make an enjoyable story for me.
Karen Linton
Oct 11, 2016 Karen Linton rated it it was ok
Ugh. A vampire book. No more please.
Nov 22, 2009 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens and adults
Hailey Maniates was a tall and beautiful third year grad student majoring in Biochemistry. One night, after returning to her lab, she is pursued by someone or something. Terrified, she runs through Golden Gate Park where she is rescued by a very tall homeless man. She can't understand it, but she can read his mind and she can feel his emotions. He sprints her to the hospital, and leaves her to explain her story. Even though Hailey thinks this is due to the shock from the trauma, the doctors feel ...more
Feb 23, 2013 uninspired rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, standalone
So I just picked this book up in the library randomly last month cause it looked interesting and the reviews on the back cover praised it so highly, so I didn't realize that it was was Christian fiction until I went home and added it on my goodreads, and I've never read any Christian fiction.

I'm an aetheist, so I was a bit wary about what I might encounter when I read the book because I was afraid it might get really preachy telling you how to live your life or just have really inappropriate st
Oct 17, 2011 Marinea rated it liked it
I stumbled upon this looking for something to do a book report on in a Christian school I was put in. I was drawn to the book by the quote, "Whom do you trust when you can't tell reality from fantasy?" It really hit home for me because I was in a situation where someone had messed with my head so much I was starting to question it. I really enjoyed "Shade". John Olson did a good job contrasting the Dracula story and putting a unique spin on it. This novel makes you think. The characters are well ...more
Nov 03, 2009 Virginia rated it really liked it
I love stories that expose a fantastic world coexisting with the one we live in, and that’s what I found in Shade. John Olson peels back the layers of our own society and gives us a chilling glimpse of a hidden world that is even more unsettling because it’s so believable.

Hailey, a graduate student, is accosted by a knife-wielding attacker, and then saved by an unlikely hero – a giant homeless man. The tale she tells at the hospital lands her in the mental ward, where she’s diagnosed as schizop
Oct 01, 2008 Evangeline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blogreads
If Shade were a movie, it would be released in July and have the term blockbuster tied to it. This book has it all—action, suspense, romance, good and evil. And if a good story isn’t enough for you, Shade contains some hefty metaphorical material to chew on. John Olson uses mythological framework to explore the existence and impact of evil in our world, but if you’re not careful, you’ll start checking every dark corner for a real monster.

Hailey and Melchi are the kind of characters who become yo
Nov 03, 2012 Irene rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I randomly grabbed this book from my local library because it sounded sort of creepy and I haven't read a good scary book in awhile. This book was not at all what I expected (not scary) but let's put it this way: I started reading it last night around 9pm and just finished it (IT is now 8:55 am). My weak body demanded I slept about 4 hours. I don't give out 5 stars very often but OH MY GOODNESS!! I absolutely LOVE this book. I would write more but I have this terrible tendency to give a ...more
Sarah Carpenter
Mar 26, 2015 Sarah Carpenter rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This book was very intriguing, but to be honest half the time I had absolutely no idea what was going on. Basically all of the action scenes just started happening, sometimes in the middle of a paragraph, and I found myself having to reread sections because I thought I must have missed a couple sentences. I hadn't.
But even though the events were very difficult to follow, I still enjoyed reading it. The characters were very well developed, and I found myself questioning reality just about as muc
Jul 22, 2012 Marla rated it it was ok
I suppose if I went ahead and read the rest of the series I would like this book better but...It really did nothing for me and I really have no desire to put myself through trying to read any more of this series. The entire story the good guy chases the bad guy around and everytime the good guy finds or catches the bad guy he either runs away or gets beaten up, then runs away. He's supposed to be the only one that can rid us of this evil! He won't be able to accomplish this if he can't win a sim ...more
Imen Stitches
Jul 21, 2009 Imen Stitches rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
This book kept me very interested. There was the suspense, "is this really happening?", "I'm on drugs, I'm not on drugs.", and "I'm crazy. No, you are.".

At first I didn't mind the "God" references. Even when a character mentioned they were Roman Catholic, and I admire you for your faith, yada yada, I didn't mind. It was only until the ending when it was pretty blatant and in your face that it was Jesus Christ, I've got the crazy-eye for Jesus, read the bible etc. Didn't really like that.

I did no
Oct 16, 2008 Myersorchard rated it it was ok
there are very few christian fiction books that impress me and this one was okay. it is sort of "buffy the vampire slayer"ish. there are the demon/vampire like characters and the people of the stand who are sensitive to them. when the stand people get around the demon-like they get all blurry. while reading this i felt like i was looking through a steamed up window all the time. i just wanted to wipe it clean so i could see better. one critic said they couldn't put it down and another said it sc ...more
Mar 17, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
This is one of those books that is so .... ugggghhhh! I can't say if I like it or hate it. I almost hated it but now that I'm done I just might really like it. The hero is sweet and wonderful the heroin is something like that too. The villan is -wicked and the side characters are good. The book is kind of hard to follow sometimes but the points you miss (apparently) don't really matter for the story line. Also, it doesn't really tie some things together till the very end and then leaves you wond ...more
Nov 30, 2008 Janna rated it really liked it
This is an amazingly eerie book that makes you think and keeps your heart pounding through the entire book. What is Hailey experiencing? Is it vampires, hallucinations, mental illness? Who is the homeless giant? "Whom do you trust when you can't tell reality from fantasy?" I loved Hailey and Melchi, but spent the whole book trying to figure out if they were right for each other and who the bad guys were. Intriguing book and highly recommended for readers that love fantasy / sci-fi books. **** (4 ...more
Dec 30, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Very well rounded and beautifully crafted characters! I can't wait to read his next book. Would recommend to anyone that wants a well put together story that is completly imaginative. At first I was confused by what was happening with the main character but it made me want to find out more so it drew me more and more into the plot to the point where I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Lucero ♡♡♡
Oct 15, 2015 Lucero ♡♡♡ rated it really liked it
This book mad me think what if people diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia could see another world we couldn't. Great book !

I liked this book. It got you into the book. You were part of every scene and you could feel and connect with the characters. It is about religion but that sort of the part of the story. I liked the plot very much. It had you deciding if something was real or not. And who is real and who is not. Very interesting ! One of many books I will remember :)
Rachel Wendel
Oct 17, 2012 Rachel Wendel rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed the book. It was not scary but suspenseful. The reason it is missing a star is because there were a couple of gaps. The main one that is still eating me alive is Blaize. We never learn more about him. Who is he? How did he know? Where did he go? I am currently waiting for the sequel. Maybe I will get to know more about Blaize, the intriguing Gothic kid with crazy hair.

Happy Reading Everyone
May 06, 2011 Jana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I was a little miffed that it took SO long for the story line to start making sense. I wished it explained a little more and tied up a few loose ends but over all I liked it. I also liked the way Olson tied in the known reality of our world with this other reality that appeals to this generation.
Dec 11, 2008 Melia rated it really liked it
The book was good. It was a little confusing at first. And, it wasn't exactly scary. Eerie, yes. Made you think, yes. But not a 5-star book. I thought Hailey's character was a little bit annoying, but with her not knowing if she was delusional, drugged or what was going on, I guess it fit. Melchi's character was great. Enjoyed reading it, but not a quick read at all.
Jan 15, 2010 Melanie rated it it was ok
This book was interesting enough to finish, but thought that the plot was a little scattered. I know this is Christian lit although the power of God seemed a little shaky even with all of the prayers to the Holy One. Further more the story line of the Standing & the Mulo seemed not well thought out.
Jul 20, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
I managed to read the whole thing in one night due to the fact that I had to speed-read and skip pages just to keep reading and not set the thing down. Not my typical read but I had high hopes for enjoying it. It was well written and the characters neatly defined and interesting... it just wasn't my thing.
So I'm a dummy. I mistakenly read "Powers" first when "Shade" is the first book. No wonder iwasso confused with the second book. I must admit though that thoughthis book explains the enemy a lotmore than the second, it still was not definitive. Good book though
Adelaide Metzger
Dec 17, 2011 Adelaide Metzger rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-books
Not what I expected. It was one of those books where I didn't know what to expect and when I finished it I thought it was "okay", but then after a few months I looked back and actually liked. Made me want to read it again.
Apr 22, 2011 Renee rated it it was ok
Great characters and really good story but the overuse of synonyms for evil was so distracting it was borderline ridiculous. Bottom line: I was drowning in a sea of adjectives but consistently revived by the storyline.
Terry Conrad
Now this is my kind of book. A bit creepy and scary. I never read it before going to bed. It was a little strange but that's what I like. Definitely different. Monsters, nightmares, vampires and conspiracies. This book was just lots of fun to read.
Feb 22, 2010 Nanette rated it really liked it
I would put this in the paranormal grouping. I liken it to Peretti and some of Dekker. The next in the series is Powers.
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John B. Olson is a novelist who lives with his wife Amy and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area. John earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and did postdoctoral research at the University of California at San Francisco. His books have won several awards, including a Christy Award, a Christy finalist, a Silver Angel award, and placement on the New York Pu ...more
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