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Shadow's Talent (The Talent Show #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  7 reviews
17 year old Shadow Hatcher has dreams of getting into a prestigious spaceflight academy, going to live in The Colony and leaving his family’s farm in Sussex behind him, but the odds are stacked against him: the people who get selected for Christensen’s Flight Academy usually have Seeker status and a mind power known as Talent. Shadow has neither, but is about to start a ch ...more
Kindle Edition, 398 pages
Published June 23rd 2014 by Tommy Muncie
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Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is mesmerising and very well written. Actually i cant really say i like where the story going half way through, as a lot of things happen to Shadow, and not happy with the ending [feel bad for Shadow and so unfair that a nice guy trying to save a friend and getting a slap back by that friend].

But the author is very good at spinning this tales that i cannot put the book down once i started. All in all i enjoy it but i hope there is a sequel hopefully Shadow have a fairy godmother/father to hel
Alan H. Jordan
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadow's Talent starts off with one of the most intriguing sentences that I've ever read: "When I couldn't sleep, I climbed." It immediately made me wonder about the person making the statement. What's good is that as I continued to read the book, the promise of the first sentence--that we would explore the protagonist's motivations were kept. Furthermore, we get to explore every major character, and to like or dislike them because there is sufficient character development, linked to a plot that ...more
Lynn Hallbrooks
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: now-on-candi
As I was reading the book, I could see just how much the cover art fit.

This story is a mixture of New Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery/Crime Fiction, and Family Drama.

At 17 years old, Shadow saw something that significantly changed his life. Doing what he felt was the right thing caused more than trouble for the wrong-doers.

This story has multiple layers that are gradually peeled back to reveal something that I did not expect. Mr. Muncie did a great job not only at world building but leaving the
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I tried reading other kinds of books, like Stephen King, John Grisham, James Patterson etc... but they just didn't do it for me. The action started way too late. However, in Shadow's Talent the action started at the perfect moment. After the first 40 pages I could already notice myself longing to find out more about Hatcher. Some of the situations Hatcher got himself in to were pure genius. It was also the plot as a whole that was just superb. I urge everyone to read it. The thrill of this book ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable read. Like others said, the first sentence grabs you and makes you want to know more about him. The setting is well developed with a plot that neither hits you over the head with everything at once or takes took long to show you what's happening. It's a very good pace and the story grabs you until you realize it's 3am and you were supposed to go to bed a while ago but *this big thing* happened and you have to find out how Shadow reacts. Definitely enjoyable and looking forward t ...more
Thibaldo Manrique
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I usually do not give bad reviews

Unfortunately, this one is going to be a middle of the road review, because it would be unfair to make it a really bad one.

First, I think this is more young adult fiction than mature fiction. That said, I would strongly object to having young impressionable people read it. Why? Because the very young protagonist , 17 for most of the book, spends roughly two third of the book stoned, high, drunk or hung over. Is irresponsible and a brat. He starts to be presented
Nh Goode
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Talent indeed. Very impressive book.
One of the very few 5 star reviews I've given. Had to read this for 3 days to get to the end, and I'm now going to have to buy the next one in the series.
Great read, good characters, superb plot and the whole thing so matter-of-fact that you believe all of the fantastic, every-day things.
Really recommended.
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Tommy Muncie was born in Reading, Berkshire in 1983, and grew up mostly in rural Dorset. He read German and Spanish at Sussex University before changing direction and going to Kingston Maurward Agricultural College to study countryside management.

Shadow’s Talent is his first published novel, four years in the making, and completed while undertaking volunteer work as a ranger in North Somerset. To