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Final Shadows

(Bishop Files #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  932 ratings  ·  133 reviews
A desperate underground war with the survival of millions at stake looms in the electrifying conclusion of the New York Times bestselling Bishop Files Trilogy.

Tasha Solomon's world turned upside-down when the psychic abilities she had tried so hard to live with in secret suddenly made her a target stalked by unseen enemies.

John Brodie is by nature, by training, and by
Paperback, 324 pages
Published December 31st 2018 by Berkley Books
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Not a good stand alone and a strong departure from the Bishop FBI books. The story was weird, slow, and, since I missed the first 2 books in the trilogy, very confusing for the first 40% or so. It was okay but lacked action, character development, and a believable plot. I dis, eventually, give a damn but it took a long time for me to buy in.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you First to Read for the ARC of Final Shadows by Kay Hooper that I read and reviewed.
I really don't know how I felt about this book. I really felt lost while I was reading it. I had the feeling I was in the middle of a movie and somehow I managed to wander into the middle of a movie I really wanted to see but I somehow missed the beginning and I was never able to catch up. This book had all my beloved characters from the Bishop books but I was lost. It was almost like I was suppose to
Holly (Gladriel Fae)
I love the Bishop Files/SCU series, but I did not love this book. I read the previous in the series when it first came out, and the wait between the two books was quite a while, so apparently I forgot a lot. Perhaps if I had re-read the previous book before reading this, I might have been able to follow and understand this book better. Having said that, I found this book to be disjointed, far too many characters and different scenarios going on at once to follow, the story itself was not ...more
abdulia ortiz-perez
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this ARC book from the author for honest review.

What a great thrill and suspense it was to read. What a great psychological thrill! This novel had everything in it. The thrill, the suspense, the psychological, romance and the twist is crazy. This novel will keep you thinking and guessing. When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beating so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every
Leanne ~ Tales From The Heart
I was disappointed that I just couldn't get into it. So much happening with a lot of scenarios and dialogue that I was lost. The only part that captured me was the kidnapping so I ended up skimming to see how that panned out.
A difficult book to review. I both enjoyed it and did not enjoy it. I agree with most of the other reviewers this kinda came out of left field and is definitely not a stand alone in ANY sense of the word. But something kept me reading and I finished it fairly quickly so idk. I love all of the books in the Bishop series... But this one was not on the same wavelength.
maria helena
Mar 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Paranormal mysteries are a bit outside my usual comfort zone, but I have read all the books in the Bishop universe and enjoyed most of them. I've liked the wide range in cases, settings, and characters. The paranormal abilities of the characters have felt reasonable and believable, and have been something that added to the story but wasn't distracting.

This book was a big disappointment. The plot was all over the place, I couldn't connect to any of the characters, and the ending--and conclusion
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
First of all this is NOT a stand a lone book. If you haven't read the first two books you'll be completely lost. In fact, I suggest you at least skim through them since it's been such a long time since they were published. With that said I really enjoyed this book and although it went places I did not expect I liked that. It's very different from the SCU books and other than the fact that both Bishop and Miranda play a significant role in this book it has very little to do with the SCU. I liked ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book set in the FBI-Physic world of Bishop and his crew is a sort of final tale in the long-running series on disappearing physics. It brings in many people from all over who are part of Bishop's crew, and ropes in others who have been introduced along the way. That was the main reason I didn't give this a 5-star rating: there were too many characters whose allegiance was murky, whose background was unexplained, and who had abilities that were unknown. It was still an excellent book. Those ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 ... just to revisit the characters and see Murphy in action.
The plot was pretty outrageous - even for a paranormal!
Sep 28, 2018 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in having an opportunity to pick up a Kay Hooper book even though it was part of an ongoing series. Hooper has high ratings across several of the series and the copy looked intriguing..
psychics & secrets?

However, I found that Final Shadows doesn't work well as a standalone book. Lots of characters and vague references to past events, but yet? Slightly repetitive in ways that weren't helpful.

I've put the book aside and perhaps when I have time in my reading life will pick up
Rosemarie Hamilton
Well, my mind is blown on this final chapter of the Bishop Files trilogy. I've read the other two books in this trilogy and this wasn't quite what I was expecting. Bishop has sworn to protect a network of people with psychic abilities and to do this he has been working with other groups, sworn to protect all psychics.

I love Murphy and was thrilled to finally learn even more about her. More of Duran's background was revealed in this chapter and it's gooood! Who would have thought..

It was amazing
Jade Simcox (3 Degrees Of Fiction)
I haven’t read any of this authors previous books before so i didn’t know what to expect when starting this story.
This is the 3rd book in the series and is meant to be read as a stand-alone but it doesn’t read as a stand-alone at all. I felt like I had started reading a book from the middle not from the start.
There was a lot of characters to deal with, and by the end of the book I couldn’t remember anything about any of them.
Having so many characters made it difficult to get into the story.
Tessa Townsend
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I was SO disappointed in this book! I LOVE Kay Hooper, and have read many, if not all, of the SCU books. I was so confused for the first half of the book it took me twice as long to read it than it normally does. I did read the first two books in this series, but I must have missed something because this one was out there. First, the book description on the back is not what the book was about, there were too many story lines going on for my taste, while Tasha and Brodie are a part of the book, ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
3 stars (and I'm being generous)

So, finally we see the resolution of this big conspiracy first glimpsed in The First Prophet. With the first two books published so long ago, I'd forgotten most of the characters and the plot. And this is definitely not a standalone book! I'd suggest re-reading the first 2 before jumping into this one.

Having said that, this book was still really hard to review! Pretty much all actions occurred off-stage and we are told of what happened or what will happen in some
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Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kay Hooper’s finale to her Bishop Files trilogy is absolutely spine-tingling! In this tale, the good psychics must battle against those who are trying to take over the earth, and not in a good way. Murphy is a leader of the forces for good and is a very intelligent and sympathetic character. Bishop and Miranda, the star actors in many of Hooper’s other books, seem to only have a cameo appearance in this one, but it is a really good one! My favorite character was Tasha, a psychic just becoming ...more

3.5 stars. This was a good suspenseful, mystery-filled book, although a little slow moving, and a bit confusing. Primarily, I was intrigued by mystery and loved trying to figure things out; however, I was disappointed that while there were familiar characters from previous books, they almost seemed superfluous. Like the previous book, Hold Back the Dark, totally new characters were introduced, out of nowhere! They had neither been encountered nor alluded to in previous books--and I don't know
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a while to get through. It was not complicated, just weird. I love this author, and enjoy the paranormal. The characters in these books mesh, but the distance between publishing the books made me forget what was special about each gifted couple. Plus the book turns into an espionage, could be end of the world senerio, but it never gave you the punch. Words like the originals, the others, them, and kidnapping , and torture come in to play. Plus this book begins with lots of ...more
Denise Belt
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Final Shadows brings to a close the Bishop Files trilogy by Kay Hooper. A network of people with psychic abilities must work together to end the war between those Bishop has sworn to protect and the factions. The horrors of the factions must be stopped at all costs, and Murphy is more than willing to pull out all the stops to make sure this war ends once and for all.

Murphy is an interesting character that is shrouded in mystery. A few questions about her are answered but really all that does is
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
I adore Kay Hooper and the Bishop/SCU/Haven stories. That being said, these Bishop Files novels don’t seem to have the same….punch, if you will, as the main stories. This was a disappointing end to the trilogy, and a disappointing installment in the Bishop/SCU universe.

Almost the entire book is the characters talking. Explaining what happened over the last two books and why, explaining what’s going to happen and why, explaining what they need to do to end the “war.” SO.MUCH.TALKING. Even when
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Robin Lynn Boyd
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One bad thing... It's th end!

Without books, we'll let's not go there. I love stories. Long, short, paperback, hardbound(my favorite) or on my tablet. Give me stories!
Ms. Kay Hopper is an author I'll always reach for. This book, as with the other "BISHOP" books are never a disappointment. That is until the stories comes to ban end. That's the hard part about getting involved in a multi book story. When there are no more to come. It feels like saying goodbye to good friends whom you may or may not
Teresa Parrish
Mar 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An alien race? Geez lou-eeze!! If there was any hint of this in the previous two books it must have went right over my head as I didn't see this coming. This was so disappointing. So much chatter and little action, until the last several pages to the ending. I gave up on Bishop/SCU after reading 'Hold Back the Dark' and now the Bishop files. I started reading the books in the related Bishop series' because of the fascinating paranormal elements and those who possessed them. Such wonderful ...more
Susan Bazzett-Griffith
Disappointing conclusion to the Bishop Files, invoking way too far-fetched (even for Kay Hooper) plot lines that are almost all revealed in lengthy, stilted dialogue. I've been reading this series for at least 12 years, and I am wondering if it's time to just let it go, as the awesome action and battles between good and evil seem to have become phoned in and diluted "things will happen the way they happen" conversations with a few murders thrown in, which, frankly, aren't nearly as fun to read. ...more
1/18/19 > Yeah so I've started this and I'm lost... Looking at the previous book review I am basically telling myself that if the wait is too long I'm not gonna remember the backstory... eh yeah.. I don't remember. So to continue or to pause and reread previous???

1/22/19 > Took a few days to reread another book.. NOT the previous in this series.. I should though.. but I'm going to slog through and hope it all comes together in a glorious way..

1/24/19 > So...I'm seriously disappointed in
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of the detailed and authentic universe Kay Hooper created so many years ago where psychics exists and battles are fought on a mental and physical level between good and evil. The characters have always been so well developed and it's been a thrilling and emotional journey with nearly every one of them. Sadly, I can't say the same about this one. What's worse is who the antagonist(s) turn out to be. As a sci-fi & fantasy fan, I welcome the theme of aliens and other worlds but ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a stand alone book. To really get the most out of this story, you really, really, have to have read the previous two in the series. If you’ve read them then this book brings all those strings together and weaves a good ending to the series.

Bishop, Miranda, and many of their psychic group come together to bring a conclusion to the battle between them, the Haven, and The Others, a group of people hunting and hurting people with psychic abilities.

Rather a complex strategy to coordinate
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This was probably my least favorite of the entire Bishop series. It felt like they were still talking about the main catalyst for the story halfway through the book. Not doing anything about it, just....talking.

The alien thing still feels out of place to me, not as much as it should because I am a random person and enjoy random aliens thrown in anywhere.

It was hard to keep all of the characters straight, and even hard trying to remember if I had even met some of the characters before.

I did
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author & publisher for allowing me to read an ARC of this book. Final Shadows, the latest in the Bishop Files series is excellent ! I love all of Kay Hooper's books but her series about the psychics are just too good ! You cannot put them down. This book was smart, suspenseful and very on edge ! Loved it ! Also loved the insight provided in this book about Bishop himself. Without giving anything away I have to say my favorite character in this book is the cat ( you'll see ...more
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Kay Hooper was born in California, in an air force base hospital since her father was stationed there at the time. The family moved back to North Carolina shortly afterward, so she was raised and went to school there.
The oldest of three children, Kay has a brother two years younger and a sister seven years younger. Her father and brother are builders who own a highly respected construction

Other books in the series

Bishop Files (3 books)
  • The First Prophet (Bishop Files, #1)
  • A Deadly Web (Bishop Files, #2)