Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: The Shadow Project

The Shadow Project (Shadow Project #1) by Herbie Brennan
Publication Date: December 29, 2009
Genre: YA Paranormal/Science Fiction
Pages: 352

Danny Lipman is a thief . . . until one night he robs the wrong house. He inadvertently breaks into the headquarters of the Shadow Project, a secret government organization where teenage spies are trained to leave their bodies, using astral projection to travel around the world on deadly missions.

Danny is captured, but the Project leaders quickly realize he has a special gift. And when a key operative—the director's daughter, Opal—goes missing, he is offered a choice: Join the Shadow Project or go to jail.

Danny joins and is quickly sent to investigate the Project's current target: a worldwide terrorist organization known as the Sword of Wrath. But as he gets deeper in, he discovers both the Project and the Sword of Wrath are far more than they seem. Danny and his fellow operatives are caught up in an ancient supernatural conflict and will have to learn how to survive in a world without boundaries of space or time, where the wrong choice could be their last.
The book started out just fine. I liked it, but sadly, near the end, it just lost me.
It was pandemonium. The steel doors that had sealed off the tunnel lay twisted and shattered. Eight broken bodies lay in the tunnel entrance, their blood splattered on the walls, their chest cavities ripped open.
Let's start off with the characters, because that's real easy. They were pretty much flat. There wasn't much development till the end. But that was only with Michael and Danny. There wasn't really a main character, more like a main group of characters. None of which I thought were better then okay.
The beginning was fine. It had promise. The book started out, to me, science fiction. Then as it went along, it add a touch of paranormal. That was fine with me. It was a nice fit. But then, it went totally paranormal and completely off what it started with. Truthfully, it got a little weird.
The plot didn't flow very well. And it got kinda confusing and hard to follow. The science didn't make much sense most of the time. And the astral plane, I believe that's what it's called, made no sense at all. 
I wish it followed the path it was following at the beginning and countinued to the end with it. When I started the book, I thought it had a lot of promise. But, in the end, the book wasn't that good.

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