Overview Diagnosed by doctors as a paranoid schizophrenic, Hailey Maniates is pursued by a nightmare where she is rescued by a towering homeless man, who appears to suffer from her same mental condition.
"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 alleged hallucinations. But too many questions remain around Hailey and the man who saved her. He appears to suffer from her same mental condition and is convinced that some type of Gypsy vampire is trying to kill them both.
Against reason, Hailey finds herself more and more attracted to this strange man. But what if he is a fantasy? What if "he "is the monster?
"From its stunning first scene to its heartwarming last, "Shade "is a striking tale of mystery and danger that kept me hooked. This is Olson's finest work yet, and reading it, one gets the feeling he's just getting warmed up." Robin Parrish, author of "Relentless" and "Merciless ""Unseen enemies. Questioned sanity. The weighing of reality. All the things I like in a book The shadows are not silent. I lost sleep over this book. I got goose bumps from this book. The kind of scary that you crave and cringe at, Shade offers up a monster made more frightening by its originality. Thanks a lot, John Olson--because of you, I will not walk alone at night for a long time to come." Tosca Lee, author of "Demon: A Memoir" and "Havah: The Story of Eve ""John B. Olson is a seasoned storyteller, and "Shade" is quite a story As the heat turns up, and as menacing tones and brooding characters abound, the theme of God's grace boils to the surface. A few years back, Olson gave us a new twist on Jekyll & Hyde; now he puts his own fast-paced spin on the Dracula story. I can only hope there's a sequel in the works " Eric Wilson, author of "Field of Blood" and "A Shred of Truth ""Shade is a smart, gripping thriller. John B. Olson whips you along in a breakneck odyssey through a hellish paradise lost--and keeps you up all night doing it."Melanie Wells, author of "My Soul to Keep" and "When the Day of Evil Comes""Things that go bump in the night are not all figments of overwrought imaginations or evidence of mental illness. As our heroine discovers, evil personified preys on the ignorance of its victims. Lock your doors and windows, leave the lights on, and hunker down for a splendid, spine-chilling read."Donita K. Paul, author of the DragonKeeper Chronicles
From Publishers Weekly Christy Awardwinner for Oxygen, Olson, a biochemist-turned-novelist, keeps pace with a page-turning thriller that will please fans of paranormal spiritual battle tales. In a goth-vampireinfused mind-bending race through the streets and underworld of San Francisco, Hailey Maniates discovers a deeper diagnosis than paranoid schizophrenia for her hallucinations. One man wants her as bait in a cosmic duel, and anotherMelchi, the child of prophecywants to save her life. With the help of her graduate school friends and Melchi, Hailey turns from victim to fellow soldier with Melchi in the battle against the evil Mulo, the spirits of the dead who act like vampires. With breathless pacing, a sharp sense of suspense, memorable descriptions and a churning plot, this novel is a must-read for those who enjoy such authors as Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti. Readers will appreciate carefully woven themes from Dracula, science, faith, conspiracy theory and divine battle. Christian themes surface in the supernatural warfare, and a Christian character, Susan Boggs, helps Hailey see beyond the physical world to a deeper reality. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Awards and Recognitions Shade by John B. Olson has received the following awards and recognitions -
Citations And Professional Reviews Shade by John B. Olson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 07/01/2008 page 68
Publishers Weekly - 08/18/2008 page 43
CBA Retailers - 10/01/2008 page 40
Romantic Times - 11/01/2008 page 75
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Studio: B&H Fiction
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Broadman And Holman
ISBN 0805447342 ISBN13 9780805447347
Availability 0 units.
More About John B. Olson
John B. Olsonholds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin but left his job as a director and principal scientist at a major scientific software company after eight years to pursue full-time writing and speaking. He has since received several honors for his books including the Christy Award in Futuristic Fiction for the novel Oxygen. Olson lives with his wife and two children in San Leandro, California.
John B. Olson currently resides in San Francisco Bay Area, in the state of California.
I usually prefer historical settings but this is a really good book. I was in suspence until the very end. It is action packed and couldnt breathe until the end. Characters are interesting. Cant wait to read sequel.
Shade Jan 1, 2010
I wanted to like this book more than I did. The premise is an intriguing one, and had it been handled just a touch differently, I think it would have made all the world. The problem was that I had such a hard time getting into the book. It was such an awkward beginnging and did not giuve enough of the backstory that one would need to really delve into the story right away.
I also hard a problem with liking the female lead. She really had no redeeming qualities, as she seemed to vacillate between trusting Melchi and pushing him away that by the end when she has to put her trust in him it seems forced and weak.
Be Ready for A Thrilling Read Dec 20, 2009
I have a confession, before I began reading Christian books, I was a big Stephen King's fan growing up. And I should probably not admit this, for fear I will blow the image you may have of me as a reviewer, but my first child was named after a character in one of Stephen King's books.
When I began reading Christian fiction, it would make sense that I feel in love with Frank Peretti (This Present Darkness, being a personal favorite). Why do I admit this? Well meet John B. Olson. John B. Olson is a perfect blend of Frank Peretti and Stephen King combined. But be assured, Olson's writing and style is very unique with a thrilling plot that is full of redemption and romance. If someone would have told me what Shade was about before I began reading it, I probably would not have picked the book up. In fact I was not sent this book for review, I actually won it. But I LOVED this book.
Shade is a book that kept me up late at night, turning the pages as fast as I could read. Christy Award winning author, John B. Olson describes in vivid detail the battle between good and evil. Just like his character Hailey we sometimes wonder if we are imagining the evil--wondering if we are just losing our mind. Then something happens that has us come face to face with evil, what really matters is what you believe.
Karri, a reviewer here on this site said this about Shade, "I'm so glad this novel got published. It's one of the most unique plots I've read in a long, long time. Weird in a good way. Shade is about the possibilities of things unseen, deceiving appearances, the reality of the supernatural. Olson does a great job making the reader wonder who is sane and who is crazy, who is telling the truth and who is dangerous." I could not have said it any better!
Couldn't put it down! Dec 18, 2009
I did not have my own account so my mother is letting me use hers to write my review. I'm not one to be stuck to a book but I sure was for this one! I was glued to the pages. Shade was really descriptive making it easy to play the story in your mind. It was like watching a movie in my head! The story line was great because every piece of the story all fit together in the end. I grew very much attached to the characters and it felt as if I was in their place making the story all the more suspenseful. The ending of this book was fully satisfying and pulled something from earlier in the story to conclude it that I didn't even catch! It was great! I've got to tell you Shade is now officially one of my favorite books! Great story John B. Olson and keep up the amazing work!
A Real Heart-Stopper! Nov 22, 2009
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 it is something more. Hailey is put in a mental institution and is medicated for her hallucinations. She knows she's not crazy, and must find the very tall homeless man to find out what happened and get her many questions answered. What really did pursue Hailey? Why did she think she saw herself being chased through the attackers eyes? How could she feel the thought and emotions of the homeless "giant"? What was happening to her? Was she really just the crazy person her doctors diagnosed her to be?
I had read the second book of this series, "Powers", first, and was a little concerned that I may have ruined this first book. Not at all!! From the beginning, "Shade" pulled me in. Masterfully written, it's full of mystery and intrigue and heart-stopping, spine-tingling terror. Olson wrote a fantastic page-turner that scared the pants off me! His characters have depth and memorable qualities that I won't easily forget, nor will I be comfortable being alone in the dark for a long time to come!!