Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Shadow Project
by Herbie Brennan
teen action sci-fi fantasy
New York : Balzer & Bray, c2010
Danny Lipman is a young burglar who picks the wrong house on the wrong night. Expecting a normal home to pilfer, Danny is surprised by a strange elevator in the basement. Curiosity getting the better of him, he enters and is taken further underground and interrupts a top-secret government project. Of course he is caught and detained. Faced with the choice of jail or joining, he opts for becoming one of them - mostly because they promise to take care of his grandmother who has recently suffered a stroke. Danny is shocked to learn that The Project is involving astral projection and remote viewing to spy on international terrorists without being seen. Shortly after Danny joins things start to go incredibly wrong and he has to literally jump in without any formal training. Someone is using dark magic to try to destroy The Project and another secretive group that has remained in obscurity for centuries. Danny and his companions need to fight a battle they don't understand to essentially save the world.
I absolutely loved the idea of this story. I mean, how cool would it be to be able to spy on people without them knowing you were there? However, I felt this book was too vague and disjointed in places. Some statements seemed to contradict each other and a few too many loose ends for my taste. Again a great premise, but could have been better written. Maybe if I had read it while having an OOBE on the astral plane I would have like it better!