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Shadow Game

By: Christine Feehan
Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
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Publisher's Summary

A man and woman possessed of telekinetic powers. She is the doctor. He is the experiment. What comes between them is a terrifying secret history that could save them or destroy them.

©2003 Christine Feehan (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"In Feehan's latest paranormal, sizzling sex scenes both physical and telepathic pave the road to true love for brilliant billionaire scientist Lily Whitney and Captain Ryland Miller, the leader of a squad of psionically gifted soldiers who have been imprisoned and separated from each other after receiving life-threatening enhancements. When Lily's father called her in to consult on a top-secret project he was working on for the government, he had no idea that he was signing his own death warrant or that his beloved daughter with her psychic talents would witness his murder and become a target for the traitors who were bending his project to their own evil purposes. Ryland lends his psychic strength to Lily and ignites a passion that brings him and his men into her high-security estate. Action, suspense, and smart characters make this erotically charged romance an entertaining read." ( Booklist)

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Too MUCH!

I do not mind the occasional sex scene, especially if read by good narrator. This book however, did not contain sex scenes. What it did give the poor reader was a spinster’s idea of sex in a tub of syrup. Exhausting! Utterly to much burning love, throbbing this and that’s. Too much feeling and explanation of feeling – so to justify the frequent sex. This book had potential, but the writer killed it with long scenes that was supposed to be sizzling, but just bored the living daylights out me.

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Not enough happening.

I had to force myself to keep reading.

I liked the overall outline. The characters are trained military guys given drugs to create psychic powers, but at times they have pain from it. The plot sounds ok. Bad guys want to sell this process to other countries and kill anyone in the way.

The problem is filling in the pages. Most of the book is boring conversation and ponderings about feeling bad, sad, angry, and what to do. Lily feels bad because her father was killed. Lily is upset when she learns what her father did in the past. They talk about what to do about the bad guys, but there is no interesting process of discovery. It has some heroine stupidity because twice Lily goes “alone” to the bad guys’ place saying to her buddies “I’ll be fine, don’t worry.” But something bad happens to her. Other action scenes could have been shown but were not. For example, we don’t see the guys escape from their cells. We don’t watch the scenes when people are killed. There are a couple of action scenes toward the end that were shown, but they were vague and unsatisfying - for me.

When Lily and Ryland first see each other there is an instant bond. Then their conversations sounded like an old married couple. Of course there are several sex scenes. Those are full of “I want you so bad... You feel so good...” It felt like a cheesy campy old-style romance novel.

I know many readers liked this so there must be some appeal.

The narrator Tom Stechschulte was good. I liked his deep sexy alpha male voice.

Genre: paranormal romantic suspense

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Awesome Book!!!

I love this series and was so glad to see Shadow Game, which is book 1 in the GhostWalker series, was finally picked up for audio. Shadow Game sets up the whole series about Doctor Peter Whitney who experiments on men to make the perfect commando team that can work together, talk to each other without speaking, have paranormal powers like being able to make guards look the other way, blending in with the background and control over animals. They also have super hearing and can see in the dark. When Dr Lily Whitney, Dr Peter Whitney's daughter, who also has the same type of powers as the men, is brought in on the project, she wonders if her father is a genius or a madman. Of course there is a love story as well that will blow your mind.

The narrator, Tom Stechschulte, is a brilliant choice for this series. He has a different voice for each of the GhostWalkers (the team of men in this series), and having listened to the other books in this series, he keeps the voices true to each character, in each book. Awesome!!

Christine Feehan is such a good author and I always have a hard time waiting for her next book to come out, no matter which series it is in. I really loved this book and will listen to it again and again.

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ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!

I read one of the later Ghostwalker books. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the team of soldiers and their adventures. I thought this book would be interesting to listen to because it showed the way the Ghostwalkers got their unusual powers. WOW, was I mistaken! This should appear under the section labeled Sexual and Erotic books, Pulp Fiction or Romance Novels. To say the author was attempting to titillate the reader would be giving a pale description of the the exceedingly graphic love, no, let's say, SEX scenes. The story is horribly sacrificed to the ENDLESS, explicit, sex scenes. They're needlessly long and overly descriptive. This is supposed to be an adventure/mystery story, not something out of the Bunny Ranch Diaries. I've listened to hundreds and hundreds of Audible's books over the past years. This one not only left me cold, but angry, because of its blatant and overdone sexuality mucking up the story. There should be a warning put in for the explicit sexuality so that young readers aren't unknowingly subjected to it.

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Sensual and Action Packed

Captain Ryland Miller is a basically a "rat" in a cage as are his men in his military unit. They volunteered for a highly classified experiment to enhance the psychic abilities they each had. Dr. Peter Whitney is the head scientist with Colonel Higgens the military liaison. Several of Captain Miller's men have died of "brain bleeds" and other suspicious causes. They are all separated and can only communicate infrequently via telepathy.

Dr. Whitney and Col. Higgens come to talk to him and have brought guards and Dr. Whitney's daughter, Lily who is also a doctor and scientist. Dr. Whitney has asked his daughter to consult on the project as he is not sure why some of the men have died.

Ryland is immediately drawn to Lily and she to him. They communicate telepathically which scares Lily at first. Shortly after she is linked with her father and she realizes he is being killed and almost doesn't separate herself from him in time but with Ryland's telepathic help she does. In the coming days, no one else seems to know her father is dead not just disappeared and Lily becomes worried as she delves into her father's secret laboratory and papers finding secrets about him and herself that are very hard to take in.

The story progresses as Lily helps Ryland and his team break out and shelters them. Ryland, Lily and his team also work to find out how his other men died and who is responsible as it soon becomes apparent it is not Dr. Peter Whitney.

My one main problem in this story. I can't beleive I am saying this because I love a good sex scene. However, I felt there was too much spent on Lily and Ryland falling into bed and/or having sex in dangerous places almost every other page. I would like to have had more time spent on both the "bad" guys and the members of Ryland's team to get to know their characters more and what they had actually gone through being part of this experiment.

I still really enjoyed the book and although I felt there a few too many sex scenes they were well written and hot.
Tom Stechschulte was outastanding in the delivery of the story

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Awful, Never Ending Love Scenes

I thought this book was going to be the story that is listed. Unfortunately it's really all about the romance of a woman and a creepy love interest. There were no less that 5 long love scenes in the first half alone. Two of which were dreams. I fast forwarded only to find that the love scenes were still taking place. The story sounded good but this is just junk.

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boring, predictable, and repetitive

This book just didn't do much for me. I thought the science fiction aspect of the plot was great, but that was its only redeeming feature. The book goes on at great length about the main characters' feelings for each other (I'd swear entire paragraphs are copied and pasted multiple places in the book), but the way their relationship developed wasn't particularly interesting, and I didn't feel particularly invested in how things turned out for them. I also listened to another book in this series and it suffered from the same problems. It's a shame, because I really want to know what happens in the larger sci-fi plot line, but I just can't take any more cut-and-paste sex scenes and vague, overwrought sentimentality.

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A little heavy on the sappy but good all the same

I'm a must say I enjoyed the book. I first read this book a few years ago and decided to listen to the second time to refresh my memory. I really enjoyed Christine Feehan has an author, particularly in the dark Carpathian series.
Listening to this book somehow I made the book sappier then when I read it, not sure if it was the author or just my recollection of reading versus listening to the book.

I typically like my books to have a little bit of conflict in the relationship I like for the main characters to have to really work for the HEA. This book was just too goody two shoes I think. The main character was supposed to really good at all of this telepathy in supernatural kind of powers but she just seem to be whiny and needy to me.

I do like the concept of the series so I think I'll listen to the next book in the series. I'm hoping that the women will get a little tougher and the men in a little more cautious and hard-core on the relationship front.

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It's been years since I listened this book but I remembered really liking it so I decided it was time to listen to the audiobook again. I love the idea of the modified group of hero's and that the government is afraid of what they created in these men. I love the physic abilities, that is why this series stands out above all the other special ops hero books.

I really enjoyed Lily and Ryland working together to get the team out of the wrong hands and to protect Lily after her what happens to her father. I loved all of that but what i could have done with out is the insta-love. I really can not get into a love that has no history and on that same note, there is nothing worse than a twenty something virgin heroine who gives up her virginity the first night, why hold on to it for that long then just give it up. That just doesn't work for me. Besides that, I love the plot and where the series is going on from here.

The narration was great. He does a great job with all the voices and different accents. It's always great to listen to someone that doesn't narrated every audiobook released.

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Drivel

Drivel, simply drivel. I have never read anything by Christine Feehan, and won't try again.

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  • Rachel
  • 03-02-22

Dull and repetitive

I found this book extremely dull and repetitive. How many times does the writer have to say the same thing? The narrator is really awful as well, delivering the script in a voice that just makes me want to go to sleep. I only heard an hour of it, I kept trying to persevere, but it was absolutely, diabolically dull.

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  • Garrett K9
  • 02-21-22

Great intro to new series

absolutely loved it , the narrater was very good lots of inflection in his voiced added to the story greatly , disappointed that later books are red by jum frangione as the latest dark books are , he has no inflection and is an awful narrater

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  • Deborah
  • 10-18-21

Tedious

Good storyline but WAY too many sex scenes. The first couple were fun and exciting but they just got so boring. What started out as an entertaining and interesting book became a tedious trudge through sex scenes that were all incredibly similar.

I was glad when it ended, but also disappointed that it showed such promise at the start but the constant boring sex simply ruined it.

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  • MumOfFour
  • 02-12-20

Spoilt

It’s a typical Christine book, but the narrator lets it down. Whilst the man does his job the book would benefit from dual narration as his version of the women’s voices and accents come across mocking and detracts from the book and I lost interest and just gave up

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  • Sharon B
  • 08-14-16

Brilliant

Love the Dark series thought I'd read one of Christine Feehan's other series.
I'm glad I picked Ghostwalkers.
I have the next book and can't wait to see the story progress

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-18-16

NOT GOOD -DIRE ACTUALLY

Total rubbish makes one wander how it got published. Not worth the effort to read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-14-15

Hooked great book

Narrator great for this book. Story line really good with twists and turns. Definitely want to listen to next book in series.

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  • alc
  • 07-09-13

Great story

I just wish I could get all the books in the series as I just love it. a bit to much discription on the sex but this does not take away from the real story. keep them coming.

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  • M.Y.Standford
  • 04-11-13

Shadow Game: GhostWalkers, Book 1

Having read Christine Feehan’s Dark Hunter series I was keen to see what the GhostWalkers offered, happily, it offered it all for me and remains one of my all-time favourites series. I love the concept that is consistent throughout all the books in this series and has strong male & females characters. The suspense in these books are as fundamental to the story line as the romance, which leaves me feeling fully satisfied once the read has come to the and allows me to be fully engaged for the duration of the story.



Lily & Ryland are fantastic and believable characters and a great to introduce us to the Ghostwalkers. Their contrasting personalities, ( Ryland the gentle warrior, well when it comes to Lily any way) and Lily with keen intelligence and her sweet innocent to the harsh reality show us a couple that help each other grow and become stronger as a couple.

We meet many of the characters from Team 1 that are explored more fully in the up and coming series this gives you a sense of meeting new friends feeling what they feel as the plot unfolds. So get ready for wonderful ride full of thrills, passion , love, fear, betrayal , friendship … I think you get the idea an honestly what more could a reader/ listener want

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  • J.M
  • 01-20-22

Excellent story but ……

Loved the storyline and it has such potential. I was initially looking forward to ready the whole series but then found all the sex scenes to be too many. Sure, I enjoyed the scenes that pushed the story and showed the characters blossoming attraction but many, many of the sex scenes were repetitive and didn’t add much but took away from the story flow. My comments don’t take away from the quality of the writing which is excellent and the narrator who did a great job as well. So disappointed that I doubt I will listen to remaining books in this series. Such a pity as I do want to know what happens in the storyline but not sure it is worth it when a third of the book is sex scenes.

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  • Avidchic reader
  • 06-29-22

first listen of ghostwalkers

i listened to a couple of the torpedo ink series and had to pull up for a break as there was some dark and gritty plotlines.
I love Ms Feehans writing so I thought I'd try this series before I head back to torpedo ink.
this is a great story and the paranormal is a wonderful twist to read/listen to.
the angst isn't as high as some books but the trauma to the characters was gut wrenching....there was an insta love/lust between hero and heroine but you could accept it as the paranormal comes into play.
Ms Feehan has written gutsier and more traumatic books but this series is earlier in her novels.
In saying that this story was well put together and sets the scene to play out for more books. there is a lot of steamy scenes and comments have been made that it takes away from the great plotline....
there is a lot of descriptive attraction and hot and steamy, but I kinda let it move the book along and everything tied in nicely. there is also some humour slotted in and lightens some chapters nicely.
as for the narrator, it's a first time listen for me and I loved his voice. he has great tone and inflections which brings the characters to life. looking forward to nicolas and his story....

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  • T
  • 05-19-22

Great Story, Great Narrator

The more you read, the better it gets. True loyalty, unique approach to mind control and the narrators voice is very enticing!

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  • Paulie
  • 02-13-14

great to discover another paranormal author

Where does Shadow Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed this book, and was glad to have found it. The paranormal genre is a favourite of mine and I'd rate this book above average, but it's just flooded now with so many trashy (not all), vacuous teen vampire, werewolf and zombie novels (V,W,Z), so it was a delight to find something so very original. It's getting hard to find books like this because they get so lost so amongst this genre that don't really belong here and you miss them due to trudging through masses of crap, PLEASE put the VAMP's or make a new genre (V,W,Z) etc.... or put them back in horror where they used to be and belong, PLEASE!!!. I was surprised by the high raunchy steam factor but to me the circumstances of the plot warrant it. It's not something I'd normally read but the story goes there in detail but you can understand why and it's a going to be a great series if they keep up the pace like book one. Funny, heart wrenching, witty and intense in both the thriller and sex factors. Well written paranormal thriller/love story that doesn't hold back. It's raw emotion and a great listen.

What other book might you compare Shadow Game to, and why?

Hard to say because I haven't been able to read for 6 years and finally dived in the deep end with Audiobooks and love them. This to me was "very loosely" along the lines of something that say Stephen King or Dean Koontz might concoct in cohorts with a tamer Jackie Collins, so yes, it makes for a very interesting plot!

What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I really like him, I think he's great, I didn't realise how much the standard of voices varies, and I think Tom's right up there. I didn't know I was picky with voices but I am now.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well I've read 1 and 2 now and I have to say that the way Christine takes very strong powerful male characters and swings the balance of having men being desperately needed to be loved more so than the lead women in the two I've read so far, is done very well and is quite endearing.