THE SHADOW PROJECT is sinister and mysterious at its worst and excitement with a touch of dangerous paranormal adventure at its best. As our three main teenager characters enter the world of astral travel, they learn to infiltrate a terror cell to gain information to destroy them, but everything is not what it seems and they will need to decide their next and possibly final step.
Several characters are the ones that are speaking to the reader as they see the story unfold. Danny Lipman is the main character who as an intelligent rebellious kid has taken to stealing even though being accepted into Cambridge University. He finds himself breaking into a house that is not exactly what it seems. This act of thievery on Danny’s part gets him sucked into an offer he cannot refuse even though he does not fully understand the consequences of his acceptance.
Immediately upon being sent on his first astral survey mission the government officials realize that Danny can see details that others fail to see…therefore making him an invaluable asset they cannot release. Danny stays with the promise that his grandmother will be taken care of and he will not be sent to jail.
Using the history of our own governments as well as other in their research into using paranormal gifts in a military tactic, the author creates a world within a world where you are in just as much danger as in our in this plane. Being captured while outside of your body is the worst thing that can happen to you when you are in this vulnerable state and Danny must save Opal from such a fate when she is captured by an evil mystic.
I loved the new spin on paranormal astral travel and remote sensing by having the characters leave their bodies using only their souls to travel and not be seen by those they are spying upon. I found the story’s pace exciting and very hard to put down until the last page. I can see reluctant readers finding the characters and storyline enticing and an easy read. The characters are believable, funny, warm, and the reader will enjoy seeing them learn about friendship, selflessness and caring for others outside of themselves. I will call this one a definite keeper and place it in my library of young adult novels.
Ages 10 and Up
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.