Tuesday, April 5, 2016

He Who Walks In Shadow - by Brett J. Talley - A fine followup to That Which Should Not Be

5 of 5 Stars     Review copy

He Who Walks In Shadow is a sequel, of sorts, to That Which Should Not Be. Although this book works as a stand-alone novel, I world recommend reading the first book before reading this newer volume in order to get the complete effect.

This time the story is told through journals, correspondence, news articles, and such.  With a story woven together from so many disparate sources it would seem the result would be disjointed or at least confusing, but Talley manages to pull it all together in a riveting tale that blends Lovecraftian horror with the sensibilities of films like Indiana Jones, National Treasure, and The Da Vinci Code.

Brett J. Talley is an excellent writer who can really paint a scene with just a few words. "Forward we pressed, as bullets passed and men died and the ground grew sodden with the tramp of a thousand feet and the gentle rain of blood."  And then there's a dream sequence involving a high-stakes game of chess that was just brilliant.

At it's core He Who Walks In Shadow is a story of supreme sacrifice which I found to be completely entertaining.

Published by JournalStone, He Who Walks In Shadow is available in hardback, paperback, and e-book formats.  By the way, kudos to Becca Klein for a stunning cover.

Definitely recommended.

Brett Talley received a philosophy and history degree from the University of Alabama before moving to witch-haunted Massachusetts to attend Harvard Law School.  Brett loves every kind of fiction—from horror to literary to historical to sci-fi—as long as there are fantastic characters with a compelling purpose.  Brett writes when he can, though he spends most of his time working as a lawyer so that he can put food on the table.  That is, until the air grows cool and crisp and fall descends.  For then it is football time and Brett lives and dies with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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