SHADOWS OF THE PAST by Richard Schiver
An ancient ceremonial dagger has a disturbing effect on any who come into contact with it. Contained within the blade is the spirit of a primordial god who once ruled a young planet. Seeking a return to its former glory it searches for the only one who can release it from the shadows of the past. A brain damaged four year old whose fathomless black eyes hold a disturbing secret. It will do anything to possess this child.
Sam Hardin must come to terms with the guilt he feels over his wife’s untimely death in time to protect his son from a primordial god that seeks to use him as a means to escape the shadows of the past.
Inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos, Shadows of the Past takes the reader on a pulse pounding journey as the ongoing battle between good and evil is joined. Sam Hardin and Jack Griffith go head to head in a fight to the death from which only one can emerge victorious while in the balance hangs the future of all mankind.
Shadows of The Past is a good attempt at updating the Cthulhu Mythos, the story is well told if not completely gripping, this is probably due to the large number of loose ends that seem to left hanging, and a couple of plot lines that don’t seem to serve any purpose to the larger story. However don’t let this put you off, for this is still a good read that will entertain you. The basics of an really good story are here, a good casts of characters, nice ideas and twists on an age old plot, but ultimately what stops from becoming a great read is a slightly verbose style of writing.
6.5 out of 10