3 out of 4 stars
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The battle between good and evil, a Savior versus an Antichrist, is told in the form of a scandalous spy thriller in Teddy Sabutey’s The Black Shadow. A story of the power behind the movers and the shakers of the world takes on a completely new dimension when the Antichrist infiltrates the government of the United States. One can almost imagine how people would be shaking in their boots if something like this came to fruition in real life.
The basic premise is that on every millennial anniversary of the death of Jesus Christ, a special child is born that will take on the Antichrist. For the special child born in the 20th century, the task is centered on discovering who the modern Antichrist is and stopping him. The man known as the Saint and the man known as the Black Shadow battle over far more than just power, politics, and espionage like you have never seen before. A special woman is loved by one of them and wanted by the other. As heir to the Blackwell Empire, Helena is entwined in the battle of good versus evil, as she discovers that she prefers one but was brought up to believe in the other. Her battle is both internal and external, with herself and outside forces.
At first glance, it appears that The Black Shadow is a work of Christian fiction, with Biblical connotations in the acknowledgements and early pages of the story. Quickly, one realizes that although the battle is between the special child, born a Savior, and an evil man, an Antichrist, the story is not Christian fiction. The sexual scenes are exceptionally descriptive, using words that most people would find to be extreme lewdness, especially concerning female body parts. The violence is graphic but not to the intensity of the sexual vulgarity.
Sabutey does a good job in keeping the reader in suspense. It is not always obvious as to who is on the side of good and who is on the side of evil. For example, the people that one first assumes are the moles in the security services are the ones who most want to protect the United States. The most horrible mole was rather unexpected and scary, for if someone in that type of position were ever a mole in real life, we would all be in deep trouble.
The one major weakness is with the errors in the usage of incorrect words. There are issues with both names and word choices. Instead of Blackwell, there are several occasions where the name Black is used. Word errors include angle for angel, take instead of talk, head for heard and other similar errors. The errors were distracting and should have been picked up on during the editing process.
The Black Shadow is an intriguing and captivating story, with the story of good versus evil told in a fresh, new way. Considering the above weaknesses, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. With proper editing, this story has the potential of being a major blockbuster. This story will appeal to anyone who enjoys crime and spy thrillers but can also handle the sexual lewdness.
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