Shadow on the Sun

Letto da: Mark Bramhall
Durata: 5 ore e 17 min
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Southwest Arizona, a century ago: an uneasy truce exists between the remote frontier community of Picture City and the neighboring Apaches. That delicate peace is shredded when the bodies of two white men are found hideously mutilated. The angry townspeople are certain the “savages” have broken the treaty, but Billjohn Finley, the local Indian agent, fears that darker, more unholy forces may be at work. There’s a tall, dark stranger in town, who rode in wearing the dead men’s clothes. A stranger who may not be entirely human.

Originally published as a mass-market Western in 1994, Shadow on the Sun has been largely overlooked by horror fans and general readers. But this tale of supernatural terror is sure to chill the blood of Matheson’s many fans.

©1994 RXR, Inc. (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

“Perhaps no other author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions.” ( New York Times)

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  • Generale
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  • William
  • 15/04/2012

Matheson Western Horror Novel

If you're a Richard Matheson fan, this book is well worth your time. It's an excellent blend of two of his favorite genres.

The reader does a terrific job presenting the book.

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  • Laura
  • 15/03/2012

Old West with a Mystical Twist

What did you love best about Shadow on the Sun?

Great storytelling with foreshadowing that created great suspense.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes that foreshadowed the ending - the Corcoran brothers observing the treaty talks and what happened to Little Owl.

Who was the most memorable character of Shadow on the Sun and why?

Billjohn Finley. He was formally educated yet had an understanding and appreciation for the native American culture and ways. He respected - and ultimately rightfully so - the Native American views on mysticism.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14/10/2020

Perfect performance.

Very well written story. Perfect pick for voice narration. The story was a pleasant surprise from what I had expected reading the overview.

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  • Old ManParker
  • 25/09/2020

Native American Monster

Richard Matheson is near the top of the scale when it comes to horror writers. Few can compete as his level of quality. ...AND, Richard Matheson has written some of the scariest Native American horror stories I’ve had the enjoyment to shudder to. The Manitou books being a really good place to find some of his best & creepiest. Richard Matheson discovered that Native American mythology has a lot of really frightening creatures in it - frightening on the level of H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horrors. Injecting Ancient Native American unearthly weirdness into modern American culture works extremely well in his other books. So, it seems like a natural idea for Matheson to write a period piece dealing with a Native American supernatural threat in the old west. His research into the details of the times and the culture all felt very real. His monsters are all strangely unique, and not a retread of anything you’ve read about over, and over. In “Shadow on the Sun” Richard Matheson once again delivers the freaky frights. I recommend this book. I’m Old Man Parker, nag-nab-it, …and this is a good’un!

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  • Mistsofjade
  • 19/09/2020

👎Stayed In The Dark😦

I just COULD NOT get into this story at all! After about 1 hr I just stopped, uninstalled and was GLAD this book was free & I didn't waste my money or credit on it. I do enjoy many of Richard's stories, but this one was not interesting at all for me. I did try to get into it, but it just couldn't & didn't hold my interest at all!😕😵 It was EXTREMELY boring & was good for one thing....putting me to sleep. 😴👎 The narrator was ok I guess, but he couldn't help me to stay into the story. 👎I definitely do not recommend this book as a good Richard story at all, he's done WAY BETTER!! 🤏I don't know about the narrator to be honest, maybe a different story he would be better....this one though no.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09/09/2020

The story needed some oomph

The narrator did a good job with what he had to work with. I think the story had some really good detail and ok character development. I think the author did a good job of setting the scenes and did a good job with historical and Native American aspects. The thing that needed oomph was the horror part of the story. The author told us how horrified characters were but I didn’t feel the horror based on the text, which I think you should if it’s well written. This story would have been a decent drama.

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  • David
  • 14/09/2011

This Horror/Western is classic Matheson

A pretty straightforward horror/western: the gruesome murders of two white men threaten a treaty between a band of warlike Apaches and the U.S. before the ink has even dried, but when Indian agent Billjohn Finley investigates, he discovers that the murderer may be supernatural.

Matheson's writing is pure story: he doesn't set up more than he needs to, and his characters get only as much detail as they need. This would make a good movie, though unlike many of Matheson's other stories, it hasn't been turned into a film, probably because Westerns are so out of fashion.

3.5 stars. This is a decent yarn, though even the ending is scripted like a Hollywood movie. Definitely worth reading or listening to for a few hours of entertainment, though it's not likely to rank as one of your all-time favorites.

The performance by Mark Bramhall is good, if perhaps a bit overacted at times, but it fits the melodramatic plotting.

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  • Robert
  • 20/01/2013

Not What I Was Expecting

I'm a fan of a lot of Richard Matheson's stories...this is not one of them. Overall I thought it was okay. The narrator did a good job, and his voice suited the story. It was a different sort of story compared to Matheson's other works. This one is set in the Wild West and our hero of the story is a government official, who must figure out who is killing people in the town. It is a supernatural story, so if that isn't your thing then don't get this book!

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  • Jacqueline Edge
  • 26/09/2016

weak plot

The story is melodramatic, the characters are superficial and predictable. Weak storyline with many unbelievable and pointless elements.