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Sigmund Brouwer
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Book Description

May 18 2010
Her genetic secret could change humanity forever.
Her DNA grants her the ultimate power. 
But all she wants is to disappear. 

Looming buildings rise into the sky of a near-future America, shadowing the desperate poverty of the soovie parks, death doctors, and fear bombs. In this world of walled cities, where status matters most, Caitlyn Brown is desperate to remain invisible, wrongly believing what she needs to hide is the deformity on her back. The powerful want her for so much more.
She’s forced to take flight again, relying on the help of Razor, a street-smart illusionist she can’t trust. Her only hope is to reach friends already tracked by government.
With a twisted bounty hunter in full pursuit, she and Razor begin to learn the unthinkable about her past and the unique gifts of her DNA. It leads Caitlyn to a choice between the two men who love her, and whether to keep her freedom or sacrifice herself to change human destiny.
In this lightning-fast chase through an all-too-plausible future, best-selling author Sigmund  Brouwer is at his best.  Flight of Shadows is a terrifying ride into the heart of compelling moral questions about science and society. 

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Flight of Shadows

Flight of Shadows is as haunting as it is intense. Brouwer keeps the pages
turning in this deftly written sequel that engages the intellect and paints
a frightening picture of a near-future world where the boundaries of
morality are tested…and broken.”
—JEREMY ROBINSON, author of Antarktos Rising and Pulse

About the Author

SIGMUND BROUWER is the best-selling author of Broken Angel and more than fifteen other novels, with close to three million books in print. He promotes literacy by giving writing workshops in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan, has two young daughters, and they split their time between Nashville and Red Deer, Alberta.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Sci-fi fans Feb. 1 2011
FLIGHT OF SHADOWS is the sequel to Brower's futuristic thriller BROKEN ANGEL. In this Sci-Fi series, scientists have learned to splice human genetic material together with other life forms to create new hybrids. Most of the experiments have failed, except for one ' a girl named Caitlyn Brown. In this second novel, Caitlyn has just escaped from the oppression of a closed culture known as 'Appalachia' , where she and her scientist father had retreated for her safety. She soon discovers, however, that life 'Outside' is every bit as dangerous. Here, the upper class known as the 'Influentials' are all powerful, while anarchy reigns everywhere else. Everyone, it seems, wants a piece of the hybrid 'freak' ' for Caitlyn is not like other people. She has wings and can fly, as well as other genetic properties that make her very valuable ' dead or alive. As she is pursued by the government, the scientific community, money hungry criminals, and a psychopathic predator out for revenge, she comes across an unlikely ally in the person of a street kid named Razor. 'Fast, sharp and dangerous' ' that's his motto. Will Razor be able to protect her and ultimately help her find her true freedom?
This novel is a must read for the Sci-fi lover. Thematically, it reminded me of the motion picture 'Splice', as well as Frank Peretti's iconic novel Monster. When scientists take creation into their own hands, bad things can happen. There are some gruesome scenes in the book, although well written and certainly not graphic ' just enough detail to let you know that the bad guys (in this case, a rogue bounty hunter named Mason) are really BAD. I loved this book. It's a futuristic thriller that, in the end, presents a message of hope for the future of mankind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Engaging Read Jan. 20 2011
I expect an action-filled, page-turning novel with great, dynamic characters from Sigmund Brouwer--and this novel delivers just that. Flight of Shadows was a thrilling read with new problems and new solutions in every chapter. Once or twice, I found it hard to keep all the details (so many characters!) straight, especially since Brouwer provides information on a need-to-know basis (so events that happened at the beginning weren't explained until halfway through). Razor was the most intriguing character, but I also liked how Brouwer gave even the bad guys some redeeming qualities or moments. I also want to read the prequel, Broken Angel now, as I hadn't read that yet--this book stood just fine on its own. I thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! Dec 11 2010
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Before reading Flight of Shadows I was unfamiliar with fellow Albertan and Christian author Sigmund Brouwer's work. Although Flight of Shadows is the sequel to Broken Angel, I couldn't resist the chance to review it, and I'm not disappointed at all. With few Christian authors delving into the edgier realms of dystopian futurism and genetic engineering, I couldn't wait to read Brouwer's take.

Our heroine Caitlyn has escaped from a life of sheltered stigmatism, marked by the hump on her back, her childhood in a tightly controlled religious community has ended (read Broken Angel for more detail than I can provide.) She now finds herself struggling for survival in a world bent upon capturing her. Whether for government experiments, or personal vendetta's, Caitlyn finds herself on the run as she navigates a world still largely unfamiliar to her.

Brouwer has created a realistic near-future world with entirely plausible outcomes of many events and situations that we find in today's society. His writing is filled with action and suspense and manages to fill in first time readers on the back-story without lumping it all together in a single chunk of expository back story. Rather these facts are subtly, and skillfully woven throughout the novel itself, making for a smooth reading experience.

The only area that suffers somewhat from jumping in mid-story is that there is some character development missing. The new characters are very well drawn, as well as a surprisingly likeable government agent in pursuit of Caitlyn, but the existing characters aren't entirely fleshed out ' a risk that potential readers should be aware of taking with most sequels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced Intelligent Thriller June 4 2010
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Sigmund Brouwer is an author who seldom disappoints, and his latest release could be used as Exhibit A in proving why that is. In FLIGHT OF SHADOWS, he nails every element of satisfying futuristic fiction with the skills, talent, and passion of an author who chooses craftsmanship over mass production.

FLIGHT OF SHADOWS is the sequel to Brouwer's 2008 release, BROKEN ANGEL, but he is such a gifted writer that there's never a moment when a reader new to the series feels lost in this follow-up story. His writing is such that the reader wants to read the first book rather than feel that she has to in order to figure out what's going on. Brouwer seamlessly picks up the story line from BROKEN ANGEL and continues it without missing a beat.

And it's a terrifying story line, one that is all too believable to anyone who recognizes the blessings, curses, and failures of technology. Brouwer creates a society in which the blessings of DNA experimentation turn into an apparent curse, and science's failure to overcome drought results in conflict that irreversibly changes the political landscape and structure of the U.S. This new society, only a few generations in the future, is inhabited by four classes of people: the Influentials, those who have virtually all of the wealth and power; the Industrials, whose work permits allow them to enter the newly created city-states to make a living; the Illegals, those who lack the necessary paperwork and are forced to live in abject poverty; and the Invisibles, those, like a young woman named Caitlyn Brown, who need to live under the radar, for varying reasons.

For Caitlyn, being an Invisible is essential to her survival. A product of DNA experimentation gone wrong, Caitlyn has escaped the Christian theocracy of Appalachia in search of the one man who can correct her lab-induced deformity. But close on her heels is a bounty hunter whose Influential backers know that her DNA is a priceless commodity, along with several other government and private parties. In her effort to remain invisible, she connects with a streetwise guy named Razor, whose boast of being "fast, sharp, and dangerous" proves to be grounded in reality and essential to Caitlyn's survival.

Meanwhile, Billy and Theo, two of Caitlyn's friends who also escaped from Appalachia, eagerly but cautiously anticipate a pre-arranged reunion with her, unaware that their every move is being tracked by government agents who know the value of Caitlyn's DNA and the plans Billy and Theo have to meet up with her.

All of that makes for a lot of lightning-fast chases through streets and subterranean passageways, penthouses, and shanty towns, in and around the city-state known as DC, with Caitlyn and friends doing whatever it takes to elude those who are relentlessly pursuing her. But FLIGHT OF SHADOWS is so much more than Hollywood-style entertainment --- though it certainly is that. It's also a look at an all-too-believable future fraught with terrifying possibilities: of weapons whose sole purpose is to create widespread fear and panic, of the high moral cost of genetic experimentation, of the repercussions of illegal immigration, and of the consequences of oppressive governmental control, with the end result being a bleak and hopeless dystopian society.

But Brouwer doesn't leave the reader in a bleak and hopeless state, nor does he wave a magic wand and make the world he created a better place. Instead, he lifts the gloomy darkness and sheds light on a new world far from the city-state of DC, one that begs to be fleshed out in a subsequent book --- hopefully with the intriguing character of Razor making a comeback.
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4.0 out of 5 stars exciting cautionary tale May 22 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Her genetic code makes Caitlyn Brown the most wanted person on the planet as her DNA enables her to do almost anything. However, all she wants to do is remain in hiding as her back deformity makes her believe she is the ultimate pariah.

However, the affluent in a world filled with poverty want more and she is the source. They go after her with only Razor the illusionist as her ally although she distrusts him. She hopes he can guide her to friends while the Feds and a twisted bounty hunter, all working for the rich, pursue her. As Caitlyn learns who she is, she is caught in a quandary not just between two men she cherishes and believes love her; but in terms of choosing life for her and extinction for humanity or death for her and life for mankind.

Flight of Shadows is an exciting cautionary tale that extrapolates from current trends to paint a dismal future with the heroine treated as a Typhoid Mary if she fails to do the bidding of the powerful. Caitlyn makes the tale work holding together the exhilarating hunt for her. Although the philosophical ethical issues could have been explored even deeper, readers will appreciate Caitlyn's dilemma; mindful of Ursula Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven, but perhaps Hell is more descriptive.

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4.0 out of 5 stars flight for freedom Feb. 22 2011
By Ashley Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Because of her DNA, Caitlyn has a bounty hunter nipping at her heels and the government not far behind him. With a life-changing choice to make -- and without a soul to trust -- Caitlyn is forced to depend on Razor, a skilled illusionist, for protection.

In his latest thriller Flight of Shadows, Sigmund Brouwer draws the reader into a hauntingly possible near-future of deteriorated freedoms, political instability, and a strong class system. Together, these things drive the desperation behind Caitlyn's struggle to keep hold of her freedom.

The short snippets of dialog -- often laced with a dry wittiness -- enhance the urgency of the story, allowing it to proceed without impediment. Each chapter, dedicated to following a particular character, is an exhibition of Brouwer's masterful use of plot complications to leave the reader on the edge of their seat. The cleverly-written epilogue dropped just enough morsels to have me pining for the next installment.

I thoroughly enjoyed my foray into Caitlyn's world. Before reading the 305 pages, I knew neither that this volume is cataloged as "Young Adult," nor that it has a prequel (Broken Angel, WaterBrook Press, May 2009). Regardless, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction. It stands alone and doesn't feel "young adult" since the subject matter (genetic science, immigration, etc.) is a bit more mature than one would expect from that genre. And don't worry, ladies -- Brouwer sprinkled in a bit of romance to send our hearts fluttering!


I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Flight of Shadows Nov. 2 2013
By Danae Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the sequel to Sigmund Brouwer's equally awesome Broken Angel. The one and only reason I refrain from all five stars is I am tentative to rate any book as a five-star book for fear of setting another reader's expectations too high, although on this one I debated before falling back on four. In Broken Angel, the narration ends with a young woman named Caitlyn, having just discovered her newly matured wings and her father's selfish decision to withhold the existence of them from her beforehand, making her decision to leave Appalachia, her home since birth. Flight of Shadows picks up where Broken Angel left off: Caitlyn struggles to hide the secret of her genetically engineered wings in the dangerous world outside everything she has ever known, all while staying distrustful of every unfamiliar face. Any stranger might notice the semi-disguised lump on her back and turn her in to the authorities hunting for her. Stereotypical? Maybe a little. But still, somehow, any buyer won't be able to put it down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel to Broken Angel. Sept. 13 2013
By Anne De Castle - Published on Amazon.com
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Fast paced and exciting reading. It completes the story perfectly. This is necessary reading after reading Broken Angel. Gives faith in good versus evil. Must read to finish the story.
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