Shadowed: Getting Ready
Okay, you guys, I can take a hint!
As of this writing, the poll is as follows:
The Love Dare: 26.83%
The Europa Conspiracy: 17.07%
I, Saul: 4.88%
Day-um. Shadowed just had a runaway lead that I did not anticipate. I figured it would be a toss-up between The Love Dare and The Europa Conspiracy.
Then again, I can understand wanting to tie up Paul Stepola and throw him in a river.
Or tie up the Underground Zealot series and put a bow on these critiques. Whichever. 😉
As you no doubt recall, Silenced ended with God instituting his holy reign of terror, silencing (har) millions upon millions of firstborn sons by slaughtering them.
Because Paul Stepola asked him to do it.
In the extremely helpful What Has Gone Before opening section, Jenkins gives us a recap of the world he has built and the characters who inhabit it. As a quick reminder to everyone, it is now late January, 38 P.3., which is 2048.
Paul, Jae, and Straight have certainly made an impression on the loyal readers ’round these parts, but just in case anyone has forgotten who is who, Jenkins lays it out, in a style reminiscent of middle school social studies textbooks:
When he completed his graduate studies in religion, Dr. Paul Stepola‘s wife, Jae, urged him to pursue work with the National Peace Organization. Her father, retired army general Ranold B. Decenti, had helped build the NPO from the ashes of the FBI and the CIA.
Terribly proud of this part, the entire letter to Chancellor Ball Dangler is reproduced. Just so we can remember what an evil, threatening dick Paul is.
Then the second half of the last chapter is reproduced in (almost) full.
Just so we can remember what an evil being Paul’s God is.
So, gird your loins, ladies and gentlemen! Once more unto the breach of the USSA and Paul Apostle!