The Shadow men
Dark secrets, femme fatale, a burgeoning love story and bone deep paranoia, the shadowmen unfurls the story of a struggling stripper wrought with self-doubt, past afflictions and riveting nightmares bent on reviving the painful memories of yore. The title aptly captures the essence of the literature within, shrouding it in an intagible obscurity, a foreboding of sorts, cautioning potential readers into a tale of gore, loss and a fictional whirlpool.
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The story verges on the brink of horror, yet the elements of romance and adventure are rightly and indulgently utilised in the prose, that progresses effortlessly; thereby complementing the storyline, that in itself cascades throughout, succinct and to the point, in between the cryptic quagmire of reality and dreams. There are times when the plot felt rushed or less descriptive, but with the fate of the protagonist at stake, the story surely is a nail biter.
In the midst of all the fantastical themes- battles with faceless assailants, dreams morphing into torture devices and the mc's inhumane rate of recovery, the symbolism is out and clear. Built on the robust fount of human insecurities, like an insatiable brute of the vilest quality, the pain feeds off from that very weakness of the temporal creature that man is; and getting over it, not simply forgetting, is the panacea. In the realm of shadow-world, this agony finds a new meaning, rather new form(s) and offers not only the mental counterpart of the trauma but it's excruciating physical manifestations as well.
Metaphorically coherent, drama-rich and generously suspenseful, The Shadowmen aptly glamourises the literary prowess of the author.