In the Shadow of Men Book Cover In the Shadow of Men
In the Shadow of Destiny Series
Darren Swart
Paranormal Adventure
The Wild Rose Press, Inc
December 15, 2017

Marty Wood regains consciousness in an abandoned basement surrounded by the smell of death. He is drawn to Gillian, a mysterious agent assigned to protect him from the Duke, a megalomaniac bent on becoming a demigod. His growing passion for Gillian complicates the situation.

They race against time to find a charmed jewel before the Duke and stop him from using the gem to unlock a portal controlled by the Ark of the Covenant.

Can they stay alive and outwit the Duke and his henchmen before time runs out?

Reviewed by Melissa Brus

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Darren Swart takes his main character Marty Wood on an adventure of literal biblical proportions.  In a quest that is as old as the Ark itself, Marty awakens on the dirt floor of an old farm building to find his life is changing forever.  Along with Gillian, a beautiful and deadly ex-military member, and Digger, a brilliant and impulsive scientist, Marty now faces forces of good and evil he never imagined.  The three of them are challenged by the interference of the Duke, a true megalomaniac who seeks the ultimate in power.  The Duke is ruthless in his quest and plays with our trio and the world as if they are his own personal chess pieces.

The changes in point of view in this story can be confusing.  As each character takes over, the voice changes, as does the perspective seen in the narrative.  Luckily the story itself is pretty strong and once you get used to the constant changing, the flow brings the reader along.  This is the first in what looks to be an entertaining and engaging series.