The Shadow Constant

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Griffyn Ink, Jul 16, 2013 - Fiction - 356 pages

Someone is keeping watch over the machine. Should it ever have been built?

The lure of the find behind the loose hearthstone at Hazleton House was too great. The schematic excited Evan, Reenie and Ivy for different reasons but it is Kayla who actually begins building it. Her ability to focus to the exclusion of all else is just one of the effects of her Asperger's.

The scribbled initials E.W. were merely a curiosity until it's discovered they belong to Eli Whitney. But strange footprints and disturbing visitors let Evan know that the theft of his sister's prize schematic isn't just a coincidence.

It becomes obvious that the generator has no apparent power source. And Eli Whitney was only the first to die because of the machine.

Soon they realize their enemies are much bigger than they had imagined and the threat the device poses could topple an empire. The secret now threatens those at Hazleton House.

Who is trying to stop them?

Winner: Booky Award for BEST Thriller & Suspense Book 2013
Winner: Booky Award for top 12 books of 2013
Finalist: Beverly Hills Book Awards for New Fiction and Suspense 2014
Finalist: Eric Hoffer Best Book Award 2014
Silver Medal: Indie Excellence Award for Mystery/Suspense 2014

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User Review  - Katyas - LibraryThing

Book Info: Genre: Thriller Reading Level: Adult (minor F/F situations) Recommended for: Fans of thrillers, those who like to see a realistic representation of Asperger's Book Available: July 16, 2013 ... Read full review

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One of the main strengths of this book is its realistic and insightful portrayal of an adult with Asperger's and how she navigates the world, especially when things go sideways. Another strength is the layering of the setting, the detail of old house renovating, and the intricacies of family dynamics. My only real complaint is I felt like the book ended too soon. I wanted more information from these characters, not a bad way to feel finishing a book. 

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About the author (2013)

A.J. Scudiere lives in a world where texture reigns supreme. Whether it's air or virus or even location, it can be felt and smelled. At heart a biologist and avid student, A.J. writes about the possibilities that keep us up late at night. The dark writer lives outside Nashville in an idyllic setting full of wildlife and open spaces.

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