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Publisher's Summary

John Ridley, the best-selling author of The Drift, is renowned for his gritty, violent tales and their razor-sharp dialogue. This foray into science fiction is an explosive thriller. In the near future, superheroes are very real. But so are supervillains. When San Francisco is toasted during a superbeing clash, America has had enough. All metanormals must leave the country, or face extermination at the hands of an elite new law enforcement branch.
© John Ridley; (P)Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Readers will find themselves torn between sympathy, empathy, pity and disgust, often on the same page. With its lavish fight scenes, the book was clearly written with an eye on film adaptation. Yet Ridley...knows how to make his story work both as a novel and as a proto-screenplay. And as a novel, it works very well indeed." (Publishers Weekly)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 06-09-05

Terrific narration, story needs an editor...

This story needs brutal editing, it sounds like it was written on deadline and fueled by caffiene. A good editor would hack out huge chunks of redundant, mind numbing stuff. I found my mind wandering as the story went down the same roads over and over again. Some of the interesting plot lines were thrown away too quickly. Interesting characters and events in the story were abandoned, in favor or more useless atmosphere and scene setting.

Ms. Floyd's dramatic reading is the principle saving grace of the book. Her acting ability brought some depth to characters, that would have otherwise been flat. She gave a professional performance to material that really did not deserve her talent.

Too much focus was given to the wrong characters, we should have spent more time with the "bad guys" who were all much more interesting than the protagonist, Soledad. Too much meaningless atmosphere. Too much repetition in the narration -- like Mr. Ridley thought we would forget the motivations of his characters if we didn't hear them repeated often enough.

Trim it down, then sell it as a graphic novel or a TV movie script. It doesn't work in this medium.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 11-09-13

Main protagonist is completely unlikeable.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the main character had undergone some sort of character arc or learned that her hatred puts her squarely in the wrong. She remains the same bigoted, murderous person at the end as she did at the beginning.

What was most disappointing about John Ridley’s story?

By the time I was two thirds of the way through I was rooting for Soledad to die. She is no hero. She is just the smartest and most gestapo-like in her hatred of all super-powered beings, no matter how good or evil they are. She is a murderer who has sanction because of the law of the land and the badge she wears.

Have you listened to any of Patricia R. Floyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

N / A. I hadn't heard any other readings by Floyd, but I thought she did a good job.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Those Who Walk in Darkness?

The last half of the book after which Soledad has too much innocent blood on her hands to ever be a sympathetic character.

Any additional comments?

This was obviously written as a screenplay. Given how unlikeable the main character is it is no wonder that no studio wants to turn this into a movie.

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