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Casting Shadows Everywhere by [Vargus, L.T., McBain, Tim]
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#1 Amazon Best Seller - OVER 100 5 STAR REVIEWS!

Killing someone is a lot harder than you'd imagine. Physically harder, I mean. On TV a guy strangles someone for like 5 seconds and the body slumps to the ground in a heap of dead just like that. In real life, it takes so long you wouldn't believe it.

See, I saw someone get strangled once when I was 9.

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In his own words, 15 year old Jake is a “huge pussy.” He flinches. Always. He's too timid to make a move on Beth, the buxom girl of his dreams, and too busy getting face-slammed into lockers by bullies to do much else. He seeks the guidance of the biggest bad ass he knows, his cousin Nick.

Nick is a professional burglar and makes Jake his apprentice. They stalk suburban neighborhoods night after night, ransacking houses for jewelry and sweet valuables. Nick teaches Jake the finer points of breaking and entering along with his dark philosophy - that there is no right or wrong in the world, just a series of events that happen without meaning.

At first, adopting Nick's callous worldview helps Jake get over his fears and confront his tormentors, but he also unleashes an aggression in himself he never thought possible. And as he learns more about his cousin, he realizes that Nick's crimes go way beyond burglary.

In the end, Jake must face not only the monster in his cousin but also the one in his own heart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 925 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smarmy Press (1 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CR0T70U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #533,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I first picked up Casting Shadows, it was near the top of my TBR pile, but circumstances meant I didn't get to read it until recently. The story is told in almost diary format from the point of view of a boy, who's not really sure what he wants in life. The man influence is his cousin Nick who is trying to teach him that rules don't matter and control is a myth. I'll be honest and say that as I started to get into it, I was not really enjoying it as much as I'd hoped I would. However, as the book moved on, the plot got more and more thrilling and I found myself stealing moments here and there to be able to find out what happened next. It's a great book, and while it took me a few chapters to get into it, I'm very glad that I stayed with it.

L.T. Vargus has told a harrowing tale here, that sometimes you love the idea of a person more than the actual person. They have created this tale of trying to find your place in the world and while at times you think you know where they're going with it, it doesn't always end up that way. Great book, loved it and would recommend!
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By Angie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 January 2016
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I found myself wanting to put this book down at times, not because it was bad, but because I didn't like what I thought was about to happen. The ability to make me feel anxious like that shows that this is a good book. In the end, the plot twists and turns were so unpredictable I rarely actually knew what was about to occur. It's not my ususal sort of book to read, but I thought it was well written, and expertly executed.
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Compelling. Young man trying to make sense of life. Challenged by complex and layered morality shaped by experience, "there but absent" parents and a dangerous cousin, Jake works through life shaping events. Awesome use of reflective voice the authors reveal an intelligent and thoughtful young man making his way. A fast paced read.
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This was such a different read for me but I really got into it & enjoyed it. It's really well written & I learnt some interesting facts as well as cracked up laughing often.
I don't really know how to review it without giving anything away but if you read the synopsis & think it sounds interesting, give it a try. It's worth it :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars In a word, 'Casting Shadows Everywhere' is 'excellent' 22 November 2014
By Mike Billington author of Corpus Delectable - Published on
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'Casting Shadows Everywhere' is beautifully written; a little terrifying, sometimes sad, filled with funny observations on everything from tacos to the workings of the brain, and occasionally profound.
In a word, it is "excellent."
Written as a series of entries in a young man's journal, 'Casting Shadows Everywhere' is a novel that tells the story of Jake and how he learns - in very dramatic ways - who he is and where he fits in the universe. The lessons aren't easy ones. Some of them are frightening, in fact, and some of them are twisted almost beyond understanding but each, ultimately, teach him important things about his life, who he is and who he might become.
Interestingly, the book does not feature a host of supporting characters; very few in fact.
Two, however, are critical to the story.
They are: Beth, a beautiful girl in his high school that he has had a longtime crush on, and Nick, his streetwise and extremely pragmatic ex-con cousin.
It is Nick, in fact, who serves as Jake's mentor. In a very deliberate way Nick teaches Jake not to be afraid of the bullies who have tormented him since he was a child and, in turn, teaches him not to be afraid of life itself.
Beth, though not as consciously, also teaches Jake some valuable lessons; perhaps even the most important lesson of his life in the end.
I won't go into any great depth about the plot here because that would spoil this book for you. I will say, however, that it contains some surprising twists that will have you wondering just who this young man is and why he has done what, in the end, he had to do.
I thoroughly enjoyed 'Casting Shadows Everywhere' and think you will too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Surreal Romp Through An Adolescent Mind To The Brink . . . 15 January 2015
By The Scibblin' Fool - Published on
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"Casting Shadows Everywhere" By LT Vargus & Tim McBain

This book does much more than tell a good story - It describes an event; a process of "becoming" that every adolescent goes through, but not every adolescent chronicles like Jake, the main character, does in this story.
He's trying to make sense of the world, and obtain a set of principles that define things, that he can live by. The journal that he keeps begins with a strangling that he witnessed when he was just 9 years old.
Right away he discovers that the world is full of contradictions - things that are the way someone imagines them to be, and then the way that they really are.
Feels that maybe he is born to be a "victim" not for anyone in particular, but just in general . . .He says he "never takes any action" but that he "only has words,"
Believes he was predestined to play the role of the victim, has like an invisible mark on him that others could see. "Does the world really work the way they think it does, and I'm already stuck on the losing end of the deal?"
Jake likes Beth Horne in his class - she is smart, sharp, funny; not an airhead like the other popular girls in his school.
Then we meet Nick, Jake's alcoholic, sociopathic, ex-con cousin, who Jake calls "a man of action." Jake describes a Troy Summers bullying episode and tells Nick. Nick says "I'd be pissin' in his mouth after I knocked him out." This is a shocker and something new and interesting to Jake because of his "predestination" to be a victim.
Nick asks Jake if he is ready for some life "lessons" that will show him what a farce everything is and what the world is really about. Jake agrees to follow Nick's direction and enter his world which will show him how things work.
After an "initiation" where Nick has Jake shoplift "anything" from a WalMart Store, (Jake selects a package of colored markers), Jake feels a kind of giddy excitement, almost euphoria. None of the horrible consequences that ran through Jake's mind came to pass.
Future "lessons" include petty home break-ins, which give Jake a similar "rush" or sense of euphoria, but has him questioning some of Nick's methods. This euophoria, or "rush" carries over to Jake's everyday life, including school and the college course he's taking in Introductory Psychology which he has a deep interest in. We see that the character of Jake has depth - a love of reading and writing, especially studying about the inner workings of the human mind.
In school, Jake befriends a mildly autistic boy named Robert, who Jake describes as a "school friend" and nothing more. Robert asks questions of Jake that remind him of an innocent child learning about the world for the first time. Robert is a "barometer" of right and wrong to Jake, and after several "lessons" from Nick, Jake is threatened by a bully in school. Instead of just giving in to the bully and folding like a cheap deck of cards, Jake fights back, perhaps too roughly and scares Robert who was nearby and observed the whole violent episode. Robert is frightened and taken aback by Jake's behavior and stops talking to Jake for the rest of the novel. This makes makes Jake think . . . as if the "voice of innocence and civil behavior" has been frightened away. In my mind I got the image of a butterfly fluttering aw```ay - once it's gone, it's gone.
Without throwing in any spoilers, Jake discovers a very dark side of his mentor Nick, which makes him very frightened to continue any lessons. Jake is driven to the edge by what he discovers about Nick, and almost drags his girlfriend Beth into the Shadows with him, from which there can be no return. Will Jake succumb to the powerful influence of Nick, or will there be another life lesson which will change Jake for the good.
"Casting Shadows Everywhere" is a romp through the struggles of mid-adolescence, and the authors get into the mindset of Jake and his worldview very masterfully, while telling a great story. You should definitely put this book on your "must read" list!
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 24 January 2014
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Amazing novel in the form of a teenage boy's diary. I don't know whether the author is very young, but she succeeded to give to Jake, her MC, a very realistic teenage voice. The diary too feels real. This is full of this kind of things a teenager would write in his/her diary with a mix of questions about the meaning of life. And this is not dull at all. Since Jake is trained to become a thief by his cousin Nick, there is a little suspense too. His thinking about life or people often made me smile or laugh.

Sometimes, it's as if Jake is chatting with us. He stops writing because he gets a phone call from his mother. And when he gets back on writing, he comments the call in his diary. Or he has to take a leak. When he continues his story, he types "Back." Then he goes on with the account of his adventures of the day or with his reflections on life. He tells us his dreams and nightmares too and what he finds interesting in his psychology courses. It could have been like a patchwork of petty events and thoughts, but everything is linked together by these philosophical or sociological thoughts. I loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Casting Shadows Everywhere 31 October 2013
By Rebecca Timberlake - Published on
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Honestly, this was going to be a four star review- until the end. The end did it for me.
The narrator of the story is like Holden Caulfield mixed with a really dark version of an Emma Stone character. Obviously, I had a love- hate relationship with it the entire time. But I was pleasantly surprised with how things ended with Beth- I saw a not so clean ending coming her way, and was disappointed when it looked like it was coming. I'm glad it didn't. One thing is for sure, if you can surprise me with a twist, I'm going to love it.
My only issue with the story- the jab at Dane Cook. Other than that, I definitely say read it!
P.S. I loved the "about the author" at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CATCHER IN THE RYE meets AMERICAN PSYCHO 13 January 2014
By Darren A. Madigan - Published on
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You want to use all the cliches. "A non stop thrill ride!" "An avalanche of thrills, spills and chills!" "A book you cannot put down!" "Vargus writes like bees make honey!" Okay, that last one isn't a cliche and I don't know what the hell it means, but, whatever.

I started reading this book and I hated to stop reading it. I hated it when I got interrupted at work and had to put it down. I hated it when I got home and had to put it down to do other stuff.

I hated when it ended.

The narrative is irresistible and inescapable. You get pulled in and you don't want to get out. You know these people. You know the places they live and work and you understand the things that they do. Even the crazy shit. They're all real. It's all real. You never question it. There is no fantasy in this book.

Vargus has a wonderful way of salting little bits through the narrative that make it seem absolutely like something that's really happening, something that someone is really sitting there with a pen writing down in a cheap notebook.

I love this book. I don't know if everyone should read it, but a lot of people should read it. More people should read it than have read TWILIGHT. This book should make Vargus rich and famous.

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