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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite
We meet a seventy-eight-year-old woman named Edna O’Hare in Shadows by Peter J. Manos. Her husband, James Hashimoto, died almost a year ago. He was born in Hiroshima and was only two years old when the bomb went off. Edna has nightmares about nuclear war, and the only way to stop them was to do something brave and honor her late husband’s legacy. She has to educate the public about the missiles in Minot and protest against their replacement. There were 150 missiles in the shape of a horseshoe around Minot, placed there sixty years ago to deter the Russians from attacking. She decided to protest at a Minuteman missile site. Wearing her mourning outfit and with her cane in her hand, she walked to the site. She wanted to be noticed, but could not guarantee she would get the right attention. Edna was very scared when she started protesting, but as the public noticed her, she gained more confidence and grew bolder. Karen was only eighteen and decided to stand for what she believed in, despite her father being an officer. Will was a young marine veteran on his way to New York to help his mother but he turned around to help Edna with the protest and for her protection. It was important for Edna to keep her promise to James.
The plot is about the danger that the missiles pose to the public and Edna’s struggle to educate the public. Shadows by Peter J. Manos was fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat; I could not wait to find out what would happen next. I wanted to know if Edna would continue to protest and if the public would stand with her. The events unfolded genuinely and naturally, the chapters flowed into each other. There were three main characters and each person had their journey. They were well developed and skillfully handled and continued to grow throughout the story. My favorite character was Edna; she moved out of her comfort zone, despite her age and the fact that she is a widow. I loved most of the characters, but there were a few I did not like. I had respect for Will who wanted to protect and help a stranger but did not like the idea of not going to his mother as promised. This book is well written and full of action and surprises; there was never a dull moment. I would highly recommend Shadows to readers who love a story with a military background.