The Shadow Apocalypse

Fiction - Mystery - General
372 Pages
Reviewed on 10/10/2023
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Author Biography

Glenn C. Nor is a digital forensic investigator, currently working as head of digital forensics, digital audit and data science.

He recently completed his doctorate in computer science, focusing on machine learning and digital forensic investigation.

He holds three professional certifications in applied artificial intelligence, computer science, and cybersecurity analysis.

He is a hobby chemist in materials science, and does 3D motion graphics, among other things.

“The Shadow Apocalypse” is Glenn’s debut novel, which is a blend of mystery, crime, thriller and science fiction. He is currently writing the book “Ida Winther & The Glass Portal” (fantasy), the first of five books about Ida Winther, and “The Devil You Know” (psychological crime thriller), the first book in the series about Odin Holmsen.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

The Shadow Apocalypse by Glenn C. Nor begins when strangers take refuge in a museum during a storm, and a cataclysmic explosion petrifies two individuals and leaves another unconscious. Dr. Knight's life changes after a message from Genesis Block Inc. leads to sleeping gas and bomb-disarming interviews and a 'world-saving' job offer. Dr. Angelina Fischer tests CRISPR technology to detect Ebola while a British scientist takes a sample marked POTUS-5. Alarm bells are raised when the Pegasus system flags activity related to a plane crash and cryptocurrency, with an avalanche of missing person cases marked by individuals vanishing, debts being paid off, and properties sold post-disappearance. And that plane crash? There's a single survivor with a horror story to share about a shadow plague, but by then it could be too late.

The Shadow Apocalypse by Glenn C. Nor is an incredibly well-written, fast-paced, and engrossing read. Nor constructs his story in alternating timelines and a series of dangling threads that all start to weave together as the plot barrels forward. Nobody is left out of the global is-it-or-isn't-it experiment, whether you are from an isolated Amazonian tribe or happen to be the most powerful woman on Earth. Yeah, you read that right, Madam President! I love that Nor leaves us unclear on the cause of people becoming comatose in a frozen state, why others are disappearing, and who is behind it all. The answers come in scenes that read as brilliant interconnected vignettes, which to me are reminiscent in style of the iteration format of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. Overall, Nor delivers a genre-bending story that will keep many readers up far too late at night. Very highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

The Shadow Apocalypse is a work of fiction in the science fiction, mystery, and suspense subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Glenn C. Nor. This fast-paced thriller gives readers a chilling glimpse of a world on the brink of disaster. The story begins with a devastating virus outbreak that immobilizes its victims, leaving them trapped in their own bodies. The virus spreads rapidly, plunging the world into chaos as society collapses. Dr. Daniel Knight, our central protagonist, is thrust into the heart of this crisis. A brilliant scientist, only he has the skills to navigate the chaos while racing against time to find a solution. The addition of Pegasus, the powerful AI system, adds an unpredictable dynamic to the story as it assists in unraveling the mystery behind the virus.

Author Glenn C. Nor has crafted a thought-provoking exploration of the consequences of unchecked power and the lengths to which humanity might go to save itself. What sets this book apart is the intricacy of the plot and the depth of development as it brings together elements of science, conspiracy, and espionage to set a truly unique tone. As Dr. Knight and his team dig deeper, they uncover a web of murders and disappearances that hint at a larger, more sinister plan, and the pace and revealing of information reflect this perfectly. Overall, readers who love thrillers that combine science, suspense, and high-stakes drama should not miss out on The Shadow Apocalypse. It’s one that will stay with me long after the reading experience is over.

Rabia Tanveer

The Shadow Apocalypse by Glenn C. Nor is a mystery with strains of dystopian fiction as well as plenty of action. A deadly virus was being circulated. Anyone who contracted the virus was left in a statue-like state. Dr. Daniel Knight was given the task of halting the spread of the virus before it was too late. To guide him in the quest, Daniel sought the help of Pegasus, an AI system, to help him find a solution. However, Daniel and his team had no idea that enlisting the help of Pegasus would open a Pandora’s box of mysteries, murders, and strange plans. Daniel and company had to race against time to find all the answers, or else the consequences would be most dire.

I love a good story with plenty of action, and The Shadow Apocalypse has plenty to offer. Glenn C. Nor did a fantastic job of creating a plausible scenario. The background building was phenomenal. The descriptions were vivid, the imagery was incredible, and the character development was fantastic. I enjoyed reading about Bobby and his cheeky responses. Daniel was intense and ready to take action, which made him a great protagonist and leader. Blake was another character that I admired. He was spunky, intelligent, and supportive of Daniel. The flow of the story was great, and the twists were tremendous. I was immersed in the story and knew I would finish it in a single sitting. I would highly recommend this book to fans of action and mystery tales.