The Shadows Character Guide

They are powerful. Passionate. Wildly wealthy and successful jet-setters. The men and women of the Ferraro family have it all – including the ability to manipulate light and dark. With branches in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, different members of the large, extended family have various responsibilities, but they have much in common – brutal training since early childhood, a strong sense of duty, and complete loyalty to each other. They take the safety of their territory and the people within its bounds seriously, and they have become the last line of defense and justice for those who fall under their domain.

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– The Chicago Ferraro Family –

– Greeters –

Born with strong psychic gifts, greeters are essentially human lie detectors, and as such are the first line of contact with those who petition the family for help. Those cases that pass the initial meeting are then forwarded on to the investigators.

Eloisa Ferraro – retired rider turned greeter. Mother of Stefano, Ricco, Vittorio, Giovanni, Taviano and Emmanuelle Ferraro. Youngest son Ettore Ferraro died in the shadows.

Phillip Ferraro – retired rider turned greeter. Mother of Stefano, Ricco, Vittorio, Giovanni, Taviano and Emmanuelle Ferraro. Youngest son Ettore Ferraro died in the shadows.

– Investigators –

The investigators look at all aspects of both the petitioner and the crime, and determine if the situation warrants the involvement of the Ferraro family. Not only can they detect lies, but investigators also have the ability to use their voice to influence and compel others.

Investigators: Alfeo Greco, Rachele Greco, Renato Greco, Rigina Greco, Romano Greco, Rosina Greco,

– Riders –

The most rare of all are the Shadow Riders. They are the enforcers and protectors of the family, and are charged with serving justice and stopping those who do harm to others. Born with the ability to travel through the shadows, they are the perfect assassins.

Stefano Ferraro – oldest Ferraro brother and leader of the Ferraro family. Mate of Francesca Capella. Story told in Shadow Rider.

Ricco Ferraro – second oldest Ferraro brother. A thrill-seeker and adrenaline junkie. Mate of Mariko Majo. Story told in Shadow Reaper.

Vittorio Ferraro – the family peace-maker, with a hidden savage side.

Giovanni Ferraro – highly volatile, with an almost uncontrollable temper.

Taviano Ferraro – seems easy-going and kind, but not as laid back as he appears.

Emanuelle Ferraro – the only Ferraro daughter, as well trained and lethal as her brothers.

Other Shadow Riders: Ettore Ferraro (deceased)

– Bodyguards –

Not everyone in the Ferraro family has psychic abilities or the power to control shadows, but they all play a role in the family business. The bodyguards are responsible for the safety of the Shadow Riders, and they take that responsibility very seriously.

Emilio Gallo – has a kind heart, but despises men who abuse women.

Enzo Gallo – highly protective and well trained.

Other Bodyguards: Demetrio, Drago, Cosimo Abatangelo, Enrica Gallo, Perla Gallo, Rene Gallo, Tomas Abatangelo

– The New York Ferraro Family –

Investigators: Beniamino Latini, Davide Latini, DeAngelo Rossi, Lanz Rossi

Riders: Geno Ferraro, Lucca Ferraro, Salvatore Ferraro,

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*This is a breakdown of all of the characters in Christine Feehan‘s The Shadows series, complete up to Shadow Reaper.  While I have tried to keep things general, this is a reference that may include spoilers.

This is alphabetical by first name, with main or vital characters highlighted in blue.

-A-

Aaron Pines

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • chief medical examiner in Chicago

Adamo Bergenmire

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • head lawyer for the Saldi family

Agnese Moretti

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • lives in the Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • cranky and cantankerous, with a feisty personality
  • a retired school teacher
  • takes no guff from anyone, including the Ferraro brothers
  • kind at heart, helped countless students in need
  • bought supplies and food for the children who didn’t have any money

Akiko Tanaka

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • a rider from the revered Tanaka family in Japan
  • older sister of Mariko and Ryuu Tanaka
  • Japanese father, American model mother
  • trained with a young Ricco Ferraro
  • one of the most gifted of the training riders, but treated as less because of her half-American heritage
  • raped and killed by Nao Yamamoto and his friends

Alberto Vitale

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • lived in Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • deceased husband of Therese Vitale
  • raised his grandson Bruno after he was abandoned by his drug addicted mother

Alessa Biagi

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • daughter of Bernado and Leah Biagi
  • younger sister of Imeldia Biagi
  • hostess at her family’s restaurant

Alfeo Greco – Investigator

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago branch of the Ferraro family
  • husband of Rachele Greco
  • father of Renato, Romano, Rosian and Rigina Greco
  • uncle of the Chicago riders

Alejo Gomez

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • brother of Diego and Cruz Gomez
  • raped and abused step-niece Nicoletta Gomez for years
  • member of a very violent gang
  • ran drugs, prostitution and human trafficking ring
  • killed by Stefano Ferraro

Alfieri Ferraro

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • member of the International Council of Shadow riders
  • a cousin to the Ferraro riders

Amo Fausti

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • lives in Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • owns an exclusive fashion boutique called Lucia’s Treasures
  • charming and romantic
  • still deeply in love with his wife Lucia Fausti
  • his only son Cencio murdered, infant daughter died of cancer

Angelina Laconi

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • a nurse
  • helps treat Ricco Ferraro after his near-fatal car crash
  • older sister of Pace Laconi

Aria

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • works at the Masci deli

Arnold Sumi

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • works for Barry Anthon
  • brutal and abusive
  • part of the crew that kidnaps Francesca Capella and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • killed by Taviano Ferraro

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Barry Anthon the Third

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • wealthy and well connected, with powerful friends
  • in the same social circle as the Ferraro family
  • stabbed and killed girlfriend Cella Capello
  • paid a terminally ill man to confess to the murder
  • targeted Francesca Capella to keep her quiet, made people believe she was crazy
  • a coward and a liar, abusive and manipulative
  • feels powerful when he is terrorizing others
  • surrounds himself with men as violent and depraved as he is
  • believes he is irresistible to women
  • even his own mother Margaret Anthon fears him
  • had Francesca Capella and Emmanuelle Ferraro kidnapped to lure Stefano Ferraro in
  • believes he is above the law
  • stabbed by all of the Ferraro riders, including Eloisa
  • killed by Stefano Ferraro

Bart Tidwell

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • a slumlord, owns a rundown apartment building just outside of Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • vile and disgusting, with a long rap sheet
  • a thief, pervert and sex offender
  • films and rapes the female occupants of his building
  • secretly films Francesca Capello, plans on assaulting her before he is caught
  • an ex-boxer, thinks he is a tough guy
  • big and bald, picks on those smaller and weaker than he is
  • related by marriage to the Saldi family, falls under their protection
  • badly beaten by Emilio Gallo and Stefano Ferraro
  • murdered while under the protection of Giuseppi Saldi

Benito Petrov

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • father of Tito Petrov
  • lives in the Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • owns the local pizzaria
  • a brilliant cook
  • sober and gruff, never got over the death of his wife years before
  • tattooed and pierced, with a bald head
  • a regular volunteer at the local food bank

Benito Valdez

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • big and violent, leader of a notorious gang
  • became obsessed with Nicoletta Gomez after raping her, determined to have her for his own
  • scarred from his years both in and out of prison
  • scares most people just by looking their way
  • no one crosses him and lives
  • has four equally brutal brothers

Berardo Giordano

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • owner of Giordano’s Butcher shop in Ferraro territory
  • husband of Claretta Giordano

Bernardo Biagi

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • husband of Leah Biagi
  • father of Imeldia and Alessa Biagi
  • owns Biagi’s restaurant in Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • took in orphaned Maso and Rita after their parents were murdered

Berta

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • works as a hostess at Petrov’s Pizzaria

Brady

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • one of the men who attacked the Windship club trying to assassinate Giovanni and Taviano Ferraro
  • the leader of the crew
  • killed by the Ferraros

Bruno Vitale

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • lives in Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • raised by his grandparents Therese and Alberto Vitale after being abandoned by his drug addict mother
  • 24 years old
  • has started getting into trouble with the law, using and dealing drugs
  • has always been spoiled and selfish, others went without to give him what he wanted
  • beaten by Stefano Ferraro to put him back on the right path
  • used by the men of Barry Anthon to lure Francesca Capella into a trap
  • long, straggly hair

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Carla O’Brian

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • father Harold Benson was hired by Barry Anthon to confess to the murder of Cella Capello
  • worked for Barry Anthon
  • father died of brain cancer before he served any time

Cella Capello

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • older sister of Francesca Capello
  • worked as a hairdresser and manicurist
  • took her sister in when their parents died when she was 23
  • stabbed and killed by rich boyfriend Barry Anthon after she found evidence of his crimes

Cencio Fausti

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • son of Amo and Lucia Fausti
  • a good man, laughing and kind
  • infant sister died of cancer
  • served in the military with best friend Stefano Ferraro
  • out of the service for two months when he was shot and killed
  • engaged when he died

Chicharu Tanaka

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • from the legendary Tanaka family of shadow riders from Japan
  • mother of Daiki Tanaka, grandmother of Akiko, Mariko and Ryuu Tanaka
  • strict and unsmiling, highly disciplined
  • the first legendary female shadow rider, the reason other girls were given a chance to prove themselves
  • murdered along with her son and oldest granddaughter by Nao Yamamoto and his friends

Claretta Giordano

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • wife of Berardo Giordano

Coop

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • an assassin sent to kill Emmanuelle Ferraro

Cosimo Abatangelo – Bodyguard

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago branch of the Ferraro family
  • brother of Tomas Abatangelo
  • usually guards Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • shot and nearly killed guarding the Ferraro family

Cruz Gomez

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • brother of Diego and Alejo Gomez
  • the leader of the three brothers
  • raped and abused step-niece Nicoletta Gomez for years
  • member of a very violent gang
  • ran drugs, prostitution and human trafficking ring
  • killed by Stefano Ferraro

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Dai Saito

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • member of the Japanese shadow rider council
  • in his time, was one of the top riders in Japan
  • sons Eiji and Hachiro Saito part of the crew that killed the Tanaka family
  • retired from shadow riding after his sons were killed by Ricco Ferraro
  • hid the crimes of his son, pretended they were killed in a car crash
  • lived in Tokyo with his wife, Osamu Saito
  • gave his wife Mariko and Ryuu to raise so she would have something to love after the deaths of their sons
  • grew apart from his wife as her madness grew
  • proud but weak
  • shot and killed his wife after she tried to kill Ricco Ferraro
  • committed suicide rather than face the shame of what his wife and sons were

Daiki Tanaka

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • father of Mariko, Akiko and Ryuu Tanaka
  • from a legendary family of Japanese shadow riders
  • in his time, was one of the top riders in Japan
  • sat on the shadow rider council
  • married American model Marie Hammond, lost his ability to ride the shadows after she left him
  • killed along with his mother and oldest daughter Akiko by Nao Yamamoto and his friends

Damian Ferraro

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • a Ferraro family cousin, based in New York
  • a renowned jeweler, exclusive and in high demand
  • designs sought after by celebrities and royalty alike
  • the only one who makes jewelry that can go through the shadows with riders
  • have to go to him years in advance for a design
  • knows exactly what his client will need before the client does themselves
  • able to design the perfect piece of jewelry to suit the individual
  • creates all of the wedding and engagement rings for the riders

Danny

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • one of the men who attacked the Windship club trying to assassinate Giovanni and Taviano Ferraro
  • the getaway driver
  • killed by the Ferraros

Darin Salsberry

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • worked as a caretaker for Nao Yamamoto for over 5 years
  • killed by Ryuu Tanaka

Dario Bosco

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • cousin and bodyguard of Valentino Saldi
  • well trained and highly skilled, deadly with any weapon

DeAngelo Rossi – Investigator

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • member of the New York branch of the Ferraro family
  • intimidating
  • brother of Lanz Rossi

Dell Travers

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • right hand man of Barry Anthon, has known him since they went to school together
  • a well-dressed lawyer
  • cold and emotionless, but doesn’t like to get his hands dirty
  • indulges himself with unwilling women, beats and abuses them then returns to his wife and children
  • has a fondness for teenage girls
  • killed by Emmanuelle Ferraro when he tries to rape her

Demetrio – Bodyguard

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • brother of Drago
  • cousins of the Ferraro riders
  • newly brought on to work as bodyguards for the family
  • quick and well trained, served in the military

Denny

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • works for Barry Anthon
  • brutal and abusive, notoriously nasty
  • part of the crew that kidnaps Francesca Capella and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • brother of Si
  • killed by Giovanni Ferraro

Desi Gomez

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • adopted Nicoletta Gomez when she was a child
  • brothers Alejo, Cruz and Diego Gomez were brutal gang members
  • killed in a car accident, along with his wife

Diego Gomez

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • brother of Alejo and Cruz Gomez
  • raped and abused step-niece Nicoletta Gomez for years
  • member of a very violent gang
  • has a reputation for enjoying his kills, capable of great violence
  • ran drugs, prostitution and human trafficking ring
  • killed by Stefano Ferraro

Dina

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • an alcoholic homeless woman who lives in Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • prefers to live on the streets, but still falls under the protection of the Ferraro family
  • was a popular high-school teacher when her husband and children died in a car accident
  • turned to alcohol to dull the pain
  • gave up on living and drifted into Ferraro territory, where she stayed

Dominic

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • a clubgoing friend of Joanna Massi and Mario Bandoni
  • trained in Latin and ballroom dance

Doreen

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • a member of a hugely successful band with Stella and Janice called The Crystals
  • briefly dated Stefano, and wants him back
  • attacks Francesca, trying to make her look like she does coke
  • heavily into booze and drugs
  • beaten by Emmanuelle, arrested and charged with drug dealing
  • pleaded guilty to multiple charges rather then face the Ferraros
  • life and career destroyed, will serve hard time in prison
  • crude and violent
  • long blonde hair

Drago – Bodyguard

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • brother of Demetrio
  • cousins of the Ferraro riders
  • newly brought on to work as bodyguards for the family
  • quick and well trained, served in the military

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Edgar Sullivan

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • a well-respected business man from Los Angeles
  • a pillar of his church and community
  • behind the scenes, rules his family with an iron fist
  • abusive and cruel, often beats his wife and two daughters
  • often beats the prostitutes he hires to the point that they have to be hospitalized
  • targeted by the Chicago Ferraro family
  • neck broken by Stefano Ferraro

Eiichi Hayashi

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • a famous Shibari rope master in Japan
  • died of old age, with numerous children and grandchildren

Eiji Saito

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • son of Dai Saito
  • from a respected family of shadow riders in Japan
  • a bully and a thug, part of the gang run by Nao Yamamoto
  • along with brother Hachiro Saito, was part of the crew that killed the Tanaka family
  • killed by Ricco Ferraro
  • crimes hidden by his family, people told he had been killed in a car crash

Eliosa Ferraro – Greeter

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • mother of Stefano, Ricco, Vittorio, Giovanni, Taviano and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • youngest son Ettore Ferraro died as a teenager in the shadows
  • former rider who retired and became a greeter
  • has a strained marriage with cheating husband Phillip Ferraro
  • seems distant and removed from her children, close only to her brothers and sisters
  • gave her entire life to the family business
  • never wanted children, but had to have them for the family
  • demanded perfection from her children in all things
  • agreed to an arranged marriage with Phillip, but had no love for him
  • everything she has done was to make her children strong and keep them safe
  • proud of Stefano, but also jealous of his position in the family
  • keeps all of her emotions locked away
  • around 60 years old

Emilio Gallo – Bodyguard

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago branch of the Ferraro family
  • son of Rene and Perla Gallo
  • first cousin of Ferraro riders
  • big and burly, very protective
  • has a kind heart, but doesn’t like men who harm women
  • brother of Enzo Gallo
  • usually guards Stefano Ferraro

Emmanuelle Ferraro – Rider

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • only sister of Stefano, Ricco, Vittorio, Giovanni and Taviano Ferraro
  • youngest brother Ettore Ferraro died as a teenager riding the shadows
  • not close to parents Eloisa and Phillip Ferraro
  • shockingly beautiful, but well trained and deadly
  • small and curvy
  • dark blue eyes

Enrica Gallo – Bodyguard

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago branch of the Ferraro family, first cousin of the Ferraro riders
  • daughter of Rene and Perla Gallo
  • sister of Enzo and Emilio Gallo
  • as skilled and well trained as her brothers
  • becomes Francesca Capello’s guard
  • fun-loving and humorous, but all business when she is working
  • dark haired

Enzo Gallo – Bodyguard

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago branch of the Ferraro family
  • son of Rene and Perla Gallo
  • extremely protective
  • first cousin of Ferraro riders
  • brother of Emilio Gallo
  • usually guards Stefano Ferraro

Ettore Ferraro – Rider

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • the youngest of the Ferraro children
  • raised more by older brother Stefano than his parents Eloisa and Phillip Ferraro
  • too young and sensitive to be part of the family business
  • had respiratory problems from the time he was born, was never as strong as the rest of his family
  • died the first time he was sent into the shadows at age 16

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Fang

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • works for Barry Anthon
  • brutal and abusive
  • part of the crew that kidnaps Francesca Capella and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • plays the piano
  • has a leering grin and two metal teeth shaped like fangs
  • killed by Vittorio Ferraro

Fargo Johnson

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • a thief and mugger
  • part of a three man crew, known for their violence
  • works with Scott Bowen and Tom Billings
  • attacked and tried to rob Francesca Capello
  • captured by Emilio and Enzo Gallo
  • executed by Vittorio Ferraro

Francesca Capello – Rider (Shadow Rider)

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • an untrained shadow rider, had no knowledge of her powers
  • able to sense what others feel when their shadows touch
  • parents died in a car accident when she was 14
  • raised by her older sister Cella Capello
  • left California after her sister Cella was murdered by Barry Anthon
  • targeted by Barry Anthon, framed for crimes she didn’t do and committed to a psych ward for evaluation
  • lost everything she had, spent time living on the streets and in homeless shelters
  • lost her job, her home, and her friends
  • abandoned by everyone except her old friend Joanna Masci
  • down on her luck and on the run when she comes to Chicago
  • compassionate and kind
  • small and curvy
  • long, thick black hair
  • mate of Stefano Ferraro

Franco Mancini

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • cousin of the Chicago Ferraro family
  • the family pilot

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Geno Ferraro – Rider

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • a rider out of the New York family
  • brought in to execute Bart Tidwell
  • brother of Salvatore and Lucca Ferraro

George Hanson

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • works for Barry Anthon
  • brutal and abusive, notoriously nasty
  • killed by Vittorio Ferraro

Gina Windship

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • wife of wealthy club owner Harvey Windship
  • a drunken party girl

Giovanni Ferraro – Rider

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago Ferraro family
  • brother of Stefano, Ricco, Vittorio, Taviano and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • youngest brother Ettore Ferraro died as a teenager riding the shadows
  • not close to parents Eloisa and Phillip Ferraro
  • the most volatile of the brothers, with an almost uncontrollable temper
  • focused and intense
  • sharp eyes

Giuseppi Saldi

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • head of the largest crime family in Chicago
  • family has an ancient feud with the Ferraros, dating back to their days in Sicily
  • very protective of his son, Valentino Saldi

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Hachiro Saito

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • son of Dai Saito
  • from a respected family of shadow riders in Japan
  • a bully and a thug, part of the gang run by Nao Yamamoto
  • along with brother Eiji Saito, was part of the crew that killed the Tanaka family
  • killed by Ricco Ferraro
  • crimes hidden by his family, people told he had been killed in a car crash

Harold Benson

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • hired by Barry Anthon to take the fall for Cella Capello’s murder
  • terminally ill, suffering from brain cancer
  • died before he ever served any time in jail
  • wanted to leave money for his daughter, Carla O’Brian

Harold McFarland

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • works for Barry Anthon
  • brutal and abusive
  • part of the crew that kidnaps Francesca Capella and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • killed by Taviano Ferraro

Harvey Windship

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • wealthy owner of the Windship Club
  • husband of Gina Windship
  • a drunk who considers himself a player
  • throws lavish parties to raise money for charity
  • club attacked in an assassination attempt on Giovanni and Taviano Ferraro

Henry

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • works for the Chicago Ferraro family
  • takes care of the family’s vehicles
  • extremely bossy, does things at his own pace
  • has been with the Ferraro family for decades, considered to be part of the family
  • former CIA agent and Special Forces soldier
  • always the one constant in Eloisa Ferraro’s life

-I-

Imeldia Biagi

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • daughter of Bernado and Leah Biagi
  • older sister of Alessa Biagi
  • hostess at her family’s restaurant

Isamu Yamamoto

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • former head of the Japanese council of Shadow Riders, former member of the International Council
  • in his time, was one of the top riders in Japan
  • older brother of Osamu Saito
  • son Nao Yamamoto and his friends responsible for the deaths of the Tanaka family
  • son left paralyzed after an attack by Ricco Ferraro
  • wife Sango killed by mercenaries hired by Osamu Saito and Ryuu Tanaka
  • secretly spent time in mental hospitals
  • began to drink heavily, killed himself
  • left a suicide note confessing the actions of his son and his friends

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Janice

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • a member of a hugely successful band with Stella and Doreen called The Crystals
  • briefly dated Stefano, and wants him back
  • the most vicious and cunning of the three
  • heavily into booze and drugs
  • attacks Francesca, trying to make her look like she does coke
  • beaten by Emmanuelle, arrested and charged with drug dealing
  • pleaded guilty to multiple charges rather then face the Ferraros
  • life and career destroyed, will serve hard time in prison
  • crude and violent
  • blonde hair

Jimmy

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • works for Barry Anthon
  • brutal and abusive
  • part of the crew that kidnaps Francesca Capella and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • strangled and killed by Ricco Ferraro

Joanna Masci

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • lives in the Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • raised by her uncle Pietro Masci after her parents died
  • takes in best friend Francesca Capello when she is on the run
  • confident, fun and popular
  • tall and willowy, with dark hair
  • dating Mario Bandoni

John Balboni

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • lives in the Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • husband of Suzette Balboni
  • owner of the local hardware store

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Kenta Ito

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • a rider from a highly respected Japanese family
  • son of Mikio Ito
  • part of the crew that killed the Tanaka family
  • killed by Ricco Ferraro
  • crimes hidden by his family, people told he had been killed in a car crash

Kichiro Nakamura

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • one of the last Japanese Shadow riders
  • trained with Mariko Majo Tanaka
  • offers to marry Mariko when he discovers she is of the Tanaka line
  • was always interested in Mariko, but knew his family would not have approved

Kin Akahoshi, Master

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • a Japanese shadow rider
  • martial arts instructor of the students training with Ricco Ferraro and Akiko Tanaka
  • a master of rope art, taught Ricco Ferraro Shibari
  • relocated to Chicago

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Lacey Twins

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • twin sisters
  • actresses who are often followed by the paparazzi
  • used by the Ferraro brothers as a distraction for the press
  • like the attention they get from being seen with a Ferraro
  • slender, with blonde hair

Lanz Rossi – Investigator

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • member of the New York branch of the Ferraro family
  • intimidating
  • brother of DeAngelo Rossi

Larry Fort

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • works for Barry Anthon
  • brutal and abusive, notoriously nasty
  • killed by the Ferraro riders

Leah Biagi

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • wife of Bernardo Biagi
  • mother of Imeldia and Alessa Biagi
  • owns Biagi’s restaurant in Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • took in orphaned Maso and Rita after their parents were murdered

Lozzi, Mr.

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • an elderly man who lives in Ferraro territory in Chicago

Lucca Ferraro – Rider

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • from the New York branch of the Ferraro family
  • brother of Salvatore and Geno Ferraro

Lucia Fausti

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • lives in Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • owns an exclusive fashion boutique called Lucia’s Treasures
  • sweet and kind
  • still deeply in love with her husband Amo Fausti
  • her only son Cencio murdered, infant daughter died of cancer
  • beautiful and classy

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Marc Jonsen

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • works for Barry Anthon
  • brutal and abusive
  • part of the crew that kidnaps Francesca Capella and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • beaten several times by Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • strangled and killed by Ricco Ferraro

Marcellus Archambault

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • head of the International Council of shadow riders
  • family responsible for bringing justice to those shadow riders who break the rules

Margaret Anthon

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • mother of Barry Anthon
  • a snobby society queen
  • looks out for her own interests first

Marie Hammond

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • former wife of Daiki Tanaka
  • mother of Mariko, Ryuu and Akiko Tanaka
  • an American model to went to Japan to become a Shibari model
  • lost all memory of her family when she left her husband, did not remember him or their children
  • murdered by Osamu Saito

Mariko Majo Tanaka – Rider (Shadow Reaper)

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • unknowingly part of the famous Tanaka Rider family from Japan
  • mother Marie Hammond an American Shibari rope model
  • considered a nobody by her people, shamed because of her American side
  • older sister Akiko, father and grandmother killed by Nao Yamamoto and his crew
  • always felt responsible for her younger brother, Ryuu
  • taken in by the Saito family, never told her true heritage
  • raised strictly and sometimes brutally bu Osamu Saito, used as a slave
  • not used to kindness or human contact, grew up only with duty
  • not sent away to train because she was told she would only bring disgrace and dishonor
  • incredibly fast and well trained shadow rider
  • has been dispensing justice since she was 14
  • sent to kill Ricco Ferraro, but becomes his rope model
  • always made to feel big and ugly and clumsy
  • looks delicate and fragile, but is strong and well trained
  • of average height, but curvy
  • pale skin, blonde hair and large hazel eyes
  • mate of Ricco Ferraro

Mario Bandoni

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • lives in the Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • manager of the shoe store
  • flirty and fun
  • dating Joana Masci after having a crush on her for years

Martin Estee

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • designs race car engines
  • works for Barry Anthon

Maso

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • parents killed a few years ago after a botched robbery
  • along with older sister Rita, taken in by the Biagi family
  • very smart and driven
  • buses tables at Biagi’s restaurant

Massimo Barone

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • husband of Melani Barone
  • owner of Luna’s Restaurant
  • friend of Eloisa Ferraro

Maxence Archambault

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • the oldest of the six Archambault riders
  • responsible for bringing justice to other riders when laws are broken
  • brought justice to Nao Yamamoto

Melani Barone

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • wife of Massimo Barone
  • owner of Luna’s Restaurant
  • friend of Eloisa Ferraro

Mikio Ito

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • member of the Japanese council of shadow riders
  • in his time, was one of the top riders in Japan
  • son Kenta Ito part of the crew that killed the Tanaka family
  • retired from riding after his son was killed by Ricco Ferraro
  • covered up the crimes of his son and his friends, claimed they were killed in a car crash

-N-

Nao Yamamoto

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • from a respected Japanese family of riders
  • son of Isamu and Sango Yamamoto
  • trained with Ricco Ferraro and Akiko Tanaka
  • brought great honor to his family, indulged and spoiled
  • a bully and a thug, leader of his own gang of riders
  • could not handle being bested in training by Akiko Tanaka
  • he and his friends raped and killed Akiko Tanaka, killed her father and grandmother
  • attacked by Ricco Ferraro, left paralyzed
  • both parents committed suicide, left in charge of the family fortune
  • family has a history of insanity, several members killed because of it
  • runs the family business, now based in the United States
  • became obsessed with Ricco Ferraro, determined to pit himself against him in every way
  • betrayed by Ryuu Tanaka, who stole his money and company research
  • brought to justice by Maxence Archambault

Nicoletta Gomez – Rider

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • able to blend into the shadows, but has no clue she is a rider
  • 17 years old
  • given to her step-uncles to raise after her mother and step-father Desi Gomez died in a car accident
  • raped and abused by her violent, gang-member step-uncles
  • was to be given to her rapist Benito Valdez by her uncles in exchange for their lives
  • willing to kill herself to escape her abusers
  • rescued by Stefano and Taviano Ferraro
  • taken in by Lucia and Amo Fausti and protected by the Ferraros
  • quiet but defiant, determined to protect those she has come to care about
  • doesn’t let anyone close to her, fears for their safety
  • very beautiful, but deeply wounded
  • exotic looking, with thick hair and large eyes

-O-

Oceane Brisbois

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • a young, French counselor and therapist
  • moving into Ferraro territory and opening an office above Biagi’s

Orlando

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • nephew of Tito Petrov

Osamu Saito

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • wife of Dai Saito
  • younger sister of Isamu Yamamoto
  • from a respected family of Japanese shadow riders
  • sons part of the crew that killed the Tanaka family
  • retired from riding after sons Eiji and Hachiro Saito were killed by Ricco Ferraro
  • given Mariko and Ryuu Tanaka to raise, hated Mariko
  • used Mariko as a slave, cruel and mocking to her
  • abusive and manipulative, went insane
  • killed Marie Hammond
  • secretly spent time in mental hospitals
  • behind the attacks on the Ferraro family that left Phillip Ferraro dead and several others badly injured
  • shot and killed by her husband after she tried to kill Ricco Ferraro

-P-

Pace Laconi

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • younger brother of Angelina Laconi
  • a high school senior

Perla Gallo – Bodyguard

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago branch of the Ferraro family
  • aunt of the Chicago riders
  • mother of Enzo, Enrica and Emilio Gallo

Phillip Ferraro – Greeter

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • originally a rider from Sicily, but was never trained
  • husband of Eliosa Ferraro, married for power and money
  • father of Stefano, Ricco, Vittorio, Giovanni, Taviano and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • youngest son Ettore Ferraro died as a teenager riding the shadows
  • has little connection to his wife or children
  • agreed to an arranged marriage with Eloisa Ferraro, had several affairs
  • has a huge ego, good looking and he knows it
  • mostly just uses shadow riding to visit his mistresses
  • a selfish womanizer, but had genuine feelings for his wife
  • assassinated during an attack on the Ferraro family

Pietro Masci

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • born and raised in Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • owner of the local deli
  • respected and well liked in the community
  • raised his niece Joanna Masci after her parents died

-Q-

-R-

Rachele Greco – Investigator

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago branch of the Ferraro family
  • wife of Alfeo Greco, cousin of Eloisa Ferraro
  • mother of Renato, Romano, Rosian and Rigina Greco
  • aunt of the Chicago riders

Renato Greco – Investigator

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago Ferraro territory
  • son of Alfeo and Rachele Greco
  • brother of Romano, Rigina and Rosina Greco

Rene Gallo – Bodyguard

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • husband of Perla Gallo
  • father of Enzo, Enrica and Emilio Gallo
  • first cousin of Eloisa Ferraro

Ricco Ferraro – Rider (Shadow Reaper)

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • brother of Stefano, Vittorio, Giovanni, Taviano and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • youngest brother Ettore Ferraro died as a teenager riding the shadows
  • spent years training in Japan, learned the Japanese binding art of Shibari
  • wild and sometimes out of control, but always gets the job done
  • a risk taker and thrill seeker, needs an adrenaline rush to keep him sane
  • killed a group of rogue shadow riders in Japan, has spent years guarding his family from retaliation
  • gives off an aura of power and danger, like a bomb waiting to explode
  • rarely sleeps, trains harder than anyone else in his family
  • only finds peace in his art
  • the darkest of the brothers, quickest to resort to violence
  • handsome in a rough, intensely male way
  • thick dark hair and hooded, near black eyes
  • scarred from the corner of his left eye to his mouth
  • mate of Mariko Majo

Rigina Greco – Investigator

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago branch of the Ferraro family
  • daughter of Rachele and Alfeo Greco
  • sister of Renato, Romano, and Rosina Greco
  • a computer expert

Rita

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • a high school student who works at Biagi’s restaurant as a waitress
  • parents killed a few years ago after a botched robbery
  • taken in by the Biagi family
  • determined to pay her own way, and that of her younger brother Maso

Romano Greco – Investigator

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago Ferraro territory
  • son of Alfeo and Rachele Greco
  • brother of Renato, Rigina and Rosina Greco

Rosina Greco – Investigator

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago branch of the Ferraro family
  • daughter of Rachele and Alfeo Greco
  • sister of Renato, Romano, and Rigina Greco
  • a computer expert

Ryuu Tanaka

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • member of the legendary Tanaka family of shadow riders
  • as an infant, was nearly stomped to death by Nao Yamamoto, left permanently damaged
  • taken in along with his sister Mariko by Osamu Saito, never told his true heritage
  • a genius, but spoiled and manipulative
  • turned against his sister Mariko to gain Osamu Saito’s love
  • used by Osamu Saito as an instrument of revenge
  • hacked Nao Yamamoto’s computers, stole his money and research
  • behind the attacks on the Ferraro family that left Phillip Ferraro dead and several others badly injured
  • brought to justice by Sacha Archambault

-S-

Sacha Archambault

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • the oldest of the six Archambault riders
  • responsible for bringing justice to other riders when laws are broken
  • brought justice to Ryuu Tanaka

Sal

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • uncle of the Chicago riders
  • does clean-up after the Ferraro family

Salvatore Ferraro – Rider

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • from the New York branch of the Ferraro family
  • brother of Lucca and Geno Ferraro

Sango Yamamoto

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • wife of Isamu Yamamoto, mother of Nao Yamamoto
  • killed by mercenaries hired by Osamu Saito and Ryuu Tanaka
  • pushed to her death on railroad tracks

Scott Bowen

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • 34 years old
  • of medium height, but powerfully built
  • wide shoulders and a thick chest, built like a prize fighter
  • close cropped hair
  • a thief and mugger, works as the getaway driver
  • part of a three man crew, known for their violence
  • works with Tom Billings and Fargo Johnson
  • attacked and tried to rob Francesca Capello
  • stalks and tries to take Francesca Capello hostage
  • captured by Stefano Ferraro
  • execution handled by another branch of the Ferraro family

Sean

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • one of the men who attacked the Windship club trying to assassinate Giovanni and Taviano Ferraro
  • brother of Terry
  • killed by the Ferraros

Shaun Holmes

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • a British Shadow rider
  • member of the International Council

Si

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • works for Barry Anthon
  • brutal and abusive, notoriously nasty
  • part of the crew that kidnaps Francesca Capella and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • brother of Denny
  • killed by Giovanni Ferraro

Sophia

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • a top fashion designer
  • has a very exclusive clientele

Stefano Ferraro – Rider (Shadow Rider)

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • leader of the Chicago Ferraro family
  • older brother of Ricco, Vittorio, Giovanni, Taviano and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • youngest brother Ettore Ferraro died as a teenager riding the shadows
  • raised his younger brothers and sister when his parents Eloisa and Phillip pulled away
  • incredibly wealthy and powerful, used to being in charge
  • very intimidating, commands respect and obedience
  • has a vicious, legendary temper
  • was too strong and ruthless for his trainers to break, considered dangerous by the time he was 15
  • considers everyone and everything his responsibility, stoic and always in control
  • served in Marine Recon
  • completely devoted to his family and the people of his territory, but still always felt alone
  • masculine features and rich olive skin
  • tall and broad shouldered, with intense blue eyes and black hair
  • has a strong jaw and straight nose
  • mate of Francesca Capello

Stella

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • a member of a hugely successful band with Doreen and Janice called The Crystals
  • briefly dated Stefano, and wants him back
  • attacks Francesca, trying to make her look like she does coke
  • heavily into booze and drugs
  • beaten by Emmanuelle, arrested and charged with drug dealing
  • pleaded guilty to multiple charges rather then face the Ferraros
  • life and career destroyed, will serve hard time in prison
  • crude and violent
  • blonde hair

Suzette Balboni

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • lives in the Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • wife of John Balboni
  • owner of the local hardware store

-T-

Taviano Ferraro – Rider

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • brother of Stefano, Ricco, Vittorio, Giovanni and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • youngest brother Ettore Ferraro died as a teenager riding the shadows
  • not close to parents Eloisa and Phillip Ferraro
  • on the surface seems gentle and kind, but known for his bad temper
  • not nearly as easy-going as he appears to be, can sometimes act rashly
  • has a brilliant mind, creates all of the tech for the family

Teresa Ventura

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • one of the mistresses of Phillip Ferraro
  • has an expensive lifestyle which is funded by Phillip, wants him to leave his wife and marry her
  • former stripper and dancer
  • 25 years old and beautiful, with a great figure
  • killed during the assassination of Phillip Ferraro

Terry

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • one of the men who attacked the Windship club trying to assassinate Giovanni and Taviano Ferraro
  • brother of Sean
  • killed by the Ferraros

Theresa Vitale

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • lives in Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • widow of Alberto Vitale
  • around 80 years old
  • short and stooped, but still beautiful
  • owns a flower shop
  • raised her grandson Bruno after he was abandoned by his drug addicted mother
  • comes to Stefano Ferraro to help straighten out her troublemaking grandson

Tito Petrov

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • lives in Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • works at his father Benito Petrov’s pizzaria
  • flirty and charming

Tom Billings

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • a thief and mugger
  • part of a three man crew, known for their violence
  • works with Scott Bowen and Fargo Johnson
  • attacked and tried to rob Francesca Capello
  • captured by Emilio and Enzo Gallo
  • executed by Ricco Ferraro

Tomas Abatangelo – Bodyguard

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • member of the Chicago branch of the Ferraro family
  • first cousin of the Ferraro riders
  • usually guards Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • brother of Tomas Abatangelo
  • shot and nearly killed guarding the Ferraro family

Tonio

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • a well mannered and sweet young boy from the Ferraro territory in Chicago
  • thick, curly hair

Townsend, Dr.

  • first appearance in Shadow Reaper
  • saved the life of Ricco Ferraro after his near-fatal car crash

-U-

-V-

Valentino Saldi

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • tall and very handsome
  • graceful and strong, moves with fluid grace
  • nearly black hair and vivid green eyes

Vinci Sanchez

  • first mentioned in Shadow Rider
  • member of the extended Ferraro family, first cousin to the riders
  • Ferraro family lawyer

Vittorio Ferraro – Rider

  • first appearance in Shadow Rider
  • brother of Stefano, Ricco, Giovanni, Taviano and Emmanuelle Ferraro
  • youngest brother Ettore Ferraro died as a teenager riding the shadows
  • not close to parents Eloisa and Phillip Ferraro
  • usually the peacemaker in the family, but has a hidden savage side
  • discreet and completely trustworthy
  • a good, solid man, respected by his brothers and sister

-W-

-X-

-Y-

Yumi Katsuri

  • first mentioned in Shadow Reaper
  • internationally famous Japanese fashion designer
  • created the wedding gown for Mariko Tanaka

-Z-

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