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Unholy Ghosts - Stacia Kane

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Stacia Kane / Paperback / 352 Pages / Book is published 2010-05-27 by Harper Voyager

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      14.06.2010 20:21
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      Book 2 is called Unholy Magic (out in July)

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      Friendly warning
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      This book isn't for everyone; The heroine is a unapologetic drug addict who is involved with drug dealers, hard nosed enforcers, likely murderers and it is stated several times throughout the book that there is no such thing as God in it.

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      World building
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      UNHOLY GHOSTS is set is a world where the ghosts raised up and killed two thirds of humanity in just one week. World leaders were powerless, prayers went unanswered, the major religions collapsed, all hope and faith were lost.

      In this wasteland a new group rose. The Church Of Real Truth were able to imprison most of the ghosts, and the few that remain uncaptured have lost their corporeal forms.

      The series opens with The Church Of Real Truth being the world's only power; there is no other government, no other faith, just The Church and their [not-yet fully described] magic, the keeps the ghosts trapped in The City [underground below their headquarters].

      The Church is now in the process of hunting down the remaining ghosts and compenstating the unlucky people being haunted.
      To capture the free-range spooks the Church employs agents trained to find and cature the ghosts, and find the fraudsters faking a haunting to try and defraud money out of the Church.

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      Chess is one of these debunkers, but she has baggage. She has a drug problem [read addiction].

      It's a combination of her job and her 'problem' that lands her in trouble; Her drug dealer [bump] jacks up the interest on her debt, knowing that there's no way she can pay it off. But hey, it just happens that he has a problem she can help him with. A ghost problem. If she helps him he'll forget all about her debt.

      So all Chess has to do is check out a abandened airport Bump plans to use for smuggling, to see if it's really haunted, or if someone is faking it to sabotage Bump's planned business expansion.

      Sounds straightforward? Fasten your seatbelt; we're just getting started...

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      My opinion
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      ... Sorry, but expanding on the storyline would ruin several of the twists. I read this blind and think it made it that much better.

      Gosh, UNHOLY GHOSTS started out as a simple tale, but it soon got bigger and bigger, faster and faster - it's the kind of read that keeps you up until the early hours of the morning, saying "just one more chapter"...

      I enjoyed it thoroughly, despite occasionally wanting to smack Chess over the head; She is totally blind to a few things that the reader picks up on right off the bat. Also; she's a witch but aside from her job, she doesn't do anything, err, witchy...

      The only other caution I'll give is to Stacia Kane fans checking this out coming from her [just as fantastic] Personal Demons series. While I'd that series as being paranormal romance, this is straight up urban fantasy, which may upset/offend some readers.

      There are three 'love interests' here [I'm on team Terrible], but I wouldn't say this is a romantic book by any means. By the end of the book I still think they're all using other other for different reasons.

      I'm intriged to find out how any personal relationships may develop over time. Roll on book 2...


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