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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Review: Voices From Beyond (A Ghost Finders Novel) by Simon R Green

Voices from Beyond (Ghost Finders #5)
by Simon R. Green
Paperback, 304 pages
August 26th 2014 by Ace

Meet the operatives of the Carnacki Institute—JC Chance: the team leader, brave, charming, and almost unbearably arrogant; Melody Chambers: the science geek who keeps the antisupernatural equipment running; and Happy Jack Palmer: the terminally gloomy telepath. Their mission: Do Something About Ghosts. Lay them to rest, send them packing, or just kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses…

In a quiet London suburb, four university students participating in an experiment inside a reputed haunted house hold a séance that goes terribly wrong. What—or who—ever they summoned has taken their minds away, leaving them empty shells.

Enter the Ghost Finders, ready to confront an enraged poltergeist for the students’ very souls.

All in a day’s work—except the team doesn’t know that in another part of the city, a different entity has also breached the threshold between worlds. And this time what is at stake is not four lives—but the very existence of all humanity.

JC Chance the team leader, Melody Chambers the computer science geek and Happy Jack Palmer the telepath who is not really happy, call themselves the Ghost Finders. The Ghost Finders work for the Carmacki Institute which deals with the paranormal. Their mission is to take down the bad ghosts, the ones that cause all sorts of trouble. When the Ghost Finders arrived at their next mission they found four University students sitting around a coffee table who apparently were in a middle of a séance gone bad. Upon further examination the Ghost Finders realize the students to have lost their minds...literally. Their bodies were empty soulless shells. To save the student's souls they had to go into the alternative world, the same world that took the students souls, to bring them back. Little did they know that this was the start to something bigger much bigger.

The world building was very creative, I felt a part of it. I think Melody the computer science geek, 
always fiddling with her equipment, was my favorite. I loved the idea of the students using the Ouija board. What better way to open the doors to the other side, right. It definitely took me back to my early teenage years with my friends sitting around a Ouija board waiting for something to happen. We eventually got bored of it. I kind of felt the same way with the book. It was very well written and the characters were likable but it did lose my interest at some points. Not that the book was predictable. It was far from it in fact, but it lacked that punch you get when you can’t wait to turn to the next page. The scared/happy/
unsure emotions mixed into one; anticipation of what you are going to find next. As for Romance it was there, the characters had relationships but I would not use the word “Romance” but you could see them building throughout.

All in all it is a good light read, if you can call bad ghosts that take away your soul light.

3.5 Soulless Sheep


About the Author:
British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.

His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a fun series. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us :)