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Darkroom (Rook Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Graham Masterton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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A spate of unexplained fires spreads across Los Angeles, killing indiscriminately, tearing up the city, destroying people's faith. There seems to be no probable cause for the fires; arson and murder are not suspected but surely they can't have been started by something as fanciful as spontaneous combustion. Can they?

Jim Rook, newly returned from a disastrous sojourn in Washington DC, is called upon to assist with the LAPD's investigation. The police hope that Rook, a special needs teacher with the rare ability to see demons and spirits, can look past the facts of each case and come up with some answers. Meanwhile, a mysterious portrait hung over the fireplace of Rook's new apartment sends him and his remedial English class off on an investigation into the past, where a myth about photography and the human soul seems unwilling to be forgotten. Could this really be the link he's looking for? Or will it only lead him

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital (1 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #174,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable yarn 16 April 2010
This is the sixth book in the jim rook series and I must admit I have enjoyed them all. Jim rook is a remedial and special needs english teacher who has the ability to see spirits, demons etc.
As with all the jim rook series the story revolves around jim and his students tackling some evil entity which invariably involves the death of some of his students. In this particular novel the villainous entity is a mutation of a man and an old fashioned tri pod camera. Yes it sounds ridiculous but it is a cracking read. Jim rook is a really likeable character and although this series is not horrific in the usual masterton sense I would recommend this and the other books in the series to readers who enjoy masterton. This book doesn't seem to be available in paperback like the others so its a case of looking around for the right price. Mine was a gift but I would still have bought it. Roll on the next rook novel demons door in august
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3.0 out of 5 stars darkroom 23 Mar. 2014
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Well another good book by graham masterton but it got a bit long winded at times can't wait to start next Book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Dec. 2014
By A. Ward
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love jim rook !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book 9 Oct. 2012
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Good Book in good condition, product was as described, item was well packaged and delivered quickly, very happy would definitely purchase from this supplier again. With regard to the readable value of this book, I found it good but a little too far fetched for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Journey from the Light 14 Mar. 2012
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Perhaps one problem in discovering certain books I have missed (which have been created by favorite fiction author) is that the book I get is great, but it is just after a key book which has a life changing event for the character.
So far it seems I have done this with Dream Warriors, and now with Rook.But the up side is that I know I have more books to look forward to in future, but hopefully not too distant future. I enjoy getting the hardbacks of Mastertons works, or at the very least quality paperbacks ( Severn House, and now the Hammer Paperbacks), since if they start reprinting the older titles, I can avoid the "unholy" prices ( some vary from 200 dollars US to over 1,000 dollars).
Anyway, enough said about the quality of the books. If you enjoyed Masterton's story MIRROR, then you will like this one. A mysterious society helpfully encourages Jim Rook to Rent a place as he comes back to LA and so a spirit associated with Daguerreotypes is manifesting and destroying young people, and allowing older "spirits" to be released ( oddly enough, this mythic theme occurs in MIRROR, FAMILY PORTRAIT, and possibly other Masterton books).The pictures capture an element of a person's soul that is the reverse of their true nature, or in most cases, their dark side. The class at the community college that Rook teaches, also teaches him ( a theme I rather like) since it reveals what I think is a spiritual truth, but since it is fiction, and Masterton is out to scare, I don't dwell on that. Gradually, they discover who is the picture taker, his true esence, and the person they believe is a human helping him is revealed; this twist at the end is possibly one of the best in the smaller tales of Masterton ( Smaller in terms of length, not in terms of enjoyment), and as the second Jim Rook book I was on edge, a good gauge of how much I enjoy his books.
This is a fun book, I am looking forward to see how it rates in the whole canon of the Jim Rook Series, but for now I am happy that Masterton produced a great read again. Also, get the hard back if you can, well worth the price for quality reasons.
Just a note again, I have been reading Masterton since about 1976 or 1978 ( whenever they released Charnel House in Tasmania, and I was fan who, after reading his books, always keep the lights on for a few nights, and listened for knocking on the inside of the Cupboard door :-). I will keep my older collection, but if I can get Hard backs of my collection I definitely will.
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