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  • Mass Market Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reprint edition (31 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441019161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441019168
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Dodd on 8 Feb. 2011
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I love Simon R Green and have read all his books but if he writes another Ghostfinders I will not be buying it.

The characters are weak and unlikeable, he repeats the same information about them continually through the book. There is no depth or magentism that is so present in Eddie Drood or John Taylor to balance the unsavoury parts. The horror is reminiscent of early Dean Koontz or the first Masterson books from 20-30 years ago. If I didnt know better I would think this was a first novel and that the Nightside and Secret Histories were written long after he had developed his story writing skills.

As a previous critic has commented I also thought it was maybe teenage fiction but apparently not - I struggled to take this novel seriously in any way and did not engage with it - It was like one of those terrible films you watch to see if the ending is any good having invested the time to rent it only to find that it was as truly uninspiring and predictable as you had thought it would be.

I eagerly await my next Drood installment and Nightside debacle but would find it a crying shame if he expends more effort creating a series out of this wishy washy effort instead of focusing on the supreme established series we already have.

In short it is 2 hours of life you wont get back so if you havent read any of the Nightside or Secret Histories then spend your pennies on those instead as they are Infinitely superior. This one will be going to the charity shop as it is not fit to sit on my bookshelf in my Simon R Green collection

Sorry Simon !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2010
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First Sentence: These days, ghosts turn up in the damnedest places.

Members of the Carnacki Institute JC Chance, team leader; Melody Chambers, scientist; and telepath Happy Jack Palmer; are in the London Underground due to an entity are up against employees from the Crowley Project as well as something evil in the London Underground causing the trains to eat the passengers.

I thought this would be the perfect book to read in October and it started off well. The first chapter is passive enough yet makes you turn on extra lights and wonder at the wisdom of reading this book when you're alone. Unfortunately, things go downhill quickly from there.

It's not Green's writing. His skill at painting a visual picture is certainly in evidence as he provides our first look at the protagonists describing them as "three figures standing together in the middle of the car park, looking expectantly about them like theatre patrons waiting for the play to begin." He also raises the same point as those of us who watch ghost-hunting shows: "Why can't ghosts manifest during working hours?" At the same time, I found the hyperbole excessive to the point of irritation. There was no balance and every entity was the most evil they'd ever encountered.

Where Green really lost me reading this book was the characters. What makes Green's "Nightside" books work so well is that they focus on Jack Taylor, who lends a sense of reality to a surreal work. In this book, not one of them is interesting, empathetic or remotely likable. Where I knew it was time to stop reading was when I found myself hoping the nasty spirits would eat all the characters. It's back to the "Nightside" for me.

GHOST OF A CHANCE (Para Inves-JC Chance/Melody Chambers/Happy Jack Palmer-NYC-Urban Fantasy) - DNF
Green, Simon R. - 1st of series
ACE, ©2010 (Reprint), US Paperback - ISBN: 9780441019168
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Stolk TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Jun. 2014
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"Ghost Of A Chance" is the first novel in the Ghost Finders-series by Simon R. Green, and as I'm a fan of his work, it was a no-brainer for me to buy this urban-fantasy action adventure story. But being a fan doesn't mean I can't be critical when he produces a real stinker. While this one isn't (quite) that bad, it is way below par, especially when compared to his Nightside- or Secret Histories-series.

The basic concept has a lot of potential: you've got these so-called Ghost Finders, a British version of the Ghostbusters, only these are agents of the Carnacki Institute, a run-of-the-mill Secret Agency whose main task is to hunt things that go bump in the night while keeping a stiff upper lip. The team: first there's the intellectual J.C. Chance, who is supposed to be a rather suave leader but comes across as an annoying, overtly-optimistic jerk. Then there's the kinky techno-geek Melody Chambers, more interested in high tech gadgetry than people, and the class-11 telepath "Happy" Jack Palmer, who's so neurotic he's constantly popping pills to keep his badly battered nerves under control.

The plot in a nutshell: JC's three-agent team gets sent on a mission is to help solve a problem in London's Underground at Oxford Circus Station. Something has gone horribly wrong there, as commuters have disappeared and it seems that the trains down there have started eating people. Indeed, there's Something down there: an ancient and powerful Lovecraftian-type Being that is threatening to break through to our universe, and it's up to our hapless trio to kick its ectoplasmic behind. But there's another big problem: the rival team from the Crowley Institute, the evil counterpart of the Carnacki Institute, that wants to utilize the paranormal for their own selfish ends.
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