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Ghost of a Smile (Ghost Finders Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

Simon R. Green
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Original edition (30 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020751
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Second success in spooky series 19 Sep 2011
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Looks like Green has settled on a format (or should I say formula?) for this effective supernatural series about government ghost hunters. Start with a novella to introduce the characters, keep the cast small, segue into the main story, set it in one location and don't leave it until the end. Fair enough. It worked the first time and it works this time as well.

The small cast of characters is fun: JC the cocky leader, Melody the cynical mechanic, Happy Jack the unhappy telepath, and Kim the ghost, and JC's phantasmal girlfriend, who wants to be a real girl (unofficial member); and their interplay is fun. The menace is interesting, partly because the reader is never quite sure which of the various people and creatures who appear really are the menace -is it a scientific experiment gone wrong, or a creature from the outer darkness, or both? Don't worry, our fearful heroes will find out whether they like it or not. (Hint: just don't trust anyone or anything.)

This is lightweight spooky fluff, ideal for when you're in the mood for light entertainment, spooky or not. I'll be back for the third installment. Chances are you will too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Hunting Should Always Be This Interesting 23 Jan 2012
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While the Ghost books have attracted their fair share of criticism from the fans, who seem to see them as derivative or patronising, Greene has created something a bit different in the Karnaki Institute and its three main operatives. So just how would you conduct a relationship with ghost girl? Or find out if your boss was trying to have you killed? This book tries to answer those questions in a challenging and unusual way. The story is a bit thin on the ground this time, being essentially a `chase' tale once we get inside the building, but the closure is intriguing and there must be more to resolve what has happened to the helpful ghost of Kim... To say more would be to give away the plot, but if you liked the first, you'll love this, if you hated the first book Ghost of a Chance, you'll probably be just as unhappy and would be best advised steering clear. A quick read with less depth that Greene's other work, it is still worth collecting for the completionist and a nice addition to a growing body by a great British writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Summary. 27 Aug 2013
By atb731
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Green's Nightside books are simply brilliant, but although this has the same style and humour it still lacks a little something to raise it to the same level as the Nightside books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Monster of the week 19 Sep 2011
By Petromagne - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a bit more plodding than most of Simon R. Green's stuff. The ghost hunters go into an office building and basically go floor by floor fighting a new bad guy on each floor. Halfway through the book I came to the realization it's like the old monster of the week, except it's each chapter is another level another brand of monster/challenge. The confrontation that builds throughout the book ends up being rather anti-climatic, and sadly predictable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing it may taint your enjoyment of the Nightside series 8 Mar 2012
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
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The cover blurb says, "As good as the Nightside...", which is completely false. I am a huge fan of the Nightside series, and greatly enjoy the characters, the dialogue, the secondary characters, the villains, and the whole noir vibe. I don't even mind the repetition within each book and from book to book, since that just ties the whole series together, and emphasizes some of the best parts.

But the Ghost Finders series is a great disappointment. The dialogue is childish and the repartee non-existent. The plot is just a level by level video game narrative. The characters are, at best, cartoonish. After a few pages I was hoping Green would get into gear and create a sort of "Torchwood" kind of team. But this never left Scooby-Do territory.

I'm going to just forget this one for a while, because I really don't want its memory to detract from my enjoyment of the remaining Nightside books. Honestly.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Addition To New Series 12 Sep 2011
By Lucas Capps - Published on Amazon.com
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Simon Green has a talent for creating characters that are larger then life, and weaving various mythology, science, and history into wonderfully amusing tales. This book wasn't written to be on a recommended reader list of someone who enjoys high literature.

It's throughly low brow in it's own way, but that is what makes it so good. Everything he writes is so over the top, but he does it with real emotion, and a genuine flash of amazement.

For those who have read the previous book in this series, our intrepid Ghost Finders are called to deal with a sticky situation and the usual hyjinx that Simon Green always brings to his books ensures.

Let me be clear.

This is a book for someone who wants to read a great story, and not looking to read something that will alter the very landscape of their existence. For me though, this book was a welcome addition to my library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read 27 Sep 2011
By John Carioto - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Simon Green's books. This was no different. It was fast paced and enjoyable and shows the imagination that his fans love.
Get the previous book first though if you haven't read it yet.Ghost of a Chance (A Ghost Finders Novel) Otherwise, some of the book won't make sense and will seem a little disjointed.
And if you do like this one, definitely try his Nightside series. I still re-read those books occasionally and enjoy them every time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great series from Simon R Green 24 Sep 2011
By Nemo - Published on Amazon.com
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While I thought the first book in this series was merely "good", this book steps it up a notch. The 4 "man" team is a study in different points of view. A super-computer tech and martial artists, A pill popping class 11 telepath, a ghost girl with powers she is unaware of, all led by a white suited man with glowing eyes and an over-abundance of energy.

They are the good guys, and they will do what is necessary to save the world, even if it means pilfering the armoury and making the hard decisions.

Once the action starts, it doesn't stop. Another quality series from Simon R Green!

I will add that while I have not read the other reviews, I know what they will complain about. There is a certain Deus ex machina quality to some of the solutions to this book. The bad guys also tend to talk and wait for the heroes to come up with a solution to destroy them when they could easily win. While this may not be realistic, (though, who are we to judge what other-dimensional beings would do?), they are still fun.

The truth of the matter is that violence in real life is scary. Getting stabbed in the back or shot from across the street is more likely to occur than having tea and scones with Auric Goldfinger and Pussy Galore. But guess which one of them I would rather read about? Try to remember, these books are written in the name of fun and entertainment. Give it a shot, what have you got to lose?
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