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  • Mass Market Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (27 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425259935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425259931
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.2 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Brandon on 22 Oct. 2013
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Ok, so Simon R Green is my favourite author, however he yet again delivers a great story in his latest series.
Sent out on what appears to be a routine pub haunting, soon changes into more sinister happenings as the team try to not only figure out what is going on but stay alive too.
Great characters, story and subtle humour bring it all together.
You can easily pick this up and read it, however would recommend you start from the beginning of this series (or any of his others) otherwise you may find parts of the story and wonder what they relate to.
Thumbs up Simon, keep em coming :).
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Yet again the Ghost Finders end up in the middle of an age-old problem needing solving. With a great atoryline you won't want this book to end - just like all Simon R Green's books!!
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By Steve Prodger on 8 Oct. 2014
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excellant book
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scot Macnaughton on 3 Oct. 2013
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An excellent book and enjoyable read. Two stories in this book. A shocking ending as one of the characters die.
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Team Advancement 8 Sept. 2013
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Spirits from Beyond (2013) is the fourth Fantasy novel in the Ghost Finders series, following Ghost of a Dream. The initial volume in this sequence is Ghost of a Chance.

In the previous volume, the team traveled to Bradleigh Halt to investigate a haunting. The small community was no longer directly accessible by train, so the team had to travel to a nearby town by rail and then take a taxi to the haunting scene. The taxi driver let them off on top of the ridge overlooking the old station.

Melody unloaded her equipment from the boot and loaded it on a cart. Then she and the men walked down to the station. A group had been restoring the old depot, so the outside looked solid and clean.

They were met on the platform by Laurie. He asked if they were experts from British Rail. Then he told them about the strange events that had befallen the volunteer workers. Some things had moved around and some doors wouldn't stay open or shut.

JC asked whether any strange deaths or disappearances had happened in the station. Laurie mentioned a train that entered the tunnel during Victorian times, but never came out. It was not in the tunnel nor anywhere else known to mankind.

In this novel, Josiah Charles Chance is a team leader within the Institute. JC is usually heavily armed with weapons that would not be approved by the Boss. His team is now an A team, but they are really only working while they search for Kim.

Happy Jack Palmer is a class eleven telepath. He has stopped using pharmaceuticals to keep him sane. Happy is the doomsayer of the team, mainly because he is fully aware of the things that exist alongside humanity.

Melody Chambers is a technogeek. The Institute buys her the latest available equipment for monitoring ghosts. She and Happy have a very active sex life between jobs.

Kim Sterling is a ghost. She was murdered in the first novel and has since developed a relationship with JC. But now she has disappeared.

Catherine Latimer is the head of the Carnacki Institute. She is JC's pentultimate boss. Only the Crown outranks her.

Heather is Catherine's private secretary. She is normally the keeper of the Catherine's secrets.

Adrian Brook is the owner and operator of the King's Arms bar. He hasn't been able to find anyone else to work in the bar for very long.

The Flesh Undying is a creature from the Outside. He fell -- or was pushed -- from his dimension into ours. He has infiltrated the Carnacki Institute.

In this story, JC is trying to sleep, but he hasn't done much of that since Kim vanished. He is lying in bed when Kim reappears at the foot. She tells him to meet her outside the Chimera House.

JC is dialing Happy and Melody when his television turns on. His team members are on the screen. They tell him that Kim had also appear to them and he should pick them up on his way.

JC takes the red Institute car that he had borrowed and soon meet the rest of the team. As he is driving vigorously through the city, JC notices that traffic has disappeared. They reach Chimera House very quickly and then have to wait for Kim.

After Kim reappears, the square in front of the building cracks open to reveal a large hole and a stone stairway leading downward. Kim leads the way for the team. They go down into the London Undertowen.

Of course, Melody knows the most about the large space under the city. She briefs the others in what little is known about it. She claims that it dates from the age of the druids.

The team meets the revenants of these druids and the ghost of their god. The Flesh Undying has subverted the druid revenants in an attempt to kill the team. Kim appeals to the god for assistance.

After this foray, JC insists on going to the Secret Library of the Institute to check up on the things they have learned. Catherine had issued him the password to access the Library, but never processed the actual access paperwork. What they find there causes Catherine to order them into her office at 9:00 AM.

While they are waiting for Catherine to admit them into the steel lined office, the team tries to coax some information out of Heather. She informs them that Catherine has told her nothing about the affair. She really appears to know nothing about their appointment.

The newly appointed Minister for Supernatural Affairs storms into the office and demands to see Catherine. Heather sends him away with a bloody nose. When he comes back with armed security guards, Heather faces them with two large bore pistons. She explains the place of the Minister in their hierarchy and tells him to call for an appointment.

Catherine invites the team into her office and asks about the missing Kim. JC says she has temporary amnesia and cannot recall anything right now. Catherine sends the team on a routine case of a haunted country bar.

JC and his team arrive at the bar during a raging thunderstorm. Happy detects something in the parking lot, but the team cannot corner it. They go into the bar to find it full of customers. Brook has told them about the Ghost Finders and they are expecting to see a TV crew following the team.

JC gets them to tell stories about the local ghosts. Then he asks them if anyone has seen or heard anything recently. One woman tells them that lights come on upstairs after most customers have left. Normally the upstairs lights are never turned on night or day.

This tale involves the Ghost Finders in something more than ghosts. JC finally convinces Brook to tell his experiences. Melody and Happy discover a pocket of spiritual power on the grounds that is attracting all kinds of supernatural beings to the bar.

JC's team -- including Kim -- find new powers in this story. Working together, they exert more spiritual force than they can as individuals. Kim also displays some new talents of her own.

JC takes one thing at a time. The next installment in this sequence has not yet been announced on Amazon.

Highly recommended for Green fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of ancient ghosts, outside spirits, and a touch of romance. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Darker Shade of Green 1 Sept. 2013
By RL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The newest Ghost Finders book is a bit of a departure from Simon Greens normal work, though that's not necessarily a bad thing.Much as I enjoy the mans work, certain themes- even paragraphs- seem to repeat multiple times in multiple series.
Here, much of the morbid humor that is such a strong part of Greens work is noticeably reduced, though not absent.It is replaced by a bit of soul searching within the lead characters, as well as a bit of increased detail in the horror aspect. Overall, this book is well balanced enough to appeal to my fan nature for the author, while taking me just enough from the norm to make it stand out amongst his most recent books.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's Okay 29 Sept. 2013
By Richard Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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This is my last Ghost Finders book. While I've been enjoying the way Green tends to drop little Easter eggs of his various series into the other series (that is, a Nightside reference in the Drood secret history series), I've found the Easter eggs on the Ghose Finders are much more interesting than the actual books. It's like Green took every single one of his writing ticks, distilled them down to the very essence of each and then shoved them into these books. I love Green's writing, but a series of books based on a collection of his favorite sayings and mannerisms. . . Not so much.

I just found out about the Ghost Finder movie and realized that, maybe, I now understand the purpose of these books. I think they're to drum up interest in the movie. I could be wrong, but either way, this is my last Ghost Finder book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
fun 17 Dec. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Great light reading. Simon Green is one of my favorite purveyors of fluff. Entertaining and adventurous; just good old fashioned entertainment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Spirits from Beyond by Simon R. Green 20 Sept. 2013
By Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had read the first book in the Ghostfinders series, `Ghost of A Chance' when it came out originally. It was very good, but didn't wow me. When I received `Spirits from Beyond' from the publisher for review, I was excited to see how the characters had grown and what had changed. In `Spirits from Beyond', the new A-team, JC, Melody, and Happy Jack are sent to a haunted inn located in a very small village. At first they don't think there is anything going on at the inn, but as they listen to the stories of the locals, there are two which ring true. Now as their investigation digs deeper, the entire team's mettle is tested. `Spirits from Beyond' is an extremely fast-paced book with some great gallows humor, introspection, and references to both the Nightside and Secret Histories series. As I read `Spirits from Beyond' as a stand-alone, I found it intriguing and highly enjoyable with some crazy action and twisted characters. I might just have to jump back into this series!

Ghostfinders series: Ghost of A Chance (1), Ghost of A Smile (2), Ghost of a Dream (3), Spirits from Beyond (4)
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