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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing and dark, dark, dark., 23 May 2010
This review is from: Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, Book 1) (Paperback)
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This was an utterly compelling read. The story is totally original and in the crowded urban fantasy/horror market, Stacia Kane has produced something that stands out as wonderful. Some of the cover quotes mention 'ideal for fans of Charlaine Harris' and on this I would exert caution. If Charlaine Harris is at the softer end of your reading pleasure (as she is for me, a die hard horror fan) you will love this. If however, Charlaine is as dark as you want to go then Unholy Ghosts is not for you. because this is dark, sticky, violent stuff.

The basic story revolves around a not so distant future or alternative now where there has been a horrific surge in ghost activity. No moaning, chain rattling, making you jump type ghosts these. These are killing people indescriminately, violently, horribly and are not interested in communing with their ancestors. And so an offshoot of mystical belief that has the power to banish and subdue these murderous entities has replaced governments and religeons globally as the seat of power. This is the Church- but nothing remotely christian about it and this is not a religeous book in the slightest.

Chess is our notional heroine, a drug addicted adult orphan, been through the care system, been abused and hurt countless times and seeks refuge in the safety of Church power and her beloved drugs. As a largely functional addict, she bumbles through her life until she suddenly finds she has racked up more drug debt than she can pay back. Politely declining the offer of working the debt off on her back, she takes the alternative offer of clearing an abandoned airfield of a ghost so the local drug lord can start shipping in new product more cheaply. How hard can it be right? This is, afterall what she does for a living.And there the pedal firmly hits the metal- plot spirals into counter plot, threats mount and soon Chess is up to her eyeballs in trouble and sinking fast.

With a clear, detailed and well written style, moments of chilling fear, gruesome, horrific violence, gore and sweaty action, this is a truly exciting read. Be warned, there is quite a bit of drug discussion in this novel and addiction is never really discussed as a bad or problem ridden thing, just as the norm, so avoid giving this novel to an impressionablle or teen reader.

Just to really spice things up, Ms Kane has given us a bevvy of truly hot, hard and violent men that pepper the story. This includes the hottest, meanest, most intriguing and perplexing guy to stalk the pages of fiction for a while- Terrible. Wow what a character. If he was real i'd have to go find him, so hot under the collar did he get me! Unlike other urban horror though, this isn't a bonk fest like Laurell hamilton nor a twee romance like Ms Harris. This smacks of real life and the confusing, bewildering attraction we can all feel for someone who may do us no good whatsoever- or be just what we need.

I can't wait for the next installment of this series. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2010 10:07:07 BDT
Faye says:
I wasnt sure whether or not to buy this book but after reading your review I have put it on my wish list! x

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2010 19:21:31 BDT
Rachel says:
Thanks very much, Faye. Kind of you to say so. I hope you like it. Rachel

Posted on 29 Nov 2013 19:15:40 GMT
Rose says:
The review makes it sound really interesting.
But oh dear, the cover is terrible. It looks like it will be some cliched erotica. Somehow it givesthe impression of being bland and sexy at the same time.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2013 20:23:06 GMT
Rachel says:
Hi Rose. You're right, the cover isn't the best but you know what they say about books and covers... I really enjoyed this book and its sequels. I'd recommend them if the review sounds like the kind of stuff you enjoy. Ms Kane is pretty entertaining on twitter as well as in her books. If you decide to give it a try I hope you like it.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2013 14:07:33 GMT
Rose says:
I think if I buy it, I'll go for the kindle edition.
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