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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Author:  Robin D. Owens
Series:  GHOST SEER   
Plot Type:  Soul-Mate Romance SMR 
Ratings:  Violence3; Sensuality—3-4; Humor—3 
Publisher and Titles: 
          Ghost Seer (Berkley, 4/2014)
          Ghost Layer (Berkley, 9/2014) 
          Ghost Killer (Berkley, 2/2015) 
          Ghost Talker (InterMix, 2/2016; audio and e-book only)
          Ghost Maker (InterMix, 10/2016; audio and e-book only)

This ongoing post was revised and updated on 11/25/16 to include a review of Ghost Maker, the fifth novel in the series. That review appears first, followed by an overview of the world-building and reviews of the first four novels.

                         NOVEL 5:  Ghost Maker                         
     With Clare’s health fading, she and her partner—the love of her life—detective Zach Slade, head to Manitou Springs, Colorado, in search of the only healer who can help them: the ghost of Sister Juliana Emmanuel, whose healing skills live on in the afterlife.

     Unfortunately for Clare, the nun’s ghost is elusive, and the town is teeming with spirits who all want to speak with Clare—newer ones, street kids who've been killed and want their bodies found and their murders avenged.

     Now, with the help of Zach and Sister Juliana, Clare must find the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she will face an evil that could destroy everything she and Zach hold dear—including their love.


     I forgot my promise that I wouldn't review another book in this series, so here is a very short summary and review. 

The plot centers on finding a cure for the spectral wound in Claire's chest that is draining her strength and will eventually kill her. (The villain of Ghost Killer, novel 3, slashed Claire's etheric body sixteen days ago.) Early on, Zach has a showdown with the hostile and uncooperative "Other" that is supposed to be Claire's spiritual guide and forces it to help her out. That incident provides a clue—that only a "good" ghost can heal the damage done by a "bad" ghost. Meanwhile, Zach gets an assignment from his boss, Tony Rickman, to find a missing teenager who has disappeared into the streets of Denver.

Claire decides that they should look for a healing ghost in Manitou Springs, which was famous for the mineral springs that supposedly helped cure tuberculosis (TB) and which had a number of TB sanitariums back in the late 1800s (which just happens to be the era in which Claire's ghosts lived). Claire believes that since there were so many sick people, there would also have been healers. And perhaps, some of those healing ghosts are still hanging around the springs.

The rest of the book follows Zach and Claire back and forth between Denver and Manitou Springs as they wander around town in search of clues, find and begin to communicate with a "good" ghost, and then go back to their fancy resort villa for some sexual gratification. Just as in previous books, Owens includes multiple sex scenes that are so awkwardly written that they are cringe worthy. 

Unfortunately, Owens stuffs the plot with loads of factual information about historic Manitou Springs, which slows down the already lackadaisical pace of the action. We are given the dates the various springs were drilled, the names of all of the springs, the tastes of the various waters, descriptions of local historical events, etc., etc., ad nauseam.

The villain doesn't show up until the very end of the book, just in time to provide yet another one-dimensional performance and to tie both sub-plots (Claire's search for a healer and Zach's search for the missing boy) together. That connection of the two plots is telegraphed much earlier in the book, so there is no suspense in the action that occurs as the story moves toward its climactic showdown scene.

One of the major problems with this series is that Owens has trouble writing graceful sentences. For example, here is Zach getting himself aroused by romantic thoughts about Claire: "The scent of faint night sweat on her skin, the lingering perfume he'd seen her dab behind her ears that she'd inherited bottles of." Bottles of ears? Please, Ms. Owens, work harder on placing your modifiers appropriately so that serious sentences don't turn into unmeant humor. In another scene, Zach tries to cheer up his depressed girlfriend while he is driving them from Manitou Springs to their villa: "Zach knew he had to find some way to ...uplift her. Show he cared for her..He reached out and took her hand, put it right over his dick." Now, I realize that this is typical behavior for a young male, but it really doesn't do much in the way of portraying your main character's soul mate in an heroic light. Just the opposite, in fact. Zach comes off as totally immature, sex-obsessed, inarticulate, and incredibly awkward.

Owens also emphasizes poor Zach's disability—his crippled foot that forces him to wear "special shoes" and to use a cane. Owens refers constantly to Zach's "special shoes" and his various foot braces. Every time Zach rolls out of bed after a sexy romp with Claire, he doesn't just get dressed, he puts on those "special shoes" and braces—and Owens uses that phrase every single time—probably hundreds of times. (I started keeping count, but soon gave up because it was distracting me from the plot.) We also get lots of sentences like these: "Zach sat down and put his best brace on his left ankle, donned shoes made especially for people with foot drop." Alright already! We know all about his condition; we know about the shoes and the braces and the cane; so why keep hitting us over the head with these repetitive, unnecessary details over and over and over again?

     Once again, I'm making myself a promise that this is the last book I'll be reading in this series. I will continue to update the title list at the beginning, and I'll add the publisher's blurbs for new books, but I won't read them. Click HERE to go to this novel's Kindle page where you can click on the cover art to read a print excerpt. Click HERE to go the its Audible page to listen to an excerpt. (Note: The woman on the cover looks NOTHING like the nerdy, introverted, wishy-washy, cardigan-wearing Claire that is portrayed in the novels.)

     This series is as lightweight as a Harlequin novel and as cozy as a Miss Marple whodunit, combining romance, mystery, and spiritualism with just a soupçon of angst, sex, and danger. With its straightforward plots and small cast of attractive characters, it would be a great beach read.

     The heroine is Clare Milena Cermak, who has just inherited her eccentric great-aunt's multimillion-dollar estate. That should make her happy, but what comes along with the money scares her to death. Grant-Aunt Sandra aways claimed to be a medium, insisting that she could see ghosts and communicate with the dead. Although her family always thought that she was a fraud, Aunt Sandra accumulated her wealth by charging large sums of money to people who wanted to speak with their dead relatives or friends. As soon as Clare returns to her home in Denver after clearing up Sandra's estate business in Chicago, she begins seeing and hearing ghosts…everywhere she goes. She also discovers that Aunt Sandra had a ghost dog, a Labrador named Enzo, who insists that he will be living with Clare from now on. Clare is an accountant—a logical, down-to-earth CPA—and she absolutely does not believe in ghosts, so she is pretty sure that she is beginning to go crazy.

      Aunt Sandra saw and heard only the ghosts of people who died in Chicago and New York City in the 1920s and 1930s, but the ones Clare sees are Old West phantoms who lived between 1850 and 1900 (e.g., cowboys, gold miners, gun fighters, saloon girls). As her ghostly dog explains to her, "The human mind can only comprehend ghosts from one slice of history."

      Clare's love interest is Jackson Zachary Slade (Zach), a former deputy sheriff who was forced to end his 13-year career in law enforcement after being shot by a drunk driver. The bullet severed the peroneal nerve in his lower leg that controls his ankle and foot movements, so he now has a condition called foot drop, causing him to limp along using a cane to hold himself steady. In the early books, Zach is still in denial about his disability, and he sorely misses his previous career. As the series opens, Zach leaves his home in Montana and moves back to Denver. 

     A recurring element in the novels is "Counting Crows," a folk poem about crows. Every time Zach sees a certain number of crows, a related line in the poem comes true in some fashion. I found several versions of this poem, but none is an exact match to this one, which the author includes just before chapter 1:

           One for sorrow,
           Two for luck
           Three for a wedding,
           Four for death;
           Five for silver,
           Six for gold;
           Seven for a secret,
           Not to be told;
           Eight for heaven,
           Nine for [hell]
           And ten for the devil's own sell! 

     In the first two novels, the author uses legendary people from the Old West as the ghosts at the center of the plots: Jack Slade, the infamous gunfighter, in book one; and J. Dawson Hidgepath, the amorous miner, in book two.

                         NOVEL 1:  Ghost Seer                         
     The plot in the opening novel takes two related paths: the love story and the mystery. It also includes the usual heavy exposition that is always necessary in the first novel in a series. Owens tells the story in the third-person voice from the alternating perspectives of Clare and Zach.

     Both Clare and Zach spend quite a bit of time in angst-filled interior monologues. Throughout the first half of the book, Clare is on the edge of hysteria most of the time because she refuses to accept the fact that she is a ghost seer (aka ghost layer). Eventually, Clare listens to a videotape made by Aunt Sandra that explains some of the details of her (and Clare's) psychic talents. According to Aunt Sandra, the longer Clare denies her "gift" (or curse), the closer she comes to dying, which is what happened to one of Sandra's uncles. Then, there is the second part of the "gift," which Enzo explains to her, "If you don't accept your gift that you can see ghosts, then you will die. And if you accept that you see them but don't help them, you can go crazy." (p. 29) So…this buttoned-down accountant must come to terms with seeing ghosts, and she must also help any ghost that requests her aid. If she refuses to do both tasks, she loses her sanity and dies. What a dilemma!

     Meanwhile, Zach spends a lot of time in angry bouts of self-pity, hating his handicap, and the cane and the limp that make it so public. When he gets a job as a private investigator with a Denver security firm, he begins to pull himself together, but not quickly. Although Zach himself has a touch of second sight, he denies it to himself because he believes that every event in life has a logical explanation and that there is no such thing as magic.

     Clare and Zach meet by accident (or fate) early in the story. They feel an immediate mutual attraction and quickly become a couple, although they tell one another that they are not really looking for a long-term relationship. Things are moving along quite well until Clare admits to Zach that she can see ghosts. At that point, their romance gets very, very bumpy because Zach thinks that Clare is having a psychotic break. To sum it up, both Clare and Zach are in deep denial over the recent changes in their lives and are unable or unwilling to accept what fate has dealt them. As they begin to face reality together, Clare examines Zach's heavily scarred leg, and he tells her that his injury destroyed his life. She then sums up their parallel situations: "Oh, Zach, how much pain this caused you….And how it hurt you….What a pair we are….My 'gift' wounded me, ruined my life. It just happened on the inside and doesn't show as much on the outside." (p. 280)

     Now to the mystery: The ghost of Jack Slade appears to Clare begging her to help him find something that will help him finally leave this mortal worldafter 150 years as a ghost. (I'm not going to tell you what Clare has to find because it's such a great surprise when you read it in the storyreminiscent of the first scene in Blue Velvet!) The story line follows Clare as she researches Slade's life and tries to separate the facts from the legends about this infamous gunfighter. 

     Eventually, the climax comes in the requisite showdown scene, replete with ghosts, guns, and gloom of night. The identity of the villain is obvious from the beginning, although the author throws in a red herring in an attempt to deflect the reader's attention from the true culprit.

     Although the plot is simple and straightforward, there are several inconsistencies. At one point, for example, Aunt Sandra (on her video) tells Clare that she will learn some devastating information in a letter that her lawyer has mailed to her (p. 111). That letter never arrives and is never referred to again. Then there is the climactic showdown scene, which takes place in the middle of Coyote Nowhere. Somehow, the villain manages to be there waiting in ambush even though Clare and Zach didn't even know exactly where they were going because the ghost of Jack Slade was leading them there. So…a totally implausible finale. And here is another huge improbability: Clare decides to buy a new house, finds the house, makes an offer, buys the house, and moves out of her old house and into the new oneall within a single week. I don't think so.

     One element that struck me as odd is the fact that the author always tells us the exact per cent of the bill that Clare leaves as tips for waiters and cab drivers, and she always explains why it varies from experience to experience (e.g., fifteen per cent because the restaurant was self serve; twenty per cent in a restaurant with table service). Why do we need to know this? 

     If you don't look too closely at the plot bumps and improbabilities and are looking for a romantic, cozy paranormal mystery, you'll probably enjoy this series. Click HERE to read an excerpt on the Ghost Seer page on Just click on the cover art for access to the first two chapters. The first chapter of Ghost Layer is included at the end of Ghost Seer.

                         NOVEL 2:  Ghost Layer                         

     It's been just a few weeks since Clare Cermak began to see ghosts, and she is still trying to adjust to her new life style. She's also working on her new relationship with Zach Slade, the ex-cop she met in book 1. As the story opens, Zach is returning to Denver after having been away for six days in Montana testifying at the trial of the drunk driver who shot him and crippled his left foot and ankle. As soon as he reaches his apartment, he hears from Clare, who has been called in for a meeting with Zach's new boss, Tony Rickman, owner of Rickman Security and Investigations. Tony has an obnoxious multimillionaire client with a ghost problem. Dennis Laurentine has spent a few of his millions to move an entire ghost town named Curly Wolf onto his huge ranch in South Park County. Problematically, one of the ghosts from the town keeps leaving his bones in the beds of female guests at the ranch. Although Laurentine has reburied the bones several times, they keep reappearing. Reluctantly, Laurentine hires Clare to get rid of the ghost and his bones once and for all. The ghost is J. Dawson Hidgepath, a legendary Colorado gold miner who died violently in 1865. He was a lonely man who showered every unmarried female in town with poetry and flowers, always looking for love.

     NOTE: You might want to read the "Author's Note" (p. 293) before you read the novel just to get some background on the Hidgepath legend. Click HERE for more information about Buckskin Joe, the ghost town on which Owens based Curly Wolf. Click HERE and HERE for more information about J. Dawson Hidgepath, the amorous miner.

    When Clare, Zach, and Enzo (Clare's ghostly dog) move to Laurentine's ranch, Clare immediately comes under attack by someone who doesn't want her to find out the truth about Hidgepath's long-ago death. Before the mystery is resolved, Clare has fallen down a flight of stairs, been shot at, poisoned, and bombed—and she's got the cracked ribs and body bruises to prove it. You would think that the first thing Clare would do would be to interview Hidgepath about the circumstances of his death, but she doesn't get around to doing that until page 201. That entire scene (pp. 199-203) really belongs much earlier in the story. Up until that point, Clare has just been wandering around the ranch house, getting snippy with the loathsome Laurentine, dealing with the surly housekeeper, and sneaking off for lust-filled interludes with Zach. Obviously, the story line is kind of thin, but the lead characters are attractive and sympathetic, and the lascivious roaming ghost is quite entertaining.

     One of the problems Clare has is that most people don't believe in ghosts, and they view people like her as frauds. Clare is being forced to help these ghosts (at the cost of her life if she refuses), and she wants some respect. Here is a humorous scene in which she teaches the skeptical unbeliever, Laurentine, a ghostly lesson when he holds out his business card to her. (You have to remember that Enzo, her dog, is a ghost and is, therefore, invisible to all by Clare.) First, she gives Enzo's paw a good, long shake, making her hand icy cold. Then, "she let go of Enzo's paw and saw Mr. Laurentine and Zach watching her, the other two men, Rickman and Rossi, ostentatiously looking elsewhere. Chin high, she strode over to Mr. Laurentine, and began to take the card, making sure her cold, cold fingers brushed his. His hand jerked and the card fell. And Enzo lifted it to her fingers. 'I didn't see that,' Rickman mattered. 'I didn't either,' Rossi said." 

     The title of this book comes from the way Clare deals with Hidgepath's ghost. As Enzo explains, "…ghosts float or haunt so they need to be laid to rest. Ghost layers." Clare has several conversations with "the Other" while she is at the ranch. "The Other" is a spirit that occasionally possesses Enzo and either gives Clare advice or criticizes her lack of progress in dealing with her ghostly tasks. The spirit is getting impatient with Clare, believing that she isn't spending enough time studying her late aunt's journals. He/It keeps reminding her that if she doesn't step up the pace, she will die and be replaced by her young niece, Dora—an option that Clare wishes to avoid at all costs. 

     Clare and Zach's relationship moves forward a few steps during their time at the ranch, although Zach continues to deny that he has any psychic skills. The scenes in which Clare and Zach visit Zach's emotionally damaged mother add many new details about Zach's childhood and the reasons for his denial of his prognostication talents (which are tied to the crow-counting childhood rhyme described in the World-Building section of this post).

     We meet two new characters in this book who will probably turn up in future adventures: Desiree Rickman, Tony's attractive, irrepressible wife, and Harry Rossi, an ex-military guy who does bodyguard work for Rickman Security. Both play supporting roles in both the investigation of Hidgepath's bones and the search for Clare's attacker.

     This book can easily be read as a standalone because Owens provides a summary of the essential world-building details in the first few pages. Click HERE to read an excerpt from this book on the Ghost Layer page at Just click on the cover art on that page for access to the first two chapters.

     In the next book, Ghost Killer, Clare will go up against her first evil ghost when she has to rescue Zach's landlady's ghost-seeing great-grandson from a phantom who is threatening to eat his soul. The first chapter of Ghost Killer is included at the end of Ghost Layer.

                        NOVEL 3:  Ghost Killer                         

    Only three weeks have passed since Clare Cermak saw her first ghost and was introduced to her family's ghost-seer gift, which Clare regards as a curse. During that time, she has solved two cases involving bothersome ghosts, but in this book she is forced to face a killer ghost for the very first time. Once again, the action takes place in a small Colorado mining town (a plot device that is beginning to feel repetitious by now). In the first two books, the ghostly story line was relatively straightforward, but in this one, the plot is muddy and jumbled.

     The target of this murderous ghost is seven-year-old Caden LuCette, great-grandson of Zach Slade's landlady, Barbara Flinton. Zach is Clare's boyfriend, a private investigator who was formerly a deputy sheriff. According to Mrs. Flinton, the malevolent ghost has been harassing poor Caden, threatening to eat him up. He parents think that he is having nightmares and refuse to believe his tale of woe. In desperation, Caden calls his great-grandmother for help, and she, in turn, enlists the aid of Clare and Zach.

     Because this is the first evil ghost that Clare has faced and because she has no idea how to kill a ghost, she is—naturally—quite frightened to be heading into a life-threatening ghostly battle. She has to do it, though, because her gift requires her to help those in need, and Caden definitely qualifies as being needy. Zach and Clare decide to pretend that they are tourists and in order to keep their friendship with Mrs. Flinton a secret from Caden's parents.

     Just before they leave Denver, Enzo (Clare's ghost dog—her spirit guide) shows her a magic knife (made of human bone) that is hidden in a secret compartment in an old chest. (Shades of Nancy Drew!) Enzo claims that this is the only weapon that can kill a ghost and that before she can use it she must soak it in her blood. So…we eventually get a long and bloody scene in which she does that. But, oddly, she doesn't activate the knife until very late in the book, even though the ghost attacks her numerous times.

     The story follows Clare and Zach as they travel to Creede, Colorado, and get settled into the motel owned by Caden's parents. Unfortunately, when Caden has a screaming fit that night (because of a ghostly attack), Clare and Zach come to his rescue and are forced to admit that they have been sent by Mrs. Flinton. The enraged parents evict them from their room, and the couple moves on to another hotel. From that point on, they wander around the town and the surrounding countryside trying to figure out what to do next, stopping for fully described meals at regular intervals. 

     As the story proceeds (at a snail's pace), Clare and Zach meet Mason Pais IV, the deputy sheriff, and Mason Pais, Jr., his father (the former sheriff). Eventually the elder Pais becomes involved in the search for the evil ghost.

     This book has quite a few repetitious bedroom scenes that are graphically described—detail by awkward detail. Unfortunately, Zach is a traditionalist without any sexual imagination, and Clare is completely passive throughout each of those scenes. So…they're just as dull in the bedroom as they are out in the world. In fact, Clare spends most of her life being passive, even though she keeps reminding us of her wild Gypsy blood. Zach, meanwhile, never misses a chance to let us know that he is walking around with a hard-on. (No wonder he can't focus on finding clues to solve the case.)

     The previous two books were mildly entertaining, but this one was kind of a train wrecka muddled plot filled with inconsistencies, improbabilities, and extremely awkward dialogue. Clare has always been a bit of a naval-gazer, always wandering off into anguished interior monologues about her horrible "gift" and how it has ruined her life. Now she piles on even more angst as she worries about her burgeoning relationship with Zach and her fears about facing the evil ghost. Here is a typical example from one of Clare's moaning monologues: "She was letting fear affect her. She'd have to learn how to get over it, move on, somehow. She wished fervently that she knew how to meditate better. That would work, wouldn't it? Eek! Letting fear distract her..." And on and on and on. Most of the book consists of these monologues and of scenes in which the couple is either wandering around searching for whatever or defending themselves from the ghost's attacks or eating a meal. 

     Clare and Zach don't pull together any meaningful clues until very late in the story, so the pace is very, very slowso slow that I kept putting this book down and then forgetting to pick it back up again. The novel is only 290 pages long, and if you took out all of the awkward sex scenes, the lengthy interior monologues, and the overabundance of food descriptions, you would have a thinly plotted novella.

    Here are a few improbabilities and oddities that caught my attention: 

Clare figures out details about the ghost by pulling them from thin air. After reading and rereading the same journal entries and articles over and over again, she magically comes up with major insights in the case, like the ghost's gender, for example. Throughout most of the book, Clare is sure that the ghost is one gender, but then all of a sudden she has a major epiphanybased on nothingthat the ghost is the other gender. She exclaims, "Thank heavens…We have something solid to go on!" Something solid?I think not.
Creede is a 4 1/2 hour drive from Denver, but Clare and Zach take a private plane to a town that is an hour away from Creede and then rent a car to drive the final distance. In the time it takes to get to the airport, board the plane, fly the short distance, deplane, and rent a car, they could have driven the entire way (a much cheaper option given that she is ultra-frugal). 
Clare always pays close attention to the amount of money she leaves for tips in restaurants, so when they have breakfast in Creede one morning at a diner-type restaurant, she makes sure that Zach leaves a 20% tip. But the amount of the tip is seven dollars, so that would mean that the cost of their breakfast was thirty-five dollars. No way would breakfast cost anywhere near that much in a small-town dineror even most big-city diners. 
Owens never makes it entirely clear whether Zach can hear and see the ghosts. Sometimes he hears and understands them and sees them well enough to fight them, but other times, Clare has to tell him what they say and do. 
Among some odd word choices, this one was the weirdest (and wrongest): At one point, Clare and Zach are discussing a love triangle that went bad, and Zach says, " was sister vis-à-vis sister and wife vis-à-vis husband." The author should have used versus, which means against, not vis-à-vis, which means face to face
And let's not forget the sprinkling of copy-proofing errors that slipped by the electronic spell-checker. In one example, Clare muses about her "yoga glass" which should, of course, have been "yoga class." Where have all the competent human copy proofers gone? They are certainly not being employed by major paperback publishers.
     This series began as an average-quality series, but this book knocks it down a notch or two. Perhaps in the next book (if there is a "next" one) Clare will let loose her wild gypsy blood, and the author will construct a more coherent plot. 

     Click HERE to read an excerpt from Ghost Killer on its page. Just click on the cover art for access to the first chapter.

                         NOVEL 4:  Ghost Talker                         

     In the latest from the author of Ghost Killer, Clare Cermak and Zach Slade adjust to living as psychics—and a couple—as they encounter vengeful souls. 

     An angry poltergeist is stirring up trouble at Buffalo Bill’s grave, and Clare and Zach have been hired to investigate. Assisting them on the case as usual is their ghost dog Enzo, but they’re also aided by the restless ghost of Bill’s friend, Texas Jack. Meanwhile, the most well-known psychic in Denver is angered by Clare’s involvement in the case and will do whatever it takes to stop her. 

     Of course, facing threats from living and undead are nothing new for Clare and Zach. Their relationship has weathered many storms. But there is a growing danger inside of Clare that could tear them both apart. 

     Along with the main plot, this novel includes two additional story lines: the developing romance between Clare and Zach and the after-effects Clare is suffering from the ghost-inflicted psychic wound she received from the villain of the previous novel. Owens spends a lot of time on the romance, mostly in the form of barely-there bedroom scenes and anguished interior monologues that have the two lovers whining about the fact that neither is willing to speak the "L" word out loud to the other. (Of course, it's a given—from the very beginning—that the two will declare their mutual love in the book's final scene.)

     The basic plot is outlined in the publisher's blurb (above), and there isn't much more to say about it. Clare continues to pout about her horrible new ghost-seer job, and that gets very tiresome. Zach, on the other hand, is settling nicely into his new life as a private investigator, and he doesn't seem as bitter about his crippling leg injury as he did in previous books. 

     As for Clare's psychic wound: Beyond mentioning several times that the injury is causing Clare a lot of pain, Owens drops the subject. I took a look at the publisher's blurb for the fifth novel, and healing that injury appears to be the primary plot line of Ghost Maker.

     This series continues to be problematic, chiefly because of the awkwardness of every aspect of the characterizationthe stilted, unrealistic dialogue; the total lack of charisma shown by the two lead characters; and the one-dimensionality of each and every supporting character. Additionally, Owens cannot resist padding her already slight story with historical facts thatalthough having a historical connection with the storyare unnecessarily encyclopedic (actually, "Wiki-pedic") and tend to bring the action to a slow walk, or even to a halt. This time, the famous dead folks are Buffalo Bill CodyTexas Jack Omohundro, and Jack's wife, Giuseppina (who makes a very brief appearance at the very end of the book).

     Obviously, this is not one of my favorite series, and this is the last book that I will be reviewing. Apparently the publisher doesn't have much faith in the series either because this book and the next are currently available only in e-book and audio formatsnot in print. 

     Click HERE to read or listen to an excerpt from Ghost Talker on the novel's page. Just click on the cover art or the "Listen" icon for access to the first chapter.

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