Review: Ghost Town

Ghost Town

by Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, and Tim Waggoner
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN-10: 1451613822
ISBN-13: 978-1451613827

(Barry’s score 3 1/2 stars out of 5)

My thoughts:

For those of you who are expecting a wonderfully written ghost story by Jason and Grant, you may come away a little disappointed. As with “Ghost Trackers” last year, “Ghost Town” doesn’t feel like it was written by our favorite Ghost Hunters. Having said that, if you like the work of Tim Waggoner (The Nekropolis Archives), “Ghost Town” should make for a pleasant read.

The pace of the book sputters, but it can move at a nice clip. The best part of “Ghost Town” is the creepy vibe. The characters are fleshed out much better than the first novel. While there is some profanity, the gore is minimal. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the tease for the next book.

All in all, I liked it better than the first novel. I give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5 and recommend it for the Ghost Hunters collectors and fans of creepy fiction. Fans of Tim Waggoner should enjoy his latest effort.

Product description:

WELCOME TO EXETER, THE “MOST HAUNTED TOWN IN AMERICA,” thanks to a deadly flood that unleashed an army of ghosts decades ago. And when ghost trackers Amber, Drew, and Trevor attend a conference during Exeter’s spookiest week of the year, the ghouls grow restless. First, an innocent bookstore worker is mysteriously killed, setting off a string of strange deaths that point to a shadowy spirit known as the Dark Lady.

With a paranormal revolution ensuing, the team must stop the twisted bloodbath. But a past horror involving the death of a former teammate has them spinning faster than a specter in a storm, especially when they learn that it’s his ghost who awakened the Dark Lady. Now, with their lives on the line and the entire town at stake, the three must decide whether to trust the spirit of their old friend or to finally put a stake through his heart.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Gallery Books . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Ghost Hunters S08E14: Camp Fear

In this episode, GH visits Camp Rutledge in Georgia and has  a house-call in Marion, North Carolina.  Once again, Jason starts with a monologue which seems to be the new template for the show. I liked it and I hope that GH keeps this new change.

The episode was titled “Camp Fear” and kicked off with an investigation of Camp Rutledge, Georgia. Personally, I’m of the opinion that if a vacation location creeps you out — don’t go back. Having said that, I enjoyed watching the team work and there were several laughs that reminded me of the early seasons of Ghost Hunters.

Steve’s bug-dance was priceless and watching the large bug crawl up Tango’s arm was vintage Ghost Hunters. On the downside, Britt’s experiment with wet footprints was all wet. If you don’t know what the humidity, heat, or airflow  was on the day of the sighting, how can you seriously determine evaporation rates? Are we to assume that only the kids feet were wet? Are we to assume it was even water *evil grin*?

The team captured some odd lights, they spot eyes, and collect an evp that may say, “Trust me.” The lights could have been anything from fireflies to Bigfoot hunters. Maybe Matt Moneymaker and Bobo were wandering about? I wondered why the team didn’t use the FLIR or did they and it was edited out of the show? Wouldn’t the FLIR have answered many of the questions of what was making noise and eye-shine in the woods? The segment made me think of several outdoor GHI investigations, and though I didn’t feel that it was a solid investigation, it had it’s entertaining moments.

Ghost Hunters boxers
Ghost Hunters boxers

I was happy to see a home investigation again. I remember a time when helping people made up the majority of GH’s investigations before they became so commercial and their investigations became infomercials for ghost tour locations. The team focused on a piece of furniture that was connected to a deceased member of the Leverette family. I wondered if the GH team would pull a Zaffis on the lady and remove the furniture, but the lady seemed happy that the haunting may be a relative. She was comforted by the thought that an evp allegedly said, “I don’t mean to scare Sophie”.

All in all, the show wasn’t too bad except for the post-production sound effects. What was once annoying is now making the show hard to hear. To the post-production people — less is more.

No GH Halloween special this year?

I wondered if there would be a Halloween special without Grant. Jason Hawes just tweeted, “I’ve chosen 2spend this Halloween with my family. 2many years apart on R favorite holiday.Plz retweet! TY 4understanding! #MuchLove

Circling the drain …

Review: Ghost Trackers

Ghost Trackers
by Jason Hawes. Grant Wilson, Tim Waggoner
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN-10: 1451651171
ISBN-13: 978-1451651171

Product description:
In this spine-tingling new series, the stars of TV’s GHOST HUNTERS introduce readers to a team of paranormal investigators who reunite to defeat a sinister force they unleashed long ago. . . .

For fifteen years, Amber, Drew, and Trevor have barely been able to recall—let alone explain—what happened the terrifying night they decided to explore the old, abandoned Lowry House. According to local legend, the house was cursed by a dark past and inhabited by evil. It burst into flames on the night of their visit, leaving the friends traumatized and nearly dead with only vague memories of the frightening events they had witnessed inside. Now, on the eve of their high school reunion, they have gathered to reopen their investigation and figure out, once and for all, what took place that fateful night . . . before the supernatural entity they escaped threatens to overtake them again.

My thoughts:

I came away a little disappointed with this book. I couldn’t help but think of a TV commercial in which Jason and Grant tell the audience, “We know scary.” If they do know scary, they must not be able to write scary, because, Ghost Trackers does not deliver on scary. In my opinion, Ghost Trackers fails to deliver — anything.

The pace of the book sputters and stalls. The main characters are not believable, nor are they interesting. The ending is predictable after reading only a few chapters.

I can’t recommend this book for anyone other than the most devoted Jason and Grant Ghost Hunters collector. In the spirit of Halloween, this would be a trick …

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Gallery Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Next on my reading list is “The Little Book of True Ghost Stories.”

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