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Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies [Kindle Edition]

Jim Bernheimer
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Book Description

My name is Mike Ross and I’m a Ferryman – like in the Greek myth. I didn’t ask for, or really want, the job, but I’m trying to make the best of it. Most ghosts are okay and just need a little help to get where they need to go. Unfortunately, there are lots of exceptions, like power-mad psychopaths, spirits still trying to fight battles long since lost, and the worst of the lot – the Skinwalkers. They live vicariously by possessing people and controlling them like puppet masters. Then they toss them aside when they’ve outlived their usefulness.

One of them stole my father fifteen years ago, and now I’m going to make that ghost pay.

Praise for Jim Bernheimer
"I couldn’t put this book down. I was on vacation when I started reading it, but not even going to the beach could entice me away. (I didn’t like taking my Kindle to the beach, even with a protective bag.) The book pulled me in from page one and did not let go, even at the end which had me searching for the sequel." - Red Adept Reviews

"A thriller that hits the gut, Jim Bernheimer kept me glued to the pages."- Pamela K. Kinney, author of Spectre Nightmares and Visions

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About the Author

Jim Bernheimer lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of the Dead Eye series and the Spirals of Destiny series from Gryphonwood Press. In addition, he has his own EJB imprint which is responsible for the Horror, Humor, and Heroes anthologies and the wildly entertaining Confessions of a D-List Supervillain series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983765510
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (September 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NR9UP6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action. Suspense. Surprises. Well done! September 26, 2011
If you think about Humphrey Bogart's roles as a cynical tough talking detective with a soft spot for underdogs and a moral compass all his own, you won't be far removed from Mike Ross, the lead character of the Dead Eye trilogy. Ross is a reluctant Ferryman, with the power to see ghosts and move them on to the hereafter - whatever that may be.

This second novel in the trilogy picks up shortly after the first novel ended, and the plot lines that were left open in book 1 are picked up and tied together nicely. Mike is just the same; hard boiled yet sweet with wonderful lines like "I pulled out of the driveway and...looked, wanting to catch one more glance of her form. I was out of luck - or maybe my luck was saving itself for what was ahead."

There are three things that stand out to me in a Bernheimer book;

First: The man can write dialog that just crackles. His characters are well-defined with clear voices; their smart banter and witty comebacks sound real and natural - not forced. The verbal back and forth is one of Bernheimer's true strengths and make his characters a joy to listen to. And speaking of listening to the characters' voices - I swear when I read the character of Silas, I have Morgan Freeman's voice in my head!)

Second: Bernheimer is a pro at immediately sucking you into a story. I don't think you'll ever see a review that says "it took 70 pages but I finally got into it". The action starts on page 1 and keeps rolling.

Third: He keeps me guessing. I loved being surprised by his plot twists!

Having said that, what would I change if I could?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is okay. January 13, 2013
By Tackett
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The story wasn't bad by any stretch, it just didn't draw me in. Maybe because the main character, Mike Ross Jr, didn't get much of an exposition in the beginning. He gets fleshed out a bit throughout, but it comes later than I would like. The author's world is good, with enough roots in reality to make it believable. The only drawback is the antihero is a bit bland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel November 5, 2011
By S. Biby
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Although I needed a little bit to re-familiarize with the characters, I remembered Mike but had forgotten about Amos and Silas. After reading a little bit I remembered all the crew. I really liked the interesting spin that was put on one of the greatest conspiracy theories out there. Great job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slapping ghosts has never been more satisfying! January 13, 2015
By S
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Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, I think it stands on it’s own pretty well.

Mike Ross returns in this excellent sequel to Pennies for the Ferryman. He’s still missing an eye, still plagued by ghosts, and his love life is still nonexistent. However, he has been working out so he should be able to punch ghosts with more effectiveness. Perhaps his love life will even come back from the grave.

Mike is on a quest. His dad walked out on him and his mom when he was a kid and he learned in Book 1 that it might not have been by his dad’s own volition. His dad may have been possessed by a skinwalker and Mike has to know the whole truth in order to put his past to bed. In his hunt for his dad, he also has to work through the revelations from Book 1 concerning his genetic ties to Edgar Alan Poe. Mike isn’t the first Ferryman in his family tree. With all that and the ever clinging ghosts dying to chat with a mortal, Mike is in for an adventure.

I enjoyed this story even more than Book 1. I think it is because Mike is indeed a reluctant hero. He’s still recovering from wounds received in military service and his disability check barely lets him get by while living at his mom’s. So, yeah, he likes to see some financial gain for assisting the numerous ghosts that want him to carry a message or return some family trinket to a long lost niece. But on occasion, Mike feels compelled to do something simply because it is the right thing to do. In the end, it is this sense of good that drives Mike onward even when he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

This adventure featured a Cadillac that broke down more than once (electrical interference from emotionally disturbed ghosts), a wedding ring (haunted with memories of a honeymoon gone awry), a body swap (say ‘Woof!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Significant improvement over first 'Dead Eye' May 25, 2013
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When I reviewed Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman, I really liked the ideas that the author was putting forth to shake up the whole 'I see dead people' motif. Things like a Ferryman whose job is to help ghosts cross over, physical contact with ghosts by the Ferryman and iron weapons hurting them add a little spice to the mix.

My biggest issues with the last novel involved a lot of plot holes that close, but all too slowly. The author did a very good job, in this second outing, of closing those up. There weren't many times where I had to stop and say 'wait, did I miss soemthing?' Everything in 'Skinwalkers' feels like it flows a lot more smoothly. This is a huge bonus.

At the same time, from a plot perspective, this feels like an episode smack in the middle of a TV drama's season. When characters are reintroduced from the previous knowledge, you get little more than something like 'Meet Joe, who was harassed by ghosts 6 months ago'. They might as well be introduced as a brand new character for all the preamble they are given.

Introduction aside, the supporting characters are much more interesting and multi-dimensional this time around. Mike and Silas were always interesting, but the other characters that are introduced (or re-introduced depending on your perspective) exhibit a much wider range of emotions, and they are actually appropriate this time!

My biggest criticism for this book is what the author is doing with the Skinwalker idea. I simply don't like the implications of it. He hinted ever so slightly that powerful and important people in history, along with modern day, are actually possessed by ghosts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love his other popular series the most but I really ...
I am becoming more of a fan of Mr. Bernheimer with every one of his works I read. I love his other popular series the most but I really hope he continues with the Skinwalker... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bradley Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is the second book by this author and while I do not believe it is quite as good as the first I will read the next one if there is another.
Published 2 months ago by Vernon Mottley
4.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful chaotic adventurous read!
What a great read! A wonderful humorous self-depreciating hero in the style of Harry Dresden. mike Ross is a disabled war veteran able to see ghosts due to a cornea transplant... Read more
Published 12 months ago by L. J. Moucha
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5 star score for the DEAD EYE series!
I thoroughly enjoy Bernheimer's writing style. It's very readable and the story flows easily with each page. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Haldenbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
great story. wish there were more than 2 books in the series

great story. wish there were more than 2 books in the series
Published 13 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesomely good.
Improper grammar for my title, but it puts into words what I experienced with the Dead Eye books. I get both the book and the Audible to experience during the monotonous hours of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Schizocarol
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good series...part 2
This is the second book of another good series by Jim Bernheimer. The main character displays more of the sarcastic humor Mr.Bernheimer excels at. Read more
Published 19 months ago by David J. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars good sequel
Another well written book by Jim Bernheimer that continues the first dead eye book. It continues the story of trying to find out where his dad went.
Published 21 months ago by david johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
i really enjoyed the first two books in the series looking forward to the third. interesting take on urban fantasy
Published 22 months ago by Nrevyw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
As with Confessions of a D list Supervillain was funny and smart so is this book the author has a unique eye and first person story telling is alway my favorite!
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More About the Author

I'm 45 years old, married, with two young daughters and live in Chesapeake, Virginia.

With Gryphonwood Press, I've authored the Dead Eye Series (Pennies for the Ferryman and The Skinwalker Conspiracies) and the Spirals of Destiny Series (Rider and Sorceress). Look for the third Dead Eye novel coming in the fall of 2015 and Spirals of Destiny Book Three, Champion coming in early 2016.

On my own imprint, EJB, I have published a short story collection and two anthololgies (Horror, Humor, and Heroes Volumes One, Two, and Three), as well as the science fiction novels Confessions, Origins and Secrets of a D-List Supervillain along with Prime Suspects: A Clone Detective Mystery. I am currently writing Rise of a D-List Supervillain and keep an eye out for a Horror, Humor, and Heroes collection this year as well.

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