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Esperanza (The Hungry Ghosts) [Kindle Edition]

Trish J. MacGregor
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tess Livingston met Ian Ritter at a roadside stop high in the Andes, waiting for a bus to the mysterious town of Esperanza.

Tess is an FBI agent who remembers being on the track of a group of international counterfeiters. But she doesn’t remember booking a trip to Esperanza. Ian is a journalist who was planning to vacation to the Galapagos Islands. He, too, isn’t quite sure why he has a ticket to Esperanza. 

Their meeting will change their lives forever. For they have been brought together because they hold the key in a mystical war between the kind spirits of the dead who guard humanity, and the hungry ghosts who exist only to possess living human bodies, and return however briefly to life.

In the midst of this war, Tess and Ian will find a love that can transcend time, and a cause that not even death will overcome.

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From Publishers Weekly

Set in Ecuador, this so-so supernatural thriller from MacGregor (Kill Time) mixes time travel with a centuries' long struggle between good and evil. When two strangers--Tess Livingston, an FBI agent, and Ian Ritter, a Minneapolis journalism professor who looks like George Clooney--are marooned at a remote bus station high in the Andes, they wind up taking a detour to the town of Esperanza, where they attract the unwelcome attention of Dominica, a shape-shifting spirit who can inhabit human bodies. Dominica is stunned to realize that both Tess and Ian are "transitionals," souls of people "nearly dead in the physical world" who pose a threat to her kind, brujos, ghosts unable to move into the afterlife. In a flashback to Minnesota in 1968, Ian emerges from a coma with memories from his future existence and embarks on a half-hearted attempt to prevent some of history's tragedies like Martin Luther King's assassination. Action that often drags and characters few will care about don't help a half-baked premise.
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"Escapist fantasy as its best...bone chilling."
--Romantic Times Book Review, Top Pick 41/2 stars

Product Details

  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (September 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P2WJ3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is only half the story - if that February 10, 2011
By Michael
At 336 pages, this is a compact story - oh, wait. It's not a complete story. It is a story "to be continued."

The ending of this partial-story doesn't justify the buildup of the book, and then we're left with a to-be-continued. So many of the plot lines are left dangling that it feels like the publisher took the original manuscript, tore it in into sections, and said, "Let's publish this part now, charge $25, and then release the rest next year and get $25 more for that. Or maybe even break it into three or four parts."

At this rate, we'd end up paying $100 for one story.

This trend of serializing novels and charging full price for each installment has to stop somewhere. For me, it ends here.

If you have a 1000-page story to tell, sell me a 1000-page book. I can take it.

This mediocre story, I'll leave it. Don't waste your time until the whole thing comes out as one big novel.

Oh, and all of the swearing is totally gratuitous.

And one more thing - it's JESSE Jackson, not Jessie. Hire a decent proofreader.

In case you can't tell, I'm feeling totally ripped off right now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other World October 16, 2010
I find that often books that claim to be scary or something really new, simply aren't. ESPERANZA is, for me, completely original. This is a ghost story but not your normal fare of ghosts. Here you find brujos or witches though these are unlike any you have seen before. If the story simply involved them with no other twists it would still be an interesting book but what makes it all work is the characterizations. You meet Tess and Ian and you think you know what is going to happen with them and what they are all about but even early on you realize that there is something different about them. That difference will surprise the reader and make this tale of mystery, love and hope a truly wonderful adventure. Perhaps you will even take sides and not necessarily on Tess or Ian's. This is a tale interwoven in time past, present and future. That future is not necessarily set in stone either.

I am a big fan of T.J. Macgregor and was delighted to find a new book by her and then amazed at how enjoyable this new tale turned out. There are more to come and I can't wait for the next book in this series.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I love a good ghost story, I always have. There's something about the idea of another world full of spirits and souls watching and wanting to interact with the living that always appeals. The ghosts in ESPERANZA fill the void.

Tess Livingston is an FBI agent tracking a counterfeiting ring in Ecuador. Unfortunately, she can't remember details about the case or how she came to be on a bus to the town of Esperanza high in the Andes Mountains. She arrives at a roadside stop to find out that her bus ticket won't get her to Esperanza. In the midst of confusion, she takes a walk outside to gather her thoughts and is attacked by a local who tells her she doesn't belong there. Soon after, her attacker ends up dead and Tess starts to wonder what is happening to her. Ian Ritter, another traveler who is also having trouble remembering his time in Ecuador, meets up with Tess, and the two commiserate about the iffy bus service, the strange locals and their odd trip. Finally, Tess and Ian are rescued by a man named Manuel, who gladly takes their bus tickets and tells them he will be happy to take them to Esperanza.

After arriving in town, they are taken to a hotel and their trip gets even stranger from there. Not only do both Tess and Ian feel they are being watched, but they find the locals' behavior intimidating and slightly inhospitable. They have many questions that no one is willing to answer. And they can find no one who will talk about the dense fog that descends on the town that everyone seems to be terrified of. They eventually find someone willing to tell them the truth --- Tess and Ian are transitionals, individuals who are comatose in their own time periods, their spirits have traveled to Esperanza, and they are existing on a spiritual plane.
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4.0 out of 5 stars exciting but strange supernatural thriller September 19, 2010
High in the Andes in Esperanza, Ecuador, two visiting Americans who never met before are stranded at an isolated bus station waiting who knows how long for the bus to arrive. FBI Agent Tess Livingston and Minneapolis journalism professor Ian Ritter chat as she wonders how she got here being on a case of international counterfeiters while he also ponders how he ended up in Peru when he was going to Galapagos Islands. While they wait they explore the town.

Shapeshifting spirit Dominica notices the pair and muses whose body of the two outsiders she will possess. When she begins her take over, Dominica is shocked to recognize each is a transitional soul of the nearly dead. These semi ghosts are dangerous to spirits like her and must be avoided, but she also finds them macabre and fascinating.

Esperanza is an exciting but strange supernatural thriller starring unnatural enemies. Ian and Tess struggle with their transformations as they try to understand the eternal war between good and evil. Although the time traveling sequences add complexity to the story line such as Ian trying to prevent singular atrocities that he knows will occur; these subplots also detract from the entertaining character driven paranormal triangle between the transitional souls and the spirit; the latter is fun to follow as the reader will want to know how it plays out.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
Esperanza is one of my new favorite books. I write few reviews but had to comment on this one. This book is so inventive and Mrs. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Donna R. Kinsaul
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Suspense....
I just loved this book.. I have recently discovered Triish MacGregor.... a wonderful writer.

She is able to paint a realistic picture of a book about what lies beneath... Read more
Published 20 months ago by james p morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Ghost Story -- from the author of Longclaws
At 13,000 feet, in the Ecuadorian Andes, sits the small town of Esperanza. It is no ordinary town. Time and space do not exist in Esperanza, at least not in the normal sense. Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Stephen Peek
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent fast paced story, could not put it down
This is one of the best and most unique books that I have read in a long time. It is a combination of ghost story/supernatural, exotic locale, mystery and a love story. Read more
Published 23 months ago by happy reader
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm totally hooked!
You want, no have to read this!! GREAT story line, keeps you guessing & hoping the whole way through...I absolutely ordered the next book as soon as I finished this. Read more
Published on December 27, 2012 by Mom 3 girlies
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing read
This book is amazing. There are so many layers to the story, especially the juxtaposition of the true story and what can happen when people of mal intent can twist a person's life... Read more
Published on November 21, 2012 by Dana M. Starr
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book!
Loved everything about this book including the characters,intersting ideas, myths and things that could be true, the spanglish, and cultural experience with both the non-fiction... Read more
Published on October 14, 2012 by Melinda Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars Esperanza
Thoroughly enjoyed Trish J Macgregor's tale. She takes us on a journey from the real to the surreal and she does it with a variety of now and thens
that build suspense,... Read more
Published on August 13, 2012 by SAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Been a fan of TJ MacGregors 4ever!!!
I have been a fan of TJ MacGregors since I read Dark Fields over 20 years ago..First mystery I ever read, I was crushed when she killed off Mike but I have so enjoyed all her other... Read more
Published on August 8, 2012 by tappy
3.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for something more to happen
The plot was ok. I wouldn't say it was a bad read, but it wasn't a good one either. It took me a while to get into it.
Published on August 6, 2012 by LEE
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More About the Author

As T.J. MacGregor and Trish J MacGregor, Trish is the author of 35 novels - mysteries, suspense, thrillers, and science fiction. She sold her first novel, In Shadow, to Ballantine Books in 1984. In 2003, she won the coveted Edgar Allan Poe Award for Out of Sight. Her most recent novel, Ghost Key, was published by TOR Books in August 2012.

As Trish MacGregor, she has written dozens of non-fiction books on astrology, the tarot, dreams, and synchronicity. She started out as a freelance magazine writer and eventually became a regular contributor to OMNI Magazine's anti-matter section, which covered UFOs and all aspects of the paranormal. Through those assignments, she met famed abductee Betty Hill, UFO researcher Budd Hopkins, and others.

She has been married to novelist/writer Rob MacGregor for 30 years. They've co-authored numerous self-help books on astrology, dreams, the tarot yoga, and synchronicity. Their most recent book is UFOs in Aliens in the Backyard: UFO Encounters, Abductions & Synchronicities. Their daughter, Megan, is an aspiring writer, and they live in South Florida with three cats and a noble golden retriever.


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