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Forest Ghost - A novel of horror and suicide in America and Poland Hardcover – April 1, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727883445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727883445
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At a Michigan Boy Scout camp, a shocking event takes place: a mass suicide. Jack, a Chicago restaurateur, is driven to investigate the suicides (his son, Sparky, seems to have a strange connection to the victims), and what he discovers is even more shocking than he could possibly have imagined: these modern-day suicides appear somehow connected to the suicide of Jack’s own grandfather on a WWII battlefield. The link appears to be the setting itself: the forest. Jack’s odyssey takes him to Poland, where his grandfather died and where Jack must risk his own life to discover the truth about what makes people seek death. Masterton delivers another well-written horror story; it’s not his best work, but when you write as many books as Masterton does, some of them are going to be better than others. Still, for the author’s fans it should more than fit the bill. --David Pitt

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A bone-chilling tale of horror and suspense from a master of the genre

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on March 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
** spoiler alert ** 4.5 stars

Forest Ghost adds a new twist to the classic "monster kills campers" horror tale. The victims are not killed but are driven to suicide. For me, this approach made the horror more visceral; we've all had the experience of being in a forest which has become suddenly silent for no apparent reason. There is gore aplenty here, but it is not gratuitous or used to shock the reader.

The characters of Jack and Sparky are well-developed and likeable. Masterton makes good and surprising use of Sparky's condition: surprising because I expected the resolution of the story to center around Sparky channeling some supernatural entity, not on his ancestry. In a sense, this ending was disappointing, not because it was unsatisfactory in the context of the story, but because Masterton's reference to "a series of seven squares of power which are going to keep reappearing for the next three years" led me to hope for sequels.

My only significant complaint is Masterton's explanation of the forest ghosts and their motivation. It appears that Masterton wants the ghosts to be seen as only protecting humans against the depredation of humans, yet it is hard to reconcile this point of view with their action in maliciously causing people to panic and commit suicide. Why couldn't they instill the feeling of panic only long enough to scare people away, saving the harsher treatment for those who can't take the hint? It disturbs me that Masterton never explains what triggered the attack on the scouts; what did they do for the forest ghosts to consider them an environmental threat?
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By BarryR on June 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The characters are very two-dimensional. The main character, Jack Wallace, is a sceptic about mysterious forces and remains so for most of the book despite all the mysterious things to happen to him. His son is supposed to be autistic, or something. I can't really remember because he doesn't fit the definition of the word. Astrology appears throughout the book. But, as with the characters, it is in a simplistic two-dimensional way. Foreign people and ghostly voices come and go to help pad out the story.

There is a good idea, the notion that the forest god Pan, creates panic. But it is also presented in extremely puzzling way as he/it/they are meant to be guardians of the Earth.

Perhaps this is meant to be a young adult's book. It didn't feel like an adult's one.
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By Linda Mullinax on May 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love Graham Masterton's books. I have read all of his books. I have two more ordered but they will not be releases until October. Thank you.
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I have been reading Masterton's work since he hit the shelves. His latest is a great story which keeps you reading late into the night. Great characters and story line. Another impressive work. Can't miss with this one if you are also a fan! Highly recommended!
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