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WAYNE THOMAS BATSON is the Bestselling author of ten adventure novels including the fan favorite DOOR WITHIN TRILOGY, the pirate duo ISLE OF SWORDS and ISLE OF FIRE, and the new 7-book fantasy epic DARK SEA ANNALS. A middle school Reading and English teacher for 23 years, Batson loves to challenge—and be challenged by—his students. So, when he began writing stories to supplement the school district’s curriculum, it was his students who taught their teacher a lesson. Batson’s students were so taken by one of the stories that, over a thirteen year span, they pushed him to make it into a full-length novel. That story became The Door Within. Since then, Batson’s students continue to be his frontline editors. Says Batson, “Two things you can count on from middle school students: Intelli-gence and Honesty. Kids are so much more perceptive than a lot of us ‘Big Folk’ give them credit for. And when something’s not right in the story, they’ll tell you about in very clear terms.” Batson lives in Maryland with his wonderful wife of twenty years and four incredible teenage children. "God has blessed me with a remarkable family," Batson says. "Not perfect. But intelligent, fun, faithful, loyal, and entertaining." With over half a million books in print, Batson believes his books appeal to so many kids and adults because, at a deep level, we all long to do something that matters, and we all dream of another world.

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  • File Size: 3141 KB
  • Print Length: 477 pages
  • Publisher: Spearhead Books; 1 edition (July 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DS1Y5HC
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Wayne Thomas Batson was born in Seabrook, MD in 1968. During the early years he tortured his older brothers and sisters, doing those things that only younger siblings can do to get on your nerves.
He attended Gabriel DuVal Senior High School and wrote this for his Yearbook
Senior Goals: To become a professional writer or artist. During the high school and early college years, he played lead guitar for a rock band called "Contagious." They were catchy, but apparently not enough to get a record deal.

Having completed the rigorous Holmes English Literature Curriculum, he graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1991. In 1996, he received his first graduate degree in Counseling. He has continued his studies with 36 credit hours of graduate-level Reading courses.

Wayne Thomas Batson has spent the last fifteen years teaching Reading and English to middle schools students. He pioneered the active instruction of Strategic Reading in Anne Arundel County and has written Reading and English Curricula for Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, and Howard County Public Schools. Most recently, he helped develop the Challenge Reading Curriculum for advanced readers in Howard County, Maryland.
Wayne Thomas Batson lives in Eldersburg with his beautiful wife of eleven years and his four wonderful young children. Besides dividing his time between family, teaching, and writing, he likes to read, golf, play PS2, travel to the beach, play electric guitar, and create 3D artwork.

Wayne Thomas Batson is the Bestselling author of five adventure novels including the fantasy epic Door Within Trilogy and the pirate duo Isle of Swords and Isle of Fire. A middle school Reading and English teacher for 18 years, Batson loves to challenge--and be challenged by--his students. So, when he began writing stories to supplement the school district's curriculum, it was his students who taught their teacher a lesson. Batson's students were so taken by one of the stories that, over a thirteen year span, they pushed him to make it into a full-length novel. That story became The Door Within. Since then, Batson's students continue to be his frontline editors. Says Batson, "Two things you can count on from middle school students: Intelligence and Honesty. Kids are so much more perceptive than a lot of us 'Big Folk' give them credit for. And when something's not write in the story, they'll tell you about in very clear terms." Batson is teaming up with author and friend Christopher Hopper for a new book series, The Berinfell Prophecies. The first book, Curse of the Spider King, hit bookstores in October 2009. It promises to turn the traditional "portal fantasy" on its head, posing the question: What would happen if the fantasy came to us? Batson believes his books appeal to so many kids and adults because, at a deep level, we all long to do something that matters, and we all dream of another world.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Erin P. on July 27, 2013
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This is an absolutely amazing book that is both humorous and thought-provoking. The way Batson wrote this book with its serious themes and creative plot twists, while at the same time adding in humor and fantastic suspense, blew me away. If you're searching for a book that deals with the seriousness (and sometimes horribleness) of this world but also with hope, mercy, and good-versus-evil, look no further! Batson created a book that not only keeps you on the edge of your seat with suspense and mystery, but one that also is very thought-provoking, and definitely worthwhile.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brannon Hollingsworth on December 22, 2013
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As a big Wayne Thomas Batson fan, I was looking forward to this book with a massive amount of anticipation. As a matter of fact, this book was the main reason I bought a Kindle in the first place and it was the first book I bought and read on my new Kindle. And while it was a solid read, I just kept found myself, page after page, wanting a bit more... I kept yearning for the next level of "oomph" of which I know the author is capable. The next surprising revelation of Ghost's world and the next jaw-dropping insight into his character.

Sadly, I'm still waiting...

Will I read the next Ghost book? Absolutely. Will I recommend this book to others? You bet. However, as solid as it was, I continually found it lacking in the slightest ways. I hope the next book solves that. ;)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By annaweasley on June 25, 2014
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Truthfully, my title to this review says a lot! That's the first thing I thought when I started reading "Ghost." It has the spiritual warfare flavor of Peretti's "This Present Darkness" combined with the serial killer intrigue of James' "Bower Files Series." I truly enjoyed the presentation of the story and the way it unfolded. There were definitely places that I figuratively scratched my head and sputtered "huh?" but it didn't take long for the "huh?" to turn into an "ahh... I get it."

On a very individual note, I was a bit put-off by Ghost's love of coffee only because I already associated Ghost with Patrick Bowers, so to me, it felt a bit "copy cattish." I'm sure a lot of authors have characters that love coffee, but it messed with me a bit :)

I really enjoyed the story, and I will get the next in the series as soon as it's available. I would highly recommend this Christian Thriller to anyone who appreciates an intriguing story with twists and turns and a fulfilling conclusion!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lelia Rose Foreman on March 2, 2014
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I generally don't care for supernatural thrillers, but for some reason the story caught my interest and kept it to the end. John Spector was someone I wanted to spend time with.
At times the violence was overwhelming, and as with all supernatural thrillers for me, there were lots of unanswered questions about the interaction of spiritual and physical worlds. What does it mean for an angel to be killed? I still don't know.
If, like me, you don't care for supernatural thrillers, you might try this one and find that you like it for the same reason I did: John Spector is a great character. If you do like supernatural thrillers, I'll bet you will like this one, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob on December 23, 2013
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At first I thought I had started reading the middle of a series as John Spector the Ghost of the title seems to have just completed a case and is moving on to the next one. In fact I think this is the first book and I hope there is more. As the story develops you find out more about Ghost and his missions until near the end all is revealed.
Although dealing with distressing subjects, kidnapping and serial murders and violent at times it is a well-structured story that slowly builds and follows clues as in a fairly conventional detective novel but although looking for the murderer and wanting to bring him to justice Ghost's justice is not the same as the FBI agent he forges a working relationship with.
I thought this very original and want to read more particularly to find out about Ghost's past, if indeed there is one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth H. on July 4, 2013
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First off, I must say that as a fan of Wayne Thomas Batson's work, I have been anticipating this book's release for a while! And it certainly does not dissapoint! Packed full of intensity, epic awesomeness, and great story, this is a book you do not want to miss! It is an incredible ride, to be sure, and any fan of Sir Batson's previous works will not be dissapointed! I highly recommend this book, and I cannot wait for the second!

It is super awesome and super thrilling, so take the plunge and delve into Ghost; you won't regret the ride!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Mobley on September 11, 2013
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It took me some time to really get behind this story. But once I did, I really enjoyed it and didn't want to put it down. It was a decent thriller that kept you wanting to know more and what happens next. Some of the "supernatural" stuff in the book I thought was a bit, well, a bit much I guess. All of that could have been left out and put into the normal realm and it still would have been a good book. Now, I will say I don't know if I would read a follow up book though. I think the supernatural stuff is what would keep me from reading another.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Mooney on July 17, 2013
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Wayne Batson is most well known for his YA fiction, so I wasn't sure how his debut in the adult fiction world would be.

Incredible!

John Spector is a compelling protagonist with a stellar support cast. Not only does he have an impossible mission to stop Smiling Jack from murdering more young women, he must battle supernatural foes along way.

I read 30-40 books a year and this goes in my top ten this year.
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