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GHOST (GHOST: John Spector Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Wayne Thomas Batson , Laura G. Johnson , Mary Lu Batson
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Book Description

"Fans of Lee Child and Jim Butcher will love this series!"
—The Underground


Protector and punisher…

Hunter and hunted…

Down-to-earth and otherworldly…

John Spector, aka GHOST, isn’t your ordinary investigator.

He carries a shiny badge, a billfold ID, and a mysterious silver suitcase. His mission? Seek the forgotten ones, the abandoned ones, the ones no one else can or will help. Visit blunt force trauma upon the world’s blackest souls and deny the devil his day by any means necessary. And never stop. Never.

For more than a decade, the "Smiling Jack" killer has been posting photos of his victims on the Web, daring anyone to catch him, daring anyone to care. But when no missing person files match and no victims are ever found, the FBI closes the case.

Years later, a digital camera washes up on shore, and GHOST finds it. Each macabre photo becomes a clue that will lead GHOST and FBI Special Agent Deanna Rezvani on the trail of one of the most diabolical killers of this world…or beyond.

"No one gets away with murder. Not for long."

NOTE: This book is intended for mature reading audiences. The appropriate reader age is: 16+


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About the Author

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)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DS1Y5HC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling, Intriguing, and Fantastic Novel! July 27, 2013
By Erin P.
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid writing but I wanted more. 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
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars John Spector is a great character 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different December 23, 2013
By Bob
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book free to read and review

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
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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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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably should be billed as "Christian Fiction" September 7, 2013
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I was pretty excited to start this book- the premise sounded interesting, it had good reviews, and as a bonus it was on the free books list, what's not to like? As it turns out, quite a few things. It became clear very quickly that this was a book with a message- not a bad thing at all, but the message seems to be that gay men will commit serial murder to secure abortion rights. This makes little to no sense, and the more I read the more I could not suspend my disbelief at the motive that was being unveiled- even in an urban fantasy there should be some logic. Second, I could not force myself to care much about any of the characters, the heros or the villains- there was little to tell me about their motivation or reasoning. I tend to prefer stories that have human nuances- not just "good" is good and "bad" is bad and you just do this stuff because you are compelled by "something" you just "know,"... I had a hard time figuring out why anyone did anything (though perhaps that goes with point one where I don't get why abortion rights mean quite that much to gay men who are unlikely to have an abortion to begin with?). Third, the more I read the more I felt preached to, as opposed to explained to (as I would hope for in a book with a "message"). I felt like if I had a different view than the author then I was in the camp with the evil gay abortionist serial killers. Now, if you are looking for a book that supports a rigid, arbitrary view to the point of absurdity, then this might be the book for you... the rest of us would be well served if "Christian Fiction" were somewhere in the description.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be disappointed
A great story! Thoroughly enjoyed every page. Thank you, Mr. Batson!
Published 2 days ago by Catherine Reside
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the sequel to made available on Amazon.com and Audible!
I really enjoyed this book and the audiobook just made it that much more enjoyable.

The narrator was perfect for this book! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Barry Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Thriller
Some books, lately, I've put down and not really given them too much thought. I kept wanting to come back and read this one! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Julia
3.0 out of 5 stars John Spector series may just grow on you.
Good premise for this novel but it needs a little tweaking. I liked the description and the plot outline but I just did not find the character of John Spector compelling. Read more
Published 7 days ago by B. Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read
First time I've read this author and am so glad he chose to enter the adult fiction arena along with youth. This is an excellent read from characters to storyline. Read more
Published 10 days ago by MDT
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh...OH...No!!!
I'm so glad that others have already written the same review of this book that I intended to write. This book does have a very compelling storyline. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ryan Reavis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read.
Published 12 days ago by Kent D. Head
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but be less obvious with your message next time
In general I enjoyed this book. It has a good protagonist and a very good antagonist. The action scenes are good and the book reads well. Read more
Published 12 days ago by B. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Was surprised by the writers angle.
Enjoyed the book immensely. Wasn't sure where it was going at first, but enjoyed all of it. I will say that fans of "The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe" will enjoy this book. Read more
Published 13 days ago by The Captain
4.0 out of 5 stars Man Without a Memory
The story starts with a mystery man, John Spector, AKA 'Ghost', who has just had his memory wiped. Routine, in his line of work, we learn. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Nissa Annakindt
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More About the Author

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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