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Ghost Tree Paperback – September 9, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Velluminous Press (September 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190560520X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905605200
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,413,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am grateful to a friend who recently recommended Ghost Tree to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I am looking forward to future works from this author (Bill Deasy). Based on this book, I will also read Deasy's earlier works (Ransom Seaborn and Traveling Clothes). I read the book on a weekend when I had some time to immerse myself in the book. A dying man's last words are the catalyst for a chain of events that serve as the plot of the book. In addition, a mystery runs through the story, and I was eager to see its solution. Deasy presents a compelling cast of characters who drive the plot of the book. He excels at creating strong and interesting characters with whom the reader empathizes. I would love to meet the people in Ghost Tree, and my interest in their lives kept me glued to the book. Bill Deasy is a musician as well as an author. His clever use of language is as evident in the prose of Ghost Tree as it is in his songs. As I came to the end of Ghost Tree, satisfaction with a story well told mixed with regret for a story that came to an end. I strongly recommend this book to a broad array of readers.
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I just had to share my love for this wonderful novel! Ghost Tree is captivating until the very end. I'm so glad I discovered this series and I think this is Bill Deasy's best work yet. The story is both unpredictable and inspiring. I really liked the characters and loved the way the author weaved together the emotional story. I'm planning to give the entire trilogy as Christmas gifts to the other avid readers on my holiday list and I'm hoping Deasy is planning a fourth novel very soon!
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I really wanted to like this book. I was impressed by all the 5-star ratings and reviews. So when it was recommended from a list on Book Bub, I had high hopes for an interesting and entertaining read.

There were so many times during the first half of Ghost Tree I almost quit the book. I kept telling myself, 'This is just not believable.' But I pushed on; reading another chapter hoping at some point the story would click for me. But chapter after chapter I would come across another area of the book that just didn't seem real.

In this story, people were reacting to this local band that had a few gigs when they were young as if they were the second coming of The Beatles. If you've read any rock 'n roll history you'd know it usually takes years of trials and tribulations for a rock band to become hugely successful no matter how good they are. It's a lot more than playing a few local gigs in some small town and suddenly 20 years later the band can easily reunite and become superstars. It was just not believable.

On a positive note, a few of the characters I found interesting. I enjoyed the priest Mike and the sweet relationship of Jonathan and his wife and daughter. Then there were a few that annoyed me and again, were just unbelievable.

Bill Deasy must have one heck of a fan club or marketing team to provide all these 5-star reviews. I feel like I'm the first person to comment that the proverbial Emperor has no clothes.
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Wow! Wow! Wow! Finished reading "Ghost Tree," last night. Everyone should read this warm and hope-filled tale of rock & roll redemption. It is warm, funny, sad, and suspenseful. Most of all it speaks to our basic human goodness and reminds us that life and love are precious gifts to be treasured.

Loved the Dan Finbar Band reference to "singing his last song, one about being lost in America."

Thanks Bill! GREAT read!!
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The story drew me in from the beginning. I liked the characters and the development. The story had heart. But it seemed to have been aimed at a Christian audience (of which I am) so I was very disappointed at some obvious flaws. There would never be a reason why it would be okay for a book for this audience to use the Lord's name in vain....even if the character wasn't presented as a Christian--any other expression would have worked and each time it was done, it made me grimace. The sex could have been suggested without going into the detail that was gone into and lastly, but most importantly to me, I was shocked and very disappointed when the writer suddenly took the sweet, innocent friendship of two young women (who until almost the end of the book, were only that) and had them decide on the spur of the moment that they were lesbians. Really? No build up to it...no hints through the rest of the story, just one day looked at each other and decided, "Hey, I think we should have a sexual relationship instead of a simple friendship". I'm sorry but I just saw that as ridiculous...and certainly not something a Christian audience would be thrilled about. So my advice to the author would be to keep on writing, but don't put yourself out there as a Christian writer unless you really know your audience.
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The story was interesting, uplifting and encouraging. I like the characters and the progress of the story. It was a bit simplistic and a little to pat, but it was a nice change from so many of the dreary stories that I have been reading. I would recommend this book to any baby boomer who remembers the magic of the music. I think that others will appreciate the story but might not identify as well, of course, I could be wrong. This story really captures that feeling about how important the music was to many people of that generation. I do think everything went a bit smoothly in the story, unlike real life but hey I was reading for entertainment and this certainly did that. I wanted to hear the music being spoken of in the story. Perhaps a cd should accompany the book??
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