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Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Prosapio , Irina Ivanova
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Zach Kalusky, host of Sci-D TV's Xavier Paranormal Investigators, is ecstatic when he's given the opportunity to explore the most haunted site in Chicago for a Halloween Special: Rosewood Asylum, a place long made off-limits by the local government, plagued by decades of mysterious fires and unexplained events. It's Zach's dream investigation- but there's a catch: the network forces Xavier Paranormal Investigators to partner with the more dramatic-but less ethical-Demon Hunters. Now, Zach must fight for both his show's integrity and his team's loyalty while trying to protect his own secret: that he, himself, is possessed.


Editorial Reviews

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"If you read one paranormal novel this year, read this one!"
~~ Ron Fabiani, Paranormal Cops

"Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is a well researched and hand-clenching tale of suspense. An insane asylum with a long, mysterious history and more than a whisper of hauntings...I dare you to step inside."
~~ Geoffrey Edwards, author of Fire Bell in the Night

"An original take on the classic haunting story that even the most jaded of horror fans can enjoy." 
 ~~ Brett Talley, author of That Which Should Not Be

"If you took Ghost Hunters and combined it with an old school Gothic ghost story, then added an extensive helping of fascinating paranormal research, you would get the chilling Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum."
~~ Dana Fredsti, author of Ashley Drake, Zombie Hunter (A Plague on All Houses)

"Prepare for twists and turns evocative of the finest mysteries as well as the suspense of a top-notch thriller cast with the darkest of gothic overtones." 
 ~~ Les Edgerton, author of Hooked, Finding Your Voice, Monday's Meal, The Death of Tarpons and others.

About the Author

Stephen Prosapio received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago. After reporting for one of the nation's largest fantasy football websites, footballguys.com, Stephen wrote his first novel, Dream War. Competing against 2,676 other novels, it won a Top Five Finalist award in Gather.com's 2007 First Chapters contest. Dream War was released as an eBook in July of 2010. Articles about him and his writing have been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, The North County Times, Today's Local News, San Diego Magazine and the DePaul University Alumni magazine.
 
Stephen's second novel Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is a paranormal suspense novel about a paranormal researcher--who is himself possessed--forced to team with a rival TV ghost hunting show investigating a 19th century asylum. He uncovers as many dangerous secrets as he does spirits.
 
Stephen works as an executive recruiter and resides in Oceanside, California. He is currently crafting a sequel to Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum that chronicles the Xavier Paranormal Investigators next case.

Product Details

  • File Size: 718 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Noble Publishing; Second Edition edition (July 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KWVPZO
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love me some Zach January 18, 2012
Format:Paperback
How do I tell you how great this book is without ruining everything????
Suspense, check.
Action, Check
Creepy factor, check
Detail, check.
Great Plot, check.
Believable and awesome characters, check check check .
Do I want more? C H E C K!!!!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars and was worth the wait! June 16, 2011
By Liz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am not one to write a lengthy review and I believe in getting straight to the point!

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is a wonderful look in to the world of Paranormal Investigating with Zach Kalusky, the founder and lead investigator of Xavier Paranormal Investigators. This novel will draw you in with Zach's inner conflicts, an intriguing cast of characters and a setting that will chill you to your bones!

You'll feel you're part of the XPI team as they investigate Rosewood Asylum along with the Demon Hunters. Little do they know the demons are closer than they think! Stephen Prosapio gives you story with plenty of depth and of enough twists to keep you guessing. Love this novel... love Zach and can't wait for more! ~ Liz Nichols
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! June 29, 2011
Format:Paperback
From the opening lines of Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum, thriller author Stephen Prosapio draws us into a mysterious haunting that began in the early days of the 20th century. A little girl goes into the woods with a ghost; for her and for Rosewood Asylum, nothing is ever the same. The two 21st century paranormal teams investigating the case couldn't be more different. Conflict is inevitable, but is evidence sabotaged? Prepare for twists and turns evocative of the finest mysteries as well as the suspense of a top-notch thriller cast with the darkest of gothic overtones. A word of caution: If you have the kind of boss who doesn't tolerate yawns at work, don't begin this novel during a weeknight as you may find you can't put it down and end up reading it through the night.
~~ Les Edgerton, author of Hooked, Finding Your Voice, Monday's Meal, The Death of Tarpons and others, and forthcoming The Perfect Crime, The Rapist, and others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I thought I would find under the cover. November 26, 2012
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hmm. This was a good book minus a few things that drove me batty. Let's go through the good first. This book is certainly not like other books. The entire thing is truly unusual. This book is part murder mystery, part ghost story, part demonology, part...well honestly it is a little bit of everything. What I liked about this book was that after it got going, it was a fun read and you had a certain level of expectation in the back of your mind about the way it would go. It never goes the way you think it might, which was actually part of the joy. I hate it when you can guess exactly what is going to happen next in any story. You can't do that with this book. with multiple story-lines going on at the same time, almost anyone can find something to keep them entertained while reading this book. The dialog in this book is funny and at times the saving grace for the areas of the book that still could use a bit of polishing. I thought the author did a good job of giving his characters life and making them interesting.

That being said, there were some things about this book that I found annoying. If this book is supposed to be a spine tingling read, there needs to be a bit more ghostly activity. This book intrigued me, but it never frightened me the way I always think a good paranormal read should have the power to do. After all, that's why I read them. If I wanted just a mystery, I would have picked up one of those instead. Having so many characters to introduce at the beginning of the book left me struggling a little bit to make sense of the flood of information.

There were things I liked about this book and things I did not, but for the most part it was a good read. I was stuck between three and four stars for a while, but I think just with the complexities of this story alone, it earned four stars. Give it a try if you are looking for something kind of unusual and fun to read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I met Stephen Prosapio at a writers workshop. There were some damn good writers there. And also a few, like me, more keen on drinking bad wine and cracking wise.

Steve read a prologue to a novel of his and --- let's just say he immediately got and held on to the attention of everyone in the room.

Lots of writers have talent. And some of them, like Stephen Prosapio, have way more than their fair share. But the thing that sets Steve apart even from those over-talented writers, especially in hip S/F is this: He does the work.

He could just coast on all that talent for mind-bending storytelling with fascinating characters in all-or-nothing situations. He doesn't. He puts himself into creative overdrive and makes every single word of the story fit, and pushes you forward into the action. Pushes you forward? More like shoots you out of a cannon into another world.

If you like your S/F cool, deep, and rich with story, read anything by Stephen Prosapio. But before you start, brace yourself. Maybe even put on the crash helmet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My dream life inside a book January 25, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is the story of Zach, the host of Xavier Paranormal Investigators, a show that investigates paranormal, visits haunted places and sets the trapped spirits free. Zach is very excited about his next mission. The Rosewood Asylum has been one of the most haunted places around Chicago and has been off limits to everyone. The only thing bad about the new mission is that he has to join forces with another investigating show, The Demon Hunters, and besides that his uncle, who has been possessing him since age three, can't seem to keep his thoughts for himself. Everything is about to go from bad to worse when the investigation begins and a lot of things seem out of place. In order to solve the mystery behind Rosewood and a series of fires, Zach has to first figure out who is on his side.

I really loved this book. It was everything I hoped for and even more. I loved the team of investigators, so many different persons, although at the beginning I could tell which tech guy was which. Maybe to many tech-guys? Anyways, my favorite character, even if we don't get to see a lot of her was Shelly, a kind of CSI girl. I hope there will be more of her in the next book.

The haunted asylum was... well, haunting. I love haunted places, castles, houses, whatever, give me a haunted place and a mystery to solve and I am happy! The mystery was well spread throughout the book, there were so many details add on from chapter to chapter and so many questions and possibilities of what will happen next. Maybe the book wasn't scary enough, since I expected a haunted asylum to be extremely creepy, but the mystery made up for it. I have to say the preview of the next book was damn scary!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
Got it for free; worth every penny. Author writes hack-y dialogue, and the book was wretchedly edited. Tolerable for a day at the beach.
Published 1 month ago by Hugh M Hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
As a paranormal investigator, I was very excited when I came across a description for this book. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tracy R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars very good ghost story
This is a well written ghost story. The main mystery is finding out what happened at the asylum years ago, but I was also intrigued by the story of Zach. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brenda
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!
Well written and very entertaining. Worth reading for an excellent story but did tend to be a little confusing with the characters. Still very entertaining!
Published 4 months ago by R. Hyde McDowell
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
kinda boring
glad this book was free.
was hoping to have more paranormal activity and less having the story revolve around one character.
Published 5 months ago by Donald R. Martel
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly told!
Being a lover of ghost stories for many years, I truly enjoyed this book. The characters are believable and different enough to make great twists and turns. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lisa D. Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
First book that's managed to hold my attention on Kindle. Hope to see more from the author. Here's hoping that he "keeps the pace".
Published 6 months ago by Christina H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Negative Nelllie's didn't scare me off!
Not really understanding all the negative reviews. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. There was enough suspense to keep me reading and not too much drawn out story... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book. I enjoy books about the paranormal and this one does NOT disappoint.
Published 6 months ago by Chrissy
2.0 out of 5 stars ... with those that found this book rather cliched and boring. The...
I have to agree with those that found this book rather cliched and boring. The writers just seems to be feeding off the reality ghost shows on TV and have this character that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hermit
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Stephen Prosapio was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in Chicago. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University.

After reporting for one of the nation's largest fantasy football websites, footballguys.com, Stephen wrote his first novel, Dream War. Competing against 2,676 other novels, it won a Top Five Finalist award in Gather.com's 2007 First Chapters contest. Dream War was released as an eBook in July of 2010. Articles about him and his writing have been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, The North County Times, Today's Local News, San Diego Magazine and the DePaul University Alumni magazine.

Stephen's second novel Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is a paranormal suspense novel about a paranormal researcher--who is himself possessed--forced to team with a rival TV ghost hunting show investigating a 19th century asylum. He uncovers as many dangerous secrets as he does spirits.

Stephen resides in Oceanside, California. He is currently crafting a sequel to Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum that chronicles the Xavier Paranormal Investigators next case.

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