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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 1st edition (February 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764328956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764328954
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alexandra Holzer was born into a world filled with aristocrats, scientists, witches, warlocks and "things that go bump in the night." She takes the reader on an exciting, eccentric and unique journey from childhood to present time, which reads like something out of a Harry Potter novel. Hang on to your broomstick..." -- Merryn Jose - Writer, Editor and Publisher of Merlian News.com

"Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a real haunted house or perhaps be brought up in an environment where the paranormal is accepted as the normal? In many ways Alexandra Holzer was. Being the daughter of the famous ghost hunter and highly revered and respected parapsychologist, Dr. Hans Holzer, one might almost expect Alexandra to have had some unusual experiences at home. Her mother Catherine, a countess of the Russian Royal Family, Buxhoeveden, a highly talented artist, must surely contribute to the genes that would make Alexandra Holzer sensitive to other worldliness.

This is a fabulous book that gives the reader, not just an insight into her upbringing, but a unique opportunity through the eyes of this talented word smith, to experience the world of the unknown to most people. It is clear that getting impressions of the afterlife became very much something that she came to consider as normal. Indeed, in the book, she speaks of being given a message from one member of her family telling her she needed to get back into writing because she would be successful and extremely well-known for her efforts if she did. Majoring in fashion, fine art and design advertising and highly respected in her field, the book seems to suggest a new-found appreciation of literature and the paranormal.

If you really do want to know what it is like to have second sight and be brought up in the home of a master of other worldliness, this is a 'must read' book for you, and of such importance to the searcher for such knowledge that recommendations for literature prizes should also be considered by the publishers." -- Philip Solomon- Psychic Medium to the Stars.

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Ghost hunting, the world of art, film, literature, and dysfunction comes life cycling from the past to the present for the daughter of a famous ghost hunter and a Russian countess. Take a deadly roller coaster ride with two domineering and spiritually protected families, as Alexandra Holzer relates her haunted life with her father, Dr. Hans Holzer and her mother, Countess Catherine Buxhoeveden. You will learn how they were transformed from the early 1200s through today by an emotional and frightening, yet reflective, story. It follows a pre-destined timeline propelled by those in-charge of unearthly worlds.

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Instead it full of little known and boring facts about her ancestry.
Lenore
I am pleased she will be the next generation to carry on the Holzer paranormal legacy and look forward to reading her future books.
Haunted
I really wanted to read this book but after about three pages I just had to put the thing down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Azrael on July 13, 2012
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I bought this book because I read all of Hans Holzer's books long ago and I respected him as a pioneer in his field. Since he never wrote much about himself in his books, I wanted to know more.

I am a professional editor of scholarly books and fiction, and I would like everyone to know that it is the publisher's responsibility to clean up any errors in grammar, spelling, and logic. It is also up to the publisher to suggest revisions when some of the material in the manuscript is irrelevant or uninteresting. I do agree that some of the content was tangential to the subject, but the real problem with the book was that it was obviously not edited or even spell checked! Writers are not expected to be experts on the English language or even on word processing. Alexandra's publisher did the Holzer family a terrible disservice by producing a book containing errors so egregious that poor Hans must be turning over in his grave.

Ms. Holzer, if you happen to read this review, I would like to thank you for telling us what your father was like and how he lived his life when he wasn't ghost hunting. The sections about Hans were fascinating and I am so glad you decided to write about him. However, you and your family deserve better. I would be happy to edit this book for you in a professional manner so you can publish a revised and improved second edition that will present your family and your father's work in the respectable way they deserve.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. L. Rowe on September 16, 2008
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For many years we have wondered about Hans Holzer. Who was he, the initial paranormal investigator before all others came along. Thanks to his daughter, Alexandra, we now have been given insight into Holzer and his family life. Alexandra gives a clear and concise portrait of her parents, including her mother's decent from royalty, and we are privileged that she has chosen to share her family history with us. A gifted spiritualist in her own right, Alexandra, understood the need for fans of Dr. Holzer to know more about him. Look for her star to rise in the paranormal investigative field because she is chock full of knowledge and spirit. This book was a gift to readers, very well-thought out with deep insight and emotional charge flavoring a childhood quite often very different than one might expect to have. Thank you, Alexandra, for allowing us to get to know you and your family. Your story is both touching and enlightening. The book was terrific and I enjoyed it immensely.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keith E. Johnson on July 13, 2009
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As someone who also "grew up haunted" and who was captivated by the works and research of the famed Hans Holzer from a young age, I found Alexandra's book a fascinating read!! In her personable writing style, what Alexandra does in her "ghostly memoir" is to invite the reader to explore along with her the heretofore little known facts of her fascinating family, and what it was like growing up as the daughter of one of the most famous pioneers of paranormal investigation. While reading this, I actually felt as if I was sitting with Alexandra in a dimly-lit parlor in a casual atmosphere, enjoying refreshments, and that she was flipping through her family archives and personally sharing these stories with me. The reader is truly drawn in, and may often lose all track of time while reading this. Great job Alexandra!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Cerridwen on September 15, 2008
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I really wanted to read this book. Somewhere in this book there is probably a fascinating story if you can get through the incredibly bad sentence structure, horrible punctuation, and bipolar writing style. I've picked it up and tried to read it a few times, but it's such a badly written piece of work that I just can't- so I give up! It is clear that the author never put this work in front of an editor, and because of this her story and that of her father will go untold to many people who might have enjoyed it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Bliton on April 23, 2008
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I really wanted to read this book but after about three pages I just had to put the thing down. The Grammer was the worst I've ever seen, almost like there had been no editor involved at all. I tried to pick it up again,but could only skip around to a few interesting interviews with her father. But even her commentary was about these was boring and disjointed.
Sorry, I was really looking forward to this one but was very dissapointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Movie Maniac on June 25, 2011
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Wow. This was quite a disappointment.

The "writer" has extremely limited writing skills. She made a jaw-dropping number of obvious grammatical errors on the very first page. Her frequent, awkward metaphor-mixing is comical. I'm generally tolerant of mediocre authorship, but this piece of work is sub-par, with writing errors making it impossible to focus on actual content. The "editor" must have fallen asleep too and that's unfortunate because I was looking forward to an entertaining "haunted" story.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Cooper on November 4, 2008
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I was looking forward to reading this book not because I like Hans Holzer because tho I have read most of his books I don't like his style very much. On the other hand his daughter has a great style of writing and is very down to earth with her story the problem is there isn't much in the book that is interesting to the normal reader unless you were family. I didn't care for the family history info that went on and on. Also it seems Mr. Holzer didn't let his daughter in on alot of his goings on or it may have been a really great book. She was always left in the dark being young. I was looking for the haunted house she lived in but there wasn't hardly anything said about that either. I really ended up flipping thru the book trying to find something to read. I also did feel very sorry for her and her sister that she had such a self centered mother and I think that really showed up in the last pages that she discibes why she did what she did and how talented she is. Sorry no cigar on this one.
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