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Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb (Johnny Graphic Adventures Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

D. R. Martin
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An action-filled, 1930s ghost adventure for middle-grade readers. (And anyone else who enjoys a spirited yarn!)

All that Johnny Graphic ever wanted was to be a star news photographer. But the story that puts the twelve-year-old and his big sister on the front page could well come with a horrible headline: BOY LENSMAN MURDERED BY GHOSTS!

The year is 1935 and in Johnny’s world spooks are very, very real. Most wraiths are friendly to the living. Some of them even have jobs. But a few ancient ghost assassins are on the warpath, out to kill Johnny’s sister Melanie—for reasons the kids don’t even begin to understand.

The two siblings have to unravel a deadly ghost conspiracy that reaches around the globe and threatens the lives of millions. Or die trying!

Editorial Reviews


"Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb is a novel drawing from the classic pulpy style of the 1930s, following Johnny Graphic, aspiring photographer, as he discovers ghosts covering every level of his desired career path. Finding ghosts friendly and hostile, he rushes to protect his sister from the latter, a task more difficult than he knows. Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb is a strong pick for young adult readers, highly recommended." --Children's Bookwatch, a publication of the Midwest Book Review

Picked as one of six Favorite Self-Pub and Small Press Books 2012 by Reads4Tweens: "A pulp-inspired romp with a unique take on ghosts and zombies. My son loved this book and looks forward to the sequel. He and I have had some really interesting conversations about the ghosts and their role as mostly invisible citizens in the setting."

About the Author

D. R. Martin is the author of Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb, a kids' ghost adventure. The sequel, Johnny Graphic and the Attack of the Zombies, is now available on Amazon. You can learn more about Johnny Graphic at .

Product Details

  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Conger Road Press (June 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B6Z6B8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A kids' book for all ages September 21, 2012
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Johnny Graphic is a real page-turner and a quick read, with nice short chapters. A lot of fun. It's full of action, and twists and turns. There is a great surprise toward the end. The story's about a young news photographer whose sister is threatened by killer ghosts. To figure out why, Johnny, his best friend Nina, and his sister go through a lot of danger and jeopardy. The ghosts are not your standard ectoplasm. They're people, too. Only dead. One of them is a little ghost girl who gets a crush on Johnny. She is great comic relief but plays a very important role in the story. It's also an alternative-world book--like our world, but very different. Though it may look like a boys' fantasy book, girls should like it, too--with several very strong female characters playing important roles. I'm an old girl myself, and I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sneak good stuff into your kids reading July 23, 2012
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At first, the title didn't grab me because I didn't know the word "etheric," but the cover illustration drew me in. During the summer I'm reading books both for me and for my classroom library. This is a well-constructed story with enough "candy" -- ghost assassins, zombies, etc, to appeal to the young reader plus a strong vocabulary (thank you, thank you to the author), multi-dimensional characters, and enough twists to provide the "nutrients" to balance out the total package. A kid will love the story and maybe not even realize that she/he is consuming good literary stuff! There are some expressions that I don't think a school-age crowd will recognize, but it won't prevent them from understanding and enjoying an original story. I don't mind being "set-up" for the sequel at the end because I care about the characters and do want to read more about them. I appreciate a strong, positive relationship between siblings, a mother's reaction to discover her son isn't one of the good guys, and to consider the plight of ghosts who just want to move on to the next world. I would not limit this to middle school -- I know many readers who will enjoy borrowing, er, I mean buying their own copy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Type of Ghost story June 13, 2014
There are a few things that I like about this book. One of them is the idea of ghosts co-existing with, and even being able to interact with, human beings. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you have to admit that the idea is intriguing. I also enjoyed the fact that the author went out of his way to give each ghost in the story his or her own unique personality. I felt that most of the ghost characters, as well as the human characters, were described quite well. I expect that the personalities of all of the main characters will be even further developed later in the series.

Another thing I enjoyed about the book is that it takes place in an alternate 1935. The locations all have different names than you might expect. There was a Civil War of sorts that ended differently from the Civil War we all know, causing a different division of countries, and a different governmental system. Granted, that also meant that I, as the reader, had to just accept certain things as fact and didn't have a lot of familiar reference points, but I liked the imagination behind the concept.

Prior to reading this novel, I was told that it was the first in a series. So, I read it with that in mind. There are some unanswered questions in this book. I assume that they will be answered in later books. However, the main plot of this book did stand alone nicely. It just left the door open for the sequel,which is a good thing.

Although the plot flowed well, I did have trouble getting into the first chapter or two, but each chapter consists of only a few pages. So, by page ten or twelve I was hooked. I found that the story flowed well after that, and there were a few times when I kept on reading, despite intending to do other things, because I wanted to see what happened next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Good Tale! August 12, 2013
By S. Cox
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A cracking good tale! My godson is an avid reader and has pretty much blown through all the Hardy Boys and Tintin books I gave him, so in my search for something in a similar vein that's just as fun, I came across Johnny Graphic. I wasn't intending to read the whole thing as I was skimming its content, but I devoured it in an afternoon. Good fun! My godson loved it, too!
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More About the Author

D. R. Martin is the author of the Johnny Graphic middle-grade ghost adventure series and the Marta Hjelm mystery, Smoking Ruin. Under the pen name Richard Audry, D. R. is writing the King Harald Canine Cozy mystery series and the Mary MacDougall historical mystery series. D. R. would love to hear from you. You can contact him...

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