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Poltergeist (Greywalker, Book 2) Paperback – August 7, 2007
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I enjoyed this book a lot; I wish we had the option of giving half-stars here at Amazon, as I'd give it four-and-a-half. It certainly did have an interesting premise and storyline, though it did take me a good 50 pages to really get sucked in to the story. The only downfall for me is that Harper still feels somewhat "dry" to me--even though we learn more *about* her, what she likes, dislikes, what's important to her, we haven't yet really been shown who she is...the messy parts, the 'soul' of Harper seem to be sitting there just beyond our grasp. It's hard to explain just what I mean. Still, this is a series I enjoy and I am defintely looking forward to the next one, and hope to get to know Harper even better next time around.
One thing I really appreciate is that there isn't a bunch of gratuitous sex and continual sexual tension between Harper and every male she encounters like in some paranormal books. I mean, after all, if I want romance and erotica, I'll read books from those genres!
Private investigator, Harper Blaine, was viciously attacked and died for a very short time before the doctors revived her.
Or did they completely? Now, Harper sees dead people--or more specifically denizens of the Grey: ghosts, vampires, and such. She can also move in the Grey, their realm. Her previously mundane practice is now filled with clients seeking solutions to supernatural problems. Harper is doing her best to help despite having to proceed very cautiously while she learns about the Grey.
Near Halloween, Harper's approached by Dr, Gartner Tuckman, an abnormal psychologist from fictionalized Pacific Northwest University (PNU). Tuckman and his cohort are attempting to re-create the "Philip experiment," a 1970's psychokinesis study conducted by the Toronto Society for Psychical Research. In this study, Canadian researchers attempted to get a group of subjects to create a poltergeist based upon a fictional character "Philip". The group was able to produce several psychokinetic effects, including moving a table, etc. The experiment demonstrated that a group of subjects' concentrated attention could create a psychokinetic event. (See links below)
The problem with Tuckman's experiment is that the Celia, the poltergeist his subjects have conjured, has very high PK resonance and he's afraid that one of his assistants is somehow tampering with the setup. Worse, Celia shows signs of being dangerous.
Within hours of Harper's involvement, one of Tuckman's assistants is killed by what could be a psychokinetic force. Harper's in a race to figure out how to use her novice knowledge of the Grey to find the killer and disband the psychokinetic energies before someone else is hurt.Read more ›
I found "Greywalker," the first book in the series, somewhat disappointing in that the lead character was a little too much of a thinly-disguised Mary Sue, but I thought that the second book might have smoothed out the original's problems. After all, how could anyone fail with a premise as interesting as the one here? A tough, sexy woman with a unique paranormal power, contacts among the city's supernatural residents, and a successful business as a private investigator? Apparently, failure is all too easy - it just takes bad writing.
Unlike the first book, "Poltergeist" does not show Harper Blaine with any clients other than her primary one. Nor is there anything significant going on in her personal life. Consequently, it is structured with very little complexity or depth. This plot may have been appropriate for a good short story, but a 349-page book needs a sub-plot or two to justify its length.
Of the potentially interesting characters introduced in the first book, only Carlos, Quentin and the Danzigers make any real appearance, and they are all shallow versions of their earlier selves. The odd quirks that made Quintin so interesting (like having no apparent address, or his unsurprised acceptance of Harper's vampire client) are absent this time. Carlos, who before was so terrifying as the dangerous necromancer, is now just a vaguely sinister source of background information. And the Danzigers have become little more than providers of exposition and sounding boards for long, tedious speculation on the nature of the "Grey," the supernatural realm in-between life and death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An intriguing story, very exciting. I enjoy all of the characters. Especially some of the supporting cast. This is a great, quick read.Published 5 months ago by Cheryl A. Gazoul
Jumped right into the second book of the Greywalker series. Fun reading about how Harper has gotten a better grasp on going into the Grey and doing what she needs to get done. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon B Girl
so I think the writer needs more practice. it's it's just such a bland and uninteresting novel. I'm sorryPublished 9 months ago by baron a roller
I enjoyed the first book but this one got a little over the top. The world building was so intense that I started to not get what was going on or think that it was being made... Read morePublished 14 months ago by PrincessKate
I liked it better then greywalker. Blaine is pretty unpleasant not a lot about her personality other than she's tough. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gala Ceballos