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Rivalry - A Ghost Story [Kindle Edition]

Jack Badelaire
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Owen is a kid fascinated by ghost stories, but he's never seen a ghost, or met anyone who has - until Doug moves into town. Owen soon learns that Doug's family is haunted by a ghost that follows them from town to town, an entity that can slam doors and throw coffee mugs, an entity that finds Doug's family no matter where they move.

Fascinated by his friend's haunting, Owen begs Doug to let him spend the night, hoping to have a ghostly encounter of his own. Doug reluctantly agrees to ask his parents' permission, but when Mike and Sharon say no, it's the ghost that throws the temper tantrum, forcing Doug's parents to agree to the sleepover.

Owen packs a "ghost hunting kit" and prepares for a weekend of thrilling supernatural encounters, but what he experiences will change his life forever...

This is a Short Story with a length of approximately 6,000 words.


Product Details

  • File Size: 956 KB
  • Print Length: 21 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Post Modern Pulp Books (August 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G5KVJO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But Dougie, I want to play August 29, 2011
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Everyone wants to see a ghost... until they do.

Owen is the thirteen year old we've all been- smart and curious, he's fascinated by ghosts. But what is it like to actually see one? What is it like to live with one? The slow torment of a suburban family subtly unfolds in a way that stays with you long after you finish the story.

This is an incredible short story. The author manages to create a realistic mood of eerie anticipation. A short, quick read, I read it over twice during Hurricane Irene, savoring the language and the simple brilliance with which the story unfolds.

I've already recommended this story, and would invite any fan of good fiction or ghost stories to give it a download.

I look forward to Mr. Badelaire's next works!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ends way to soon! September 5, 2012
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Love this short story. You really feel like you are right there with Owen as he learns that what we think is fun and games can turn out to be a painful learning experience. Well worth purchasing :) will last longer in your mind than a cup of coffee ;) The only thing you will be craving is more stories from Jack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fun! September 21, 2012
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This is a very short story about a ghost and two boys.
I picked it up during a free promotion and I have to admit that I really enjoyed it. The ending was unique and surprising.
All in all this was a great way to spend 15 minutes! If you are a fan of short stories that pack a punch, you could do much worse than this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating ghost story tale August 25, 2011
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This is a really fascinating little ghost story tale. I like the fact that it is written in the first person perspective, and that of a junior high school boy. The style really immerses us in the story and puts us in the scene. I thought the junior-high-school-boy perspective was quite well done and came across as very realistic.

This story pulled me in at the very beginning and kept my attention all the way through. As the story progressed, the tension rose to the climactic conclusion - very well done. I found myself reading faster and faster as the story went along - anxious to know how it would turn out.

Anyway - I enjoyed it and would like to read more like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, suspenseful ghost story August 5, 2011
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I really enjoyed this story. It's not scary, per say, but it is suspenseful and a lot of fun. It reminded me of my days in grade school reading "Goosebumps," though I wouldn't describe "Rivalry" as a kid's story by any means. Those stories weren't overly scary but were full of suspense and kept you turning the page. "Rivalry" is the same idea. It's a great camp-fire style ghost tale and is a quick read. There are some nice nods to conventional ghost tale devices but it stays clear of being cliche at all, which is credit to the author. Definitely worth a read. Looking forward to more stories by the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick, fantastic read. June 27, 2012
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I loved this story. It's short but it's absolutely fantastic. Jack Badelaire is a great writer and I look forward to reading more of his work. For a short story it built tension and had scares in all of the right places. Only bad thing;
it ended too soon. I highly recommend Rivalry A Ghost Story, it is well worth .99 cents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining short story April 30, 2012
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I enjoyed this short story. It kept me engrossed and wanting to read more. It is a ghost story with a suspenseful, almost mysterious plot which develops in a manner that demands your attention. For a single story it reaches the mark; you begin the story and do not put your Kindle down until it is finished.

I look forward to reading more from this author (a sequel maybe?). It had been years since I read a pure ghost story and the author has revived my faith in the genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read August 30, 2011
By DMS
Format:Kindle Edition
Rivalry, in a nutshell, tells the story of two young boys coming face to face with a resident ghost. I found this story enjoyable to read and its well worth picking up if you fancy a quick read. However, the story I thought was over TOO quickly, I thought it could do with a bit panning out towards the end and maybe adding a few more spooky goings on.
But overall it is well worth a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars More like a short story than a book
This was a good read but it was very short for a book. It would of been an excellent addition to a collection of short stories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by paula cyrus
5.0 out of 5 stars Good short story
Good story that could've been longer. Interesting topic and good characters.
Good read if you are looking for a spooky little short story.
Published 3 months ago by Bruce And Penny Triplett
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short to be really good.
Short and okay, but I am left with the feeling this was some type of a writing project rather than an attempt at a book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by California dreamin'
4.0 out of 5 stars Rivalry.
This was a good ghost story. Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. I do wish it had been longer, with an explanation of how the ghost died. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Halloween Reading
I waited to read this until Halloween, and that was the perfect time for it. Nice setup and intro into the creepy action. The actual ghost encounters are seriously eerie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charles Gramlich
2.0 out of 5 stars Short read
This could have been a good quick story, but the ending just leaves you hanging. I needed more for closure.
Published 9 months ago by Dee Owers
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice quick read
A good short story to read while waiting for an appointment or killing a little time. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Published 10 months ago by K.Covington
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short read; I see a sequel in the future
This was a good short read. I think I read it in half an hour; it was perfect for after-dinner reading. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ahammerquilts
4.0 out of 5 stars Too short
Having downloaded the book nearly 7 months ago, I kind of forgot that it was a short story. And a shame, too. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Ghostly Story
When Owen befriends Doug, a boy even lower on the social ladder than himself, he accidentally learns the boy lives with a ghost. Read more
Published 11 months ago by George R. Johnson
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I'm a techie, writer, blogger, and long-time fan of the action-adventure genre. I received my degree (many years ago) in Film with a minor in Classical Studies, and I currently work in Higher Education Technology.

It is my belief that the independent e-publishing revolution will bring about a new wave of short, serialized action-adventure fiction titles, similar to the old "Men's Adventure" paperbacks: Able Team, Phoenix Force, Death Merchant, Survivalist, Nick Carter: Killmaster, and many others.

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