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Amador Lockdown by [Russell, Coral]
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The ending wasn't at all predictable or what I expected...it was touching, upsetting, scary and very powerful. The relationship between one of the ghost hunters, Hector, and his son Darren really forms the heart of the book in a lot of ways.

The story is very well written, and builds up the suspense from page one.

From the Author

Amador Lockdown includes part 1 and 2 - Devil of a Ghost Tour and Key to a Haunting.
A bottomless pit of gratitude to SM, Scott K., Scott R., Christine, Katy, and peeps at Critique Circle for their time and input. A huge thank you to Chryse Wymer for editing. Look for her Living with Murder coming-out soon.

Book Cover by Renee at The Cover Counts

The Beginning rap by CrazyA$$Cracker and Chubbz

Product Details

  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1508530289
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Alchemy of Scrawl (December 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TDRKZ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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By LovecraftLass on September 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
It started out pretty good. I liked the cemetery bit and the characters felt realistic to me. However, after the Lockdown portion of it the book seriously lagged. It also took quite a big jump in the timeline from out of nowhere and even then I wasn't sure how much time had passed. Days? Weeks?
The narration switch to the unnamed spirit and the other entity's conversations went nowhere really. The book could have easily been written without them (except for maybe the end bit but that really needed no set-up and would have been fine without the previous excerpts).
Speaking of the ending I thought the twist was nicely (and believably) done but there were so many plot threads left dangling that I was promised would be made clear IF I buy the other books in the series. Personally I don't like that. I have no problems with serial stories. What I do have a problem with are books that just stop, with the author pretty much saying "I'm going to force you to buy my books to learn what happened in the last one". A series should have common threads, characters and, yes, surprises. But each story should zlso be self-contained with things mostly resolved so the reader doesn't feel manipulated into spending more and more money because the stories are left unfinished. It's a growing trend I'm starting to see in books and I don't think it's fair to the readers.
One other issue I had was the formatting. Sometimes the quotations beginning each chapter started so abruptly and without any change in font or script or unitalicized so a few times I thought I was reading the actual story until I got to the end of the quote. The spirit sections could have been separated a bit better, also.
All in all I can't say I would recommend it but it wasn't so terrible that I would actively warn people away from it either.
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I was left at the end of Amador Lockdown with a lot of unanswered questions. The author suggests that I can find the answer to some of these questions if I buy more of her stories. I think I'll give it a pass.

The story begins rather well with a ghost tour of an El Paso Cemetery run by a group calling itself the Paranormal Posse. Hector, one member of the Posse, is seeing shadows and feeling a bit jumpy. Neat bit of foreshadowing that goes absolutely nowhere after the tour of the cemetery ends although some shadows do appear. Don't expect to see the cemetery again.

The next part is an unnamed first person narrator talking about a bracelet. Forget about the bracelet, it's not going to make a significant appearance again either.

In chapter two the reader finds out that Hector has a son. Hector's wife has custody of him but wants to "sign custody" over to Hector because the kid is sixteen and out of control. About that time the formatting starts to get wonky. There's a big gap between lines of text at location 124.

The Paranormal Posse has been contacted about mysterious goings on at the Amador Hotel, a historic hotel that is being renovated into a museum. At location 138, which is another trip into the head of the unnamed narrator, the senseless page breaks start. In fact they happen fairly frequently after that.

Hector binds the Posse to an agreement to investigate the Amador and gets a key to the hotel. Considering the hotel has been broken into once the lack of security is amazing. Neither the Posse nor the Amador Foundation appear to have heard of liability insurance, which seems odd considering the Posse runs a business involving the public.
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I don't usually read ghost stories, I admit, but I was intrigued enough to pick this one up, partly because it was set in a part of the United States that I'm fairly familiar with, and partly because I like the author. The novel starts off as a pretty light story, despite the subject matter, with a group of paranormal investigators calling themselves "the Paranormal Posse" giving tours in a haunted graveyard and running investigations upon request of home owners and others who have experienced a fright. The team in the Posse have been working together for years, and the characters, despite their ghostly professions, are very grounded, real and likeable...and their dynamic with one another really works. Then things start getting weird...building to a "lockdown" in the historic Amador Hotel, a lockdown being when a team of ghost hunters spend the night in a haunted building and attempt to communicate with the resident spirits. I don't want to give anything away by saying too much, but dang, it gets pretty freaky after that! The ending wasn't at all predictable or what I expected...it was touching, upsetting, scary and very powerful. The relationship between one of the ghost hunters, Hector, and his son Darren really forms the heart of the book in a lot of ways.

My only complaint really was that I wanted MORE. I actually could have read a longer book on this...there were a number of issues that I found myself wishing had been explored in more depth, including the history of the hotel, Darren's mysterious psychiatric ailments, the being at the end (I don't want to give anything away on that), and others I'm probably not remembering. All in all though, a great book! Highly recommend.
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