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Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Books 1-3: Three urban fantasy novels Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B072W96S4N
- Publication date : June 18, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3488 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 605 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,433 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Perhaps. But in my opinion, this author's creation of Ellie, her sidekick, her boss, and the rest of her team, give you both an interesting story as well as interesting ghosts. And that's a winning combination.
I've read thousands of books during my last fifty years. I like a great Ghost story (read Dorothy Macardle's THE UNINVITED for one of the best). And this author's novels are all interesting reads. The story lines are believable, the characters are well developed (and believable). And that's what makes a great writer - well developed and likeable characters. By the end of Book Three, you really get to know this team. They're dedicated to their job, and they're fun.
Most Ghost Hunter type stories are just too predictable. Ghost hangs around for vengeance. It contacts the Hunter to help it broadcast the true story, and to seek resolution. Once that's story is told, (i.e. She didn't commit suicide, she was murdered by her husband and her suicide was staged), the conflicts that were keeping the ghost earthbound are gone and her spirit can move on.
Gee, how many books are like that? Too many.
These books by JL Bryan aren't like that at all. These books are interesting and fun. Try them.
Ellie Jordan is a ghost hunter/trapper. She lost her parents to a fire started by a ghost, and has been into the supernatural ever since. She and her sidekick Stacey go around Savannah, GA getting rid of ghosts, many of whom have axes to grind, making trapping them very dangerous and not always successful. I won't give away plot points, but suffice to say that each book focused on one case, which started out minor and escalated pretty quickly.
Ellie is the narrator, and she has plenty of sarcasm to offer. That said, she is not at all off-putting because of that...you get the impression that she is far more vulnerable than she'd ever admit.
There is a lot to love in these books. I especially liked that Ellie and Stacey use sophisticated equipment to find and deal with the ghosts they encounter. You don't usually see that. I also enjoyed the writing, which was much more competent than in a lot of the supernatural fiction I have read. Aside from the occasional misspelling or punctuation error, the books were clearly well-edited, again, not always the case in other stuff I've read. My one complaint would be that there aren't that many surprises in terms of plot twists.
I really enjoyed these books, and have ordered but not yet started Book 4. If you like supernatural content and strong female characters, I predict you will like these.
I don't generally go out of my way for this particular genre. But the reviews were pretty good on this series, so I downloaded this set. And I actually rather enjoyed them. The characters were nicely developed. The individual ghost adventures were well done. A touch of potential romance was included. The locale was interesting.
I wasn't compelled to read it without putting it down...but it was still a pretty good read for me. I found myself thinking about the stories until I had to pick up the Kindle and read some more. 3-3/4 stars.
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When Ellie Jordan is called to the Treadwell house, what might have been an ordinary haunting (new family, old house) takes a bone-chilling turn. Mercy Cutledge, murderess and lifelong lunatic has been walking the halls in the night, scaring the Treadwell’s little girl and making a nuisance of herself. So, when Ellie, and paranormal newbie, Stacey, appear with gadgetry aplenty, ready to trap the ghost of Mercy, only Dale Treadwell thinks it’s a waste of time, that children see things and old houses make noises. He certainly doesn’t want to deal with the bill at the end of it all. But no sooner have Ellie and Stacey got a handle on the ghost they’re looking for, they discover that there are more things in heaven and earth, and most of them are in the Treadwell household.
Absolutely compulsive reading. I’m not much for paranormal stories, but I couldn’t leave this one alone. Set in Savannah, Georgia, the honeyed dialect slipped off the page and into my heart. Lots of wry observations and humour in the writing. I especially liked this part:
“‘Are you going to be able to take care of this or not?’ Dale stomped down the stairs, buttoning his shirt over his pale, hairy stomach. He could have started buttoning a little earlier, if you ask me.”
16% in, Chapter Thirteen, Book One, Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Trilogy by JL Bryan
I loved this story, and am so pleased I plumped for the trilogy right from the off. Onwards!
Book 2: Cold Shadows - Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, Book Two
The adventure continues. Ellie and sidekick Stacey have been called upon to exorcise the ghosts from an old house, packed with heirlooms and old furniture, and a secret history. When Toolie, Gord and their children, Juniper and Crane, moved into the old house, kept in the family for a few years but not much lived in, they had no idea that it came with a full and troubled family of ghosts and a long dormant poltergeist. However, due to teenage thoughtlessness, the poltergeist has been unleashed, and the mad, bad and dangerous to know ghost of abusive husband and father, Isaiah Ridley, is filling the sewing room with dark energy, and scaring the ghostly daylights out of his formerly mischievous, now deathly dangerous sons, Luke and Noah. With wife and mother, Catherine, haunting the backyard and little Eliza probably hiding in a cupboard somewhere, it’s up to Ellie and the team to destroy the poltergeist, release Isaiah’s grip on the house, and save the families, both living and dead.
What a whirlwind. There was a little bit of a reminder of the previous story, nothing repetitive though, more of a ‘Previously, on Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper…’ - which I really liked. The story felt full but not overdone, and the writing remains strong. There were a couple of very difficult scenes involving Crane, the eight year old son, and young ghosts who encourage him to die so he won’t be a chicken, and they can play together forever, but the story was chilling and really well-told.
There was a brilliant scene where Ellie tried to get Noah and Luke, the boy ghosts, to listen to reason, with Stacey in back-up and Jacob, the psychic, interpreting for her:
“’Noah! Luke!’ I snapped, trying to sound as tough and firm as I could manage. I widened the iris of my flashlight and swept it back and forth, chasing away flickering shadows. ’Stay away from us!’
‘Wow, they hate you,’ Jacob told me. ’They look angry now. You can really see their dark and tormented side now.'
‘I’d rather not see that if we can avoid it,’ I said.
‘What about me?’ Stacey asked. ‘Do they hate me?’
‘They’ve barely noticed you’re here,’ Jacob assured her. ‘They aren’t paying any attention to you, don’t worry.’
‘Oh.’ She frowned a little, as if slightly disappointed.’”
55% in, Chapter Fifteen, Book Two, Cold Shadows by JL Bryan
Book 3: The Crawling Darkness - Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, Book Three
“‘Even if you really feel afraid on the inside… act like you’re not afraid. That’s what courage really is, anyway.’ “
78% in, Chapter Ten, The Crawling Darkness by JL Bryan
In The Crawling Darkness, Ellie, Stacey and boss Calvin face the most powerful monster yet: their only real failure and the entity that put Calvin in a wheelchair some years ago. Whatever it is, surely more than ghost and less than demon, a fearfeeder, and it seems to have moved from its original location to a house close by.
The fear feeder takes the form of whatever frightens the observer and it uses that fear for sustenance. Over the course of the story, we meet widowed Alicia and her two young children, Michael, the handsome firefighter and his younger sister, Melissa, the unlikeable Fielding family and the elusive Mr Gray.
Another dramatic instalment in the saga, the writing remains tip-top, often humorous, and the story was complex and intricately plotted. I really enjoyed it.
The only thing I didn't liked was the character Calvin, the Boss he didn't came over as a boss, on some parts he sounded not knowledgeable or said things already been known, I hoped that he is more able to advise her in some things regarding how to catch this one, to provide more information for her but nothing, so I found him a bit lame. The end was a bit unfinished some how a bit rushed, because I would have liked more details about conversations with the characters and the clients at the end more interactions, But it's definitely worth to read who likes paranormal story's. This one had definitely a good mysterious ghosts.
It would have been great with more interactions regarding to the clients special when she finished the job.
I really liked Jacob and would have liked more interactions with him as well.
An ancient haunted mansion, a family tormented by a terrifying and murderous phantom who's sole aim is to brutally kill as many innocent
children as possible, and of course the intrepid ghost trapper Ellie, who's complicated ghost traps may or may not work.
She must get so fed up with lugging all that heavy equipment from one haunted house to another let alone being beaten up and barely escaping with her life with each attempt at destroying such a predictable and maniacal ghost.
I also found it all a little boring and OTT after a time, so I doubt I will bother with any other books by this author as if you have read one you have read them all !
So far I've only read the first three books in the series, but i intend to work my way through the whole collection.
I'm very happy I've found the Ghost trapper books and highly recommend them as a good read.