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Esperanza (The Hungry Ghosts) by [MacGregor, Trish J.]
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Set in Ecuador, this so-so supernatural thriller from MacGregor (Kill Time) mixes time travel with a centuries' long struggle between good and evil. When two strangers--Tess Livingston, an FBI agent, and Ian Ritter, a Minneapolis journalism professor who looks like George Clooney--are marooned at a remote bus station high in the Andes, they wind up taking a detour to the town of Esperanza, where they attract the unwelcome attention of Dominica, a shape-shifting spirit who can inhabit human bodies. Dominica is stunned to realize that both Tess and Ian are "transitionals," souls of people "nearly dead in the physical world" who pose a threat to her kind, brujos, ghosts unable to move into the afterlife. In a flashback to Minnesota in 1968, Ian emerges from a coma with memories from his future existence and embarks on a half-hearted attempt to prevent some of history's tragedies like Martin Luther King's assassination. Action that often drags and characters few will care about don't help a half-baked premise.
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"Escapist fantasy as its best...bone chilling."
--Romantic Times Book Review, Top Pick 41/2 stars

Product Details

  • File Size: 989 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (September 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 14, 2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P2WJ3Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
At 336 pages, this is a compact story - oh, wait. It's not a complete story. It is a story "to be continued."

The ending of this partial-story doesn't justify the buildup of the book, and then we're left with a to-be-continued. So many of the plot lines are left dangling that it feels like the publisher took the original manuscript, tore it in into sections, and said, "Let's publish this part now, charge $25, and then release the rest next year and get $25 more for that. Or maybe even break it into three or four parts."

At this rate, we'd end up paying $100 for one story.

This trend of serializing novels and charging full price for each installment has to stop somewhere. For me, it ends here.

If you have a 1000-page story to tell, sell me a 1000-page book. I can take it.

This mediocre story, I'll leave it. Don't waste your time until the whole thing comes out as one big novel.

Oh, and all of the swearing is totally gratuitous.

And one more thing - it's JESSE Jackson, not Jessie. Hire a decent proofreader.

In case you can't tell, I'm feeling totally ripped off right now.
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I have been a fan of TJ MacGregors since I read Dark Fields over 20 years ago..First mystery I ever read, I was crushed when she killed off Mike but I have so enjoyed all her other books, especially the Mira Morales series...I had never read this type of book before, she was the one who got me into this science fiction/Fantasy/mystery type of book...Now I am addicted to it...Can't wait for Ghost Key, I can never wait for her books to come out in paperback...always have to buy the hardcover when it first comes out...She never disapoints!!!
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This is one of the best and most unique books that I have read in a long time. It is a combination of ghost story/supernatural, exotic locale, mystery and a love story. It is beautiful and at times down right scary. If I ever ride a bus in South America, I will be looking over my shoulder! Must read this!
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"Esperanza" defies an easy fit into one genre. It's a romance, a mystery, and a fantasy that taps some big historical events. From the first page, this combination and a fresh take on the supernatural had the makings of an exceptional read. How Tess and Ian end up in Esperanza, their seemingly chance meeting, and their immediate chemistry is a strong setup. And, the inexorable Dominica, with a parallel love story of her own, steals every scene. Yet, except for these three major characters, few of the other players stand out. They, like the magnificent Ecuadorian scenery, appear as backdrops to the drama. The circumstances that led to Tess' and Ian's arrival in the brujo-dominated town are cleverly wrought. But even Ian's George Clooney-good looks and Tess' resilient FBI-trained survival instincts don't rescue them from drifting through their roles like a brujo in fog. Dominica is the only player with a complicated, nuanced personality - she carries the drama. Still, until the book's half-way point, I was ready to give it a 5-star rating based on how well MacGregor melded genres and set up the action scenes. Then, the weight of too many secondary characters with tangled back stories and too much staccato-presented social commentary sapped the energy from the narrative. These structural annoyances aside, recognizing the underlying leitmotifs makes "Esperanza" a worthwhile read, so I was reaching for four stars until the disappointing ending.
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The beginning of this book was promising, but unfortunately MacGregor started losing her inventiveness shortly after the end of the free sample. By the last third of the book all pretense of a coherent mythology is gone, and violence and escalating mayhem rule the day. The story does not have an ending, but the circular and increasingly repetitious nature of the narrative got so monotonous I was glad to reach the last page.
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Format: Hardcover
I find that often books that claim to be scary or something really new, simply aren't. ESPERANZA is, for me, completely original. This is a ghost story but not your normal fare of ghosts. Here you find brujos or witches though these are unlike any you have seen before. If the story simply involved them with no other twists it would still be an interesting book but what makes it all work is the characterizations. You meet Tess and Ian and you think you know what is going to happen with them and what they are all about but even early on you realize that there is something different about them. That difference will surprise the reader and make this tale of mystery, love and hope a truly wonderful adventure. Perhaps you will even take sides and not necessarily on Tess or Ian's. This is a tale interwoven in time past, present and future. That future is not necessarily set in stone either.

I am a big fan of T.J. Macgregor and was delighted to find a new book by her and then amazed at how enjoyable this new tale turned out. There are more to come and I can't wait for the next book in this series.
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Esperanza is one of my new favorite books. I write few reviews but had to comment on this one. This book is so inventive and Mrs. McGRegor has written well developed characters and took me to a part of the world I knew little about. The descriptions of the landscape made me want to visit but didn't hold up the story. It was a perfect mix. The book will leave you hanging and wanting more and I can't wait to read the next.
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