- File Size: 5381 KB
- Print Length: 382 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Splickety Publishing Group (June 5, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 5, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CRR7NNC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Ghost Mine: A Science Fiction/Horror Novel Kindle Edition
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My challenge is to review it in such a way that you know you just HAVE to read it without giving away any of the juicy awesome goodness. ;)
It took me about three pages to let go of my "I'm not going to get this story" fears. By that point, I loved the main character and his best friend enough to keep reading even if I was a bit worried about all the "sci-fi" going on. The story was already setting me up for some must read moments. I am an avid reader and I always prefer a realistic main character with real world, relatable problems. I like a variety of characters with easily distinguishable voices. I like knowing that they are flawed because they act flawed, not just because the writer tells me they have some issue. I like twists. I like turns. I like aha moments. And I love the "didn't see that coming" moments even more. I like it when the story jumps right into the action instead of dragging out the preliminary stuff. I like it when things don't go the way you think they're going to go. I like it when characters turn out to be ... well, never mind. You'll see. ;)
I read. I write. I watch a lot of tv and movies. I can almost always predict a plot twist way before it happens. It's not easy to surprise me. It's not easy to keep me engaged in the world of sci-fi. It's even harder to get me to FINISH a sci-fi book instead of waiting for the movie.
This book surprised me. More than once. It engaged me and kept me entertained on a level usually reserved for King and Koontz. It had me staying up past my bedtime to read just one more chapter... then one more... then one more. I don't miss out on sleep for just any story.
Just when I thought it might be winding down, and I was breathless from all the twists, turns, action, and anticipation, it would take another turn and a new twist and the action would rev back up have me saying, "To heck with sleep!"
Interesting and unique plot. Realistic characters that are very well written. Fascinating situations. Thrills. Chills. Blood. Robots. Explosions. Space madness.
This book had all that and more. Best of all... it was written in such a vivid and CRYSTAL clear manner that I didn't have a single moment of "wait, what's happening?" that took me out of the story. It read more like I was watching a movie. I had no trouble picturing the events, the characters, the robots, the machines... and believe me when I say I know nothing about space colonization, mining protocols, or robotics. So having me read it all the way to the end and understand it along the way... takes talent. Big time. Oh, and in case you're wondering... underneath all the adventure and mayhem... there is a great message. Bonus points!!!
This won't be my last sci-fi read. If Ben Wolf keeps churning them out, I'll keep reading them. He has a fantastic imagination, a true gift for story-telling, and a definite way with words.
I'm not easy to impress. I rarely give 5 stars. I've given less to Stephen King before. This one kept me on the edge of my seat from the very start and it never let up... all the way to the end... which was...
Well, I won't ruin it for you.
I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and I really love that it changed my mind about this genre. I guess I can't keep saying I "don't like sci-fi" anymore. I might even venture to read something else in the genre while I wait on Mr. Wolf's next book.
Grab this. Read it. It's fantastic. =)
It was also refreshing that the main relationship in the story is one of deep friendship between two men with very different personalities and interests. It reminded me of the Kirk/Spock/McCoy friendship, or Han and Chewie in Star Wars. There was also a thread of potential romance between the protagonist and his supervisor, which was realistic and just enough to add some spice to the story.
These are all reasons that I enjoyed The Ghost Mine, but I can't help but agree with the advertising that says this book is like the movie Aliens in tone and intensity. That's what I was looking for, and that's what I got. A guy just trying to do his job who gets sucked into a deadly situation that nobody anticipated. Be prepared for violence, gruesome deaths, and a lot of suspense. I could totally see this as a movie.