Ghost Ocean Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 2009
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- Publisher : Roc; Original edition (May 5, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451462696
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451462695
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.38 x 1.31 x 6.84 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,374,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ghost Ocean follows Te. A 23 year old amateur ghost-hunter stuck in a crappy life that is about to explode around her. The earth as we know it is run by a figure called the 'Warden'. The Warden changes from time to time, with the latest Warden coming into power before the industrial revolution. The current Warden is a proponent of order, therefore anything 'magical' has to be imprisoned so that science and law can rule.
Across the world prisons exist to hold these magical creatures. One such prison is the city of St. Ives where we find Te. Each prison is run by a keeper. The city functions like a normal city, but the cells of each creature exist in/under it. Te's father Rob, and her boss Babu, worked as part of a force that captured these creatures. But Rob has died, and Babu is old- as the creatures begin breaking free from their prisons, what will stop them?
+ Characters. I really enjoyed learning about Te, the catch-22 of her, her whole past was an interesting complex puzzle. She makes characters in other books seem reallly shallow.
+ Plot. Simple at first glance, more complex as it goes on. What will happen?
+/- Note that the Kindle version that i read has formating issues. Most notably the majority of hard POV breaks are missing.
- The cave. I think this is where the plot starts losing people, but push through it and come out the other side. I understand what the author was trying to do, but it did not work well.
- Random confusing. POV chapters. The book does have some nameless POV chapters. Early ones are obviously Angrel. But they are still confusing, and they don't need to be.
- Ending. Not the plot conclusion- which was great. But the way each characters arcs were wrapped up afterwards.
In a nutshell, the plot began interestingly enough with a young paranormal investigator mentored by an older friend of the family stumbling upon a dead body. However, the book didn't pursue that angle but veered off into an entirely different direction... one that I found repetitive and boring. I couldn't relate to the characters in any meaningful way. I found them rather two dimensional and unpleasant. Don't get me wrong. I like characters that are flawed. These characters were so flawed I found it difficult to relate to any of them in a positive way.
Nothing really grabbed my attention or sustained my interest.
Peters draws from archetypes seen in world mythology reflecting the domination of masculine over feminine deities.
Other books and play with similar theme: Chariot of Flames and Voices, His Own Begotten Daughter and Pierce Anthony's Incarnates of Immortality.
The main character is deeply human (well, sort of) and everyone carries their own scars, good and bad alike. The author has a firm grasp on the concealing elements of mystery and a downright morbid talent for the macabre. Something I did enjoy was the way the story progressed on several fronts, watching how each character dealt with the overwhelming sense of impending chaos and hopelessness overshadowing their every action.
All in all, this book was a gem. A twisted, sort of terrifying gem but a gem nonetheless. I definately recommend this to anyone with a taste for dark, urban fantasy and a love for the unusual.