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Ghost Planet Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 2012

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: "...an absorbing and exciting story full of science, sex, and intriguing plot twists." 

RT BOOK REVIEWS, 4.5 Stars, editor's "best of 2012": "...thoroughly impresses ... a pitch-perfect balance of a cohesive scientific vision with poignant, naked emotion."

2013 RWA RITA Award finalist: Best First Book

ACTRESS/PRODUCER FELICIA DAY: "This is a really fun Sci-Fi romance...Very cool setup and characters that I couldn't put down... just start reading it without reading blurbs and the twist at the beginning will really hook you in!"

KAT RICHARDSON: "OH MY GOD! Finally a Science Fiction novel where the Relationship is as important as the Science and the won't-let-you-go story literally will not work without BOTH! Perfect balance! The pace was great and the story hooked me right up front and kept on twisting and turning all the way to the satisfying end...A novel about complex relationships, dependence, independence, and identity that's also about ecology, science, and coexistence...Fantastic!"

“Fisher's Ghost Planet grabs you right from the start and doesn't let go. An entrancing, addicting read, it keeps you on the edge of your seat with a fresh and fascinating take on the human-alien problem, while at the same time seduces you with a poignant love story. It's a psychological thriller, a science fiction adventure, and endearing romance all rolled up in one. Highly recommended!” ―Linnea Sinclair, award-winning author of the Dock Five series

“[A] won't-let-you-go story … hooked me right up front and kept on twisting and turning all the way to the satisfying end. Fantastic!…a wonderful read!” ―Kat Richardson, national bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels

About the Author

An RWA RITA Award finalist and a three-time RWA Golden Heart Award finalist, Sharon Lynn Fisher lives in the Pacific Northwest. She writes books for the geeky at heart - sci-fi flavored stories full of adventure and romance - and battles writerly angst with baked goods, Irish tea, and champagne. Her works include Ghost Planet (2012), The Ophelia Prophecy (2014), and Echo 8 (2015). 

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; 1 edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765368978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765368973
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A planet that creates ghosts of people that the human used to know on earth. Our heroine Elizabeth Cole ends up dead, but doesn't realize it nor does her supposed to be mentor Dr. Murphy. She ends up on Ardagh 1 one for her residency to help with the ghost protocol counseling. The ghost protocol requires the colonists ignore their ghosts which becomes a stick situation for Cole and Murphy that leads us through quite the adventure and revelations.

I only really read science fiction when it's Vaginal Fantasy picks, but this book honestly has me sold me on the fact that I need to read more of it. I was instantly invested when we learned Elizabeth was actually a ghost. Murphy immediately stops talking to Elizabeth when he discovers she's a ghost and she doesn't tolerate that one bit. The narrative is immersive and I could barely put this book down.

One of the best things about this book is the narrative never stops or slows down. Elizabeth is a great mary sue of a character that I find to be relatable because she's more science minded and not a total ditz. She's determined to find out why the ghosts exist instead of fading into the background like the others. I found myself trying to solve the mystery of the planet right along with Elizabeth.

I only have one complaint and it involves the end of the book. I don't like the 'surprise' that is sprung on Elizabeth at the end or the twist with her and Murphy's connection. I felt like the connection twist was really terrible because it seemed like the go-to fix for any problems in the end of the story. A catchall to save them from any trouble, but still I loved this book.

Overall this book is incredible 5/5 stars even with my one dislike. I HIGHLY recommend you pick it up if you want an interesting science fiction story with some great romance added in.
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Ghost Planet starts off with a fascinating concept: every person who lives on the planet of Ardagh 1 has an alien attached to them, and the alien is identical to someone in their life who has died. I'll have to admit it took me a while to wrap my brain around this idea. These creatures are not, in fact, ghosts. Each believes he is the human he represents and is able to do just about anything a human can do: eat, touch, feel pain and emotions, and fall in love. But there are a couple of catches: the ghost will feel extreme pain if he isn't within a certain distance of his host at all times, as the invisible bond that tethers them together can only stretch so far; and a directive called the Ghost Protocol prohibits ghosts and humans from interacting with each other in any way. With this concept, Fisher has set up a marvelous dilemma for her characters, and the themes she explores are complex and thought-provoking. Oh, and did I mention this is also a romance?

The story begins as psychologist Elizabeth Cole begins a new job on the recently colonized planet of Ardagh 1. Upon arrival she meets her supervisor, the very attractive Irishman Grayson Murphy, the man responsible for the Ghost Protocol that drives the behavior of those on the planet. Elizabeth is instantly attracted to Murphy, but Fisher throws a wrench into the story with a brilliant twist in the first chapter: it turns out that Elizabeth has actually died in a transporter accident on her way to the planet, and she is now Murphy's ghost. What makes this crazy concept so intriguing is that Elizabeth doesn't even know she's dead until some tells her. Murphy is now forced to abide by his own rules and ignore Elizabeth, but she has other ideas.
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This was a great SF romance with an original, intricate plot and well developed characters. The story takes place on Ardah 1, a planet that seems to have a mind of its own and one on which a "ghost" appears for every human colonist who moves to the planet. Each ghost attaches to a colonist, and is always a clone of someone from the past life of that colonist, either as a friend or family member. But the catch is that the clone is someone who is dead. The ghost and human can never get very far from one another. Because these ghosts are considered aliens, their initial appearance on Ardah 1 caused panic and fear among the colonists, resulting in a need for counseling, a return to Earth for some, and even some suicides. This resulted in a strict Ghost Protocol, developed by Dr. Grayson Murphy. Elizabeth Cole is working on her psychology doctorate and moves to Ardah 1 to learn about the ghost phenomena and to help counsel the colonists. She and Dr. Murphy experience an immediate attraction. From this point on, the story takes an astonishing turn that sucks you in, and then the action adventure and continuing twists and turns won't let you go; until the ending with yet more stunning twists. Through it all, Elizabeth and Murphy's relationship is a poignant reminder that love can indeed overcome tremendous odds, and is the greatest healer of all. A brilliant, well written book!
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I honestly wasn't prepared for the magnitude of this story, I thought this book would be like the rest of paranormal/sci-fi romance stories out there, boy I was wrong! The plot really took me by surprise because I hadn't take the time to ready the synopsis, I was amazed by the world created by this author. This is the kind of book that should be made into a movie! I get chills at different points of this book, the idea of aliens taking the form of dead acquaintances tethered to the host and of the romance blooming between two individual who are not suppose to fall in love are weaved effortlessly. This is the best book I've ever read in a while, the plot, the world building, the characters, they are all brilliant and I can't recommend it enough. One of the other things that amazed me as well is how the author managed to cram the whole plot twist into one book. And it's not even that long! Often times I got used to reading lengthy self-pub books that goes on and on and on that never resolves itself and still managed not to say anything at all AND has cliffhanger ending on top of everything.
Ghost Planet is a compact, solid story. Each page is deliberate and takes the reader to the right direction, I can't complement the author enough. All I can say now is that I'm waiting for what she released next and give this book a try!
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