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Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum Paperback – May 10, 2011
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"If you read one paranormal novel this year, read this one!"
~~ Ron Fabiani, Paranormal Cops
"Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is a well researched and hand-clenching tale of suspense. An insane asylum with a long, mysterious history and more than a whisper of hauntings...I dare you to step inside."
~~ Geoffrey Edwards, author of Fire Bell in the Night
"An original take on the classic haunting story that even the most jaded of horror fans can enjoy."
~~ Brett Talley, author of That Which Should Not Be
"If you took Ghost Hunters and combined it with an old school Gothic ghost story, then added an extensive helping of fascinating paranormal research, you would get the chilling Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum."
~~ Dana Fredsti, author of Ashley Drake, Zombie Hunter (A Plague on All Houses)
"Prepare for twists and turns evocative of the finest mysteries as well as the suspense of a top-notch thriller cast with the darkest of gothic overtones."
~~ Les Edgerton, author of Hooked, Finding Your Voice, Monday's Meal, The Death of Tarpons and others.
About the Author
Stephen Prosapio received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago. After reporting for one of the nation's largest fantasy football websites, footballguys.com, Stephen wrote his first novel, Dream War. Competing against 2,676 other novels, it won a Top Five Finalist award in Gather.com's 2007 First Chapters contest. Dream War was released as an eBook in July of 2010. Articles about him and his writing have been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, The North County Times, Today's Local News, San Diego Magazine and the DePaul University Alumni magazine.
Stephen's second novel Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is a paranormal suspense novel about a paranormal researcher--who is himself possessed--forced to team with a rival TV ghost hunting show investigating a 19th century asylum. He uncovers as many dangerous secrets as he does spirits.
Stephen works as an executive recruiter and resides in Oceanside, California. He is currently crafting a sequel to Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum that chronicles the Xavier Paranormal Investigators next case.
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Stephen Prosapio is clearly a fan of paranormal shows. As am I, this is why I chose this book in the first place. I wondered at first how much of the main character was fashioned after Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures, but came to the conclusion the two weren't overly similar. The book does read a little like a combination of Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State and Ghost Hunters, but is unique in its own right. The author has included some distinctive differences, as well as several unexpected twists and turns. Zach's possession is more than simple possession - stigmata is involved, which added an additional element to the plot. There are some religious undertones at play - aka good vs. evil, Zach's Catholic background, etc.
The story dragged a bit here and there. There was a great deal of "ruminating" over who had betrayed the team. There were a lot of bros punching each other "in the meaty part of the arm". Some of the banter between characters struck me as somewhat juvenile. All things considered, I'd say Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is worth reading if you enjoy a paranormal story with a twist.
That being said, there were some things about this book that I found annoying. If this book is supposed to be a spine tingling read, there needs to be a bit more ghostly activity. This book intrigued me, but it never frightened me the way I always think a good paranormal read should have the power to do. After all, that's why I read them. If I wanted just a mystery, I would have picked up one of those instead. Having so many characters to introduce at the beginning of the book left me struggling a little bit to make sense of the flood of information.
There were things I liked about this book and things I did not, but for the most part it was a good read. I was stuck between three and four stars for a while, but I think just with the complexities of this story alone, it earned four stars. Give it a try if you are looking for something kind of unusual and fun to read.