- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (September 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439101159
- ISBN-13: 978-1439101155
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 123 customer reviews
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"One could not have two better guides than Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson when it comes to understanding the permeable membrane between our world and the one inhabited by paranormal entities. Seeking Spirits is must-reading for those who have experienced supernatural phenomena or those who have a passing curiosity about ghosts. Hawes and Wilson educate about the science of their field while relating compelling personal experiences, and gently remind us that being a ghost hunter is not just about understanding the dead, but about helping the living explore the parameters of this world." -- JODI PICOULT, New York Times bestselling author of Handle With Care and My Sister's Keeper
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Jason Hawes, along with Grant Wilson, heads up TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society. Plumbers by trade, Hawes and Grant are interested in getting to the bottom of everyday, paranormal occurrences. It has been more than a decade since Jason and Grant first met, and since then TAPS has grown in size and scope to become one of the most respected paranormal-investigation groups in America.
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This book, Seeking Spirits, is about the cases Jason and Grant investigated before they landed on television. The cases are broken down into chronological order according to year. In between cases there are sections thrown in devoted to explaining certain types of hauntings, devices, etc., to elaborate. The cases themselves range from the believable to unbelievable to just plain crazy.
Many of the cases in this book resulted in unexplained EVPs, noises, and the occasional shadow sighting. We see these types of cases a lot on the show. There were a couple of cases covered in this book that just seemed too "out there" for me. Take for instance the case entitled Pots & Pans. In 1997, a man named Tim claimed that his furniture would get rearranged and his pots and pans would be stacked in the floor by an unknown force. During the investigation Jason and Grant witnessed the claims first hand. They concluded that an "elemental" was responsible.
Another case I found totally blown away with was the case of the doppelganger. In 2001, Jason and Grant got a call from a man that said he was concerned about his wife. He claimed that he would have conversations with his wife, then later his wife would account they had no such conversation. This doesn't seem very paranormal sounding does it? Well, the situation started to become worse for the man and his wife and he decided that he needed someone to come in and investigate his claims and get to the bottom of what was happening. According to Jason and Grant, there was a doppelganger impersonating the wife. I still can't seem to wrap my head around that one.
Another case worth mentioning was an instance of a little old lady contacting T.A.P.S because she was hearing voices. Jason and Grant arrive and start conducting their interview with the lady. She was sweet and even brought them cookies and milk to snack on. At one point she goes to the kitchen to come back a minute later wielding a frying pan ready to conk both investigators on the head! The little old lady wasn't being affected by a haunting, instead she was found to have dementia.
I was thoroughly entertained by this book even though a few of the cases seemed a bit far-fetched.
I admire T.A.P.S. approach to their investigations, they have thought these things out, when to research, what the goal is, hot to be objective and professionalism. Only two guys who are best friends and trust each other, could work together like these guys do. I highly recommend this book and am really glad I found it and bought it. Get this book and read it!
Highlights of this book include:
* New cases that were not shown on television. Readers get learn about some new ghostly haunts and how some were debunked.
* Grant's personal paranormal experience. I won't go into details here but I will state the experience was a mysterious one. I'm still trying to figure out what Grant experienced.
* Variety of cases. Some cases ranged from people with psychological/physiological medical conditions that were not haunts at all while others were truly supernatural.
*Writing was a bit more professional this time. The copy was evenly written and well organized.
* None. The book was an excellent read perfect for spooky Halloween reading.
Note: The Kindle edition may have chapter headings out of order. I have contacted Amazon about this possible glitch.