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Unholy Ghosts Paperback – 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
In this dark futuristic urban fantasy series launch, Kane (Demon Possessed) blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead. Chess Putnam works for the world-ruling Church of Real Truth, debunking false claims of hauntings and banishing the occasional real ghost. When a powerful drug dealer calls on her services to erase her debt to him, Chess finds herself investigating an abandoned airfield, a horrible human sacrifice, an ominous apparition, and a conspiracy against the church itself. Making matters worse are her persistent drug habit, a cursed unhealing wound, and her fondness for extremely dangerous men. What starts out as a promising concept soon deteriorates into a murky mess of ambiguous characters and grim dangers. Chess is too broken to be sympathetic and too stoned to be coherent, and though it's atmospheric and well written, her story simply lacks heart. (June)
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Unholy Ghosts is a wonderful, weird, wild tale filled with gritty magic, punk rock and macabre spirits. Kane's world is dark, dangerous and haunted, populated by hustlers, junkies and exorcists. . . and you'll never want to leave. Simply the best book I've read this year. --Caitlin Kittredge, author of Street Magic
Gripping. . .Vivid characters and a wonderful sense of place. . . I was enthralled. --Charlaine Harris
In Unholy Ghosts, Stacia Kane has penned the ultimate bible of badassery. This is a black diamond of an urban fantasy, fierce and darkly satisfying as running on a storm-lashed shore. --Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Blue Diablo and Doubleblind --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This is basically a story about a female witch who works for The Church. A Church that has taken over the world since ghosts and spirits were proven to be real. The world she create a is a depressive one. The main character teams up with a "bad guy" to save the day and then there was another bad guy she sort of likes in what seems destined to become a love triangle.
What is funny to me about this book is there is a lot I didn't like, but at the end of the book I find as a whole I enjoyed it and want to buy another book in the series.
The main character is an addict and she's unapologetic about it. She doesn't want to "get better" or be saved, she is what she is. For me that's refreshing. The author does show addiction well imho. What I mean is the thought process and how she acts seems believable. People think addicts are bums begging on the street, most addicts work and function in society. The book does a good job showing how drug addiction is just like a job. How her thoughts are consumed with making sure she has enough, needs to take more and planning when to take more. I didn't find it oft-putting but I can imagine others could.
The two characters that she might or might not have romantic feelings are also not clean cut nice guys. They both work for dealers and both partake of drugs with her. Again it doesn't bother me that they aren't "nice guys". I wish the writer would be more descriptive when she describes the characters appearance. I have no idea what any of them even remotely look like except in my mind. But before I got the hint that one of the guys might be a future love interest I had imagined him as an overweight Honkey Tonk Man (the old wrestler lol)
The story was a bit predictable. I knew who "did it" almost as soon as the character was introduced. Also some of the storylines were a bit convenient. I also don't like when the hero or heroine just seem to "win" by luck and not some supreme bad assery. She's a debunker who gets rid of ghosts. However I don't feel like she's exceptional. She sort of wings it and hopes it. works.
The world building was pretty good. I did seem to "get" what the world was like and how it ended up that way. I hope they expand on that in the next book. I also was confused at how crazy the world has gotten. It seems like hell on Earth. But then she mentions grabbing a paper towel or buying a new matress and comforter set. Do they still have department stores? I was a little leary on that.
I hope more is explained next book. All in all I enjoyed this book. I'm definitely reading the next one.
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Kane has made a very interesting world. Triumph City and it's surrounding areas have a very dystopian feel, especially in Downside. They've never really rebuilt after the ghostly invasion and that is compounded by the fact that the ghosts still come back, albeit in a more organized fashion. For one week a year, the spirits come back in something called the Festival. The Festival is an unkindly reminder of the penance owed to the ghosts and everyone within the Church works long, hard hours for that week. The city itself is still broken in many parts, dirty in others, some parts remained the same.
In Triumph City, there is no religion. No God, no gods, no praying, no church, no miracles. The only thing they are allowed to do is pledge allegiance to The Church and yes, they are given swipe cards to use in Church as a means to track attendance and participation. Anyone caught doing something outside of the Church's rules and regs is punished, many times barbarically. There is no jail, just punishment. Magical tattoos are one of the forbidden things; only Churchwitches like Chess are allowed by Church law to have them, where they act not only as an identifier, but they are also a useful tool in the magical line of work.
The characters were another very unique addition to the already interesting world. Chess is a drug addict, drug of choice is various pills provided by Bump. There are other sources of drugs, but Chess' safest bet is getting them from Bump. I also liked the potential love interests - Lex is a handsome dude who works for Bump's rivals. Terrible is ugly, scarred, tough, yet as was proven through the course of the story, big man has a gentle side. The possible triangle in this case works because each man is completely different. I also grew to like the slang spoken by many residents. Chess is well-spoken and speaks as an educated person would. Others like Terrible and Lex have adopted their own dialect and each characters' manner of speech was a little different. It originally was kind of hard to decipher but as the story progressed, it became clear that the different dialects were a way of showing who was educated, who was street-raised, who was poor, who was not. That added another intricate layer to the story and I appreciated the slight (and in some cases, heavy) differences.
Bottom line - great addition to the UF genre. I recommend this of you are looking for a ton of originality in the paranormal world. I will definitely be continuing on with the series.
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First, I was unimpressed by Chess in the beginning pages when she does her first job.Read more