November 4th, 2012


Book Review: Unholy Ghosts, by Stacia Kane

A pill-popping witch goes ghost-busting in a goth-punk post-apocalypse.

Unholy Ghosts

Del Rey, 2010, approx. 98,000 words


The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

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Verdict: An entertaining, fast-paced supernatural thriller for people who like Urban Fantasy, and different enough to appeal to someone (like me) who doesn't so much. The heroine distinguishes herself by being a believable person with enough virtues and flaws to balance likable with annoying. Unholy Ghosts is not wholly original and the tropes all proceed directly from its many predecessors, but it's a quick, fun read.

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