I am Ken Chiarella
I thought this book was going to be the story that is listed. Unfortunately it's really all about the romance of a woman and a creepy love interest. There were no less that 5 long love scenes in the first half alone. Two of which were dreams. I fast forwarded only to find that the love scenes were still taking place. The story sounded good but this is just junk.
This book just didn't do much for me. I thought the science fiction aspect of the plot was great, but that was its only redeeming feature. The book goes on at great length about the main characters' feelings for each other (I'd swear entire paragraphs are copied and pasted multiple places in the book), but the way their relationship developed wasn't particularly interesting, and I didn't feel particularly invested in how things turned out for them. I also listened to another book in this series and it suffered from the same problems. It's a shame, because I really want to know what happens in the larger sci-fi plot line, but I just can't take any more cut-and-paste sex scenes and vague, overwrought sentimentality.
I read one of the later Ghostwalker books. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the team of soldiers and their adventures. I thought this book would be interesting to listen to because it showed the way the Ghostwalkers got their unusual powers. WOW, was I mistaken! This should appear under the section labeled Sexual and Erotic books, Pulp Fiction or Romance Novels. To say the author was attempting to titillate the reader would be giving a pale description of the the exceedingly graphic love, no, let's say, SEX scenes. The story is horribly sacrificed to the ENDLESS, explicit, sex scenes. They're needlessly long and overly descriptive. This is supposed to be an adventure/mystery story, not something out of the Bunny Ranch Diaries. I've listened to hundreds and hundreds of Audible's books over the past years. This one not only left me cold, but angry, because of its blatant and overdone sexuality mucking up the story. There should be a warning put in for the explicit sexuality so that young readers aren't unknowingly subjected to it.
Yuck! Bodice ripper secreted away inside the book jacket of a sci-fi story. Probably a fine romance novel if one goes in for that sort of thing, but I don't and feel cheated out of a credit! I like a chick flick as much as the next chick, but this was downright embarrassing.
It wasted so much narrative to romantic/sexual scenes that the story got lost for what felt like hours in an incongruous mishmash of dream sequences of dirty sex in public places blended with a not at all plausible instant love connection unlike anything the world had ever seen blah blah blah. If it had been an actual paper-bound book, I could have torn whole chapters out and thrown them away. As it was I had to lay on the fast-forward on my iPod to find the sections of the ACTUAL story.
Want a sci-fi flavored, sexed-up harlequin? This is your story. The rest of you, don't get duped.
The narrator of this book is so perfect. Makes it hard to write this while listening. I'm so glad this first book in the Ghost Walkers series is finally available!
Shame on me for not paying closer attention to the other reviews written. I picked this book up based on the publisher's summary and the overall rating...I should have read down past the first two written reviews and I would have seen that this is a romance novel with a TINY trace of science fiction, which enabled it to sneak its way into my Sci-Fi & Fantasy search results.
Lessons learned...from now on I will be sure to research the other books a new-to-me author writes. I'll pay attention to the number of books found in the search results and compare that to the number of books that pertain to the category I'm interested in versus the number that pertain to the category(ies) I am NOT interested in. :-p Buyer beware!
Even a slightyly more talented writer.
Just by reading the book out loud
the story line could have been great
Author seems to have collated this book with a letter to a cheap porn mag.
If you enjoy one sappy cliché after another, you'll get a kick out of this book. The narrator does a fine job, but the writing is amateurish and eye-rollingly poor.
How did this thing get printed, let alone narrated? Why was it not edited? I smell nepotism or bribery.
Two stars solely because the narrator did a good job.
If it were not for the supernatural part of this romance book I probably would not have read it. The story was good it would have been better with less of the sex/romance.
I'm a singer/songwriter and avid reader (now listener!!)
There is a LOT of smouldering sexual scenes in this book... the first few were good but after a while it got boring and very repetitive ... Lily & Ryland are hot for each other ... we get it!
In saying that ... if smouldering scenes is your thing then this book is perfect for you.
Apart from that the story was quite good :)