Sanford Hospital. A Victorianesque monstrosity with creeping ivy and the infamous Ward E, home of the soon-to-be-dead. This is where ghost hunter Shane Ryan ends up for his burn treatments. Courtesy of the Veterans Administration system, the ex-marine is cut off from his private doctors and thrust into the arms of a hospital with one special nurse from hell, Nurse Ruth Williamson, who is as dead as they come.
The nurse is a whole new breed of undead. She has a cadre of helpers who are loyal to the grave. Her twisted sense of mercy is death to the dying...and the living if they get in her way. And Shane Ryan is in her way.
Gathering his new friends and a few ghostly comrades, Shane takes up arms against the unholy regiment to fight the good fight. He can't allow the nurse to continue her killing spree. Her legacy of death must be stopped. Although she has a few more tricks up her sleeve, Shane's mission is clear. The nurse must die. And stay dead. Once and for all.
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Ron Ripley definitely won on the setting!! Sanford Hospital is " A Victorianesque monstrosity with creeping ivy" and it's where Shane is being sent for burn treatment following the events of the last book. It's home to more than the patients as Shane soon finds out. The infamous Ward E is home to a nurse who is only too happy to help you pass into the after life. It's up to Shane and a few of his new friends to try to get Nurse Williamson to stay dead, though this may be his toughest fight yet because it's not just the dead that are helping the Nurse, she has some fanatical living beings helping her too. Shane knows how to fight the dead, but it's the living who he needs to fear.
Even when he is down, poor Shane doesn't get a break!! He is trying to recover from the burns he received last time and is sent to this creepy hospital with no other choice than to get the treatment he needs. He is nursing his wounds and his broken heart yet trouble still finds him there! He not only has to deal with the multitude of ghosts, but also the humans who are helping her. He really has a tough time with this one and has a lot more injuries that he will need to recover from now ;)
As I said, the setting for this was awesome. An old hospital is creepy enough, but add in the fresh hell that is Nurse Ruth and you have an eerie, creepy place. Nurse Ruth was horrible. When she thinks your time is up, it's up. She kills indiscriminately, though she likes to think that she does it to ease their suffering. She has been doing it for decades and has a core group of both ghosts and humans who follow her. She is a force to be reckoned with!!
In all, this edition was just as good as the rest. Shane is on the edge and I really hope he rallies both his fighting spirit and health and comes out on top. I feel like poor Shane can't handle much more without breaking!!!! Bring on the next one.
Thom Bowers did an amazing job. He just seems to "get" these books and knows how to read it well. He is easy to listen to and I really need to check out more from him.
I was voluntarily provided this free copy by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
I like to read many different genres, but I favor horror for my Audible choices.
Book 4 in the Berkley Street Series continues the saga of Shane Ryan, a retired marine who can communicate with the dead. This time, Shane seeks treatment at a recently reopened VA hospital and finds that his fellow soldiers are dying in mysterious ways. There are vague rumors about a nurse who "helps" those who suffer find peace, but most everyone at the facility denies it. It's up to Shane to get to the bottom of this and help his friends.
Another great story that continues to build the complexity of Shane's character, and we learn more about his relationship with Courtney. There is an interesting new character named Frank who comes into Shane's life as well! Highly recommend this series and all Ron Ripley's books!
The narrator is a good speaker. He really puts life into the characters.
I loved how simple the horror was. As always, it's not overdone or complex or confusing. It's simple and yet there's always a new twist to it with each book in this series. The twists keep it inventive and new so I don't get bored with the same old thing.
A voice. Or voices I should say. Every character has its own voice and personality and the way he reads gives the story a different kind of life than I would give by just reading it myself.
I got really angry and, if I'm being honest, a bit scared at times. It takes a lot to actually frighten me with a book because I know it's not real etc so I don't mean I got scared in that sense. I mean that I was scared for Shane. I was worried this ghost would prove to be too much for him and he'd die. I was really angry a lot though because the nurse was so horrible and the people following her were just as bad. I couldn't believe there were living people who believed she was in the right! It made me so mad because it was obvious to me that she was just killing people left and right with no real regard to their pain and suffering.
I also felt really bad for Shane because he's just falling apart and I find it so sad. I hope he rallies and gets better or he's going to drink himself into an early grave. Also, I'm super happy about the Brother Francis. He's so cool!
Another great addition to the series, and the setting and characters were creepy and frightening. The stories just seem to get richer as the series go on, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Yes, I would. Most of my friend don't like the horror genre. I would recommend it to all of us who do.
I love Shane and ofcourse he's back again. Can't really pinpoint an exact scene or moment.
Tom did this story excellent! The storyline and he were perfect together because he brought the individual characters to life.
Just the ending.
Excellent! Highly recommend this one!
Ron Ripley writes great supernatural ghost stories! Love his characters of Shane (ex-marine/ghost hunter), Courtney and now Don Francis Benedict, all taking place in an old spooky hospital. I wanted it to continue longer. Hope the next one comes to audible soon! Highly recommend this fun creepy series. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by Scare Street. THANK YOU!!!!
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