After a horrific accident Mike wakes to find himself blind in one eye. He now sees things that others can't, and nobody will listen to him. That is, until he meets Jandilyn Hollow. Will she be able to pull him out of the depths of his despair? Can love transcend even death?
©2012 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor
can't get enough
if I had to pick one moment it would be when Michael finds out that he wasn't married to Jhendelyn (sorry if i spelt that wrong) and he watches her walk away.
All of it. He IS Michael Talbot.
yes when jhendelyn and the baby died I was on the edge of tears and I don't even get the urge to cry when I cut onions.
This book is amazing. it's a completely separate book from anything mark tufo has written at the same time is an integral part of the Talbot universe. it is another step on the ladder of Mark Tufo's imagination. when you reach the top your mind will cease to exist as it is swept away by the wonder and brilliance that is Mark Tufo.
I felt this book was good and kept attention in the beginning. The end was rushed and not good at all.
I love Mike, but this whole alternative history riff falls flat. It seemed very pointless, meandering and not as amusing as I've come to expect from Mark Tufo. And the ending is a hokey device.
Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot. He does the best he can with this material.
It would have been better as a short story. Way too much superfluous stuff.
I love Zombie Fallout series, but I'd skip this little diversion, if I were you.
Once again, Sean Runnette is Mike Talbot. Sean has captured the essence of Mike Talbot's character and delivers over & over. Best of all, he can do female voices well enough that one doesn't cringe or want to pitch a book at him like some male interpretations of a women's voice.
I think the only big problem I had was trying to separate this Mike Talbot with the adult Mike Talbot fighting zombie's. I really didn't enjoy this Talbot as much. I think it would have been much better to create a wholey different character.
I have loved all the books I have "read" of Mark Tufo (maybe with the exception of Timothy). The writing was strong enough to cause me to actually cry at the death of one of the characters and believe me, thats not an easy thing to do!
I truly think that if you buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
Prequel to my favorite zombie series that is as entertaining as the Zombie Fallout series. I am going to the Indian hill series next as he has not disappointed me yet. If you love rampant sarcasm, quick one liners all mixed with some drama this book is for you too!!
This book is pure entertainment at its finest. It's not going to solve world hunger or bring any epiphanies about world peace,but if you are looking to laugh and cry and get attached to characters this book is a winner.
I could not put The Spirit Clearing aside--and I did not want to do anything while I was listening for fear I would miss something, a sarcastic remark or a pivotal moment. This also resolves several question that were left hanging in the zombie fallout series. I am going to listen to them again as this reminded me how much I enjoyed them the first go round!
I went to Mark Tufo's website and I get the definite impression that he channels Mike Talbot..
Alternately boring, sappy, and senseless. The story never seemed to go anywhere. The characters did random things for no apparent reason, then abruptly changed their mind or attitude and did the opposite. SPOILER ALERT: The whole "it never really happened" explanation is totally unsatisfying.
SPOILER ALERT: A whole book that was pretty much a dream, with the abrupt unexplained shifts-in-reality that occur in dreams, is pretty frustrating to read/hear. It's like someone telling you about their wacky nightmare for 9+ hours. For example, the sheriff shows up and is oddly hostile, says some other-wordly creepy things, but then later shows up and is friendly. The main character just accepts this with no question.
I would have liked a story that builds into something more meaningful than, "Oh, you just imagined it." The weak explanation about the young souls not being ready to be collected just makes no sense. The characters can't even make sense of it, let alone the reader/listener.
I thought the narrator did a good job.
The Spirit Clearing itself. It had no meaning to the rest of the story, as far as I can tell.
I did enjoy the "smart ass" humor, though at sometimes the jokes were completely out of place with the scenarios.
Good horror/mystery novels are hard to find, and this one is very, very, good.
We meet Mike, who is a young, sarcastic, and witty guy. Mike and his friends are involved in a horrific accident that changes Mike's life forever. This is a true horror novel. It's gritty and it's scary. The storyline is dark. But the characters are quick-witted and funny and provide comic relief. Mike's side comments and interactive dialogue are laughing-out-loud funny.
It's the mystery aspect of this novel that makes it exceptional. The author withholds no information from the reader. Tufo gives his readers the facts of the story in real time. The mystery unfolds for the reader at the same time it unfolds for our protagonist, Mike.
The characters are very distinct and have a lot of depth. Reader/character attraction is strong. The reader buys in without effort. The narrator seemed to work for this novel.
Mark Tufo's venture into this unexpected alternative reality for Mike was fascinating, intriguing, disturbing, captivating and emotionally devastating. It kept my attention until the bitter end. I absolutely LOVE exploring the world of the Talbots in these different realities. Thank you, Mr. Tufo, for providing a world of exploration that blows away the limits of this physical realm.
If you like supernatural/paranormal stories I highly recommend this one. If you're familiar with Tufo's work this book won't surprise you with how good it is. If not get ready. This one grips you by the heart and throat.
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