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Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman | [Jim Bernheimer]

Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

"My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."
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"My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny.... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

©2009 David Wood- Gryphonwood Press (P)2012 David Wood- Gryphonwood Press

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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-13-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2014

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Keep your iron tools handy."

    A funny story about a guy who becomes a ferry man and helps souls cross over. Unfortunately he has to make a living somehow and ghost don't make a lot of money. In the meantime he is having problems with girls, ghost, skin walkers, soldiers and even mobsters. He never seems to get a break. It is not a book for deep thinking and some of the points of views are stereo typical but I enjoyed the story and will be getting the next one. The narrator was good, but dry and I can't help but think it would have been funnier if it had a different narrator. The story picks up the second half of the book. I happened to pick this up because a guy who likes Monster Hunter International recommended this book and was glad I read the reviewers other books.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 05-18-12
    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 05-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Add the others Audible!"

    This was good I had this in my wish list for a while, hmmming and hawing... Glad I finally took the plunge. I had listened to Confessions of a D list Super Villan, and really enjoyed that, but this seemed so different I wasn't sure.
    Bernheimer's style of writing is no nonsense. He doesn't waste time explaining scenes and feelings and thoughts that have no bearing on the story, it's straight to the point, which is a nice change of pace. Mike Ross is a war vet that has a cornea transplant and can suddenly see ghosts. It's so much more complex and fun than that of course, but you should listen to it.
    Apparently it's a series and there's more books. So come on Audible! I hate when you just add one book from a series. Keep them coming.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Lamb Wellsville, UT USA 11-09-12
    Frank Lamb Wellsville, UT USA 11-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Like Harry Dresden? You will love Michael Ross!"

    I loved the book. It was quick, witty, and has that dash of snark sarcasm I look for in the protagonist. Great Contemporary Fantasy!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12
    Erik Jupiter, FL, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow not my genre of books but I really liked it!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    ok, if you have read Confessions of a D-List Super hero then the main characters are the same but in different Genre's. Which is actually awesome in my opinion. The reason why you like D-List superhero is the main character is a Sarcastic Hero that doesn't want to be the hero. Same here!!!
    The main character in Dead Eye, Mike Ross, is very down to earth and unlike the whiner super hero's you read about in comics that are "cursed with power". Mike is more annoyed and confused with his "gift". He is the reluctant hero type and his sarcasm is much more humorous than whinning hero's in other books. I had a chance to speak with the author and he did say if you like D-list superhero you will like this book. He was right. A definate must read!!!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Christine CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO, United States 01-13-13
    Christine CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very fun Read"
    What did you love best about Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman?

    My favorite thing about this book was the attitude, irreverence, of the main character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman?

    One of the most memerable momments was the release of the lost childrens' souls in the


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    His ability with is voice and the ability to play both men and women


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 01-08-13
    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good idea...good entertainment."

    I liked the story. The premise was interesting, and the hero was likeable. I would have enjoyed it more if the author had fleshed out the characters more, but all in all worth a listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 01-30-13
    Professor 01-30-13

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "Amazing!!!"

    This book was awesome!!!!

    I decided to listen to a small 30 minute piece and I couldn't stop!!!!

    PS
    I already bought the second book and I'm just waiting for the weekend.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Alyssa 07-17-13
    Alyssa 07-17-13

    Alyssa

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    "Best Ghost story i've listened too!"
    Where does Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Man, this was a really great book, I enjoyed the narration a lot! There were a few slow parts, but the ending was really good. And Mike was a ton of fun. He definitely had a couple of lucky breaks, and there were parts where I literally groaned at some of his poor decisions. But that just makes him human.


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    Ryan CA, United States 06-15-13
    Ryan CA, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "He can see ghosts, and he's handling it..."

    Just a good vanilla story. The protagonist is a vet home from the Middle East after suffering a severe injury. Not crippling, but enough that he can't soldier any longer.

    Mid 20's, he's going back to college, finds he can see and interact with ghosts. He doesn't lose his mind, he doesn't find it's a curse, he isn't beset by horror - no pretentiousness - it's just a new perception and it gets him into a new way of life. Like anything in life, there are benefits and costs that balance.

    The story is about the odd jobs his new ability earns him and the misadventures that follow. He handles it with an everyman attitude and dry sense of humor.

    Overall, a fun read that I recommend to someone who enjoys a light tale with a supernatural twist.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 03-22-15
    Tango Texas 03-22-15

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "It's not you, it's me, but really it's you"

    I had to use this line from the book as the title of my review because, a. it's funny and will give you an idea of the ironic/sardonic tone of the book, b. it conveys the "every man" status of the protagonist, Mike Ross, who recognizes this sentiment when he gets the brush-off.. Mike acquires a "gift" to see ghosts and interact with them via a cornea transplant following major injuries in the Iraq war. Mike not only has war wounds to overcome, but he's short, broke, and uneducated. He'd like to use his new abilities to make some money, but his efforts, while useful in protecting the living and assisting the dead, almost never pan out with much moolah. And Mike's new talents greatly hamper his love life and family relationships (see title above) so ultimately, this guy is no Gary Stu! After listening 1/2 way to two books (one sci-fi, one fantasy) in a row where the primary protagonist was all that and a bag of chips (Atlas/Adonis rolled into one, every woman falls at his feet, yada, yada), I was thrilled to pieces to meet Mike Ross; a guy who doesn't get anything for free and yet keeps trying - my kind of hero.

    In this urban noir fantasy, Jim Bernheimer not only provides some realistic living men and women, he borrows from the gangster and Civil War eras to populate the world with some memorable ghostly characters. This is a fast paced adventure that stands well on it's own, but definitely made me want to read the sequels.

    Jeffrey Kafer does a great job at invoking the dry, wry tone of the noir story and provides good characters voices as well. Nice performance!

    Some reviewers have compared this to Dresden, but Dead Eye actually reminded me more of the nicely done Felix Castor series by Mike Carey. If you like urban noir, if you enjoy a hero who's only human, if you like your ghosts to have a bit of moxie, and if you like a bit of history thrown into your fantasy fiction, you'll like Dead Eye.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "more than a ghost story"

    told in the first person by mike ross this is the story of how he went from battle injured soldier to becoming the ferryman.
    this is a great book which I highly recommend it deserves higher than the five stars I have given it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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