"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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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.
My favorite thing about this book was the attitude, irreverence, of the main character.
One of the most memerable momments was the release of the lost childrens' souls in the
His ability with is voice and the ability to play both men and women
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.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It is in a similar vein as Carey's Felix Castor books or even Dresden's books (in setting more so than in tone). I liked Felix's character the most of the three since he was dry and funny and tongue in cheek; Dead Eye's main character (Mike Ross) is dry and almost funny, but not at all tongue in cheek. Dresden is more slapstick than dry. So in the scale of popular urban fantasy main males, Mike is mid-range in the "do-I-give-a-hoot-if-he-drops-dead" scale.
The women are caricatures.
Female 1: Bimbo-y and elusive even though Mike wants to bed her.
Female 2: bimbo-y and elusive even though Mike wants to bed her.
Female 3: Mike's Mom. Judgemental and hard-working.
Female 4: a ghost: abused wife turned "run off with first manghost she finds"
Oh, there are couple more but they aren't even as "robust" as the ones listed above.
The story itself isn't that bad, and, while there is a bit of politicking going on, it wasn't over-the-top (though you'll finish the book knowing how Bernheimer feels about the treatment of veterans and government financial responsibilities). I am on the edge on whether or not I care enough to read the next book in the series. I don't think I do, but it is close. It's just a bit too slowly paced, the characters are poorly drawn, and, really, nothing actually happens in the story...
The narration is also... meh... I actually started this and stopped because he was so boring. I picked it back up and, after a couple hours, the narrator kinda blends into the background. He doesn't add anything to the story, and I suspect part of the slow pacing is his fault. But he isn't "bad" either. The whole thing is just sorta ho-hum, really.
There is nothing graphic (sex, violence) and I don't recall any swearing.
I loved the book. It was quick, witty, and has that dash of snark sarcasm I look for in the protagonist. Great Contemporary Fantasy!
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)
This book was awesome!!!!
I decided to listen to a small 30 minute piece and I couldn't stop!!!!
I already bought the second book and I'm just waiting for the weekend.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
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.
Though not exactly a new idea of people seeing ghosts, the author put a really fresh twist on this concept. The main character had his flaws but you could understand the reasoning that led to his decisions and sympathise. The narrator really put a lot of effort into the many roles.
Willy Wonka of it
Some folks have compared this book and its world to Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files series. I can see the comparison given the theme and the humor, but I think this tale can stand on its own
It is similar though, in that our protagonist has a connection to the supernatural world and becomes quite notorious within it, causing him to face a great number of dangers (in this book alone). Also like within The Dresden Files universe, our hero slowly finds out he's a bit more special than he thought.
The ghostly world gets quite fleshed out in this book as well, while still leaving some mysteries open for future tales. We watch our hero perform experiments and gather info that leads to various understandings of the rules of the semi-afterlife. We also see our hero learn some lessons the hard way via some unexpected avenues.
I said this story was a bit rushed, and it was. If you've ever read the Harry Potter novels, imagine them condensed (devoid of anything not absolutely relevant to the overall story) and in one book. That's sort of how this book felt.
That's not a bad thing mind you, it's just a different style. It reminds me a lot of "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman. Each chapter/episode is a new adventure in the life of our protagonist, so while it does jump forward a bit, it keeps the story moving.
The downside of the above would be the narrator. Even when in the same chapter (or even page), it's usually clear when the writer wants to break and shift to a new scene; however this narrator plows right through, leaving you feel a bit like you just missed a step. Makes you wonder if they had limited time in the studio to do the reading.
The narrator also does a fairly poor job at various voices and even tones while reading. Most of the prose is read in the same tone of voice and can easily blend together if you're listening while driving or some other activity.
Overall, I'd give the story a solid 4-4.5, it was enjoyable, even if rushed (including the resolution). If you consider the story a compilation of adventures, that should help with any jarring transitions.
I'd have to give the narrator a 3 though.
Love epic fantasy, war stories, monsters, and zombies.
The story is a very interesting one, and there were a lot of directions the author could have gone. But the book never really got there. I stopped listening about 3/4 of the way through, bored. That's not a good sign for a book about ghosts.
"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
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