"My name is Mike Ross and I'm a Ferryman - like in the Greek myth. I didn't ask for, or really want, the job, but I'm trying to make the best of it. Most ghosts are okay and just need a little help to get where they need to go. Unfortunately, there are lots of exceptions, like power-mad psychopaths, spirits still trying to fight battles long since lost, and the worst of the lot - the Skinwalkers. They live vicariously by possessing people and controlling them like puppet masters. Then they toss them aside when they've outlived their usefulness. One of them stole my father 15 years ago, and now I'm going to make that ghost pay."
©2011 Jim Bernheimer (P)2012 David Wood- Gryphonwood Press
I really have fun with this series. I listen to a lot of books and always have that moment when I start up a book in a series where I wonder if I'll know what's happening, but he does a concise recap without boring you or overloading you. Mike is doing well, growing, learning, hismcharacter is progressing nicely. Making good choices, with a few bad ones here and there, but he's human. So it stays entertaining and fun.
But, there is this one thing that needs to be discussed. He (author) employs famous dead people throughout both books. The first one was Edgear Alan Poe and a few war generals, I won't spoil whose in this one, but there's some good ones. I have a love/hate relationship with famous dead people having active roles. He does seem to pull it off though. I initially cringed, but they all worked well. At least it wasn't jack the ripper, I hate when when he shows up. I look forward to another book!
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)
Second book is as good as the first,
and from this moment on
Jim Bernheimer is in my top 10 Favorite Authors
and Jeffrey Kafer performed an outstanding narration.
I was upset to find out that there is no 3rd book as of yet,
but according to the author he has plans
for at least 1 probably 2-3 more books in a dead eye series.
Let's hope they will be available soon.
I've just converted to the Jim Bernheimer religion!! the book is funny, fast-paced and a breath of fresh air.
I took a gamble some months back and decided to read "confessions of a d-list supervillain" (Another book by Jim Bernheimer) and was amzazed at how much i liked it. i decided to read another one - although i purchased 'pennies for the ferryman', i still havent read it (in fact, i forgot it was in my library until a few minutes ago when i tried to purchase it!!)
i ended up getting the 'skinwalker conspiracies' some days ago, because of the reviews i read about it. all i can say is "a big fat thank you" to those who reviewed it, seeing as it was defintely worth the sleepless night and the loud (crazy woman) sudden bursts of laughter at the office today!
I certainly can't way to acquaint myself with the first book!!
any ideas when book 3 might be coming out? I'll take a day off work, just so i can read it!!
Say something about yourself!
Yeah I would, if you liked the first book you'll like the second book too...
When mike's spirit was put in a dogs body, it was kinda interesting that he still alive and that he can leave his own physical body and spirit jump.
When he met and fought Lee Harvey Oswald.
I would recommend this book to people who are into supernatural books and i just wanna know when are we getting book three so we know what's gonna happen to Mike Ross and his group of spirits.
I really enjoyed this audio book and I will definitely listen again. The narrator did an awesome job! The story was believeable and scary yet well seasoned with lite humor throughout. I couldn't stop listening. This book maintained the intensity of the first book in this series. It really is a must read if you like a mix of paranormal, snarky quick wit attitude and suspense.
I am a sucker for this genre that blends mystery or crime in parallel universe of ghosts or wizards etc. ala Dresden files, The Iron Druid or even Monster hunters international. A common thread here is wisecracking long suffering hero's.
I very much enjoyed this reading
Although not really a distraction, this book reads as if each chapter was written like a monthly installment in a mystery magazine or web series, although I have no personal knowledge of this. On several occasions we are reminded of an incident that needed no reiteration unless the listener had been away from the story for an extended period of time.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Equally as funny as the first, maybe even better. I love the part with the dogs, it cracked me up big time. There are new characters such as Lee Harvey Oswald for one and we finally get his real story, ha, ha. The road trip is mostly in Texas. Mike finally gets to find out what really happened with his dad. Mike is learning neat new tricks and getting himself into more than one scrap. So this is a defiant read if you like the first one. Narrator is good and I enjoyed him better in the second book than I did in the first. Maybe I just got used to him.
This is the second book in the Dead Eye series. I found this to be as enjoyable
as the first book. Mike takes the show on the road meeting more historical figures
and of course finding himself in more trouble along the way. Mike finds that
his abilities are expanding and with those expanding abilities comes tougher
opposition. This is one of those series I was reluctant to try at first but it has
great narration done by Jeffrey Kafer and Jim Bernheimer has me hooked. I
will defiantly be buying the third book whenever it comes out.
This was a new author and type of Sci-fi Fiction for me, but amazingly my husband and I had just recently investigated Gettysburg ourselves and had "contact" with some of the same characters spirits as offered in the first book, specifically Strong Vincent at Little Round Top, so I gave it a try. I liked the premise, but the storyline had some flaws with historical characters in book 2. As usual, History, like the Bible, is based on translation and creative license by individuals, so History buffs should be open minded. I like that the main character developed his "gifts"further, but still anxious to see how Jim Bernheimer continues to mold and shape his newer abilities, if he expands to a 3rd book. Personally, I think 2 books in a series is a tease, so I hopes he keeps this one going and stays away from the "Superhero" AND Zombie non-sense.
Close to Joe Ledger from Jonathan Mayberry in descriptive fighting "action" style and use of multiple characters for assist, as well as personal back story which leads to unexpected disappointments. Also this story shares similarity with others via Awesome Narrator with a flare for the sarcastic presentation which reflected both author and story with unique concepts for paranormal abilities and cohorts.
Did NOT like Superhero VS. Zombies concept and wouldn't enjoy any other storyline other than this particular one.
I listen while I drive, so mostly stop and go enjoyment, so not even possible to listen in one sitting, but I was riveted and looked forward to the "Go" more than the "stops" I have to endure throughout the work week.
I have recommended this series to others, but with caution that these there are ONLY two books in the series, so far...
Willy Wonka of it
The second novel in this series is definitely a worthy followup. It sort of continues the episodic structure of the first book, but all of the events follow each other in a much closer fashion. This is likely due to #1 it taking place on a roadtrip/journey to a destination and #2 because we got the backstory in the first book, so were free to move forward.
The narrator also seems to have gotten into his stride and his reading is much better this time around (for me anyway).
As for the story, we continue following Ross as he heads across the country to go after his long lost father. We make some stops on the way, all of which contribute to Mike's growth as a character. Mike makes some interesting allies and his powers (and knowledge) grows.
The final battle and resolution is far from lackluster, and though it leaves the door wide open for a sequel, there is no cliffhanger and this book stands firmly on its own.
That said, this is not a book you should read without first taking in the first in the series. The author does some explaining of past events, but not enough for someone jumping in to fully appreciate things. Read the first book!
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