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Ghost of a Chance | [Simon R. Green]

Ghost of a Chance

New York Times best-selling author Simon R. Green has crafted numerous acclaimed science-fiction and fantasy novels, including Blue Moon Rising, Blood and Honor, and Shadows Fall. In this first installment of the Ghost Finders series, JC Chance, Melody Chambers, and Happy Jack Palmer are agents of the Carnacki Institute - a place where the sole purpose is to “do something” about ghosts. But what exactly?
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Simon R. Green has crafted numerous acclaimed science-fiction and fantasy novels, including Blue Moon Rising, Blood and Honor, and Shadows Fall. In this first installment of the Ghost Finders series, JC Chance, Melody Chambers, and Happy Jack Palmer are agents of the Carnacki Institute - a place where the sole purpose is to “do something” about ghosts. But what exactly? Lay the spirits to rest? Send them along their merry way? Or maybe just kick some ghoulie butt?

©2010 Simon R. Green (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 02-09-13
    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 02-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I LOVE Simon R Green. But...."
    What did you like best about Ghost of a Chance? What did you like least?

    I have loved Greens books so much, that I feel like I'm betraying a friend by saying this. But this book didn't work. I don't even know where it went wrong. Maybe it's because I'm spoiled by John Taylor and Eddie Drood. But I gave this book more chances than it deserved. After I had lost interest, I still put-on my headphones, rewound and tried to find interest. It just wasn't there. It felt like recycled second rate monsters and second rate talent.
    I don't think I even got half way through the book. If you've never read his other works, it may work. Then you can graduate up and be blown away.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer St. Louis, MO 10-23-12
    Amazon Customer St. Louis, MO 10-23-12 Member Since 2005
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    "No Real Connection"

    I've never read one of Simon R. Green's works again, and I'm a bit hesitant to give his work another try.

    Despite this books' place as the first in a series, I never really felt like the author helped me connect to the characters. Although they each had their own little quirks, all of the characters seemed to fit types from previous books that I've read. JC, Melody, and Happy never really seemed real, so I wasn't as concerned about what happened to them. In all honesty, it seemed like a first draft of work that never really got revised. The plot seemed a bit repetitive and since the character development never really happened, the plot didn't ever really seem to pull me in as much as I'd hoped. The narrator/performance was fine, but not memorable.

    Overall, I was hoping for something better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 09-15-11
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 09-15-11 Member Since 2001

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    "If you liked Nightside you like this series"

    This is book one of the "Ghost" hunter series. typical Simon R Green. and the narrator does a fine job. Book two "Ghost of a Smile" was equally good and leaves off for another title. I enjoy SRG's stories and so far the narrators on the "Nightside" series and this on has been excellent. Well worth it for a SRG fan.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    lorraine West Valley City, UT, United States 07-27-11
    lorraine West Valley City, UT, United States 07-27-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Ghost of a Chance"

    I'm addicted to Simon R. Green; sometimes I haven't loved the narrators for his work, but Toby is very good. I wasn't sure there was going to be enough action in this book to keep me listening; but then the "Vampire Sharks" showed up and once again I was rivited. Go Simon!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    L. Jennings USA 12-06-12
    L. Jennings USA 12-06-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Nightside on the ghost side"

    I like Simon Green's work for two reasons -- first, they're silly and second they're British. This new series seems is pretty similar to the Nightside series, same author voice, same phrasings, same random inclusion of highly unlikely characters and plot directions. I'll probably keep reading it, provided the prices don't get too high. Green appeals to my sense of fun, although I wish he'd drop some of his over-used phrasings. "It was the easiest thing in the world" comes immediately to mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Round Rock, TX, United States 01-31-14
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    "Felt like a draft of a story idea"
    What disappointed you about Ghost of a Chance?

    This felt like a draft of a story, other than a story, with a think plot and repeating dialog and actions


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    Jennifer Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 03-26-13
    Jennifer Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but not great"

    Good book but ... I would try next one and hope for better. Not a bad read

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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