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Taking a much-needed break, ghost hunter Shane Ryan spends a day exploring an old New England town. What starts as a hike becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse with a malevolent ghost who preys upon unsuspecting visitors. Shane has seen his share of bad spirits, but nothing could have prepared him for the evil predator dogging his trail.

Abel Latham is the scourge of Griswold, a deathly quiet town populated by the undead. Abel stalks the hapless victims who stumble onto his unholy ground before torturing them to death. The police rarely notice who's missing until two brothers disappear and the only clues are the boys' abandoned trucks and blood. Lots of blood.

Though shaken by the gruesome details of Abel's depraved life and dreadful crimes, Shane knows his new job is to end Latham's reign of terror and his vengeance for blood. As Shane hunts his ghostly mark, he prays he won't be the next grisly artifact found in Griswold Forest!

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Another Shane!

Enjoyed it very much! No struggle to get through. A great sequel to the others in the series! Can be done as a standalone but I would recommend them in order. Great sequel with the ending for more. Keeping it spooky!

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Poor Shane!!

Here's me thinking that The Lighthouse was Shane's toughest job yet, but it's nothing compared to this!! Shane and his girlfriend decide to take a break by visiting an old New England town. They have heard the gossip, "The legend of Abel Latham" but decide to go see anyway. What starts out as a hike, soon becomes a matter of life and death!

This has to be the absolute baddest ghost I've read so far!! Abel Latham enjoys torturing his victims and even keeps part of them in his "lair". He let's his victims go in the woods and then huts them down. When Shane comes to Griswald, he is confronted with the ghost of a boy and his dog. They explain who Abel is and that there is no escape. The town is not only home to Abel, but also to his many, many victims.

Ron Ripley has never failed to deliver anything other than an incredibly scary and addicting read. This one is a lot bloodier, a lot messier, a lot scarier and a lot sadder than the previous two. Shane has to deal with an egotistical and insane ghostly serial killer, but also his two "best friends". I really thought that Shane wasn't going to come out on top this time, and truth be told, he doesn't, but I'm not going to say in what way because it's a spoiler ;)

In all, this was such a scary read. It gave me plenty of chills and spooked me a lot. The plot was well done and well written and I devoured the book. I loved how the author made a reference to his other series too, (which I really need to catch up on because it seems like something major happened in it!!) . Anyway, a suspenseful, creepy, fast paced and exciting read, this series is a must read!! I can't wait to see what this author comes up with next.

Again, Thom Bowers brings this book to life. He really brings the atmosphere and spookiness alive and knows how to tell the story properly. I highly recommend you check him out.

*I received this for free but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*

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  • C. Merrell
  • Friendship, NY, United States
  • 02-26-17

Ghost Town, Literally

Another interesting and entertaining story featuring Shane Ryan, a retired marine who can communicate with the dead. This time, Shane and his girlfriend Courtney are out on a relaxing day trip to hike around the abandoned town of Griswold. But as so often happens, it's wrong place wrong time, and they get pulled in to the horrific events that unfold.

I really feel like this story gives Shane's character a little more depth, and it builds on the new relationship that started after his and Courtney's ordeal at the lighthouse. We also get to see more interaction with his house, which I think of as a main character because it's so fascinating! Highly recommend this series and all Ron Ripley's books!

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great listen

this was a good book. on to the next. can imagine as listening and working

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Good horror story continuing the series

This book was better than the previous. A very good series thus far. This story definitely had some sadder undertones than the previous ones, but it just made the story richer as it unfolded. Looking forward to more in this series, and from the author!

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Awesome!

What did you love best about The Town of Griswold?

The story and suspense

What did you like best about this story?

The development

Have you listened to any of Thom Bowers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, with each book he gets better and better.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Terror waits in the town of Griswold

Any additional comments?

Each book in this series is good. As it continues, it keeps its strengths and leaves its weaknesses, though I don't really think it had much in the way of weakness to begin with. The narrator seemed to have had some difficulty with certain accents before. He definitely doesn't have them here. Of course, the only one that's continued over is German but he's got that one nailed down very well now. There was even a shocker scene in there at one point. I expected part of it but didn't expect how that scene ended. Wow! Very good book.

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Able, The Gardian of The Town of Griswold

This story starts off as two brothers, John and Jimmy has had their distillery located by the Feds The two had managed to escape. Now they had to find a new location farther away from town and far back off the main road in the desolate woods and rebuild. Little did they know what awaited them when they met Able..

This is Book 3, in The Berkley Series, featuring Shane Ryan, a retired marine.
Shane's grilfriend, Courtney had heard the locals talk about a old deserted mining town located but out of town off Hwy 111. The only problem Legend had it was a real ghost town, haunted by the many ghost, but the main one was the ghost of a very tall a strong ghost, Able Latham. It had been steered clear by the locals for years. It was almost completely gone, only mostly ruins remained, save a couple of buildings. One was the old General store and the other that was it was partially dilapidated church, but they both still stood. They decided that night they would go hiking the next day, If they could find the Town of Griswold.

Shane thought it was just folklore and besides he was a well known ghost hunter as a occupation, Courtney was excited and the stories didn't bother her at all. Shane was no stranger to ghost. If you have been following the series, you know he has tangled with many vicious ghost in his last two books, Squirrel Island and The Lighthouse are Book 1 & 2.

All I am going to say here is ifyou liked the first two books, then buckle up, for you haven't read/listen to the best of Ron Ripley. Shane's quest was to find Abel and take Him out. Him being a former marine, you know they never give up until the job is done.

Ron Ripley went beyond his usual method of writing technique in this story, that is for sure.There are so many charachetrs, both and ghost and living, that it is hard to keep up with them all. Of his books I have read so far, this is the best in my opinion.

I belive in giving credit where credit is due. Tom Bowers did a outstanding job of Naration in this story. He described every scene, outside, inside, the characters and most important of all his voice just captures you and I did want to put the book down, I had no choice, but I couldn't wait to get back. He made you feel as if you where there with Shane

There is one part at the end the I hated happened, but it did. Read the book , you will love it.I

This is not for the squeamish or children. It is mature . On to the next one in the series.

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Once again with Shane Ryan

Once again we go with Shane Ryan to a location haunted by ghosts. This story finds Shane battling a ghost more repugnant than Dorothy at the Squirrel Island lighthouse, so hang on for a creepy, scary ride!

There is an event at the end of the book (before the bonus scene chapters) that may move you tremendously (if you're a Shane fanatic like me), so be prepared for that.

Thom Bowers' narration is A+ as always! I've only ever heard him on Ron Ripley's books, but his narration isn't like just having a book read to you; it's like the book has come to life through his reading!

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Fantastic Read!

As with all of Ron Ripleys books, this one does not disappoint. It was exciting,sad and a bit humor here an d there. I would recommend this book to All my friends. Ron Ripleys never disapppint.👍👍👍👍👍

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  • Jackee
  • Goovigen, Australia
  • 01-28-18

Liked it that much listened to it twice

Great book. Story line was great and kept you waiting and wanting more. My favourite in the series so far.