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Brian Roy is a ghost hunter extraordinaire. His latest adventure involves headless Japanese soldiers wreaking havoc in a New Hampshire church. The stats are grisly. Two boys blinded. Another boy shot. Cops killed. The bodies keep piling up and the ghosts' thirst for vengeance is as insatiable as their thirst for saké!

The phantom soldiers cut a swath of murder through the congregation until all that's left of Brian's local allies are Jim Bogue and his grandfather, Luke Allen, who is a blind marine vet. They are all that stand between the dreadful ghosts and the helpless locals. Even as a second threat lurks in the shadows, just as deadly as the gruesome specters, the ghostbusters race against time to save the town.

While trying to protect the living, Brian and his crew are thrust into the unforgiving world of the undead. When the last battle finally begins, Brian wonders if he's met his own personal Hiroshima...

©2016 Ron Ripley (P)2016 ScareStreet.com

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Love the series- **spoiler review**

What did you love best about The First Church?

The ghosts

What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Church?

When Jim's grand dad passed. It was sad.

Which character – as performed by Andrew Tell – was your favorite?

Brian

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I love the whole series. It's full of ghosts, humor and sarcasm and it will keep you looking over your shoulder.

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Solid story

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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This story did not resonate with me as much as the last book. I think this was because I didn't connect as much to the characters. This was still a good story and Andrew's performance was good. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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Creepy messed up ghosts? Come on over!

What did you love best about The First Church?

I liked that the ghosts in this story weren't the normal American, or Europeans that have come to America ghosts. It brings a new aspect to ghost hunting that Brian hasn't had to deal with yet.

What did you like best about this story?

I seemed to have gotten the same question, but another aspect of the story that I liked was that it had some World War II themes in it and that is a part of American history that I find interesting.

What about Andrew Tell’s performance did you like?

I have always liked Andrew's voice for Leo. He really brings Leo's eccentricities to life and with Leo being one of my favorite characters, I really have an appreciation for it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is one of those books that I would listen to in one sitting, it isn't very long and the story tends to evolve and flow in such a way that it is hard to stop.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Leo is back!

Another great book from Ron Ripley. Loved that Leo is back. He was my fav from the first book. Really enjoyed him a lot. Nice and creepy ghost story as always.

The narrator did an awesome job. Great performance.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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This series gets better and better!

Here's me thinking what could Ron Ripley come up with next for the poor Leonidas group?? I would never, in my wildest dreams, think of Japanese soldiers, whom relish in death and whom reside in a church because some creep put their bones there, just so the ghosts could do what they wanted! Plus these ghosts can shoot ghostly bullets, and cause people to have heart attacks. Which isn't an ideal situation for Brian, considering the amount of heart attacks he's had.

As per usual, Ron Ripley has created another scary edition to this novella range of stories. I have come to expect creepy settings, but here we have a church that's still in use!! It's not abandoned nor particularly scary, well that is until a headless ghost appears suddenly and pokes out the eyes of 2 boys! More and more ghosts seem to be making the church their home, so Brian and the team have to figure out a) why the ghosts are there, b) who put them there and c) how to contain them.

This series has quickly became a kind of bite sized pleasure of mine! The author knows how to capture your attention and he knows how to make your hackles rise and goose bumps appear! I love reading these, but not at night time ;)

In all, another awesome addition to the series. I so can not wait for the next one to come to audio, and that is thanks to the amazing narrator!!

As I've said with all the rest of the books I've listened to that was narrated by him, Andrew Tell made this book so much better. He really knows how to bring a story and the characters to life. He has plenty of tones, cadences and knows what inflection to use when needed! Highly recommend his work!!

*I received a free copy of this from Audiobook boom. This in no way affected my thoughts.*

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Good

It was a pretty scary back him I'm glad I got it I hope to find more like it

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Loved it

The best of the series. Great to see Leo Back. From the beginning to the end I couldn't stop listening. It is well worth the credit.

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The First Church

Another great book by Ron Ripley and wonderfully narrated by Andrew Tell.Brian,a ghost hunter,is called to a church where people are being maimed and killed by ,of all things,Japanese war ghosts.The chatting with ghosts who can help and those who can't is pretty interesting.I hope there is a 5th book!I may have been given this book by the author or narrator...or I may have bought it.I can't remember anymore.

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A bit blood thirsty but good

This was a well thought out book with some great character. I think a little history extra would have been good of the Japaneses Soldiers. And Leo is still a great character.

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Another Amazing book to the Series!!!

This is another excellent book by Ron Ripley. This series is one of the best paranormal/supernatural series that I have ever listened to. I enjoy every minute of these stories and anticipate what Brian will go through next. I find I am on the edge of my seat anticipating what will happen. I was also very pleased with the return of Leo. As always, I never knew what was going to happen next and that made this book so good and allowed me to lose myself into Brian's world. I enjoyed every minute of it.

As always, Andrew Tell knocks it out of the park with his narration. He provides a superb performance with excellent tone, pace, inflection and emotions that will simply have you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com