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Phantom Evil

Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,016 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A secret government unit is formed under the oversight of Adam Harrison, famed paranormal investigator. The six members he’s gathered know a little of the otherworldly - each has honed a psychic talent of their own.

Jackson Crow, part English, part Cheyenne, heads the group. Haunted by his experience with an ancestral ghost who saved his life as a child, and the recent murders of two previous teammates, Jackson can’t tell if Adam’s demoted him or given him an extraordinary opportunity. Despite his link to the realm of spirits, he’s well aware that the living commit the most heinous crimes, with spiritualist charlatans existing merely to fool and seduce the unwary.

To counterbalance Jackson’s careful skepticism, Adam Harrison has paired him with Angela Hawkins, a young woman who learned the painful lesson of loss at an early age. A police officer utilizing her paranormal intuition in Virginia, she already has her hands full. But Adam’s call to New Orleans is strong.

The case: In a historic mansion in New Orleans’ French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house - once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work. Whether supernatural or all too human, crimes of passion, greed, and desire will cast the pair into danger of losing their lives... and their immortal souls.

©2011 Slush Pile Productions, LLC (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

Critic Reviews

"Graham does a great job of blending just a bit of paranormal with real, human evil." ( Miami Herald)
"Graham wields a deftly sexy and convincing pen." ( Publishers Weekly)
"An incredible storyteller." ( Los Angeles Daily News)

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Surpisingly good!!

I had this author recommended to me so this is my first book of hers that I have read. I must admit that I was expecting a shallow, typical read of sci-fi. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed her story telling. The ending was not what I expected and I must say that I just enjoyed her book. I will buy more!

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Great Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have told others about this book because it is fun and fills the need when I want suspense.

Any additional comments?

I had read this book before I listened to it. I wanted to re-read it so I got the audiobook so I could get back in the series. I love these books. I like that Graham really develops her characters over the book. You can see that she started with a sceptic and moved on to make him a believer. I do think the romance came on a little strong but that's ok. Sometimes in life that happens.

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  • Brenda
  • Charlestown, IN, United States
  • 02-03-13

Wonderful written ghost story

There are ghosts, there are twists & turns, mysteries and bonus...it all makes sense. I love this series.

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  • Kathy
  • Alexandria, KY, United States
  • 11-05-12

Ghosts, Intrigue, Murder and a Wonderful Plot!

If you could sum up Phantom Evil in three words, what would they be?

Ghosts, Intrigue, Drama

What was one of the most memorable moments of Phantom Evil?

There are many, but it is basically the same as my favorite because of the humor in the scene. I can just imagine Jackson's sense of shock when he first meets Angela.

Which scene was your favorite?

As mentioned above, it is the same scene I have listed as most memorable. When Jackson meets Angela. Her actions make Jackson question their current assignment. It is quite humorous.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the young woman calls her mother to say she is coming home. Very well done.

Any additional comments?

Besides the fact that this book is about "ghost hunters", it touches on many subjects relevant to America today. Crooked politicians, New Orleans since Katrina, cults and religion. Well done!

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  • Tracey
  • Walhalla, SC, United States
  • 01-03-13

Fun listen

Would you listen to Phantom Evil again? Why?

It was a fun listen. Not the best performance and a somewhat predictable storyline, but fun.

If you’ve listened to books by Heather Graham before, how does this one compare?

This was similar to the last book I heard - much the same story.

What three words best describe Jeffrey Cummings’s voice?

His Southern accent is hard to bear if one is, in fact, Southern.

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Beginning of What should be a good series

Would you listen to Phantom Evil again? Why?

Yes, because I enjoy the paranormal mystery and romance written in it. However, the dialogue is very bland and gets annoying after awhile.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jackson Crow. Because he's tough, sexy, and in charge.

What aspect of Jeffrey Cummings’s performance would you have changed?

Jeffrey Cummings did not seem to know how to do his accents for the different people very well.

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

yes

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  • Meredith
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 05-17-13

Good story. Annoying narration.

This is my first Graham book, and I enjoyed the story. Fun, light read, cheesy romance tossed in but not distracting from the mystery. The narration is fine when no real creativity is necessary, but when required to do anything more than simply read aloud the narrator is just plain annoying. The female voices and a couple of the younger males do sound just like Mickey Mouse with a horrendous "southern" twist. The story is interesting enough to keep listening, but it was a strain. I was elated to find no other Graham books are narrated by Cummings.

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  • Kimberly
  • Woodinville, WA, USA
  • 01-09-14

Not Her Best...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not quite finished with it but so glad I've read all the other Krewe of Hunters books. Also, I'm glad Jackson and Angela's character's developed more in other story lines because this one isn't the best.

Would you be willing to try another book from Heather Graham? Why or why not?

I've read nearly all of her books. Surprised I hadn't read this one yet, although glad I didn't.

What three words best describe Jeffrey Cummings’s voice?

It's ok. Much prefer Luke Daniels. Since he's the one I've listened to the most I was left a bit disappointed listening to Mr. Cummings.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Better chemistry between the two leads.

Any additional comments?

If this is your first read for Heather Graham, don't let it deter you. Her other books are great. Give them a chance.

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  • Tina
  • Oregon City, Oregon
  • 03-09-12

First Read of this author

I found the story to be a bit slow to listen to. I am a fast reader and this forces me to have to listen to every detail, some not necessary. I enjoyed the story line and the characters. They were well developed and the reader gave a accurate change to each character.

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Surprisingly Good

I love it when a book pleasantly surprises and this book did it. I enjoyed all the characters in the team of Krewe Hunters and also enjoyed the mystery and how the author brought it all together in the end. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one and I am glad the author focused on both the paranormal and human side of the world are team gets involved in.

The mystery is great and had plenty twists along the way to keep the listener wondering just how convoluted and tied together all the characters are. I loved the diversity of the team members and they each brought something special into the story.

My one complaint was I wanted to learn my about each member of the team and this book was mainly focused on Jackson and Angela. I am hoping to learn more about each team member as the series continues.

The narrator was really good and I was excited to get back to the story each time. Look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-30-18

The ghosts were more believable than the humans

This book needed a more vigilant editor, several times awkward descriptive phrases really jarred and often they were repeated. The overall story was ok, not really surprising but given that a bunch of ghosts were involved I expected to be a bit more surprised. What annoyed me the most was that the chemistry between the so called team was completely unbelievable, one of them has a weird speech halfway through the book about how amazing the team leader is and how they've all gelled so well and I honestly thought it must be sarcastic. But no! Surely if you need to have your characters state something so overtly then it must tell you that you're not communicating the message any other way! And finally the so-called detective work was laughable, so many baseless assumptions were made that again I honestly expected to find out that one of the characters was psychic or had a magic ability. But no apparently these people are just great at guessing without any evidence or even without basic procedures to check. Sloppy work.
If you want magic and policing then go and download a Ben Aaronovitch book, if you've already read all of those try Benedict Jacka. If, like me, you've already read all of those then you should probably still look elsewhere unless you're not as annoyed by one dimensional characters and gaping plotholes as I am.

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  • George A Bear
  • 06-20-18

First Book in The Krewe of Hunters series.

Phantom Evil is the first of a series of books following the development of a specialist FBI Unit- The Krewe of Hunters.

The Krewe are a group of talented individuals, all of whom have some aspect of a 'special' skill - seeing (communicating) with dead people.

This book set up the format for future books ( up to number 25 in June 2018), all of which have a romantic element.

I read this book a number of years ago but still enjoyed listening to it again. It is an 'easy read's that you can dip in and out of depending on what you are doing as you listen.