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The Siren and The Specter (Fiction without Frontiers)

Narrated by: Davis Brooks
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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When David Caine, a celebrated skeptic of the supernatural, is invited by an old friend to spend a month in “the most haunted house in Virginia,” he believes the case will be like any other. But the Alexander House is different. 

Built by a 1700s land baron to contain the madness and depravity of his eldest son, the house is plagued by shadows of the past and the lingering taint of bloodshed. David is haunted, as well. For 22 years ago, he turned away the woman he loved, and she took her life in sorrow. 

And David suspects she’s followed him to the Alexander House. 

Flame Tree Press is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

©2018 Flame Tree Publishing (P)2018 Flame Tree Publishing

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The finest ghost story ever...

This is a ghost story unlike any I've ever read before and it's a fantastic thing. So much is going on in this book, and you never really get a handle on JUST how much is happening until the end. It's a ghost story involving both a Siren AND a Specter, some of the most deliciously terrifying imagery put to page, and it's a murder mystery/noir tale as well.

Wow. It's hard to say much more than this about this book. The writing is top shelf, the dialogue spot on, and the pacing is excellent. It's a bit of a slow burn, but it's never slow and we don't have to wait until 3/4s of the way through the book to encounter the entities. We get some encounters early on and it leaves us with lots of questions and a tingle in our spine.

Janz's characters are extremely well-drawn, and the story is developed so well that, when coupled with all I said before, I really can't critique this book at all. It's just fantastic. This is horror at its finest and as it should be. If you miss this one, please, depart from me, and may posterity forget you were ever my countrymen!

You'll regret it. READ THIS! 5/5 stars.

Narrator does a fine job.

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All kind of creepy crazy in this one

I have been a fan of Jonathan Janz for quite a while. The dude has talent and I have enjoyed everything that I have read from him. “The Siren and the Specter” is no exception.

I am not even going to attempt to summarize this one. There is all kinds of crazy, creepy going on here. Possibly even too much.

I’m giving this one 3+ Stars. I enjoyed it. It was written very well, as I expected, but was a bit scattered the last ¼ or so (for me) and I got a bit confused with the goings-on.

As always, I look forward to see what Jonathan comes up with next. I will read whatever he puts out there. Definitely on my must-read author list.

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Adding Janz to new favorite author list!

Narrator was a bit slow and kind of flat but not intolerable. For a ghost story the emphasis wasn't so much on the ghosts but the wicked living perpetuating the paranormal, and I enjoyed the change of pace immensely!

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so many twists

loved this. so many twists and story lines, in the end they come together and it all makes sense. you are in suspense the entire time.

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Tough to Follow at Times, but Good Story

I didn't entirely buy into this story from the onset because the main character is a bit antisocial and tough to follow. However, it is clear as the story progresses that the story gets better. I did enjoy the story but it is a bit unrealistic at times as well and almost too perfect.
#tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Hmm Not Sure

Good book some parts get a little graphic so be ready for that. My only troubles is some of the story seems left out or unfurnished maybe a book 2 who knows. Even with that said I'd still read it if u like a scary book.

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  • susanne
  • JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL
  • 11-14-18

It was awesome.

It had plenty of creepy moments and the story line was good. I can't wait for the next one.

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Excellent Ghost Story

Janz has written an excellent ghost story with fantastic characterization. Narrator does a great reading. 5 Stars!

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Not worth my time

I could not get into this one. The story seemed to be rambling around without getting anywhere. I listened to about 3 or four chapters of this and had to give up and return it.

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