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‘Ghost Maven’ By Tony Lee Moral


Ghosts are a figment of the imagination … until I moved to the beach in Monterey.

“Stay away from the water,” I commanded the young fair-haired girl, sitting on an outcrop, dangerously close to both the boy and the swelling Pacific.

The girl nodded dumbly too terrified to move. Watching her with a burning intensity, was a strange looking young man, his eyes black as the abalones that clung to the rocks. He was beckoning her toward him as though calling out with a telepathic intensity.

“Don’t listen to him,” I said firmly. “Keep looking at me.”

The boy snarled and lunged toward the girl through the skeletal, silver trees. In a flash, I ran forward, reached for my dagger and plunged it into the boy’s heart.

His face twisted in contortion and within seconds he disappeared, seemingly evaporating right in front of us. I’d lost count of how many ghosts I had slayed by then …

Chapter One: The Fog

I’d always been in search of my own private island, somewhere I could feel safe, a solace from life’s miseries. In the rough seas off Monterey, I thought I finally found just that.

At first we didn’t see the strange fog rolling in from the horizon because we were too busy concentrating on our strokes. It crept in as we paddled, draping itself over the water, like a kind of gray ectoplasm, obscuring the horizon and the sea in front of it.

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  • Oooh I love a good ghost story! I typically levitate towards the friendly helpful cozy ghosts, but this sounds great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Hi Karen,

      Thanks for stopping by today. I enjoy meeting new people, so your visits and comments will always be very welcome and much appreciated 🙂

      Ghosts and anything to do with the paranormal were always on my list of ‘not to be read’ books. However one kind author was so persuasive that I decided to give his ‘cozy’ paranormal series a try and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I actually enjoyed the genre.

      Tony Lee Moral has taken this to the next level for me though, with his ghost slayer storyline, so “the jury is out on this one”, as they say.

      Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Hmmm… a ghost slayer. That seems to be a bit of a twist. I’ve read about alien slayers, vampire slayers, and zombie slayers, but not ghosts. I’m not sure if this is one I’d enjoy or not, but it would make a good choice for the RIP challenge in the fall.

    Here’s mine:
    “I remember the cries of Caesar’s war-horns chasing us over the darkened fields of Latium – their yearning, keening howls, like animals in heat – and how when they stopped there was only the slither of our shoes on the icy road and the urgent panting of our breath.”
    ~ Dictator by Robert Harris

    • Hi Kelly,

      As you say, ‘Ghost Maven’ would be a good one for your RIP challenge, definitely something a little out of the ordinary.

      As it has taken me all this time to give even the most cozy and comforting of paranormal stories a try, I did pre-warn Tony that ‘Ghost Maven’ may be just too much out of my comfort zone for me to actually read and review with any credibility. This might therefore be part of a promotional series of posts only, we’ll just have to wait and see, although I do find those prologue lines intriguing!
      Historical fiction is a bit like the classics, a series of books and authors I keep promising myself I will read one day, but simply never have the time to get around to.

      Those opening lines you shared, really help to set the scene for the storyline and this short extract from the Goodreads premise only confirmed my thoughts about how most things in life eventually go full circle, especially politics and religion.

      “..how is political freedom to be safeguarded against the triple threat of unscrupulous personal ambition, of an electoral system dominated by vested financial interests, and of the corrupting impact of waging ceaseless foreign wars?”

      I might have read or heard those lines in any major news publication of today!

      I hope that you enjoy the book 🙂

    • Monterey does look like a lovely place, although I have never personally visited West Coast USA, despite having relatives who emigrated there (Glendale and Valencia to be exact), more than 50 years ago. Your comment having caused me to research the Monterey area a little more, I can see where the reference to the “fog rolling in” fits in and I always enjoy reading stories which are set in real places that I can research and relate to in some way.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

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