( READ Ghost in the Machine ) AUTHOR Barbara J. Hancock – speedstamps.co.uk
Ut going into reams of description the author made me
see the desperate plight of the characters the darkness and despair At the heart of it all sat the alien the desperate plight of the characters the darkness and despair At the heart of it all sat the alien Eater Like a spider this creature pulled in the emotions thoughts and dreams of the people of Earth leaving behind a shadow a husk without substance Gabriel and Bet were at opposite ends of the spectrum She is a fighter but assumes he is merely another shadow a Bet were at opposite ends of the spectrum She is a fighter but assumes he is merely another shadow a different but still in the thrall of the evil alien He had to struggle to stay in control If he failed the Soul Eater would take him completely Ghost in the Machine is a well thought out book although the storyline did tend to wander some at times I also got a bit confused about the shadows and sweepers but tended to enjoy the inner thoughts of both characters If you like your fantasy set in an alternate future of darkness with a hint of redemption then Ghost in the Machine could be ust what you re looking for Creepy but oh so good Had a zombie like feel but the Shadows are soul less shells of the humans they used to be Bet
has remained out of their reach and knows no other life other than this bleak existence and always living remained out of their reach and knows no other life other than this bleak existence and always living constant fear Now her younger brother has been snatched and she is determined to save him Gabriel so clich comes to her rescue He vows to help her save her brother and fight the evil entity that has sucked the life from humanity Not sure whether to trust him Bet takes a chance and gives her heart and soul over to him Gabriel renews his resolve and they fight together not only for themselves but for what remains of the world he once knew Initially I had a little issue with the narrative switching back and forth I wasn t uite sure whose thoughts I was reading Once I realized what the author was doing I got it and it added to the eeriness of the book I would have liked a detailed ending all was resolved a little too uickly for me However the epilogue was a burst of sunshine glowing through the dismal as. Who can help me find my brother It’s got to be a lie But I don’t run I stop I listen And I make a deal with a Shadow even though I know it will mean the death of me Never talk to Shadows But no one ever told me what would happen if I kissed one Warning May cause fantasies of forbidden kisses from dark heroes who balance on the edge of evil Where shadows wait and ashes fall.
Read ¼ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Î Barbara J. HancockNew to audible and didn t realize was in the romance category and was annoyed there was sex than story Wow for a novella this author builds an intense world So darkReview to come I loved the writing in this story it was spare almost terse but conveyed the story adn mood beautifully I liked the way we gradually got to know Gabriel I haven t read anything else by Ms Hancock but that will be changing This is another case where I wish I could give half stars as well Ghost in the Machine is a solid 35 but
not uite enough to make 4 stars for meThe imagined world of Ghostuite enough to make 4 stars for meThe imagined world of Ghost the Machine really caught my reading attention It was a breath of fresh air after all the OMG Zombies books that seem to have flood the post apocalyptic market lately and is genuinely creepy The heroine Bet is a solid character and Hancock has done a very good ob at building her in only 88 pages In fact my primary complaint and what kept me from really loving the story is that I really wish Hancock had made this a full length novel There were plenty of times as a reader where I wanted MORE to
the point where instead of a benefit it became a detriment The ending feels rushed and I would have killedpoint where instead of a benefit it became a detriment The ending feels rushed and I would have killed world building The romance feels a bit rushed as well though with the circumstances it s easier to understand if you don t expect to live very long you re probably going to approach relationships a little intenselyThe only other uibble I have and this IS minor but I know it s a pet peeve
"for many readers "many readers myself the head hopping Bet s story is in first person present with occasional hops to other characters in third person It ust feels a bit off I would still solidly recommend this book and I would have no trouble picking up another of Barbara Hancock s books It s my hope that she branches out into longer form stories because she clearly has a great imagination and I should like to read of it Originally posted at Romance Around the CornerI was pleasantly surprised by this book Rule number one Run from the Shadows Unless one knows the secret that will save you A Cybershock StoryI live in a world of waifs and shadows Live might be an overstatement I scrounge and scramble and survive in an atmosphere made thick and gray by the ashes of the Fallen And sometimes I dream of sunlight My parents were taken even though they followed all the rules Never scave. ,
Bought it after reading Janine s review over at Dear Author even A complete story in a short amount of pages Very dark world but with a happy ending at the end Enjoyed the twist on angels More like 45 Excellent work building The story ust sucks you in The sense of
malevolence is done very well and the tensionis done
"very well and "well and tension let s up This was a very creepy but good short story I m not really into the whole dystopian trend but this worked for me I felt the world building was solid and believable I really liked how Mrs Hancock didn t go out of her way to talk down to us as readers by explaining all of the terminology I might not have known what was what off the bat but I figured it out uick enough My one ualm with this book was the heroine s name Bet I thought it was stupid The #Author Explained The Choice But I Still Didn T Care #explained the choice but I still didn t care it I also must add an empty playground swing is sure to creep me out from now on Originally posted at Soul Eater has come to Earth With the souls gone only shadows remain Shadows of a life from the past The few people who avoid the Soul Eater are constantly running from the shadows and sweepers who try to drive them to their masterElizabeth or Bet returns to her suat to find her young brother Douglas has been taken by a sweeper Desperate to rescue him before he becomes a shadow she begins the dangerous ourney to the Soul Eater s lair Shadows fill the night and Bet must evade them if she is to survive Gabriel is a shadow with a difference He still has compassion and struggles to keep his humanitarian side Intrigued by Bet he tries to help herBet doesn t trust Gabriel but knows that without him she will not succeed with her rescue Alone for so long she feels drawn to this shadow who looks like an angel but is he really trying to lure her into the Soul Eater s clutchesThe Earth of this novel is dark full of shadows dirt and danger Bet is older than her years due to the need to stay alive and out of the Soul Eater s clutches Witho. Nge at night Never talk to Shadows Don’t fight the Sweepers Run Run Run Now that they’ve taken my little brother Douglas I’ve realized I’ve only been surviving for him I have two choices Follow him or lie down and die I can’t ust uit after years of struggle I wouldn’t know how if I tried Determination is all I have left And then I meet him He claims to be a rogue.