Title: Unholy Ghosts
Series: Downside Ghosts, #1
Author: Stacia Kane
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchased (Audiobook)
Length: 11 hours 10 minutes (Unabridged)
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Published by: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack.
In a future world under attack from the undead, the powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead. But she’s keeping a dark secret from the Church: a little drug problem that’s landed her in hot water.
Chess owes a lot of money to a dangerous drug lord who wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is dispatch a very nasty species of undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and crossing swords with enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in a dangerous attraction to the drug lord’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.
I really, really wanted to like this audiobook. Mainly because I bought it on sale at Audible — it and the next two books in the series. Unfortunately, this story ended up being just okay and kind of forgetful to me.
I thought the characters were okay, and might have liked them a whole lot better if I were reading the book on paper rather than listening to the audiobook. Especially Terrible. I think he has the potential to be an awesome male companion, but I just didn’t like the narrator’s voice for him (something that tends to happen when I listen to books with romance that are narrated by females — the male voices tend to not work). And while I liked Terrible, I’m not sure how I feel about Chess, She’s had a hard life but seems to get over that with a drug addiction. I can’t say that makes her all that likable.
I did really enjoy the world that this story is set in. There were some perfectly creepy moments and I loved that the whole place is run down and not so perfect. I also loved that the story involved ghosts — one of my favourite supernatural things in books!
The narration wasn’t bad with this story, except for the male voices, like I said. Well, mainly just Terrible. I actually think that the voice done for Bump was perfect (kind of like Lafayette’s voice on the True Blood TV show). The pacing was good, though the pacing of the story itself was kind of all over the place. The narrator definitely had a way with voices and could do the dialects quite well — that was very enjoyable.
Really, though, I wish I liked this one more, but when I finished it, I had a hard time even recalling a lot of what happened. I do hope that the next book in the series is a new story on its own — maybe a little more addicting than this story. I do think that if you’re looking for urban fantasy books to read there are better ones out there.