Friday, March 11, 2011

Phantom Evil by Heather Graham, plus a rant

Phantom Evil is the first book in Graham's new four book series. You can she is setting you up for a series, with introducing you to all of the members of a secret government agency formed by Adam Harrison, a famed paranormal investigator. Each person on this team has a special talent. The hero and heroine in the book are Jackson Crow and Angela Hawkins. Jackson, who is part English, part Cheyenne heads up the group and can see and sense things, but really doesn't believe in it. Angela can see and talk with ghosts. Both have have things happen in the past that have shaped their lives today.
The book is set in New Orleans, in a house built in the 1800's that was occupied by a mass murderer. Since then things have happened in the house and because of the history everyone says the house is haunted . Jackson and his team are called in after a senator's wife falls to her death.
When Jackson meets Angela you can tell they kind of feel something, but they don't fall for each other right away. Jackson does feel very protective of Angela because it seems a very dark object in the house has drawn to her and she also can see the ghosts of two kids who were killed in the house.
Over all the story was very good, you don't figure out who the bad guy is. There is a lot going on and sometimes I got a little confused about the two groups that are against the senator. But in the end it all comes together nicely. If you like a good ghost story this is it, because it has both ghosts and bad guys!!
Now for my rant, the first book comes out in hardback with the rest of the series in paperback. I really hate that. If it is going to be part of a series I want them all to be either hardback or paperback - I want them all to match! I know I am not the only one who gets upset by this. I did write the publisher on this and here is their answer:
On the topics of hard covers the decision to have this title in this format is based on the authors history of sales. Also publishing in hard cover allows us to get a greater number of reviews. The reason for this is that some mediums only accept books printed in hard cover. Thankfully it will also be available as an e-book at the same time of release. So this is a more inexpensive option for this title.
I read this book as ARC and the book is due out in April , but can be sold on the last Thursday of March,with the other three coming out in June, July and August. Reviewed for you by Debra.

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