Ghost of a Chance

By Simon R. Green

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2010

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal, adventure

Series: Ghost Finders Novel; 1

ISBN: 9780441019168

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 260

Setting: London, England

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: The Carnacki Institute specializes in getting rid of ghosts and other unwelcome supernatural  beings.   When the Oxford Circus Tube Station of London’s Underground becomes haunted by an exceptionally evil force, the Institute sends in its best B-Team to deal with the situation.  (The A-Teams were too far away).  This trio of misfits must save London (and the world) from pure evil, even as agents from a rival institute attempt to kill them.

Appeal factors:

Pacing: Fast paced throughout the story.

Characterization: Told in third person from various perspectives.  The main characters include: JC Chance, Melody Chambers, and Happy Jack Palmer from the Carnacki Institute & Natasha Chang and Erik Grossman from the Crowley Project.

Frame: The title sets the frame for this story.  This team has a slim chance of surviving and accomplishing their goal.

Story line: An action packed story filled with blood and gore.

Subject headings:

From WorldCat:

Supernatural — Fiction.

Spirits — Fiction.

Haunted places — Fiction.

Possibly similar work:

Laurell K. Hamilton – Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series

Personal notes:  This book was ridiculous.  I found it mildly entertaining in how bad the story and characters were.  As if sharks in a pool of blood weren’t bad enough, the ones in this story were vampire sharks….  At no point did I fear for the main characters lives, because I didn’t care enough about them to.  And while there was a lot of bloody grossness in the story, I can’t consider it a horror book because it made me smirk while I read it.  I don’t think I’ll try any more books by this author.  I’m surprised to see how many books Green has published – there must be some people who enjoy his stories.  Jim Butcher finds Green’s Nightside books to be a “thoroughly entertaining world,” according to the blurb on the back of the book.  While I thoroughly enjoy The Dresden Files, I’m not sure how highly I will regard a Butcher blurb in the future.

Other: Diversity – telepaths, ghosts, demons, vampire sharks

Simon R. Green’s website

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