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People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out. Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the park in the world - GHOSTLAND! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out. Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the park in the world - GHOSTLAND! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, safely protected by our Recurrence Field technology! Visit Ghostland today - it's the hauntedest place on earth! ________ After a near-death experience caused by the park's star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won't let her live life to the fullest. She's come at the insistence of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech's psychological effect on the user. But when a computer virus sets the ghosts free and the park goes into lockdown, the trio find themselves trapped in an endless nightmare. With time running short and the dead quickly outnumbering the living, the survivors must tap into their knowledge of horror and video games to escape… or become Ghostland's newest exhibits. Featuring an interactive "Know Your Ghosts" guide and much more, Ghostland is over 400 pages of thrills and terror!


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People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out. Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the park in the world - GHOSTLAND! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out. Be first in line for the most haunted theme park in the park in the world - GHOSTLAND! Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, safely protected by our Recurrence Field technology! Visit Ghostland today - it's the hauntedest place on earth! ________ After a near-death experience caused by the park's star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won't let her live life to the fullest. She's come at the insistence of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech's psychological effect on the user. But when a computer virus sets the ghosts free and the park goes into lockdown, the trio find themselves trapped in an endless nightmare. With time running short and the dead quickly outnumbering the living, the survivors must tap into their knowledge of horror and video games to escape… or become Ghostland's newest exhibits. Featuring an interactive "Know Your Ghosts" guide and much more, Ghostland is over 400 pages of thrills and terror!

30 review for Ghostland

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Grab your gore suit and gore goggles as you are definitely going to need it as you climb into this roller coaster ride of horror! The theme park Ghostland has opened and once you enter you might not make it out alive! A little back story for you readers without giving away spoilers. Two friends Ben and Lillian along with Lillian's therapist Dr. Wexler decide to check out the new theme park, Ghostland. The theme park has all different kinds of exhibits that include ghosts which are trapped within t Grab your gore suit and gore goggles as you are definitely going to need it as you climb into this roller coaster ride of horror! The theme park Ghostland has opened and once you enter you might not make it out alive! A little back story for you readers without giving away spoilers. Two friends Ben and Lillian along with Lillian's therapist Dr. Wexler decide to check out the new theme park, Ghostland. The theme park has all different kinds of exhibits that include ghosts which are trapped within those exhibits. The park comes with a map of where everything is located and the place is huge. Also Ben, Lillian, and Dr. Wexler are handed special glasses to see the ghosts as without them they will see nothing. Ben is excited most of all as Ghostland is centered around horror author, Rex Garrote, who had died in an unique way and who had also lived in one of the most haunted houses in America. So Ben is really psyched to be able to explore the theme park and he just wants to delve deep into all the exhibits. Everything is going along hunky dory until on a tram ride through the park an unexpected event happens when the computer system to the park fails and the trapped ghosts become "un-trapped"! What happens next starts this book off on a terror ride into a gory romp through the park as the ghosts go on a rampage! What happens to Ben, Lillian, and Dr. Wexler? Do they make it through the theme park unscathed? What causes the computer system to fail? What happens when the ghosts escape? No spoilers here as you will just have to read the book! This book was an extensive research project for the author, Duncan Ralston and you can tell how much time went into this book. Very detailed descriptions of all the exhibits throughout the park along with quite a bit of technology research as well. There are some very extreme "walk on the wild side" sections of the book which might make you cringe and cover your eyes! The feeling of the book will be like plopping down and watching an R-rated horror movie with those 3D glasses they give you so can bring everything to life up close and personal! Giving this one five "ghostly" stars! To see more of this review you can go to my blog: https://crusader1515.blogspot.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    What a rollercoaster-ride and mixture of many other films and books. Ben an Lillian go to the opening day of ghostland, a funland full of ghosts. When the park was in construction, Ben suffered a heart attack when Rex Garotte's (a horror author presumed death) is moving by his home. Now four years have past. Does this park have some surprises in store for its visitors and Allision, their therapist? (You can bet on that). To me the story suffered from a lack of gripping horror. Okay, there was th What a rollercoaster-ride and mixture of many other films and books. Ben an Lillian go to the opening day of ghostland, a funland full of ghosts. When the park was in construction, Ben suffered a heart attack when Rex Garotte's (a horror author presumed death) is moving by his home. Now four years have past. Does this park have some surprises in store for its visitors and Allision, their therapist? (You can bet on that). To me the story suffered from a lack of gripping horror. Okay, there was the building of tension at some parts but overall too many action sequences strung together (like a zombie hack and slay computer game with characters being unable to leave their artificial world). I need more spine tingling real elements in a horror novel not a kind of 'Ghost Westworld'. I often had to think about the movie 'In the Mouth of Madness' with its Lovecraft connections (that worked better for me). Here we have too many ingredients and allusions to other authors (King with Shining/Christine or Michael Chrichton, Jurassic Park, Matheson, The Hell House). I prefer the authors quoted. This book reminded me on a modern computer game, was a bit too newschool maybe for me. The author certainly put in much effort but to me the story was a bit overstuffed and the characters a bit wooden. Well, some readers actually might like his style!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    4.5 Stars. GHOSTLAND, by Duncan Ralston, is a novel that felt like it covered epic proportions with the scope of its idea. In this world of technological advances, it seems that most anything is possible. The latest? GHOSTLAND--a theme park that utilizes special eyewear to allow visitors to view the various "attractions" showcasing the last moments of actual ghosts. "People are dying to get in. The exhibits will kill to get out . . . the most haunted theme park in the world--GHOSTLAND! . . . " W 4.5 Stars. GHOSTLAND, by Duncan Ralston, is a novel that felt like it covered epic proportions with the scope of its idea. In this world of technological advances, it seems that most anything is possible. The latest? GHOSTLAND--a theme park that utilizes special eyewear to allow visitors to view the various "attractions" showcasing the last moments of actual ghosts. "People are dying to get in. The exhibits will kill to get out . . . the most haunted theme park in the world--GHOSTLAND! . . . " We meet our main characters years before the official opening when one of the "star attractions" is being moved to its new location. Ben and his friend Lilian are involved in a computer game (each in their respective homes) when Ben has an experience that will change the course of both of their lives. Years later, they reunite--along with a therapist--to attend the grand opening of GHOSTLAND. ". . . Ghosts are real . . ." Ralston makes this concept as believable as it can possibly be by adding in protesters arguing against the "exploitation of ghosts", and mentioning the "science" behind the discovery. In a world where ghosts are "proven" to be real, you can imagine the mental fallout on the human population. The scenes at the theme park were further added to by an "index" where the readers can look up all the grisly details of each ghost on display. Of course, the vast majority of these specters were the worst villains and murderers mankind had to offer. A spectacular selling point. ". . . the writer had given new meaning to "profoundly disturbed" by burning himself alive . . . " At its core, the mystery of how this place came to be, and the reason for relocating these spirits to be put on display, are the concepts our teenaged main characters must come to terms with. "Remind me not to die here . . . " Overall, I loved the idea presented here, the dynamics between Ben and Lilian, and the execution of the novel. I did utilize the "ghost index" while reading, and felt that learning about these individual horrors as we come across them added another layer of enjoyment to the reading experience. This was an incredibly unique approach, and made for a story I'm still thinking about over a week later. I've enjoyed books by this writer in the past, and will continue to look forward to all of his future releases. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    3.5 stars. This book made me think of that movie "Thirteen Ghosts" in a sense. I read this as part of my Horror Group challenge. There’s plenty of gore and scary crap and it’s also on kindle unlimited US. Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 3.5 stars. This book made me think of that movie "Thirteen Ghosts" in a sense. I read this as part of my Horror Group challenge. There’s plenty of gore and scary crap and it’s also on kindle unlimited US. Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  5. 4 out of 5

    Schizanthus Nerd

    Ghosts are real. If you want to visualise the gorefest that is Ghostland, imagine the ectoplasmic mayhem that would have ensued if Jurassic Park had been populated by ghosts instead of dinosaurs. Featuring such haunts as a prison, an asylum and Garrote House, home of “the Most Terrifying Man in the World”, and 300 ghosts (at the beginning of the book) ranging from former prisoners to an evil sex nun, the promised fun of this amusement park quickly descends into a “concerto of chaos”. Putti Ghosts are real. If you want to visualise the gorefest that is Ghostland, imagine the ectoplasmic mayhem that would have ensued if Jurassic Park had been populated by ghosts instead of dinosaurs. Featuring such haunts as a prison, an asylum and Garrote House, home of “the Most Terrifying Man in the World”, and 300 ghosts (at the beginning of the book) ranging from former prisoners to an evil sex nun, the promised fun of this amusement park quickly descends into a “concerto of chaos”. Putting their knowledge of “All Things Horror” and gaming skills to the ultimate test are Lilian Roth and Ben Laramie. Ben has serious physical health problems and Lilian’s thanatophobia, a result of a trauma she experienced four years ago, add to the potential dangers these former best friends will be facing. Joining them on what may be their final day as corporeal beings is Dr Allison Wexler, Lilian’s therapist. Having your therapist along for the ride is not awkward at all … Exposure therapy has never been so intensive! “What’s the worst that could happen, right?” You do realise you’re one of the main characters in a horror novel, don’t you Lilian? Don’t bother trying to form any emotional connections with any of the breathers who decide that opening day is a good time to visit this amusement park. Chances are they’re going to be the recently deceased before they get their $40 ticket price worth of scares. Usually when I read horror stories I tally a body count but there’s just no point here. Even if I counted all of the bodies I tripped over along the way, I would have missed dozens of them. Not as many people died in front of me as I had hoped but I did get to witness the results of a fair amount of the carnage as Lilian and Ben attempt to navigate their way out of Ghostland, hopefully with heartbeats. This is what happens when you mess around with things you can’t possibly comprehend. I haven’t had this much fun anticipating footnotes since Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. While the “Know Your Ghosts” guide occasionally only repeated the text in the chapters and didn’t seem necessary, I enjoyed the majority that provided additional information. I expect they’re going to be useful in the sequel. Incidentally, if Ghostland is ever made into a movie, I’ll be there for the ride. At times it felt like there were an over abundance of similes and I simply shook my head when our lambs to the slaughter took the time to locate toilets on the map. If all hell was breaking loose and I had to use the bathroom I doubt I’d risk my life further by detouring to find a public toilet. A few question marks appeared over my head as I was reading, including when Dr Wexler contradicted herself about how long Lilian had been in therapy for, but they are essentially quibbles in what was a fun bloodbath. My disappointment came when, after such a build up, I blinked and missed most of the final battle. Maybe I’ll get to enjoy the hopefully bone snapping, blood spurting, organ squishing climax in a flashback scene during the sequel but right now it feels like a crucial chapter was accidentally deleted. Favourite phrase: “You cain’t be alive. You ain’t got a head.” You can download a free copy of the short story prequel, The Moving House, when you subscribe to the author’s website. There’s also a Ghostland website to explore. Please keep your head and hands inside the ride and enjoy your time at Ghostland, the most terrifying theme park on earth! Content warnings include mention of death by suicide and paedophilia. Thank you so much to NetGalley, Shadow Work Publishing and Victory Editing for the opportunity to read this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adam Light

    I've been reading Duncan Ralston's works this year, as I stumbled across his masterful, disturbing, and earth-shattering book WOOM, and realized that he is legitimately a true up and comer in the world of horror fiction. Though that book will always have a special place in my black heart, it seems that Ralston is not contenting himself with trying to duplicate that story, or rest on his laurels. Not at all. His books keep getting better and better. Ghostland is the best thing he's written so far I've been reading Duncan Ralston's works this year, as I stumbled across his masterful, disturbing, and earth-shattering book WOOM, and realized that he is legitimately a true up and comer in the world of horror fiction. Though that book will always have a special place in my black heart, it seems that Ralston is not contenting himself with trying to duplicate that story, or rest on his laurels. Not at all. His books keep getting better and better. Ghostland is the best thing he's written so far in this reviewer's humble opinion. This book is epic in scope, with the story of the titular theme park filled with evil ghosts that not only provide thrills and chills, but also proof that there really is an afterlife. But, even though I can tell that the author has dedicated a lot of time and work to putting together the theme park and the surrounding world (there are even interactive features giving backgrounds on all of the ghosts and displays in the park), at its heart, this sweeping, masterfully fleshed out set piece is really a backdrop for a coming of age tale about two horror-addicted friends that may or may not have grown apart and missed out on a promising future together. All of the characters are well developed and give the book added appeal. This book is a gripping page turner that will surely be a crowd pleaser, and, in my opinion, deserves to be a major mainstream success for Ralston.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Latasha

    . "These old bones sure do tell the tale." Great job Duncan Ralston!! This was a super fun read. I loved the interactive footnotes. They added an extra layer of fun to this story. The story itself is very good. A couple of kids get stuck in a haunted theme park that goes wrong. This sounds like a park i'd go to multiple times. There's haunted buildings, cars, objects and more. What's not to love? Near the middle, when the kids are in the asylum, this story really made me think. There's ghost hunt . "These old bones sure do tell the tale." Great job Duncan Ralston!! This was a super fun read. I loved the interactive footnotes. They added an extra layer of fun to this story. The story itself is very good. A couple of kids get stuck in a haunted theme park that goes wrong. This sounds like a park i'd go to multiple times. There's haunted buildings, cars, objects and more. What's not to love? Near the middle, when the kids are in the asylum, this story really made me think. There's ghost hunts/tours that take place in really, really awful places and involve really messed up people and we (the public) go to them for fun and entertainment? It's kinda messed up isn't it? I'm guilty too, I've done ghost tours in several cities. I don't know if Duncan was trying to get point across or if it was just me. But either way, I had a great time at Ghostland and look forward to see what happens next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shaina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “Tell me, ....what are you afraid of ? “ This is what I was wishing The Supernaturals book was like, but with a Tv special. I bet that book is wishing it was this too! From what I understand, this will get there (at least to the show part). Where a special will be hosted by the “Ghost Brothers”, which cracks me up. I’m glad he is exploring this world more. “Let’s go check out some ghosts!” I can’t help but hate /admire Rex! !! I love the map !! I love the footnotes! I would love to see what Rex “Tell me, ....what are you afraid of ? “ This is what I was wishing The Supernaturals book was like, but with a Tv special. I bet that book is wishing it was this too! From what I understand, this will get there (at least to the show part). Where a special will be hosted by the “Ghost Brothers”, which cracks me up. I’m glad he is exploring this world more. “Let’s go check out some ghosts!” I can’t help but hate /admire Rex! !! I love the map !! I love the footnotes! I would love to see what Rex Garrote looks like, though the mystery is fun. (I have edited here because there are pictures on Ghostlandpark.com and all other kinds of cool stuff. It's amazing to follow through the entire process to make this book. And Rex looks as the author described. Great match to the novel and what I saw in my head.) Back to Rex and the book but i had to give the website its due. Love his last name ! I love all of the areas that were developed and the glimpse we got into them. What a goldmine of story treasure. I will be honest and say that I didn’t like Sister Sever (Serpent) and her eating habits. I liked everything else though. She just about made me barf. We saw her a bit too often and things were described a little too well, though it might put some hurt on the menfolk. Yipes. One of the only female ghosts we see and she is a combination of two cliches/ tropes. That made me sad. And sick. Come on, you can do so much better, like a demon or creature. The Behemoth scared me to death. Geez.., and the artist... I’m so interested in him and half the things described in that house alone ... just wow. The surface was barely scratched. That was a rocking concept. Even without all the logistics and technical aspects of the AR I found myself totally enthused thinking, oh yes. I had just read an article that evening on hologram technology and dead musicians performing due to this one enterprising gentlemen and his technology. He first used it at Disneyland.It was in the Washington Post and the words dead, holograms, and musicians performing, kept me from flicking it away like uzual. So my mind filled in the gaps with what I read and I just read the whole book at once. This is my first book by D. R. I will continue the series. Excited for what is to come! Apologies, D! This was definitely a lot of work. My respect has grown and this is now from 4 to 5 star!

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Behrg

    Ghostland by Duncan Ralston is as close to Scooby Doo on an acid trip as you're likely to find. It's also a prime example of what indie authors should aspire to do--not just tell a good story, but do it in a completely innovative way. The whole self-pub thing often gets a bad wrap due to those putting out sub-par material, often unedited and poorly conceived rip-offs that leave readers feeling, well, ripped off. Then there are those who have spent their time mastering the craft, who take pride in Ghostland by Duncan Ralston is as close to Scooby Doo on an acid trip as you're likely to find. It's also a prime example of what indie authors should aspire to do--not just tell a good story, but do it in a completely innovative way. The whole self-pub thing often gets a bad wrap due to those putting out sub-par material, often unedited and poorly conceived rip-offs that leave readers feeling, well, ripped off. Then there are those who have spent their time mastering the craft, who take pride in their work and challenge themselves with every new novel. Kealan Patrick Burke, Jeff Strand, Michaelbrent Collings, Edward Lorn, Michael Patrick Hicks, Max Booth III, Armand Rosamilla, Iain Rob Wright . . . the list goes on and on, all incredible authors who self-publish their work not because it's their ONLY option, but because it's the best option for them at this time. Well, if you haven't already, make sure Duncan Ralston is added to your list. I've seen Ghostland compared to Jurassic Park but with ghosts, and it's a ripe comparison. A theme park whose creators have brought together every haunted house and cursed object they could find, yet set behind a "recurrence field" which keeps these spirits from doing more than being observed (with your special augmented reality goggles, of course). It's a killer idea that's expanded upon with just enough science to balance things out without ever losing its focus on entertaining the hell out of you. The set up is perfect, with our lead male actually dying in the book's opening pages (not a spoiler, as it's in the book's description). He's brought back, but through the process loses his friendship with the one girl he connected with. It's the relationship of these two that really brings heart to this story as they must work out not just their feelings, but guilt and fears over the course of the novel. All while trying to survive, of course. Now this is a horror enthusiast's horror novel, and Ralston quickly goes for the jugular. When the gloves come off, they don't fall to the ground. They rise up and strike you in the face, then try to jam their way down your throat, choking you in the process. The blood and mayhem reign supreme in Ghostland, and while I generally prefer a more gradual descent into madness, Ralston uses another mechanism to keep things ratcheting up throughout the story, and this is where things get interesting. Because it's all about the ghosts. Ralston takes his mythology serious, building an incredible backstory for not only the big baddie of the novel--Rex Garrote (a horror author himself)--but every ghost you encounter along the way. Like walking through a zoo, each ghost has its own entry in a "ghost index" which you can cross reference, should you choose to, which expands upon the the ghastly history of each haunted spirit. Like a video game where every level you beat leads to just a tougher boss, each time you think you've experienced as far as you're going to go in this novel, Ralston proves he can take you one step further. My favorite creation was the Behemoth, but there are loads of nasty fun to be explored along the way. The pay offs are well earned, and I suspect there's a lot more to be explored within this world of Ralston's creating. And as far as theme parks go, this will be one you'll want to visit more than once.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jon Recluse

    Welcome to Ghostland, the ultimate horror theme park. A place where a breakthrough in technology allows visitors to witness ghosts repeating their final acts in life. And no expense has been spared to gather some of the most violently haunted buildings and objects known in paranormal circles. For estranged friends Ben and Lilian, Ghostland is more than just another overhyped attraction. Lilian has come at the request of her therapist, to face the traumas that are crippling her emotionally. Ben has Welcome to Ghostland, the ultimate horror theme park. A place where a breakthrough in technology allows visitors to witness ghosts repeating their final acts in life. And no expense has been spared to gather some of the most violently haunted buildings and objects known in paranormal circles. For estranged friends Ben and Lilian, Ghostland is more than just another overhyped attraction. Lilian has come at the request of her therapist, to face the traumas that are crippling her emotionally. Ben has come to put an end to the ghost that nearly took his life.....a ghost that isn't listed among the attractions. When an act of sabotage unleashes the entities of Ghostland upon a full park, and putting the entire complex on lockdown, the horror attraction becomes a blood soaked abattoir......forcing Ben, Lilian and a handful of survivors into a race against time and certain death. A race to find a way out, a way to stop what stalks the park from breaking loose into the world outside......and to unmask the puppet master behind it all. Ralston brings the big guns in this coming of age/horror novel......combining the movie 13 Ghosts and the novel Hell House with epic results. Highly recommended. This was an eArc from Netgalley and Shadow Work Publishing

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

    Story - 4.8 Narration - 4.5 This exciting and fun story was about a ghostly amusement park, very much like "Jurassic Park" in scope, but with elements of "13 Ghosts", too. I'm glad I waited for the audiobook version. It was better than I anticipated.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    This is Duncan Ralston at his most ambitious. The size of the novel alone will testify to that, all 400 some pages of it, complete with footnotes and supplemental materials. I respect that. But don’t love it. To be fair, my previous experience with the author has been in shorter forms, he does a good novella and a decent, albeit somewhat sow, novel. But this was his epic baby, swimming in the epic amounts of bathwater. This was a grand project and as these things do, it hinged upon a grand conce This is Duncan Ralston at his most ambitious. The size of the novel alone will testify to that, all 400 some pages of it, complete with footnotes and supplemental materials. I respect that. But don’t love it. To be fair, my previous experience with the author has been in shorter forms, he does a good novella and a decent, albeit somewhat sow, novel. But this was his epic baby, swimming in the epic amounts of bathwater. This was a grand project and as these things do, it hinged upon a grand concept. Imagine a giant interactive amusement park, but with…ghosts. That’s right. Through some questionable new technology, a scientist manages to bring ghosts to a semblance of life, sufficient life to haunt the crap out of those brave enough to set foot into such an attraction. Among those brave foot setters are a pair of our protagonists, two eighteen year old kids, former best friends, trying to possible rekindle the connection through this extreme experience. Wouldn’t you know it, things go horribly wrong almost from the start and the entire thing turns into one elaborate prolonged survival scenario. It stands to mention that although the two leads are teens, this isn’t really a YA story, nor (the author swears) was it intended as one. This is meant to be more a coming of age thing and sure, it was, but for me the characters were still too young to properly engage with. And there was no one in the extended (mostly death bound) cast to especially care about either. It just didn’t seem like that kind of story. There were things Ralston got right…he went very imaginative with the exhibits and ghosts themselves (he gave each one a backstory, which was just charming), he got creative with death sequences and the main evil mastermind behind it all was interesting, if over the top. But overall the book wasn’t quite for me…too gore and guts splattered, too action driven, too loud somehow. And the digital aspect of the Ghostland’s creation just didn’t quite thrill…too modern of a concept for something as timeless as ghosts. In tone, energy, delivery, sophistication of writing and some of the themes it was almost like a very violent very graphic (advanced maybe) YA story. I’m not sure. Maybe it was just too long for what it was. I bet it’d be a fun novella or a more moderately sized novel. Plenty entertaining, mind you, especially if you’re in a mood for this sort of thing, but nothing really exceptional. Or, unlike the main concept of the plot, not revolutionary in any way. Fun read and went by quickly enough, considering the size. Bet it would make a really awesome or at least awesomely cheesy movie, though, if done right. The special effects alone.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    There is a tendency in our popular culture to try and mask the redoing of something by putting it inside a shiny new box that ultimately ends up feeling mostly contrived and ineffective. Like, let’s do Blade Runner, except we’ll make it a western. But it will still be in the future. And there will be singing. No thanks. So whenever I hear of a concept where the thrust seems to be, “let’s take this previously successful idea and… But wait! Wait until you see this crazy twist on it.” I tend to be There is a tendency in our popular culture to try and mask the redoing of something by putting it inside a shiny new box that ultimately ends up feeling mostly contrived and ineffective. Like, let’s do Blade Runner, except we’ll make it a western. But it will still be in the future. And there will be singing. No thanks. So whenever I hear of a concept where the thrust seems to be, “let’s take this previously successful idea and… But wait! Wait until you see this crazy twist on it.” I tend to be a bit skeptical. Perhaps it’s because I happen to know how much disdain Duncan Ralston feels for Jurassic Park that I was willing to be more open minded with this one. It likely has much more to do with the fact that I know how good of an author he is and that he’s not the type to simply go for a cheap gimmick or trick in order to put a book together. Ghostland is a book that follows the same basic premise of Jurassic Park, an amusement park gone horribly and dangerously wrong. But unlike the towering dinosaurs of old, we are treated to a park overrun by the paranormal. I had an opportunity to read this book in the earlier stages of its development, for the chance to provide some input and I have to say that even then, I found a lot of originality and a great spark of creativity behind the central drive of the plot. One hinge in particular that I was taken with was the technicality of the writing. You don’t hear me talking about him as much but one of my favorite authors from high school and even college was Michael Crichton, again back to Jurassic Park. But for as successful as that was (and that was my introduction to him), for me my interests went well beyond that book. I loved and appreciated how he was able to incorporate scientific and intellectual details into a story without making it feel forced, while keeping the plot engaging and captivating. And he could have been getting his details completely wrong. But the point is taking a subject matter that might be dry and making it enjoyable to read. This brings us back to Ghostland. And as with Jurassic Park, we are dealing with science and technology that does not exist. Still, Ralston approaches it head on in such fashion that it’s impossible to not take it seriously. He lends it a legitimacy that makes you forget that such things cannot really happen. They can’t, right? See my full review at : https://gingernutsofhorror.com/fictio...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** Duncan Ralston decided to go big with his latest release, ‘Ghostland.’ Following a promotional campaign that may be the best single campaign for a book launch I’ve ever seen – indie and traditional, I can resoundingly say that ‘Ghostland’ absolutely delivers. The build-up for this book was palpable. Starting with some blog posts about an author who Ralston remembered reading when he was younger, who nobody else appeared to know. Then a Wikiped ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** Duncan Ralston decided to go big with his latest release, ‘Ghostland.’ Following a promotional campaign that may be the best single campaign for a book launch I’ve ever seen – indie and traditional, I can resoundingly say that ‘Ghostland’ absolutely delivers. The build-up for this book was palpable. Starting with some blog posts about an author who Ralston remembered reading when he was younger, who nobody else appeared to know. Then a Wikipedia page was found – Rex Garrote, this seemingly lost to history author had resurfaced. All of this leads into the final details of Rex’s life being discovered. After self-immolation, his final wishes were for the world’s largest park dedicated too and featuring ghost’s to be created in his name. The book opens up introducing us to teen friends Ben and Lilian. They love to online game together and as they are playing, Lilian notices a strange occurrence outside her window. Ralston gives us an emotional opening that really helped me connect to these two characters. We then get a short jump ahead in time, some details get filled in, but everything leads down one path – opening day at ‘Ghostland.’ Ben and Lilian, now not the best of friends they used to be, meet up, with Lilian’s therapist, Allison in tow. From here, Ralston really delivers the core concept of Jurassic Park but with Ghosts. We get the details of the science behind how the park works and operates as well as a few new characters get added into the mix. At one point, I even found myself equating certain characters with specific Jurassic Park characters in the hopes that I’d get a sneak peek at how things might play out. I think two things with this story really make it stand above a lot of the other ghostly tales that get put out. The first is clear immediately – on the Kindle version of this, Duncan has made an interactive Ghostland experience. Whenever the characters arrived at a new attraction or specific feature, the book would have an underlined number. By pressing on the number the history/back story of that particular thing would pop up. I’d then read it and close it and continue on my way. Not completely sure how this will work with the physical stuff, but the digital version – this was fantastic. The second is the level of attachment Ralston created to his characters. I didn’t want anything bad to happen to Lilian or Ben and even grew to want to protect Allison. When the ending rolls around and Ralston brings it all together, I was so impressed. Just a stunning work of art. The entire package along, from early promo to the book to the interactive feature – staggering. Ralston really went above and beyond with this release and I think this will be one that many people will be talking about for years to come.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kim Napolitano

    A ghost story roller coaster ride! I am completely blown away by this book! Lillian and Ben are childhood friends, playing video games in Duck Falls when pulled down the road is a massive house, not just any house but the Garrote house, once owned by a best selling horror author and the most haunted house in America. It’s on its way to be a center piece for Ghostland, an amusement park where you can see actual ghosts! Ben views something in the window of the house that changes both their lives f A ghost story roller coaster ride! I am completely blown away by this book! Lillian and Ben are childhood friends, playing video games in Duck Falls when pulled down the road is a massive house, not just any house but the Garrote house, once owned by a best selling horror author and the most haunted house in America. It’s on its way to be a center piece for Ghostland, an amusement park where you can see actual ghosts! Ben views something in the window of the house that changes both their lives forever. No spoilers, think Jurassic Park only with ghosts and you know how that turned out, mayhem and terror as these two re-connect after 4 years, Ben needing to end this house and Lillian needing to learn to accept life again, the two of them with Lillians therapist decide to check out opening day. Needless to say disaster strikes and it’s a rush to survive or become a ghost as well.. There is so much more to this book then this blurb, the interactive part was awesome! Why I recommend the ebook just to have this available to you. Scary, gory, fast paced and the amazing backstories of some of these ghosts, the science, the history as well as the action spins around you, by far the best ghost story I’ve ever read! The author is on top of his game with this book and I hope to see a follow up or another project that includes some of the the extras. So much material here! Read immediately!! Welcome to Ghostland!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |

    Review to come.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Justin M.

    I've been a fan of Duncan Ralston's writings ever since I first heard whispers of his masterfully creepy and disturbing book, WOOM. I've since devoured everything he's written and so I feel I've got a bit of credibility behind my statement when I say that this is absolutely the best thing he's written. You can tell that he put a lot of time and effort into crafting not only this book but the world surrounding it - the park, the tech, the characters, it's great. Do yourself a favor and check out I've been a fan of Duncan Ralston's writings ever since I first heard whispers of his masterfully creepy and disturbing book, WOOM. I've since devoured everything he's written and so I feel I've got a bit of credibility behind my statement when I say that this is absolutely the best thing he's written. You can tell that he put a lot of time and effort into crafting not only this book but the world surrounding it - the park, the tech, the characters, it's great. Do yourself a favor and check out this book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joy E Perry

    OH MY GOODNESS! What a creepy, scary fun ride this book was! Blood, gore, ghosts and mayhem! I really enjoyed this book. I love amusement parks and the idea of an amusement park complete with REAL ghosts just sounded like the ride of a lifetime! Ghostland is centered mainly on the character of Ben, a sensitive teenage boy who loves all things horror and has read every book by Rex Garrote. He is his number one fan! He is fourteen when he watches the authors house rolling by his window thru the mid OH MY GOODNESS! What a creepy, scary fun ride this book was! Blood, gore, ghosts and mayhem! I really enjoyed this book. I love amusement parks and the idea of an amusement park complete with REAL ghosts just sounded like the ride of a lifetime! Ghostland is centered mainly on the character of Ben, a sensitive teenage boy who loves all things horror and has read every book by Rex Garrote. He is his number one fan! He is fourteen when he watches the authors house rolling by his window thru the middle of town. It is headed to the site of construction for the Ghostland park. When he sees who he believes is Rex Garrote in one of the houses windows, he instantly has a heart attack! Fast forward to four years later when Rex is currently ostracized by everyone including his former best friend Lil (Lillian is what she prefers to be called now). Ghostland's grand opening its coming and Ben is determined to go to it with Lil in tow. What follows is the story of that crazy day when Ben, Lil, and her therapist Allison do go to the new absent park and all the insanity and murder that ensues. This is a wild ride and so so good. I have not read a book in this genre that was this good, in so long!!! What a refreshing surprise! I highly recommend this book for lovers of a good, old fashioned, straight up horror story!!! Thank you so much to Shadow Works Publishing and #NetGalley for the opportunity to read this real gem!

  19. 4 out of 5

    The Grim Reader

    If there's something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna' call?... Duncan Ralston! Ghostland is a haunted house story turned upside down and turned inside out: a high tech virtual reality experience theme park where shackled ghosts are tormented souls puppeteered by the evil Rex Garrote. Think 13 Ghosts meets the Haunting of Hill House and you got yourself a wild ride in which parts of the body usually found on the inside often end up on the outside! Ghostland is a fine read with plenty If there's something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna' call?... Duncan Ralston! Ghostland is a haunted house story turned upside down and turned inside out: a high tech virtual reality experience theme park where shackled ghosts are tormented souls puppeteered by the evil Rex Garrote. Think 13 Ghosts meets the Haunting of Hill House and you got yourself a wild ride in which parts of the body usually found on the inside often end up on the outside! Ghostland is a fine read with plenty happening, a likeable small cast, surprises and great set-pieces. At 400 pages it is a little on the long side but this a minor quibble. The Ghostland universe looks to be explored further and I'm definitely up for getting on this ride again. And so... 4/5 proton packs from the Grim Reader.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    This is my third Ralston novel and not at all what I expected (which in itself is a good thing I suppose). I really don't think the difference between 3 and 4 stars rides on anything other than personal preference. As usual, the writing is solid. The author creates some stunning imagery. I did enjoy this book but never fully connected with it. I liked Ben but really didn't like any other character, including Lillian. Tech and sci-fi aren't my preferred genres and the story is immersed in both. I This is my third Ralston novel and not at all what I expected (which in itself is a good thing I suppose). I really don't think the difference between 3 and 4 stars rides on anything other than personal preference. As usual, the writing is solid. The author creates some stunning imagery. I did enjoy this book but never fully connected with it. I liked Ben but really didn't like any other character, including Lillian. Tech and sci-fi aren't my preferred genres and the story is immersed in both. I would normally read a novel of this length in a few days. This took me 20 days reading about 5-10% daily. It's a good book. It's fun. It just wasn't my favorite style.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shadow Girl

    Outstanding! You can tell just how much work went into the production of this book, and the final result is perfection. The details of the theme park, and it's many exhibits, made me feel like I could just put down my book and go buy a ticket to see it myself. I can't tell you how excited I am to go check out the website, and keep the park a reality in my mind! I'm also looking forward to checking out the Gallagher Brothers, and their 'ghost hunting' escapades - although I'm admittedly a little w Outstanding! You can tell just how much work went into the production of this book, and the final result is perfection. The details of the theme park, and it's many exhibits, made me feel like I could just put down my book and go buy a ticket to see it myself. I can't tell you how excited I am to go check out the website, and keep the park a reality in my mind! I'm also looking forward to checking out the Gallagher Brothers, and their 'ghost hunting' escapades - although I'm admittedly a little worried that they won't be what my mind has made them into. I really like how the footnotes, and excerpts from the Know Your Ghosts manual, were implemented - they didn't distract from the story if you weren't interested in checking them out, but so interesting and informative that they enhanced the whole experience for me. The story that is in the center of it all is a rollercoaster of it's own! I adore Ben & Lil, and if there is a way for their story to continue... I can't wait to see where it goes! BTW, Dunc... If any books by Rex Garrote show up somewhere - I'll be first in line to buy them! Seriously, the amount of work that you have put into this novel does not go unnoticed. Check out the entire review - you can visit Ghostland's website, check out the Know Your Ghosts guide, and so much more! ClickHere!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    If you are looking for a fun, creepy, atmospheric romp through an amusement park full of ghosts, this is the book for you! This story was so much fun! Quite far-fetched but completely enjoyable, I really felt like I was right beside the characters in Ghostland on their adventures. I highly recommend this story! I received an e-arc of this book from NetGalley and Shadow Work Publishing to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Van Damme

    This is basically Jurassic Park with ghosts instead of dinosaurs, and it's great fun, in a rather gory sort of way. I enjoyed the story itself, the main action, but I also loved the world-building, the underlying sciency stuff, the technology Ralston imagined to make his story work, and the characters. I'd definitely recommend this one to horror fans who like their horror on the explicit side, with a little bone saw action and a lot of blood.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer

    Review shortly

  25. 5 out of 5

    Luna

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It is my first time reading this author and I'm really surprised, in a good way. The idea of the plot was very good and I liked the story just as much as I enjoyed the idea. The fact that the story had interactive notes made it even more enjoyable. Overall I loved the characters and their evolution from the beginning to the end of the book. This book is very hard to put down and I would recommended The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It is my first time reading this author and I'm really surprised, in a good way. The idea of the plot was very good and I liked the story just as much as I enjoyed the idea. The fact that the story had interactive notes made it even more enjoyable. Overall I loved the characters and their evolution from the beginning to the end of the book. This book is very hard to put down and I would recommended it to anyone who likes ghost stories.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Flowers

    Another fantastic read from Duncan Ralston! And one of his most imaginative yet. I mean, come on--you couldn't find a better concept, Jurassic Park but with ghosts. Freaking genius. This concept gave the author the freedom to give us readers the best kind of paranormal wet dream. Groove on haunted asylums filled with a bunch of lobotomized patients oversaw by a literal Dr. Death? Done. What about creepy as prisons? Check. Fan of Vincent Price tropes? Got you covered. And that's not even mentioni Another fantastic read from Duncan Ralston! And one of his most imaginative yet. I mean, come on--you couldn't find a better concept, Jurassic Park but with ghosts. Freaking genius. This concept gave the author the freedom to give us readers the best kind of paranormal wet dream. Groove on haunted asylums filled with a bunch of lobotomized patients oversaw by a literal Dr. Death? Done. What about creepy as prisons? Check. Fan of Vincent Price tropes? Got you covered. And that's not even mentioning the crème de la crème of ghost story locations, the proverbial haunted house with GARROTE HOUSE. This alone should be enough, but Ralston packs in an easy to follow tech-babble, video game and horror movie references, and a pseudo-history specifically created for Ghostland. I have to say, it was refreshing to read a story with adult themes but set inside the mind of younger adults. But Ralston didn't pull any punches. While seemingly young adult centric, there is gore a plenty. Seems only fitting for the guy who wrote Woom. I'm very curious to see how the sequel plays out with this approaching "war" against the living and the dead. Yet, i cannot help but feel the dread of returning to the park and what it will do to my heart. Must read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    I’ve been wracking my brains trying to think of another horror novel featuring a theme park with real ghosts, there is bound to be one out there, if not, well done to Duncan Ralston for making every horror hound’s childhood dream a reality! The always versatile Ralston’s latest creation lovingly meshes horror, technology, action with a scary brand of black humour and should appeal to many genre fans. As entertaining and very easy to read novels go, Ghostland might not be deep or particularly cer I’ve been wracking my brains trying to think of another horror novel featuring a theme park with real ghosts, there is bound to be one out there, if not, well done to Duncan Ralston for making every horror hound’s childhood dream a reality! The always versatile Ralston’s latest creation lovingly meshes horror, technology, action with a scary brand of black humour and should appeal to many genre fans. As entertaining and very easy to read novels go, Ghostland might not be deep or particularly cerebral, but it jogs along at pace and is the perfect antidote to lift you when the dark winter nights drift in. A certain Michael Crichton did something similar with dinosaurs (no guessing now) and in the 1970s we had the original West World, the same gimmick but with guns and hats. The basic premise of Ghostland is simple but very effective. When the novel opens it is announced that in 2019 ‘Recurrence Field Technology’ have provided scientific evidence that ghosts are real, and that manifestations occurring after death are a fairly natural phenomenon. However, this does not necessarily mean you will see your long death granny skipping down the street when you’re doing your shopping, but the science boffins behind the ‘Ghostworld’ theme park have utilised cutting edge technology and figured out a way capture real ghosts in fixed loops of a few minutes. These loops are triggered by the theme park visitors who are wearing headgear which work in a similar way to 3D eyepieces. The wide range of ghosts featured are larger than life and once the novel picks up pace the body count mounts, they come thick and fast, with some truly nasty and vindictive characters thrown into the mix. The kindle version also includes an ingenious interactive index; Know Your Ghosts: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Ghostland which I had fun with. You can choose to hyper-click as you read along or pick the text up afterwards, make sure you check it out though, there is a lot of detail here. Set in Duck Falls, Maryland, the prologue really grabs and is set four years before the park officially opens. Best friends, 14-year-olds Lilian Roth and Ben Laramie, are absorbed in the computer game ‘Infinite Zombie’ when an old house trundles past on the back of a truck. Looking out the window, Ben spots a ghostly figure whom he is certain he recognises, wrapped in fear he had a heart attack and almost dies. The man he believes he saw lurking in the window plays an integral part in this cleverly plotted novel. The story then jumps forward four years and the two former best friends have barely spoken since the episode in which Ben almost lost his life. After critical heart surgery and countless medical appointments Ben is on the mend but still misses his former best friend whom he still sees around the corridors at school and has struggled to make new friendships, now known to many as ‘Dead Kid’. The teen friendship angle was nicely judged, it does not dominate the story but the dynamics between the two main characters are crucial to the overall success of Ghostland and as they rekindle their old friendship, the teen-sparks add a nice human angle to balance the supernatural shenanigans. Lilian, at 18 however, is not the computer geek she was at 14. Hey, welcome to the real world, girls often mature quicker and leave us guys behind. Many readers will get right behind Ben Laramie as he is one of our horror tribe! He is a huge fan of Rex Gattote, a notorious horror author who wrote a series of successful and trashy hits, with names likes the ‘The House Feeds’ and even had a short-lived TV show in the mid-1990s called ‘Ghost World’. Garrote died in mysterious circumstances and after his death, his will and personal horror collection, provided the backbone for the horror theme park where the action takes place. These story strands were neatly connected by the ghostly figure Ben believes he saw in the window four years earlier. The scene is then very nicely set for the non-stop action which takes place on the opening day of Ghostland, and hey, you just know things are doing to go wrong. They head south even quicker than Jurassic Park, and Duncan Ralston soon has the old friends reunited, with a motley band of survivors joining in the struggle, fighting for their lives once there is a horrible glitch (guess who?) which makes the ghost very, very dangerous. Things could be worse; you might have a heart condition…. If you’re familiar with the fiction of Duncan Ralston prepare for something slightly different as it is not as gross or violent as some of his other work. I always enjoy seeing authors branching out of their comfort zone, so Ghostland is an engaging creative change of direction. It is very accessible and might even find a YA audience, all the gadgetry is entertaining and the way in which the two main characters use their computer game skills to survive made quite a lot of sense. If I was a character in this novel I would probably be killed off in the opening hour! Having said that, I’m old enough to be a veteran on the original Resident Evil on the first Play Station and I was pretty good at that, so perhaps I might survive longer, but whether I would last long enough to enter Garrote’s house I doubt…. Billed as “the most terrifying man in the world” the spectre of Rex Garrote lurks in the computer back-servers of the theme park and even though it was very much a tecky horror, having this malevolent presence helped the book hang onto the trashy 1970s horror vibe and you might be guessing whether Ralston based him upon one or more genuine writers? It might not be particularly scary, but as horror novels go Ghostland is way out there and as far-fetched as they come. Surely on some level every true fan of this genre wishes the paranormal is real, that is until they stumble upon one of Ralston’s creations which will put you off theme parks for life. It’s a thriller of a ride which grabs from the prologue and, considering it is quite long for an action/adventure horror, keeps the pace going admirably until the outstanding ending. Finally, if you to Duncan Ralston’s website you can snag the free story The Moving House (this is the house which brings on Ben’s heart attack and eventually ends up as the centre piece in the theme park) which is a prequel to Ghostland. In 2014, inventor Sara Jane Amblin and Christopher Hedgewood, heir to the Hedgewood fortune, tour Garrote House one final time... though neither of them has been there at night, alone. And they couldn't possibly prepare for what the house will do to visitors.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mylene

    Wanting more Ghostland!!! Wow! You can really tell that Duncan put tons of love and effort into this project. I’ll start by saying that Duncan managed to create a very intriguing universe. Although there are some issues in terms of plot and flow within the story, as you keep reading you sort of forget these problems and focus more on the characters and their universe. The story starts a bit slow and the relationship between Ben, Lil, and Allison just seems a little weird but once they hit Ghostla Wanting more Ghostland!!! Wow! You can really tell that Duncan put tons of love and effort into this project. I’ll start by saying that Duncan managed to create a very intriguing universe. Although there are some issues in terms of plot and flow within the story, as you keep reading you sort of forget these problems and focus more on the characters and their universe. The story starts a bit slow and the relationship between Ben, Lil, and Allison just seems a little weird but once they hit Ghostland and the s**t hits the fan, the reader is all in. I absolutely adored their adventures within the exhibits (especially Bright Falls Sanitarium) and all the characters they meet along the way. Duncan put a great deal of effort to create an index of Ghostland which was so realistic that I was googling the different exhibits to see if they really existed so I could learn more. In the author notes, Duncan talks about what he was trying to accomplish. I do think he accomplished his goal of telling a coming of age story about Ben and Lil. I also think that now that he has told the tale of the disaster at Ghostland, he now has an entire universe to explore. This is where he can give more of a backstory to some of these exhibits and characters and try to link them to what we already know about the incident from the viewpoint of Ben and Lil. What was missing for me within this story was more depth. I wanted to know more about the REAL story of Stan and the Doll Head Murderer. I wanted more of a backstory on Allison. How did Garrotte become so truly evil? What is Clara and Demont’s deal? Tell me more about the BF sanitarium and what happened there. The fact that I am intrigued enough to demand answers (lol) should let the author know that he is on to something and can flesh out each individual part. A war between the living and the dead is coming and I, for one, would like more backstory on everyone to know who to root for, and who has their own motives. Thanks Duncan. Great universe and can’t wait for more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniel James

    As advertised, this novel is a theme park, but with very little queuing for rides i.e. down time. After the prologue introduces our horror loving besties Lillian and Ben to a friendship altering tragedy, the story jumps ahead to their teenage years, and we quickly understand just how much the aforementioned tragic event has decimated their close bond. The story quickly sets about aligning Lil and Ben with their soon-to-be fateful day at Ghostland. The pair of them are carrying a lot of emotional As advertised, this novel is a theme park, but with very little queuing for rides i.e. down time. After the prologue introduces our horror loving besties Lillian and Ben to a friendship altering tragedy, the story jumps ahead to their teenage years, and we quickly understand just how much the aforementioned tragic event has decimated their close bond. The story quickly sets about aligning Lil and Ben with their soon-to-be fateful day at Ghostland. The pair of them are carrying a lot of emotional and psychological damage, and I thought Ralston did a really good job of crafting their fractured dynamic early on, along with their inevitable reconciliation under crisis. And yes, there is a LOT of action. Once the ghosts make things go sideways...well, they don't stop going sideways until the very end. I like a lot of action so long as it doesn't interfere with character development and story, and I think in this instance it works, because it's a simple premise: survival horror, much like the games Lil and Ben used to love playing. With that in mind, you can't be too grumpy if you're expecting some deep, atmospheric dread. As stated, this is a theme park, so go in expecting rollercoasters, action, buckets of gore and some pretty cool ghosts.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Potter

    This is why you don't go to a theme park on opening day! Give them some time to work out the kinks...viruses...ghosts?? This book was fantastic and I could not put it down. The characters suck you right in with well developed relationships that have you pulling for them from the beginning. The descriptions are so visual you can easily see the park around you and the brutality that follows (this played out in my mind like a movie it was written so well). The theory on how the park operated with th This is why you don't go to a theme park on opening day! Give them some time to work out the kinks...viruses...ghosts?? This book was fantastic and I could not put it down. The characters suck you right in with well developed relationships that have you pulling for them from the beginning. The descriptions are so visual you can easily see the park around you and the brutality that follows (this played out in my mind like a movie it was written so well). The theory on how the park operated with the ghosts was intriguing and when everything goes to hell, well how that came about was pretty entertaining as well. And the abundance of unique ghosts will leave you wondering what you'll run into next. I cannot wait for the next part, since there has to be a book 2 now! Oh and I really enjoyed the Ghost Hunters Guide included with the story. That was a lot of fun and helps to make you feel more involved with the story itself.

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