Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review: Phantom Evil Review (Audiobook)

Phantom Evil by Heather Graham
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery
Length: 10 hours and 11 minutes
Narrator: Jeffrey Cummings
Source: eLibrary
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A secret government unit is formed under the oversight of Adam Harrison, famed paranormal investigator. The six members he's gathered know a little of the otherworldly--each has honed a psychic talent of their own.Jackson Crow, part English, part Cheyenne, heads the group. Haunted by his experience with an ancestral ghost who saved his life as a child, and the recent murders of two previous teammates, Jackson can't tell if Adam's demoted him or given him an extraordinary opportunity. Despite his link to the realm of spirits, he's well aware that the living commit the most heinous crimes, with spiritualist charlatans existing merely to fool and seduce the unwary.
To counterbalance Jackson's careful skepticism, Adam Harrison has paired him with Angela Hawkins, a young woman who learned the painful lesson of loss at an early age. A police officer utilizing her paranormal intuition in Virginia, she already has her hands full. But Adam's call to New Orleans is strong.
The case: In a historic mansion in New Orleans's French Quarter, a senator's wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house--once the site of a serial killer's grisly work.
Whether supernatural or all too human, crimes of passion, greed and desire will cast the pair into danger of losing their lives...and their immortal souls

My Rating:

My Review:
There's a new paranormal super team in town tasked with discovering whether the senator's wife jumped off her balcony to her death or whether she was pushed.  With bones popping up and old mysteries aplenty, the answer isn't an easy one.

On the story...
I love a great mystery with paranormal elements.  I find it intriguing when both the paranormal answer to the mystery and a non-paranormal answer seems just as plausible right up until the end.  I love that as I progress, I still won't know what I will find.  This is the beginning of a series and I have to admit that I found a few elements a little rough around the edges.  At first there seemed to be too much "stuff" going on.  We have different paranormal storylines and the "bad guy(s)" did too much bad for reasons that just didn't seem convincing to me.  Despite these minor negatives, I found this book to offer so much.  I was definitely sitting on the edge of my seat from beginning to end and I didn't guess much of it at all.

On the narrator...
I was a tad (okay a lot) disappointed that the narrator wasn't Luke Daniels.  He is the narrator in the rest of the series, right?  Mr. Cummings was okay but not great.  I didn't like his female voices at all but everyone else was okay.  I couldn't differentiate between characters very easily.  But he's not a bad narrator, definitely not bad enough to skip the audio.

Overall, this was a good mystery and the series interested me enough to keep going.
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  1. Oooo sounds good. Felicia and Missie are always raving about Luke Daniels. I must must try his work.

  2. Luke Daniels does do the rest of the series :) Phantom is the only one I didn't listen to on audio LOL

  3. Mystery meets paranormal, such an interesting dynamic. It's good you were able to overlook the little annoyances and still enjoy the book. I wonder abut listening to a mystery on audio. I think it might be riveting!

  4. This looks like it is going to be added to my TBL list. I love that you are more and more into audiobooks. What would a commute be like without them? I shutter at the thought! :)

  5. This actually sounds very good. I need to add it to my wishlist.


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