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The girl had been staring into her mirror all morning before she picked up the small bottle of sulphuric acid and poured it over her forehead. Samira was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. What could have brought her to this? 

DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of Tooting Police suspect it's suicide. But then a meek husband kills his wife, and the headteacher of the local school throws her pupils out of a window. It's no longer a random outbreak of horrific crimes. It's a deadly virus. And it's spreading. Somehow, ordinary Londoners are being infected with an insatiable lust to murder. All of the killers were wearing secondhand clothes. 

Could these garments be possessed by some supernatural force? 

The death count is multiplying. Now Jerry and Jamila must defeat the ghost virus before they are all infected....

©2018 Graham Masterton (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Gory madness from the Master of Horror

I’ve been a fan of Graham Masterton for many years, ever since I snuck THE DEVILS OF D-DAY out of the library at a very young age. This is the first of his that I’ve read for a few years, and it’s plain he’s lost none of his fire. Masterton has a knack of taking an ostensibly ridiculous scenario and not only making it terrifying, but making it real. His world of the supernatural has clear rules, if you can survive long enough to figure them out, and he doesn’t flinch from exploring the horrible consequences.
GHOST VIRUS is a great mash up of British police procedural with supernatural horror, a combination I find irresistible. It’s firmly rooted in multicultural 21st Century Britain, with nods to Brexit and the current political economy, and feels scarier for it.
Mark Meadows does a great job reading this, especially the action scenes. He gives each character a unique voice, without resorting to the kind of cartoonish overacting a lot of narrators do. I’m looking forward to listening to more of his work.

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Defo in my top 10 of Graham's books.

This book is definitely in my top 10 of GM's books. Gruesome, engrossing and what a twist at the end. Just fantastic! Mr Meadows narrating all thoughts different voices. A great interpretation for a difficult script.

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great book hope there's a sequel would recommen

great book hope there's a sequel would recommend characters were amazing and mark meadows

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Ludicrous but thoroughly enjoyable horror

Typical Graham Masterton, take a myth and spin a yarn about it (no pun intended).

This book starts with a most horrifying scene which almost turned me off the book entirely, far too graphic and not really necesssary to the story but it IS a horror story after all, and I'm very happy that I carried on listening, it's a ridiculous tale of posessed clothing. Laughable? Perhaps, but hugely entertaining to listen to, thanks in part to Mark Meadows whose narration brings the possesed clothings rampage to life perfectly (again, no pun intended).

I'd say that if you enjoy dark humour and don't mind gore, then this would be perfect for you, but if you are not so keen on gore, then best to avoid this one, it's gory, silly, but very gory.

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I love this book

Having listened to book two and three in the series I just had to listen to this one and I wasn't disappointed .
The story was so gripping from the beginning to the end .
Well worth a listen if your a horror fan or enjoy unusual stories.
I would 100%recommend.

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Ghost virus

Ghost virus is a fantastic listen, such a brilliant idea to use clothes like this with such a fantastic plot.

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brilliant story

fabulous narration to a fabulous storyline. listened to this on my long journey. I'm glad I did. it would have been hard not to listen in one go.

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Most enjoyable book I've listened to this year

I really REALLY enjoyed this book. Finally some PROPER GORY HORROR to get my teeth into (pardon the pun 😁). It was refreshing to find a book where the author isn't afraid to push the boundaries a little and create a really disturbing story. The plot is outlandish and ridiculous but Masterton does it so well that you forget who/what the villains are! It helps that the characters make realistic choices as it makes a book all the more enjoyable for me personally. Highly recommend you listen to "Ghost Virus".

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Ridiculous, not researched, stereotypes full

honestly, I do not mind the ridiculousness of the overall concept/idea. the book seems to be written with a basic research of facts. it is often annoying when the foreign characters speak with a mixture of multiple languages ( Lithuanian speaks a mix lf Polish , Russian, Lithuanian, English and who knows what else). central European culture mixed with Asian with barely any logic. that all is topped with stereotypes (often also messed up) . I understand that it is a way of creating realistic characters . thus ignored when reading other reviews... but, its just poorly and unnecessarily introduced in this case.
Good reading though makes it bearable in the end. OK if in sale, 241 boulndle, but normally there are better options to spend your credits.

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Unusual

All I can say is it would make a brilliant episode of Dr. Who. The author should submit it for consideration