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Ghosts of Gotham

Narrated by: Susannah Jones
Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

Irresistibly drawn to mysteries, if only to debunk them, reporter Lionel Page exposes supernatural frauds, swindlers, and charlatans. His latest case is an obsession - at least for an ancient and wealthy heiress: verify the authenticity of a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript circulating through New York City’s literary underworld. But the shrewd Regina Dunkle offers more than money. It’s a pact. Fulfill her request, and Lionel’s own notorious buried past, one he’s been running from since he was a child, will remain hidden.

As Lionel’s quest begins, so do the warnings. And where rare books go, murder follows. It’s only when Lionel meets enigmatic stranger Madison Hannah, his personal usher into the city’s secret history, that he realizes he’s being guided by a force more powerful than logic…and that he isn’t just following a story. He is the story.

Now that the true purpose of his mission is revealing itself in the most terrifying ways, it may finally be time for Lionel to believe in the unbelievable.

©2019 Craig Schaefer. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“The writing is vivid and quick, and a romantic subplot sheds light on Lionel’s many dimensions as a protagonist, including his sharp wit. Dark fantasy readers, especially fans of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, will appreciate the complex world-building and layered mythologies. Schaefer is an author to watch for in this genre.” --Booklist

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Fairly solid modern fantasy

I generally prefer my fantasy fiction to be of the medieval type, but bought them s on a whim from Bookbub. I added narration for a few pounds more and listened to the whole thing.
The narration by Susannah Jones is great, she manages to do the voices for a dozen or so characters well and makes them all sound distinctive.
The story is ok, with fairly well filled out characters and a plot that moves along at a decent pace.
Nothing fantastic, but I didn't want to stop listening at any point, so it must have been good enough to keep me listening!
Overall, worth a listen, but don't expect too much of it.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 22-04-19

One of my favorite books!

Ghosts of Gotham by Craig Schaefer and narrated by Susannah Jones is going in my favorite book of all time folder! I read the book and had to listen to the audible! Still awesome if not better!
It's just ...Wow, this book is extraordinary!
It is a cross of mythology, The Supernaturals, Alfred Hitchcock, and a mash of every horror show I've seen. So many twists and surprises that I gave up on trying to figure it out and just held on and rode this wild ride to the end! Nothing is as it seems! No one is who they say they are...
Ghouls, goddess, an old Poe manuscript, magic, cults, witches, and beings unknown. I loved every page! It is so tightly thought out. The characters are so real, so well developed. The suspense, the world building, the action, the mad genius of this novel is absolutely fabulous!
I don't want to tell anything about it, I would hate to give anything away. Just read it if you love a good fantasy with lots of magic, lots of mysteries, a touch of romance, and through it all, a happy ending!

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  • Kristopher G. Hesson
  • 12-05-19

an unexpectedly good book!

I expected this to be some light distraction material but I ended up completely engaged with the story! it was fun with interesting things with great characters. I enjoyed it much more than I expected when I purchased it.

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  • Linda
  • 20-04-19

What a Ride—Lionel is Invincible—Maddie Is Great

I’m a fan of Craig Schaefer and this adds to his credentials. It was a great story. Lionel is seeking to find the answers to what happened to his mother and to him when he was a young boy. He is given an opportunity to be sure his story is never revealed but he must take a job with an eccentric old lady, ask no questions, and go to New York without any luggage and to do exactly as he is told. It is a tale of the unknown, the meeting of an odd young woman in the bar, obviously set up by someone. Neither Lionel or the young woman know they are being manipulated by the same woman. There are ghosts, ghouls, witches and lots of excitement. You never truly figure it out until the end and then you just hope there will be a follow up to this book and that it becomes a series. A great read and listen. The narrator Susannah Jones is terrific and I listened more than I read. A truly awesome book.

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  • ValleyDesi
  • 21-04-19

It was a surprising find

i usually am not a big fan of fantasy but this was a good find and I thoroughly enjoyed it. the voice was ok, but the story kept you gripped.

overall a very enjoyable book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-04-19

Awesome twist.

This book starts a bit slow, but the ending is well worth reading to completion. The characters are down to earth and the overall experience is very immersive.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-20

Good raed

Interesting lots of action and well read. Worth the time to listen to. Enjoyed it!

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  • T. F. Ranieri
  • 19-09-19

Good but the Narrator

The book was good, as usual, and there might be some interesting multiverse stuff CS is leading up to. A new take on his usual premise. but the main character is a guy and the narrator is a woman, and it hurts the immersion to be honest. The narrator has talent, but is not properly utilized in his recording I guess is what I'm saying.

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  • Kathie
  • 07-08-19

Excellent book!

Loved this book from start to finish, and the narration was fabulous! This was not my usual genre, but I will definitely be looking for more from this author. Fingers crossed this was the start of a series....

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-06-19

Great voice

Clean, clear, animated voice. The first time I’ve searched for books based on the narrator.

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  • Sandy M
  • 08-06-19

Very Interesting Book

My First Craig Schaefer book, and I enjoyed it. Lionel was very likable as well as Madison. Really hoping this continues as a series.
Narrator was very good, Will listen to this book again....soon


























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