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Summary

Ruthie Gillespie's efforts to find out the truth about a mysterious missing rock star lead her on a terrifying journey into the past. 

Researcher Ruthie Gillespie has undertaken a commission to write an essay on Martin Mear, lead singer and guitarist with Ghost Legion, the biggest, most decadent rock band on the planet, before he disappeared without trace in 1975. Her mission is to separate man from myth - but it's proving difficult, as a series of increasingly disturbing and macabre incidents threatens to derail Ruthie's efforts to uncover the truth about the mysterious rock star. 

Just what did happen to Martin Mear back in 1975? Is he really set to return from the dead, as the band's die-hard fans, the Legionaries, believe? It's when Ruthie's enquiries lead her to the derelict mansion on the Isle of Wight where Martin wrote the band's breakthrough album that events take a truly terrifying turn.... 

©2018 Francis Cottam (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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A strong story with a supernatural twist highly recommend

I love this book, the narrator David Rintoul is excellent and brings the characters to life without going in for silly over the top voices. The narrator understands his craft and uses inflection and tone to identify characters which is also a credit to the author for writing rich descriptions and characterisation. This book can be read as a standalone novel or if you know the other work of the author you can identity characters from his back catalogue worked into the story. If you like intelligent writing and a strong story with a twist of supernatural you will not be disappointed.

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A good read

I enjoyed this book up to a point, parts of it were over the top to my mind. I don't mean the spooky spiritual stuff that was needed for the story, I just don't understand the concept of such excessive and obsessive hero worship of a pop star.

That aside I did quite enjoy the story, certainly wanted to know how it ended, but I found that I could easily put the book down to read the paper or something else, but I was able to pick it up again later. Basically I didn't find it at all gripping, but still worth a read!

David Rintoul is becoming one of my favourite narrators!

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One of his best

Cracking tale of possession, though not in the usual, expected sense. When I finished reading this book on Kindle, I immediately read it again - something I just don't fo normally. Well pleased to find this recording, most excellently performed by David Rintoul. Like all Mr Cottam's creepy, creepy stories, the premise - although actually unlikely - is believable in its context. Those of us old enough to remember the excesses of the great Rock bands in their destructive heyday will appreciate the possibility of this story.

I also very much liked the links back to the New Hope stories, via Ruth Gillespie. Now The Going and the Rise fits into place too which, when I first read it, it did not.

Thanks so much, Mr Cottam. I hope there may be another visit to Wight before too long. And thanks, too, to David Rintoul for his excellent reading of this.

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Another great story by F G Cottam

I enjoyed every minute of this book. it is worth a second listen and I hope to do that soon.

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Exceptional

Loved this book the story was well paced keeping the reader engaged throughout, characters were interesting and the storyline was both scary and absorbing

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Love this author but not this book

In my opinion this is the least enjoyable of F G Cottam's books (and I have listened to almost all of them). The ending is weak and somewhat unbelievable. I can't say more without spoiling it for others.
I also found the constant use of the lead character's full name, Ruthie Gillespie, when just Ruthie or "she" would have been appropriate irritating. It felt as if I the author was afraid I would forget who she was. Ruthie Gillespie, as opposed to any other Ruthie or a completely random female character.
I'm sure other listeners will like it. I hope they do. As always, David Rintoul delivers well
Either way, don't let it stop you listening to this author's books.

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Gripping and full of suspense

Loved this - the performance, as always, was great. Some nice twists and turns, and as always - the suspense builds and builds. The dog enjoyed some extra long walks thanks to some bits where I just had to continue listening.

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great expect the unexpected

narrator great story excellent, ghost and mystery thriller combined what's not to love. just buy it

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Rock never dies

Another excellent journey into the paranormal, but this time we are accompanied by familiar folks from the Woodstock generation. So much of the story seems plausible that it could be the stranger than fiction true story behind several our beloved rock and roll icons. Move over Robert Johnson.

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