Synopsis and Details:
The fifth book of this dark urban fantasy series follows necromancer Eric Carter through a world of vengeful gods and goddesses, mysterious murders, and restless ghosts.
The Los Angeles Firestorm killed over a hundred thousand people, set in revenge against necromancer Eric Carter for defying the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. Carter feels every drop of that blood on his hands. But now there’s a new problem.
Too many ghosts in one spot and the barrier separating them from the living cracks. And when they cross it, they feed off all the life they can get hold of. People die. L.A. suddenly has a lot more ghosts.
But it’s not just one or two ghosts breaking through: it’s dozens. Another mage is pulling them through the cracks and turning them into deadly weapons. Eric follows a trail that takes him through the world of the Chinese Triads, old associates, old crimes. And a past that he thought he was done with.
Carter needs to find out how to get things under control, because if more ghosts break through, there’s going to be even more blood on his hands.
Series: Eric Carter #5 | Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy | Release Date: April 28, 2020 | Publisher: DAW | Pages: 304 | ISBN: 978-0756412968 | ASIN: B07XCHT1Y9 | Format: ARC | Source: Netgalley
Review with Rating:
In Ghost Money, Eric’s past had once again come back to haunt him but this time it was from a period of his life where he had thought he’d done some good. It was a deed that had been a huge feat at the time but one that he also thought had been handled and was and truly over. Well, he was wrong, and that was just one more helping of disaster on his already heaping plate of responsibility.
While he was unraveling the mystery of the misbehaving ghosts, Eric was also grappling with something far more insidious, guilt. Eric was reeling from what had happened in L.A. because of Quetzalcoatl and he was hurting. If that wasn’t enough, Eric also had a date with destiny that he couldn’t push off any longer. He needed to tie up all his loose ends before his time was up or everyone that he cared about was going be out of luck.
As the fifth serial installment in the Eric Carter series, Ghost Money took what had occurred in Los Angeles to another vicious level entirely. A very malevolent mystery was occurring unlike anything that Eric had seen before and hopefully would never see again. It was very interesting because it was a situation that was unique in that he was the only person equipped to understand and deal with it.
Unfortunately, Eric was so very tired and guilt over what his town had become was riding him hard. His guilt was pervasive throughout this book, it touched every interaction and almost every thought he had. I get why his character was feeling that way but it also felt like he was completely giving up and I wasn’t a fan of that. Fortunately, the ending of Ghost Money was shocking and I find that I am very curious to see what events will take place in the next book.
*Thank you to DAW & NetGalley for this eARC of Ghost Money*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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About the Author:
Stephen Blackmoore is a pulp writer of little to no renown who once thought lighting things on fire was one of the best things a kid could do with his time. Until he discovered that eyebrows don’t grow back very quickly.
He is the author of the urban fantasy novels CITY OF THE LOST, DEAD THINGS and BROKEN SOULS.
His short stories and poetry have appeared in Plots With Guns, Needle, Spinetingler, Thrilling Detective, Shots, Demolition, Clean Sheets , Flashing In The Gutters and a couple of anthologies with authors far better than he is.