4 out of 4 stars
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Claire has possessed paranormal abilities since she was a little girl. Her gift has been inherited since both of her parents and her brother have special abilities as well. She works at a candy store during the day, but at night, she gives ghost tours of Galveston Island, which provides a cover for her other job—both Claire and her brother’s main work is for the Bureau for Historical Preservation. This is a covert organization of people with paranormal abilities whose purpose is to assist ghosts while preserving history at the same time. Her father worked for them in the past and still aids them when needed.
Claire was recently assigned the task of helping a group of independent paranormal investigators with several ghost tours. It was believed that the history of certain ghosts would generate favorable publicity. Claire sensed that Drew, one of the investigators, was also psychic, and she felt an intense attraction to him.
Claire received information from the ghosts (referred to as “projections”) that several of them had gone missing. While investigating their disappearance, she became aware that something decidedly sinister is occurring on Galveston Island, and her own life may be endangered.
Ghost Agents by Nita DeBorde is a 317-page thriller with strong paranormal and romantic qualities. In addition, Texas history, especially that of Galveston Island, is woven into the tale in such an entertaining way that you don’t even realize that you are getting a history lesson. It is the first book in the series but can be read as a standalone novel, although a few loose threads will probably be addressed in the upcoming story. Written from the third-person point of view, the narrative is very descriptive and easy to follow. Ms. DeBorde has crafted an imaginative and credible book. In this novel, it is ordinarily (but not always) the humans, not the ghosts, who are spooky, which is a refreshing spin on ghost stories. The author captures the reader’s attention right away when one of the “projections” is captured and killed in the prologue. Because of Ms. DeBorde’s wonderful writing style, I never lost interest and was thoroughly engrossed in the tale until the last page.
One of the unusual and intriguing things about the book is the occasional inclusion of “Excerpts from A History of the Bureau for Historical Preservation” and “Excerpts from the Bureau for Historical Preservation’s Agents’ Training Manual.” These little excerpts not only provide information about the bureau to the reader but help to make it feel like a genuine organization. This believability compelled me to remind myself from time to time that it is an imaginary bureau.
There were only a few minor errors discovered, and they did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book. Because there was nothing else I disliked, I am delighted to award Ghost Agents four out of four stars. Readers who enjoy mysteries, ghost stories, and romance novels will appreciate the tale. No descriptive sex or definite profanities were observed. However, sensitive readers should be aware there were a few violent scenes in the book, although they weren’t extremely graphic. I think the novel should be appropriate for readers about age thirteen and older.
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