Official Review: The Ghost Reapers by Jackie Ferris

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Official Review: The Ghost Reapers by Jackie Ferris

Post by e-tasana-williams » 24 Sep 2019, 17:09

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Ghost Reapers" by Jackie Ferris.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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What if everything you believed about your faith was a lie? What would you do if the cornerstone of your belief system was a construct? Could your concept of God be completely wrong? These questions form the basis for the plot of Ghost Reapers, the international thriller written by Jackie Ferris.

Religion instructor Jazz is on mandatory leave from her job after tweeting that Jesus Christ may not have been physically resurrected from the dead. Francisco is a physicist from Cairo who has been keeping tabs on Jazz. To the public he is a dark matter specialist, but behind the scenes, his work has global significance that most people cannot imagine.

Together, Jazz and Francisco embark on a mission to uncover a conspiracy centuries in the making. Jazz's beliefs are all turned upside down as she is exposed to a reality she never knew existed. All the while she is unsure whether she can trust Francisco at all.

Ghost Reapers is told from the third person omniscient perspective. It helps the reader to understand the multiple subplots included, and how each character fits into the conspiracy. Ms. Ferris expertly uses suspense to peel back the layers of the tale. She draws the reader deeper into historical and present day events until the closely guarded secrets are revealed.

This book is an entertaining, fast-paced read. It whisks the characters to Vatican City, New York, Cairo and Newcastle as they piece together clues to the secrets. What I like most about the story is how Ms. Ferris combines fantasy, history and science to create a novel that pushes readers to explore why they believe what they believe. I also like that the author includes a footnote section in the back of the book explaining historical facts for the key elements in the story.

What I dislike about the book is the need for further editing. There were several typos that tended to be distracting, and sometimes the intricacies of the historical coverups were confusing.

Readers who enjoy historical novels that ask the question "What if?" will like Ghost Reapers. They will need to keep an open mind as they read because the very origins of Christianity, Judaism and Islam are called into question.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Ms. Ferris writes an entertaining suspenseful novel that makes the reader wonder how she will tie it all together in the end. The multiple typos and sometimes confusing explanations of historical conspiracies keep me from giving Ghost Reapers a perfect score.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 27 Oct 2019, 12:23

I am definitely a reader who is a fan of books that make you question "What if?" After reading your compelling review, the question on my mind is "What if I read this book?"

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Post by Falconcrest » 27 Oct 2019, 12:32

"Ignorance has no defense"so definitely will be reading up on this one. I believe it is vital to have a wide perspective this can only enrich one's understanding. Thanks for a great review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 27 Oct 2019, 18:19

This doesn't sound like a book I would enjoy. I do, though, like the cover. I am not a fan of books that question precepts like these. It's not that I'm afraid my beliefs will be questioned, but I often don't agree with the author's conclusions. Glad you enjoyed some of it, though.
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Post by Lolaland09 » 27 Oct 2019, 22:46

I think that it’s a very interesting book since I’m really into books who before and after reading make you wonder “what if” and I can honestly say that this is one of them. I’m really looking forward to reading it.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 28 Oct 2019, 06:06

Historical "what if" books are always fun and I love books that deal with this specific subject matter. I'm looking forward to finding out if Jazz is right or not and why a dark matter specialist would have interest in her beliefs.
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Post by ashley_claire » 28 Oct 2019, 06:20

I was also drawn to this review by the cover of the book. However, the book doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. Consistent typos are also a pet peeve of mine.

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Post by DonnaKay » 28 Oct 2019, 10:56

What if everything you believed about your faith was a lie? What would you do if the cornerstone of your belief system was a construct? Could your concept of God be completely wrong?
Well, now this a must-read. I love controversial ideologies on religious matters. Great review.

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Post by bookwormlover2020 » 30 Oct 2019, 13:32

I have yet to read this book, but i would love too i just don't know how to read books here since i'm new... :D

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Post by kdstrack » 07 Nov 2019, 17:55

Your review intrigues me about the conspiracy. I like the way you have described the author's ability to peel back the layers of the plot. The different settings also sound appealing. Thanks for the fascinating review of this book!

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