Rain of the Ghosts

Rain of the Ghosts

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by Greg Weisman
     
 

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Rain of the Ghosts is the first in Greg Weisman's series about an adventurous young girl, Rain Cacique, who discovers she has a mystery to solve, a mission to complete and, oh, yes, the ability to see ghosts.

Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda

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Rain of the Ghosts is the first in Greg Weisman's series about an adventurous young girl, Rain Cacique, who discovers she has a mystery to solve, a mission to complete and, oh, yes, the ability to see ghosts.

Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rain Cacique is water-skiing with her two best friends Charlie and Miranda when Rain sees her father waiting for her at the dock. Sebastian Bohique, her maternal grandfather, has passed away. He was the only person who ever made Rain feel special. The only one who believed she could do something important with her life. The only thing she has left to remember him by is the armband he used to wear: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other's tails in their mouths. Only the armband . . . and the gift it brings: Rain can see dead people. Starting with the Dark Man: a ghost determined to reveal the Ghost Keys' hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 4–7—Thirteen-year-old Rain's family owns a small bed-and-breakfast on San Próspero, the largest of a chain of eight islands near the Bermuda Triangle known to locals as "The Ghosts." The night before his death, her grandfather 'Bastian gives her a family heirloom, an intricate gold armband of intertwined snakes. Rain begins seeing the ghosts of a World War II bomber crew, who ask for her help to send them home. With the aid of an old photograph that belonged to her grandfather, Rain discovers the crew's story and her connection to one of them. Meanwhile, she is convinced that Callahan, a mysterious guest at the Nitaino Inn, has stolen the armband, and with it, her link to her grandfather. While readers will relate to the protagonist's feelings of being trapped and her desire to accomplish something, problems with the story may limit its appeal. The first title in a proposed series is, inexplicably at this point, narrated by an omniscient dog with a connection to the mystery of the islands. Though the setup for discovering that mystery in later books is promising, plot inconsistencies may hinder less-forgiving readers from reaching that point. Still, the strength of Rain's relationship with 'Bastian and the potential hinted at in the last pages might convince some readers to seek out future titles. An additional purchase where fantasy is in high demand.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
From the Publisher

“From his work on DC's cartoon Young Justice to his first novel, Rain of the Ghosts, he hits it out of the park every time!” —Danica McKellar, actress and New York Times bestselling author Math Doesn't Suck

“The perfect book for the young adult reader.” —Stan Lee

“A thoroughly entertaining joyride.” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot and Ruin

“All of the excitement and hyperbole of teen emotion is captured in this quick-moving debut.” —Shannon Delany, author of the 13 to Life Series

“Magical realism for all ages!” —Jonathan Frakes

“A superb builder of new worlds and their rules of magick.” —Nicole Dubuc

Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-25
A clunky story narrated by a mysterious dog with an omniscient viewpoint and graceless grammar. Rain Cacique's grandfather 'Bastian has died but not before giving her his gold armband of intertwined snakes. Now Rain is seeing ghosts. Specifically, they are the ghosts of men operating the B-17 bomber that her grandfather piloted and crashed into the sea years ago, killing everyone but him. The ghosts want to go home. No one but Rain can see or hear them, not even her long-suffering friend Charlie. But when the ghosts, with an ethereal 'Bastian piloting, fly their rusted hulk of a plane out from the sea floor (the best part) and radio to a Navy base, the control tower can hear them. Why? Don't know. Plot inconsistencies plague readers even as the narrative confuses them. Like 'Bastian, whose soul is tethered to the gold snake bracelet and inconveniently dragged around by it, readers are jerked in and out of the story as the narrative moves from very omniscient third person to tail-wagging-dog first person. One casualty of this know-all narrative (besides lack of tension) is that readers are left feeling no connection to the story. Another is the question of why the dog is narrating in the first place. Hints of a semi-intriguing premise may, with better writing, make this series palatable going forward. (Paranormal adventure. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250029805
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Series:
Rain of the Ghosts Series , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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Copyright © 2013 by Greg Weisman

Meet the Author

GREG WEISMAN is an American comic book and animation writer and producer, best known as the creator of Gargoyles and as the Supervising Producer of The Spectacular Spider-Man. Weisman just completed work as writer and producer on the Young Justice animated series. The television series he's produced have been nominated for a number of Emmy Awards. He's currently the Executive Producer of Disney's Star Wars: Rebels.
GREG WEISMAN is an American comic book and animation writer and producer, best known as the creator of Gargoyles and as the Supervising Producer of The Spectacular Spider-Man. Weisman just completed work as writer and producer on the Young Justice animated series. The television series he's produced have been nominated for a number of Emmy Awards. He's currently the Executive Producer of Disney's forthcoming Star Wars: Rebels.

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Rain of the Ghosts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Loved every second of it!