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Posted September 3, 2013
Title: The Ghost 13th Floor Series Book 6
Author: Christine Rains
Publisher: Christine Rains
Chiharo Black once again tried to get Harriet, the Banshee, to notice her or at least to hear her, but to no avail. No one has seen or spoken to her in over 30 years. Since she she was pushed to over the 18th floor railing plunging her to her death. Only the pets of the unique building with the magical 13th floor located in Carmine, Illinois. She follows her into the stairwell and stops as she notices Kiral, the vampire, meeting Harriet for the first time in her natural for instead of that as the old crone. This is it; as he looks at her. Will it be love at first sight. Oh, no! It's not, but it might be death at first bite as Harriet offers herself to him. Kiral feeds until he must force himself away from her before he kills her and prepares to flee to his apartment.
Suddenly there is a gray blur that launches itself toward Kiral telling him to get away from her. THe blur passes through them and goes unnoticed by both Kiral and Harriet. The blur goes to follow Kiral telling him he is going to kill him. Chiharo orders him to leave Kiral alone. The blur turns to her in shock the draws near her to ask how it is she can see and hear him, no one has acknowledged him in 5 years. Chiharo tells him they are both ghost so of course they can communicate, although Jeremy Emerson is a little black and white while Chiharo is color-vision. She asks him why he wants to kill Kiral and Jeremy tells her it is because Kiral killed him. Jeremy ask Chiharo to help him get his revenge so he can be released to move on. He has been forced to follow Kiral everywhere since he died. Chiharo refuses and Jeremy goes in search of Kiral. The the deaths began. Is the killer Jeremy or is there something new stalking the residents?
This is Ms Rains final installment in the 13th floor series. I am so sorry to see it end, but she does it with a bang. Imagine watching the corporeal beings go about their lives without being able to interact. What would you do if you could be invisible to everyone? Could you stay sane with the isolation? Would you be willing to destroy the first being to communicate with you in 30 years to save the hundreds of others that do not even know you exist? I personally have no answers for those questions, but Ms. Rains gives us a heroine that is made of sterner stuff than I. Being able to see how the other residents of the 13th floor are doing after the chaos of the other books was a beautiful closure of all the Night of Hell loose ends. This story is very fast moving and you dread seeing the end come. My one complaint is there will be no book 7. Who knows maybe Ms. Rains will take pity one day and return to the 13th Floor.
This could be read as a stand alone and be amply satisfying, but if you are like me you will want to read the entire series starting with book 1, 1301: The Marquis. Each book adds a little more to the overall story, but is not required to enjoy and understand any of the other books. Sit back and enjoy. If you have been reading the series wish your friends of the 13th floor a fond farewell for now because you will read the series again and again. If you are just now starting the series I envy you the joy of meeting all the residents of the 13th floor for the first time and becoming friends. Ms. Rains I will be looking for your other novellas. Your style of humor, drama and romance rolled all into one compact story is a surprise present to be unveiled each time you open a new book. Thank you and I ask you reconsider the end of the series. Maybe later down the road.....
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Posted August 14, 2013
The Ghost (The 13th Floor) by Christine Rains
Chiharo Black was only eighteen years-old when she died and became a ghost. She has lived a solitary existence for thirty years being unable to communicate with any of the residents of the apartment building until one day a new ghost arrives who is seeking revenge for his death. Jeremy Emerson is convinced that he is in this ghost form because he has unfinished business to take care of and if he can kill Kiral he will be able to move on. Chiharo is torn, she is excited to have someone she can communicate with but she will not allow Jeremy to kill one of her friends. She is a smart, strong-willed girl, but very naive and idealistic in her old-fashioned beliefs. Jeremy is brash, head-strong, and aggressive, but doesn’t have the years of experience Chiharo has had at being a ghost. They seem to be polar opposites, but we all know opposites attract.
This is a unique storyline that has been woven into the previous novellas. The time line gets a little confusing at times, partly because the ghosts experience time differently than the rest of the world. The action has a steady pace and there is an interesting turn of events at the end of this story that I was not expecting. All in all this was a very satisfying read.
This novella is the sixth novella in The 13th Floor Series and they really should be read in order. I did see a small number of proofing errors in this story.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** August 9, 2013