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New to audible and didn t ealize was in the omance category and was annoyed there was sex than story Wow for a novella this author builds an intense world So darkReview to come I loved the writing in this story it was spare almost terse but conveyed the story adn mood beautifully I liked the way we gradually got to know Gabriel I haven t ead anything else by Ms Hancock but that will be changing This is another case where I wish I could give half stars as well Ghost in the Machine is a solid 35 but not uite enough to make 4 stars for meThe imagined world of Ghost in the Machine eally caught my eading attention It was a breath of fresh air after all the OMG Zombies books that seem to have flood the post apocalyptic market lately and is genuinely creepy The heroine Bet is a solid character and Hancock has done a very good job at building her in only 88 pages In fact my primary complaint and what kept me from eally loving the story is that I eally wish Hancock had made this a full length novel There were plenty of times as a eader where I wanted MORE to the point where instead of a benefit it became a detriment The ending feels ushed and I would have killed for world building The omance feels a bit ushed as well though with the circumstances it s easier to understand if you don t expect to live very long you e probably going to approach elationships a little intenselyThe only other uibble I have and this IS minor but I know it s a pet peeve for many eaders like myself the head hopping Bet s story is in first person present with occasional hops to other characters in third person It just feels a bit off I would still solidly ecommend this book and I would have no trouble picking up another of Barbara Hancock s books It s my hope that she branches out into longer form stories because she clearly has a great imagination and I should like to ead of it Originally posted at Romance Around the CornerI was pleasantly surprised by this book I bought it after eading Janine s eview over at Dear Author even though I wasn t familiar with Ms Hancock s work I love gritty stories that take place in alternate or post apocalyptic worlds and Ghost in the Machine is exactly that I m so glad I ead. Rule number one Run from the Shadows Unless one knows the secret that will save you A Cybershock StoryI live in a world of waifs and shadows Live might be an overstatement I scrounge and scramble and survive in an atmosphere made thick and gray by the ashes of the Fallen And sometimes I dream of sunlight My parents were taken even though they followed all the ules Never scave.
It because it turned out to be a wonderful and exciting journeyThe world painted in this book has literally gone to ashes Years ago an alien invasion commanded by an entity called the SoulEater took over the world and everything in it Half machine half something else the SoulEater had the ability to feed from humans and turn them into ghostly beings called Shadows that wandered the planet eproducing behaviors from their past and sometimes even esembling that past and whose only purpose was to locate humans and alert the Sweepers Now Shadows are a terrible sight because they come back as eflections of their past that means that a little girl s shadow sings the same song over and over again or a former unner comes backs as a horse with a human head But Sweepers are worse because they are a hybrid between a human and a machine and you can t tell where the flesh begins and the machine ends they all are monstrous things devoid of any humanity Or so it seemsOur heroine is Bet and her only purpose in life is keeping her little brother Douglas safe She s emaciated and what little food she finds she gives to her brother She worries that she won t be able to keep him sheltered any because the older he gets the he ealizes how terrible things are One day Bet s worse nightmare comes true because when she gets home she finds out that Sweepers have taken Douglas With nothing else to loose and her only eason to live gone she decides to embark on a suicide mission to escue him from the SoulEater when common logic says she should un the other wayIt doesn t take long for a shadow to find and attack her She s too weak to fight and is clearly loosing when out of nowhere a man dressed like a soldier built like a god and winged like an angel saves her She knows this man whose name is Gabriel is a Shadow but can see that there s still some humanity left in him He offers her his help to find Douglas and even though she doesn t trust him she knows she needs him so she eluctantly accepts and so the adventure beginsThis isn t a happy book and the setting is uite dark even for a genre that s usually filled with darks settings If you don t like gritty and bleak worlds where you e always worrying about the character. Nge at night Never talk to Shadows Don’t fight the Sweepers Run Run Run Now that they’ve taken my little brother Douglas I’ve ealized I’ve only been surviving for him I have two choices Follow him or lie down and die I can’t just uit after years of struggle I wouldn’t know how if I tried Determination is all I have left And then I meet him He claims to be a ogue.
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S safety then you should probably skip this one Otherwise go ahead and ead it because it s an interesting and iveting story that packs a lot of punch for such a short length and presents us a complex and uite interesting alternate worldThe story is told in first person from Bet s POV so you eally get to see how desperate she is and how bleak and awful life is She knows going after Douglas means almost certain death but he s everything to her she has no eason to live beyond him so either way she dies She s also uite lonely at one point she eflects about how she s never been able to lean on someone and that as much as she loves her brother sometimes she needs That s why Gabriel makes such a huge difference because she finally has someone taking care of her I also loved how strong and good she was she never gives up but still acknowledges that things are bad She wasn t a sunny and positive heroine but she was still was able to give the eader some hopeWe get some parts of the story from Grabriel s perspective just enough to give us some background and to let us know where he s coming from This is a guy who has spent years fighting and who has managed to keep his humanity after going through something worse than death even after humans themselves have that humanity and all hopeThere are things left unexplained I m not exactly sure how the SoulEater works and how it creates the Shadows and Sweepers I don t want to give away any details but the ending was ushed and to me the final esolution is the weakest part of the book it seemed almost too easy and again it wasn t uite explained At one point I wasn t sure how it was going to end was a happy ending even possible Well you have to ead it but I ll say that the ending is satisfying and the story is so engrossing that you are able to overlook its shortcomingsIf you like post apocalyptic and cyberpunk stories this is a must ead it s also heavy on the omance so there s something to cater to every taste It s part of a series of novellas that have a post apocalyptic and cyberpunk theme but aren t elated otherwise you can get them Here Zero Factor and here Gridlock and I think Samhain is planning on publishing them as an anthology latter this year. Who can help me find my brother It’s got to be a lie But I don’t un I stop I listen And I make a deal with a Shadow even though I know it will mean the death of me Never talk to Shadows But no one ever told me what would happen if I kissed one Warning May cause fantasies of forbidden kisses from dark heroes who balance on the edge of evil Where shadows wait and ashes fall.
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