Series: Ghost Finders, #5
Published by Ace on August 26, 2014
Genres: Horror, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 304 pages
Source: Publicity Agency
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kristina
Meet the operatives of the Carnacki Institute—JC Chance: the team leader, brave, charming, and almost unbearably arrogant; Melody Chambers: the science geek who keeps the antisupernatural equipment running; and Happy Jack Palmer: the terminally gloomy telepath. Their mission: Do Something About Ghosts. Lay them to rest, send them packing, or just kick their nasty ectoplasmic arses…
In a quiet London suburb, four university students participating in an experiment inside a reputed haunted house hold a séance that goes terribly wrong. What—or who—ever they summoned has taken their minds away, leaving them empty shells.
Enter the Ghost Finders, ready to confront an enraged poltergeist for the students’ very souls.
All in a day’s work—except the team doesn’t know that in another part of the city, a different entity has also breached the threshold between worlds. And this time what is at stake is not four lives—but the very existence of all humanity.
Simon R. Green's stories tend to have a dark twisted humor to them that makes the at times graphic horror of what is happening more manageable. VOICES FROM BEYOND definitely is classic Simon R. Green with the difference being that these protagonists have slightly less super powers than his other books. I liked that as it made the story feel more intense and their victory even more earned.
Now that isn't to say there are no paranormal abilities in the motley crew that makes up the Ghost Finders. We have Happy, the pill addicted telepath who I adored as he was the source of most of the wit and cheekiness of this story. JC and his ghost girlfriend Kim are probably the most serious of the group and Melody is the science/tech girl of the team.
The main mystery in VOICES FROM BEYOND is set in a radio station called Radio Free Albion where voices are being heard over the broadcast. The Ghost Finders come in to help and they find out what their future holds for them in the aftermath of this case through a series of ghastly warnings and images of their future selves. There is a very heavy horror element here as much of the imagery and descriptions of the evil the characters face is really, really disturbing and gory.
VOICES FROM BEYOND is a fun mystery, heavy on the horror element and kept me entertained throughout. If you enjoy Simon R. Green's other series you'll find the Ghost Finder series right up your alley.
1. Ghost of a Chance
2. Ghost of a Smile
3. Ghost of a Dream
4. Spirits from Beyond