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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,316 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stacia Kane Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chess Putnam Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781455197477
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The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack.

In a future world under attack from the undead, the powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead. But she’s keeping a dark secret from the Church: a little drug problem that’s landed her in hot water.

Chess owes a lot of money to a dangerous drug lord who wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is dispatch a very nasty species of undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and crossing swords with enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in a dangerous attraction to the drug lord’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gripping….Vivid characters and a wonderful sense of place…I was enthralled.”

    Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels

  • “In Unholy Ghosts, Stacia Kane has penned the ultimate bible of badassery. This is a black diamond of an urban fantasy, fierce and darkly satisfying as running on a storm-lashed shore.”

    Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Blue Diablo and Doubleblind

  • “[A] dark futuristic urban fantasy…atmospheric and well written.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Unholy Ghosts is a wonderful, weird, wild tale filled with gritty magic, punk rock and macabre spirits. Kane’s world is dark, dangerous and haunted, populated by hustlers, junkies and exorcists…and you’ll never want to leave. Simply the best book I’ve read this year.”

    Caitlin Kittredge, author of Street Magic

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgiana | 1/23/2014

    " 4+ Wow, what a thrill ride. Great world building and unusual protagonists. Definitely more edgy then any of the PNR with romance that I've read. Still, I'm surprised that I haven't come across more discussion of this series because, at least so far, it's well done and fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joelle | 1/12/2014

    " This was a really good book . New author for me. Action packed from beginning to end. The book kept flowing with something going on and you couldn't help but like the characters and look forward to seeing what happened next. This was no typical Ghost that was for sure or the friendship's she made with some rough characters but the book did give me several laughs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 12/27/2013

    " This book takes the flawed hero theme to a whole new level... Chess has more personal issues than you can imagine. I was disappointed by the consistant drug additiction and I think it took away from the book. Overall the story was very readable and I really enjoyed Terrible, but I found it hard to like Chess and what she stood for. I wish she was a stronger character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Soo | 12/19/2013

    " Unholy Ghosts was very difficult for me to get into. I tried to read the book several times before I forced myself to sit down and finish it. The writing seems jumbled, the setting is jarring, the characters are ill formed and the story pace is awkward. For me, I couldn't get into the characters, setting, or plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 12/11/2013

    " this is an amazing opening for a great premise. I will absolutely read the following books. Chess is so unique and Terrible so interesting. I like all the characters development and I'm dying to learn more about the "church". a really great beginning! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louizzza | 12/10/2013

    " Kind of weird, I liked it because it was a nice concept (: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi | 12/1/2013

    " This was such a dark book but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Chess's drug use kind of bothered me, but I was able to get past it because, otherwise, she was so strong of character. I really liked Terrible, and hope we get to see him again in book 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 10/30/2013

    " Very dark but well done and not too morose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Clayton | 10/18/2012

    " First book I have ever read in this genre, really got sucked in. Can't wait to get started on Book 2 in this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gigi pryce | 10/9/2012

    " so glad I read this. Its one of those that if you read urban fantasy its a must. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 10/1/2012

    " I would classify this as a dooms day novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie S. | 1/23/2012

    " I had a hard time getting into it at first, but then the story got better and more interesting. It's definitely an interesting take on future religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres* | 9/11/2011

    " I am still getting over my surprise that I liked this book so much! This was a unique story, with a unique heroine. I absolutely loved it and am starting the second one immediately! <3 <3 <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eggletina | 8/28/2011

    " 3.5 rounded up to 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianna | 6/5/2011

    " Loved it! I had I feeling I would. I really can't wait to read more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 5398cane | 5/20/2011

    " This is a great fun read. Bought it last night and just finished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Temple | 5/17/2011

    " What can I say, I LOVED IT!. W ho knew ghost could be so interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clorinda | 5/4/2011

    " Loved it. Wasn't what I was expecting but I have been pleasantly surprised. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 4/30/2011

    " Love the main character! She is a WHITE, HOT, MESS! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bliss | 4/14/2011

    " Total fun...drug addicts, ghosts, hot punkabilly guys named Terrible, witches, post-apocalyptic world...yeah my kind of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christen aka Chessiebomb | 4/10/2011

    " I am still getting over my surprise that I liked this book so much! This was a unique story, with a unique heroine. I absolutely loved it and am starting the second one immediately! <3 <3 <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 3/27/2011

    " Unholy Ghosts was fresh, gritty and utterly FANTASTIC. "

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About the Author
Author Stacia Kane

Stacia Kane has been a phone psychic, a customer-service representative, a bartender, and a movie-theater usher, and she thinks that writing is more fun than all of them combined. She wears a lot of black, still makes great cocktails, likes to play music loud in the car, and thinks Die Hard is one of the greatest movies ever made. She believes in dragons and the divine right of kings and is a fervent Ricardian. She lives in Devon, England.

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin has won seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and three prestigious Audie Awards for her audiobook narrations, and Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.