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Ghost in the Machine (Cybershock)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  13 reviews
"Rule number one: Run from the Shadows. Unless one knows the secret that will save you. "

A "Cybershock" Story

I 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
ebook, 66 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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Gabriel Sanchez fights. He always fights. [...]
His physical body is long lost. But he's alive somehow and always fighting.
Not a Shadow, but a ghost in the machine.

Bet is a survivor. Existing in a post-apocalyptic, futuristic world of science fiction nightmares. Scavenging an existence from a world of ashes, she lives only to protect and provide for her young brother, Douglas. When Douglas is taken she goes after him, to save him before he is consumed by the SoulEater.

Gabriel, once human is now
Creepy, but oh so good! Had a zombie-like feel, but the Shadows are soul-less shells of the humans they used to be. Bet has remained out of their reach and knows no other life other than this bleak existence and always living in constant fear. Now her younger brother has been snatched and she is determined to save him. Gabriel (so cliché) comes to her rescue. He vows to help her save her brother and fight the evil entity that has sucked the life from humanity. Not sure whether to trust him, Bet ...more
This is another case where I wish I could give half stars as well - Ghost in the Machine is a solid 3.5, but not quite enough to make 4 stars for me.

The imagined world of "Ghost in the Machine" really caught my reading 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 p
Brie C.
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I bought it after reading Janine’s review 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 read it because it turned out to be a wonderful and exciting journey.

The world painted in this book has literally gone to ashes. Years ago an alien invasion comma
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

The Soul Eater has come to Earth. With the souls gone only shadows remain. Shadows of a life from the past. The few people who avoid the Soul Eater are constantly running from the shadows and sweepers who try to drive them to their master.

Elizabeth, or Bet, returns to her squat to find her young brother Douglas has been taken by a sweeper. Desperate to rescue him before he becomes a shadow, she begins the dangerous journey to the Soul
This was a very creepy, but good short story. I'm not really into the whole dystopian trend, but this worked for me. I felt the world building was solid, and believable. I really liked how Mrs. Hancock didn't go out of her way to talk down to us as readers by explaining all of the terminology. I might not have known what was what off the bat, but I figured it out quick enough. My one qualm with this book was the heroine's name, Bet, I thought it was stupid. The author explained the choice, but I ...more
Maddy Barone
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 read anything else by Ms. Hancock, but that will be changing.
Vanessa Jaye
More like 4.5. Excellent work-building. The story just sucks you in. The sense of malevolence is done very well and the tension never let's up.
A complete story in a short amount of pages. Very dark world but with a happy ending at the end. Enjoyed the twist on angels.
Mandi Schreiner
Wow - for a novella this author builds an intense world. So dark.

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This is one of the most AMAZING books I've ever read!!! I still get chills up my spine when I think about it.
Recommended by Janine at DA, dark sci-fi romance
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I write modern gothic romance/supernatural thrillers. Lost in Me is now available as a free Online Read on the Harlequin website. I've also written Harlequin Shivers, Nocturne and the Raveneaux Vampire Books One & Two and a Gothic Cyberpunk Romance, Ghost in the Machine. When I'm not writing, I'm a referee to twins and adopted mom to many rescued pets. I live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge ...more
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