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The Ghost of the Revelator (Ghost #2)

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L.E. Modesitt, Jr., has gained a legion of devoted fans for his science fiction as well as his epic fantasy novels. The Ghost of the Revelator is one of the best displays yet of his ability to blend dramatic, imaginative stories with rigorous social and scientific extrapolation.

Doktor Johan Eschbach (the central character of Modesitt's popular alternate history SF novel, O
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 15th 1999 by Tor Science Fiction (first published 1998)
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Wow, this book kind of blew my socks off. While I enjoyed its predecessor, Of Tangible Ghosts, I couldn't put this one down, once I got to about chapter 25. (Looking back, the first 24 chapters were slow exposition for a hugely interesting and fast paced resolution.) Set in an alternate version of my native Utah, I'm very impressed with Modesitt's knowledge of LDS history and theology, as well as with his wry and sometimes humorous observations of LDS culture which are quite true in the "real" U ...more
Keilani Ludlow
I picked up Ghosts of Columbia in excitement, thinking it was a new book, only to find it was Of Tangible Ghosts and The Ghost of the Revelator put together in one book. Sigh. Oh well, it had been quite some time since reading those books so why not have another go at them?

This is the second book and our hero, Johan Eschbach, and his lovely wife, diva and singer most supreme, Llysette, are yet again in danger as various governments scheme for power and control. Llysette is invited to give a conc
Oct 06, 2007 Alexia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: steampunk & spy story fans
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apparently the US was never "united" and is split up into several countries - Columbia seems to be the east coast, Deseret is the Mormon Theocracy in the oil-rich part of the continent, and there's a New France. I still don't have all the geography down yet.

Dirigibles are the preferred mode of transportation, although Jets are coming into vogue, but due to the high fuel prices, they're too expensive. Columbia is facing a fuel crisis and Deseret has drilled & mined and extrac
I got a good chuckle out of the Country of Deseret that Johan is forced by his espionage past to infiltrate. Founded by the original form of LDS religion, making it both conservative, polygamous and repressive to women (a state that offends his French Diva wife who is his cover); Johan is subject to coercion to resurrect the ghost of a key founding Saint. Once again the reality of ghosts in this parallel universe has subtle but profound effects on its politics.

Having just such a cult in this rea
The second in a trilogy this book continues the development of the characters and the world they inhabit. The plot moves along well and the alternative history within the book adds to the enjoyment.

Sue Davis
Not as good as Of Tangible Ghosts but still interesting with dirigibles and Mormons running the southwest of North America.
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L. E. (Leland Exton) Modesitt, Jr. is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels. He is best known for the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, lived in Washington, D.C. for 20 years, then moved to New Hampshire in 1989 where he met his wife. They relocated to Cedar City, Utah in 1993.

He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, u
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