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The Spirit Box (John Hazard #1)

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A paranormal horror/thriller that delivers. A unique twist of a tale. This is no ordinary paranormal horror story.

When Walt Turner's mother died, he inherited her apartment and the antique shop below. After losing his job due to the treachery of a co-worker, The Spirit Box calls to him from the darkness of the shop with an offer of revenge. Lured by the promise of ultimate
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Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by Mostcool Media, Inc.
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Sarah G.
Sep 17, 2011 Sarah G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed The Spirit Box so much I took it to work with me and read it on breaks. You never know what you're going to get with an author's first book, but JH Glaze really surprised me with a unique style that weaves together a tale of paranormal suspense without taking itself too seriously. I would definitely recommend this book.
Rich Martin
Sep 18, 2011 Rich Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WARNING! Don't take this book to bed! I did, and I couldn't stop reading. However, in spite of the dark circles under my eyes, I recommend The Spirit Box. It's like no other book I've read. When's the next book?
J.H. Glaze
Oct 06, 2011 J.H. Glaze rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I know it is unusual for an author to review their own book, but I have been hearing a lot of awesome feedback from those who have read it. This also gives me a chance to tell you that it is so different from most anything I've read it was hard to classify it.

If you like a good Horror/Paranormal/Thriller novel that reads fast, you'll like this book. I'd be willing to bet on it!

Caution: Adult Language, some graphic scenes, some adult situations but this book is NOT erotica and NOT a hacker (like
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Books
Nov 05, 2011 Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I finished reading “The Spirit Box” in less than two days, as it was an effortless and magnificent read! This is another one of those books which I would purchase straight off the shelf of a bookstore, on the stunning cover alone. So let me jump right in and tell you everything I loved about this book.

The two main characters, Walt Turner and Detective John Hazard, each have their own story line which comes nicely together at the end of the book.

Walt I can only describe as strange. I didn’t know
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Jacquie Talento
Apr 30, 2012 Jacquie Talento rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy murder mystery stories, Mr. Glaze has written the story for you. The Spirit Box is a story definitely about a box that steals spirits from unsuspected people that are brought to it. It needs the spirits in order to come back to life one day and the box does a favor for a favor. Walt’s mother has passed away and left him her antique shop along with the apartment above it. He’s dreamt about the box and finds it where his dreams have sent him. Detective John Hazard has been assigned a ...more
Lindsay Kendal
Firstly can I just say that as much as I get why the author used this cover, I think its very ugly and doesn’t do the story any justice at all. We all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but lets face it, most of us do, and to be honest, I wouldn’t have looked at this book just based on the cover art.

Having said that, the author asked me to review this work, and I am very glad they did. This story is definitely unique, I’ve never read anything like it before. This story makes you think.
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Carly Wallace
Sep 15, 2011 Carly Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hi y'all Anne here and I have just finished reading The Spirit Box by J.H. Glaze. What a great freaking book, this is a book I am so glad I got to read it's supernatural and a super great read. The story starts is the prologue where the author tells an amazingly twisted story of preserving life after death in a small hand made box, where the persons heart must be placed and remain. The books is captivating simply because the story is so twisted and cool. Be careful what you ask for in life but b ...more
Beccie
Nov 11, 2011 Beccie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I won “The Spirit Box” from a blog contest and it came signed by the author. The story is a creepy genie rendition. I got caught up in the story and kept wondering what would happen next. Walt is a believable character. His personality and setbacks are very real but I felt he was too gullible. In the beginning he was skeptical and hesitant but once things started happening he kept doing what the box told him even when he didn’t like the outcome, hoping things would turn out right. I thought how ...more
K.B. Miller
Dec 19, 2011 K.B. Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I have as of this post read this book 3 times! I LOVE THE SPIRIT BOX!!!! JH's writing had me sleeping with the lights on and 1 eye open! The twists and turns in this book are better than any rollercoaster you could ever imagine! The Spirit Box opens with Walt Turners' mom peering through the window of an antique shop. I loved all of the vivid details. I felt like I was in the shop and was totally ready to make a purchase myself based on JH's writing. You are then introduced to Walt. A ...more
Brittany
I won this book in a giveaway and received it from the author. I have to say that this is one of the most interesting books I have read to date. Walt finds The Spirit Box in his departed mother's antique shop after having several dreams about where it was located. He is unable to open it himself but soon the box starts talking to him and convinces him to help the box finish his quest. After an unfortunate incident at work, Walt has no guilt in bringing a co-worker to the box. He is required to b ...more
Bonnie Bernard
Gritty and greedy!

Wow...what a ride.

Spooky, down-to-earth, believable characters, a good balance of dialogue, and fast-action. I like all that stuff and it's in The Spirit Box.

This is a fun read for people who like their characters to be good AND bad. You'll meet Walt...a nice enough guy who's just greedy enough to get into terrible trouble with something much bigger and meaner than him, and you'll also get introduced to John Hazard, a good-guy cop who is nonetheless nobody's angel. Heh. I like
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Danielle
Dec 13, 2011 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The spirit box

It has taken me awhile to write this review because i am at a loss as how to get all the incredible details in without giving anything away!
The Spirit Box is a creative phenomenal piece of paranormal Work with a storyline and characters that will blow your mind , with every twist and turn this rollercoaster of a story will reach out and capture your mind, heart and soul! A story that has you thinking and believing you really should be careful what you wish for ... It might just co
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Oct 30, 2011 Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all genres
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: JH Glaze himself
I absolutely LOVED this book!! So much suspence, and a twist that will blow your mind! I loved the beginning when it goes into detail how this woman came upon this box that could make her dream come true. Then it jumps into the story where we meet Walt, who is pretty much having a crappy time in his life, until he finds this box.....Then it doesn't get much better either, although he is running around and doing the boxes bidding. Women chasing Walt through the grocery store. Practically going wi ...more
Melinda
Mar 03, 2014 Melinda rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is a great book! I was drawn in the first few pages, and stayed there the whole way. If you like books that are fantasy, little bit horror, and detective novels this will be one you will want to read. By the end of it I was feeling a little sorry for Walt, but you are likely to find yourself feeling that too. And it was a good thing that Det. John Hazard was there! He likely saved the world. No, I'm not going into any spoilers... But this is a great book and depending on your reading s ...more
Heather Badgwell
What would you do to gain all your desires? Would you listen to a voice inside your head, that claims its coming from the antique box sitting on your table? This story grabbed me from the prologue and never let go. Walt Turner's story of life has been like just like anyone else. Average guy, average job, average life. Until....the dreams seemed more real than fantasy, and he had to determine if they were real, that is when he finds the box in the antique store that his mom owned for years. Then ...more
Shelly
Jul 20, 2012 Shelly rated it did not like it
The storyline isn't bad but the writing in this book is AWFUL. Most fanfiction writers that I follow are better writers than this author. The style felt very juvenile to me. I didn't really feel much for any of the characters - they all felt very two-dimensional and stereotypical to me. I was relieved to find an explanation, or sorts, near the end for why one character kept going along with the box. This was a loaner from Amazon which I got when I was able to pick up the second book in the serie ...more
RaeBeth
Apr 30, 2012 RaeBeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Spirit Box by JH Glaze is an awesome read. Throughout the entire book, the plot keeps you guessing. I love how I couldn't guess what was going to happen next. This is the perfect book for my taste. The plot is on an entirely different level. The twists and turns within keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. As I finished it today, I was trying to beat the clock. I didn't want to put it down until I finished it. Although I needed to get my daughter from the bus shortly before I actually d ...more
James
Aug 07, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
Finished this a couple days ago! This id by far one of the greatest books I have read in quite some time! Glaze is a self published author and he constructs a world you can really get into! GREAT cast of characters also! I don't want to give anything away so I won't say anymore...I HIGHLY RECOMMEND The Spirit Box!!
Gillian
Feb 15, 2012 Gillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JH Glaze has an amazing ability to draw you in and scare your pants off. The spirit box has that edge of your seat, white knuckle effect where your mind is screaing "Noooo don't do it!" and you really just want to skip forward a few pages to make sure Walt does the right thing. Be warned though, this is no happy ever after fairytale story. It is supernatual horror at it's best.
Willow Cross
Oct 13, 2011 Willow Cross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really REALLY enjoyed this book. I don't want to give spoilers, but it's a new take on the old "Be careful what you wish for" theme. With a little, there is always a price for 'magic' thrown in. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys suspense, mystery, and the supernatural. Well done JH!!!!!
Melissa  I
Mar 16, 2014 Melissa I rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Goodreads
The Spirit Box (John Hazard, #1) by J.H. Glaze by J.H. Glaze

*This is a review from 2011 when i read read the book. I've had move all my GR's stuff to a new account, but still remember this book
**This is a review from the First Edition, Limited Printing of 100, Signed Copies With Original Blue Cover so some things in the revised edition are slightly different from what I've heard.

It's is one of unique books I have ever read. The premise was definitely not one I've seen before in a paranormal/thriller genre. It is a fun, kick butt, kick back
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Anne (Angel Anne Reviews) Nelson
Walt inherits his mother’s apartment and antique shop below after his mother passes away. A co-worker deliberately betrays Walt’s confidence causing him to lose his job.
The Spirit Box calls to him from the dark shadows of the shop below with a way to seek and get revenge against the co-worker.

WOW!, I actually won “THE SPIRIT BOX” !!! and finally had the chance to read it, to “Take a look inside the Box” Yeah

This is a short version of my original review that I had wrote, I tend to give to much s
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Duncan McGonall
May 24, 2012 Duncan McGonall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of Spirit Box by Duncan McGonall, author of Bread of Fools

In prose that reminds me of the style and directness of Sophocles, Jeff Glaze relates a bizarre tale with chilling implications. True to his short story style, Spirit Box is full of sudden surprises.
Glaze artfully portrays, Walt, as a regular guy, just trying to make ends meet since the loss of his mother. His demeanor, his experiences, his hopes and career goals all paint a picture so effective that the reader resists its system
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W.H.
OMGosh what a wickedly spellbinding read!

Originally posted on October 31, 2011, updated on November 29, 2016.

ARC for Review. OMGosh, what a hellacious, wicked, and thrilling ride! Perfect for Halloween too!

When Walt Turner's mother died, he inherited her apartment and the antigue shop below. After losing his job due to the treachery of a co-worker, The Spirit Box calls to him from the shadows of the shop with an offer of revenge.

Lured by the promise of ultimate power and eternal life, agrees t
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Christoph Fischer
“Spirit Box” by J H Glaze was recommended to me by a friend and even came with a special recommendation. I was slightly biased against the book because of the hype but only after a few pages I had forgotten all about it and was sucked into this exciting and magnificent story.
In the prologue we learn about a mysterious box being sold in an antique shop. It is meant to contain the heart of an ancient king and gives the owner some magical or supernatural rewards for keeping it. In the first chapter
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Penelope Bartotto
May 24, 2012 Penelope Bartotto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who needs to read this book? The Prologue alone is one of the best written tales I've read, recently. If so much is packed into this tiny glimpse into the story, one can only imagine what is going to be ahead when you turn to chapter one. I highly recommend that you do, indeed, read the story in addition to the prologue though. Make sure you read the prologue, so many people tend to skip over this part of a book because they think it will be a spoiler, a repetitious section of the story, or just ...more
Carolyn Seiver
Sep 19, 2013 Carolyn Seiver rated it liked it
I dont usually read books of the Horror genre,but when I ordered this book for my husband,I promised Jeff I would TRY to read and review it. To my surprise,I truly enjoyed it! I actually would classify this book as more thriller than horror.Jeff Glaze writes with a no nonsense,in your face,total story-teller-of-today flair that you cant help but admire. The plot is a rather odd,but fascinating,idea. An ancient gold box that houses the spirit of a long dead evil king,recruits hapless Walter into ...more
Merisha28
May 17, 2012 Merisha28 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.H. Glaze gave me the privilege to read his book. I hadn't read the excerpt or anything. This book was not my normal read. I normally read more of the paranormal young adult books. This book was centered more on the adult readers due to a lot of bad language and visuals the author writes. However, I was impressed on how well written and thought out the book was. It had many twists in it that I did not foresee. The story starts out decades earlier where a women enters a shop and the owner sells ...more
Erica
May 07, 2012 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know, I’m slow when it comes to posting the reviews and I’m sorry, but I’ve had a lot of finals lately ;) THIS BOOK ROCKS! It rocked my world from the beginning! The Spirit Box is so full of mystery, twists, and turns and is quite a spooky book at times.
I could not put it down, I took it with me everywhere (I <3 kindle). And the reason for that is pretty obvious; it’s just too good to put down! The book is fresh it’s totally different from other books in the same genre. The characters are
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Peter
Jul 28, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing
When Walter Turner's mother passed away, he inherited his mother's apartment and a small antique store below it. Walter lose his job through no fault of his own. His co-worker left out some valuable information that he need for the job he was doing for the boss. Walter is a loner and has no friends at all. Walter decided to take a look in his mother's antique shop for something worth some money. Walter finds this strange looking box. The box was made with a lot of gold and had a man face carved ...more
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Meet JH Glaze, an Author, Artist, and Entrepreneur. He was born in Ohio and left to travel the country looking for new opportunities. Eventually he landed in Atlanta GA, where he lives with his wife Susan, who moonlights as his editor, 2 dogs and a Senegal Parrot who hates, but tolerates him.

His writing includes the paranormal/horror/thriller series 'The Paranormal Adventures of John Hazard' which
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