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Lars Kelsen doesn't believe in psychic phenomenon. To him, visions of murder victims are a form of mental illness. Once they begin, options are limited; he can try to ignore them or deal with them by exposing a killer. Only the latter provides any semblance of peace. Temporarily, anyway.

Five years into his new life as a programmer, Kelsen-ex-crime beat reporter with a pen
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Paperback, 1, 326 pages
Published May 2nd 2013 by Dark Continents Publishing (first published March 13th 2013)
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Sandra  Valente
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I agreed to review this book for three reasons. One, I liked the cover - something about the girl's look kept drawing my eyes to her face time and again. Two, the blurb obviously intrigued me, or I wouldn't have agreed to read it. We all know that by these two things alone, a good book it doesn't make. However, there are times when as soon as I start reading a book, I get a feeling. Sounds strange, maybe, but
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Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original review here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2013/07/ghostly-summons-blog-tour-review-50-gc.html

Ghostly Summons follows a man named Lars Kelsen who has a chip on his shoulder. That chip being death. Lars has a psychic ability which he doesn't really believe in. He believes his “ability” is more of an illness. He gets “visits” from people who want him to find their killers. They don't go away until he solves their murders. He gets one visit from a rich woman. This visit will force La
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L.A.
Posted First by Blog Critics as Book Review: Ghostly Summons by John A. Karr

Sometimes in life we choose our own profession. There are numerous reasons for that choice, not always because it is what we love, but because it is what is available. Other times our profession chooses us. These are the professions that those who have them find most interesting.

In Ghostly Summons by John A. Karr, we follow the life and exploits of Lars Kelson. Once a crime reporter, he has put that life behind him. That
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Lissette
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
For as long as he can remember, Lars Kelsen has been haunted by visions. Mind you, they're not your everyday visions. He sees dead people. They come to him in the hopes of his helping the authorities to find their bodies, and put their memories to rest. They need closure, and he's the one to give them just that.

In Lars' mind, his 'visions' are not psychic related. He's convinced himself that what he sees are figments of his imagination, that the visitors do not truly exist. Yet deep inside, he k
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Beverly McClure
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if apparitions or ghosts of people that are victims of murders that have not been solved keep appearing to you? Are they real or just your imagination? What do they want from you if they are real, or as real as dead people can be?

In Author John A. Karr’s novel, GHOSTLY SUMMONS, crime reporter Lars Kelsen has Visitors (with a capitol V), not live ones either. Ghostly visions are not his only problem though. While pursuing the truth about the death of wealthy Jeanette Broughton, who first app
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Tia Bach
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you imagine life with dead people following you around?

For Lars Kelsen, it's a way of life. As much as he tries to convince himself he's mentally falling apart or as hard as he tries to run from his own life, he feels compelled to help the dead victims who appear before him--visitors as he calls them.

Trying to reinvent himself in North Carolina's Outer Banks, Lars is drawn into the murder of a millionaire's wife. His search for answers puts his own life in jeopardy, as the murderer (or murd
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Cherene
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John A. Karr is one of those hidden gems that stayed of my raider until I started my review blog. He is one of the - relatively few - authors that are worth promoting to a larger crowd. That need promoting.

Ghostly Summons is well written. There's a lot of stories out there with clever concepts and poor delivery (or vice-verse). It's hard to find authors that are both talented and write well-developed, interesting books. Especially in a s
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Lenore Webb
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John A. Karr is an ardent believer in the quote by Carl Van Doren (1885-1950), U.S. man of letters: "Yes, it's hard to write, but it's harder not to." This is a quote that I feel JD takes to heart. As a matter of fact I do not understand how a writer can NOT write. It is agony not to be able to put words to paper and let the characters come alive.

I have loved reading John A. Karr's book Ghostly Summons. It has the right balance between mystery and psycho drama. Having dealt with mental illness a
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Kari
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ghostly Summons is a pretty good read. It definitely caught my interest from the beginning. The mystery of who killed Jeannette Broughton was well fleshed out. There are a few interesting suspects that will keep you guessing until the end. While I enjoyed the overall mystery, I found that the historical parts about Roanoke slowed the book down a bit. But I think lovers of history will find them interesting.

I liked the characters, especially Lars. He seemed very real to me. I always like a flawe
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Wendy Hines
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
A paranormal mystery that will hook you from the very first page. Lars Kelsen doesn't want the visions - there's something wrong with him. But he's learned to deal with it over the years, even if he kicks and screams the whole way. But the latest vision is too horrific to ignore and he knows he needs to help find the killer before someone else gets hurt.

Karr writes superbly. With just a few choice words, the scene is vividly drawn and I could envision the happenings in my mind. Just when I thoug
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Jessi Arias-Cooper
John Karr has created an interesting character with Lars Kelson. He’s three dimensional and you feel for him throughout the book. I love a character that makes me want to shout out his triumphs and mourn is tragedies. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
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May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Ghostly Summons’ features Lars Kelsen, a former crime reporter, who also has Visitors. He sees murder victims…they appear to him unwanted and unwelcome. When he tries to ignore them, they’re more persistent – never speaking, just standing there staring. Kelsen is now a programmer, but when a new Visitor appears he’s drawn into an investigation. The investigation starts to take a toll, including threats on his life. Can Kelsen dodge the danger, solve the crime, and maybe even get the girl?

Lars K
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Joyce Yanney
This is a paranormal mystery about a man who has lost a child that was murdered and then his wife walks out. He starts seeing nude murder victims that will not rest until he comes up with how it came about that they were murdered. Being a crime reporter helps him to look into these murders, go where others would not be allowed and even doing things that would be breaking the law to get at the truth. While investigating he finds a new love interest with the local coroner. Interesting suspects, to ...more
Hazel
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting book by John A. Karr.
first book I have read by this author.
As a nurse R.N. I have dealt with mental illness and
the stress and heartbreak it brings. The main character of the book leads a busy live but has many stressors along the way. He is physic but believes the visions are mental illness. this is a fast moving book that is hard to put down very believable. A really good book to read.
I received this book free to review. This is not a book I would normally buy but
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Elnora Romness
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The macabre. What is it that holds such fascination for us? Certain psychologists who shall go unnamed would argue it is is a "ohmigosh I'm so glad it was them and not me" mentality. Others would claim we are all inherently morbid and macabre genres of entertainment offer most of us an avenue to explore that morbidity (perhaps an expression of id impulses?) without fear of a jail sentence. But what about when macabre is mixed with the supernatural? Well?...

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Simplydolphins
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars---Enjoyed the book. Plot was well thought out and the characters were relatable. I would put this one on the second shelf. I would recommend it and would even lend them a copy of mine ...more
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John Andrew Karr (also John A. Karr) writes of the strange and spectacular. He is the author of a handful of independent and small press novels and novellas, including the upcoming Mars Wars science fiction series via Kensington Books’ Rebel Base imprint. Short stories have appeared in New Reader Magazine, Flame Tree Publishing's Pirates & Ghosts (2017) and Crime & Mystery (2016) anthologi ...more