Chris Eboch writes a variety of genres for all ages. Advanced Plotting helps writers identify and fix plot weaknesses.
The Genie’s Gift is a lighthearted action novel. Shy Anise seeks the Genie Shakayak to claim the Gift of Sweet Speech. How will she get past a vicious she-ghoul, a sorceress who turns people to stone, and mysterious sea monsters, when she can’t even speak in front of strangers?
The Eyes of Pharaoh is a mystery set in ancient Egypt. This story of drama and intrigue brings an ancient world to life as three friends investigate a plot against the Pharaoh.
In The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan girl in ninth-century Guatemala rebels against the High Priest who sacrifices anyone challenging his power.
Other books by Chris Eboch include the Haunted series for ages 8-12, which follows a brother and sister who travel with their parents’ ghost hunter TV show. They try to help the ghosts, while keeping their activities secret from meddling grownups. In The Ghost on the Stairs, an 1880s ghost bride haunts a Colorado hotel, waiting for her missing husband to return. The Riverboat Phantom features a steamboat pilot still trying to prevent a long-ago disaster. In The Knight in the Shadows, a Renaissance French squire protects a sword on display at a New York City museum. During The Ghost Miner’s Treasure (2012), Jon and Tania help a dead man find his lost gold mine—but they’re not the only ones looking for it.
Jesse Owens: Young Record Breaker and Milton Hershey: Young Chocolatier are inspirational biographies in Simon & Schuster’s Childhood of Famous Americans series, written under the name M.M. Eboch.
Ms. Eboch also writes for adults as Kris Bock. Kris Bock novels are suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. . Counterfeits starts a new series about stolen Rembrandt paintings that may be hidden in a small New Mexico art camp. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a suspense with romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. Rattled follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com
A Rewarding and Entertaining Ghost/Adventure Story
This is the fourth book in the "Haunted" series, and I guess it's the last since it came out in 2012 and there haven't been any more since. It works as a "friendly" ghost story or as a treasure hunt adventure and I would expect it to appeal to readers who favor either or both of those sorts of books.
The tale is narrated by Jon. His younger sister Tania can see and communicate with ghosts. The family hunts ghosts for a supernatural TV show, and while the TV show is sort of lame, Jon and Tania have actual ghost adventures on the side. The setup for this book is that the show is in Arizona looking for ghost mines and Jon and Tania run into an actual ghost looking for an actual mine. The family goes in search of the mine and the ghost tags along. So does a dastardly villain.
There's a lot going on here that elevated this book beyond the usual fare, at least for me. First, Jon and Tania are supportive of each other and work well together. I like that a lot more than the rivalry and kvetching that you find in so many books. Second, the Arizona and especially the Superstition Mountains setting is drawn pretty well. There's a lot of room for adventure in the Southwest and the author takes good advantage of that. Third, the book is well paced. We get to the ghost and get out into the desert pretty quickly and the whole adventure moves along nicely, without sacrificing color and just enough character development to make the players more than stick figures. Finally, the book maintains a consistent reader appropriate tone and reading level. We don't go from slapstick to heavy drama and the vocabulary and style aren't all over the place.
So, good solid adventuring in a wild and colorful area with two appealing kids in a fun setting. A nice, solid entertaining read.
(Please note that I found this book a while ago while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
It was a shame that this ended up being the last book in the series as they were some entertaining stories and this was another great book. Danger, ghosts and extremes of weather. For once the danger isn’t the ghosts but the people on their teams.