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The Ghosts of Kali Oka Road

(Gulf Coast Paranormal #1)

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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  945 ratings  ·  123 reviews
On the Gulf Coast, Things Don't Just Go Bump in the NightThey Terrorize You and Sometimes You Disappear!The paranormal investigators at Gulf Coast Paranormal thought they knew what they were doing. Midas, Sierra, Sara, Josh and Peter had over twenty combined years of experience investigating supernatural activity on the Gulf Coast. But when they meet Cassidy, a young artis ...more
Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published March 15th 2017 (first published March 8th 2017)
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C. McKenzie
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm always skeptical about ghost stories, but this one pulled me in from the beginning and kept me reading. I couldn't help but be fearful for Cassidy, the artist who is drawn into the ghostly history by her paintings. I was relieved when Midas arrived and helped her with his ghost-hunting skills.

I was a bit let down by the ending, but I could overlook that because the author did wrap up the initial mystery of Ranger and Melissa and promised more tales with Cassidy and Midas at their center. One
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Kay*FindMeInThePages*
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Short read that could/should be increased to flesh out the characters and abrupt ending. Could use an editor. That being said, I did enjoy the story and setting.
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Although this was interesting I think it could have been so much better if it would have been longer as it just undone.

It starts out with a death of a young woman and how Ranger the guy she was with is accused of her murder though he swears it was something else that got her.

This is told in more than one POV and I am not really sure it’s a story that really needed that but there is Cassidy a young woman who has been haunted by her sister’s disappearance a long time ago. She also has visions of t
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Terri
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cassidy's sister disappeared years ago and she wants her found and to get answers. She also has a bizarre experience - a compulsion to paint a scene from somewhere she has never been with a woman she doesn't know from the past, as well as a black owl that seems supernatural. Then her path crosses those of a man from a local paranormal society. She is soon caught up in an investigation of the place from her painting. Suspenseful and interesting. Really enjoyed
Jeff
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
1. I'm not saying this book was poorly written; it actually wasn't bad. 2. I'm not saying that the storyline was poor either.--The problems, however, are so monumental that I can't justify giving it any higher than 2 stars (or, in my rating scale, a C-)

The story bounces between Midas and Cassidy, for the most part. There are other areas where the main person is someone else, but it's mostly those two. Cassidy is a painter who has strange dreams; once she has these very vivid dreams, she has to p
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The Mustache Louie Matos
This is the first book in the Gulf Coast Paranormal Series. I received both the first and second books free in exchange for an honest review. I’m committed to reading both books which is fine with me. The novel was unremarkable and has a very modern aesthetic with the whole ghost hunter backdrop. Interesting story, although I’m not loving the technique of each chapter told in first person, by disparate characters. It really makes it difficult to get to know the characters with any degree of dept ...more
Barbara Langlois
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this book is a rich history based haunting. I loved how she weaved the story to bring you into it. Very well written. A short but enticing respite from the real world. Spoiler don't start reading this til you can read it all the way through.
Lynda Kelly
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: deleted
Wasn't for me, I'm afraid. I enjoy a "touch" of the paranormal at times as I can believe in that but it heads off into fantasyland in this book, sadly. Got far too unbelievable for me at 39%. If I need to suspend belief I need to suspend reading !!
I didn't really understand why Ranger was so upset over Melissa still decades into his life when she'd behaved like the perfect little bitch the last night he saw her !! Then, that he'd only revisit the scene for the first time (which was 20 minutes' d
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Mary
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghosts, ghosthunt
3.5 stars ✨
Paula
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Supernatural

Supernatural occurrences. Cassidy joins the GCP to solve mysteries. Enjoyed the characters and the story. But did not see good closure at the end.
M
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
A predictable, non-scary book. Abrupt ending with too many unanswered questions.

This very short, quick-read, ghost story is set in Alabama in three time periods—1983, 1858, and current year—and presents readers with four POVs and flashbacks.

The not-scary storyline, which features stereotypical ghost hunters, reads as though written for the YA market. The author emphasizes the teacher-protagonist’s age as twenty-four, but she seems to be much younger—as though not yet out of her teens.

The rush
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Heidi
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT

I can't even tell you how much I loved this book! I'm a true horror/suspense junkie and M.L. Bullock is right up there with the best of them! I hate giving spoilers, so I wont. But I can guarantee The Ghosts of Kali Oka Road will keep you up late turning pages like a madman (it did me). I loved the characters and felt a real connection with them. The storyline was exciting and unpredictable. I can't wait for the next Gulf Coast Paranormal Book.
Erth
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
 ☆Ruth☆
This was quite a fun read... there's a little horror and a bit of ghostliness but it didn't feel too spooky - which is good for me, as I tend to have nightmares if I read anything very disturbing.
I will be looking out for more in this series to read when I'm ready for a little bit of scariness :).
Dagmar
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: entertaining
This is the first book i have read by M.L.Bullock. The characters are very realistic and the kind of paranormal ability that main character has, grabbed my attention from the beginning. Short but very smooth flow to the story. I enjoyed it very much.
Rachel Bullock
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay, so I waited until I had finished all eight (so far, there’s a 9th one coming out soon and who knows how many more after that) books in this series before writing this review. Instead of reviewing every one individually, I’m just going to review the entire series.

The reason I started this series is because I got the first book free from a Bookbub email. After I finished it, I’ll admit I was curious about what happened next. I went to Amazon and noticed I had a free month of Kindle Unlimite
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Jae
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Marjorie
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I only purchased this book as there was a special deal on the second one in the series so thought I would be as well reading this one first. This is the beauty of e-book reading you can try new authors without a massive outlay as, lets face it, feeding a reading habit is NOT cheap.

Told from the perspective of several different people each one is given their own chapter. The real problem starts with the voice of each character, they all read more or less the same so I had to check a couple of tim
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Courtney
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cassidy is a young 24-year-old woman who has survived through her mother dying and her sister disappearing for four years. Cassidy also has a peculiar gift. Spirits try to communicate with her, through visions of sort and she is able to portray what she sees through her paintings. Recently a horrible situation at the Kali Oka Road plantation has been plaguing her. Images a black owl, a tall dark man and a pure white, ghostly woman have been surfacing. While these images are invading her personal ...more
Sunshine✰✰✰
So this was a bit cheesier that I was expecting, but besides that, I felt it could of been a lot better had it been longer and more fleshed out.

Cassidy has dreams/visions and then feels a strong urge to paint them. She finds a flyer for the Gulf Coast Paranormal and decides to check them out. Turns out they are starting an investigation into a haunting which is the same one that she just painted. Kali Oka Road is haunted by 2 ghosts and a creature. The story starts with a girl being killed by t
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Julie Kersten
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, mystery, ghosts
Needs more development

I love the premise of this book, delving into the lives of ghost hunters and exploring ghost stories. I really like how this is based on a real place and real ghost stories about it. I was really getting into the story and the characters but in the last few chapters it's so rushed. I think this book could be double the length and be even more interesting. I really wanted to know more about all the characters, the ghosts and the living people. It was so disappointing to get
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Julia Bell
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm giving three stars for The Ghosts of Kali Oka Road. I was fascinated that the road actually exits and it would be interesting to visit it.
I quite liked Cassidy, an artist, who has a supernatural ability of picking up vibes from her paintings. And Midas made an interesting male interest. However, I did find jumping between the characters a little disorientating and sometimes I forgot whose head I was in.
A little more editing wouldn't come amiss as I read errors like poised when I think it sh
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Kim
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book for Popsugar prompt 36 A ghost story
The prompt is the only reason I would read a ghost story and I am not unhappy that I did

A team of paranormal investigators solve a crime and add Cassidy to their group. Cassidy is a woman who has dreams (or are they visions?) and needs to paint what she sees. These paintings are clues to crimes past and present.

All very paranormal and spooky.

The story bounces along but it possibly a bit thin for the sake of brevity. So too are the characters.
B
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Anne Iglesias
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Strange things happen with Cassidy when she paints. She could swear she is taken to another time and place, but that sounds crazy, right? A chance invitation from a laundromat worker brings her to a Gulf Coast Paranormal Team’s meeting. She wants to tell someone about what happens to her, but it’s so bizarre, she’s afraid to. One of the team’s members reaches out to her, and before long, Cassidy is along for the ride as the team investigates the ghosts on Kali Oka Road. Along the way, Cassidy re ...more
Ellen
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was the first in a series I actually have already read a book or two from and have really enjoyed! Super short and sweet origin story read about a group of paranormal investigators who help people find answers from the undead and help ghosts move along. One of the main characters has dream visions and then is compelled to paint them and I think that is one of the best things about this series. It just makes sense in my head for whatever reason and it always makes me wish I could paint ...more
Kelsey Ruud
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cassidy's life has been thrust upside down, with a recent break-up , the loss of her job, and the ever present worry about a sister who's been missing for years. Add in the vivid dreams that compel her to paint the faces of strangers and she's a bit of a mess. Without knowing why, she's drawn in by a group of paranormal investigators and soon discovers they are about to start an investigation about the very people she just painted. There are ghosts and witches and Cassidy trying to find a place ...more
Diane Elliott
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this. I was hooked from the beginning and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. The writing style was clear, warm and inclusive and the characters were fully formed.

I would have given it 5 stars, but there were two issues. The time frame was inconsistent. The story spanned about 3 days but this was referenced as more time, the right time and less time. With planned events suddenly having happened already. The second issue was a chunk of information was repeated a
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Emma Donovan
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, novella, scribd
Rating - 3.5

Audiobook from Scribd.

This is a dual perspective book and to begin with, I found the narration of the Cassidy too much - I get that the actor was acting the part and trying to get over the emotion and feeling of it all but it just annoyed me.

Having said that, the storyline was fun albeit rushed at the end - the specific story comes to a conclusion but there are a few unanswered questions which I am guessing will be covered in the other books, but it was all a bit - OH OK we're finish
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Kari
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
This is the first book in the Gulf Coast Paranormal series. For the most part, I liked the book. The beginning was pretty creepy the tension was kept up throughout the story. The author did a great job of giving the reader a good feel for each member of the team. I believe they all have story arcs that continue as the series goes on. Cassidy ends up being the latest edition to the team. She is an artist who seems to have a gift for seeing the past through her painting. This comes in handy with t ...more
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