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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Sinister forces gather in Duck Falls. Soon, this small American town will become a battleground for the future of humanity.

Six months after the "Ghostland Disaster," Duck Falls has become a reluctant tourist trap, and a new home to the activist group Ghosts Are People Too. When the Return to Ghostland televised event ends in yet another tragedy, ghosts once again fall unde
Kindle Edition, 503 pages
Published December 9th 2020 by Shadow Work Publishing
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Wow! What an amazing horror ride back into the Ghostland realm!


A small taste of what is inside as this book is chock full of all kinds of horror activities happening within!

Lilian Roth now has the ability to see ghosts and she teams up with her friend Ben to help spirits move on, but while they are in the midst of doing that there are other things happening as well with psychics being murdered by unseen forces. No one can figure out who is killing psychics, so Detective Sam Beadle is on the
Graeme Rodaughan
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of full-gore ghost stories with action, intrigue, and emotional depth.
Diabolical Alliance! Dark Rift Denizen Has Close Call In Virtual Ghost Prison. "Crikey! I nearly lost my nibblers in there. Once I saw all that high-tech gear, I skedaddled right back to the Rift. At least the Dark Rift is safer than being in the middle of a Ghost war!" - The Spectre Sentinel

Genuine ghostly enjoyment. A better outing than the first book, with characters like Ben, & Lillian gaining depth, and new characters like Andy and Thea (boo-hiss), Sam, Lamb, Le Mon and the rest adding flav
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Part 2 of the Epic Ghost Trilogy!!

Story - 4.5/5

“Afterlife: Ghostland 2.0” by Duncan Ralston is the second installment in his Ghostland Trilogy.

The story picks up some time after Rex Garrote’s Ghostland Amusement Park went FUBAR on its opening day. Lillian and Ben have both moved on; Lillian has a new BF and Ben has well... just moved on.

But now they must reunite to help free tortured souls from the author’s version of Purgatory. They join up with a group of Ghosts’ Rights Activists (GURPYs),
AFTERLIFE (Ghostland Trilogy 2) by Duncan Ralston picks up shortly after the events in Book 1. As it has been a year since my reading of the original story, I could have done with a brief refresher in some of the characters. Other than that though, this story provides more of the "motivation" behind Rex Garrote's insane plot, and introduces many new players.

There was plenty of action, emotion, and topics brought up to move this one along, and I'm interested to see how the series concludes.

Richard Martin
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Afterlife, the second in a proposed trilogy of books from Duncan Ralston featuring Ghostland; a theme park where the attractions are real-life ghosts, picks up six months after the events of the first book.

The town of Duck Falls is famous for all the wrong reasons. The Ghostland disaster has attracted unwanted media attention, due in part to the ‘Ghosts are People Too’ activists who have set up shop in town.

Ben and Lillian are convinced that a war is coming between people and ghosts, led by th
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This book!! I had some real life issues that came up and prevented me from reading it as fast as I could have but last night I decided finishing this book was more important than sleep!I could NOT put it down, I could not read it fast enough.
Afterlife picks up right where Ghostland stops. Ben meets a really cool ethereal named Le Mon that helps him out, teaches him some things. Lillian is away at school but is also working with GRP2. She is trying to have a normal college life while at nig
Steve Stred
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

Well, well, well.

What do we have here? Canada’s bad boy of social media returns with the follow up to his well-received ‘Ghostland‘ novel with a sequel. After the events in book one, I was eager to see what Ralston had in store for us with the nefarious Rex and the survivors from the first book.

Now, I’m going to attempt to stay completely spoiler-free, but if you haven’t read the first book, I’d say it might be best to read that and then che
Jesse Miller
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first book!

The next book can’t come out soon enough. The characters are so interesting and the world building is so captivating that I was sad to run out of pages to read. There’s plenty of gore and scares that happen, but it’s all sold so well by the protagonists and villains that it’s impactful.
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it

6 months after the Ghostpand disaster…
Both Lilian and Ben struggle to move on while working with Ghosts Are People 2 and secretly preparing for the war Rex Garrote is surely plotting.
Trouble is brewing in Duck Falls and Rex Garrote isn't the only bad guy in town this time around.

Personal Opinion

Another good ghost filled addition to the Ghostland trilogy. I had a harder time getting into this one which I think is because of the slower pace starting out.
But while the story itself got of
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Having just finished this I must say I'm pissed. That was such a shit ending and a killer cliffhanger. The whole book took me so long to get into. It took almost half the book to get straight. When I finally caught on it just ended with so much up in the air. When the book started there was no time to refresh my memory and so many new characters I must admit I was lost for like half of the book. Wish there would have been some rehashing for those diving back in because there was so many details ...more
Bruce Blanchard
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ghostland appears and the reception is something like fireworks crackling above, a warm feeling in the heart cool and gratifying. You left the ending a little open. Decision time: leave it as it is or on to the sequel. As we can see here Duncan Ralston chose the sequel. Sequels are a whole 'nother kettle of fish. The first one seemingly appeared in comparison almost a closed space. The sequel opens up a host of possibilities. Can you keep you the original spirit going strong when there are entir ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always worry that as with films, book sequels will never live up to the original. I can assure you, this is far from the case here. An exciting read from start to finish, Afterlife carries the reader into a fantastic, wonderful, terrifying world. I look forward to the conclusion of this exciting trilogy!
John Lynch
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Last year. I was pleasantly surprised by a book called Ghostland. I saw a cover reveal on social media and was so blown away, I bought the book the day it came out. I was even more surprised when I read the book and it turned out to be one of my favorites that year.

Enter Afterlife: Ghostland 2.0 the sequel to Ghostland, and middle book of what will now be a trilogy. I had zero clue if turning a self contained story about an amusement park of ghosts would be able to translate into a sequel, never
Corrina Morse
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok, So I Was Lucky Enough To Get An ARC Of DuncanRalston GHOSTLAND 2:0 AFTERLIFE, Its Taken Me A Bit Longer To Read Than Normal Because Of My New Job, But I Finished It Today And Wow, It Was Well Worth The Wait, You Are All In For A Real Treat!! 😁
It Continued Perfectly From The First Book, I Was Riveted From The Start And Throughout, Gripping, Addictive, And Very Hard To Put Down! I Love The GHOSTLAND Universe, The Whole Trilogy (Cant Wait For GL 3:0!) Needs To Be Made Into A Movie!!
"I Love It
Elli Toney
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
This one had such a different feel than Ghostland. Part 1 was a theme park ride in itself, it was fun and fast-paced with a plethora of psychotic ghosties. I really loved it, and I loved this one for completely different reasons.

This one had fewer Jurassic Park ghosts, but a more developed feeling overall. It was more complex; mystery, love, betrayal, hidden motivations, politics, which made for a deeper, richer overall story. There was less of Ben and Lillian, and more diverse characters intro
Amanda Good
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After I read Ghostland I was left at a was such a unique premise and so well written than I just wasnt sure what to pick up next! I decided to follow Duncan Ralstons progress and picked up a few more books of his and thoroughly enjoyed them all. When I saw that he had written a short prequel to Ghostland you had better believe I devoured it within a few hours! But the best news came when he announced a sequel!! I waited (not so) patiently for it to be released and when I was finally ab ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An awesome sequel to book 1! Although I did miss being taken through Ghostland [the amusement parks] exhibits and their villainous occupants ..... however, new twists and turns makes up for it! We learn who really survived the Ghostland tragedy, what GRP2 are all about, new character developments and do ghosts really have anything to fear???? ......
Can't wait to read book 3!!!!

Thank you Mr. Ralston for the opportunity to review, as usual I was NOT disappointed!
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s hard to do sequels in the horror world without feeling like you’re getting a heavy dose of rinse and repeat. It’s still Jason. He’s still got a wicked huge weapon and peoples-a-gonna die badly. We get it. But what Ralston has done here is to take the ending point of a spectacular novel and he allows it to grow and expand into something even more awesome. When you’ve defined the stage of a narrative there’s only one move left - make the stage larger. Ralston is absolutely successful at this. ...more
Abbie Sinclair
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Ghostland Trilogy, and I would be lying if I said this book didn’t far exceeded my expectations!!! Duncan Ralston is a genius with words and his descriptive details are exceptional!! 10/10 would recommend this series!!
Erin Al-Mehairi
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all, let me say, I LOVED Ghostland (the first book) and became excited about the entire trilogy. I felt/feel it was/is an original premise of which there is nothing quite like it in horror today. Of course, it also fairly falls into the sci-fi and dystopian realm, but if you don't read those, don't let that put you off, because you'll honestly not realize it too much. It's aptly said this style resembles Blake Crouch, and as a fan of his, I can say that's true. The entire series, and th ...more
Frank Spinney
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Most sequels do not live up to the original book, but Duncan Ralston's Afterlife : Ghostland 2 was better than the first (which was hard to believe since I loved Ghostland). Duncan writes characters that you fall in love with and become invested in. Characters that feel like they’re your friends or family. When they suffer you can feel it. When they triumph you cheer and when they hurt, you cry with them. This was definitely the case with Ben and Lillian's story. This book picks up several month ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Duncan sent me the arc of this at the end of November... But for whatever reason I haven't really read much at all this month so it took me a long while to finish it. This is book #1 of December... The only thing I've finished this month!

I was really excited for this to come out as I loved the previous book in this series, entitled Ghostland. Now... I didn't enjoy this anywhere near as much as I loved Ghostland, but I did still enjoy it and would still reccomend it!

I'm not sure why I didn't enjo
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rex Garrote Lives!!!!!!!

I bought this sequel as soon as it came out and immediately moved it to the front of my extremely long reading list.

The whole Ghostland series is so imaginative and
immersive. I absolutely adored the first book; from the layout of the amusement park to the characters and plot lines. As I said in my initial review, Duncan just keeps getting better and better as a writer.

Although, I can’t say I liked this sequel as much as the original, it certainly filled in some back st
Kim Napolitano
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! When I found out 2.0 was out for review? I flipped out! I so wanted to see what happened next..

This book pretty much picks up where the first one left off, Ben is now a ghost or a “ethereal” which is the politically correct term and Lillian is working with the Ghosts are People Too movement. GRP2 is recruiting the deceased to join them even helping them come out of their death loops. Lillian can not only see them but communicate with them and her and Ben have been working together. Then t
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
WOW, what a great addition to this trilogy. This character driven story has so many twists and turns you don't know who to trust which keeps you turning or swiping the pages to see what horror may happen next. Looking forward to the next book to see how it all ends. ...more
Lee Franklin
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Now, this is the second in a planned trilogy. I finished Ghostland late last year and one thing you can guarantee with Ralston is that you are always going to get your monies worth.

Ralston manages again, to draw together a huge cast of characters and their stories at a heady pace and, makes it look easy. Ben and Lillian are finding their place in this new world where ghosts are a thing, and Ben is an actual ghost... sorry ethereal. Celebratory do-gooders end up doing more harm than good and tal
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
This let me down.

I could not tell you how excited I was to see that there was a sequel to Ghostland. I loved the first book. But, I quickly found myself waiting for the real action to begin. It felt like there was a constant buildup with absolutely no payoff. The first book grabbed me and didn't let me to until the last page. The same terror and fun of that book is completely absent from this one, shy of a few shining moments. I also found pages of redundant storytelling and recapping, with alm
Sharon Leung
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great 2nd book of series

This is a great horror novel. It's not extreme but it is slightly bloody and gruesome, so anyone can read it. But definitely read the first too. I l love the characters and how you feel like you have grown with them. Ben and Lillian are an amazing pair, strong minded, brave with a vulnerability that captures your heart. Red garrot the famous horror writer has some very strange ideas and your views on him are never quite 100%. The ghostland theme park is where it all start
Jay Ward
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The lifestyles of the dearly and nearly departed

It's overall an interesting & engaging extension of the story. My favorite parts are the scenes involving the ghosts and those things of the night much darker & more evil than them. Definitely a different tone from the first book but would recommend for fans of the series. Recommend also reading the authors note at the end. As a fellow writer it was great getting to hear about the thinking behind the creation and evolution of this book and this tri
Mummy's Naughty Corner
Well this wasn't what I was hoping for. I loved the first one but this just fell flat. It took me ages to get into it and then when I did there wasn't really anything to grab me. It'll be interesting to see where the story goes in the last book. I like that the ghosts are still there and that some of the characters that died in the first one were ghosts in this one. I liked the nurse part and how that ghostland became a prison in the end but not a lot else happened. ...more

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Duncan Ralston was born in Toronto and spent his teens in small-town Ontario. In addition to his twisted short stories found in GRISTLE & BONE and VIDEO NASTIES, he is the author of the novels SALVAGE, WILDFIRE, WOOM, THE METHOD, GHOSTLAND and THE MIDWIVES. His screenplays have won and placed in several major competitions.

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