Michael Jack Webb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and obtained his J.D. from the same university. Over the past forty years he has travelled the world in search of adventure.
Michael is a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific, supernatural, and Biblical world views. He's studied and taught from the Bible for more than twenty-five years.
Michael is intrigued by recent discoveries in quantum physics providing extraordinary insights into the reality of the spirit realm, especially as it relates to the study of Light.
He incorporates all of the above into his supernatural thrillers.
Michael and his wife make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Books by Michael: The Master’s Quilt, The Nephilim Parchments, The Song of the Seraphim (Giants in the Earth trilogy), The Oldest Enemy, and Infernal Gates. He is currently working on The Devil’s Cauldron, the sequel to Infernal Gates.
He also authored a non-fiction work entitled In the Cleft of the Rock: Insights into the Blood of Jesus, Resurrection Power, and Saving the Soul.
This book had a good story, buried in way too much minutiae and exposition. The characters had interesting backgrounds and the premise of the story was great. Sadly, the action was interrupted constantly by overlong descriptions and encyclopedia “dialogue” being inserted way too often. The periods of natural dialogue were good, but there was not enough of that to satisfy this reviewer.
The heroine’s parents disappeared, and rather than being upset and focused on finding them (she’s an FBI profiler), she’s more concerned with what the local cop is wearing when he shows up and that he looks like Chris Pratt. There’s a long section on Chris Pratt and how she binged watched his movies in grad school. This was the first of many such interruptions in the flow of the story.
At one point, the main characters are driving along investigating the case of the serial killer that takes her attention away from finding her parents. She mentions a winery and stopping to get a bottle of her favorite wine. She then goes into a long one-sided discussion of the history of the winery. This totally took the reviewer out of the story and was not the only time such exposition did so.
Each time the characters went to another location, one of them would go into great detail about the history of the area (to the point it was laughable as it appeared whole sections of the encyclopedia were cut and pasted into the text.)
Another time, they ate at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park and we got the whole history of the hotel as well as the town. These numerous interruptions of the actual plot of the story—that added nothing to moving the tale along—began to grate on this reviewer’s nerves and caused the focus of the tale to meander off on tangents.
I kept reading as I was interested in how the story would turn out, but sadly, the author seemed to get in his own way. What could’ve been a tight, taut, thriller turned into a slog of too much information. Research is important to add richness to the story line, but telling the reader everything that was learned in the research for the novel takes away from the pacing and excitement of the story unfolding in a thrilling manner. Little tidbits sprinkled in to add authenticity to the settings/circumstances is good, but wholesale chunks of research take the reader out of the story.
I’d give this one three stars. If it was tighter and there was not so much dialogue that sounded more like recitation from the encyclopedia, I would’ve rated it much higher. I most likely won’t read the next in the series even though I like the storyline. The information-dump style is not for me. I much prefer a tightly written, fast paced story. For those who like an intense history lesson while reading a novel, this one may be right up your alley.
There’s a great story in here, but it’s simply submerged under ten tonnes of trivia and the result is not a ‘thriller’, more of a ‘plodder’. The premise is excellent: a young female FBI agent survives a harrowing encounter with the serial killer she’s been hunting. A year later, the killings begin again and her parents go missing. Her independent investigation uncovers a century-spanning supernatural / spiritual mystery a la The Da Vinci Code.
Unfortunately, this author does not have Dan Brown’s sense of pace and presentation. Every intriguing encounter is weighed down with dense description and unlikely exposition which neither progresses the plot nor illuminates the characters. The juxtaposition of an ancient Christian sect and First Nations beliefs could’ve been brilliant, but instead this reads like a graduate-level textbook.
The devil is definitely in the detail and there’s an impossible volume of detail to wade through. Less would’ve been much more 5/10
~First of all, I would like to give a huge thank you to the wonderful author of this, um, outstanding book for sending me a free copy in exchange for my honest review.~
Ok, this was definitely something new. Before I begin, let me just say one thing. Well, two things. I do not like horror (or anything border-line horror) This book was phenomenal.
Ghost was a spectacular blend of (almost)horror, suspense, supernatural fiction, speculative fiction, crime/murder mystery, and a whole lot more. Also, who likes books without all of that ugly content that most books have? YES! This book doesn't have any of that! *whoop whoop* This book really reminded me of the Serial Podcast, because it's analyzing the crime as it's happening, and you'll definitely learn a lot of cool psychology about different types of people throughout the story. One thing I didn't really like was that the mysterious serial killer was always referred to as "The Ghost in The Darkness Killer", and it wasn't shortened, but this didn't bother me too much. I also found myself skipping over some parts of the text (not often though), but that was either to get to the more action-packed parts or to see what'll happen when I'm IN the action packed parts. So, yeah, this was one heck of a ride, but I'm am FOR SURE looking forward to the sequel!! *fangirl scream* ~Full Review To Come~
The story starts in a hospital; Kate Justice wondering about the latest victim of the Ghost in the Darkness killer - a victim that looks familiar and does not fit the usual prey.
With "Ghost", Michael Jack Webb has created an expertly woven plot, an intriguing story of investigators chasing an unusual serial killer. "Ghost" comprises authentic main characters with sufficient depth - they gain complexity throughout the story. I had a great time reading - this is a very compelling read; I was drawn into the story after the first chapter, close to Kate, FBI profiler and her detective partner Chris. The plot offers food for thought, still keeps me thinking. I truly liked Kate's thoroughness and mindfulness, the in-depth knowledge both she and Chris apply. I was surprised by the amount of biblical reference throughout this first book in a series - given the circumstances, this is pretty suitable. I consider "Ghost" a fantabulous mixture of thriller, urban fantasy, and biblical fiction. Having read the final page, I felt exhausted; exhausted because I felt close to Kate.
Reading this book made me want to watch a movie mentioned throughout the book; besides, it made me read one of my favourite classics for the umpteenth time. I could imagine this a perfect plot for the "Fantasy Film Festivals" (they are known for unusual stories). The cover is great - perfect for this story. This is for you if you like thought-provoking stories and psychological as well as biblical fiction. A remarkable story that requires reading the next in the series as well. Recommended.
Finding Ghost was a nice surprise for me. An author I have never read before and my favorite genre, Speculative Christian Fiction.
Kate is an extraordinary FBI Profiler and was investigating a supernatural serial killer. This serial killer attacked and killed her. She was resurrected 4 hours later. It's been a year and the FBI wants her back. The serial killer has struck again. Chris, a detective, joins her to help in the investigation. He is also helping her investigate the disappearance of her parents. Kate was taking a bath, and when finished comes downstairs and finds her parents gone. The only thing she finds different is a few drops of blood.
The storyline is great. The writing is excellent. It was a clean read with no swearing or sexual content, something I appreciate.
The thing that hindered me from really enjoying this book was that there was way too much boring dialogue. So much of it had absolutely nothing to do with the story. Chris and Kate are getting along investigating. Going out to dinner and such. Everywhere they went one of them gave the other a detailed story on the history. Half the time I actually felt like I was reading an Encyclopedia. There was no real life everyday conversation. All this is going on while Kate doesn't even know if her parents are dead or alive. They're like walking, talking computers. One example is while investigating they see a creature with round ruby eyes glaring at them in the darkness. The creature starts to charge them. This is their thoughts as the creature is charging them. Suddenly, the animal charged, moving at incredible speed. Faster than any normal coyote could run. As it got closer, they realized the beast was more than twice as large as the largest coyote either of them had read or heard about, or ever seen. It had to be at least six feet from nose to tail, fifty percent larger than the largest coyote ever killed. Coyotes and gray wolves are cousins, having a common ancestor. This coyote was behaving more like its cousin. It was snarling and howling, baring razor-sharp teeth, running fearlessly toward one of its primary threats. Humans. Two more of the monstrous animals, only slightly smaller than the apparent leader , materialized out of the darkness, as if spawned by it. One on either side of the huge Alpha leading the attack. Is this what you would be thinking if you were afraid for your life?
This is why I felt absolutely no personal connection to the book. Obviously other people enjoyed this when looking at the 5 star reviews.
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.
In this book we follow Kate who is an FBI agent, who has a reputation that precedes her as of the best there has been. Her most recent case is trying to apprehend the 'Ghost in the Darkness Killer' but all is not as it seems. Kate has a strange heritage unbeknownst to her and this has caused her to go from the hunter to the hunted. After a brush with death and a year sabbatical, she is forced to return to work after her parents go missing. After the police take her statement, a mysterious detective turns up at her door and they crack the case together.
The premise of this book is very interesting and is clearly well researched. There is a lot of general, historical, cultural and Biblical knowledge all throughout the book. I found this very fitting for the book as they're cracking a criminal case and so the knowledge displayed was relevant and woven in well into the story. At some points I didn't know where this book was going, I must admit it got stranger and stranger delving more into the supernatural.
Unfortunately, what I liked about the book is also what I disliked about the book at some points especially in the beginning. This book is extremely detail-orientated and you are inundated with a lot of information and there's also a lot of over explanation. I said earlier that this was fitting for the book and it was, in the criminal aspect. However, sometimes it really was not necessary. I'll give two examples, Kate gave an extremely detailed explanation of how Sudoku works, I mean it was around half a page or more long and it didn't connect to anything later in the book. Secondly when she and Chris were in a house, she described the floors as being 1/4" sawn wood. This happens in almost every new place they go she describes these things in such depth so this book can get a bit heavy at times.
Furthermore, in Kate and Chris' dialogue there is a bunch of general knowledge thrown in and sometimes I was thinking PLEASE can we have a normal conversation. I'll give one example of this. Chris said to Kate something along the lines of " Penny for your thoughts?" and Kate proceeds to explain the entire origin of this phrase. It was just too much at times and happens often.
Nonetheless, I did enjoy this book, the author does well to make sure that all the the knowledge shared is relevant to the case and to the story, so while it is too much at times - especially added with the over-explanation of things not relevant to the case - it's not irrelevant.
It's hard to describe this novel. Spiritual warfare on steroids might be appropriate. It is not for the weak of heart yet Christians could certainly benefit from reading it. Webb highlights the reality of spiritual warfare and how evil spiritual beings might have been active for centuries.
The story got off to a rough start for me with a prologue event and then a plunge into current time. It took me a while to figure out what was going on. When I did, I was hooked. Kate is a troubled heroine being pursued by God and an ancient evil spirit. She is an unusual FBI profiler with the special gift of being able to make connections between seemingly unrelated facts. Chris is a police detective who comes alongside Kate. He seems to be a knowledgeable Christian yet also seemed to be ignorant of what a Christian can do and the authority one has when confronted with evil beings.
There is a ton of interesting information in this novel. Readers will learn about antique cars, histories of communities, facts about serial killers, and more. Most of the information fit well within the context of background revelation. Webb did a good job with the setting, grounding locations with good descriptions. Webb's narrative style is fascinating and kept me engaged in the story that flowed well.
Some of the content of this novel may surprise regular readers of Christian fiction. You'll meet shape shifting beings, skinwalkers, ghost hunters, the demon possessed and a slew of spiritual beings, good and evil. There is an exploration of spiritual legends from a number of religions, stories and experiences that may contain elements of spiritual reality. Traditional Christians may find their understanding of Christian spiritual experiences stretched a bit. I've not seen a novel challenge my Christian thoughts about the reality of the spiritual realm since the ground breaking books by Frank Peretti decades ago.
I recommend this book to Christians. It may well unsettle your life as you are faced with the exploration of the possible actions of evil spiritual beings in the past and today. Webb leaves readers hanging as the spiritual issue is not resolved at the end of this novel. I'm impatiently waiting for the sequel.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.
I honestly don’t know where to start. The one thing I can say is if I could I would give this book 8 stars, it was that good! Every aspect of this book reeled me in especially when the killer was nicknamed The Ghost in The Darkness killer and how the movie The Ghost and the Darkness was referenced. I love that movie!! And the music too. Anyway this book was totally right up my alley and I have to say that I feel the author had readers like me in mind when he wrote this book. I can’t say enough about how much I loved this book!. The Native American mythology and legends , man I’ve been reading about that since I was a kid and seeing some of them mentioned here warmed my heart and I got so excited, yes I was very excited especially about the Thunderbird. The FBI boss Vince I seriously wanted to smack up alongside his head and scream Wake up!! There are supernatural occurrences that happen in the world and he needed to see it and be open to them.
I’m so glad I found this book on BookSirens and requested to read it. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time and most definitely be on my to read again list. Thank you Michael for writing this book!.
My review is my opinion alone and being voluntarily made. And than you BookSirens for having this book on your site.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Kate Justice discovers hidden truths about her own past as well as the war between good and evil that has been raging for millennia. This was a real page-turner. If you are into Christian fiction then this is a good read. There's also an amazing amount of trivia (which you can skip through if it's not your thing) and a lot of background about the Bible, ancient civilizations and Native American culture. As a Christian I found some of the logic suspect... which I won't go into here. But if you keep an open mind that this is fiction after all, it is definitely entertaining! Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the free copy.
Just as some people eat to live and don’t care much what they eat or how it tastes, and others live to eat with satisfaction of the taste buds being everything, so some of us read books like that. Some want an “elevator pitch” version of the story with just the action parts in print. Others want all the Michener-like detail, history, and culture that can be crammed into a story. I’m somewhere in the middle of those two ends of the spectrum – and Webb has delivered a perfectly delightful, gourmet meal in Ghost (The Justice Chronicles Book 1). His masterful weaving of action, relatable characters, historical background, and plot development compel the reader to keep turning pages long past bedtime. We meet characters who quickly become our friends, and we must see where the search for this supernatural serial killer leads. Webb’s original yet somehow plausible ideas draw you in to the mysteries his FBI profiler heroine must unravel, and every time you think you’ve got the answer, the next page has another surprise for you. From beginning to end there is enough detailed background to satisfy, but just enough to enhance the story; it pairs perfectly with all the action racing from chapter to chapter. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read, and I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I have enjoyed all of Webb’s books to date, but this is his best so far! And if the first chapter of the next book in this series (included at the end of Ghost) is any indication, that one will be even better. I recommend you read all of Webb’s books, but at very least do not miss Ghost!
Kate Justice discovers hidden truths about her own past as well as the war between good and evil that has been raging for millennia. This was a real page-turner. If you are into Christian fiction then this is a good read. There's also an amazing amount of trivia (which you can skip through if it's not your thing) and a lot of background about the Bible, ancient civilizations and Native American culture. As a Christian I found some of the logic suspect... which I won't go into here. But if you keep an open mind that this is fiction after all, it is definitely entertaining!
DNF no rating. I am 11% in and just need to put this down. The premise of this sounds so fun, but unfortunately the writing and transitions from past to present and back again feel awkward, and seem to include the entire thesaurus. I just can’t get past it.
Many thanks (and apologies) to BooksGoSocial for a free digital galley via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Okay this is definitely, completely out of my typical genre that I enjoy reading. Although I do step out of my "historical fiction/romance" comfort zone at times with fantasy and suspense this has a completely different vibe to it. It was like reading a Christian script of the show Criminal Minds or FBI Most Wanted. You know those shows that leave you feeling the heebie jeebies, kind of like that but in a good way.
The story line is great and you can tell that the author has done a great amount of research. Maybe a bit too much as at times there were some parts that had a little too much dialogue that I found not really aiding the story but just adding extra wording to the pages. That being said the writing itself is great. I really enjoyed that it is a clean read. It does get a strange at times and there was a bit too much supernatural elements for my liking but it is emerging from Biblical principles. The reality of Spiritual Warfare is definitely something that the author highlights. I can't say that I connected with the characters but I felt like they were well developed and likeable.
Overall I thought it was a good book that brought me out of my comfort zone. I recommend it if you enjoy supernatural elements in your stories and books that make you think and delve into the Word (Bible) to dig deeper for answers.
"Do you believe vampires are real?" I was captivated by the story! Ghost (The Justice Chronicles Book 1) by author Michael Jack Webb is the first in a new series. FBI Profiler Kate Justice is recovering from a traumatic experience that is medically impossible. During her last case, she was mortally injured and pronounced dead. She woke up four hours later and it has taken her several months to recover physically and emotionally. Kate knows she has a gift that has served her well as she profiles cases. It is two weeks until she turns thirty and her parents have gone missing from their home. Kate has questions about the Ft Collins Detective who came to her home when she reported her parents as missing. Her parents have told her there is vital information they have to share with her on her birthday. Soon Kate will uncover shocking information about her life and purpose for the future. Kate has recently been asked to come back to her unit and help solve the case she had started the previous year. The 'Ghost in the Darkness' serial killer is leaving a string of murdered and mutilated victims who are between ages eight and eleven. Kate requests that Detective Chris Remington be allowed to partner with her on the case. The investigation thrusts Kate and Chris into chilling paranormal situations that defy explanation. I won't post spoilers, but this book is fast-paced, suspenseful, and filled with historical passages from the Bible and legends from the ancient tribes of Native Americans in the Colorado and New Mexico areas. I read this book continuously from start to finish in one afternoon and evening. I do think if a reader is not familiar with Biblical scriptures, they may feel a bit lost. I have read the Christian Bible many times and I am familiar with the passages used in Ghost. Personally, I am thrilled to read a suspenseful book that delves into the supernatural forces which the bible teaches are present in our world. I anxiously await the next book in the series. *(There are a few edits which could be made) Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Ghost, the first book in the Justice Chronicle series, by Michael Jack Webb starts full of intrigue and increases the pace the further you read. I could not put this book down.
The author takes us on a winding journey though history, and gives such a fine detail, you can smell the coffee they drink. The story is fast paced and constantly full of surprises.
I loved how descriptive the story was, it places you directly in the room with the characters. The intensity is palpable, and the dialogue felt as if it was lifted straight from real life. The flow of interactions with the characters proceeded so smoothly, it allows the story to progress naturally and is not rushed at all. If you enjoy intense and fast paced books from Ted Dekker, this series is perfect for you. As soon as I finished the novel, I could not wait to start the next book in the series.
The clean reliance on faith and specific verses, and the overall theme of fighting good versus evil was refreshing in a new way and left me yearning to learn more. While reading this book, I paused several times to find and study verses quoted in the book and the attention to detail added so much authenticity, it was a true learning experience that I cannot wait to do again.
I received this book courtesy of the author through Interviews & Reviews.
I was excited to read an advanced copy of this book. The storyline seemed very interesting and Christian fantasy fiction is pretty few and far between. Though the story itself was really creative, this book just didn't do it for me. The dialogue between the two main characters was extremely unrealistic. It was used to dump information, sometimes pertinent to the story, sometimes not. It just didn't flow. Also, a large event happens early on with Kate's immediate family and her reaction was so mild that I couldn't make any sense of it. It's sort of explained in the book (barely), but it just didn't seem like a likely reaction. Additionally, there was also a lot of overexplaining of concepts and ideas that didn't really need explaining. Overall, I had a hard time getting through this book, despite the interesting overall story ideas. This is the first in a series and I'd be interested in how the main story line progresses, but I'm not sure I'll continue with it.
I should note, the first chapter was top notch! Best part of the book in my opinion.
I received a free copy of this book and a favorable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
This story draws you in and refuses to let go. Kate is a beautifully written character whose flaws are flawless to do she was meant to be. Her thought process is wild, wonderful, and easy enough to follow once you shake the reality of your own process. Chris is the type of partner that has her back completely. He is an all in kind of man that accepts the paranormal because of his own experiences with it prior to ever meeting Kate. I wasn't even slightly disappointed that the disappearance of her parents wasn't solved or even close to it. Vampires may exist even if it isn't in the traditional sense.
A young detective visits the victim of a serial crime in a hospital and even as she dies, does not register that the body on the gurney is hers, before being dragged down into a hellish underworld.
Fast-forward to the celebration of a milestone birthday with her beloved parents, and our heroine Katharine Justice falls asleep in the bath, only to discover that her parents have vanished into thin air.
There are the opening scenes of the forthcoming quest of Justice to catch the serial killer who had originally killed her, as well as to find her missing parents. She gets help: on reporting her parents as missing, another detective is to quickly bond with her as they join forces.
This is a supernatural thriller, where Justice discovers that she has a great destiny to play against the forces of Evil, though in this first volume, only so much of that is given away. She is certainly and mysteriously very well provided for.
Amidst the great danger that surrounds her and her new ally, Kate and Chris live glamourously, dining on top-notch home cooking, as well as at the hotel made famous in Stephen King's The Shining. This writer does not mind referring to the authorship of other gothic horror writers either.
The supernatural elements include references from the Bible and from Amerindian Shamanism. The evil on this case originates from the Mesopotamian era.
The writer appears to be well-read in many spheres, the jacket and page design also contribute to an overall impression of classiness, and this first volume hints at a great deal of promise. However, there are many questions here that are not answered - this writer clearly wants to keep their readership on tenterhooks for the next. There may well be sound marketing merit in that, though it might have been more satisfying if this story could have worked just as well as a standalone too. It also makes it more difficult to judge if the writer will on fact be consistent in revealing all the secrets put out here in the future.
Ghost by Michael Jack Webb, Book #1 Justice Chronicles, is a supernatural delight. FBI agent Katharine Justice has been away from the FBI for almost a year due to a life-threatening injury on duty. She enjoyed her job and as one of the agency’s best, as well as, youngest profiler, but it was not just her body that had sustained injury, her mental health had suffered as well and she had her doubts that she would return to the agency. That was until her parents disappeared leaving only two small puddles of blood as the only clue and if that wasn’t enough, the serial killer she had been chasing when she was injured – the Ghost in the Darkness – was back! Kate Justice, the main protagonist, is a strong personality with strange foresight and sometimes unconventional methods, but her success rate has afforded her some leeway in her investigations but even that may not be enough to save her this time. A Ft. Collins, Colorado deputy Chris Schindler, assigned to the Justice case, also has an interest in the “Ghost” killings and he and Kate soon discover that the serial killer case and her parents case may actually be connected and agree to work together to find her parents and the killer before he has a chance to strike again. Overall, I enjoyed the book. It had a few predictable events that are typical of the genre but also enough twist to keep the reader engaged and guessing. I give it three and a half stars. The only thing that kept it from being a four star in my rating was the one thing I found problematic for me and that was the authors tendency to be a bit over descriptive. Some of the in-depth and lengthy descriptions of food, clothing and locations sometimes broke the flow of the story. And while legend and lore of Native Peoples of the region, as well as, the numerous biblical refences were integral to the story, they tended to be a little too long to be entertaining and informative and bordered on an Anthropology lesson. But, with that being said, it was still well worth the read.
This book elicited quite the cornucopia of emotions. The first two hundred or so pages were incredibly hard to get through for two reason: the character dynamics felt forced, and the flow of conversation and presentation of information felt both unnatural and dense. It also didn’t help that the connections the book was trying to make (Native American lore, Biblical references, Bram Stroker’s Dracula, supernatural references, etc...) were disconnected and far fetched in a few cases.
To start, the “investigation” took place over just under a two week period, and by the 3rd or so day, both characters were proclaiming unfounded trust in one another, which, given Kate and Chris were written as seemingly distrustful and solitary people, felt dissonant with what was known about them early on in the book. This is furthered by Kate’s admittance of “falling in love” by day 12.
From the start, both Chris and Kate spoke with such depth and nuance on various, obscure topic of information and did it in an unprovoked manner. By that I mean the questions that prompted their relaying of their almost textbook-spoken answers would have been more naturally answered with a more concise insight.
Pages 200-350 were, to me, the most intriguing and naturally flowing of the whole book. Kate’s persistence and perseverance in her attempt to find the serial killer matched her character well, and the way in which and timing of Father Ignacio’s message played well to finally connecting some of the more intriguing pieces of the story together; namely, the role Kate’s “abilities” and her “destiny” play in the overarching doctrine of the secret society her and her parents belong to, and the nature of the evil entity that is possessing the killer.
The ending of the book was underwhelming to say the least, and given the massive build-up to actually confronting the killer, I was expecting the event to be more involved, or at the very least, more insightful.
I received an ARC for free, and am leaving this review voluntarily.
Kate Justice is the sole survivor of the serial killer dubbed The Ghost in the Darkness. In fact, she was killed by the Ghost and then resurrected after 4 hours. On the one year anniversary of her resurrection, her parents disappear and she is asked to go back to work as an FBI profiler in order to find the Ghost. The killer is once again on the prowl and Kate may be the best bet of finding him/her.
Detective Chris Schindler is assigned to help Kate and the two start following leads. The story takes them through the Four Corners area as well as northern New Mexico. The author's knowledge of this area is impressive and enjoyable to those of us who know it.
It is obvious that the author has spent many hours researching things in the book. Ute mythology, Navajo mythology, Christian/Biblical beliefs, the art of FBI profiling, ghost hunting and a few vampire myths all play a part in the story. But, here is where the book become problematic for me. Just when things start to happen, the author delves into a dissertion of one of the above topics. The characters start talking about something like they are lecturing to a classroom. I realize that the reader needs some background, but at times this detracted from the main story. I sometimes got lost in the background stories to the detraction of the main storyline.
I don't know if it is because of this vast wealth of knowledge that the author presents, but by the time the killer is unveiled, I didn't understand how Kate and Chris arrived at this conclusion. And, the ending seemed rather abrupt after so many pages of searching for the killer. It is obviously the first book in a series and I would imagine that some of my questions might be answered by subsequent books.
All in all, if you are interested in Native mythology and enjoy TV shows like "Criminal Minds", you will probably enjoy this book. I appreciate the research that Mr. Webb did and the knowledge he presented, but it did detract from the overall book at times. This book was provided courtesy of the author through Interviews & Reviews.
This book will have you creeping out and confused. Basically, set in Colorado but you have the opportunity to travel to some unusual places. You have an out of body experience, vampires, demons, a secret society, ghosts, oversized animals and a baby left on the steps of a church in whose origin is sketchy. Now how does that sound…creepy? What about evil spirits living for centuries that move from host to host? Well, let me add, there are a couple hair-raising events that are horrifying.
The confusion comes in because it’s a fictionist story with truth embedded. The amount of information that you will gain about the Bible and Indian history is fascinating. It also throws you off track, gets you hung up on rather it’s true or not, or if it’s even needed to solve the pending mystery. There’s a detective named Chris who seems to know it all. The amount of information that spews from his mouth is astonishing. Even the main character, an FBI profiler, Kate says, “You continue to amaze me with the trivia stored in your head.” I have to admit, mine too. I’d like to add, that if being dumped with a lot of factual information is not your thing while reading fiction, then you may have a problem with this supernatural thriller.
This is the first book I have ever read by this author, and since he writes in my favorite genre, I decided to accept an ARC with the agreement that I would review the book. It was worth it. This was a good opening to the The Justice Chronicles, which came with chapter one of the next book. It also gave me the opportunity to explore the writings of a different author. I will definitely read more of his books, but for Kate and Chris, I think I’ll wait until the series is complete. I’m really not a “sequel”, kind-a-gal. By the way, this is my opinion.
Ghost by Michael Jack Webb is an exciting contemporary Christian supernatural thriller. It is the first book in The Justice Chronicles series. Once again Michael Webb has created a complex plotline that draws the reader in from the start. Life is so much more than we can see, feel and hear. There is the supernatural that exists alongside the ordinary. The reader witnesses the struggle between good and evil. Life is a spiritual battle. In order to defeat the darkness, we need to stand on the word of God. The characters are realistically drawn. They are fully rounded and believable. Within the novel we witness a search for roots. We all want to know our history. A cold case is resurrected in present day as once more the skills of a profiler are required. Ghost was a thrilling read. There were times when my hairs literally stood on end as I witnessed the battles of good and evil. Michael Jack Webb always produces top notch, complex and engaging tales that entertain and educate the reader. Do not read Ghost alone at night, it is not conducive to sleep! I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
The first book of an intriguing supernatural thriller - I highly recommend!
I received an ARC from the author with the agreement that I would review the book.
FBI profiler Kate Justice is forced back into her deadliest case after the mysterious disappearance of her parents. Two weeks before her 30th birthday she discovers the family cabin empty after taking a bath upstairs while both her parents are downstairs preparing dinner.
When she is done her bath she finds drops of blood in the kitchen and den and nothing else. Along with her search for her missing parents Kate is called back in after a year hiatus into the FBI to help them find the killer of the latest victim on a Native American Reservation.
Detective Chris Schindler sets the tone as her new partner in solving the identity and capturing the psychopath who has murdered another young victim. The Native American boy appears to have been killed by the same serial killer who at one time captured and tortured Kate.
As the investigation deepens the two face supernatural thrills and new discoveries into Kate’s mysterious past.
This author touches on the sad reality of evil in our world while intertwining the truth of the ages to create another novel you won’t be able to put down.
As the two investigators race against the clock to bring the criminal to justice , they face their biggest challenge yet— how do you profile a ghost?
Somewhere in this book is wonderful story—I just couldn’t find it buried under the avalanche of words.
Normally an author picks a major course of action with a couple of supporting emphases for color. Nothing was left out of this story. The history every location—some back to prehistoric times; Aramaic, Akkadian, history back to ancient Sumer, demonology, demon possession, Native American mythology and witchcraft, vampires—and this is only the beginning. I have an MDiv and my head was swimming.
If trust weren’t bad enough, no one ate simple meals, regular clothes, or drank regular alcohol. Everything was designer, top of the line, food, drink, and clothing. We got the history of every location in Colorado, New Mexico, and other points as well.
Quite frankly, it was an avalanche of words, enough to drown the average reader and submerge what seemed to be a very fine story.
I feel bad, but this book just wasn’t worth the effort to read it.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Ghost The Justice Chronicles Book 1 by Michael Jack Webb BooksGoSocial Christian | Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 22 Oct 2020
I am reviewing a copy of Ghost through Books Go Social and Netgalley:
Kate Justice is the FBI’s youngest profiler and she has been assigned to find serial killers with supernatural abilities.
The killer is cunning, elusive and seems to be invincible.
Kate finds herself having to race against time to discover who or what is behind the gruesome murders and prevent another brutal killing. She soon fears she’s in over her head as stunning revelations about her mysterious ancestry surface.
Soon Hunter became the prey as the Ghost in the Darkness killer plays a vicious cat and mouse game, drawing Kate into a deadly confrontation.
Kate must uncover the truth will challenge her beliefs about the world around her and her understanding of what is real, what is a myth, and what is something in between.
I have had to stop reading this o e unfortunately. I have tried several times to get into the narrative and to find a connection with Kate but I am struggling.
A couple of reasons for this.
Firstly, the book jumps from past to present, current life to memory without any discernible difference. One moment you are in a kitchen or a bathroom and a sentence later you are thrown into a killer's lair. It kept taking me aback and I had to keep going back and forth to reread and get my bearings.
Secondly, the description and dialogue is just off, clunky and over written. Does anyone describe their own hair as long and lustrous? Did we really need a full page of backstory into how much she loves Chris Pratt and why just to set up a potential love interest?
I'm sorry, it is possibly just me as other reviews seem favourable but this one just isn't for me.
Ghost is a supernatural serial killer story in a world where Kate Justice is a young FBI profiler and has to find who is behind all the killings. She is in for many long hours or investigating looking for someone with supernatural abilities. This is the first book in the justice chronicles series, and the author indeed plays with your mind taking you on a journey that will surprise you. I appreciated the lead protagonist being female. Her personality fitted well with the storyline. Kate not only worked well-finding things out but also learned a few things about herself. I was looking for a foundation and a lot of backstories since this was to be a series. I was not disappointed.
This is a good story and is filled with suspense. I believe the reason why the book was an enjoyable read not only depended on the premise but also the writing. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Life is hard and sometimes it simply sucks as main character, Kate Justice like any one of us make decisions each day to let life make us either bitter or better. Follow Kate has she comes to grips with the true enemy of our souls in this action-packed suspenseful book filled with nuggets of wisdom from Native Lands of the CUNA Region (Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona) A land of mystery and secrets that I'm anxious to see how Michael Jack Webb unfolds in his exciting new "The Justice Chronicles".
The ole addage is so true throughout this book as in real life... "There's more to life than meets the eye."
Sink your talons into this great read! There's a ghost of a chance you'll put it down!