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In the aftermath of the events seen in Ghosts of Karnak, and with the political climate somewhat eased, Gabriel takes Ginny to London by airship to recuperate. But he isn’t counting on coming face-to-face with a man who claims to embody the spirit of Albion itself, sinister forces gathering in the London Underground and an old ally – the British spy, Peter Rutherford – who In the aftermath of the events seen in Ghosts of Karnak, and with the political climate somewhat eased, Gabriel takes Ginny to London by airship to recuperate. But he isn’t counting on coming face-to-face with a man who claims to embody the spirit of Albion itself, sinister forces gathering in the London Underground and an old ally – the British spy, Peter Rutherford – who could desperately use his help.


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In the aftermath of the events seen in Ghosts of Karnak, and with the political climate somewhat eased, Gabriel takes Ginny to London by airship to recuperate. But he isn’t counting on coming face-to-face with a man who claims to embody the spirit of Albion itself, sinister forces gathering in the London Underground and an old ally – the British spy, Peter Rutherford – who In the aftermath of the events seen in Ghosts of Karnak, and with the political climate somewhat eased, Gabriel takes Ginny to London by airship to recuperate. But he isn’t counting on coming face-to-face with a man who claims to embody the spirit of Albion itself, sinister forces gathering in the London Underground and an old ally – the British spy, Peter Rutherford – who could desperately use his help.

30 review for Ghosts of Empire: A Ghost Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angie Rhodes

    This is the fourth book in the Steampunk Ghost series, but this doesn't matter, as you can read it as a "Stand alone" book as I did. Gabriel (The Ghost) is holidaying with Ginny his girlfriend , having dinner in the Hotel, when one of the friends who is running late, arrives at their table, bloody, bitten , confused and mumbling. Once again Gabriel is thrown into a war zone, this time battling Russian, who have been ,meddling with the Occult and Pagan Magic. Will Gabriel be able to save the Bri This is the fourth book in the Steampunk Ghost series, but this doesn't matter, as you can read it as a "Stand alone" book as I did. Gabriel (The Ghost) is holidaying with Ginny his girlfriend , having dinner in the Hotel, when one of the friends who is running late, arrives at their table, bloody, bitten , confused and mumbling. Once again Gabriel is thrown into a war zone, this time battling Russian, who have been ,meddling with the Occult and Pagan Magic. Will Gabriel be able to save the British Empire? Full of action from the very first page, and right up to the last page, Ghosts of Empire has everything, Magic, Gadgets, Humour, Action, and one hell of a cool hero, one women will swoon over, (men too) and one men will want to be!! Out on October 17th, it is perfect for the long Autumn nights..

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fred Hughes

    The Ghost is in England for a holiday and it's just not going to happen. The Russians have enabled old mystic forces and are running amuck in England and soon the ghost is need deep in magic and Russians. A rousing venture as always from master story teller George Mann The Ghost is in England for a holiday and it's just not going to happen. The Russians have enabled old mystic forces and are running amuck in England and soon the ghost is need deep in magic and Russians. A rousing venture as always from master story teller George Mann

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samuel Tyler

    Taking on a band of undead Mummies will take it out of the best of us and a holiday may be needed. If you are from New York there are not many other cities worldwide that could impress you, but London is one of them. Surely, a nice visit to England, far from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, will help you to relax. It is not as if Russian Tsarists are on the loose with magical powers or the events are conspiring to raise the sleeping power of Albion from its slumber. Is it? Gabriel and Ginn Taking on a band of undead Mummies will take it out of the best of us and a holiday may be needed. If you are from New York there are not many other cities worldwide that could impress you, but London is one of them. Surely, a nice visit to England, far from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, will help you to relax. It is not as if Russian Tsarists are on the loose with magical powers or the events are conspiring to raise the sleeping power of Albion from its slumber. Is it? Gabriel and Ginny are on holiday in London hoping to see the sites and relax a little. However, when one of you has a rocket propelled alter ego called The Ghost and the other has the power of an Egyptian God, this is not always easily achieved. After one of their friends gets in trouble they decide to investigate. What they uncover is a conspiracy that may bring the world to the brink of war once again. And a cult of Russian sorcerers. And an avatar of Albion, the protective God of England. A typical vacation then. ‘‘Ghosts of Empire’’ by George Mann is the fourth in the Ghost Series of books and highlights a confident author who knows the characters and the genre well. The universe that Mann has created is a fascinating one – a steampunk alternative to our own post World War One. Here the various worldwide royals wield more power and the use of engineering and underhand magic are considered valid weapons. Having fought various supernatural beings and automatons in the past, it was only natural for events to get even more intense in ‘‘Empire’’ for The Ghost. This book is pulp action at a very fine level. If you are looking for rocket propelled heroes taking on an army of cultists, you are in the right place. Enlightened prose – not so much. However, Mann makes the book work as it is not all just action. There is by now a mini ensemble of characters that surround The Ghost and between punch ups, you get some good characterisation, this is important as it makes the action more thrilling as you care about the outcome. Indeed, at times the action is a little too thrilling and a reader can sometimes lose their way. There are loads of great ideas being fired at you; sometimes you can’t keep track. The fascinating world that Mann has created is strong enough for you to explore without the need for a chase every twenty pages or so. It is rare for me to suggest this when reading a pulp novel, but a little less action would have probably helped. By this, the fourth book in the series, it is impressive that Mann is still keeping up a high standard of new ideas and action. Across the entire series it is apparent that the universe itself gives a stronger sense of fascination than the individual stories can offer. Whilst you get the thrills in one book, you cannot help but seek tantalising glimpses of a larger world. Hopefully, with the ‘‘Empire’’ putting this world on the brink of war, Mann will decide to make the politics, technology and magic of this universe the star and not just give hundreds of pages of action. This is still great pulp, but it could be unmissable. Original review on thebookbag.co.uk

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    The steampunk hero known as The Ghost goes to London! Gabriel Cross is back in this rock-rolling 4th installment of his adventures! Dressed in a trench coat, fedora, and cape, armed with a flechette gun, night-vision goggles, and rocket boosters, our hero is in London. He has come t help an old friend and to let his lady friend Ginny Gray recover from their last adventure. In this particular steampunk world, the Queen of England is named Alberta. Russia is under the rule of the Tsarina Romanov. A The steampunk hero known as The Ghost goes to London! Gabriel Cross is back in this rock-rolling 4th installment of his adventures! Dressed in a trench coat, fedora, and cape, armed with a flechette gun, night-vision goggles, and rocket boosters, our hero is in London. He has come t help an old friend and to let his lady friend Ginny Gray recover from their last adventure. In this particular steampunk world, the Queen of England is named Alberta. Russia is under the rule of the Tsarina Romanov. A fanatical group of Russian mystics is causing havoc in the streets. Founded by the mad monk Rasputin, they are masters of a dark elemental magic. They have a hidden headquarters in an abandoned underground station, but due to their dark magic, they could be anywhere… There exists in England an avatar of protection known as the Albion. A creature born of the soil of Britain and powered by a hard-to-explain force that awakens the creature when evil threatens the Empire. But it hasn’t appeared yet… The Ghost and Ginny Gray, his lady-friend empowered by the spirit of Sekhmet and in control of ghostly lions; join a small band of persons to fight against the Koschies, as the Russian mystics are called. They are much like the fabled Hydra because every time a victory is scored it seems more take their place. The climax of the raging battle is well worth the read. The characters are solid and the story is action-packed. The Kochies have an endgame to rule all endgames. The question is how many of our heroes will survive the carnage. I give the book five stars! Quoth the Raven…

  5. 4 out of 5

    H

    This series has always been a bizarre mix, with Gabriel Cross essentially being Jay Gatsby meets Lamont Cranston, in this steampunk pulp world, and now this book adds elements of a James Bond story (which are entirely welcome, I might add). The protagonists have managed to overcome most of their obligatory "we can't being our loved ones along or tell them what's going on, or else they'd be in danger," which means every character gets something to do, which is very welcome. Like superhero TV shows This series has always been a bizarre mix, with Gabriel Cross essentially being Jay Gatsby meets Lamont Cranston, in this steampunk pulp world, and now this book adds elements of a James Bond story (which are entirely welcome, I might add). The protagonists have managed to overcome most of their obligatory "we can't being our loved ones along or tell them what's going on, or else they'd be in danger," which means every character gets something to do, which is very welcome. Like superhero TV shows have shown us with their expanding casts of support staff, the person in the costume is just one part of a larger effort. I do think this book did suffer from a bit of character bloat - while the return of Peter Rutherford was welcome, and I enjoyed meeting his Secret Service colleagues, it felt that with our four NY characters as well as all these new London ones, the action could be a tad overstuffed. The threat of the Koscheis is enough to justify this big a responding party, but still, I wish the cast was a bit smaller or the book a bit longer. The worldbuilding perhaps has me most fascinated. The call backs to Newbury & Hobbes, as well as the brief reference to a certain Sussex beekeeper do much to situate this series among it's fellow fictional worlds, but I want to learn more about Queen Alberta's Britain, or why there is a Tsarina or CIA in this 1920s world.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Malcolm

    The adventures of the Ghost continue in Mann’s richly conceived alternative world, in this case moving from New York City to London not only giving us greater insight to the form of that world but also allowing new players to come into the series as well as an enjoyable overlap to Newberry and Hobbes. In the wake of the struggles against ancient Egyptian deities and more recent mobsters recounted in Ghosts of Karnak Gabriel and Ginny head out for a holiday in London, accompanied by Felix and The adventures of the Ghost continue in Mann’s richly conceived alternative world, in this case moving from New York City to London not only giving us greater insight to the form of that world but also allowing new players to come into the series as well as an enjoyable overlap to Newberry and Hobbes. In the wake of the struggles against ancient Egyptian deities and more recent mobsters recounted in Ghosts of Karnak Gabriel and Ginny head out for a holiday in London, accompanied by Felix and Flora Donovan (the NYC cop who is ‘in’ on Gabriel’s life as The Ghost, and his, it turns out, most resourceful wife). Rather than their holiday they find themselves drawn into global intrigue, the shenanigans of MI6, Russian spiritualists and a surprisingly resilient Russian monk. In detective story terms, this is a hard-boiled loner in league with a police procedural, but the loner is a kind of superhero whose girlfriend seems to have real, if hard to control, superpowers and the enemies less the usual gangster than supernatural forces. All of this takes place in an alternative steam-punk world where Queen Victoria’s daughter Regina sits on the throne, laments the loss of the American colonies, continues to struggle in post-war Europe against her cousin in Russia (no Bolsheviks here) and it rains; it’s London, it always rains…… As should be expected, Mann has conjured up both a rich piece of the supernatural, an evocative piece of pulp horror, a ripping yarn and a mystical Albion, an avatar to call on the powers of the earth to protect England from its foes. The mash up is shameless in its ecumenism, yet Mann makes it work right down to the duplicitous turncoat as well as the figure at the heart of this supernatural struggle. He also keeps the pace running well, with multiple narratives held together, for the most part compelling end-of-chapter cliff hangers and a fabulous final battle of the elemental forces. All good fun and crackingly enjoyable read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Agnesxnitt

    Gabriel Cross is on holiday in London and bored stupid. He is longing for some excitement -and so when his British Secret Service Friend, Rutherford, staggers in through the doors of his high West End hotel and collapses at deaths door with a typically British apology for being late for dinner, Gabriel is relieved. Finally - action. Soon he, Ginny - still fighting the remnants of the Goddess Sekhmet from the previous novel, Donovan and his wife are on the trail of some Russian monks who can bend Gabriel Cross is on holiday in London and bored stupid. He is longing for some excitement -and so when his British Secret Service Friend, Rutherford, staggers in through the doors of his high West End hotel and collapses at deaths door with a typically British apology for being late for dinner, Gabriel is relieved. Finally - action. Soon he, Ginny - still fighting the remnants of the Goddess Sekhmet from the previous novel, Donovan and his wife are on the trail of some Russian monks who can bend time and space to wreek havoc and death where they please. Because Britain is still recovering from its hostilities with America and Russia is scenting blood as the Nation, weak under the control of Queen Alberta, moves in. Ah yes - did I mention this is Decopunk? Welcome to an alternative reality where you recognise history but its not quite as we know it.... Another novel I struggled with for the first few pages but then found myself back in the zone and raced through. Returning to the library this weekend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angela Kelly

    I was lucky enough to receive my copy from Goodreads in return for an honest review. There is a lot going on in this book, including a lot of characters and some backstory. Having not read the three previous books, I was worried about not following the plot but this can easily be read as a standalone. I was impressed by the ratio of action to character building. Often the reliance on fight scenes and descriptions of monsters and gadgets are what put me off this genre. This novel however takes th I was lucky enough to receive my copy from Goodreads in return for an honest review. There is a lot going on in this book, including a lot of characters and some backstory. Having not read the three previous books, I was worried about not following the plot but this can easily be read as a standalone. I was impressed by the ratio of action to character building. Often the reliance on fight scenes and descriptions of monsters and gadgets are what put me off this genre. This novel however takes the world and characters seriously. There is plenty of high-octane action and some supernatural beings, but they are made 'real' by the fact that the author invests time in his characters, thus making the reader care what happens to them. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the Albion 'tree monster.' Great stuff from an author who I was not previously aware of and had no idea was local to me!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ubiquitousbastard

    I was debating over three or four stars for this the entire time I was reading it. One reason for that is that it kind of feels like a book in a series that has gone on too long. That's not to say I don't like the series or want it to end, but when a book series reaches a certain point, books afterward feel unnecessary and like no character development is possible. Despite that and the very formulaic nature of the plot, I did like reading this. It was cute, I suppose that would be the best descr I was debating over three or four stars for this the entire time I was reading it. One reason for that is that it kind of feels like a book in a series that has gone on too long. That's not to say I don't like the series or want it to end, but when a book series reaches a certain point, books afterward feel unnecessary and like no character development is possible. Despite that and the very formulaic nature of the plot, I did like reading this. It was cute, I suppose that would be the best description. The characters were all charmingly sassy, and the plot was predictable but still enjoyable. And honestly, I made my decision for my rating when the end of the book made me laugh. So, this book wasn't amazing at all, but it was a good light read with just enough self-awareness to make it well worth my time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    4th novel in the ghost series and thoroughly enjoyable. Pulp storytelling with enough mystical and steampunk elements thrown in to keep everyone happy. I like the authors style of writing, finding it to be fluid and action packed from start to finish. Each protagonist is well fleshed out Andover the series have become heroes in their own right, each contributing to the team. Can't wait for the next installment! 4th novel in the ghost series and thoroughly enjoyable. Pulp storytelling with enough mystical and steampunk elements thrown in to keep everyone happy. I like the authors style of writing, finding it to be fluid and action packed from start to finish. Each protagonist is well fleshed out Andover the series have become heroes in their own right, each contributing to the team. Can't wait for the next installment!

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

    That was another awesome pulp adventure. I simply adore Mann's world and love seeing it through his cast of characters (in the Ghost novels as well as Newbury and Hobbes). Keep up the good work and when is the next installment due out? That was another awesome pulp adventure. I simply adore Mann's world and love seeing it through his cast of characters (in the Ghost novels as well as Newbury and Hobbes). Keep up the good work and when is the next installment due out?

  12. 5 out of 5

    aem

    More adventures of the Ghost in London

  13. 4 out of 5

    Josie Boyce

    Another great creepy pulp from Mann. Solid page turner. Even a bit of a cameo from his Newbury and Hobbs series. Ripping yarn!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Feathers

    Steampunk noir at its finest.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Damian Knight

    Excellent story

  16. 4 out of 5

    Justin Nielsen

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robin Blake

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen Desmond

  19. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

  20. 5 out of 5

    J. S. Alexander

  21. 5 out of 5

    Noel Rogers

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brent Knight

  23. 5 out of 5

    William

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mr D P Bond

  25. 5 out of 5

    Richard Stableford

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andy Woodward

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lee Graflund

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  30. 5 out of 5

    John Higgs

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