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Book Blurb

New York City is being plagued by a pack of ferocious brass raptors – strange, skeleton-like creations with bat-like wings that swoop out of the sky, attacking people and carrying them away into the night. The Ghost has been tracking these bizarre machines, and is close to finding their origin: a deranged military scientist who is slowly rebuilding himself as a machine.

He is part of a plot to escalate the cold war with Britain into a full-blown conflict, and he is building a weapon – a weapon that will fracture dimensional space and allow the monstrous creatures that live on the other side to spill through.

The Ghost’s efforts to put an end to the conspiracy bring him into an uneasy alliance with a male British spy, who is loose in Manhattan, protecting the interests of his country. Suffering from increasingly lucid flashbacks to WWI and subjected to rooftop chases, a battle with a mechanized madman, and the constant threat of airborne predators, and with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, can the Ghost derail the conspiracy and prevent the war with the British from escalating beyond control?

Book Two in The Ghost series.

Background

This is the second novel in The Ghost series, and introduced the character of Peter Rutherford, a British spy and war veteran, who has since gone on to appear in a number of short stories of his own, and is set to make a return in the fourth Ghost novel, Ghosts of Empire.

The recently reissued Titan edition of this book also includes a new short story, ‘Husk’, which is set during the gap between Ghosts of War and Ghosts of Karnak, and introduces some further new characters, including Astrid Lunn, an occult detective living out of a ruined church, who goes on to play a vital role in future instalments of the saga.

Reviews

“This is new pulp fiction at its finest…Long Live the Ghost!”
New York Journal of Books
“Exciting adventure; straightforward delivery; wonderfully captured retro feel.”
SF Signal