In a future world under attack from the undead, the powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She's got a real talent for nailing human liars and banishing the wicked dead. But she's keeping a dark secret from the Church: a little drug problem that's landed her in hot water.
Chess owes a lot of money to a dangerous drug lord who wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is dispatch a very nasty species of undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and crossing swords with enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in a dangerous attraction to the drug lord's ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.
What I liked: When I have problems connecting with what I know is a good book, I try it on audio. Boy, did it work in this case. The narrator, Bahni Turpin, brings the characters alive. She doesn't stumble with what is to most people a language they are not familiar with. I knew the writing was good when I tried to read Unholy Ghosts months ago, but if you can't "hear" and "understand" in your head what the characters are saying and feeling, there's no connection. That was my problem.
The storyline and plot are different enough to get your attention but the characters being brought alive by Ms Turpin, was fascinating. Once I started listening, I didn't want to stop.
I loved how Ms Kane portrays her characters. The aren't the norm compared to most characters in Urban Fantasy today. Chess has an addiction problem but it's such a part of her character and her back story that it didn't turn me off. She was human but committed to her job as a debunker for The Church. And Terrible just stole my heart. I'm a sucker for him!!
What I didn't like: That it took me so long to figure out how to enjoy this first book!!
If you've tried this series in the past and gave up, if you can, try it on audio. It will draw you right in. If you haven't tried Unholy Ghosts because it just sounds too different, you might be surprised.
The prices are extremely reasonable. The Kindle edition is $2.99, the paperback $7.19 and the Audible version is $2.99, on sale.