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Ghost Virus

By: Graham Masterton
Narrated by: Mark Meadows
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Summary

The girl had been staring into her mirror all morning before she picked up the small bottle of sulphuric acid and poured it over her forehead. Samira was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. What could have brought her to this? 

DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of Tooting Police suspect it's suicide. But then a meek husband kills his wife, and the headteacher of the local school throws her pupils out of a window. It's no longer a random outbreak of horrific crimes. It's a deadly virus. And it's spreading. Somehow, ordinary Londoners are being infected with an insatiable lust to murder. All of the killers were wearing secondhand clothes. 

Could these garments be possessed by some supernatural force? 

The death count is multiplying. Now Jerry and Jamila must defeat the ghost virus before they are all infected....

©2018 Graham Masterton (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Gory madness from the Master of Horror

I’ve been a fan of Graham Masterton for many years, ever since I snuck THE DEVILS OF D-DAY out of the library at a very young age. This is the first of his that I’ve read for a few years, and it’s plain he’s lost none of his fire. Masterton has a knack of taking an ostensibly ridiculous scenario and not only making it terrifying, but making it real. His world of the supernatural has clear rules, if you can survive long enough to figure them out, and he doesn’t flinch from exploring the horrible consequences.
GHOST VIRUS is a great mash up of British police procedural with supernatural horror, a combination I find irresistible. It’s firmly rooted in multicultural 21st Century Britain, with nods to Brexit and the current political economy, and feels scarier for it.
Mark Meadows does a great job reading this, especially the action scenes. He gives each character a unique voice, without resorting to the kind of cartoonish overacting a lot of narrators do. I’m looking forward to listening to more of his work.

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Defo in my top 10 of Graham's books.

This book is definitely in my top 10 of GM's books. Gruesome, engrossing and what a twist at the end. Just fantastic! Mr Meadows narrating all thoughts different voices. A great interpretation for a difficult script.

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great book hope there's a sequel would recommen

great book hope there's a sequel would recommend characters were amazing and mark meadows

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Ludicrous but thoroughly enjoyable horror

Typical Graham Masterton, take a myth and spin a yarn about it (no pun intended).

This book starts with a most horrifying scene which almost turned me off the book entirely, far too graphic and not really necesssary to the story but it IS a horror story after all, and I'm very happy that I carried on listening, it's a ridiculous tale of posessed clothing. Laughable? Perhaps, but hugely entertaining to listen to, thanks in part to Mark Meadows whose narration brings the possesed clothings rampage to life perfectly (again, no pun intended).

I'd say that if you enjoy dark humour and don't mind gore, then this would be perfect for you, but if you are not so keen on gore, then best to avoid this one, it's gory, silly, but very gory.

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Bloody Brilliant!!!

This was one of the best fun I’ve had whilst listening to an audiobook. I started it yesterday and just couldn’t put it down. It’s a police procedural with a horror twist and I thought it was bloody brilliant.
The voice acting was just awesome, DI Saunders was my favourite and quite often made me “belly-laugh” out loud.
As a Muslim woman I appreciated that one of the main protagonists was a Muslim female and a very strong character. Jamila was awesome. Loved Jerry too. Well worth a read. I’m thinking this might be my favourite read of 2022.

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Infectious enjoyment

Good, old fashioned horror tale in the tradition of 1980's James Herbert / Dean Koontz etc classics, with plenty of big, nasty, gruesome set pieces built up around characters you actually want to survive... Deeply silly but fun ! Recommended.

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Don’t waste your money

Absolutely rubbish, poorly written, I even felt there was undertones of racism within this book

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Good story let down by the narration

i almost gave up on this after 2 chapters as the narration was so poor. not only was the emphasis in the wrong place and the tone was often off but the worst thing was the character voices. often made me laugh they were so bad.

But. what kept me going was the story. I was gripped enough to push through. av great idea and well executed plot only marred by some racial stereotyping

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Clothes with a twist

Enjoyed the book. was not expecting it to be as compelling as it was, but I always enjoy his books.

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Not one of his better stories.

This concept of evil clothes could have been a great story but for the first time ever I struggled to get through a Masterton book. l only got to chapter 22 before I gave it up as a bad job. The 2 main protagonists were 2 dimensional and boring and I couldn't relate to them at all.
The voices the narrator used really didn't work. The accents he used for the men were over the top and the womens voices were just a joke. Come on Audible, do you not think it's about time that in any audiobook, we need a male narrator to read the male parts (obviously) and a second female narrator to read the female parts? If not, then let the sample include both male and female excerpts (most of the samples don't) so we can make up our own minds before buying the book.

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Quit halfway through - AND I NEVER DO THAT!

Wow, what an awful audiobook. It's like listening to two junior high boys trying to gross each other out by telling stories in succession. I'm not easily offended, and I wasn't offended. There is simply no point to it. I don't want to give spoilers, I hate it when people do that. If you get this book, start it right away and be prepared to return it.