Ghosts of Columbia (Of Tangible Ghosts and The Ghost of the Revelator)

Ghosts of Columbia (Of Tangible Ghosts and The Ghost of the Revelator)

by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

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Here are two adventures from L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s Ghost Books series—Of Tangible Ghosts and Ghost of the Revelator—that bring Johan Eschbach out of his retirement and happy marriage in northern New Bruges and into danger and intrigue. This edition includes an afterword by the author explaining the history of this fascinating alternate world where ghosts are not mere superstition but have a literal physical reality—and political implications. Your crimes can haunt you, and the ghosts of your crimes are visible to others.

The Ghost Books
#1 Of Tangible Ghosts
#2 The Ghost of the Revelator
#3 Ghost of the White Nights
#1-2 Ghosts of Columbia

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765313140
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Series: Ghost Trilogy Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 797,177
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and Archform: Beauty. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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Ghosts of Columbia (Of Tangible Ghosts and The Ghost of the Revelator) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TycheEnt More than 1 year ago
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. creates a solid alternative universe in which technology is at a lower level, political boundaries are vastly different, and the existence of ghosts has caused there to be less warfare than exists in our world. As is usual for Mr. Modesitt, discovering that universe is a project for the reader as elements of it are presented along with his character building. This causes what is essentially a Science Fantasy mystery novel to be a mystery on two or three levels. This behavior is typical of Mr. Modesitt, as can be seen by anyone familiar with the Recluce and Spellsong series of books. "Ghosts of Columbia" (being the first two novels of the "Ghosts" series: "Of Tangible Ghosts" and "The Ghost of the Revelator") blends the physical world as we know it with a major helping of active imagination. Political boundaries and history are vastly different. Technology is at a different level, in some areas lower tech while other areas are somewhat advanced. These are a background for the unwilling adventures of a spy turned history/ecology professor and a former professional vocalist turned voice teacher. Told from a personal point of view, the plot is exposed through the everyday experiences of the two principle characters. This method of developing the plot is normal to Mr. Modesitt but not necessarily common to Science Fiction/Fantasy readers, and requires a bit more work on the part of readers to understand where the story is coming from and going to. I backed into this series, having acquired the third of the trilogy, "Ghost of the White Nights", and enjoyed it long before I realized that there were two other novels out there. And even there I was backing into reading "Ghost of the White Nights" due to my enjoyment of the Recluce series of books. Mr. Modesitt's active imagination and ability to keep the reader (me) interested while developing a plot and main character led me to try something a little different. His ability to take one "what if" idea and develop it into a novel, much less a series of novels, and keep it coherent and in character throughout is exceptional, and ranks right up there with other notable authors such as Robert A. Heinlein, Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey. And like those three, the principle development is through inter-personal relationships. "Ghosts of Columbia" has become a part of my permanent library, to be enjoyed again and again.
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