The Ghost Manuscript

The Ghost Manuscript

by Kris Frieswick

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Rare book authenticator Carys Jones wanted nothing more than to be left alone to pursue her obsession with ancient manuscripts. But when her biggest client is committed to an asylum, he gives Carys an offer she cannot refuse. In exchange for his entire library of priceless, Dark Age manuscripts, Carys must track the clues hidden in a previously unknown journal, clues that lead to a tomb that could rewrite the history of Western civilization.

But there are people who would do anything to stop Carys from finding what she seeks—for reasons both noble and evil. The hunt takes Carys to places she never thought she'd go, physically and emotionally; first to Wales, her estranged father's homeland, then to bed with Dafydd, a mysterious Welshman who agrees to help her with the search, and finally, deep inside her own psyche, when the monk who wrote the journal 1,500 years ago appears and assists her in her search.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161344002
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 99,195
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kris Frieswick is a journalist, editor, humorist, teacher and author whose work has appeared in national magazines, newspapers and books for over twenty years. She is an avid cyclist, cook and traveler. She lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and St. Croix, USVI, with her handsome Welsh husband.

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The Ghost Manuscript 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Show more Review I liked the main character and found the bad guys intriguing. For me the beginning was enjoyable, and I liked the Boston location(where I live). When I picked up the book, I did not realize that it would be about King Arthur. So when I got to the middle, I thought this is going to be a stupid book about King Arthur. However, the book ended with a twist. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
Carys Jones is a rare book authenticator. She wants to be left alone to hunt down rare manuscripts.. Carys has an offer to authenticate a collection of Dark Age books which is her specialty. She is looking for a tomb that could change history. When her best clients son offers this chance, she never knew what price she would pay for the hunt. She goes on this quest with a ghostly monk and some friends. There are people who want to protect this tomb and others who will kill for the treasure. How can she know which one she can trust? It's Indiana Jones and the Tomb Raider in one. I loved it. I need to see who survives and what happens to the Tomb. I voluntarily read this book from Net Galley and Post Hill Press for a honest review.
bkworm_ran More than 1 year ago
I look for books that hit all my favorites. A little mystery, old books, libraries, ancient myths, and an adventure. The Ghost Manuscript hit all of these. Frieswick even throws a little romance into the mix. I envy Ms. Carys Jones. She has the perfect job. She authenticates Dark Age texts for potential buyers and reads ancient Latin like it’s her native tongue. When she is given the task of verifying a library inventory for one of her favorite clients, it’s a tough assignment. As she works her way through the shelves, she uncovers a secret that could change the path of history. She begins to question the validity of what she is reading and she wonders if this is what put her client in a psychiatric hospital. Carys rapidly learns the truth and the dangers in this revelation. She’s not sure how she should progress with her information but she soon finds a guide to assist her on a quest that will take her to Wales and back to her own backyard. This was a very entertaining novel and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The overall quest was a great surprise for me but didn’t change my mind as I continued reading. I highly suggest this one for readers of Dan Brown, even Clive Cussler though this doesn’t have all the toys available to Dirk Pitt. This is pure enjoyment reading at its best. It’s a great one for teens who enjoy their pages filled with great suspense with a little romance thrown in for good measure. Good reading~ I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for access to the Advanced Reader Copy for my honest review.
PattySmith87 More than 1 year ago
Many thanks to NetGalley, Post Hill Press and Kris Frieswick for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. An ancient manuscript that hold the secrets to King Arthur’s tomb? A ghost of the monk who fought by King Arthur’s side and laid him to rest, leading you to a secret location? A monk who appears because you are sniffing the ancient manuscript and it contains spores that bring on hallucinations? How about a handsome, sexy man to help you on your quest. Get ready for an rousing read that takes you on the adventure to find the tomb of King Arthur. This story reminded me of a mash-up between The DaVinci Code and an Indiana Jones type story. You have clues from an ancient manuscript, the promise of ancient artifacts, the race to get there while being chased by bad guys while you decipher the clues to find the treasure. There’s lots of globe hopping, suspense and drama with a little romance in the mix. It is highly entertaining with characters who come to life off the page. Carys works for an esteemed auction house and is tasked with cataloguing a client’s library. Many of the items in the library were ones she had sourced out herself. But when the old man himself tells her of this secret manuscript that leads to the tomb of King Arthur, Carys can’t help but get caught up in the solving the mystery. She isn’t the only one on the hunt, someone is trying to kill her. The clues lead her to her home country, Wales, where she enlists the help of a handsome local, Dafyyd. Oh, and get this, she loves to sniff the old manuscript, which gives her a sort of high and she begins to see a dead monk, who speaks to her in old Latin and helps lead her from clue to clue. The journey is exciting, the action drives the story at a fast pace but it is the relationships between the characters that give the story depth and keeps you invested in what happens. I really enjoyed this read. There were so many different elements that could have been overwhelming or too scattered but somehow Frieswick managed to keep it cohesive and make it all work. The characters were well drawn and had interesting back stories that had me rooting for them. The romance fit very well within the storyline and spiced things up just enough. I loved reading about Wales and found the land very captivating. The whodunit part had a nice twist at the end. My only uncomfortable part was when it went back to the States and dealt with Native Americans. You’ll understand what I mean when you get to that part. Overall a good solid read.
MichelleKenneth More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It's like the Librarians meet Indiana Jones (and a female Indiana Jones at that). I also find it ironic that our heroine's last name is Jones, so it adds to the Indiana Jones effect. There are a lot of strong female characters that put the men to shame. It's a nice change. I highly recommend this book.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
The Ghost Manuscript by Kris Frieswick is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. This contains spoilers. I really enjoyed the first half of this book. It had good action, suspense, mystery but then it went side ways. The author decided to kill off not one main character but all of the main characters except the lead. I expected her to go at any time! Quite upsetting last half. Everything the the book lead up to was knocked down! Too bad, it started out so good!
diane92345 More than 1 year ago
Old manuscripts! Ghostly monks! Treasure! Ghost Manuscript has something for every adventure fan! Carys is a rare book authenticator. When the eccentric old man who owns the rare Dark Ages library she is authenticating asks her to follow the leads in a sixth century manuscript to find a king’s burial site, Carys can’t resist. However, there are evil forces that are also looking for the site and they are willing to kill to get there first. Moving from Boston to Scotland and back, Ghost Manuscript is an exciting ride! Carys is a female Indiana Jones trying to find the elusive burial site. While looking, she finds a love interest and reconnects to someone from her past. I thought the first half of the book was great but it did start dragging a bit around the 70% mark. Still, it is an adventure-packed thrill ride of a book! It is perfect for fans of Clive Cussler’s books. 4 stars! Thanks to Post Hill Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
greed, suspense, supernatural, Wales, murder, family-dynamics, friendship A rare sixth century codex, an American obsessive collector who seems to have gone round the bend, a gifted scholar masquerading as a housekeeper, a true villain and his despicable henchman who call England home. That's pretty much the ancillary cast, because the main characters are the rare book authenticator and the visible presence of the writer of the book; a monk who followed and was at the death of the man who was to be known later as King Arthur. Lots of stress and suspense, bloody murder, incognito travel from Boston to Wales, and a bit of romance are tightly woven into a plot that educates even as it entertains. A riveting read! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Post Hill Press via NetGalley. Thank you!
MugsyMae More than 1 year ago
The Ghost Manuscript is an adventure, thriller, mystery in the style of Indiana Jones, Laura Croft, and Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt. I loved the main character, Carys Jones, who gets sucked into a client's fantasy and never looks back. With the help of a 1500 year old ghost whose manuscript she's working, she chases one of the greatest mysteries -- the legend of King Arthur. I really enjoyed the ride! Highly recommend!