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    Great ghost story!

    I’m a sucker for ghost stories, and I really enjoyed digging into this one! The novel is split between a historical story (1930s) and a more modern one (1960s). There are lots of characters in each time frame, each with their own distinct and vibrant personalities. Tom is the hero in the past story. The foreman of a mining company, he repeatedly butts heads with the mine owner, who is cutting corners on safety issues and endangering the workmen. There have been a number of deaths in the mine, and the dead men’s ghosts have come back for revenge. As we follow Tom’s story, he gets bolder in defying the owner even at risk to his life. Tom’s sweet-but-tough wife, Claire, worries about him and gathers her wits and her courage to visit an American Indian shaman that she hopes can rid the mine of the dangerous ghosts. In the modern story, Dennis is a scientist working for the government who’s been charged with finding out how polluted the closed mines are. He quickly discovers that the mines are haunted by the many men who died there, and they will kill any trespassers they find—including Dennis. The author does a great job with the historical aspects, and he weaves the two stories together seamlessly. I particularly liked the character of Claire. She was smart and brave, and I rooted for her to find the solution to the frightening hauntings and murders. I was also fascinated by the American Indian characters and the interesting info about their culture. This creepy story is extremely well-written, and the characters stuck with me long after I finished the book. Highly recommended!
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    Gotta love Tommy

    If you're a fan of a good thriller, I recommend this book. A wee romance, lots of tension and a good dose of corporate greed. How I hate corporate greed. Good guys, bad guys and horrible people. Ghosts, spirits roaming the mines. Bad guys that should be good guys. This novel was great, start to finish but I loved loved loved the ending. Mr. West's plots get more intense with each book he publishes. Looking forward to the next. I'm a fan!
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    An exciting story from an accomplished author

    Great story set in two eras thirty years apart. In the 1930s, Gannaway is a mining community run by despotic owner, Kyle Gannaway. One of his pit bosses, Tommy Donnelly, is determined to improve conditions for the mineworkers. Needless to say, the mine owner is having none of it. Nor will he believe the stories of the mysterious disease that sends its victims insane. Kyle Gannaway is a vile, racist bigot and could easily have been stereotyped here, but this author is too skillful for that. This is an exciting story, with ghosts from the past manifesting in the second era of the book – the 1960s - when an ecological scientist is assigned to check on the levels of pollution left when the mines closed. Ghosts of Gannaway is filled with tension, excellent characterization, suspense, ghostly presences and enough twists and turns to keep you glued to the last page. An exciting story from an accomplished horror author
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    Beware of Ghosts!

    A tale as wild as a runaway mine cart. This book has moments of sheer terror/horror beauty reminiscent of classic Stephen King.
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    Haunting, spooky, memorable...

    This is truly my favorite Stuart West novel. Yes, this is a ghost story (that I have no problem believing) and a suspense thriller, but it is so much more. It is a story of human struggles--survival, justice, ambition and love against greed, evil, prejudice and ignorance. Mr. West has created some memorable characters who will not leave me. Having seen the real mining ghost town that inspired this novel, it was easy to envision the town alive in the depression days as well as the later investigation days that brought an outsider from California, asking too many questions (not welcomed). I felt the struggles of these miners attempting to organize for safer working conditions against a greedy mine owner and of a young man stuck in the depression days striving to support his young family but holding on to the dream of escape for a better life he and his high school sweetheart had planned (a sweet love story). I felt the hurt caused by the prejudiced attitudes of many against the native Americans and other races. I felt fear as the miners were lowered into the deep mine each day. Thank you, Mr. West. This is a story that will remain with me as long as those toxic chat piles remain in that once thriving mining town.
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