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Publisher's Summary

St. Louis in 1880 is full of ghosts - mangled soldiers, tortured slaves, the innocent victims of war - and Jacob Tracy can see them all. Ever since Antietam, when he lay delirious among the dead and dying, Trace has been haunted by the country's restless spirits. The curse cost him his family, his calling to the church, and damn near his sanity.
He stays out of ghost-populated cities as much as possible these days, guiding wagon trains west with his pragmatic and skeptical partner, Boz. Then, just before the spring rush, Trace gets a letter from the wealthy and reclusive Sabine Fairweather. Sickly, sharp tongued, and far too clever for her own good, Miss Fairweather needs a worthy man to retrieve a dead friend's legacy from a nearby town - or so she says. When the errand proves far more sinister than advertised, Miss Fairweather admits to knowing about Trace's curse and suggests she might be able to help him - in exchange for a few more odd jobs.
Trace has no interest in being her pet psychic, but he's been searching 18 years for a way to curb his unruly curse, and Miss Fairweather's knowledge of the spirit world is too tempting to ignore. As she steers him into one macabre situation after another, his powers flourish, and Trace begins to realize some good might be done with this curse of his. But Miss Fairweather is harboring some dark secrets of her own, and her meddling has brought Trace to the attention of something much older and more dangerous than any ghost.
Rich in historical detail and emotional depth, The Curse of Jacob Tracy is a fast-paced and inventive debut, an intriguing introduction to a bold new hero.
©2015 Holly Messinger (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mbeasley on 01-16-16

Supernatural meets old West.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed listening to this book and it did make the time at work go by very quickly; however, that being said there is nothing new here. This is supernatural monster hunting set in the old west. All of the usual suspects are there as well as the usual solutions. What makes this a good read or 'listen' is the great friendship and camaraderie between the two main characters. It's obvious this is the first of a series and if the second is as fun a listen as the first I look forward to it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem on 07-20-16

Ghosts and gun draws.

Would you try another book from Holly Messinger and/or L. J. Ganser?

Sure. L.J. Ganser's narration was well done and Holly Messinger has a good grasp on character development.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

While two of it's main characters, Jacob Tracy and his friend Boz are likeable and well developed wild west characters, their adventures are a bit predictable and don't really mesh well as an overarching story. While there is a main villain and problem lurking in the background, the overall story is basically broken up between individual little missions Tracy and Boz find themselves on and the book comes across as a bunch of short stories tied together. The book also just ends abruptly without a real satisfying conclusion or interesting cliffhanger.

Which scene was your favorite?

There was a funny scene were Jacob Tracey is trying to help a ghost to move on by getting her still living family to stop seeing a spiritual medium and he ends up having to pretend to be a part of the medium's act in order to get the family to believe him because they didn't seem to want to listen to reason.

Do you think The Curse of Jacob Tracy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't really think "The Curse of Jacob Tracy" really needs a follow up although it was clearly written with the idea of sequels in mind. The whole book was a series of basic old wild west movie scenarios (bar brawls, shoot outs, horse riding, raids on trains, etc.) only each scenario is triggered by supernatural beings instead of bandits, angry native Americans, and corrupt town officials.

Any additional comments?

Fun book. Nothing deep or groundbreaking here, unfortunately, but an enjoyable listen for anyone who likes both old westerns and old monster movies.

Genre: Old Wild West adventure / horror fiction
Audience: Young Adult / Adult

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