Yeah, i want more...

Unholy Ghosts - Stacia Kane
First book in the "Downside Ghosts" series
 
Let me start by saying, that i think it takes guts for an author, to write a series featuring such flawed characters. These aren't your "run of mill" characters...

In this book, you won't find any heroines or hero's...just people trying to survive.

This is probably the most dark and gritty urban fantasy that i've read, up until now. The heroine, Chess (Cesaria) Putnam is a drug addict. She works for the church as a "Debunker", a sort of ghost-hunter. She's had a crappy life, and things don't look promising for her future...

The world presented in this story, lives in a "pos-1997" Haunted Week when ghosts raised from the earth and started attacking the living. Only a third of the population has survived as a result of that first attack, and subsequent ones. 

There the need for debunkers, and other church workers. There's no place for faith anymore in this world, because the truth has been revealed: Magic exists, and what is dead, sometimes doesn't stay so...

“I do not need faith because I know the Truth. I do not need to believe. Belief is unnecessary when fact is Truth. I do not pray to a god. Prayer implies faith and gods do not exist. Only energy exists, and this is Truth. The Church shows me the Truth and protects me. If I hold to these Truths I will enter the City of Eternity, and there I will stay.”

In this book, Chess, will find herself in a middle of one big mess: Two sides of the criminal downside "district" want her "help" (the kind where she gives it, or she dies...), her latest assignment has been a major disaster, she finds herself looking at Terrible (one of the crime lords enforcer..) in a whole different way, and Lex (part of the other team...of course...because her life would have to be as messed up, as possible!!,) may well complicate things.

The language of most of the characters is somewhat "raw", illustrating this very different scenario. But i had a little more difficulties with the author's writing. I guess i'm used to more smoother writing.

But on and on, it was an addictive read (no pun intended..) and i'm looking forward in reading the next books in the series. In fact, i'm looking forward in seeing how Chess and Terrible's relationship will unfold....and, can i just say, one more time, how much i dislike love triangles? *facepalm*