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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First Review of 'Ghost Hunt' by Jason & Grant

Tribute Books has posted their review of Jason & Grant's newest book, Ghost Hunt, which is aimed towards young adult readers. The review describes the book as "more technical than emotional" and as a better fit on a "boy's bookshelf" [as opposed to a girl's], despite the fact that the story is told from a female point of view. Lyssa Frye is the main character, who has recently joined the TAPS team, and now must help investigate their newest case. The second chapter is a departure from the actual tactics of the TAPS team, for within the story, they call upon the help of a psychic. The last section of the book is an introduction to ghost hunting. The review also notes that Steve & Tango are replaced within the storyline with a set of twins. From the review:

For Ghost Hunters fans, the book feels like Jason and Grant just slapped their names onto the project. Only the introductory pages to the fictional stories and ghost hunting guide are attributed to the guys from T.A.P.S. When they appear as characters, their actions ring false. A weird romantic undertone is found in the lines: Grant leaned forward. His dark eyes stared into Lyssa's. Jason appears as if he is talking to a room full of kindergarten kids when he says, "Don't be afraid to admit you're scared, Lyssa. We all are sometimes." Meanwhile, Steve and Tango are replaced by an annoying set of twins. Chris Williams is M.I.A. instead the fictional team is led by female technical manager, Jen Shorewood. The producers of the book are more interested in creating formulated drama than depicting the reality behind the series.
Tribute Book Reviews is giving away the sample copy they recieved (which is partial, not complete). After hearing this review, would you still be interested in reading the book, especially after hearing about Jason & Grant's lack of invovlement?

1 comment:

  1. I rather like Jay & Grant's books that tell of real stories of their investigations, and touch on investigating and collecting evidence from a technical standpoint. Why do we need a fiction novel? Jay & Grant and the rest of the TAPS team have had plenty of real-life stories to share that are interesting and entertaining.

    Also, if the story is supposed to represent the TAPS team, then it should resemble them as close as possible, even with the fictional story line thrown would think the goal would be for the reader to feel that they are in the place of (or seeing through the eyes of) the main character, that new person joining TAPS and learning from the team we know, what her training is like, what she experiences, where she travels, etc. It seems to me making up TAPS members would be more difficult than utilizing the unique personalities/characters of the real ones.

    I dunno, obviously can't judge a book by its cover (or one review)...but these are the thoughts/questions that review raises for me.