Favorite Lines: “One human hand, black and rough, tipped in claws and backed in feathers, snaked up and grasped the wire mesh. Then came another, curving with yellow talons on the fingertips. Two silver wings unfolded to fill the whole space of the cage with feathers. An androgynous, human face rose from the shadows: a great crown of plumes above; a thick ruff of down beneath. It stared at her with an eagle’s unblinking gaze.” (p. 90)
“He’s free. Kitsune.” And with those words Te Evangeline’s life began to change.
Te works for her late father’s best-friend, Babu, as a paranormal investigator in the city of St. Ives. Babu has taught her to be skeptical about the paranormal, but after going with him to see his friend, everything she believes is thrown into limbo.
Confused by the seeming proof of the paranormal, Te steals Babu’s case book and reads about the many paranormal cases in which he and her father participated. Her curiosity is piqued by the entries pertaining to her father so she traces one of the cases coming face to face with a monster she never knew existed.
Ghost Ocean is a dark fantasy novel that was released in May of 2009. It is written in third person and jumps from character to character as Mr. Peters introduces us to the city and people of St. Ives. The city is one of many prisons housing ancient creatures from an alternative reality. Occasionally, the monsters get out and need to be put back into their cells or killed. Babu is one of the people that tracks the monsters and dispatches them.
Most of the character’s are well rounded, but there is one that sticks in my mind and that I still don’t understand, the Man in the empty chair. He’s very mysterious, but the story relies heavily upon his existence. When Mr. Peters got around to telling exactly who he was, I didn’t really get it. I didn’t understand how or why that could be possible. He tried to explain, but in the end it went way over my head.
The creatures in Ghost Ocean are grotesque and their descriptions create an ugly, yet very clear picture. The most vivid of the monsters is Bird. She releases pheromones that attract people to her. After she compliments them on their eyes, heart, hands, etc., she takes that body part and eats it.
Te is a 22-year-old woman, who wants to know about her deceased father. She isn’t too smart and she’s selfish. Her actions show her doing questionable things, but those things didn’t stop me from liking her. She is stubborn and caring.
This barely begins to describe the craziness that is Ghost Ocean. I won’t be rereading it, but it was an interesting book. It wasn’t the most exciting book I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t horrible.
Make sure you’re eating some fried chicken. In the book Te’s aunts serve it cold, but that’s up to you.