Ghost Talkers

Ghost Talkers

Book - 2016
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Ghost Talkers: a new novel from beloved fantasy author Mary Robinette Kowal featuring the mysterious spirit corps and their heroic work in World War I.

Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Harford, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.

Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.

Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing…

Publisher: New York :, Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765378255
0765378256
Branch Call Number: FAN Kowa
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 22 cm

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bobgrant
Nov 20, 2016

I really enjoyed this. It was a different take on the period books that are so popular right now. Her sense of setting and atmosphere are terrific, and the mixture of real history and imagined events is refreshing. It is nice to read a "fantasy" novel (this is really historical fiction to me) that is not populated by sexy vampires and buff werewolves... :)

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GummiGirl
Oct 24, 2016

Although I found it a bit plodding at first, I eventually came to appreciate the characters and setting.

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