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People are dying to get in. The ghosts will kill to get out.

Discover and explore hundreds of haunted buildings and cursed objects! Witness spectral beings of all kinds with our patented Augmented Reality glasses! Experience all the terror and thrills the afterlife has to offer, safely protected by our Recurrence Field technology! Visit Ghostland today - it's the hauntedest place on earth!

After a near-death experience caused by the park's star haunted attraction, Ben has come to Ghostland seeking to reconnect with his former best friend Lilian, whose post-traumatic stress won't let her live life to the fullest. She's come at the insistence of her therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler, who tags along out of professional curiosity, eager to study the new tech's psychological effect on the user.

But when a computer virus sets the ghosts free and the park goes into lockdown, the trio find themselves trapped in an endless nightmare.

With time running short and the dead quickly outnumbering the living, the survivors must tap into their knowledge of horror and video games to escape...or become Ghostland's newest exhibits.

©2019 Duncan Ralston (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Leela
  • 23-03-2020

loved it!

Right from the beginning it was non stop action and a veritable smorgasbord of ghosts. Reminded me a bit of 13 Ghosts but with more variety. I really liked the main characters and at the end found myself getting emotional. The narrator was perfect. Literally the only thing I wasn't too keen on was the author's tendency to describe the breasts of all the female characters. I'm definitely looking forward to his next book but I would hope for an equal amount of description of bulges and breasts.

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  • Faith
  • 01-06-2020

action packed crazy land;)

I really enjoyed this book, 2 companions racing agaisnt a mad man in a haunted amusement attraction. cannot wait for book 2.

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  • Tomas
  • 16-04-2020

Reads like a YA novel.

Couldn't get into this, overall this feels like a YA novel, even the narration feels childish.

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  • Michal McCarley
  • 06-11-2020

Completely Forgettable

The author attempted to fuse 13 Ghosts, Jurassic Park, and House on Haunted Hill, and it just didn't work. The storyline didn't work and it came off as disconnected and amateur at best. I found myself having to constantly backup chapters bc the story didn't hold my attention. There were some interesting parts but mostly it just droned on with unnecessary details for hours.

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  • Yvonne Kiriakoutsos
  • 23-08-2020

Awesome book

It’s a bit gory but that’s horror these days for you... The author left a way for him to ( I’m assuming) write a second follow up book to this one. I honestly can’t wait!! This book is like a crazy ,scary roller coaster... it makes you think how the hell are they going to do that?? If you like ghosts and you like some gore then this book is for you!!!

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  • Lou Lombardi
  • 24-07-2020

Woke and Weak

ok...yes there is some violence in the last 3rd of the book but it's still very juvenile.

the writing is on maybe a 5th grade level.

It's kind of a cool idea... like Jurassic Park only with ghosts instead dinosaurs, but the execution is laughable.

the "scientific explanation" of how actual ghosts can be on display in a theme park is convoluted and distractingly stupid .

it's full of cliche metaphors and corny references, but the coup de grace of stupid is the very on the nose woke message. see... ghosts are a group that is being discriminated against by evil capitalists... I kind you not... the whole book is a freaking ham handed metaphor for racism.

I am mad at myself for buying this piece of crap. if thought that I could convince audible to take it back, I would definitely ask for a refund!

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  • Liz
  • 16-02-2021

amazing story

the story was amazing. But the narrator was so boring. it was hard to follow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-2020

Lost in translation

Though the storyline was unique, the author’s telling left much to be desired. It was difficult trying to follow along and picture the scenes as they were being described. It was as if the author has trouble translating the visions he saw in his head into written words.

I found myself having to pause, go back, and replay a scene multiple times because the scene being described lack context and details.

This book left me feeling unsatisfied, like eating a sugar free dessert.

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  • Paul Preston
  • 09-12-2020

Such a great concept

The first time Lilian Roth saw the haunted house it was floating down Main Street, and if she’d known the trouble it would cause them, she never would have pointed it out to her best friend.”
Ben and Lilian are going to the grand opening of Ghostland with Lilian’s therapist, Dr. Allison Wexler. Allison thinks the new theme park will help Lilian deal with her fear of death.
Ghostland is a state of the art amusement park with technology that allows guests to see actual ghosts and the violent acts they have committed. With the augmented reality glasses provided, ghosts can even interact with the guests. Things quickly go wrong and ghosts are attacking the visitors. Ben, Lilian, and Allison find themselves running for their lives trying to escape the park.
This is a fast paced, exciting, fun story. I wanted to go to Ghostland. I wanted it to be real. I want to be friends with Ben and Lilian. I didn’t want to read any more because I knew the book would end and I would be left wanting more. Luckily, the sequel is coming out later this year.
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  • tracynb
  • 27-09-2020

Bringing my Therapist to Ghost Six Flags

First of all I would like to acknowledge how incredibly difficult it must be to write a novel. And this author appears to have written several novels so must be doing something right- or “write” as the case may be (cringe-worthy humor kinda like the play on words with ghosts/spirit/ghoul sprinkled throughout this ghostly tale). By a ghost-writer (Drum roll filled by rim-shot).
Ghostland is an experience that cannot be described (but here goes).
First a positive: This book really moves along. NOT boring. No “dead zones”. (Add: Rimshot). However, character development, motivation and plot exposition are relegated to the last car of the roller coaster in lieu of ghosts killing people.
For example, does everyone really hate protagonist Ben and does his best friend avoid him for 4 years because he died for a minute and is home-schooled or rather is it because he really is annoying? Would best friend of Ben (Lillian) who has avoided him for 4 years because his heart stopped when he saw a ghost really agree to go to a ghost-themed amusement park with him? Answer: Yes if your therapist comes.
Lillian is more screwed up about Ben’s sudden death 4 years ago than seemingly Ben is- and Ben is the one that died.
Does Ben really believe that all of his cardiac issues stem from seeing a ghost- the ghost he wants to confront and kill at Ghostland? Can you kill a ghost-isn’t that superfluous?
I could understand if Ben’s classmates “ghosted” (Insert: Drum roll, rim- shot) him if they thought he was this crazy kid who had a heart attack after seeing a ghost and everyone thought he was a crazy ghost boy, but rather than suggesting this, Ben’s pariah-like status is explained by “nobody wants to be around the kid that died”. People don’t want to be reminded of their own mortality. I hope the Ghostland theme park marketing team knew that this one kid was shunned by a whole town after dying for a minute when they decided to build a whole theme park about death in that same town.
Also, with his heart issues, Ben should have been flat-out denied entrance to the park (conveniently worked around).
Security guard after finding cardiac meds in Ben’s bag but still letting him in: “Well you look like you have a big heart.”
Well yes it you’re talking about cardiomegaly which is a heart condition! It’s one thing to have a cardiac history but quite another thing to have a heart disease diagnosis that requires you to have medication on hand in your backpack. Furthermore, this cardiac disease most certainly should have caused him to have a heart attack in the first half of the book with all the calamity and chaos swirling around. But who am I kidding? Murderous-atrocity-ghost-park is good family fun- don’t let your ability to sustain a normal heart rate stop ya!
Having said that, is a good premise for book and or movie. Ghosts are real and we can catch them (Ghostbusters anyone)? But instead of containing them, Capitalistic USA wants to profit off them and so they build a theme park with real ghosts (and not just any ghosts- Serial Killer ghosts- and their victims)-and anticipate everything will turn out JUST fine- kinda like in Jurassic Park??
Any time something gets explained you’re left with far more questions than answers. Major plot- lines dropped: Ben blowing up the house?
Some exhibits in the park are hologram-characters and some are real ghosts. Not sure about the how/when or why of this. Characters in the story keep exclaiming that these ghost issues have never happened before-yet it’s opening day.
The first scene in the book takes place 4 years prior to opening day when Ben sees the ghost in the house (being transported to Ghostland ) and subsequently keels over after his heart stops. What was going on with development with the amusement park for those four years? Catching ghosts?
Some of the exhibits seemed really interesting but just mentioned in passing-like the Wild West ghost town- and certain characters would have been interesting to know more about- there is a ghost-dog! But no time for that- we are Fastpass-ing through this park setting.
Another thing you can look forward to as previously mentioned, is the nerd humor which is walks a fine-line and is reminiscent of “Dad Humor” or jokes sponsored by Bazooka Joe, and the grating romance between the teen protagonists. The author describes virtually every single female character’s breasts as well as the teenage boy’s various states of arousal during a particularly challenging scene involving a naked sex nun which kudos to you if you’re able to get past that part!
Clearly this male author is channeling his teenage proclivities in his male protagonist’s description of female ghost genitalia. A good bit of the book has none of this (some may call gratuitous female sexual anatomy descriptions and sexual behavior). But once it gets going it is unrelenting-almost like the author forgot or someone gave him notes to sexualize this book (the lead character is an 18 year old boy for God’s sakes!!). Maybe he was given an algorithm on how much gratuitous sex needs to be in the book, but he didn’t want to go back from the very beginning, so just threw it in towards the end. Here you go. Sex stuff.
There’s also a part where he has one of his side characters- a black man- compare Ghostland to a “modern-day plantation”. Yup. That’s a thing that happens.
In a way, I want everyone to experience Ghostland. It was a book that made me laugh so much (not for the intended reasons) and, were it not for its unapologetically horny nature, I would recommend it to anyone just so they can experience the rollercoaster (rimshot?) I did.
Shoutout to the narrator who tried his hardest given the material- the accents were a little much though.

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  • SarahC1985
  • 18-03-2020

Truly fantastic read.

Best book I’ve read in a long time. Terrifyingly detailed, truly an emotional rollercoaster. There were times even I was afraid and, like Lillian and Ben, I’m a hardened horror fan. But I can’t lie, I’d have absolutely loved to go to a place like that, although the glasses wouldn’t do much good for me, as I wouldn’t be able to see anything. Headset definitely yes. There were a lot of times Lillian frustrated me, especially when we find out why she acted the way she did. I felt sorry for Ben throughout. Absolutely brilliant. I love Duncan’s imagination. That would be so awesome if it was real. This satisfies all my cravings for a theme park of horror and then some. If horror’s your thing, you have to experience this. That technology would be amazing to experience. The tram ride was one of my favourite parts. Didn’t see that coming. I’d love to experience A.R. or V.R. of any kind, but especially horror! Another brilliant narration by Mr. Hempel too. I also loved Duncan's Stephen King references to Christine and the shining. Incidentally, I agree with Ben. The mini series of the shining is much truer to the book than the film is!

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