Ghosts of Alcatraz by Carol Lynne

Loose Id

Gay Futuristic Paranormal

ISBN: 978-1-59632-952-2

Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

Itís 2020 and Jensen Black is the warden at the newly remodeled Alcatraz, designed as a prison for economic and cyber criminals.  Unfortunately for him, something or someone is killing inmates in gruesome ways.  The security of the prison should make the deaths impossible, and nobody can figure out whatís happening.  Jensen decides to call in a parapsychologist. 

Dr. Brian Phipps is called in to investigate the bizarre deaths at the prison.  In order to keep his true reasons for being there a secret, Brian has to come in as Jensenís lover.  He quickly gets into the investigation, but what he discovers might be the death of them all.

Ghosts of Alcatraz is a very strange story.  The premise, a futuristic ghost story, is unusual, and several gruesome scenes make it hard to read in places.  Both Jensen and Brian care a lot about their jobs.  Brian had a much more interesting back story, in my opinion, and I would have liked to read a bit more about it.  The attraction between the two men, and the relationship, all happened in a compressed amount of timeóso much so that there were times when I was thinking they should be investigating or something instead of kissing.  The ghost part of the story was pretty creepy, and as I mentioned, sometimes gory.  Readers who like horror will probably enjoy Ghosts of Alcatraz a lot more than other readers, and anybody who doesnít like blood should steer clear.  While I found Ghosts of Alcatraz rushed in places and at times I couldnít suspend disbelief, the idea of a haunted, futuristic Alcatraz was undeniably interesting.

     

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