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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Reprint edition (April 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451232917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451232915
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Dump Meyer's Twilight books and replace them with the Morganvilles' SFX Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).

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Morganville isn't the same since Ada and the computer system failed. Claire and Myrnin have been trying to fix the problem. But Claire gets herself into trouble.

Eve attends a party in an abandoned warehouse and she's in danger. Claire, Shane, and Michael run to her rescue. A fight ensues between the vampires and the locals, and Claire ends up killing a vampire. According to town law, the punishment for killing a vampire is death.

Amelie gives her a choice: settle the town's problem or hang in a cage in the town square. Claire chooses to fix the problem. She can't rest until it's solved - she completes the device.

However, in the days to follow, she realizes that something is drastically wrong when people begin losing chunks of their memory. The town becomes deadly once again - even in the daytime. Claire doesn't know what she can do, but she realizes it's up to her to fix the machine before it's too late.

GHOST TOWN delivers another amazing installment of this dangerous, action-packed series about loyalty, friendship, and love.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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By Avery Greaves TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 1 2012
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This books is good in the sense that it is entertaining(ish)- sucking you into it and distracting you from the real world for a bit, but aside from that... Seriously? This book essentially has the EXACT SAME story line as the previous 8 books in the series (it appears to be suffering from the 'second book' syndrome except for the fact that it is the 9th book in the series- it does little to move the story line forward in any way shape or form, the story line just feels like it is 'filler')- Myrnin quite literally loosing his mind, Amelia being scary, Claire being naive, Oliver being an a-hole, and the vamps and humans being CONSTANTLY at each other's throats. Is it too much to ask to see a totally different, unique, and SHINY story line and a different side of the characters?
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My book came cheap which was great, but as a book lover, its annoying that my book have with a big rip in the cover and why oh why is it taller than all the other books it doesnt fit well in the collection, but the story was good :)
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on Jan. 15 2011
Format: Hardcover
Really good
I loved this book can't wait for the next one .

I really love her series
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
smart & snarky dialog, sweet romance, & helpless fury over the unjust treatment of humans. GHOST TOWN delivers all that & more Oct. 26 2010
By AJ - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Every time I think Rachel Caine has written herself into a corner and can't possibly think of new ways to torture Claire and her friends, she proves me wrong. GHOST TOWN doesn't try to top the previous books by bringing in bigger and badder outside threats (really, what could be worse than Bishop?), instead she does something much scarier: she makes Claire watch helplessly as humans and vampires alike forget...everything.

At this point in the series I have certain expectations from a Morganville book: smart and snarky dialog, sweet romance, and helpless fury over the unjust treatment of humans. GHOST TOWN delivers all that and more. In a way, it's like a tabula rasa, a blank slate. We get to see Myrnin at the height of his insanity, Amelie as the formidable Founder she once was, and best/worst of all we see Shane forget and fall for Claire all over again.

Most series fizzle out long before reaching nine books. And fewer still reach that number with any kind of momentum. The Morganville Vampire series has twelve books planned so far and shows no sign of slowing down. I'll go so far as to say this series gets better with every book. KISS OF DEATH and GHOST TOWN being the best yet. I really hope that everything works out for the TV adaptation. The Morganville Vampire series already reads like it was made for television. Until then, I'll have to bear the wait like everyone else for the next book, BITE CLUB, due out in April 2011.

Sexual Content: Kissing. References to sex.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I don't know how.. but Caine did it again :) Nov. 30 2010
By sarah - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Let me just begin by saying that I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven't started reading it, do so right now. I read the complete thing (books 1-9) in less than a week. It was that addicting. Anyways, like the other books, Ghost Town was beautifully written and included all of the elements that I love about this series. There is tons of mystery, excitement, romance and humor.I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical going into book 9, I mean usually by this point, a series starts to go off the deep end. Honestly, how far can you take the same set of characters? And how exactly do you follow up a villian like Bishop? But somehow Caine managed to keep things going strong, by pulling out all the stops. Tell me what is more frightening than having everyone you know and love forget you?

Claire is as feisty and determined as ever. She, once again, gets herself in an undesirable predicament. As a punishment, she is forced to fix the machine that wipes the memories of those who leave Morganville. Well, of course, something goes wrong and people (and vampires) start loosing their memories. Those who are infected are taken back mentally to three years ago. Let's just say that chaos ensues. Soon, Claire has no choice but to try and fix the machine and she is forced to make some unlikely alliances along the way.

There is plenty of excitement within the book, just like you would come to expect from this series. There are also a number of twists throughout the plot, I don't want to give too much away, but they certainly keep you on your toes. All of your favorite characters are back and ready for action, Eve, Michael, Shane, Mrynin, Amelie and Oliver are all featured throughout the book.

I think what makes this series so great is the relationships between the characters. Not only are there great romantic relationships, but there are also a number of awesome friendships. I love the fab four - Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael; I just think they mesh well together. They always have each others back and each one of them would put themselves on the line for the other three. The connection these characters have is really a focus in this book - especially when people start loosing their memories. Caine really does a beautiful job showing how they all sort of gravitate towards each other.

All in all, Ghost Town was a great addition to the series. Everything that you love about this series continues in book 9, including the sarcasm, humor, excitement, danger, romance and superb storytelling. I'll say it again, if you haven't read this series yet, you really, really, need to. It is never to late to dive into a series, in fact I prefer it because you don't have to wait as long to see what happens next!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Deliciously Evil Nov. 27 2010
By Jen - Published on
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This ninth book in the Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine was all that I've wanted for the last several months. I mean, come on, what could be better than sexy, vicious, homicidal creatures. Yeah, yeah, I'm sure you could think of many things better, but not me.

So you can imagine my enjoyment of this book at the prospect of more vampires. That, and more Michael and Shane. *prrrr*

Plus, the totally bipolar/homicidal Myrnin is one of my all time favorite characters. His attire never ceases to amaze me.

Technically, this series could have closed off after book 7, but what would the fun be in that. And this book proved that there was more story to tell. We get a more gracious glimpse of the shmexy Shane in all his lickable glory as we do of Michael in his high school days of yore (cool word, yore!)

Our dearest Clare is at the top of her game trying to solve the most recent dilemma of memory loss. I've always loved Clare as a character. I think it's the fact that not only is she brilliant; she is strong and not prone to whining. I cannot stand whining. Girls who fail in the face of true hardship are a discredit to the race of female.

Wow, I'm harsh lately, especially on my own race (I blame Hubby *smiles*)

Clare though is not our only lovely female, we also have the beautiful, rice powdered goth, Eve. Her jabs at Shane are classic and her brutally honest nature is covetable in an ally. Plus, her fashion sense is quite awesome!

All in all, the characters were exactly what I needed and much more. In addition the plot was entertaining and electrifying. Because there is nothing like conniving, murdering vampires, hot sexy men, scientifical machines that control space and plenty of bedazzled stakes to make anyone happy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Praising Caine! Nov. 14 2010
By Tamela Mccann - Published on
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Book 9 in the Morganville Vampire series, Ghost Town, finds our quartet of friends--Claire, Shane, Eve, and Michael--in hot water once again, naturally. Just when it seems some relative normality may settle into their lives, Eve becomes involved in an out of control party in which vampires are killed. When the others arrive to help, Claire herself kills a vampire--and in Morganville, it's a life forfeited whenever that happens. But luckily (?) for Claire, Amelie sentences her to a non-stop session with Myrnin to restore Morganville's damaged defense mechanism, a task almost sure to fail. And it does, of course...but not quite in the way imagined.

Ghost Town is another spectacular entry in the series, with the fearsome foursome battling forces within their borders that threaten to not only destroy Morganville but their relationships as well. Caine does a terrific job of keeping the storyline moving, throwing us twists and building danger until I literally could not put the book down. I love the relationship between Claire and Shane; their honest, loving encounters bring new dimensions to both characters while giving us enough romance so that it's not all just about the sex. I admit to getting angry with both Oliver and Amelie; they have always been many shades of gray but this book takes their deviousness to new levels. And favorite! Poignant and funny, I just want to spend more time with him. And from our cliffhanger ending, it looks like I'm going to get my wish. A lot of fun and highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
high quality and consistent, like always Nov. 22 2010
By Mara E. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
These books have a manic energy about them that makes them impossible to put down. I read the first eight like a person obsessed, then had to stop and wait for Ghost Town. The wait led me to wonder if time to stop and regroup would somehow sully the next book, because series are not typically this consistently good. Something had to happen. Rachel Caine would go insane and wreck her series. It had to happen. It happens to practically all series, so why not this one?

Well, weirdly enough Ghost Town is just as crazy awesome as all the other books in the series. The story keeps going at its freakishly fast pace and there's still plenty of insane things that can happen in Morganville. This time, Amelie gives Claire an ultimatum: fix the machine that controls the town, or die. No sleep, no rest, no sitting down. What results is a machine that works, but after Myrnin's tinkering the town starts to slowly slip into the Morganville of three years previous. It doesn't help that Myrnin's gone crazy and wants to eat anything that comes near the machine. With all the native residents experiencing collective amnesia, Claire only has a select few people to call on for help: Oliver, who is never too pleased to be called on pretty much ever, and Frank, who's willing to go get a few cases of beer before getting his bikers and going to war.

The world building, as always, is the part of these books I can never quite accept, but the characters, relationships, and kick ass approach to life in the Morganville series make me happy enough to get over it.