Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum by Stephen Prosapio
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is the first: nothing to do with vampires, werewolves, and spirit romance. The story is 100% ghosts and paranormal investigation. There is action, thrills and chills, and a ghost tale that hooks into you from the first page.
Prosapio does a great job at portraying both investigation teams–the serious Xavier Paranormal Investigators, and the flamboyant, dramatic prone Demon Hunters. The dueling team premise and plot are equally intriguing. The characters were memorable, and all the players are realistic. Readers will easily fall into stride among the XPI team, and there’s a little love to hate attitude that naturally takes over towards the Demon Hunters. Another pleasant surprise is Prosapio’s ability to give an individual voice to each of his characters, as the cast is quite large.
The story is mainly told from Zach’s point of view, and you can’t help but admire this character’s tenacity, and ethical standards. As someone involved with the paranormal field, this reviewer’s views are of a scientific bent, and Zach’s own beliefs are similar. Even if you’re not involved in the paranormal though, Zach’s personality is likable but reflects a person who has experienced too much in a short time span. He’s definitely not the typical guy, and that’s not counting the fact that he’s possessed. The possession is only one of many interesting subplots to the story.
The historical aspect and the ghostly story is well thought out and developed. Prosapio is meticulous with crafting a location so real that this reviewer couldn’t believe the Rosewood Asylum depicted didn’t exist in reality. This level of diligence to the story made this book more than a work of fiction, and easy for this reviewer to relate to the situations and locations the characters were experiencing because of it. There is a ton of fine print details, and it’s highly recommended that readers pay close attention to the little things.
Overall, Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is a book for anyone with a love for paranormal or horror stories. It’s definitely a good pick with Halloween season being in full swing. With a sequel in the works, it’s easy to become anxious for the next haunting challenge that will encompass the XPI team.
Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. *Clicks the links to head straight there*
To learn more about Stephen you can find him on Facebook (Stephen Prosapio-novelist) or visit his website at http://www.prosapio.com/