Wraith

Garbageman Book Three

Fiction - Paranormal
316 Pages
Reviewed on 07/27/2020
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Author Biography

Multi-award winning author, Erik Dean, is an Arizona native with over 25 years of experience in Radiology as a technologist. When called for, Erik applies his medical knowledge when writing his novels.

In his spare time, Erik enjoys reading horror and action-adventure novels. He loves watching the classics, and horror, action-adventure and sci-fi movies. His favorite pet is a border collie.

Erik strives to write unpredictable novels, with characters and plots that have never been written about before.

Awards and Recognitions:

Finalist, Horror - 2018 Book of the Year Award, Independent Authors Network (Cryptic)
Finalist, Action/Adventure - 2018 Book of the Year Award, Independent Authors Network (Garbageman)
First Place - 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards (Cryptic)
Official Selection, Horror - 2017 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing (Cryptic)

Connect with Erik Dean on Twitter: @AuthorErikDean and http://authorerikdean.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Wraith is book three in the Garbageman series by Erik Dean, a story ingeniously written for fans of paranormal and horror. The blurb clearly asks readers to remember to keep the lights on and that is understandably true because the story has a spell that sends chills down the spine. A funeral brings David's family and his friends together after fourteen years, but it isn’t long before they notice they are being hunted. What haunts them is powerful, and it becomes worse because it is unseen. David’s supernatural powers are not enough to stop the ghost from the past and he will need the help of Detective Stanton and a weird doctor to stop it. Follow them on a perilous adventure to hell’s prison to ensure Hellann hasn’t escaped, but can they stop the wraith?

A tale that features supernatural characters and an underworld fraught with danger and death. The antagonist is a powerful creature, belonging to the family of werewolves and vampires, but now belonging to the lowest rung of hell’s prison? The plot is twisty, cruising fast from one danger to another; the pervading darkness is disturbing with the uncertainty of what could happen next to the characters rubbing off on the reader. I was pulled in from the start by the strong narrative voice and the author’s ability to evoke powerful emotions in the writing. Wraith features memorable characters and an adventure that transforms it into a veritable thriller. Erik Dean is a great storyteller who has what it takes to keep readers’ eyes glued to the pages while their hearts skip in fear as they follow the plot.

K.C. Finn

Wraith is a work of fiction in the paranormal, thriller, and horror sub-genres, and was penned by author Erik Dean. Written as the third novel in the Garbageman series, the author takes the ghost story genre to new and terrifying heights as David, his family, and friends are reunited after many years of relative peace. It becomes clearer that they are being hunted, one by one, and so David must use his telekinetic powers and team up with a series of unusual but brilliant allies to discover who, or what, the danger is. To make matters worse, an old foe may well have escaped from Hell itself, inciting a journey that David didn’t think he’d ever have to make.

Author Erik Dean had crafted a compelling work of dark paranormal fiction which can be read as part of the series but also works fine as a standalone adventure. It was easy to fall into the family history of David and his truly unusual gifts, and I was wrapped up in the suspenseful atmosphere of this novel in no time at all. The horror elements are well depicted but not overdone, with some excellent twists and surprising turns in the plot that will keep readers on the edge of their seats throughout. I particularly liked Detective Stanton, but all of the large ensemble of characters were well developed with fully realized motivations and personalities. Overall, I would definitely recommend Wraith for fans of the existing series as well as avid horror readers looking for their next thrill.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Wraith by Erik Dean is Book Three in the Garbageman supernatural series. After fourteen years, David, his family, and his friends are all brought back together for a funeral. But they can’t walk away from each other. Soon, their lives will become one again as they are hunted. By whom? Or maybe that should be by what? A ghost from David’s past is back and it’s got David’s friends and family in its sights. Everyone comes together to fight but even the telekinetic powers David has are going to need some help, enlisting the help of Detective Stanton and a somewhat eccentric inventor and doctor to hunt the ghost. But things are about to take an even worse turn when they find out that Hellan may have broken out of hell’s prison. The three have to go down there, to the very depths of hell, to stop the Wraith and make sure that Hellan is still imprisoned. Can David and the Garbageman succeed? And what sort of a battle do they have on their hands this time?

Wraith by Erik Dean is the third Garbageman story. I read the first and this is every bit as good. Although I never got around to reading the second book, Erik Dean has done a marvelous job of feeding enough backstory into this one to keep you up to date – that said, I wouldn’t recommend reading these as standalone stories; read them in the order they were written. This one continues the stories of the characters, building even more on their backstories and continuing their development. Wraith is another dark, terrifying tale that will have you on the edge of your seat, gripped, reading to get to the end. Because you won't want to take your eyes off the page and you won't want to turn out the light. The action starts on the first page and it doesn’t let up until the terrifying, explosive ending. This is a fantastic story from a very talented author and it is perfect for fans of horror and the supernatural.

Rabia Tanveer

Wraith, the third book in the Garbageman series by Erik Dean, continues the terror that started with Garbageman. David and Julie were least expecting the chaos when it happened. It all started when they had to attend the funeral of Dr. Newman. What was supposed to be a quick show of support turned into a chaos of epic proportions! It seemed like something was waiting in the shadows to attack everyone in sight. One by one, the people around David and Julie were killed. While David was trying to find out what was wrong, Detective Stanton was at a loss to find out why people were suddenly killing others. However, a discovery scared David more than anything else ever did. Now David would not only have to make sure this dangerous being was back in hell where it belonged but also stop the mysterious “something” killing people.

Wraith not only scared me but spooked me. The intensity of the narrative skyrocketed with the blink of an eye. David and Julie made a good team, but David and Stanton proved to be unstoppable. Dr. Donovan was a mad genius and a little scary at times. I was highly impressed with David’s progress, his thought process, and how he managed the situation. The pace was perfect for development. It didn’t rush and it didn’t lag, which allowed Erik Dean to work his magic. The author provided a good mixture of the past coming back to haunt the present and future danger to keep the reader’s focus on the story. This is smart and brilliantly terrifying writing. The amount of research the author had done to get different aspects of the story right would have been headache-inducing. I do hope the author delves deeper into this series, but I wouldn’t say no to a story with Dr. Donovan at the helm.