- By Andrew Neil Gray J.S. Herbison

The Ghost Line

  • Title: The Ghost Line
  • Author: Andrew Neil Gray J.S. Herbison
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Ghost Line The luxury cruise ship the Martian Queen was decommissioned years ago set to drift back and forth between Earth and Mars on the off chance that reclaiming it ever became profitable for the owners For

    The luxury cruise ship the Martian Queen was decommissioned years ago, set to drift back and forth between Earth and Mars on the off chance that reclaiming it ever became profitable for the owners For Saga and her husband Michel the cruise ship represents a massive payday Hacking and stealing the ship could earn them enough to settle down, have children, and pay for theThe luxury cruise ship the Martian Queen was decommissioned years ago, set to drift back and forth between Earth and Mars on the off chance that reclaiming it ever became profitable for the owners For Saga and her husband Michel the cruise ship represents a massive payday Hacking and stealing the ship could earn them enough to settle down, have children, and pay for the treatments to save Saga s mother s life.But the Martian Queen is much than their employer has told them In the twenty years since it was abandoned, something strange and dangerous has come to reside in the decadent vessel Saga feels herself being drawn into a spider s web, and must navigate the traps and lures of an awakening intelligence if she wants to go home again.

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    1. ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.The Ghost Line is a short story that surrounds four people on a mission to hijack an abandoned space ship named the Martian Queen.➽ Saga - Our main protagonist, married to Michel, is obsessed with exploring abandoned ships and has a fan-base from her haunted finds. ➽ Michel - The husband of Saga and one of the most sought after hackers in the universe. ➽ Gregor - A Russian pilot with a drinking problem.➽ Wei - The woman who hired these [...]

    2. 4.5 StarsThis is a gripping novella that plays with tropes of the horror genre. Blurring the lines between technology and the supernatural, this story could be considered the science fiction version of a haunted house story. Taking place on an abandoned luxury starship, the setting was atmospheric with vivid, eerie details. The world building felt natural and immersive. The narrative was well paced, resulting in a highly entertaining and suspenseful story. I would recommend this book to science [...]

    3. A small crew are paid to investigate a "ghost liner", a mothballed luxury spaceship that is maintaining an orbit for commercial purposes, but is unmanned. But all is not as it seems.This story works well at the novella length with an interesting premise and relatively simple story with some wonderfully creepy atmospherics. The cast is simple, with a husband and wife team as the main characters, their pilot and their mysterious employer. Where it falls down is that the mystery goes on a bit too l [...]

    4. Review of THE GHOST LINEby Andrew Neil Gray and J. S. Herbison What an exciting novella! I hope this universe will be expanded on, as I totally enjoyed the characters and the convoluted plotting, not to mention the advanced reason behind the events on the abandoned vessel, THE MARTIAN QUEEN. In many ways I found this story particularly special and engaging. A married couple who explore abandoned asteroid habitats and space vessels are hired by a woman who claims to be acting on behalf of a corp [...]

    5. Andrew Neil Gray and J.S. Herbison are wonderful authors. This short but powerful novella started off as one thing. The story of a husband and wife hacker duo. Of a woman intent on breaching a ship lost to the vastness of space. Of adventure and hints of mystery.It instead evolves into a beautiful, melancholic unraveling of something greater. Something deeper than just another story about a ghost ship. Written from the perspective of Saga, we see the unfolding story of each member who traveled w [...]

    6. Tor has had a whole series of excellent space opera stories coming out this summer, which came at a perfect time for me, as I've been in the mood for science fiction more than fantasy these last few months. The Ghost Line finds a small group of salvagers exploring a vast abandoned luxury cruise ship and discovering more than any of them bargained for. The book's best quality is its lovely, thoughtful descriptions of the abandoned ship and the way in which it allows the reader to become immersed [...]

    7. Received to review via Netgalley; publication date 11th July 2017I didn’t expect to find this so creepy, but wow, it ended up getting under my skin. I thought I’d just start it, see what it was like before bed… and then I read the whole thing. I loved the partnership between the husband and wife team, and the whole idea of a space-liner drifting on an old cruise path just to keep the rights to it. There’s not much explanation for why what happens on the ship occurs, but it’s almost bet [...]

    8. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but publishers like Tor are trying very hard to  reintroduce readers to novellas – you know, something about 150 pages long, long enough to pique your interest but easy enough to be read in one sitting. The Ghost Line is one of the latest of these - a story of space wreck recovery but with a touch of horror added that manages to reuse the tropes in a way that keeps the story chugging along. From the publisher: “The Martian Queen was the Titanic of the st [...]

    9. Saga and her husband Michel are persuaded by the tight-lipped Wei to take part in one last mission before settling down to raise children together. Their job is to hack the Martian Queen, apparently for profit. But Wei isn't telling them everything.This novella has one of the loneliest, most distinctively creepy atmospheres I've ever experienced. I read most of this late at night, and found myself following my cat around just to feel less disturbed. Gray and Herbison make a perfect team and I'm [...]

    10. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.In general, I have no issues reading novellas, novelettes, or short stories -- except when I find that the length inhibits the storytelling. Unfortunately, I felt that was the case with The Ghost Line.The story has a fairly abrupt start, as the main characters are approaching the titular ghost line, an abandoned luxury space cruise ship, and from that point on, it never quite gives us the full scope of the story's universe. We don' [...]

    11. note : 3.5 étoiles tendant vers 4 !personnages = ok -1 pour ce qui est du pilote (russe alcoolique) un peu superficiel et cliché (par contre j'ai aimé le côté hacker de Michel) -1 pour le manque d "historique" (à part pour Saga) les auteurs ne nous disent à peu près rien de leur motivation et de leur passé J'aurais aimé les voir un peu plus "étoffés" pour mieux comprendre leurs réactionsthème = ok -1 parce que déjà lu (un mixte entre la série de KK RUSCH Diving Universe et celle [...]

    12. I thought this was pretty good but didn't quite stick the ending. It went a little outside my realm of believability around the 80% mark but I still enjoyed it. It had a very 'The Shining' feel for a while that I wanted it to embrace even more so. I was expecting a little more paranormal in the end.

    13. Una novela breve de misterio en una nave abandonada. No es muy original, pero si que es muy resultona y en algunos casos sorprendente. Da para una buena película de terror en el espacio.

    14. Strangeness in the stars!Abandoned star ships that are more than they seem. This premise has been played out before. At this stage I am not interested enough to pursue a future reading of a subsequent tale. The trouble was I felt somewhat abandoned by it all. It looked like a straight forward job for Saga and her husband Michel. Break into The Martian Queen, a sealed mothballed ship, and help bring it back online. Then other factors enter including their employer and the ship itself. Life become [...]

    15. Bien, pero sin mas. Corto, con su suspense y su no saber que demonios pasa, con buena mezcla de crucero fantasma con terror en el espacio.

    16. Interesting premise, but one that wasn't nearly fleshed out enough - I didn't really care about the characters, or the 'mystery'.

    17. This was a fairly short book that I happened to pick up on a whim and I'm glad that I did because it was a pleasant surprise.It's a story about four people who are in deep space and about to attempt to move an old cruise liner ship nicknamed the Queen out of Orbit in order to allow for something else. I know this is rather vague but because it's a fairly short book, I don't want to go too much into detail.It was a fascinating mix of the futuristic, mystery, adventure and the importance of tellin [...]

    18. 3.75 The Ghost Line starts off reading a lot like every other space horror book. We have the crew, hired by a single person representing a large company who wants to recover'information' and 'salvage' an old abandoned luxury space liner. They arrive and the ship is, at first glance, eerily well kept. The crew itself is even a little bit on the expected side. A married couple planning on maybe starting a family after this, a pilot who would rather be drinking, and of course the creepy and aloof p [...]

    19. The Ghost Line is a novella I saw pass me by a few times when visiting other blogs and as the cover drew me in I decided to request it for myself. I was not left disappointed.Despite the shortness of the book, about 70 pages, the necessary world building was done. But there was also some deepening out of the characters I was perhaps not expecting from such a short novella. The story follows four characters with only one point of view. Saga, and especially her husband Michel, know how to hack the [...]

    20. I will start off by saying I generally liked most of what this book did. The characters are interesting, if not exactly unique to the genre, and I liked the fact that the main character was from Iceland. It added a bit extra to her characterization, especially when it casually dropped some lesser known Icelandic folklore into a random conversation. The authors also did a solid job of getting across the emotions of their characters, and from the outset, I felt the almost crazy sneakiness of Wei a [...]

    21. "The Ghost Line" is a character story wrapped in science fiction with an antique ghost story ribbon for a bow. It makes for a deeply engaging package that's hard to put down, and the length is such that you can read it easily in a few sittings, so you don't have to. It follows Saga, a sort of urban explorer of abandoned spaceships, and her husband, who hacks the systems necessary to get her into said ships. Saga makes a living by filming "Interactives" of her explorations so fans can experience [...]

    22. 'The Ghost Line' by Andrew Neil Gray and J.S. Herbison is a ghost story that takes place on an abandoned space liner. The luxury cruise ship The Martian Queen floats abandoned in space. It was never used, and it's taking up a route that can't be claimed until the ship is shut down or sent into a new orbit. A crew heads out to salvage the ship and reclaim the lucrative route that it is on.Michel and his wife Saga have been hired to reprogram the ship. Part of this includes turning the ships AI of [...]

    23. The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray and J. S. Herbison came to my attention a while back when the cover popped up on one of the genre sites I visit, though my memory fails as to which one. Given the spectacular John Harris cover art I was instantly interested, though it has taken me longer than planned to get to this SF salvage story with a hint of horror. And it is just what you’d expect from a story with this title and cover!With husband and wife team of Michel and Saga hired to help salvage [...]

    24. It was OK. I was interested, but not involved. An early connection is made to Urban Exploration--the exploration and documentation of abandoned and decaying man-made structures. Saga, who evidently was involved in U E on earth now documents the exploration of structures in space. She and her husband Michel have been hired by a very reticent employer to hack the Martian Queen, the cruise ship for the wealthy that was abandoned in space twenty years earlier. The time spent on the luxurious abandon [...]

    25. Actual rating is 3.5This was not at all what I expected. I picked The Ghost Line up because I was in the mood for a fun scifi read. And it was definitely fun to read. But it was also much stranger and more emotional than I expected. For such a short book, it packed quite the punch.As I said, this was a short book (less than a hundred pages, I believe). So there wasn't a whole lot of time for world building . But, that being said, I was really impressed with how much  building was done in such a [...]

    26. Andrew Gray and J.S. Herbison’s The Ghost Line is an intriguing read with a great set up and a relatively satisfying execution. But it mainly suffers from what it is: a novella. There were too many moments in reading it that I wished it elaborated on details, ideas, and descriptions that were thrown in but never fully explore. Perhaps this is a strength and not a weakness, but I wanted the book to be longer so that I could live in it a little more. Other than that, it was an enjoyable (but all [...]

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