Review of Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum by Stephen Prosapio

Zach Kalusky is the head of the paranormal team, Xavier Paranormal Investigators (XPI) Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum by Stephen Prosapioand host of the Sci-D television series with the same name. Zach is considered a professional investigator and his findings are respected within the paranormal community. When Sci-D executives insist that Zach team up with another, less ethical paranormal team he has serious reservations. The Demon Hunters are known for their flashy style and fabricated evidence. Unfortunately, Zach has no choice. Rosewood Asylum has been declared a city landmark and it needs to be declared spirit-free once and for all. The Sci-D network has been commissioned with the task. Will the two teams find evidence of spirit activity? Will Zach’s own possession help or hinder the investigation?

Stephen Prosapio is clearly a fan of paranormal shows. As am I, this is why I chose this book in the first place. I wondered at first how much of the main character was fashioned after Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures, but came to the conclusion the two weren’t overly similar. The book does read a little like a combination of Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State and Ghost Hunters, but is unique in its own right. The author has included some distinctive differences, as well as several unexpected twists and turns. Zach’s possession is more than simple possession – stigmata is involved, which added an additional element to the plot. There are some religious undertones at play – aka good vs. evil, Zach’s Catholic background, etc.

The story dragged a bit here and there. There was a great deal of “ruminating” over who had betrayed the team. There were a lot of bros punching each other “in the meaty part of the arm”. Some of the banter between characters struck me as somewhat juvenile. All things considered, I’d say Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is worth reading if you enjoy a paranormal story with a twist.

4 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

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