Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

Rated 4.93/5 based on 28 reviews
My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny. The dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up.

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Published by Gryphonwood Press
Words: 96,450
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452378299
About Jim Bernheimer

Thanks for visiting my profile. I'm a writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Horror, Humor, and Heroes is my first published collection. Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman is currently the highest rated novel on Smashwords.

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Review by: Endgames on Nov. 13, 2013 :
Awesome story. There were moments when I actually had to stop reading so I could clap and cheer. The story really drew me in. There was fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, beasts, monsters, chases, escapes, sex, and paranormal oddities.

Some of the plot twists were getting a little predictable near the end, but it probably didn't help that I read the description of the sequel first. By and large, though, I loved this book. I'm hoping to see the sequel on Smashwords soon.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: Leslie Dowich on Oct. 05, 2013 :
Bought this book after reading jbern's fan fiction and was very happy with the quality of the writing. Thought it was a rewrite of the Michael J fox movie at first but was I ever wrong! It was fast paced and had enough humour to lift it above the run of the mill stuff and give it a charm of its own.

Well worth the money and a really interesting read.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Baja B on Oct. 10, 2011 :
Great start to what promises to be an epic series. With lots of humor and action throughout, this is a page turner all right.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

Review by: D Schoonover on April 15, 2011 :
I really liked this book hope he continues it with a series
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)

Review by: svankirk on Nov. 09, 2010 :
A fun, fast read. A good addition to the urban fantasy genre with some fresh takes on magic in the modern world. I will definitely pick up any sequels to come along.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Wordy Bob on April 23, 2010 :
Dead Eye is an outstanding book! It was engrossing and I had a tough time putting the book down. Such a great deal of originality was shown in the plot, and it also kept me laughing. I can't wait for the sequel!
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: trik on Feb. 24, 2010 :
A fun read and a real page turner.I can't wait to read the next book.There is wry humour to balance the horror and the author has created convincing characters in a world where people and ghosts exist alongside each other. Only a few humans have the ability to see the spirit world and Mike Ross is one of them.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)

Review by: Lisa Miller on Feb. 15, 2010 :
Loved it!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Donna Jaske on Feb. 07, 2010 :
Bush’s war, ghosts, Edgar Allen Poe, Civil War fighters. Amazingly, these all combine for a fascinating tale with a character we’ll remember, flaws and all. Bernheimer skillfully introduces Mike Ross, the not so balanced hero, and has created a ghost story that almost makes you want to believe in real ghosts. This is great storytelling that goes beyond just the “action” to give the reader a fulfilling story, “real people”, and a hint of the next adventure to come. Donna Jaske, editor of For Honor and other books by Kat Jaske.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)

Review by: narrowhouse on Feb. 07, 2010 :
A wonderful read, this book easily holds it's own with the current crop of "urban fantasy" books, and beats out some. The premise is interesting, the characters are fun and easy to relate to. I look for to more of Mr. Bernheimer's work and I hope there is a sequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Chad Woolley on Jan. 15, 2010 :
I really enjoyed this book! Looking forward to the next installment. The story deserves 5 stars and I almost went with 5, but I felt that there was a little bit of awkwardness in the narrative at times. Easy for me to say...
I agree with Mats, this is well worth reading!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Mats Berglund on Jan. 04, 2010 :
A great book that is well worth reading.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Ginjohnson77 on Dec. 12, 2009 :
Great book!!!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Buck Stone on Dec. 04, 2009 :
Excellent, great book
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Troop Wol on Dec. 03, 2009 :
Great read. More please!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Stephen Fitzgerald on Dec. 01, 2009 : (no rating)
Great read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Peter Dam on Nov. 05, 2009 :
Great piece of work, can't wait for the sequel.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Alexander Fredricksen on Nov. 01, 2009 : (no rating)
I have been a fan of Jim Bernheimer since I first found his fan-fiction online. Ever since then, and after finding some of his other short and original works I've boon hooked. It's like an addiction. I can't get enough. I am desperately awaiting the sequel to this amazing novel and can't wait to read the first one again.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Erik on Nov. 01, 2009 :
Everything everyone here has said is completely true, this is one of the best sci-fi books I have ever read. Completely worth it. Bernheimer has a big future ahead of him, considering the raw amount of talent he has. I read this in one sitting, and it was amazing. Just get it, you have no idea what your missing.

Now, we just need a sequel....
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Crudnick on Nov. 01, 2009 :
I have been a fan of Jim's fanfiction for a while now and only recently discovered Smashwords. When I downloaded this book yesterday night and read, no devoured it, I was not disappointed! this book was extremely compelling and once I began reading I couldn't stop. One of my top books and I will enjoy the sequel just as much.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Leandro on Nov. 01, 2009 :
Great book. I look forward to a sequel.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Carlos C. on Oct. 31, 2009 :
I've really enjoyed this book, haven't been able to stop reading since I downloaded it this morning. Great work.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Crzy Dgmn on Oct. 31, 2009 :
This is the best book I've read in a while. The writing style and plot is gripping to the point where one loses track of time. I can't wait to read more works by this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Greg Blunier on Oct. 25, 2009 :
I really liked this book. I read it pretty much straight trough without stopping, then reread it the next night.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Coyote Osborne on Oct. 01, 2009 :
I'm a fan of the genre, but rarely see stories as well-told. Love the characters, love the world, love the adventures. Despite the supernatural elements of the story, there's little suspension of disbelief, as Mike Ross himself is so believable.

I've paid a lot more money in the past for books by "mainstream" publishers, that were not nearly up to this level of quality.

I'm always delighted to find a new author, especially one good enough that I'll actively seek out whatever they write.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Dennis Chandler-Holtz on Sep. 11, 2009 :
Excellent! I can't add much else to what other reviews have stated except I think this would make a great movie.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Pam H on Sep. 01, 2009 :
I finally found time to read this book - Congratulations Jim, it's excellent. I'm impressed with the originality of the ghost world and I enjoyed the plot.

The main character is convincing, human, amusing, admirable in his determination and get-right-back-up attitude, interesting, not too predictable and of course likeable. I wanted to see more of Mum - probably because I'm one.

The writing style is totally readable so the story flows well and I thought the tale well-constructed with a good build-up.

I really like LE Modesitt Jr's ghost stories and while I don't consider Jim's writing quite up there yet, the feel is more like that than (for instance) those overly sensational vampire stories around.

I'd have been happy with the value for money if I'd paid average commercial rates for this book, so I sincerely hope Jim makes it into mainstream publication.
(reviewed 81 days after purchase)

Review by: Don on June 28, 2009 :
Well written and funny. It took me a few chapters to get into Jim's book but after I got past those first few chapters I was hooked. Jim base done a marvelous job here. The story pulls you in. Pretty soon you'll be in the big legues Jim. Five stars!!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: Kevin Hendricks on June 14, 2009 :
I must say how pleased I am with this book. The author has created a very
rich and wonderful world which I hope continues in future works. In fact, I am already hoping for a sequel. The story moves quickly, the action is well-paced and the internal dialogue is well crafted and fun to read.

This story style is unique. The closest thing I could compare it to is Jim Butcher's Dresden books. If you like those I am sure you will like this one as well.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: A K on May 31, 2009 :
When I say 5 Starts, I mean this story has all the ingredients to a masterpiece in the making. There are a lot of bad stories out on the market, but this one isn't one of them. Jim's books is his own creation, funny, witty and realistic to its core. The plot will have you laughing if you take the time to read it and there is a joke hidden in between every other line that you miss the first time you read but when you see it again you can't help but chuckle.

The time and detail is very clear in the story. Even with my extensive knowledge on Sci-fi and Fantasy fiction, this has to be one of the very best. The main character has a lot of funny problems to deal with and the way he stands up to them in strides is something to look forward too.

There isn't really any flaws in this story, it is more just a preference if you will. It is very clean, but not so clean that it looses its sparkle, it is a book for the mature and slightly more mature teens and I am savoring every little bit of it until it ends.

It is simply the marketing that is keeping this book from being the next blockbuster or Opera clubs shelf, when it hits mainstream this book will shake the ghost world to its core.

If you like humor and action this is the book for you. The magic behind the funny scenes is that it is hidden and it just pops out at you when you don't expect it. If you are a fan of his fanfiction you'll know exactly what I mean.

His style of humor is all his own and I have thus not run into someone who can emulate what he writes. If you are a aid fan of Dresden files, then look no further because this book is better!

It has all the elements of a growing hero without the annoying angst, well Ross's life is pretty harsh but his 'short man' syndrome really makes you put your own life in perspective. It takes 2 chapters to get into the story but afterwards you can't put it down!

I must have read this book over night, you know that feeling you get when you have to know the ending, well lets just say I didn't get that much sleep, or even leave the same spot, hell didn't even get dinner, thats how good it is.

Don't believe me? Buy it! You won't be let down!

I have high expectations for a sequel and look forward to it when the time comes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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