"A great finale to this saga"
This earth is a lot different than that which contains
science fiction readers of popular novels written by
authors like L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Here Columbia is one of
several nations that have carved out a segment of the North
American continent. Columbia is actually what fans of Mr.
Modesitt, Jr. would recognize as the eastern United
States. In this alternate plane, scientists know how to
remove the soul from the living host to create a zombie and
that if the soul lingers after the individual dies in
distress, a ghost exists.
Columbia desperately needs oil and feel Romanov's
Russian Alaska is the solution. As part of a cultural
exchange with Russia, Columbia sends critically acclaimed
singer Llysette to Russia to perform for the Czar.
Llysette's spouse Doktor Johan Eschbach, a professor of
Environmental Science, accompanies her ostensibly to
provide his beloved wife support, but actually to see what
he can do to expedite an oil agreement. A former secret
agent, Johan soon finds himself embroiled in stopping a
dangerous plot for world domination from happening, one
that will use new and very dangerous weapons.
The final novel in the "Ghost" trilogy, GHOST OF THE
WHITE NIGHTS, is an engaging entry that focuses on an
alternate world. The book wraps up the series nicely
though fans will want more novels. The story line is at
its best when delving into "modern" weapons systems and
ghosts in the machine technology. However, long sidebars
on Llysette's tour turn readers into ghostly zombies.
Still the audience will enjoy the final tale as L.E.
Modesitt, Jr. paints a realm that feels real from a
historical and scientific basis.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 28, 2001