GHOSTS OF THE JACKAL
By Jonathan W. Sweet
Brick Pickle Media LLC.
This is the second
book in this series featuring Sweet’s original pulp hero and we are delighted.
As much as we enjoyed his first outing, this one is twice as much fun. We’re
given two really great adventures.
In the first the
Jackal, with the assistant of actor Edward Van Sloan hunts a real vampire. Of
course this is a delight in that Van Sloan portrayed Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
in the film “Dracula” opposite Bela Lugosi. Sweet enjoys setting the tale in
his own twin-cities backyard of Minneapolis and St. Paul and it works to
In his second
outing, the Jackal teams with a former lover/vigilante, the beautiful Eurasian
Charlie Becker aka the Black Wraith. She is after a killer who may be in
possession of a lost manuscript supposedly penned by Edgar Alan Poe before his
death. The man is attempting to sell the document to unscrupulous book dealers
who are willing to pay exorbitantly for the lost tale. An added bonus to this
particular adventure is basis of truth behind the story and Sweet actually reprints
Poe’s original pages to the tale he never completed. Fascinating stuff.
All in all, “Ghosts of the Jackal” is simply terrific and Sweet a really polished writer who is clearly having a good time with this series. So much that his enthusiasm translates to every scene, pulling us readers along for the ride. Honestly, we want more.