• Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (873 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"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.... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

©2009 David Wood- Gryphonwood Press (P)2012 David Wood- Gryphonwood Press

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It's not you, it's me, but really it's you

I had to use this line from the book as the title of my review because, a. it's funny and will give you an idea of the ironic/sardonic tone of the book, b. it conveys the "every man" status of the protagonist, Mike Ross, who recognizes this sentiment when he gets the brush-off.. Mike acquires a "gift" to see ghosts and interact with them via a cornea transplant following major injuries in the Iraq war. Mike not only has war wounds to overcome, but he's short, broke, and uneducated. He'd like to use his new abilities to make some money, but his efforts, while useful in protecting the living and assisting the dead, almost never pan out with much moolah. And Mike's new talents greatly hamper his love life and family relationships (see title above) so ultimately, this guy is no Gary Stu! After listening 1/2 way to two books (one sci-fi, one fantasy) in a row where the primary protagonist was all that and a bag of chips (Atlas/Adonis rolled into one, every woman falls at his feet, yada, yada), I was thrilled to pieces to meet Mike Ross; a guy who doesn't get anything for free and yet keeps trying - my kind of hero.

In this urban noir fantasy, Jim Bernheimer not only provides some realistic living men and women, he borrows from the gangster and Civil War eras to populate the world with some memorable ghostly characters. This is a fast paced adventure that stands well on it's own, but definitely made me want to read the sequels.

Jeffrey Kafer does a great job at invoking the dry, wry tone of the noir story and provides good characters voices as well. Nice performance!

Some reviewers have compared this to Dresden, but Dead Eye actually reminded me more of the nicely done Felix Castor series by Mike Carey. If you like urban noir, if you enjoy a hero who's only human, if you like your ghosts to have a bit of moxie, and if you like a bit of history thrown into your fantasy fiction, you'll like Dead Eye.

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Amazing!!!

This book was awesome!!!!

I decided to listen to a small 30 minute piece and I couldn't stop!!!!

PS
I already bought the second book and I'm just waiting for the weekend.

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Keep your iron tools handy.

A funny story about a guy who becomes a ferry man and helps souls cross over. Unfortunately he has to make a living somehow and ghost don't make a lot of money. In the meantime he is having problems with girls, ghost, skin walkers, soldiers and even mobsters. He never seems to get a break. It is not a book for deep thinking and some of the points of views are stereo typical but I enjoyed the story and will be getting the next one. The narrator was good, but dry and I can't help but think it would have been funnier if it had a different narrator. The story picks up the second half of the book. I happened to pick this up because a guy who likes Monster Hunter International recommended this book and was glad I read the reviewers other books.

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Add the others Audible!

This was good I had this in my wish list for a while, hmmming and hawing... Glad I finally took the plunge. I had listened to Confessions of a D list Super Villan, and really enjoyed that, but this seemed so different I wasn't sure.
Bernheimer's style of writing is no nonsense. He doesn't waste time explaining scenes and feelings and thoughts that have no bearing on the story, it's straight to the point, which is a nice change of pace. Mike Ross is a war vet that has a cornea transplant and can suddenly see ghosts. It's so much more complex and fun than that of course, but you should listen to it.
Apparently it's a series and there's more books. So come on Audible! I hate when you just add one book from a series. Keep them coming.

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Like Harry Dresden? You will love Michael Ross!

I loved the book. It was quick, witty, and has that dash of snark sarcasm I look for in the protagonist. Great Contemporary Fantasy!

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Same fight, different page

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I think this would be better read. Listening to the many, many fight sequences blow by blow got tedious quickly.

Would you recommend Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman to your friends? Why or why not?

I think if you like the genre and I do, this was decent. The plotting upstages the writing.

What three words best describe Jeffrey Kafer’s voice?

I wished he would pronounce the 't' in the word interesting, not in-ner-esting.

Do you think Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

A sequel is already out in ebooks. I read it and liked it. Better read than listen.

Any additional comments?

I think this would make an excellent movie.

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Wow not my genre of books but I really liked it!!!

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ok, if you have read Confessions of a D-List Super hero then the main characters are the same but in different Genre's. Which is actually awesome in my opinion. The reason why you like D-List superhero is the main character is a Sarcastic Hero that doesn't want to be the hero. Same here!!!
The main character in Dead Eye, Mike Ross, is very down to earth and unlike the whiner super hero's you read about in comics that are "cursed with power". Mike is more annoyed and confused with his "gift". He is the reluctant hero type and his sarcasm is much more humorous than whinning hero's in other books. I had a chance to speak with the author and he did say if you like D-list superhero you will like this book. He was right. A definate must read!!!!

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He's not Felix, but he's not bad either... meh...

It is in a similar vein as Carey's Felix Castor books or even Dresden's books (in setting more so than in tone). I liked Felix's character the most of the three since he was dry and funny and tongue in cheek; Dead Eye's main character (Mike Ross) is dry and almost funny, but not at all tongue in cheek. Dresden is more slapstick than dry. So in the scale of popular urban fantasy main males, Mike is mid-range in the "do-I-give-a-hoot-if-he-drops-dead" scale.

The women are caricatures.
Female 1: Bimbo-y and elusive even though Mike wants to bed her.
Female 2: bimbo-y and elusive even though Mike wants to bed her.
Female 3: Mike's Mom. Judgemental and hard-working.
Female 4: a ghost: abused wife turned "run off with first manghost she finds"
Oh, there are couple more but they aren't even as "robust" as the ones listed above.

The story itself isn't that bad, and, while there is a bit of politicking going on, it wasn't over-the-top (though you'll finish the book knowing how Bernheimer feels about the treatment of veterans and government financial responsibilities). I am on the edge on whether or not I care enough to read the next book in the series. I don't think I do, but it is close. It's just a bit too slowly paced, the characters are poorly drawn, and, really, nothing actually happens in the story...

The narration is also... meh... I actually started this and stopped because he was so boring. I picked it back up and, after a couple hours, the narrator kinda blends into the background. He doesn't add anything to the story, and I suspect part of the slow pacing is his fault. But he isn't "bad" either. The whole thing is just sorta ho-hum, really.

There is nothing graphic (sex, violence) and I don't recall any swearing.

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Life as a Ferryman

I found Dead Eye to be interesting and enjoyable. It reminds me of The Dresden Files
series by Jim Butcher mixed with a little of the Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey.
The main character is a man named Mike Ross who returns from the Iraq War to find that he has the ability to see and interact with ghosts, and skin walkers.Mike is what they call a Ferryman and he has the ability to send spirits on. This is the first book in this series and I will defiantly be checking out the next book.

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Very fun Read

What did you love best about Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman?

My favorite thing about this book was the attitude, irreverence, of the main character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman?

One of the most memerable momments was the release of the lost childrens' souls in the

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

His ability with is voice and the ability to play both men and women

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 02-06-14

more than a ghost story

told in the first person by mike ross this is the story of how he went from battle injured soldier to becoming the ferryman.
this is a great book which I highly recommend it deserves higher than the five stars I have given it

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  • Deedra
  • 12-31-21

Dead Eye

I liked this book.Jeffrey Kafer was at his best narrating Mike Ross.Mike received a cornea transplant after war injuries.The 'gift' of seeing ghosts, and then negotiating on their part, came with the new cornea.Mike is not thrilled with the gift, but he deals with it in fun ways.I was given this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.

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  • VoraciousBookDragoness
  • 12-10-21

Good

I was given this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Story well written and great narration

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  • Bookaholic
  • 06-20-21

Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

I found this to be an entertaining listen, with interesting characters and a good story.

The narration was enjoyable

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  • jey cee
  • 12-29-19

Dead Eye

I like the story line of this audio book and very entertaining. J Kafer is a very good narrator. Very clear and easily understood.

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  • J Smith
  • 10-29-19

5 star from beginning to end!

Really enjoyed this! I didn’t read the synopsis so I had no idea what to expect and I was so pleased to have enjoyed it so much!! Literally couldn’t put it down. Really well written with plenty of humour and action.
I’ve listened to other books narrated by Jeffrey and he was awesome; this book was no different. He pulls off the character voices superbly and is as great with the sarcasm and wit as he is with the serious action!
I’m straight into downloading book 2!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-29-19

OK, so he was a bit full of himself.

Mike Ross is a veteran of the Iraqi war, discharged after friends died and he, himself, was seriously wounded. An head injury required him to undergo a cornea transplant. Along with his regular restored sight, he also received the ability to see ghosts, and to interact with them. At first, this story told by Ross from his first person perspective, seems to be mini ghost adventure tales strung together within a larger life arc, but the whole starts to come together with increasing suspense and excitement about half way through as Ross's understanding increases and he begins to more fully embrace his role as ferryman. And, of course, confront his enemies.

Jeffrey Kafer narrates, slipping comfortably into the role of Ross - sarcastic and sardonic, with his own moral code and apparent easy come, easy go attitude. His reading is a pleasure to hear: well intoned and nicely pzced, clearly understanding the nuances of the text, and each protagonist is given a seperate, distinctive voice. A fine performance. The book itself is a noir urban fantasy of a kind which should delight Jim Butcher fans, with the returned and damaged soldier becoming increasingly central to the invisible world. Characterisation takes second place to action, although Mike Ross slowly emerges with a definite personality all his own.

My thanks to the rights holder of Dead Eye, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. It was enjoyable, fun, sometimes amusing, worth persevering through the earlier parts to the fuller, more adventurous second half. Obviously, also, this is the start to a new series which, now that the scene has been set, might become a classic of it's type. Recommended to all who enjoy a little paranormal with their noir adventures..

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 10-22-18

That was pretty bad.

I'm normally fairly generous with books but this wasn't very good. The main character's internal monologue gets old very fast and isn't particularly funny or clever.

None of the characters are very gripping as most are one dimensional and easily pigeon-holed. The premise is decent enough but I think the execution was less than ideal. I got a little bit lost with the who, what, wheres and I think a Pennyslvania native might enjoy this more.

The narrator is fine but nothing special. The plot is done in episodes and seems unusually discontinuous because of it.

I wouldn't recommend this to a new listener and if you have read other works by the author perhaps try some of his other books before this one.

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