|Ghost Hunting:True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society
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The Atlantic Paranormal Society, also known as T.A.P.S., is the brainchild of two plumbers by day, paranormal investigators by night: Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Their hair-raising investigations, fueled by their unique abilities and a healthy dose of scientific method, have made them the subject of a hit TV show: the SCI FI Channel's Ghost Hunters. Now their experiences are in print for the first time, as Jason and Grant recount for us, with the help of veteran author Michael Jan Friedman, the stories of some of their most memorable investigations. The men and women of T.A.P.S. pursue ghosts and other supernatural phenomena with the most sophisticated scientific equipment available -- from thermal-imaging cameras to electromagnetic-field recorders to digital thermometers -- and the results may surprise you. Featuring both cases depicted on Ghost Hunters and earlier T.A.P.S. adventures never told before now, this funny, fascinating, frightening collection will challenge everything you thought you knew about the spirit world.
If you love Jason, Grant and the rest of Taps ... You have to check this out. Great stories from the work they have done!!...more info
- Like chatting with the crew
As someone who has an unfortunate involvement with a "gossip" haunting, I am very interested in any approach taken by paranormal investigators who are really interested in getting to the truth of an allegedly "haunted" situation.
Their investigative methods are impressive and interesting to follow. They have a professional approach to a common problem which creates a very strong confidence in their results. This is what attracted me to the show in the first place, and which prompted my purchase of the book.
In the first part of the series, there was considerable on-camera criticism of some members of the team, Brian in particular, which I thought sounded an off-note to the series--it was almost as though they felt they had to compete with drama programs and so included their own. It was surprising to me to hear Jason chide his teammates to "be professional", yet including this somewhat off-topic criticism in the series seemed very unprofessional. Unfortunatly, this was also included in the book. Fortunately, they have dropped this approach in subsequent programs.
In spite of which, the book is very enjoyable, it's like having a chat with the members of TAPS and hearing about their adventures on the various trips. I read the book in one sitting, and subsequently found myself picking it up to read chapters here and there occasionally. It is a real extension of the program. They have done a great job of translating their personalities to the printed page, and I think makes it a worthwhile read, whether you are new to TAPS or a follower of the program. It didn't bother me to read the re-hash of incidents which were included on the programs, as it is usually a slightly different take of what happened on camera.
Looking forward to more books, and more programs....more info
- Loved it!
This book was a quick read but a fun one. Some of the stories were familiar from seeing them on tv but it was neat to kind of go "behind the scenes" so to say. I would definetly recommend this book....more info
- Ghost Hunters
I have always had a hard time finishing a book once I get started. I am a big fan of the show "The Ghost Hunters", and when I saw this book on their website, I had to get it. Once I started I couldn't put it down. All I could think about was getting back to my book. The cool thing was that watching the show, I felt like I knew all the people in it. Finally finding out how Jay and Grant came to be friends was really cool and knowing about their experiences was something that I have wanted to know.
You won't be disapointed reading this book. You'll enjoy it alot....more info
- Ghost Hunting: True Stories of the Unexplained from Taps
Sorry guys but I found your book boring!! Just like your t.v. show it is the same old stuff. You get your hopes up that something will finally show up on your filming etc. and it is 90% NOTHING. I have stopped watching the show because I thought is was to actually show something not guys being fired or how good a job Steve is doing. Your book was about you guys and how you can prove how there are NO ghosts. I get finding scientific evidence but I think because of your negative attitudes no ghosts or phenomena ever shows up!! I am sticking with the show Most Haunted. At least it looks more authentic....more info
- ghost hunting by the taps guys
I found the book pretty cool. Am a fan of the show already but thought it was cool to read how TAPS was formed and some of the insights about the cases from the show that didn't make it on tv. Loved how Jason and Grant shared other tidbits about thier co-workers...the fun, the drama, the friendships. Great book. Also loved the fact the Micheal Jan Friedman helped. He penned many of my favorite Star Trek TNG novels years ago. His stories always had a way of bringing the charectors to life in my head while reading. You could hear Picard when you read a line he was saying. Sort of off topic, but wanted to give him props as well. Hope to see another book By Jason and Grant maybe exploring what it takes to be a ghost hunter. Am wanting to do some hunting myself. Great Book!...more info
- More Episode Recap Then Behind The Scenes
Imagine if you were to recap the best episodes of Ghost Hunters first two seasons. That is what half of what reading Ghost Hunting is like, reading everything you have already seen on TV. The first half of the book talks about the start of TAPS, how Jason was introduced to the world of the paranormal, and cases he and Grant investigated before the show started. And those cases are far more hair raising than anything you will see on Sci-Fi, including TAPS encountering an Incubus, possession, and summoned entities. After these stories, we are given retreads of what we have seen on TV. The information in these encounters offer little insight, and sometimes feel like they were being written by someone watching the show, and not an active participant. Want to know how being part of a TV show has impacted their investigations, some of the cases that happen between episodes that are televised, or some greater insight into what you have seen on TV? Unfortunately you won't find those answers in this book. The first half of the book is incredible and sometimes frightening. As for the second half, I have already seen these stories on TV....more info
- A great read!
I am a fan of the show Ghost Hunters and enjoyed this book very much. If your into the show then you will not be disappointed with this book. It was interesting to discover how they formed TAPS and read about their beginning investigations. It was well worth the money to buy this book. ...more info
- Ghost Hunting
An avid fan of Ghost Hunters I watch the show religously every week. I think Jason and Grant's methods for investigating the paranormal are sound and add merit to a field of investigation that was not always taken seriously. Especially when their methods are first and foremost to debunk a haunting rather than prove it. This book is in addition to several books I already have on hand on the subject to conduct my own research with. I've had numerous experiences of my own with the supernatural while growing up with my siblings, relatives and even a few friends who've also had their fair share of disturbing experiences while at the house we were living in at the time. At present my mom still lives there. The experiences themselves went on for about 17 years or so between all of us and it is believed there is still activity in that house even now. Nonetheless, these experiences in my life have left an indelible impression on my family and myself and continue to even to this day. Hence the avid interest I still have in this subject. It's a great book for my own collection and I highly recommended it to anyone interested in further study or research into this topic. ...more info
- ghost hunting
I really enjoyed the book. It gave a lot of info. that you don't see in the Ghost Hunters Series....more info
- If you watch the show, then you will like the book
I am a fan of the show (although I do have to say, Paranormal State is way better!!!, but this new season of Ghosthunters is getting good). If you watch the show, you know that Jason is more of skeptic than Grant. The book is pretty good, I just wished that the stories were a little bit longer. However, I did like that in the beginning of the book, they gave brief bios of each of the cast. This is a pretty good book and I enjoyed it alot. ...more info
Its like being on the investigations with them, it does not take much imagination to see and feel the intensity that Jason pours out when he sees and feels things they encounter. I just started watching their show 4 months ago and it is amaising to catch up on some things I missed....more info
- Great book, just like the show!
As an avid watcher of "Ghost Hunters", "Ghost Hunting" definitely lived up to the show. Described some cases i've seen on the show as well as ones i have not. Learned some great insight about the cast of TAPS....more info
- Was hoping for more
I am a fan of the Ghost Hunter TV show. I was hoping for more with this book but much of it is a rehash of some of their past episodes. I would have liked to have read more on the background, history, etc. Sorry Jason and Grant, hope the next one is better....more info
- Just what I expected
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes, if you are familiar with the Ghost Hunters show on SciFi many stories were cases which had been previously aired. Although there was other interesting facts and cases which I as an avid watcher had never seen. Overall, for a first book I think it was just as if should be. If there is talk of a sequel, I would recommend a few of the following tips. Include cases which weren't aired on TV and change names if confidentiality is an issue, include more pics. A maybe a step by step explanation of an investigation, including the use and of equipment and the reasons for it' use, and a brief synopsis on why it's used, what results you expect to receive from it and the proper methods of debunking any results.
But if your a fan of the Ghost Hunters as I am, this is hopefully just the first in a long line of works to come. DON'T MISS IT ~~~...more info
- TAPS THE REAL DEAL
What can I say, I'm a fan of TAPS from when they first came on the scene. It's great that Jay gave us some background information on him and Grant. These guys are the real deal out there and it's great to know that all the fame hasn't gone to their heads. This book gives you a great behind the scenes peek at the things we don't get from the show.
If you like the show you gotta read the book!
Go TAPS!...more info
- Great Ghost Hunting Book for Your Collection!
This is one of my favorite ghost books! Not only is it from the fabulous "Ghost Hunters", Jay & Grant, but it really gives you more details into some other cases they covered previously to filming the show. I could not put this book down and enjoyed every minute of reading it. I can't wait to see if they decided to do another book like this one especially if it details even more previous cases that they have been on!!!!...more info
- OK But A Little Disappointed
I am a huge Ghost Hunters fan and thought this book would be great. It IS ok, but I really didn't get anything new out of it, most of the stories are from actual episodes so I already knew what was going to happen. No interesting background or really great pics. OK but a little boring. If you have already seen all the episodes on TV, no need to buy this particular book. Sorry Jason & Grant!...more info
- Behind the Stories
This book provides more information about episodes on the series. Held my attention from page one through the last page!...more info
- Great companion to the show
I like "GhostHunters" on the sci-fi channel, and because of that, I picked this book up. Let me start off by saying that this book isn't a how to manual or anything like that, it primarialy serves as a recap of episodes and encounters. Its nice because it serves to fill in some of the gaps and explain some of the cases that are more involved that we see on TV.
I am a fan of Jason and Grant, and their personalities really play off of each other and they form a balanced team. While reading the book, I was dissapointed that we only heard from Jason. Grant writes a little "blurb" at the end of each recap, giving his insight and impression, but its a little "blurb"- under a paragraph at best.
What I would have liked to see in this book is a deeper expose of TAPS. Jason talks about his experience with getting involved, but Grant keeps his guarded. I realize its probably a bit personal, but it would be nice to know why he got into the field..other than to be told he had "an experience." Slightly frustrating.
It would also be nice to see how TAPS works from the inside. How often are they on the road? Who pays for travel? Do they get any funding from outside sources? How often are they away from families? Things that we wonder about when we watch the show. (Jason and Grant- if you read this, take those things into consideration for a future book *hint* *hint*)
All in all, it was a good book that gave more insight to the show and episodes that we have seen, but it wasnt meaty enough to really explain things about TAPS. A good book for fans of the show and for those looking for short, easily readable ghost stories and paranormal encounters.
I can't give it 5 stars because it left for questions than answers for me, but was still good enough to warrant a purchase. Easily readable and written in a clear style, I will pass it along as a reccomendation, but I would still like to see future volumes that are more "involved" and detailed....more info
- Ghosthunter Fans---Check this out!
I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm a fan of the show anyway, and I like the approach that TAPS takes with their work. That's what drew me to this book in the beginning. But I soon began to enjoy the book for itself.
Jason Hawes is the principal writer, and Grant Wilson adds a personal touch at the end of each case. He also writes the final chapter. The well-known author Michael Jan Friedman does an excellent job collaborating with them. Jason and Grant offer their paranormal experiences to the reader in a straight-forward, conversational manner.
The first part of the book provides a fascinating inside look at how the TAPS team came to be. You'll recognize a number of the cases presented in the book from the TV show, but the guys also describe cases that were not taped for television. Some of them really blew me away. These gentlemen and their teammates have great respect for their clients, and that makes it even more impressive.
I strongly recommend this book. It's an easy, captivating read for those who enjoy exploring the paranormal, either in print, on film, or in person....more info
I finished this book so quickly because it was so hard to put it down. I love watching the tv show ghost hunters but its so interesting to read the book. The book includes information that you don't see on the show. They also included photos in the book which are amazing too see. I would reccomend this book to anyone who is interested in ghost hunting. ...more info
- If you're a fan of the show you should read this book...
First let me say that I am not a big reader. If I read 3 books a year that is a lot. I became a fan of Ghost Hunters after discovering the show while surfing channels and I've been hooked ever since. So when I heard about this book I HAD to get it. The first 18 chapters deal with cases that were never shown on T.V (because they took place before television came calling). It's a shame, because I would have loved to have seen some of them considering what took place! The rest of the cases are ones that were on t.v. but I still enjoyed reading about them, especially since the authors reveal some things that ended up on the editing room floor. It's a nice easy read. Definitely a book you could take to the beach if you're not into the type of genre usually recommended for summer reading (i.e. romances, crime novels, etc). ...more info
- Mixed Feelings from a Fan of the Show
If you have watched the TV show Ghost Hunters on SciFi Channel, you know that Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson are interesting and funny men. You may or may not believe in paranormal, but these men and their team TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) keep you entertained through the hour long program. That is why, when their book Ghost Hunting came out, I put it on my list of "To Read." I finally got around to reading it.
I had mixed feelings about this book. If you have never watched the show, or have only watched a few episodes, I think you will enjoy the book. It is interesting and fast paced. Jason and Grant do not use a lot of "ghost hunting" jargon to sound important or scientific. They are straight forward and down to earth. They even include a glossary at the back of the book to define any terms that are not common knowledge. Jason and Grant tell the facts of cases: what the people claim, what they experience, and what conclusions they make. They are not afraid to say that the bumping they heard was a loose pipe instead of a ghost. They are also plumbers, so if it is a loose pipe they find it. There is also a fun side to the entire TAPS team that comes out in the book. They explain some of their pranks on each other. They also describe some of the problems they have, because regardless if this is only a hobby, it is still a business. All businesses run into problems with employees. I think what makes the book appealing is that it shows that these guys I watch on TV are just like anyone else. They have a family, a job, and have problems, too.
Now, if you are a fan of the show and watch every episode, you will find little you do not already know about your favorite ghost hunters. The first quarter of the book provides information before the show was on the air and Jason reveals his paranormal experience. Reading this hooked me into the book. The cases are very interesting, including a possession, but after this brief period of time, Jason and Grant rehashed cases that appear on the show. I continued reading hoping to glean some new information, but I was very disappointed. I did not even learn anything new in regards to the issues with Brian. I counted two instances that were not on TV (okay, maybe there were a few more, but very few).
I do not want you to think this book is a waste of time if you are a fan. Like I said, the beginning is new, but the best part of the book is in the back. The end has a section called "Ghost Hunter's Manual." This is useful information if you are considering ghost hunting or starting a group. They provide information on staying safe, dealing with a client, collecting evidence, and handling spirits.
This book certainly is not going to win any literary awards, but it is a quick and fun read. I wish it had more new information, but I still enjoyed the straight-forward, honest telling of the paranormal....more info
- A fun, informative, and spooky read!
Here's a great book for fans of Sci-Fi Channel's "Ghost Hunters" TV show and folks who are interested in getting into ghost hunting themselves. Written by Jason Hawes (mostly) and Grant Wilson, cofounders of T.A.P.S. (The Atlantic Paranormal Society), "Ghost Hunting" gives us first hand accounts of many of the team's most interesting cases. The book begins by giving us the background and basics of T.A.P.S., the story of how Jason Hawes became involved in the paranormal, and lots of juicy stuff you don't get simply from watching their excellent television show (one of very few reality shows, supernatural or otherwise, worth watching). Then comes the meat of the book, the details of 42 intriguing cases from 1996 to 2006. Of course, partway through, we fans of the show will begin to recognize some of the cases, making the earlier ones, including a case of demon possession and another involving fraudulent homeowners, a bit more interesting. Nevertheless, the other stories are excellent as well, revealing things we might not have known or caught during the cases we followed along with through our television sets. Overall, this is a must-own/must-read for fans of the show and anyone interested in the supernatural, and it's so enjoyable and well-written that you'll find yourself moving through it quite quickly and not wanting to put it down. Plus, there are 16 great photos in the center of the 273 page book, some of which will really blow your mind!
I could not put this book down. I love ghost hunters and thought that the book would be as good as the show and of course it was. I love it....more info
- Almost an "Episodes" Synopsis
"Ghost Hunting" can almost be described as written summaries of several investigations from the TV series. Any fan searching for new material will probably be disappointed, although there are commentaries and anecdotes providing some insight to the "behind-the-scenes" aspects of the covered investigations, and the thoughts and feelings of Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Several of the pictures are interesting as well. For a fan of Ghost Hunters insistent on owning all memorabilia or seeking more detail regarding their investigations, this may be for you. For anyone else, I would recommend purchasing the DVD's of the series. Ghost Hunters - The Complete First Season...more info
- Great book
If you are a fan of Ghost Hunters, you will love this book. It gives more insight and a better understanding of the paranormal. And I love reading what Jason and Grant have to say about their experiences....more info
- Ghost Hunting: True Stories of the Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society
This book had my attention from the beginning. It was written in such a way as to enlighten and explain things that the reader couldn't see, yet share it with those who experienced it. Very Interesting!...more info
- Great Book!
I watch Ghosthunters and Ghosthunters International religiously. It's great to have a book that goes in depth with their thoughts and the situations....more info
- only the best
I love Ghosthunters, that is why I bought this book. I own at least 50 or more books of true hauntings and ghost stories, and this is one of my favs. It gives plenty of great detail, and certain parts really spooked me out! Great book!...more info
- Interesting, but repeats a lot from the TV show
This book goes over different paranormal investigations done by the group now known as TAPS. It begins by going over early investigations that occurred before the television show. This was interesting and I enjoyed reading about them. About half way through the book, the investigations discussed were ones that were shown on TV (The Ghost Hunters). Most of the information was a repeat. I lost interest before the end of the book. ...more info
- The real thing
Jason and Grant help numbers of folks with their approach to Ghost Hunting,it's real and they are after real answers. The book gives great in site into their way of doing things and why they do things the way they do. Just terrific a great read. ...more info
- One of the best books.........
Sci Fi channel's "Ghost Hunters" is one of the most eye-opening TV shows out right now. The "no-nonsense" style of TAPS'S paranormal phenomena research techniques is wonderfully evident in their book "Ghost Hunting". This is a wonderful read for any one with paranormal interests!...more info
- a fine outstanding read
I will say that this book is a great read and every one who watches the show or ghost hunts needs to read this book. The book covers cases from before SCIFI picked them up to going into more details of cases from the show. It also gives you a little back ground history into TAPS and its founding members. For newbies into the field of ghost hunting it has a glossery in the back explaining the terms used in the book and ghost hunting and a small guide to help a newbie get into ghost hunting. All in all this book was a good book with great information and lets you see the show in a new perspective....more info
- Couldn't Put It Down
I bought this book because I love the TV show and was interested to see how these guys got their start. There are stories in this book that were from their earlier days, some are really scary. I respect Jason and Grant's work as they go in as skeptics so anything they validate as a finding is more believable than any of the many other shows....more info
- The show is better
I am a fan of ghost hunters, although i believe that their results are to say the least exaggerated. But it is entertaining, and I expected the book to be the same. However, it has nothing you couldnt learn from watching the show. I am a paranormal investigator, and was hoping to learn a few tips, but did not. With all of the exposure that TAPS gets on television, I hope any subsequent books will at least be a little more educational. ...more info
- Excellent read
Very good reading if you are into the Paranormal.Objectively written, and provides very good existence for the Paranormal however obscure it may be. Just one downside of the book; there was a lot of emphasis placed on some personal "disputes" between staff. Is this worth putting into print?
Aside from this, very well put together - brief stories provided enthralling reading for that late stormy night!...more info
- very interesting
great book , still reading it. but I love the show so i knew i would like the book.GO GHOSTHUNTERS!!!!!...more info
- Fun and Easy read!
I enjoyed this book! It was so easy to read and I could hardly put it down. My family and I really enjoy the tv show. It gives some insite on cases you have seen on tv and some cases conducted before the show made it to air. As soon as I finished reading it I told my mom to read it and when she was done I sent it to my brother in Afganistan. He said he didn't put it down at all! We all hope there is another book in the works!...more info
- If you love the show, you'll love the book
I watch Ghost Hunters and I was a little hesitant about buying the book at first because I thought it would just recount the shows that I had already seen on TV. I have to say that I am very glad that I bought this book. It does have some of the shows that I have seen on tv in it, but it also tells of other investigations that were not put on tv. I also liked that it gave some insight on the people who work with TAPS. I would recommend this book to anyone who watches the show, or just loves to read about paranormal events and activities. I couldn't put it down!...more info
- The Ghost Hunters
I enjoyed reading this book based on the investigations of Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the SCIFI Channel's The Ghost Hunters. In the book, you will get a recap of some of their investigations and some behind the scenes information as well. It was fun reading about Jason, Grant and the whole TAPS team and revisiting some of the places they had investigated on their show. If you like the series, you will most likely enjoy the book. As a fan of the show, I recommend the book. ...more info
- Best show on Sci-Fi gets a book
For fans of the show its a little redundant but adds some background stuff that's interesting. Being a fan of the show, you either believe in ghosts or think these guys are greatest conmen of all time. Nice to see their differences from the "I-Feel-Someone's-In-The-Room" approach to discoveries of the paranormal....more info
- Great Book for the Armchair Ghosthunter
For anyone who has seen the show or has heard about it, this is a great book to read. It's exactly like the show was and a pleasure to read. And yes, Jason may have been a little harsh to Brian, but that's the way it happened in the show. Why change the book when everyone who has seen knows what happened?
A very good book and I'm passing this on to a friend who doesn't have cable, but is interested in the show.
Thanks guys and I'm waiting for another book to come out!
- Loved it!
If you even passingly like the show, you will definitely like this book. First of all, it is a good quick read, with good flow from chapter to chapter and fascinating stories that really get you into the Ghost Hunters' heads. Second, it explains in depth the methodology that the TAPS family uses, and their skeptical nature; I love that these guys are looking for more than phantom "orbs" and EVPs. They are really after irrefutable proof of the paranormal, and as this book evolves, you learn that even though they have experienced just that, they know that their work will never be over until they can capture evidence that could change even the most hardened skeptic's mind. Truly fascinating and gives you a new found respect for J and Grant and the TAPS family....more info
- Very Educational
This book is very educational and truly interesting at the same time. Anyone interested in the paranormal, as I am, or are just avid fans of the show, Ghost Hunters, should definitely read this book. Grant and Jason have done a great job compiling some of their investigations into one book and throughout the book you also learn the different ways they handled certain situations and what the outcome was for each investigation. A very well written book....more info
- Recognizing ghosts is only half the job . . .
I have an unending frustration with those who would seek out to record and measure ghosts and their activities, and then do nothing to try to help release these poor, stuck souls. This is rather like gawking at someone who has fallen into a hole without moving to help them get out. If you are quite sure there's a spirit stuck there, and you're willing to communicate with that spirit, you are also responsible to help them towards the light. If you don't know how to do that, there are many good books on the subject....more info
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