Modern Sorcery : Jonathan Shade

  • by Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • Series: Jonathan Shade
  • 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A husband armed with a sword hacks apart his wife in a Denver grocery store. There are dozens of witnesses, and the crime is captured on the security cameras. To the police, it's an open-and-shut case.
To Naomi, the daughter of the couple, it's evidence of dark magic. She hires her ex-lover, a private investigator named Jonathan Shade to prove her father is innocent.
Shade specializes in paranormal cases, but he isn't buying it. Still, he takes the case, hoping to rekindle their relationship. Instead, Shade finds himself mixed up in supernatural intrigue with wizards, magically engineered assassins, and an ancient sorcerer returned to life who's willing to kill anyone who stands in his way.
Too bad Shade doesn't have any magic.

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Head Turner

Of course when you start following a narrator, you begin to see all the books they've done. this came on my newsfeed, and I thought okay why not. So I started to listen to it... I didn't take much notice of the title, just more the 'jonathan shade-novel' and knew it was part of a series, I mean come on guys, the more series I listen to the more complicated my listening life is.

However, in all seriousness, I had no idea it was paranormal and no idea what this book entailed. So from the very first 'Ester poked her head through the wall' I was laughing at her, Jonathan and my own stupidity for not even realising this was paranormal. I presumed it was a normal PI kinda book. And I was very pleasantly surprised.

Joe does a great narration, and that's one of the reasons why I picked this up. His characters stand out a mile, but I've gotta say that fact is marred by the 'I said, she said' you know when each character is speaking, and it got in the way a few times through this book. Of course not Joe's fault, more down to the author. I could after listening to some of Joe's other books tell this was an earlier version of him as a narrator, so I've still rated it according to all my thoughts.

What I really enjoyed about this book was the characters of course, Jonathan is a great guy, he's his personal issues, and his life is plodding along, all until an old flame walks in and wants him to investigate the murder of her mother by her father. The murder itself is brutal and horrid to listen to, but it adds in some great tension. Naomi isn't however letting Jonathan and his team in on all the facts and she's quite the secret keeper. Of course only his team keep warning him that there's something off with her and because he's still got love blinkers on, he doesn't listen till it's too late.

I admit here, one of my fav characters, is Kelly, she's the total kick ass woman we all love in these books, strong, not afraid to give an opinion and really not afraid to get stuck in and use what she's got to get the information they need.

Ester comes pretty close as a great lovable character too. :)

I admit, Joe you've got me wanting the rest in this series, it's action packed the characters are awesome, so much alive that you'd think they were real people. Goes all fangirl at the great storytelling and narrator acting. Haha now I gotta go pick up the others.

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- kanundra

"I figured that was a d... good start"

What did you like most about Modern Sorcery?

A thrill filled story in the world of wizards.
Jonathan Shade is the son of two powerful wizards but has no magic himself, unless being able to see ghosts and being totally impervious to magic counts. He runs a P.I.agency. He is still hopelessly besotted with his ex girlfriend, so when her father murders her mother then kills himself, she goes to Jonathan for help. But she is not being completely honest with him: there is an ancient and powerful sorcerer re-entering the scene. Lucky, then, that Shade has Esther, a helpful ghost and devoted receptionist secretary, and friend sword wielding warrior, Kelly, who feels no pain, to help him. Pity about Naomi, the ex.

Written with wit and quick repartee dialogue, this is a book to savour and enjoy, filled with colourful characters, surreal but also very human (even the ghost - perhaps especially the ghost),.caught up in a power struggle which threatens to kill them all. There are fight scenes and funny chases, twists and turns, and always the delightful interaction. Never a dull moment.

Joe Hempel, the narrator, captures it all. His performance matches the pace of the story throughout and everyone has their own distinct voice but, more than anything, he is Jonathan, whether wise cracking, afraid or recalling the past and longing for his girlfriend. A masterly reading.

This audio has everything for a light-hearted, enjoyable listen: thrills and action, murder and mayhem, delightful and despicable protagonists, a rompingly fun mystery, all deliciously delivered by an excellent narrator. What's not to like? Highly recommended, especially to Dresden File fans.

My thanks to the rights holder of Modern Sorcery, from whom I received a complementary copy, via Audiobook Boom, in exchange for an honest review. This I have given. Now, what is the title of Book II...?


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- Norma Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2015
  • Publisher: Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC