Narrator: Joe Hempel
Series: Jonathan Shade #3
Published by Sky Warrior Books Publishing LLC on 22 March 2016
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Noir, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Source: Narrator, Submitted
A RITUALISTIC MURDER
Stephen Noble, a board member of Dragon Gate Industries (DGI), is decapitated. DGI, a front company for wizards, decides to provide executive protection services for Noble's son, Graham, and daughter, Rayna. But Graham doesn't trust wizards and refuses their offer, so DGI hires Jonathan Shade and his team to keep the Noble family safe.
The Nobles are from the other side of the Dragon Gate, and in that dimension, they committed crimes against the Marshall Clan. And now the Clan has come through the Gate to exact their revenge. While Graham and Rayna were too young to have been a part of the death and mayhem in the other land, honor dictates that they must pay for the crimes of their family.
How can Jonathan protect clients who are willing to kneel and accept death at any moment? How can he and his team handle thirteen deadly warriors willing to die to accomplish their goal? And how can Jonathan defeat the deadly creatures the Marshall Clan has brought with them to our world? Creatures that will destroy anything in their path as they hunt their prey.
©2013 Gary Jonas (P)2016 Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC
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Gary Jonas doesn’t disappoint with his third Jonathan Shade Novel! After book two and the devastating turn of events was righted, we see a much changed Jonathan. Gone is his whimsical almost careless sarcasm. Instead we are given a man who is haunted by the past and future. He no longer relies on his luck but rather plans everything out and refuses to endanger his friends.
Mike Bender of DGI brings Jonathan Shade a job. Protect the family of the recently decaptitated Stephen Noble, a wealthy board member of DGI. Jonathan, Kelly, Brant and Esther agree to provide protection for Graham and Rayna – grown children of Stephen Noble.
Graham and Rayna come from a dimension where honor is everything and is drilled into them from birth. The Marshall family, also of their dimension arrives and begins to exact punishment for wrongs done before and during the Noble family crossing into the Dragon portal at DGI.
Not only are there dragons and healers, but there are hideous creatures that rip and shred their prey in mere seconds. The Nobles have deadly family secrets; secrets that may get Kelly, Brant and Jonathan killed.
Jonas keeps getting darker with each book; this one has people nobly accepting death – one person commits the crime and the entire line is wiped out; whether all parties are guilty or not.
Jonas surprises his listeners with more twists and turns. Resigned to a haunted Jonathan, we are instead given a growing Jonathan. Kelly and Brant are growing as well. I enjoyed the Kelly diary writing style to show her viewpoint. It made the connection to her audience more complete. She is no longer only the blood thirsty assassin/warrior; she is a more complete character. Surprisingly Brant became much more as well.
Joe Hempel again does not disappoint. I am constantly surprised at how well he integrates himself with the characters making them more real than not. His ability to inject just the right amount of energy and emotion is stunning. He makes narration sound much easier than it is. Hempel gets Jonas; together as narrator and author this series is top notch.
I cannot wait for book 4! I am sure it will be as fast paced, action filled and exciting as these three.
There were no issues with production; everything was smooth.
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