Narrator: Joe Hempel
Series: Clans of Shadow #1
on 9 December 2016
Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Narrator, Submitted
My name is Frank Butcher, and when I got out of my truck to deliver the last package of the day, I never expected to get blown up by anti-magic zealots.
Yeah, you heard me right. I said magic. I didn't know it was a thing either.
Now, an ancient artifact is the only thing keeping me alive, and to make matters worse, that artifact is what those cultists wanted. Still, I could have made a run for it, disappeared into South America and spent the rest of my life on a beach. I nearly did it, but I didn't.
Why? Because the cultists have offered me a trade. Come to them or they start killing kids.
©2016 Jason Cipriano & James Garner (P)2016 Jason Cipriano & James Garner
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Heart of Gold by J.A. Cipriano and J.B. Garner is the first novel in the series called Clans of Shadow. Frank Butcher is a young veteran who spends his time delivering packages. One day on a normal delivery to the doctor’s offices of Gabriella, he finds himself caught up in a magical battle. To keep him from dying, Gabriella surgically implants a magical artifact into his body to keep him alive, but dependent on this artifact. Little did Frank know, but both sides of the magical war are after this artifact, making him a target. Now, on the run, Frank needs to decide if he should stay away from this war and disappear, participate using the artifact’s powers, or give up the artifact, dying, to save the lives of many people, including children.
Frank is an unlikely hero and unfortunately, he did not appeal to me, which soured the story for me. To me, he came off as macho to the point of irritation and seems like a pretty lazy person considering he’s a former soldier. The plotline is fairly simple, but interesting enough that it would’ve been great to get an insight into the world from a different perspective. It’s written in first person so it’s told from his perspective and he begins to learn about the brand new world of magic that exists in secret. The story itself is fast paced and filled with a lot of exciting action from the very beginning. It was a really fast listen for that reason, but this is a paranormal action story through and through with intense action and light character development. Despite the high stakes in the magical war, the story feels light due to the characters and the dialogue, which again makes it an easy read. The novel definitely stands alone and it appears the next novels would be about different crises for Frank to traverse in this new magical world, which has potential. Ultimately, as I didn’t relate to the main character, this was not for me.
The narration by Joe Hempel was well done overall. The characters were easily distinguished and the narration kept the story going. He was also able to capture Frank’s character very well. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys fast paced paranormal action novels with macho protagonists walking through new environments that they are just learning about.
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