Brightblade: The Morgan Detective Agency, Book 1 is a fun, exciting read. It has everything in it that a person could want – detective, magic, witches, vampires, ghouls, superhero turned bounty hunter, monster hunter, psychic, men in black … just to name a few!
Ashley Morgan, an up and coming Bright with psychic empath abilities as well as telekinesis powers, has failed at every career she has chosen. Settling on being a bounty hunter for the supernatural element who bail jumps, Ashley may not be walking away from this career anytime soon, if ever! Faced with the deadliest of supernatural beings, a villainous god-like creature, Ashley meets everything and every one head-on. Having almost died, her brother gives her vampire blood adding dhampir to her growing list of supernatural abilities and identities.
Aided with her motley crew of bounty hunters, an ex, and a magical sword, Ashley jumps in to save the day with some interesting results!
Both C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus, authors, do a magnificent job of building the story and characters. This first book is more focused on the development of all the characters – you are given a good solid backstory to each character enabling the listener to connect more easily. The villain is definitely a fearsome character but is not the sole focus of the story. Yes, he gets his own backstory told but it is not as in-depth as the other characters. Phipps and Suttkus are not just writing a story – no, they are creating another piece to the New Detroit world that makes it more realistic and attention-holding. They are not authors who do anything halfway – they totally enmesh the listener into their world with a thorough backstory and character development as well as down-to-earth dialog.
The dialog is realistic and engaging. One cannot help but smile, laugh out loud, or even facepalm at something a character is saying; it is that lifelike.
The narrator, Heather Costa, provides an excellent performance. Her ease at delivering the dialog is done very well. It was clear that she enjoyed the story greatly and was able to specifically give the story and dialog the type of performance they deserved. Her voice was even and soothing. There was no question as to how the character was feeling as Costa captured and projected the emotion very well.
If you are looking for something fresh, fun, and has a magical supernatural story to it … run, don’t walk to get your copy of this book! I cannot wait to see what trouble Ashley Morgan and her friends get into next!
5 Star Rating!!!!
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