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
I haven't read the print version but cannot believe that this audio book could be bettered. The combination of Gary Jonas' text and Joe Hempel's narration fuse seemlessly to deliver an excellent experience.
This series continues to delight, in part because Jonathan Shade himself is an engaging character whose outlook on life changes as circumstances alter. Originally easy going and joking in volume one, his burden of guilt as the series continued has brought a.more capable but resigned Jonathan to book three. He still blames himself for not being able to save his first love and is haunted by the slaughter of his companions. His friends have noticed the changes but he can never tell them why.
Which all makes the this book sound very dark and brooding. Quite the opposite. It is filled with humour, danger and bright repartee somewhat along the lines of a John Scalzi dialogue. Plus the hunters persuing Jon's latest clients, although human, are from a different dimension and.bring with them some fabulous beasts. Jon's job this time is, with the help only of best friend Kelly, her partner Brant, and the ghostly Esther, is to keep alive the fatalistic brother and sister, Graham and Rayna Noble by defeating the vindictive Marshall Clan, a father and his many sons and their ferocious pets. Money is no object but the clients are strangely reluctant to accept help even when other family members are killed. Can Shade break the cycle and this time save the lady?
Jonathan is changing and so too is the format of the book. Dragon Gate is written in alternating chapters seen from the perspective of different protagonists which gives us a deeper insight into each one and it a joy to get better acquainted with both Kelly and Brant. This does make the.narrator's task more difficult however. Always the voice of Shade, himself, Joe Hempel now also takes on the characters of all of the other players. His dialogue voices were always superb, clear and distinctive, but in Dragongate he achieves the even more amazing effect of becoming those people too. A perfect performance, well timed and paced, inflection just right so that he almost disappears as the listener is absorbed into the pleasure of the book
Dragon Gate, though third in the series, is a stand alone novel which can be enjoyed at any time although it will be greatly enhanced. with the familiarity with the main protagonists gained in books one and two. Might as well start at the beginning, then, if you haven't already, as readers are sure to want more after finishing this book. As i do.
This review honestly reflects my feelings about Dragon Gate and the whole Shade audio book series. My sincere thanks to Joe Hempel who sent me a complimentary copy.
Towards the top. Jonathan Shade is a great character and the novel is well put together.
We have a very changed Jonathan. Haunted and serious but growing as a character. Really great story. I like the world which the author has created.
Avoiding spoilers. It starts really well. I like the way we begin the book then a good solid pace and story and a satisfying end to the book that leaves me wanting more.
Yep. I did it in two during a very long journey and return trip. The time flew by!
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"Another Jonathan Shade Hit!"
This was a really good story and great performance, I will not hesitate to continue this series.
These books remind me of the Dresden series but more on the darker side. Dragon Gate moves at a steady pace, and has a good mix of action, humor and several gory scenes that made me cringe. However, what I really like best about the series and this story, is the characters and how the story is told from their different POV's. My favorite character is Kelly, I love her sarcasm and she really kicks A**. She had me laughing out loud. The other main characters Brand and Jonathan are funny too but Jonathan, who is immune to magic, has more lives than a cat and can get out of some of the most dire situations. He may not always have the best laid out plan, but he sure can think quick on his feet.
Jonathan and his team were hired to protect the Nobles grown children Graham and Rayna from being executed by the Marshall's family for crimes they didn't commit. Graham really did not want Jonathan and his team's protection but agrees for his sister sake. The only thing I did not like about the plot was Graham being killed, but hey I guess there is a moral to this story, if a group of people is determine to end you, you don't make yourself an easy target by continuously going to places you know they will be watching.
Joe's performance was great and he really delivered on this story. Each character had their own voice and he used the right amount of tone and inflection to convey the different emotions throughout the story. I really liked how he portrayed Kelly's voice and personality and he was a prefect fit for Jonathan.
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The story is credit worthy, but personality I would save my credit and purchase at the sale price either way, it will definitely be worth the time invested in listening to the story.
"Action, danger and revenge"
The 3rd audiobook in the Jonathan Shade series continues his story from where the last book left off. We see a harder more serious side to Shade, the repercussions of his actions in book two are taking their toll and his friends are noticing the changes in him. Kelly, Brant and Jon are hired by Dragon Gate Industries (whom Slade owes a favour to) to protect the Noble family from the vengeful Marshall clan. Of course, these are not normal people and the challenges and dangers this job presents has effects on everyone on Slade's team. Slade himself is perhaps changed most by the occurrences in this story, changing him from the dark, pessimistic figure he had become, back into a person willing to take a chance on life. This book is somewhat lighter in nature than book two, but it still retains a hint of darkness. It also differs in that it is told from various POV's and I liked this change in format. I found it brought depth to the other characters and gave the reader more insight into their personalities. Joe Hempel's narration has grown along with the characters, infusing more depth and emotion into each one. I particularly like how Brant has been brought to life in this book, his character has developed and grown in the story and Mr Hempel has reflected that in his narration. This story rounds up many of the storyline threads from the previous two books and begins some engaging new ones that will be interesting to see how they develop. I received this audiobook at no cost in exchange for an honest review
"Wow great story"
The narrator really brings the story to life. Makes each Character stand out.
When Brand gave up his power for Kelly
Gives life to each character. Makes them seem real.
Yes. It was action packed all the way through
I received this book as a gift from the author/narrator/publisher for a honest review. I look forward to more in this series. This is the second i have read.
I fricking love this entire series!!!! seriously, from pterodactyls in heat to any other crazy scenarios you could possibly contrive, I'm a HUGE fan! This series just keeps getting better! Poor J. S. keeps getting thwarted by his love interests! Hopefully he can keep this one alive
...lol! my favorite part of this series so far, is the paranormal aspect. Especially Clara. LOVED IT!!!
"Another exciting book in the series"
Another very exciting book in this series. I listened to the Audible version, and it was well-paced and hard to stop listening to. There is lots of action and interesting characters abound. The pictures the author paints with the story are very vivid. This is definitely not a story for those averse to blood, guts, and gore in a story, but if you like supernatural fantasy, I recommend giving this one a try.
"Book 3 doesn’t disappoint"
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.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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"Third in the Series, Best Yet"
This is the third in the Johnathan Shade series, and I have to say, it's the best yet. The story was more cohesive with few side plots to distract from the main storyline. I enjoyed (almost) all of the characters, and Mr. Hempel's performance--as always--breathes life into them. It's very easy to tell one character apart from the other merely by the sound of his voice and the way he acts them out.
The plot itself is relatively simple: Johnathan is hired for a protection job. It seems there is a family of immigrants from beyond the Dragon Gate (Yes, THAT Dragon Gate, in the basement of DGI) who have lived among us for many years. They were fleeing from another family/clan in an alternate dimension who wants them all dead to satisfy their honor, according to their customs. Johnathan, Kelly, Brand, & Esther are hired to after the parents have been killed. The father of the family had arranged via Mike Ender to keep his kids safe in the event of his death by beheading. The rest of the plot follows from there.
In this book, Johnathan doesn't kid around so much... which I liked. His jokes? Not really that good anyway, so I was happy to hear less of them. However, since the events of the last book, he's a LOT gloomier. I'm not sure if the trade off was worth it. Towards the end of the book, it seems a lot of the character development had been mostly wiped away. Kelly was awesome, and I liked the main new character introduced, Raina, but the star of the show for me was Brand. He understood self-sacrifice in a way that was realistic and very moving. That one particular scene (you'll know it when you hear it) really brought tears to my eyes.
There are a couple things which bear mentioning. First, this is the first book in the series which was not all told from Johnathan's POV. I'm not sure how I feel about the series suddenly shifting gears like that... BUT we got to be in Kelly's head, that I really loved that. We also got to be in other character's heads... but they were new and I didn't know them. So until we had more to go on, I spent much of Raina's POV going "I don't get it. Why do I need to hear from her? I don't know her!" In addition to that, the narrative FOR Raina's POV switches from first person to third person limited, which is VERY odd, and it helps for mistakes to be made. At one point, though we know Raina cannot see Esther, the text states she pops into view... but it was 3rd person from Raina's POV, so it became kind of confusing. I'm not sure if the multiple POVs were really necessary, and then again, major characters were omitted from that POV shift! We didn't see Esther or Brand's POV, both of which have been around since the first book and are important supporting characters.
So, while I quite liked this offering, due to the weird changes in format and storytelling narrative, I just can't give it a five out of five. It's still a really great story, and the best I've listened to yet from Mr. Jonas. Joe Hempel's narration for the series remains spot on and perfect. Even though I don't quite like Johnthan Shade, I can't imagine anyone else narrating him.
"EXCELLENT. ACTION PACKED."
Most enjoyable. Going on to book four. I hope book five will be published soon. Gary Jonas writes fantastic books and the narrator joe Hempel brings the characters to life with his fantastic performance!
"Honor Killings, Vendettas and Dragons"
Yes, Joe Hempel is a great narrator. He wrings every nuance from the characters and story.
Jonathan Shade, but Kelli Chan seemed more active and prominent in this one.
Joe adds to the already good story. Brings life to the gang even the ghost, and other worldly entities... He can emphasize and make feelings within the stories clearer.
The efforts made to heal Kelli Chan after she is mortally wounded. The efforts to protect a family by the whole group.
"This is Boulder, Co., Not Pern"! No! No! Not Lionel Richie! Heckler and Koch, Survivalist buddy, and Arby's Beef and Cheddars come to mind.
Another winner in the series! Much of the action takes place in Boulder, Colorado as well as Denver. This seems more perilous, with consequences that are closer to Jonathan and friends.
I appreciate the opportunity, once again to listen to and review Dragon's Gate in the Jonathan Shade series.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks again, Joe!
"Does not disappoint"
All my favorite characters are back. Yes, Jonathan is still having issues with his past inability to protect his friends and his current guilt over not telling them. That is something he will have to deal with. Kelly and Brand notice that there is a hardness to Jonathan and do not understand it.
We have Kelly in a very near death condition over one of Jonathan's plan/not plan. Brand blows my mind over his love for Kelly. I did not see him as a person with any depth. His sacrifice gave him bonus points. The dynamics of the trio has changed.
So what is the Noble family? Where are they from? What is the connection between them and the Dragon Gate in the tunnels under DGI. There is still action, back stabbing, and knelling (yea knelling) going on. These questions set the series in a new direction, which presents an opportunity for character growth and more paranormal opportunities.
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