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Modern Sorcery Audiobook

Modern Sorcery: The First Jonathan Shade Novel

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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.

©2014 Gary Jonas (P)2015 Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC

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    kanundra 06/06/2016
    kanundra 06/06/2016 Member Since 2016

    Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Miles 05/08/2016
    Norma Miles 05/08/2016
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    ""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...?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ali 31/07/2016
    Ali 31/07/2016 Member Since 2009
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    "Riveting Read"

    Love it, so many twists and turns. The narrator brings the characters to life. It was not an ending I was expecting and I'm just about to order the second book to see what happens next to Jonathan, Kelly and the ghost. As for Sharon her story has only just begun to unfold I think.

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • erobbins33
    13/06/16
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    "Awesome!"

    Dresden fans rejoice!!! There's a new paranormal- ish private investigator in town! Expertly voiced, from the homicidal Asian woman to the creepy ghosts, to the main male character! I almost didn't stop to review after book one! I bought this book on sale, as a whispersync, based on a Facebook ad. Well worth it, and thoroughly enjoyable! Loved it!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • mani
    20/12/15
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    "Modern Sorcery"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought the mix of magic and mythology was blended masterfully. The plot and sub plots pulled you along page by page and it was easy to be caught up in Jonathan's world. Character development was three dementional and you felt as if you knew each one personally I want to know how the magical world collides with mythology.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cheri
    Waverly Hall, Ga.
    10/04/16
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    "A Great Urban Fantasy!"

    I received book two and three through audiobook blast for free in exchange for leaving a honest review. I really liked the stories, so I went back and bought book one. Each book ranges from five to seven hours long, which is perfect for the days I do not want to start a really lengthy book. The stories kinda remind of the Dresden series, however, there are some differences. Johnathan Shade is a PI who often takes cases that involve the supernatural; however, he has no magical abilities and is immune to magic. This comes in handy when others are trying to harm him with magic, but on the flip side because he's immune to magic, it cannot be used to heal him if he's hurt.

    Modern Sorcery is full of action, plenty of plot twists and of course Jonathan's signature wit and sarcasm. I love how Jonathan and the other main characters are developed throughout the series and each story has a tough villain that is not easily beaten and will challenge Jonathan and his team. Sometimes the losses will be great and not everyone will have a HEA.

    The narration was great and Joe's performance only gets better as the series progresses.

    I will definitely be on the lookout to see if the other books in the series comes out in audio and recommend this series to any Dresden or urban fantasy fan.






    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rabid Reader
    11/04/16
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    "Eclectic characters and a great plot"

    Set in modern day Denver, this urban fantasy audiobook kept me entertained with its eclectic characters and interesting storyline. Jonathan Shade works as a PI who specializes in paranormal cases; he himself can perform no magic, but to his advantage, this also means he is immune to all magic. His side kicks are Esther, a ghost from the 1920's who is "attached" to an old typewriter and Kelly, an engineered Sekutar warrior, who is also Shade's Martial Arts teacher. When ex-fiancée and wizard, Naomi, (who dumped Shade because of his lack of magic) asks for his help in clearing her father of murder, Shade's friends think he has gone insane when he agrees to help her; drawing himself and his companions into the hunt for the resurrected ghost of a powerful wizard who is possessing and killing people. This fast paced, entertaining story has humour, action, magic and some surprising twists. At first I thought I had missed a book, as the major characters all have some back history, but this is the first book in this series and there is no prequel that I could find. I actually liked the depth that the back history gave the characters, it's a little mystery within the story; how did Shade die, how did he get brought back and what did Sharon, his "librarian" friend, have to do with it? Shade is an appealing character with a sarcastic humour and some great one-liners that the narrator manages to pull off very well. Kelly's tough, no nonsense persona and "let me kill them for fun" attitude is also exemplified by the narration, as was her accent. Esther is one of my favourites, she is a fun, somewhat quirky character that you can not help but love. The only character I though lacked substance (no pun intended) was the ghostly villain, though well narrated, I found he just didn't have the same depth as the other major characters. Joe Hempel does a great job of narrating the book, especially with the female voices. He gets the emotions right and gives each character a distinct personality. I enjoyed this book; it had a good plot and the author is creating an interesting world with some captivating characters. I look forward to the next in the series. I received this audiobook at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Todd (Toad) Vogel
    28/03/17
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    "Loved it!"

    Wow! I picked this book for it's narrator. I've always enjoyed Joe Hempel's work. I knew I'd like this book, but I didn't expect to fall in love with a new series when I have so many other books I was planning to listen to. I guess they will have to wait! lol

    Johnathan Shade is a paranormal private investigator. He is hired to look into the death of his former girlfriend's mom and prove her dad's innocence. It looked like a simple open and shut case. The man was guilty. Not even close! Shade has to deal with wizards, assasins, and an evil sorcerer who is supposed to be dead! Great book with lots of action, magic, and a little mythology.

    I definitely plan to listen to the rest of this series! Gary Jonas is an excellent author. I loved this book from the start. Joe Hempel does a great job with the narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Mahoney
    Golden Valley, AZ USA
    09/03/17
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    "This Audio-book keeps you under it's spell!!"

    Modern Sorcery is the 1st in a series of books by Gary Jonas. I am very late to the party. My favorite narrator Joe Hempel does the narration on this great little book. The story is fun and engaging. You enter a world where all the things of magic are real. Jonathan Shade is a a Private Detective in this world trying to help is ex-girlfriend clear her fathers name after he murders her mother. The story has plenty of action and suspense. I highly recommend this book.

    Mr Hempel has great talent as a narrator. He brings something special to each book he does. The characters becomes living breathing people for the time the book is running through my headphones. If you have not heard his work you are in for a treat.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the narrator free of charge via Audiobook Boom.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/01/17
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    "Wonderful Characters"
    Where does Modern Sorcery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Modern Sorcery?

    I really enjoyed the book overall. Jonathan is hilarious and his jokes had me laughing out loud all the time. I also enjoyed Kelly's character and could easily see whole books featuring just her


    Have you listened to any of Joe Hempel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Joe Henpel did a superb job of giving the characters their own unique voice, making it very easy to follow, and differentiate who was speaking when. He also told the story - rather than merely reading the book aloud


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve H. Caldwell
    Tacoma, WA
    04/10/16
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    "Not.your everyday Urban Fantasy."

    With Johnathan Shade, Gary Jonas has created a character that isnt the usual powerful wizard or powerfully strong magical creature. Instead, he is a guy who was shot dead, and was given a chance to come back and do some good. His only powers are being able to see ghosts, and being immune to direct magic. The rest is on his own strengths as a good PI, and his friends, including a 20s era ghost tied to a typewriter and a magical assassin named Kelly, who is a great character on her own. There is a grand conspiracy that ties the threads of the book together, and an epic showdown that has a good little twist. All in all, an excellent addition to the urban fantasy genre. As far as narration, Joe Hempel is golden with this one. I really liked the work he did on the female characters, especially Dolores the ghost and Kelly, really giving them individual life. This is the kind of work that has Joe in my top 10 narrator list.

    I was given a copy of this book free of charge by the narrator in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook Boom.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
    05/05/16
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    "Enjoyable Series"

    I begin this series with book 3 but realized that I needed to go back to books one and two to get the full effect. This one did not disappoint. A thrill ride a minute with enough humor included that you enjoyed the story. Ghost, warriors who feel no pain and a man who is alive yet had died. All combine to make for a great paranormal adventure. Well worth listening to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    Southfield, mi, United States
    19/03/16
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    "OK"

    It was different. You have a PI, Jonathan Shade, whose only claim is that he is immune to magic. So whenever someone is throwing magic around he is tries to engage them in a fist fight, and he has skills. He has the PI thing with entourage of talented individuals; a ghost who is tied to a type writer and his sensei, Kelly Chan. Kelly is indomitable with her sword skills, opinionated, and the best friend Jonathan could have.

    This is the first of a series with the characters working together. Situations are set for them for them to a work as a trio. The ghost loose her tether and the sensei’s evaluation of people is proven right on the button so Jonathan will need her to stay grounded. I love Kelly. Her go to action is to kill someone. And Jonathan … well he knows what a fool love can make of someone.

    Yes, there is action and magic. I did not get that all time connection with the plot, which is why I did not give 5 stars. I am interested in how they will make a one-person PI service to a working group.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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