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Paxton Locke, Book 1
Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
Series: Paxton Locke, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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Son of a witch.

Family drama is bad enough without adding magic and human sacrifice. Ten years ago, Paxton Locke's mother killed his father in a mysterious ritual that - thankfully - went incomplete. Now, Paxton makes his living as a roving paranormal investigator, banishing spirits while Mother languishes in jail.

When a terrified ghost warns him of a dangerous, newly freed entity, Paxton faces a fight far beyond simple exorcism. In a battle for his very soul, will he be able to endure - or simply fade away?

©2017 Daniel Humphreys (P)2017 Daniel Humphreys

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.You really can't choose your family.

One of the most entertaining mystery thrillers that I have listened to recently: not great literature, perhaps, but well conceived, written and brilliantly narrated. The action might not seem fast initially but there is so much packed into it with a great cast of superbly crafter characters . Plenty of Magic and mayhem, with some rather unusual communication with ghosts methods. .
J.Scott Bennett, narration,as always, is superb. So much of the book is dialogue and, with a large cast of disperate characters it was easy to forget this was a reading and not a full cast performance, so skillfully was each person voiced. The text in between was read with perfectly paced speed and emotion to fit the context, always calm but gauging the feeling exactly. This is a narrator to look out for again in the future.
All in all a great listen !I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.As always this is my honest opinion.a big thumbs up from me.

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"What's big and bad enough to scare a ghost?"

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Paxton Locke can speak to ghosts. He's not an exorcist; he just talks to them and tells them like it is. And they go away. Not always comfortable but straightforward. Then the ghost of a boy who goes unexpectedly peacefully suddenly my terrifies him.
Paxton is alone in the world, no family unless his murderous mother held in prison counts. Paxton would have prefered that she'd received the death penalty. He does have a handful of good friends he rarely sees but, basically he prefers to stay out of the limelight. He still recalls the vicious killing of his father some years before when he was still a boy and which he had been too late to prevent and he, himself, so nearly died.

Although humour is inherent in the text, Paxton is not the usual slick talking, paranormal detective. Instead he is more introspective. Well written with vibrant visual effect, good characterisation and dialogue, and full of action, the story is told mostly in the first person present so the reader is there with Paxton throughout his experiences. And silken voiced Scott Bennett is the ghost despatching young man perfectly capturing his thoughts and terrors, never over acting and giving voice clearly to all other protagonists.
This is a great listen Despite the weirdness of so much of the action, it still feels real somehow, the impossible made plausible. My thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me my copy of this excellent book, via Audiobook Boom. It is one I'd recommend to anyone for a light, enjoyable read, even to those who would normally avoid the paranormal so nicely is it written and performed. I greatly look forward to more in this series.

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Exciting start to the series.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Paxton Locke paranormal investigator has had one hell of a young life after seeing his Mother kill his Father in a ritual.
A ghost warns Paxton of a dangerous entity he soon realises he’s not safe after all if something scares a ghost it must be bad.

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  • Helen
  • Paignton Devon
  • 13-07-19

amazing

Family drama is bad enough without adding magic and human sacrifice.
enjoyed this book by Daniel Humphreys the narrater was : J. Scott Bennett you can not choose your family
can't wait for book 2

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Exciting

Burnt grimoires , witches and drank a in urban modern life ! Really good and exciting book

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  • MANI
  • 23-06-17

Fade

What about J. Scott Bennett’s performance did you like?

He performed very good

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This is a really a good book and a great way to start a new series. Paxton Locke is a young man with special skills . He thought that he was safe from that past, but a series of events brings them all crashing back at him. Good first book in the series

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  • Audio Audits
  • 20-07-17

Mommy Dearest on Steroids

When you tell someone their mother is a witch, those are usually fighting words. In Paxton Locke’s case, the words are true and she lives up to her moniker. Paxton mother is now in prison and he’s determined to keep her there, but she has an awfully long reach.

Author Daniel Humphreys combines familial angst and paranormal to create an engaging story unique in its telling.

J. Scott Bennett has fully voiced this nearly 7-hour audiobook and does a fantastic job. His narrating style is expressive and a perfect match for this genre.

This audiobook was received in exchange for an unbiased review!

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 28-06-17

Ghosts, witches and evil

I really enjoyed this entertaining audiobook that tells the story of a ghost hunter with a really evil, psychotic mother. You can not help but become attached to Paxton, he is a flawed, reluctant hero who eliminates ghost from the world and has a past that would leave mental scars the size of the Grand Canyon on anyone. This book has action, ghosts, witches, suspense, magic, interesting twists and evil abound. Scott Bennett did an excellent job of the narration. He gave the characters individual voices, brought the tension and creepiness out and moved the story forward at just the right pace. This book easily draws you in and keeps you entertained right to the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-06-17

Surprising.

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I must admit this book turned out quite different from what I expected. From the summary I was expecting it to be more ghost focused, and while there were definitely ghosts involved, it was more magic centric. That being said, it was still quite an interesting tale. I don't want to put in any spoilers, but Paxton, the protagonist, has had quite a rough life and one heck of a twisted family situation, and in a way I am mad at the author for how he only teases us with Paxton's mother. That being said, he must be doing something right because I want to know what happens next.

The book is narrated by J. Scott Bennett, who once again does an excellent job and he is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. He has a unique voice with a smooth relaxed delivery.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 29-07-19

Excellent Story!

I loved this story! The writing and narration are both top notch. I can hardly wait to start the 2nd book.

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  • Knightly Reading
  • 16-07-19

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This is a awesome story. I have a feeling it is just the beginning of a fantastic series. Paxton Locke is a kind of ghost buster. He uses his supernatural abilities to help ghosts leave this realm.

Paxton has some family drama that he is continually dealing with. His mother did kill his father and tried to kill him. She now has a group of followers that worship her while she is in jail.

I really enjoyed listening to this story.

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 27-07-18

House Call Making Ghost Whisperer

Fade Paxton is a ghost whisperer who travels around the country making house calls. He sets ghosts free to cross to the other side and deals with other paranormal stuff. At first, I thought the story was being a little trite when we initially meet Paxton checking out a spooky situation at Shirley Jackson’s house. Not the Shirley Jackson best known for her horror genre stories but rather a minor character of the same name. Later it’s revealed that this was an inside joke intended by one of the main characters.

The story moves along pretty quickly, the first ghost we meet giving Paxton a spooky warning. His investigations into the matter come up with dead ends so he’s forced to deal with a piece of his past: his witch of a mother. She’s in prison and he’s got her magic under wraps with his own special abilities, something he refers to as the Push. She taunts him even as she gives him a small clue.

While Paxton has this messed up family and past he also has several good people on his side that he met after the whole sordid affair of his father’s death at the hands of his mother. I really liked that Paxton wasn’t completely on his own nor was he a broken reluctant hero (two plot devices that are a little overused in the urban fantasy/paranormal fantasy genres). He’s been traumatized but he’s also recovered mostly and still believes in good people.

Our hero is very much human. He can be hurt, captured, or even killed. In fact, he gets his butt handed to him more than once. It’s great that he wasn’t the most powerful character in the story and could just stroll through the witchy ghosty mess. Later in the story, he ends up with a temporary sidekick – Cassie. They are both in the same boat (captured by evil witches) and form an alliance with the goal of escape first, kick witch butt second. Cassie was a great addition to the storyline. She’s a bit scared at first but she also has skills she brings to the table, like knowing how to handle guns from her years of hunting.

Things wrap up in a very satisfying way. The mystery played out, the witches’ intentions revealed the escape and then kicking evil in the teeth. That was all very good. And then we have a lengthy wind-down. If I recall correctly, it was about 1.5 hours long. I was surprised that so much had to be addressed and it felt like some of it could have been used to start Book 2. That’s my only complaint about this story.

The Narration: J. Scott Bennett was a great pick for this book. He has a voice that fits Paxton quite well. He also had distinct character voices for each one and his female voices were feminine. He carried off Paxton’s emotions with perfection. He had an excellent voice for Paxton’s evil mom. There were no recording errors.

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  • BlueEyes
  • 16-07-18

Loved this witch story!

A superb cast of characters, and an interesting story. Paxton has some psychic abilities and the book starts out with him freeing a woman from a ghost inhabited house. A much more in-depth look at who Paxton is and the trauma he survived and then a new challenge arises.
Interesting, innovative, excellent narration, this book did it all for me.

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  • Platypire Bob
  • 22-09-17

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*I requested and received a code for this audio book via Audiobook Boom!*

Okay so, about halfway through this, I was thinking I was going to give a good, solid, 4 star rating. It flows really well, the story plot is wonderful, and I love the cast of characters. But it just kept getting more and more fleshed out, more of the past being revealed a little at a time, but without seeming like it was just teasing or being done to create tension. It was really well done! I loved Paxton’s little references and snarkisms sprinkled throughout, it really made him more real and likeable to me. The little details put in to help the story along were fabulous, too. What I’m trying to say is that this is a great book lol.

And it gets better, too! I’m so used to books ending right in the middle of a story these days, that every time a chapter ended, I had to hold my breath and hope it wasn’t over. And I was NOT disappointed. You get the whole of this story, while it still ends with a continuation. But, if for some reason you chose not to continue on in the series (not me, I’m totally sticking with it!), you wouldn’t be left wanting.

If you like occult, mystery, paranormal, anything along those lines, I really think you’ll enjoy this. Five Platypires for the story

The narrator was a perfect fit as well. Great tone and pace, he really made the snarky comments sound good! His voice was pleasant while still able to create tension when it was needed, and sounded shocked when that was called for. Great voice casting! Five Platypires here, too.

So, overall, 5 Platypires!!

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  • Zara Quintana
  • 25-08-17

Entertaining PNR Ghost Hunter Listen

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I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I enjoyed this audiobook that reminded me of the current TV Shows my husband likes to watch like Ash vs Evil Dead. This audiobook was full of humor, suspense and mystery. I love J. Scott Bennett as a narrator because he is very excellent at bringing any story or characters to life. If you like or love paranormal stories, this is a good one for you.

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