Acheron Highway

  • by Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"He stole my heart, Mr. Shade. I want you to find him and steal it back."
The dead won't stay buried in Denver, so Jonathan Shade isn't too surprised when a deceased woman shows up wanting to hire him. A necromancer stalker has stolen her heart - literally - and she needs it if she's going to live.
But Shade's jobs are never simple. The dead won't leave him alone. They work for a lovesick goddess who wants Shade to turn over her former lover. Chased by zombies, and then by an army of skeletons, Shade and his magically-engineered partner, Kelly Chan, fight to stay alive.
Keep your hands and feet in the vehicle at all times, and hang on, because there are no safe exits from Acheron Highway....
The Jonathan Shade series so far:

Modern Sorcery
Acheron Highway
Dragon Gate
Anubis Nights
Sunset Specters


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This book is amazing

Gary Jonas has hit another home run with Acheron Highway, the second Jonathan Shade book.

The usual cast of characters return (albeit briefly) Kelly Chan, Brant, Esther and Jonathan along with some DGI folks which also spell a fun time – like Phil who is so terrified of Kelly that he practically wets himself when she smiles at him.

This book is darker than the first in many different ways.  First the dead are walking and hunting Jonathan.  They want information on the missing Charon (or Sharon as he is known to Jonathan) the lover of Hades’ Persephone.   Persephone is relentless and wants Charon home where he belongs and she is willing to do anything it takes to get him back; including hurting Jonathan.

Persephone sends the walking dead after Jonathan, with a little help from DGI Jonathan thwarts that attack but finds himself knee deep in another case while trying to contact Sharon.  This case involves a necromancer and his obsession with a woman who rejected him.  He literally steals her heart.

Between the zombies, the army of skeletons and the vengeful Persephone Kelly, Brant and Jonathan struggle to survive.  The deadly clash comes down to death – deaths that Jonathan will not tolerate; friendships end and Jonathan changes.  But will the change be enough to save his friends?  Can he stop Persephone?

This book is amazing.  There was one point where the shocking turn of events made Jonas my least favorite author.  His characters are so well developed they are almost real.   He is masterful at creating twists and surprises that leave one breathless.  His plots are well executed.  Jonas’ books are truly like riding a roller coaster … ups and downs. This book I listened to almost non-stop because I couldn’t turn it off.

Jonas drove home that friends are important.  Life is short and frail.  Luck runs out; one must change eventually if friends and family are to survive.  Being flippant has a place but not when it is life or death situations.

Joe Hempel does an excellent narration.  As the listener I could not help but be swept away into the story as Hempel took control and became Shade.   This is not something that is done easily but Hempel succeeds where others fail.  The only issue I had was Hempel sounded like he was saying Essler instead of Esther.  His ability to project emotions and energy into the characters through is voice brings the book alive.

There were no issues with the audio production aspect of this book.  It was well done!

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Great sequel

Acheron Highway continues the story of Jonathan Shade paranormal PI; filling in more of the back story hinted at in book one and leading us on a tale that pulls at your heart, makes you laugh and gets you even more attached to the characters. Much darker in nature than the first book, it still contains some humour and snappy one liners; it also has some unusual twists and a surprise ending that worked well in this story. It advanced Slade's character but there are some consequences to his actions and I think the repercussions will spill over into the next book. The conflict, tension and heartache was intense in the book, it captures you and you just can't put it down. Joe Hempel's narration managed to convey the depth of emotion in the characters perfectly and he easily portrayed the individual personalities and accents. I look forward to the next audiobook in the series. I received this audiobook at no cost in exchange for an honest review
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-13-2015
  • Publisher: Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC