Southern Bound : Max Porter

  • by Stuart Jaffe
  • Narrated by Stuart Jaffe
  • Series: Max Porter
  • 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Max and Sandra Porter moved down to North Carolina, they thought they were getting a new beginning - good job, good pay, and a lovely little place in Winston-Salem. But the family that hired him to research land deals in North Carolina is not all that they seem.
And when Max discovers that his office is haunted by Marshall Drummond, PI - a ghost from the 1940s - what started as a simple research job sinks him neck-deep in a world of old mysteries and dangerous enemies. One in which ghosts, witches, curses, and spells exist. One in which something as innocent as a book can turn deadly.
Real North Carolina history mixes with fantasy magic in this pulse-pounding, paranormal-mystery series.

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Most Helpful

Really good story, and the Author Narrated Great!

I am a big fan of Urban Fantasy books, and this one looked intriguing, so I decided to give it a shot. I am so glad i did. The main characters, Max and Sandra Porter, are moving on from some a events at his old job that lead to them needing a fresh start. Max, a college professor, is hired to do historical research in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for a mysterious Employer. Max, glad to be able to leave Michigan and his troubles behind, starts the research, but he meets Marshall Drummond, who happens to be the ghost cursed and bound to Max's office. Marshall needs Max's help to break the curse, which was placed on him by a witch in the 40's, and just happens to be tied to Max's research. Max's wife Sandra is drawn into the mystery, especially when she reveals she can see ghosts. Not just Marshall, but all ghosts. After a series of adventures and setbacks, the mystery is slowly peeled back to reveal...well, if you want to know, you'll just have to listen to the book. It is very worth it. the characters are well rounded, with Max and Sandra both being compelling characters. Marshall is also sympathetic, but very much a product of his era, the 1940s. There is a lot of actual North Carolina history mixed in to the story, which is well blended to make the story compelling. The author does a great job of drawing you into the story, making you feel your right in the middle of the action. He also self narrates, which is always hit or miss with self narrated titles, but this one is a definite bullseye. he does a great job with the voices, making the characters really come alive and keeping the story flowing.
I would recommend this book to any fan of Mike Resnick's Stalking series of Urban Fantasy books, as well as the Nightside books and Dreden FIles.
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- Steve H. Caldwell

Needs Moore Work

This is an interesting plot idea, but, there are too many inconsistencies.
1. I wasn't sure if the purpose of the mystery was about the ghost, find out the identity of Max's employer or expose an identified evil in town.
2. The characters were flat and uninteresting.
3. Max's wife tells him that she can see ghost and has been able to see ghost forever.
4. Max's life is threatened on more than one occasion yet he continues to investigate without a reasonable reason.
5. In the beginning Max's wife states that she can't help him because of work, then, later in the book she is completely involved in the investigation.
There's probably some other stuff as well, but I stopped reading when I found some more interesting books. If I get bored, I might return to it. I can't recommend it.
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- Beatrice

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2014
  • Publisher: Stuart Jaffe