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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Rescued from debt and unemployment and moved to North Carolina by a mysterious employer and his underlings, Max and Sandra learn many new things. The history of Winston-Salem. The ghost of PI Drummond. Danger. Got you hooked yet? A good read well performed by the author.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
An intriguing story, with not all the facts coming together until the end. The audio is not good with a lot of background hum.
What made the experience of listening to Southern Bound the most enjoyable?
I found listening to this book was really brought to life by the different tones and inflictions used for the different characters. I was able to listen to the story on my way to and from work making the trip more enjoyable and less stressful, especially the trip home. It is a good storyline, that progressed at a great pace and I liked all the characters, especially Max, Sandra and Drummond.
Any additional comments?
This is a good crime type story. Though it is set in modern times, that fact that Max had to do most of his work the old fashion way i.e. books within his office, books from the library and a bit of leg work made me think of the noir crime novels set in the 1950s. I realised that if I was reading the book rather than listening to it, I would have found the start a bit slow going and perhaps given up for my normal quick paced event happening within the first few pages. However, it didn't take long for me to get interested in the story and found the pace picked up. I'd saw when Drummond came in to the picture that is when I found the storyline got interesting and the characters started to develop and you learn a lot more about Max and Sandra and how they came to be where they are. A good story, one I look forward to continuing on with and going back and listening to this one again in the future.