• The Jonathan Shade Series: Box Set - Books 1-3

  • Modern Sorcery, Acheron Highway, Dragon Gate
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Series: Jonathan Shade, Book 1-3
  • Length: 19 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-27-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first three books in the Jonathan Shade series.
Modern Sorcery
Death by dark magic
As soon as I get over my ex, her father hacks her mother apart with a sword.
She hires me to prove dark magic was involved. Hey, it's what I do as a paranormal investigator, so I get why she thinks I can help.
But my secretary, Esther, a ghost from the 1920s flapper era, and Kelly Chan, my magically engineered protector, are dead-set against me getting involved. With all the deadly magic flying around, they may have a point.
Because the sad truth is, I don't have any magic of my own.
Acheron Highway
"He stole my heart, Mr. Shade. I want you to find him and steal it back."
Between the crazy dead lady with a necromancer for a stalker, and a lovesick goddess, who wants me to turn over her lover, I'm buried in relationship issues.
Dead people won't leave me alone. Zombies, skeletons, anything that can shamble out of a grave, but are they working for the goddess or the necromancer?
One thing's for sure. There are no safe exits from Acheron Highway.
Dragon Gate
Ritual murders, guilty clients and inhuman attackers, oh my.
Stephen Noble, a rich old guy on the board of Dragon Gate Industries is executed by a clan from another dimension. Since I still owe a favor to the company, they hire me to provide executive protection services to the dead guy's grown kids. Graham and Rayna.
Rayna is hot, so that's all right, but Graham is a jerk. And it turns out they stole a dragon from the Marshall Clan and brought it to Boulder, Colorado.
Yeah, you heard me right. I said dragon.
Now Kelly and I are faced with protecting spoiled rich people from a team of assassins and the blood-hungry beasts they brought with them. Those things will kill anything in their path.
©2018 Gary Jonas (P)2018 Sky Warrior Book Publishing LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 04-06-18

Interesting series if you enjoy this Genre

If you could sum up The Jonathan Shade Series: Box Set - Books 1-3 in three words, what would they be?


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No but the narrator is very talented and helps the listener to continue with the book.

Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favorite?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but for this genre it was a good effort by the Author and the narrator.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Deanna Cutshall on 04-26-18

Explosive!!!! Absolutely Loved!!!!

What did you love best about The Jonathan Shade Series: Box Set - Books 1-3?

Everything!! I loved the characters & the story lines. So good.

What did you like best about this story?

The stories were very interesting. I love PI & everyday people solving crime books. These 3 exceeded my expectations. The characters are so endearing, flawed but real.

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

These were my first books read by Mr. Hempel. He was GREAT!!! He really brought a lot to the books that just reading them wouldn't provide. I will be listening to more books read by Mr. Hempel.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did. I laughed, I cried. I had to pause & take my headphones off to process the stories. Just so good. These are some of the best books I've listened to.

Any additional comments?

I loved everything about these 3 books. I will be getting more of this series. I was hooked at second one. I highly recommend these books & series. I just can't say enough about them!

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

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4 out of 5 stars
By C. Rowlands on 04-29-18

PI is a popular job in urban fantasy

Despite snarky PI of some sort being so frequently a choice for the main character in an urban fantasy series, it works well in this one because the main character is generally interesting enough that you want to read more about him and his supporting cast, with some notable exceptions the stuff he encounters tends to be a notable threat to him too. That notable exception being a slightly disappointing use of time travel to immediately undercut a dramatic moment, but generally this is not a hero that is going to power through his adventures unscathed.

Given that this is a collected edition of three books, it obviously provides great value and shows a progression in the style as we go through them, particularly in the 3rd where the author switches things up and has some chapters being told from the perspective of the other main characters in an enjoyable manner that is only slightly spoiled by the announcing of the perspective each time when the strong and distinctive performance of the narrator renders such an affectation strictly unnecessary as you are fully aware of who is speaking by the changes he makes.

Overall, an enjoyable set of books with a strong performance of the narrator serving only to further enhance that enjoyment, I will be looking out for more of the book in this series for certain.

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

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4 out of 5 stars
By nerak on 04-24-18

Three entertaining stories in one edition

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

As there are three novels featuring the same character I will not review each individual novel, but review them as a series.

As an avid listener of audiobooks one of my favourite genres is supernatural/magical. I've listened to Charlaine Harris (Trueblood novels) Benedict Jacka (Alex Verus series) and Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld) and despite their many differences I've enjoyed them all.

I was therefore thrilled to find another author who has been able to create characters that I can sympathise and empathise with despite the supernatural elements of the story. Gary Jonas has introduced us to a man who has a terrible sense of humour, a slightly disreputable reputation as a PI, some amazingly different friends (indestructible warrior, ghost and the ferryman himself) and has provided each of these characters with their own quirks, styles and backgrounds.

I've already checked to see if there are more in the Jonathan Shade series as I want to know what happens next for him and his friends and my next credit will probably be for the next three novels (also in a box set).

For review purposes I need to mention the narrator as we all know that they can make or break an audiobook for any listener. In this case I think Joe Hempel had just the right tone, accents and style to fit the Jonathan Shade series and I was pleased to see he narrates the next three novels as well.

If you like bickering characters (no nasty aspects, just friends who know each other too well), silly quips done when fighting (think slapstick comedy), well drawn characters you can follow, this series is definitely for you.

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