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Sunset Specters Audiobook

Sunset Specters: The Fifth Jonathan Shade Novel

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A sorcerer seeking immortality

The powerful wizard, Henry Winslow, arrives in 1877 and sets out for the Barbary Coast in San Francisco to steal a bit of life energy from his parents before he can head to the 1920s to complete his immortality ritual.

A former slave with a mission

Douglas Freeman is a former slave with a growing collection of vengeful ghosts, and he's headed for the Barbary Coast to kill the last few men on his list.

Champions out of time

Jonathan Shade and Kelly Chan reunite with Brand, the former Sekutar warrior, and Esther, the ghost who has an unbreakable bond with Shade. They set out for California to stop Winslow. But the Barbary Coast is a dangerous place where life is cheap. Their paths will cross with thieves, cutthroats, crimps, prostitutes, gangs, magic, and a supernatural threat. Time is running out on their mission, and one thing is certain - not everyone is going to get out alive.

©2015 Gary Jonas (P)2016 Gary Jonas

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    Troublemer 10-22-16
    Troublemer 10-22-16 Member Since 2016

    Books are the doors to other places. READ!!!!

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    "More Trouble"

    This is book number 5. I have really enjoyed this series. Even though this book is a continuation for the same mission and does not end in this book either, it is a great story. It is full of action, humor and surprises. From the ancient Eygpt to the wild west, After leaving Eygptian time Jonathan and Kelly go the 1870's to meet up with Brand and esther. However, as usual there is always trouble. I recommend this book and this series. It reminds me a lot the the Dresden books.. I love the narrator. He really brings the characters to life. I received the audio book free from the narrator for an honest review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 10-31-16
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 10-31-16 Member Since 2011
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    "San Francisco in 1877 - So intense!"

    Note: This is Book 5 in the series and I recommend reading the previous books as there are major things that happened in previous stories that affect characters’s decisions in this book.

    Book 4, Anubis Nights, left us with quite the cliff hanger, so I was very glad I didn’t have to wait too long for this book to come out on audio. Jonathan Shade and his crew are still hunting Henry Winslow through time. Jonathan, Kelly Chan, and Ankhesenamun were yanked from ancient Egypt into 1877 at the end of the previous book. At the beginning of this book, Jonathan & Kelly are reunited with Brand and Esther, and they all have the opportunity to bring the confused Ankhesenamun up to speed.

    And that’s the perfect set up for things to go very, very wrong. First, they finish traveling to San Francisco, hoping to catch up to the sorcerous Henry Winslow before he expects it and well before he can complete the next stage of his immortality ritual. Meanwhile, Douglas Freeman, a former slave, has suffered a great loss. He’s made a list of men who must die. Vengeful, angry ghosts accompany him as he tracks his quarry to San Francisco.

    San Francisco is a mixing pot of cultures but it’s far from any kind of equality in 1877. Might still makes right and being any skin tone other than white leaves you with plenty of extra hurdles. Very few establishments outside of China town will serve Kelly Chan and nearly everyone assumes she is Jonathan’s slave. This provides plenty of opportunities for Kelly to set people right, much to my amusement. I’m really glad that the author didn’t ignore these facets of historical San Francisco as it made the story very interesting; Jonathan and crew can’t help but apply their 21st century standards to whatever time period they happen to be in.

    The bad guy is very bad indeed! Henry Winslow is a very formidable foe as we saw in Book 4. That continues on in this book, though his powers have grown a bit. Still, Jonathan and crew think they can take him if they can just get the right combo of might, luck, and surprise going. At the very least, they can mess up this stage of his immortality ritual. For the most part, Winslow ignores them (or tosses them over houses) until they become a true nuisance. Then, there is hell to pay. There is this one scene that was a little bit of a tear jerker. Jonathan, in the first trilogy, managed to undo a few deaths with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. However, I don’t know if that will be possible this time around. This book’s description doesn’t lie about not everyone getting out alive.

    In the previous book, I felt it was a bit silly that all 3 main female characters were in love with Jonathan. That theme was carried forth in this book, but now things are more complicated. Kelly and Jonathan had this romantic relationship in ancient Egypt and they continue that in 1877, but now they have Brand (Kelly’s ex-boyfriend) and Esther (a ghost who’s had a crush on Jonathan for years) to pay witness to it. This makes for some uncomfortable moments for these friends. However, I am better with the idea of Jonathan being the center of so much female attention now that I’ve read this book, especially in light of how this one ends.

    OK, leaving all this mushy romance stuff to the side, Jonathan has more than one bad guy to deal with in this book. He and Douglas Freeman eventually cross paths and a deal is struck to assist each other, as they have one bad guy in common. This eventually brings plenty of pain and a few broken bones to Jonathan as he fights a man who is near indestructible. I quite enjoyed how he resolved that issue.

    In the end, this is one of my favorite books of the series. There’s a lot going on in San Francisco in 1877 and a lot going on with Jonathan and his crew. The books ends on a bittersweet note with a bit of suspense for what will come next. So looking forward to Book 6!

    I received a free copy of this audiobook.

    The Narration: Yet again, Joe Hempel continues to be the perfect Jonathan Shade. As per his usual performance, he does an excellent light Chinese accent for Kelly Chan and a Southern drawl for Esther. I liked the little bit of high-and-mighty he put into Ankhesenamun’s voice. There were some pretty emotional scenes in this book and Hempel did a great job getting those emotions across to the listener. Indeed, I believe he must be attached to these characters by now and that really shows in his narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Karowski 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Paranormal time travel series"

    Ghosts, magic, guns, time travel. How do you go wrong. Great characters awesome plot twists.jonas and henpecked deliver a great story that will keep you eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the series. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 11-25-16
    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 11-25-16
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    "The West is where the ghosts are..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is second of a three book section of the series. Definitely read it! Things don't get any easier, and Jonathan works through it all.


    What did you like best about this story?


    I will say, I do look forward to the endings of Gary's books with Jonathan. Nothing is easy and I always wonder how it's going to come out right. In some strange way, Jonathan makes it work. I love these twists. Right now, things aren't looking so hot for Jonathan, and I really want to see what comes in the next book at the next time they cross paths with Henry Winslow.


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

    Joe continues to be the voice of Jonathan and crew. I'm so glad he returns with each novel. He is the voice of Jonathan for me and he voices Jonathan's dry humor in a sense that I know and enjoy. Joe does do slight changes in his voice, tone, and personality for different characters. When he speaks as Kelly he has a slight accent and determination to his voice, which I would expect from Kelly with her strong personality. Even when other characters appear on the page, I get a feel for them differently in Joe's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    *This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.

    Jonathan and Kelly jump to Brand in the 1870's, with a tag-a-long guest they weren't expecting. The way of the west in this time frame is hard on Kelly. Kelly's a female and Chinese, both looked down upon. Will they fight Winslow and work to get home or fight to change the past? What Kelly witnesses in this era is hard for her to see and live with.

    It's hard to come into an era where life is so different and not be touched by the way of living, even if it's bad. Our characters got caught in the Egyptian time and now they are distracted by the unfair living in the 1870's. They still work toward their final goal, but they also get involved in the life around their goal as well.

    Then there are all those ghosts... What happened to have so many stuck here? Since Jonathan can see ghosts, maybe he can figure it out. (That's a story you'll have to read this book to get.)

    Winslow is more powerful in this time. I was concerned with how Jonathan and Kelly would stop him now, and later. Yet there is something about Winslow that has me half believing him. Not wholly but a portion because of his actions.

    I was happy to get into this book. Jonathan, Kelly, and Brand's humors are ones I smile at as I'm listening. I do enjoy their banter. But, we don't get to see Raina in the 1920's yet. We are focused here in the 1870's. But we'll get to Raina next, I'm sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 11-13-16
    Kathleen 11-13-16
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    "Another Great Jonathan Shade Sequel"
    Any additional comments?

    I continue to enjoy the development of the JS stories and each of the characters. It’s engaging and JS’s quick wit and banter with the other characters keep things light. This story takes a bit of an unexpected twist with some violent magic and a tragic turn, but this just has me looking forward to the next audiobook. I can only hope the time continuum will fix the outcome of this story.

    Joe Hempel continues to do a great job with the narration. I can’t imagine the story being as good with any other narrator. Oh yah, I must include that I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cyndi 11-07-16
    cyndi 11-07-16
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    "great series"

    I enjoy this series and cast of characters. narration is great as usual. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly watley 11-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "love it!!!"

    I just loved this book. Recommend it? Oh, you bet I recommend this! And you'll hear about my thoughts on all the other books in this series as I have purchased them all and plan to jump right into the next one..

    What a GREAT book and EXCELLENT reading experience! YAY!

    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 10-26-16
    in1ear (John Row) Aurora, Colorado 10-26-16 Member Since 2016

    Mid 60's Male. 9,800 Kindle books, close to 500 Audible books with 200 reviews. Over 1000 Helpful votes for reviews on Amazon.

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    "Jonathan & Kelly sittin in a Shade Tree"
    Where does Sunset Specters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Is it entertaining? YES! I've listened to books One through Five in the Jonathan Shade series, so far. That's longer than I've stuck to Game of Thrones or Harry Potter. I have stuck to Harry Bosch and Dave Robicheaux longer. But Connelly and James Lee Burke have more books in their series. And I will listen to more by Gary Jonas.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Engaging characters, out of the ordinary plot, this book has the group come from Ancient Egypt in the last book, through the Old West, to San Francisco. All scenerios of interest to me.


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

    Yes, as mentioned the other audio books in this series and a few others. Joe is one of the best. He enjoys his work, he does his work scoping out the stories ahead of time. Good voices, good inflections of humor, etc.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Other than a few short breaks, I did so.


    Any additional comments?

    This is off beat. Fun, Adventurous. It's good escapism.

    Thanks for the opportunity to review it.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lomeraniel Spain 10-23-16
    lomeraniel Spain 10-23-16
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    "Superb narration for a very good story"
    Any additional comments?

    I was offered a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    After defeating Henry Winslow in ancient Egypt, Jonathan and Kelly are dragged to the year 1877, to join Brand and Esther to kill Winslow's second aspect. This time Henry Winslow is much stronger than his version in ancient Egypt, and Jonathan realizes that completing the mission seems much harder than what he thought. They will face terrible dangers that will change things forever.

    I was a bit surprised that this book is shorter than the previous one. This is the second book in the time travel series, and it is definitely a transition book between the beginning of the story and the resolution. I found it a bit disjointed though. Important things happen in this book but I had the impression that most of the time Jonathan and his team were busy with other things than the real matter. There are secondary characters and secondary stories to the main plot which contribute to how things turn in the end, but I missed more interaction with Henry Winslow, which demonstrated to be a very powerful enemy this time. I felt that there was something missing tying all the secondary stories, and that prevented it to be a solid book.
    Although the book is short, there are many heartbreaking moments in it. We will learn important things about the past, and the future will be changed forever. The time lines get a bit confusing with all the changes, but I am impatient to see how everything lines up in the next book, which promises to be decisive.

    Joe Hempel's interpretation was superb! He really becomes Shade and he has differentiated voices and accents for all the characters. This is a great series but Hempel elevates it to a higher level. The story becomes alive when he narrates it.

    After the rush I got after the previous book I expected a bit more from this one, or al least a more polished story. This did not stop me from enjoying it all the great moments Jonas has wrote for us, and looking forward to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie F. 10-23-16
    Leslie F. 10-23-16
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    "Entertaining, but not as good as previous books"

    This was another entertaining book in the Jonathan Shade series. I have to admit that this was not my favorite of the series, but it was still good nonetheless. It still contains all the Jonathan Shade wit, that I really like, and the characters are always interesting. It seemed a little more "rushed" or thrown together than the other books and a couple parts didn't make a lot of sense to me, but I've really liked this series, and I will continue on with it. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by Joe Hempel. He did a great job giving unique voices to each character and really contributed to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ""I'd rather not shoot you, Jonathan""
    Any additional comments?

    The weird world of Jonathan Shade just keeps getting weirder, and the West was never so wild. Back from ancient Egypt, Jon and Kelly are reunited with their companions, Esher and Brant in a lawless 1877 in their continued quest to stop Winslow and save the world. This is proving to be an exceptionally costly and dangerous enterprise as all does not go well (does it ever?). Could be only time will heal some wounds ...

    As always, the narration is superb, with Joe Hempel's adroit voicings of each protagonist such that he becomes each character he assumes at the time. And his fast paced reading brings further excitement and magic to an already excellent story.

    I was fortunate in being gifted a copy of Anubis Nights, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks to the right's holder as this is a book in a very enjoyable series, which made me smile, laugh and sometimes be filled with dismay. With great characters, fast paced action, quirky situations and comedy, too. Best if read in series sequence for fullest enjoyment, though not totally essential, this is the second of a time travel trilogy within the Shade listings - and it all just keeps getting better! I am really looking forward to the next installment of Jonathan's complicated life in book six.

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