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Thieftaker: Thieftaker Chronicles, Book 1 | [D. B. Jackson]

Thieftaker: Thieftaker Chronicles, Book 1

Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.
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Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.

Suddenly, he faces another conjurer of enormous power, someone unknown, who is part of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of power in the turbulent colony. His adversary has already killed - and not for his own gain, but in the service of his powerful masters, people for whom others are mere pawns in a game of politics and power. Ethan is in way over his head, and he knows it. Already a man with a dark past, he can ill afford to fail, lest his livelihood be forfeit. But he can't stop now, for his magic has marked him, so he must fight the odds, even though he seems hopelessly overmatched, his doom seeming certain at the spectral hands of one he cannot even see.

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    Cathryn Perth, Australia 03-10-14
    Cathryn Perth, Australia 03-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    "A Real Surprising Rip-Snorter!!"

    I bought this one on a whim, knowing nothing about the story or the writer and found to my surprise it was a real gem! Filled with intrigue, murder and the supernatural, the story had some really surprisingly touching moments. I was fascinated from the word go and could not put it down. I have just bought the second book in this series based on how much I enjoyed the first one. If you're a bit put off by the concept , give it a go. It's a Wierdy but a Goody!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 02-22-14
    John 02-22-14 Member Since 2012

    I've been on a Zombie apocalypse binge this year. Let me know if you've read any really good ones not on my list.

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    "Brooding Wizard Detective Wanders Old World Boston"
    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book and it had lots of potential. The characters, setting and politics are perfectly outfitted. But the book is like a great set and fantastic costumes for a boring play. The main character is a brooding wizard detective who, despite his magic powers, can neither defend himself nor figure out who is behind the crimes he is investigating. In the end the bad guy literally has to tie him up and confess for him to get it. He gets beaten up over and over again and can never think of the right spell to help himself. One minute the bad guys are afraid of his powers the next they don't seem to notice. Good premise with lackluster execution.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fairway, KS, US 09-08-13
    Amazon Customer Fairway, KS, US 09-08-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Bland in Boston"
    Would you try another book from D. B. Jackson and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Nope.


    What was most disappointing about D. B. Jackson’s story?

    Nothing happened.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    Very flat. Granted, the material wasn't much to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Couldn't find any.


    Any additional comments?

    Let's just say I'll lose no time reading the rest of the series.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Pinehurst, NC, United States 09-21-14
    Janet Pinehurst, NC, United States 09-21-14
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    "A new twist on pre-Revolutionary Boston"

    I liked this book despite a certain annoyance with the main character who seemed to lack good sense much of the time. Sense of place was terrific and I enjoyed the cameos of real historical figures. I was disappointed, however, in Jonathan Davis' narration. I normally enjoy his performances, but this was so deadly slow that I had to speed up my player, making him sound a bit like Donald Duck. I plan to give this series another opportunity to make me love it.

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    Leslie Latham, NY, United States 04-29-14
    Leslie Latham, NY, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Repetitive, repetitive, and repetitive"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been nice if anything ever happened.


    Would you ever listen to anything by D. B. Jackson again?

    Not until he learns that the correct pronunciations of breeches is "britches". He uses similar simplistic pronunciations of waistcoat and victuals. If you're going to narrate a period novel, please send 10 minutes with the dictionary first.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The premise is an interesting one and some of the minor characters are quite interesting.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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