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Publisher's Summary

This is a collection of the first four titles from the Jake Stark Mysteries series with a short bonus story.  

The Gorham Vampire  

Jake Stark. Private investigator. Monster hunter.  

Jake Stark is a Sentinel, tasked by the church to protect humans from the things that go bump in the night. His latest case has him chasing an ancient creature, similar to a vampire, that is attacking the townsfolk.  

Can he catch it before it chomps its way through the local residents?  

The Burning Town  

Jake Stark is back, and his latest case may be too hot to handle.  

Mysterious deaths are sweeping the town, with victims being burned to death. Jake must figure out what the monster is before it claims another victim. 

After a brutal confrontation, Jake learns exactly what a Sentinel can do. Will this newfound ability prove useful in the fight against evil?  

Whispers of the Lost  

Jake is going on a trip...to the other side.  

When Jake is called in to investigate a haunted house, he finds it is full of lost souls. With the help of Sheriff Tom Petty, Jake must travel to the other side to free them. 

Will he make it back? Or will he too become lost?   

Heart of Ice  

If you go down to the woods today...

Jake Stark is called in to investigate when a logging company complains of machinery tampering. An ancient evil stalks the woods, and Jake is going to need all the help he can get to defeat it.  

Even with his training as a Sentinel, it may not be enough to contend with a creature with a heart of ice.   

A Jake Stark Christmas - bonus story  

Christmas: a time for hope, peace, love, and werewolves.  

Jake must protect a special package from a pack of hungry werewolves on Christmas Eve.  

Will he accomplish his mission, or will the werewolves eat him for the holidays?

©2018 D. A. Provencher (P)2018 D. A. Provencher

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A slight bump here and there but still good

There are several genres that I love. Urban Fantasy is one of them, and I am constantly seeking new material, new characters, and new ideas to satisfy my UF needs. Stark comes in and fits pretty well. I like his character (I think ALL UF leads have to be snarky, a wiseacre, or a smartmouth), and his niche abilities work well. This is a set of several stories, which I like because it gives us an introduction into his world from varying perspectives, rather than one novel that runs really long and only accomplishes a little. Although, to be honest, I could have and would have been very happy if the first story had been expanded into a full length novel. It had heart.

The book itself is something I could let my kids listen too, which is a bonus, I do a lot of driving and am hard pressed to find things we can all listen to together. I would say that in one aspect it does have a YA feel, but not so that it would be a put off for adult readers/listeners. There are a few hiccups here and there, for example there is a few spots that felt unnecessary and the writing is a touch simplistic, but over all I had no real issues with the book. I would happily get another Stark collection tomorrow.

One issue that I did have, was that the narration was not super. There were points where it felt flat and monotone, but not so much that I couldn't stand it, and I have to say that Anderson had an odd cadence or pronunciation on certain things. It took a little while to get used too, but once I settled in it wasn't all that bad. Maybe next go around, though, Provencher might want to seek a new narrator. He was a swing and a miss a lot of the time. Still, I liked Stark and the stories (the first one especially!) and wouold be happy to come back for another round of shorts! I liked the run time on this, and the way the book was broken down, each tale was long enough I could listen all the way through and still stop at a good point and not feel like I was missing something because I had already completed the preceeding story.

My summary, good stories that the whole family can enjoy together, with a some simplistic writing. Narration is a whiff, but not so bad that you can't get all the way through or it kills your enjoyment of the tale. Give it a try! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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An Enjoyable Listen

I enjoyed listening to this collection of stories, although the narration from Bryan Anderson took a bit to get adjusted to. Sonia Anderson did an excellent job on the female voices! Each one was nicely different. I think the collection is well worth your time. The only way to make this better is to trim some of the "fat" off the story but it's still worth listening to.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Needs More Demonic Kittens

First - Musical Introductions in my audiobooks? No, just no!

Other than that, I really enjoyed these stories about Jake Stark. This book is a little Constantine, a little Van Helsing and a lot Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The stories take place in a small town that is a hot spot for demonic activity and poor Jake is the Sentinel assigned by the Church to protect it. He uses his faith, his pistols and a range of gadgets supplied by Q (maybe) to fight these evil forces. I could have done without the description of his clothing and equipment in every story but I was willing to overlook that since it seemed like these were written as a serial that was released a little at a time and this was the author’s way of reminding the reader to the kind of things Jake carries around with him.

While on the surface, this appears to be a collection of horror stories, it felt more action adventure to me. This is more like Aliens and less like Alien, if you know what I mean. I wasn’t really scared at any point but I was certainly enjoying the action. We get glimpses into the secret world Stark lives in which is often fascinating and always dangerous.

My favorite story was the one about the ice giant. I love Legolas and the little people.

As far as the narration, I found Bryan Anderson’s delivery to be off-putting. His style of storytelling is odd, his voice far too monotone and his phrasing unnatural. It was like listening to Eeyore narrating a book. He draws out conjunctions and pronouns in an unnatural way. I finally got used to it but only because I was enjoying the story enough to stick with it. Also, I was having a hard time visualizing Jake because the voice seems to belong to a man who is far older than I expect Jake to be. There are hints that he’s not the gnarled veteran that Anderson’s voice would suggest, his relationship with Katie for instance and the fact that John is always mentoring him on things that a veteran would know. Additionally, I was impressed with Anderson’s female voices. They actually seemed far more natural than the voices he was using for Jake and Sheriff Tom. And then I realized that all the women (the few that pop up now and then) were voiced by Sonia Anderson. Well done, Sonia.

If you like exciting tales about the hidden struggles against demonic forces (with or without Demonic Kittens), you will enjoy this book. Given the chance, I would listen to more tales of Jake Stark.

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

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Interesting idea

I liked the concept, the scenario's that Jake dealt with were creative and interesting.

The writing is good but I didn't enjoy the first person perspective. At times it felt like I was reading a lie of "I" statements, I went, I though, I saw etc. Jake's equipment was also listed as part of each book, even the stuff that wasn't used during the story and this got tiresome, although I can see why this is necessary if you're reading the books as standalone stories.

For me, a good book shows me what is happening, this book told me about what was happening.

The narrators did a good job with the character voices and the delivery had a good flow to it.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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Good short stories

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
D.A. Provencher put together a good collection of short stories for his hero Jake Stark. I would have liked more background on Jake and developed his character with more depth. Overall I enjoyed the book. The narrators Bryan & Sonia Anderson do a very good job in telling the story.

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good short stories

These were fun short stories to listen to. I wish there had been a little more character development. I want to know what happened with the first girlfriend and how Katie and Jake finally got together. The bad guys/demons Jake is hunting were just the right amount of scary. I was scared and intrigued with the story lines. The stories seemed a little rushed but over they were fun to listen to. Sonia Anderson's narration was horrible!!! I felt like I was being read to instead of hearing a story and the accent was just too much. I will probably check out more books by Provencher. I received this book for free for an honest review.

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A Bump in the Night

I liked the book more then I expected and the narrators I thought did a great job.

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Unnatural beasties with a mundane attitude

When most creators of fiction stories create their world, they almost always have their characters seemed awed or impressed, or even terrified of the fictional additives, be it monsters or magics. Our hero, Jake Stark, isn't one of those people. He's tired and just wants to sleep, not fight off yet another skinwalker or werewolf from feasting on his town.

Fans of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and CW's Supernatural might enjoy this read.

**I was provided with a promotional copy, at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

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A bump in the night

Hmmnnn....Christian monster hunter.Some was good.I got tired of the praying.Bryan Anderson and Sonia Anderson were fair to good narrators.A bit stoic sounding.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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JAKE STARK FIGHTING EVIL FORCES

This is a collection of the first four stories in the Jake Stark Mysteries series, and this is a genre/subject that is totally up my alley, and I really liked it. Anyone who fights demonic forces is ok in my book, and I enjoyed reading about/listening to Jake Stark and think he's a great character. His cases are all over the place, and this will take you on a wild but enjoyable ride. I really liked it, and thought the narration was good too :)
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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-26-18

This was going to end badly.

A collection of short stories featuring Jake Stark, a Sentinel (or monster investigator-hunter) reporting to end employed by Church Corps. "My job," he says, "is to make your problems go away." Those little problems like a bat shaped vampire, a fire incendiary demon, the In-Between inside an haunted house - you get the picture. Although he believes he has no supernatural powers, he is well clothed and armed by the Corps, and a description of this is given in every story, plus he has access to information on the dark net and an old archivist, John, who can give him additional background knowledge, like how to get rid of the Thing in question. And he has a friend, local Sheriff Tom Parry.

Written in the first person, this is the Stark's eye view of the troubles in his area; wry humour throughout as Jake bemoans his paperwork, relieves his near constant hunger with hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza, and coffee which has to be made just right. Although he's doing a hero's job, inside he much rather run away. But he is sustained by the lord, the church and Christian quotes and relics. The stories themselves are not much but the man is great.

And narrator Bryan Anderson is that man. A deepish gruff voice, deliberately slow paced, a bit shambling, perfectly suited to the character he portrays. Good intonation, too, and expression of the text. His voicing of friend Tom is distinctive as well as that of the other occasional characters. All female parts, and this is only an odd sentence here and there (mostly of waitresses) are performed by Sonia Anderson.

An enjoyable, different take on ghost buster or fearless vampire hunter books, but a bit heavy on the religious beliefs aspect. However, the novelty of the humour does wear thin after the first few stories. My thanks to the rights holder of A Bump In the Night for freely gifting me a complimentary copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. A good way to fill shortish car journies where close attention to the action isn't needed.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 07-24-18

A great book with an old fashion detective feel

The narration immediately put me in mind of a Dick Tracy type detective story. Especially where you have the officer telling him what's going on and how they need his help.

I like the level of detail that the author gives to the action and I felt myself drawn in to the world that's created for us. The characters are big and bold and it's quite intense in places. Although absorbing with it.

I found myself invested in our hero and wanting him to win, which is a must in my opinion, and I really like Jake Stark as the main/leading character.

Very enjoyable

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

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  • Ostfeld
  • 07-10-18

Pure Joy!

The author of this book D. A. Provencher have done an excellent job here, this is a genre which now I’m thinking to check more often, I enjoyed this book because it wasn’t about scary stuff so much, it was more like a detective story which was fun.
Performance by the narrators was also done right turning it into a great enjoyable audiobook.

Recommended for all without a doubt !



I truly believe that I gave this audiobook an honest review even so that I got it for free.