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A Ferry of Bones & Gold

Soulbound, Book 1
Narrated by: Gary Furlong
Series: Soulbound Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (229 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the gods come calling, you don’t get to say no.

Patrick Collins is three years into a career as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency when the gods come calling to collect a soul debt he owes them. An immortal has gone missing in New York City and bodies are showing up in the wake of demon-led ritual killings that Patrick recognizes all too easily from his nightmares.

Unable to walk away, Patrick finds himself once again facing off against mercenary magic users belonging to the Dominion Sect. Standing his ground alone has never been a winning option in Patrick’s experience, but it’s been years since he’s had a partner he could trust.

Looking for allies in all the wrong places, Patrick discovers the Dominion Sect’s next target is the same werewolf the Fates themselves have thrown into his path. Patrick has been inexplicably attracted to the man from their first meeting, but desire has no place in war. That doesn’t stop Patrick from wanting what he shouldn’t have. Jonothon de Vere is gorgeous, dangerous, and nothing but trouble - to the case, to the fight against every hell, and ultimately, to Patrick’s heart and soul.

In the end, all debts must be paid, and Patrick can only do what he does best - cheat death.  

©2018 Hailey Turner (P)2019 Hailey Turner

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There was potential

I have heard some of Gary Furlongs other narratives and they were decent and he had a decent range of characters. This performance if you can even call it that was flat and monotone.

I can hear some emotion in some scenes and there is a slight change to his characters but not enough to tell who was talking. only one character has an accent and the one you can tell is different from anyone else.

This felt like a dry read and it was his first time reading the book. It's a shame, this a great story but had a poor delivery. the odd part is that the last 2hours were his best performance

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Erika
  • CA United States
  • 05-06-19

Obsessed with Hailey Turner

This story is not the typical stories I usually go for, so I was nervous but this book got me within the first few sentences! Hailey Turner has such an impressive imagination and her story telling skills are amazing. I read this book first and then the audio came out so I of course wanted to revisit the story!! I love Jono's voice in this, Patrick's voice took me a little getting used to but after a chapter I was sold! I love Hades, Estelle, Setsuna, Lucien all amazing!! This is such an amazing mystical world full of mages, witches, vampires, werewolves, immortals, and humans! I'm obsessed with the world Hailey has created.

There are just so many layers to this book, it's amazing. Patrick ends up playing a very important role during the investigations and makes some unlikely allies. His little group starts forming, as they realize they need to work together to defeat the threat at hand. Amongst that group is Jono, the lone werewolf, who Patrick connects with instantly when their eyes connect. They were brought together for a purpose, and I really want to see where they go and what amazing things they'll do in future books. Seriously you need to read and hear this book!! :)

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  • Eddie T
  • detroit, MI, United States
  • 04-17-19

Wow

First let start with how beautiful the cover is! But that’s only the beginning the characters and story are amazing I couldn’t stop listening!!!

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Urban Fantasy

Gods, mages, were creatures, and more are pawns in the mystery behind a missing immortal and the dead bodies showing up in ritualistic killings all over New York City.

A Ferry of Bones & Gold is an Urban Fantasy full of action and suspense with a romantic subplot. There's a lot of world-building here, with a ton of secondary charactersand though Gary Furlong provides the main characters with distinctive character voices, let's be honest, the sheer number of secondary characters makes it impossible to provide distinct character voices for all, but I felt like Furlong did a really admirable job with as many voices as he was able to present.

Patrick Collins is a Mage and special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency (SOA). Patrick's about to fly off to Maui for a much-needed vacation when he's called to New York City to investigate.

Patrick has been working alone lately since he was soul-injured in the thirty day war. Partners have found his damaged magic too distracting, but he's doing his best, and has learned how, to work around his magical limitations. The war that nearly killed him hurt him more than physically, but mentally and emotionally as well, and he's still struggling with the weight of what has happened.

Jonothon de Vere is a God pack werewolf (God packs were werecreatures infected with a super strain of the werevirus, called the "God strain" among scientists.) originally from London and brought to New York by a Seer for...reasons. Reasons that become more clear once Jono and Patrick are introduced. 

Furlong keeps the pace steady and the action will have you on the edge of your seat. All in all it was an interesting listen with a HFN ending that doesn't end with a cliffhanger, but does leave some unfinished business to attend to (hopefully) in Soulbound #2 All Souls Near & Nigh. 

Dual third-person POV, Urban Fantasy, with plenty of world-building, plenty of action and suspense, some heat, and a HFN ending.

3.5 stars

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Amazing and captivating!

Patrick is a battle mage and now is an agent with the Supernatural Operations Agency after a horrific battle that left him scarred and in pain. Jono is a shifter that is touched by one of the Gods but is not part of any pack. As these two work against the evil that is trying to take over their city, they realize what they are to each other. You will find yourself totally immersed in this fantastic world where the paranormal walks among humans without hiding who they really are.

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omg when is the next one coming out

this was a great book I loved every minute of it action a love story can wait for the next one to come out

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Narrator is terrible.

couldn't get through the first chapter. No tone inflection. Same voice for 4 different characters, couldn't even keep track. Which is unfortunate because it sounds like a good book.

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Plot, magic, and a m/m romance side hustle

It's not too often I read a book with a gay male main character and actually enjoy the book for the plot. However, this was definitely the exception. I really enjoyed this urban fantasy tale and thought the magic was pretty cool (and different) than other urban fantasy books I have read. Moreover, I really liked the gay romance angle (for multiple reasons). First, I liked that it was more of a side plot than the main point of the story. Second, the characters weren't super stereotypical. And third, there were definitely some steamy scenes (not recommended for those under 18). The narrator also did a decent job giving a "voice" to the main characters. Overall, really enjoyed listening to this book and look forward to the other books in the series.

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Didn’t live up to the hype

I heard a lot of recommendations for this book, which is why I gave it a chance. It took a long time for me to get into the story. The author kept using the main character, Patrick’s, first name over and over and over again, even if he was the only person in the scene. It was driving me crazy. I almost DNF’d this book, but the middle finally caught my attention. But then the ending went on and on, long after the climax of the book. At least 2-3 chapters too long. I started wondering if it was ever going to end. Honestly, am probably not going to try the next one.

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  • Donald
  • Louisville, Georgia, United States
  • 07-21-19

Magic, Guns, Gods, & Werewolves...am I in Heaven?

Not knowing what I was getting into, I absolutely loved this story. Being introduced to Patrick's world and the interlink between Patrick and Jono was delicious to observe. I liked how the author interweaved the backstory into the actual story, adding to the drama and intrigue. The introduction of a cast full of characters was a bit tenuous at times, but trust that the writing styles of Hailey Turner will provide the needed information. In the beginning, I wasn't sure I was going to like this story. At the half-way point, I was literally trapped in the drama involving God's and the like. An addendum here...loved Hermes! By the end I was enthralled and wanted the story to continue...which I see that it does in the next book, which I must start to read/listen to as soon as possible. The narration by Gary Furlong was the icing on this story.

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  • Book addict
  • 05-12-19

Clunky and needs editing - has promise though

I was feeling hopeful with this book, especially since it has good reviews, but unfortunately it really missed the mark. The whole concept was clunky and full of info-dumping, telling the information at the wrong time, repeating the same facts again and againnnn for no reason. It felt like there should be a whole universe of books before this one to make it work. I didn’t feel the relationship development at all either.

The narration was monotonous and flat, apart from when he was doing other characters’ voices. He was great at doing a British accent and other voices too, but the majority of the book lulled me to sleep.

The book has promise and lots of potential, but they need to work with a good editor to bring it together.

If you want something better then try...
M/M fantasy/paranormal:
SPECTR series by Jordan L Hawk (can get the first box set for one credit)
Kai Gracen series by Rhys Ford
Green Creek series by TJ Klune
Evolved by N.R. Walker
Flesh and Bone series by Joel Abernathy

Other fantasy/paranormal (not M/M):
Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter
The Foundling series by Hailey Edwards
Crossbreed series by Dannika Dark
Imp series by Debra Dunbar
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 05-01-19

Great!

This was an awesome audiobook.
I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t stop listening.
I can’t wait to listen to more of this engaging series.

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  • Cassi
  • 05-05-19

Everything I love about Hailey Turner

I admit to struggling a little in the beginning with this one, but that was because its not my usual genre so it took a while for me to fall into place with all of the magic. But once I did Hailey's great story telling captured me. She does such wonderfully intricate books and fantastic characters I can't wait for more from her!

Gary's narration was perfectly gas and he did a wonderful job!

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  • KR Phoenix
  • 05-10-19

A detailed & dynamic story, with magic & mystery!

🌟🌟🌟🌟 4+ stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3
🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 4

Wow! Such a detailed urban fantasy adventure!

Hailey has created a new world; with magic, demons, and danger. I was hooked from the start. So much mystery and intrigue are unlocked as the story progresses, you can’t help but be drawn in. Patrick is a great character with so much depth you just need to know more! As a battle is brewing Patrick must help figure out who is making these demonic killings and why and when he does, disaster strikes.

Patrick’s back story and nature is explained and detailed so well it’s easy to get lost in the world Hailey has created and cause you to forget what came before. This story is a fantastic adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat while being drawn into a world only Hailey has the power over. With twists and turns, I can’t wait to see where Patrick goes next. The ending will leave you wanting more and thankfully book 2 is already out to be devoured.

A detailed and dynamic story, with magic and mystery. A great listen!!

Thanks for reading!

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 05-04-19

Definitely a book you don't want to miss out on...

4.5 Stars!!!

I'm a huge fan of urban fantasy books. The combination of paranormal and fantasy in a contemporary setting makes it somewhat easier for me to relate to the story and A Ferry of Bones & Gold is a particularly great one. The world-building alone was amazing. Ms. Turner managed to integrate this world where gods, vampires, werecreatures, mages, etc. interact with humans in a realistic way and give enough background information regarding past events without it being overwhelming or taking the main focus from the plot.

The story is told mostly from Patrick Collins's POV, with a few chapters from Jono's (our hero's love interest) perspective. Patrick is fantastic, witty, sarcastic, stubborn, strong, self-deprecating and much more than I expected him to be. He'd been through so much all his life, first with his mother's murder and his father's betrayal and then practically being on his own since he was eight-years-old, being subjected to the whim of the gods for what he needed to do.

Jono was my favorite of the two. He was just so steadfast and supportive and just there when Patrick needed him. He could manhandle Patrick when and if he needed it, or just lend him a shoulder to lean on. His backstory is heartbreaking as well, and I will confess that I shed a few tears that Jono had finally found his pack at last. He deserved that.

The attraction between the two was swift and instant, but that doesn't mean that this is instalove. Yes, they act up on their attraction, but neither of them is thinking about love, at least not yet. Loyalty and affection are more than enough to start building their bond and of course, it doesn't hurt that the chemistry between them is off the charts and the sex scenes were hot, hot, HOT! But I also adored the tender, sweet moments, and the banter and the way they just seemed to fill that void that their pasts had left them with.

The secondary cast was just as amazing as the main characters. Good, bad, evil, they all served a purpose and were there for a reason and didn't feel superfluous. My favorites were Nadine, Marek, Emma and Sage, and Hermes made me laugh every time he was in a scene. I'm really intrigued by Patrick's old captain, Gerard, and I hope we get to see more of him in the next book. I wasn't particularly fond of the Greek gods or the way they seemed to toy with Patrick's life at will. And I hated Ethan, although I was a bit disappointed with that part of the story. I wanted a bit more.

Overall, I loved this book to bits! I can't wait for the next one. Everything from the world-building to the characters to the romance, the fighting scenes, the masterful way the author wove Greek, Egyptian and Norse mythology into the story, and above all, the writing which brought it all together, were top-notch.

Gary Furlong did a good job with the narration, especially when there was dialogue involved. All the character's voices were easy to distinguish from each other and his tone is quite pleasant, although it felt a bit monotonous, almost robotic when he was narrating parts of the story without dialogue. Still, it was a pretty good experience to listen to one of my favorite books like this and I have no trouble recommending it in any form you can get it. I can assure you you won't be disappointed.

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  • Emma Burbidge
  • 05-03-19

Magic, shifters, gods, vampires & plenty of danger

I really enjoyed reading the books and getting to know the character and this magical world created by Hailey Turner, so imagine my delight as Gary Furlong did a wonderful job of bringing the main guys Jono and Patrick, as well as their assorted friends, colleagues and allies to life. He is a narrator previously unknown to me and he totally nailed Jono's British accent!!
I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series (in ebook, hopefully soon to be in audio too!) to all fans of MM Paranormal magic/shifters/gods/vampires, as this is such a well-written and beautifully woven tale of intrigue and family drama with murder, mayhem and an almost apocalyptic plot to steal a godhead.

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  • choccygrl
  • 05-03-19

Interesting story

I've not read any other books set in this universe of magic and demons, where Gods and immortals can cross to earth for a chat. But this was an excellent jumping in point. The author fed the information into the story without info dumping, especially helpful when you're listening while doing something else. The story threw you straight into the action and didn't let up. I got swept away with it, always trying to sneak in an extra 5 minutes listening.

I eagerly await the next story in the series.

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  • Headinabook
  • 05-03-19

Wonderfully mystical

This is a new series by Hailey Turner and it's an Urban Fantasy one and is full to the brim with Gods, Goddesses, witches, mages, Demons, were creatures, and Vampires to name a few, so basically every myth and legend from every belief system.
There is a war going on Good vs Evil, but the battlelines aren't clear, there is treachery around every corner and the hero is a soul damaged grump, who just wants to go on his first holiday in years, he starts off as abit of an arse but mellows as the book progresses but then I think i would be an arse too if I had been apart of the war since childhood.
The book is full of brilliant twists and turns with surprises thrown in which just keep you in the action and wanting more. The bad guys are evil to the bone and the good guys are also flawed, The smexy times are hot and in Gary Furlong’s voice **flans face vigorously ** phew.
The audio has taking one of my favourite re-read books and made it into a favourite listen.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 05-03-19

Fantastic new series!

This is a really good story - well written, really engaging characters and great story line. As a fan of mythology, especially Greek, this was an absolute treat. I highly recommend the story.
I've listened to Gary Furlong narrate other books, (he is very good), and was pleased that he was narrating this. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this narration. Gary Furlong was really great in some parts (IMHO); in others, he sounded a bit stilted. Then there were times I couldn't really distinguish between the characters, (but it may be because many American accents sound the same to me).
Overall though, this is a great way to experience this excellent story!

A copy of this audio was provided at my request. The opinions shared are my own, with no expectations.

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  • Summertimememories
  • 04-30-19

New Narrator for me.

Not been into listening to books for all that long, this narrator was new to me and knocked it out the park, It took me ages to get into his style basically I thought it was a little monotone to begin with, then as the book went on, realized the diversity in his voice for other characters, when I was into it I really enjoyed it.

Great job..