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It's Time for an Ambush

By: Jester F. Bobbity
Narrated by: Darryle Johnson
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The world is infested with demons, vampires, and ghosts who clash with wizards on the fringes of society. Faced with these horrors, there's only one thing a small-time wizard can do: absolutely nothing. Doing something could get a man killed. 

Armed only with a modern view of magic, a snarky bloodthirsty apprentice, and no concept of the phrase "fair fight", Maker is far too weak to try and change the world. But when a new group of warlocks moves into the area with the goal of making his life more interesting, Maker will find sitting on the bench is easier said than done.

©2017 Jester Bobbity (P)2018 Jester Bobbity

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Do not be fooled by the hokey cover!

It's Time for an Ambush is an awesome urban fantasy. Well rounded characters, with excellent world building and magical rules that make the actions and interactions believable. The writing is polished and flows smoothly, which makes me suspect Jester Bobbity is a pen name for a previously published author. Possibly breaking into a new genre? As the story continued I became more and more convinced of that. It's solid writing throughout with none of the tropes and cliches that are typical in a new author as they're refining their craft. There's a few blips that make me think they're not American either. Most of the dialog and interactions are accurate, but Maker comments about adding a certain skill to his CVV instead of his resume for one. And did I mention it's very entertaining? Wow. Strap in an hold on. You're thrust into Maker's world, a wizard of weak abilities, out gunned and over matched in all his encounters, yet his intelligent utilization of his limited skills coupled with his cleverness and street savvy make him a formidable opponent. Maker stands on his own two feet, unique and refreshing in the urban fantasy genre, but if you had to make a comparison to other series out there, you could say he's a mash up of Harry Dresden and John Constantine with a dash of North Carolina hot sauce.

Darryle Johnson's narration is very good too. I should add I was on the fence at first. Zora is his weakest characterization and does not sound like a female. The exchanges between Maker and Zora at the start of the story blended together, so it was hard to tell who was saying what, but as the story progressed the other character's accents and delivery are distinct and vivid. Further into the story Zora still doesn't sound very female, but she stands out in her interactions with Maker now.

Bottom line. This is _great_ story, very satisfying and I'm happy I stumbled upon it and gave it a try. I sincerely hope it will continue into a series.

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So! Addictive!

This book was so great! Sixteen hour road trip and I couldn't turn it off :)

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hopefully first of many

Loved it! I don't read much fiction but breezed right through this one. Great narration, interesting characters , good mix of action gore and humor. Would love to hear what these characters get up to next!

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Pretty damn cool!

Self deprecating, violent, and funny, Maker was a wonderful companion on my morning commute. The story has a ton of imagination, a nicely drawn world that is totally believable. The narrator's personality shone through as he inhabited the main character. I could almost smell the ozone during the battles. Hey, Bobbity, how about another!

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Spellbinding !

Jester Bobbity is a masterful wordsmith. He creates a compelling character in Maker who narrates with such a matter of fact sensibility and a fresh off beat sense of humor that I felt as if I knew him. The plot is a wild ride of mage fights and epic vampire versus wizard battles. Maker's sidekick, Zora, is a strong heroine who relishes her life as full time wizard protector for Maker. Bobbity has built Maker's world around his private magic potion sales office.

His spells and potions are sometimes real and sometimes a placebo, which is decided according to Maker's pointed life philosophy.

His private practice is a front for the real magic working to uphold the order in society.

I can't wait for Book 2. I want to get to know Maker's bloodline and origin before he gets mixed up in magic.

What new threats will put society at risk and demand that Maker and Zora free our world from the clutches of evil?

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Surprisingly Great

I didn’t know what to expect with this book as the author is new to me, but this was really well done. The characters were interesting, the plot was interesting, everything about this book kind of flowed in a way that kept my attention the entire time. I enjoyed the narrator and think he did a good job of the main character especially. Overall I love this audiobook and I hope there’s a second one that comes out.

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Twists, Turns, and Turmoil. What a Ride!

These characters are well developed with a storyline that flows from the pages and punches into your gut. Maker has all the elements of a fantastic urban fantasy, but Jester Bobbity manages to add natural dialogue and a "realness" to all the characters that makes me feel like I know them.
As a result, when the "ambush" comes I'm biting my nails just as hard as Maker, Zora, and the rest, just praying they get out in one piece.
Great listen. Five stars!

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WOW!

This book is an amazing ride. well written characters and an engaging performance that kept me hooked the whole time. Gonna have to hear this one again while we all wait for the next one!

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Modern Wizard Story

A wizard fights all the bad guys. Mindless fantasy fun with no particular redeeming qualities. Large sections of the story are completely unnecessary.

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Familiar with a twist

As a relatively novice urban fantasy reader, I have become accustomed to a lot of the typical themes and arcs. It’s Time for an Ambush had all of the familiar magical themes, spooky creatures, and witty protagonists while also leaving space for new twists and creative takes on familiar ideas.

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Take a chance on this

Really good story, proper plot that concludes satisfactorily and interesting characters.

Ok, so the cover art isn't the best ever and the narration, whilst great for the main character is a little smudgy for the others, but that doesn't detract.

Couldn't find out much about this author. Other people seem to believe this to be a pseudonym for a previously successful author. If that is the case it does explain the competence of the book.

The plot seems to providing the chance for sequels. If so I'm definitely in.

For your info, no gratuitous swearing, no sexual content, female characters are people and not fantasized bimbettes and whilst there is some violence it wasn't dwelled on or gloried in.