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The first novel in the thrilling new urban fantasy adventure series, Max Abaddon, by Justin S. Leslie.

An unambitious, unemployed bachelor with a penchant for drinking, Max Abaddon inherits an extraordinary gift from his recently deceased grandfather. Now a young hero with new magical powers, Max must embrace his calling and help this hidden world in its war with a murderous darkness.

Suddenly in a position where he’s learning about magical and mythical beings, Max’s third decade of life is starting off in a direction he never would have imagined. Max is discovering a magical new world while it slowly overtakes his old one. 

Meanwhile, dark players emerge from the shadows with a plot to disrupt the delicate balance between the natural and the supernatural. To help his new friends, Max must accept his responsibility, get a grip on his new powers, and be careful of who he trusts in this gripping murder mystery set in Florida.

©2019 Justin Leslie (P)2020 Justin Leslie

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Fresh & humorous with fantastic world building

In Max Abaddon and the Will, we travel to sunny Florida, where we meet Max Abaddon before his thirtieth birthday. Unemployed after leaving the military, Max is hungover and at a crossroads in his life when he receives a call that his grandfather has bequeathed him something.

That something turns out to be a home with unusual secrets and a diary about his thirtieth birthday. Magic and mythical creatures are real, and the world is in danger. From Elven wine to portal stones, this audiobook was fantastic!

The world building was fresh, creative, humorous and suspenseful. The characters from human to not so human had depth, held my interest and have me wanting to know more. The house is magical itself, with hidden chambers, libraries, and spell labs.

The series is available in kindle unlimited and there are currently 3 books released. This is the first audiobook, but the next will be coming in 2021. I plan of grabbing them for audio and recommend you do as well.

Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator to handle these distinct characters and their personalities. From pixies to disengaged vampires, he added another layer of depth to this stellar tale.

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Loved it.

Best Urban Fantasy I've listened to in quite some time.
The story was quite enjoyable, The writing is very good. This book checked all my boxes. It has a good male main character ,It's not full of romance or disguised porn. The magic system is believable and the narration is excellent.

If you enjoy Harry Dresden or Alex Verus this book is a must have.

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30 Year Old Harry Potter

Max Abaddon gets the mother of all inheritances when he receives the message that his grandfather has died, magic is real, and he's got the chance to become part of something greater than himself but it comes with people trying to kill him. Max is bewildered at the start of his journey but rapidly comes to understand his situation. I really enjoyed the world-building here and Max gradually coming to discover the hidden reality underneath our day to day one. I also enjoyed the unique blend of Florida locales with the supernatural weirdness. I'm definitely going to check out the next book. The narration is great and brings a lot to the character, making him feel grounded and real. I recommend the audiobook over the written version.

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so good...

thought it was gonna be like the other grandfather disappears and grandson become a wizard series...on paper it was...but it was awesome all the same. MC not completely OP yet is completely gullible...it works tho. keep them coming.

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took a chance and wasn't disappointed

Was hesitant to start a new series from an unknown to me author, but so far Luke Daniels has been pretty good at picking books I will like.

Was unconvinced at the start with it feeling a bit generic (guy with nothing really going on at the moment, but has military training, gets dragged into the supernatural) but quickly found its own direction.

The characters were believable and well though out, and Luke Daniels put plenty of personality into them.

Pacing is wonderful with no point where I was waiting through filler wanting it to get on with the story, yet it didn't feel rushed.

I'm out of credits, but the next two books went right on to my wish list for later.

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Interesting but felt like filler for a sequel

Worth a shot but felt unfulfilled in the story, as well as it was quite a bit shorter than I thought necessary

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Highly entertaining start to a series

This was a well paced and enjoyable urban fantasy. Max is in a bit of a rut when his life takes a turn and he discovers magic and supernaturals are real. Book 1 creates a fantastic world and while it resolves the current mystery, it leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I just hope they get answered in the next book. Luke Daniels is a phenomenal narrator and is always a great listen.

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CANT WAIT FOR MORE

MAX ABADDON AND THE WILL BY JUSTIN LESLIE is the first in the Max Abaddon series. Max is an unemployed, almost thirty year old just out of the military with no job, no wife and very little hope left, when he gets notified that his grandfather is possibly dead and his lawyer wants to see Max. Max with nothing to do goes and finds grandfather's will is not what Max could even imagine what it would be,neither is his lawyer.
Max has just found out that when he turns thirty he will inherit magical powers and a position that, yes can be cool can also get him killed.

Fast paced and a good mystery. I fell in love with the characters right away and cant wait to hear more of the series.

Luke Daniels is the narrator for the book and he did an excellent job at the characters, especially, Phil . To me he was spot on with Phil!

I recieved this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

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Fantastic start to a promising series!

I really enjoyed this audiobook! This book first popped on my radar when a friend reviewed it on her blog and I thought it sounded like something that I would really enjoy. When the opportunity to review a copy of the book myself presented itself, I didn't hesitate for even a moment. I liked this book from the start and found it to be a fun initial installment in a very promising series.

Max is nearing his 30th birthday and he is about to learn that the world is not exactly as he thought. Max's grandfather is recently deceased and he has left Max an unexpected gift. Max suddenly needs to learn how to navigate a world of magical beings he didn't know existed while learning how to use his newfound powers. He is quickly brought into an investigation with his new friends and things get very interesting.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Max handles having his life turned upside down remarkably well. I found him to be very easy to like and enjoyed seeing him adjust to his new reality and just find out what he is capable of doing. The supporting characters were equally well done and varied. I loved the fact that there was a good dose of humor that was worked into many of the character personalities.

Luke Daniels did a fabulous job with the narration. I have listened to his work many times in the past and I think that he was the perfect choice to bring Max and the rest of the characters to life in this story. He used a distinct voice for each character and added a lot of excitement to the story. I believe that his narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a fantastic start to a very exciting and promising series. I cannot wait to read more of this series!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author.

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great story

I loved this story and can wait to get more like this!!! I was glued to my headset like we were one!! loved the whole story completely

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  • 05-11-21

I'm hooked

This is a really enjoyable listen. The storyline and how he learns about his abilities is well written. The voices used are excellent fitting with how I would imagine the characters.
I recommend this book and will definitely continue listening to both the authors books and the narrators books.

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  • 04-29-21

finished in 1 go.

I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.

Well this is a book I wanted to finish, i couldn't stop, its enticing with characters that are strong, whitty and as real as anyone can be. The detailing is remarkable, as is the humour, its very well written and thought out. it's a tale that draws you in and keeps you fully entertained.
Lucks narration is flawless as expected, he brings the characters to life and gives each their own personality. it's a perfect combination.
The out takes at the end are brill, had Mr laughing out loud.
I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone.
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