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When Detective Douglas Jones' son goes missing under strange circumstances, everyone assumes he ran away. The first break in the case comes when a long-lost relative shows up with a new name and a strange tattoo on the palm of his left hand. His name is Tallow Jones. He is a private detective... and a wizard.

A wizard is needed too, because in Atlanta, strange abductions are just the tip of the iceberg.

Tallow Jones is an action-packed detective tale full of mystery, magic, and mayhem!

©2017 Trevor H. Cooley (P)2017 Trevor H. Cooley

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Loved it so f- darn much!

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an -->unbiased<-- review

First things first... I'm not in love with the cover art here, and while I know we aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover, I usually start there. I'm so happy to share that this book was wonderful! Having read it, I also have a different take on the cover now FWIW :)

Now, let's talk about the narration. Andrew Tell. I have had zero previous experience listening to his work, but this book definitely made me a fan! I have looked into Andrew Tell's work and now have several more books in my wishlist. That is the highest praise I think I can give, really.

And that established, the same goes for one Trevor H. Cooley! I have added his entire Bowl of Souls series to my wishlist. I'm pretty sure I passed up on a couple during sales in the past, too, and I'm kicking myself.
Anyhow, this book starts off following Asher, the son of a Detective Douglas Jones, and brother to 8-year-old Aggie. This perspective is really for the prologue. The book takes up pretty quickly with Detective Jones as our primary focus. Tallow comes in soon enough. My first impressions were a bit reserved; I was interested in the goings on, but I was just listening the Dresden Files and I was wondering if this would be a clone. It's not! I love the darkness of Dresden at times, and I would say this never got so dark as that. Tallow book 1 does have its share of blood, so don't mistake me by thinking this book is about roses and butterflies. I found that, despite the darkness being a bit more shallow, it was done right and served the story well. The book has lots of dialogue, and some action, that drive the story on. It never felt forced or rushed. I never was jarred out of my "reading trance" by some weird detail or lack thereof. I thought things made sense and I was left with a sense of satisfaction while still wanting more. I though the characters balanced each well and were well-balanced themselves.
Oh, one more thing. Personally, I don't mind swearing or cursing at all, and even sometimes enjoy it. This book contains basically ZERO swearing or cursing. Even better, Trevor H. Cooley puts this in front of us in a way that I found clever. It even helps add a bit more depth to the character background.

I think sometimes I may be a "generous" reviewer, but I really believe that Tallow Jones book 1 earns its stars. The blend of excellent writing and narration was just what I wanted - and I want more.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I was hooked very quickly

I was listening to another book when I started this one, but had to finish it before going back to the first. There were a number of moments when I laughed out loud. My wife listened to it next and I kept having to ask what part she'd just listened to because of her reactions.

I had read the Bowl of Souls series first. She had not. We both enjoyed it for our own reasons.

And I just know Cooley has a family member who knits. No one else knows that pain. :D My wife is going to share this book with her knitting friends because of the references in it.

She actually clued in on somethings before I did. It's a good mystery with solvable parts. I am eager for the next book!

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Fun And Action-Packed

Wow, I just love a story that hooks me from the very beginning. Doug's son is missing and in the course of his investigation, things get really strange. Being attacked by creatures that shouldn't exist, creepy bad guys and a mysterious uncle that's really a wizard? What has he gotten himself into?

If you enjoy stories with magic, fantastical creatures and non-stop action, you'll love this! I loved how two worlds, one real and one fantasy, were brought together in this entertaining tale. I also appreciated the humor. The major plot twist was one that completely blindsided me, which doesn't happen that often. This promises to be a great series. The narration was very well done and I could easily visualize the story. My only criticism was that I wasn't crazy about the cover. I really enjoyed this and would recommend it.

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

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On the edge of mystery and magic

Omg I loved this book! I don't want to give away the story so forgive my vagueness. Cooley creates a full fleshed world of magic within a modern day detective case. I've spent every free minute pouring through the book. The details he provides to the world are only second to how alive and relatable he makes his characters. Can't wait to see more Tallow Jones.

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Captivating and suspenseful

This is a wonderful twist in combining other world fantasy in a real world setting. I love how Trevor Cooley's great story comes to life through the voice talent of Andrew Tell. It is so enjoyable to be able to visualize the story as I listen to it. Trevor Cooley's talent for describing a scene with great detail is well suited for the audible format. I'm also grateful that there are no concerns about vulgarity or explicit language so that I may listen to it with all my family members age 10 +/- and up. I am really looking forward to the next installment of the Tallow Jones series.

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awesome!!

I loved it! Trevor H. Cooley has created a new subgenre with this one like his western fantasy noose jumpers. Tallow Jones is the first and only detective mystery fantasy I know of and he did not disappoint. great read!

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Excellent work

If you enjoyed the bowl of souls you will love this book. Great story, excellent narration, can't wait for the next one!!

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  • TU
  • 01-17-18

Fantastic book!

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

As with a lot of people, this book hooked me from the very beginning. It made me laugh out loud and I enjoyed it very much. It was well narrated and the characters were engaging and well developed. The world building was also done well. I am most definitely interested in the next book in this series. In fact, I'm seriously considering looking into the other books by Trevor Cooley.

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  • Maryann
  • Beaver Falls, PA, United States
  • 12-30-17

Pretty good story

I was a little unsure about this book in the beginning. I can’t put my finger on it..... maybe the POV switching back and forth was what kept putting me off. Also. I was not pleased with the narrator. An audiobook has a tone be it serious or amusing, emotional or silly and this is created by the narrator. In this book I couldn’t get a steady feeling and it put me off. May be it’s just me. Any way about 3/4 through I got hooked and settled in for the rest of the ride which was pretty good.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review at my request..I will look for forwardp to more of Tallow’s adventures.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Tallow Jones

I really enjoyed this story. I loved the subtle comedy and the interesting way the magic was woven into the tale without completely taking over. The little twists were nice as well. I think some parts were a bit drawn out and there could have been more frightening sequences, but it was a good read none the less. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful