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The Art of Madness

The GearWitch Investigations
Narrated by: Nicholas Patrella
Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
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Being the GearWitch means Phoenix McGee can bend time, save the day, or find your missing dog. Because cosmic powers don't pay the bills.

Phoenix McGee became a detective to show the world he was mature, reliable, capable of running his own life and business. It’s just a shame he can’t adult his way out of a paper bag.

On the verge of losing everything, he takes on a simple case of suspected adultery, something to keep the lights on and the creditors at bay. Little did he suspect his life would become a chaotic whirlwind of false leads, uneasy alliances, mob ties, and a woman who punches with a sedan.

Bodies pile up as he struggles to keep things normal for himself and his assistant, Suzette DiMarco. In Rouge Mal, Nevada, unusual is normal. Being a haven for the supernatural and superpowered, it’s common to see a vampire on the street while a psychic informs you your bus will be late. Just present your Black Card for proof of powers. That’s not to say there are no normal people, far from it.

Then there is Phoenix McGee, the GearWitch. Being attuned to the clockwork nature of the universe and able to bend the fundamental laws of reality comes with the bonus that his powers show up under no scans, leaving him in a loophole where he can use his powers without legal restriction...or protection.

Phoenix will need his wits if he plans to solve the case and save himself, his livelihood, and everyone around him....

Fans of Seanan Mcguire, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher, superhero stories, and comics will love the first installment of the GearWitch Investigations!

Ask A. J.:

Q: What inspired the series?

A: A lot of things, and the best way to sum it up is this: It's like if Terry Pratchett wrote a series set in the world of Buffy staring the cosmically powered lovechild of Doctor Strange and Star-Lord. Phoenix is quirky, peppy, hilarious, and packs enough of a metaphysical punch to knock the bad guys on their butts.

Q: Why should we listen to them?

A: Because the GearWitch Investigations is a superpowered, fast-paced foray into an all new Digitalpunk world. Magic, superpowers, technology, and crime. How can you pass that up?

Start this cosmically-powered action roller-coaster!

©2017 A. J. Mayall (P)2019 WordFire, Inc.

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Excellent Fantasy Detective Story

Story opens well with situations unfolding in a very smooth manner. Narration was performed well with clear annunciations. Vocal pressure was applied in well timed flow with the story line.
I recommend this audiobook for ages 17 and older due to graphic violence
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Nice Blend of Detective and Super Hero Story

Typically, books about super hero detectives seem to be mostly super hero romp with a sort of "oh yea, he is a detective too" feel. That is not the case here. The Art of Madness has layers of complexity that give it a genuine detective story feel. Although, the main character seems so over powered this would be an incredibly short book if he weren't limited by being slow on the uptake. overall this is a fun story, worth the listen.

Narration is very well done. You can tell Nicholas Patrella was into the performance. He conveys plenty of emotion and other (sound effects?) to make moments seem real. Narration certainly seemed to add to the experience.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 09-01-19

Fantastic listen

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

I am hoping there are more Gearwitch books to come as I really enjoyed listening to this.
There were lots of twists and turns and it ended making you think there was more to come.