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The Dark Side of the Road

Ishmael Jones Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Ishmael Jones is someone who can't afford to be noticed, someone who lives under the radar, who drives on the dark side of the road. He's employed to search out secrets, investigate mysteries and shine a light in dark places. Sometimes he kills people.

Invited by his employer, the enigmatic Colonel, to join him and his family for Christmas, Ishmael arrives at the grand but isolated Belcourt Manor in the midst of a blizzard to find that the Colonel has mysteriously disappeared. As he questions his fellow guests, Ishmael concludes that at least one of them - not least Ishmael himself - is harboring a dangerous secret, and that beneath the veneer of festive cheer lurk passion, jealousy, resentment and betrayal.

As a storm sets in, sealing off the Manor from the rest of the world, Ishmael must unmask a ruthless murderer before they strike again.

©2015 Simon R. Green (P)2018 Tantor

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Definitely NOT up to Tales from Nightside

You will recognize Green's writing style. It's distinctive and it was great to revisit it.

What wasn't so great? This slow, plodding, trope filled story.

If you are seeking a book with action - this isn't it.

If you are seeking a story with strong character and/or world building - you got it, this isn't it.

If you are looking for a lot of dialogue with not a lot of "movement" to the story - a la Agatha Christie with a supernatural twist...then you've found it.

I won't be reading/listening to another book in this series.

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  • Kara
  • BALTIMORE, MD, United States
  • 03-01-19

Turned into a slasher horror novel

I thought this book was going to be a typical British murder mystery, but it turned out shockingly gory and violent and very much full of fantasy creatures. I actually felt ill in a few parts of the book. I thought the “hero” wasn’t very heroic and allowed almost everyone to die when he could have saved them. It’s sad, because I wanted to like him. The writing was pretty good though, and the narration was excellent. The vampire voice of the undead sent a chill through me. Great performance. I finished the book; for some reason I was grossed out but couldn’t stop. And I’m oddly curious about the next book in the series, but also kind of afraid to tackle it...

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  • Bethany
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 02-24-19

A great new (to me) series

I bought the 2nd book in this series and immediately after listening to it I used 2 more credits to get this and the 3rd ones. I love all of the characters, the dialogue is believable, the plot and story expertly written and performed, and with some lovely dry wit. I think I'll listen to the others, in sequence, again.

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Wonderful!

Gildart Jackson, one of my very favorite performers, does a magnificent job of bringing this first installation of a promising addition to the detective-like, urban fantasy genre. I’m more than intrigued and be swooping up Simon R Green’s next, as soon as possible.

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An interesting plot, enhanced in no small way

An interesting plot, enhanced in no small way by the superb narration of Gildart Jackson. A lively and entertaining tale with a Dr. Who type of twist as you discover the main character and the villains are all aliens. Might not have finished this one without the help of Gildart Jackson. Despite the narration this one didn't quite make it into the top tier in my library, mainly because of the sci-fi content..

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  • Steven paxton
  • 02-07-19

great book

loved it. More of Simon r green great strange look on the world of monster.