Vertigo Effect

Jonathan Shade Novel, Book 8
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
Series: Jonathan Shade, Book 8
Length: 4 hrs
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Lights, magic, murder!

A movie stuntman dies performing a stunt on location, but the police call it an accident. His girlfriend Angela is a low-level wizard, and when she finds a witch's spent hex bag at the crime scene, she knows it's murder.

Jonathan Shade and Kelly Chan take the case and go undercover to do stunts for the movie while they track down the murderer, but as always, not everything is what it seems.

Vertigo Effect is loaded with action, magic, humor, danger, witches, wizards, Esther the ghost, movie stars, and fun. Listen to it today!

©2016 Gary Jonas (P)2020 Gary Jonas

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Gripping new Jonathan Shade novel

Jonathan and Kelly are employed as stunts in a movie to investigate the tragic death of another stuntman. Foul play is suspected but no one seems to have enough motives to have killed this man.

This is one of my urban fantasy favorite series, and I was looking to this audiobook since I finished the previous one. Jonathan, Kelly, and Esther are finally settled in their new timeline, so this book a bit more straightforward than previous ones in that respect. The audiobook was a delight to listen to: plenty of action and intrigue, and while Kelly is not the same person as before, the group dynamics feel more like the old ones. I think that this change in Kelly allows for a different and deeper evolution that will have pleasant surprises in the future.

I was hooked to the story from the start. We do not know this dead stuntman, but the circumstances of his death were strange enough to grab my attention. The secondary characters were picturesque and interesting, as in previous books, and they felt distinctive enough that I was able to see them with my mind’s eye.

Joe Hempel’s narration was absolutely flawless and exquisite, no news here. It is not only that it didn’t disturb the story but it elevated it and made the characters more human. There were differences in voices that made following dialogues easy, but those differences were also subtle, which made the dialogues sound natural and the characters alive. Joe Hempel was already one of my favorite narrators before this series, and I am glad that he decided to narrate it, which led me to discover Jonathan Shade’s world.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-23-20

All the King's horses and all the King's men.

At last, Jonathan, Kelly and let's not forget Esther, are back and on a case: the death of a stuntman which everyone other than his fiancee believes is accidental. But she is convinced it was murder and, being a low level wizard, she knows an hex bag when she sees one.

The Jonathan Share stories are always a pleasure: great supernatural stories with lots of action but still plenty of time for humour and personality development. Narration is by the excellent Joe Hempel, always a pleasure to hear, giving a perfectly paced performance and breathing even more life into the various characters (even those that might be dead!) with panache and obvious enjoyment. A fine performance.

A always a pleasure, Vertigo Effect is another fun, fantasy listen and highly recommended to all who enjoy the genre. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request freely, gifted me with a complimentary copy. Such fun

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  • ChaosKay
  • 01-19-20

Another great story

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

Jonathon goes on a movie shoot as a stunt man trying to find out if the previous stuntman was murdered.
Whilst he has to get used to this time lines Kelly he has to fight off a Zombie with super strength.