Warning Call

The Black Pages Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Whitton A. Frank
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Elana Black. Saving the day even if she has to tear a hole in the universe to do it.  

An unbeatable mythological horror has its sights set on Elana, and that's not the worst of her problems. Gods want to use her, shadowy agents want to eliminate her, and a powerful sorcerer wants to kill her; all as she rushes to stop an event that portends the death of her best friend, Olivia. It's all catching up with her, and just in time for Christmas. Elana is going to have to figure out how all of it is connected but she's in over her head, outnumbered, and running out of time.  

And she always thought magic would make her life easier. 

©2017 Danny Bell (P)2018 Danny Bell

Critic Reviews

"In this fantasy, Elana Black can insert herself into a book or television story and engage with all the characters. Whitton Frank narrates this story breathlessly, portraying the characters, both real and fictional. Frank's narration becomes more emotional as Elana flexes her skills, her ability to change storylines and save their characters from death. Unfortunately, Elana is not the only person who can change stories, a situation that forces her to battle for her life. Frank works hard to keep up with the shifting scenes as the line between fact and fiction blurs and the action heats up. Her performance fades into the story as good battles evil and characters chase one another from book to TV and back again. The dialogue is nonstop, the action fast paced, and the story good enough to make listeners willing to suspend their disbelief." (AudioFile Magazine

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The world of Elana is starting to be revealed.

I immediately started this book after reading Empty Threat because i wanted to know what happens. The second book really starts to build and show you the world of magic that Elana is in and it's huge and so diverse that it has endless story possibilities. I really enjoyed it and it gave me a sense of completeness that I won't agonize over what happens next unlike other series where your waiting years to know! I will get the next book when it comes out now that I've grown to enjoy the company of Elana, Olivia and the rest of her friends.

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Who needs a Tardis when you have a Bookstore?

This book was a lot to unpack. It doesn't stand alone, by the way, so read Empty Threat first.

I have to say that I wish there had been more reminders of who is who and what is what. Because. Unpacking. Lots.
Elana is a young introvert who has stumbled (maybe) into magic and a special brand of fantasy. She has a major God-like creature angry at her and another who wants her to become her pet assassin. While evading 2-headed monsters and avoiding murder, she's also trying to re-build broken friendships.

But all she really wants to do is save everybody. And, for some reason, she wants to do it by herself. This is a hard concept for me. I mean, even Jack Bower had sidekicks. Though usually they were at a desk on a computer while he outran all the bullets on his own. I did like her refusal to accept that, if your only two choices suck, then there must be a third choice out there. That is heroism in the vein of Kirk and Kent. I can only guess that Elana's sweeping embrace of her sudden power and purpose are about her, as yet unrevealed, heritage. Stay tuned?

Whitton Frank is very talented with dialogue. I think her exposition needs work. And that may be because the core voice of the book is Elana's and I found that voice too stagey and not personal enough. As in she's performing the story from a big stage instead of telling it to me in my headphones. She does find that intimate tone in several of her other characters though - so yay! Her accent work was fun and not heavy-handed. The book itself has some very funny lines and concepts in it and I think Ms. Frank didn't do Mr. Bell's humor the justice it deserved.

Overall, I did like it and can recommend it highly.

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A Killer Sequel that Stands on Its Own!

One of the problems I have with sequels is that they are usually just weak reflections of the first book. Not this time. This book has a strong story, possibly stronger than the first book.

We start out the book with our heroine Elana Black again. In the first book, she had just discovered what she was and what she could do, now she's not only having to deal with it, but has to deal with a Godzilla-sized monster sent to destroy her. There is loads of action that leads to an epic battle, but a solid plot as well. The characters in this book are faced with many unpleasant choices and sometime they cannot escape making those choices. This book is a rollercoaster ride, yes, but not without pulling on your emotions. A completely absorbing, 100% original tale. A bravo to the author for having a female hero who isn't afraid to throw a punch or a sarcastic line, yet still manages to be completely human.

The narrator...what can say. She is the character, no matter who she's playing. The right voice, the right emotion. What a stellar team!

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Fun story

Strong female characters keep me interested in this series. they are relatable and fun. I also love the relationships between them.

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Whiny and Annoying

Rarely do I find both a storyline and performance lacking...actually, this is a first.

I first need to make a confession...this is the first book I've read in the series. Many books explain things as you go so it's unnecessary to read them in order...this is apparently not one of them. The only thing the author has repeated many times is: this is the good Jason, not the bad one who tried to kill me. So trying to make sense of all the characters is extremely difficult. That's on me for not reading book 1 first.

Here is what I cannot tolerate. Elana is a whiny and very annoying main character. So many reviews identified her as a great character...I'm just not seeing it. There was nothing, and I truly mean nothing, that allowed me to connect with this character. And the narrator, perhaps bravo to her, captured that whiny, annoying character so well that my skin actually started to feel like ants were crawling all over it. I've had the pleasure of listening to many female narrators who pulled off a male voice admirably...this was not one of them.

Many reviewers wrote that they alternated between laughing one minute and action the next. Sadly, I did not find anything humorous about this character. It's unclear to me whether this would be a better book to read vs. listen to. Perhaps Elana wouldn't come across as a whiny, obnoxious young witch if you read it yourself.

I managed to make it approximately halfway through the book before I asked why I kept torturing myself.

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Mr. Danny Bell has done it again!

Yep! This second book in his series was absolutely riveting!!! I cant wait for the next book! I am completely hooked on these novels. with the build from the first book, the second one took twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. The suspense was perfect. Fantastically wonderful job by Ms. Whitton Frank as well. It is so easy to tell who is who by her vocal changes. And her accents in the first and second book are great! Love this book!! I would absolutely recommend it to anyone and everyone. Well done Mr. Bell!! Keep these stories coming!!!

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The third book can't hit the site quick enough.

I enjoyed the first book, but this one showed the author's growth as a storyteller.

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When the Stand Alone is Very Different from the First

It’s so hard to pick up the second book in a series when it jumps right in and you’re stuck wondering if you should plunge forward or stop to review the first book!

Whereas I felt the first book was lovely and brought favorite books and tv to life, this was more rooted in the current real world; with characters - fictional or mythical - were grounded and living amongst us. It’s not how I hoped the series would progress, but I suppose it was the natural order of series.

Maybe if I had picked this up immediately after the first, I wouldn’t have had much time to anticipate a higher climax or forgotten so much. Even after a relisten to the first, it still didn’t grab me the way the first had. I tend to dislike recaps of previous adventures/books and had not expected it to be necessary since the first was a flawless stand alone.

I found Alana’s personality rivaling the author’s pen. Although she’s still coming to terms with her known and unknown abilities and the havoc it’s causing, her growth is stunted and mood swings likens a bully on the playground - it’s all over the place in a manic pendulum.

Whitton Frank was mind blowing star material in Empty Threat. I guess my expectations were more enthusiastic than realistic. She’s still good, but ... maybe the characters and writing tainted the narration.

“It’s pretty good” is the Audible explanation for three stars, and it fits my overall satisfaction for the book. The series will undoubtedly find more hardship and villains for Alana and her clan to defeat to protect our world, but I may sit it out. I liked the newer naive Alana who only wanted happily ever afters; this one grew balls she hasn’t managed to handle yet, causing a pause as I ponder if a missing 1.5 book would help tie it together - and I regularly avoid those!

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

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Amazing

After finishing the first book, I wanted more. the 2nd book doesn't let you down. The deeper I got in, the more i wanted to know. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • 10-16-18

Such a great series! So good!

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

I REALLY enjoyed this book and thought it was a brilliant follow up to book 1! It has continued to have great dialogue. I still really enjoy the premise of being able to jump into anything fictional and make changes. The narrator, too, continues to do a great job of making all the characters, especially Elana, come to life. I was so excited that this has become a series. I can't wait for the next book to come out. Hopefully it won't make me wait as long this time.

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  • S. Ragsdale
  • 09-06-18

Great sequel, great narration!

Elana Black is my favourite story-loving nerd, fast food taco connoisseur, and magic user. I enjoyed "Empty Threat", and "Warning Call" is a worthy successor. Elana Black is back as a more powerful, and confident with bigger challenges - it's great to see her grow as a character. Whitton Frank is both the real life inspiration for the character and a brilliant narrator.