Acheron Highway *****
By Gary Jonas

I liked the first Jonathan Shade novel, but I loved Acheron Highway! I started this title on the fence, because some books don’t need sequels. Now I’m hooked on the Jonathan Shade series. Jonas has given the characters I started to like in his first installment a new depth and complexity through this installment.

Another thing that really helped this book blow out my expectations was the remote viewing plot thread. It was really fun to call bluff with Shade as his investigation leads him down this path. I loved that movie Jonas referred to in the book, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and am intrigued by what those army guys really did in the seventies. Plus, George Clooney is great in everything, except Batman, but I think that was on the director, not the cast. Michael Keaton is my Batman.

Kelly Chan is one of my favorite characters. Not just in this book, but ever. She’s probably a close second to Kaladin in Brendan Sanderson’s Knights Radiant series. 

Kelly is tough, impossibly tough, but Shade has convinced her that life isn’t just about killing baddies. It’s about uplifting the downtrodden and then killing baddies. She met a boyfriend at the end of the first book, and their relationship took some interesting turns in this book.

I received a free audible code in exchange for a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

Joe Hempel did a great job on the narration. This is the third book he’s read to me and I’m very impressed with his quality. The characters all sound different and the voices add to Jonas’s descriptions nicely.

It’s nice when a book ends by tying all the seemingly separate plot threads into a pretty knot. The end of this book was unexpected and awesome! I don’t want to spoil, but just be assured that it’s a great ending. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series.

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