Modern Sorcery (Jonathan Shade #1) ****
By Gary Jonas

Jonathan Shade is a paranormal detective with an immunity to magic. Kelly Chan is his superhuman martial arts master partner. Esther is his ghost secretary. It’s a cool blend of paranormal fantasy and noir detective mysteries. One of Jonathan’s old flames walks into his office and hires him for a case full of mystery, murder, and sorcery. Luckily, Shade and his posse have the tools for the challenge in their other worldly wheelhouse.

The pace of the novel was perfect for a busy body like me. I listened to Joe Hempel deliver a great performance while laid up and inputting some mindless (but useful) data entry. The fights, flights, and intrigue kept me from dozing off and slobbering on my keyboard!

I received a free copy 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.

This is book one in a series and there were plenty of things that came up which I would be interested to see more of in the four other books currently in the series. I’ll definitely give book two a go.

On top of the dangerous mystery, Shade must also confront himself and his fear of emotional intimacy. He’s been flighty in relationships and his three closest friends are females who are filling a void that his commitment phobia created. Naomi, his one-time love and current client, also drive Jonathan to confront this issue. Will he save the day? Will he get the girl? How for will he go to stop the baddies?

The end had a twist that I didn’t see coming!

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