I listened to this short audio book (also available as an ebook), which is a prequel to The Soul Summoner series which I have been thoroughly enjoying – see my review of books 1, 2 and 3 here, here and here.
This book, unlike the others, has no supernatural components, being a straightforward police procedural, but I like those too, so I was more than happy to listen to it.
So without further ado, here is my review:
This short prequel to The Soul Summoner series fills in a lot of background information on Detective Nathan McNamara in an entertaining story.
I have to say, at first, even knowing the character from the other books, I didn’t find myself warming to him because of his attitude to his one night stand. It might be realistic, but I was not impressed by him until he actually started to look at Shannon as a human being, rather than an intrusive irritation. Once he did, the story rolled along really nicely, and Nathan became an ever more sympathetic character.
The plot, which includes the thread leading into the rest of the series, works well as a police procedural, with none of the supernatural elements of later books. The robbery and murder thread is tied up well, and we see Nate’s natural heroism at work.
My only other issue was that the book is written for an American audience (I’m British), and the section about a certain sporting event (I’m not even sure which sport it was) left me clueless. It didn’t spoil my understanding of the characters attitudes and reactions, I just didn’t know what it was all about.
I listened to the audio book and I would happily give a 5* rating for the narrator – his ability to produce a variation of voices of both sexes was awesome, so I was never left in any doubt as to who was speaking. There were a couple of phrases near the beginning where he sounded slightly uncomfortable, but that could have been me, not him.
If you are already a fan of this series, I highly recommend this as either a book or an audio book, and if you haven’t read the series, you could do well to start with this one, on the understanding that weird stuff will start to happen as you get beyond this volume.
This raises the interesting question (not for the first time) of how much should an author take into account that not all their readers come from the same background, let alone country. Things (and words) that we take for granted may not mean anything to a ‘foreign’ reader.
What do you think, both as readers and authors?