Sunday, November 15, 2020

The Black Blade (A Huckster Novel) by Jeff Chapman and narrated by David Bosco

The Black Blade (A Huckster Novel) by Jeff Chapman and narrated by David Bosco is a fun listen. If you enjoy the setting of the Old West mixed with supernatural, this is def the book for you. 4 ½ stars for story, 5+ stars for narration.

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What’s it about? Orville and Jimmy are performing their usual when a man of sorts approaches them with a job to rid his house of a curse. Being Orville likes coins, he says yes, against Jimmy’s protest. From there, the adventure begins. You get magic, shifters, spirits, meet some people and form friendships, battling the bad, amusing sayings from Jimmy’s grandma, and more. It’s a book that you enjoy for the tale, not necessarily the character development. It’s an amusing story that you should give a listen.

The narrator, David Bosco, surprised me with this one. I actually had to confirm I was listening to the correct book as there were new voices I have yet to hear from David. His range of voices still amazes me. Even if this is not a story you would typically listen to, you should listen for David’s narration alone.

“You don’t wash a pure heart in a pond fouled with manure, my grandma said.”
“Fishing for gratitude is like fishing without bait.”
“A cutthroat who acts your friend is more dangerous than a dozen who come at you in the open.”

Overall, I recommend as this book has a nice mix of horror, comedy, and fantasy with an Old West feel.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: some violence and death- it’s in an Old West style setting so you will hear mentions of hangings. Language used: hell x12.

Where to find the author: Jeff Chapman
Where to find the narrator: David Bosco

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

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