Book #72: Jade Ihara 1-3 Collection by David Wood and Sean Ellis

Three complete novels from the bestselling Jade Ihara Adventures series by David Wood and Sean Ellis! 

ORACLE 
Sometimes, knowing the future is not enough…. For more than a millennium, the Oracle of Delphi guided kings and conquerors with stunningly accurate visions of the future. But, with the rise of a new God, the Oracle faded from memory. Now, the power of the Oracle is about to change the world once more. 
While excavating a previously uncharted passage beneath the ancient city of Teotihuacan, archaeologist Jade Ihara makes a startling discovery: enormous stone spheres, arranged to resemble a model of the solar system, slowly orbiting a golden sun. Even more fantastic, when Jade attempts to move one of the spheres, she catches a glimpse of the future…a premonition that will save her life and launch her into a desperate race to unlock the mysterious secret of the oracular orbs. Jade is accompanied by her old friend, former Navy SEAL Pete “Professor” Chapman, and pursued by a relentless secret society intent on burying the secret of the Oracle forever. 
Return to the world of the Dane Maddock Adventures in the first book of a thrilling new series, as Jade crosses the globe in pursuit of the secret of the Oracle. 

CHANGELING 
You can’t always recognize the face of your enemy. 
Two thousand years ago, the legendary mathematical genius Archimedes was poised on the brink of the greatest discovery in human history when his life was brutally snuffed out. His murder has never been explained. 
While investigating the strange Paracas skulls—believed by some to be the remains of extraterrestrial explorers—archaeologist Jade Ihara receives an unexpected visit from an old foe seeking her help against entities he calls “Changelings” and their plot to manufacture a false chapter of human history. 
Hounded by radical extremists led by Atash Shah—a man bent on becoming the Mahdi prophesied to unite the Islamic world—and haunted by the faceless puppetmasters who secretly control the world, Jade must follow the trail of clues to uncover a deadly truth that has been erased from history. 
Can she solve the mystery of Archimedes’ murder, or will she become the next victim of the conspiracy to hide the truth? 

EXILE 
Jade Ihara is caught in a centuries old power struggle between a slave cult who believes she might be the incarnation of the goddess of liberty, and a secret cabal with plans for world domination. Can she unravel the mystery of the Cult of Veritas and find their sacred relics before it’s too late? David Wood and Sean Ellis deliver another action-packed thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Fans of Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, Rogue Angel, and Dane Maddock will love Exile! 

I received a copy of this audiobook through Audioboom for an honest review. What follows is mine and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

Okay, if there is one original Hollywood crush in my roster of Hollywood crushes (I have about 4 in my roster) it would hands down be Harrison Ford. Indiana Jones to be precise. This is important to know because I asked for this audiobook omnibus for the fact that Jade Ihara was described as Rogue Angel, Tomb Raider, and Indiana Jones. I love all three and had to jump at it.

Story wise,  the books weren’t bad. They were filled with action, well paced, and the magical mystery involved in them were interesting. I wouldn’t have thought to join multiple cultures and using their similarities to make up an artifact with magical properties. It kept me engaged

However, there was a downside. I honestly didn’t care for the narrator. It’s not that he had a bad voice, he doesn’t. It’s because his presentation of the story wasn’t what I would have liked. Je felt bland, slow, and just not my cup of tea.

So, writing wise, I would recommend these books. But audio wise, I think it really would depend on the preference of the ear.

Final Rating: 3/5

Praise for David Wood and Sean Ellis 

“I’ll admit it. I am totally exhausted after finishing the latest Jade Ihara page-turner by David Wood and Sean Ellis. What an adventure! I kept asking myself how the co-authors came up with all this fantastic stuff. This is a great read that provides lots of action, and thoughtful insight as well, into strange realms that are sometimes best left unexplored.” Paul Kemprecos, author of Cool Blue Tomb and The NUMA Files 

“Dane and Bones…. Together they’re unstoppable. Rip-roaring action from start to finish. Wit and humor throughout. Just one question – how soon until the next one? Because I can’t wait.”- Graham Brown, author of Shadows of the Midnight Sun 

“Ellis and Wood are a partnership forged in the fires of Hell. Books don’t burn hotter than this!”- Steven Savile, author of the Ogmios thrillers 

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