By: C.T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
Narrated by: Heather Costa
Published by: Crossroad Press 11/18/19
6 hrs and 27 mins
Brightblade Audiobook Sample
This is the first book in a new series, but set in a very familiar world (Phipps has a lot of series set in this world, Secret Files of the Red Room, Bright Falls Mysteries and Straight Outta Fangton, which is dubbed The United States of Monsters Universe). Ashley Morgan is a PI and Bounty Hunter. Her parents were part of the Red Room. She also has a real dislike of vampires. And this most recent case, puts her right into the thick of them.
Ashley is a “bright”, which means she is more than human. She has very strong empathic power and is able to tell when people are telling the truth based on how they’re feeling when they’re talking. She even tried her hand at being a superhero for a bit, but that didn’t work out so well.
This is a fun story. I loved learning more about these characters and really want to spend more time with them. I also got to see some characters from other series. Peter Stone, the main character from Straight Outta Fangton. I love Peter and I will take any time I can spend with him, even if he has only a small part here. Alex, from Bright Falls series, has a larger part. He is Ashley’s ex-boyfriend and a wizard. Ashley also has a sword that is inhabited by an angel. I really liked the angel.
I do love an investigative type story (be it cop drama or PI style investigations). This one is a fun one with a paranormal style. You can read this story without having read the other series, though there are spoilers in this book that will tell you about events in other series.
This has the humor that I’ve come to expect from Phipps and Suttkus. Like always, I love the pop culture references. This is the first time I’ve heard a Smurfs reference in a book (it was my favorite cartoon as a kid. I still have a ton of those little figurines). Most of the pop culture references are a bit more on the nerdy sci-fi angle, but I love when there are others.
Brightblade Audiobook Narration
This is my first listen from Heather Costa. I really liked her narration. I thought she did a good job bringing out the personality of the characters. If I was going to fault her, it would be that the voice of the sword sounded female to me. It was later when I heard Ashley refer to it as “him” that I realize it wasn’t a female angel. That being said, I really liked her narration and would listen to her again.
C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger on “The United Federation of Charles“.
He’s written Agent G, Cthulhu Armageddon, Esoterrorism, I Was A Teenaged Weredeer, Lucifer’s Star, Straight Outta Fangton, The Supervillainy Saga, and Wraith Knight.
Narrator: Heather Costa
SAG-AFTRA talent Heather Costa has been a narrator and voice over actor for over 15 years.
She’s passionate about bringing stories to life, and has narrated for Tantor Audio, Crossroad Press, Breakneck Media, Mill Creek Press, Disney, the Educational Testing Service, Prentice Hall and many independent authors. Clients say Heather is an absolute joy to work with…cheery, punctual, always acting with their needs in mind. She is fast, accurate, flexible and accommodating to deadlines.
Heather’s narrative foundation is built on a Bachelor’s degree in acting and vocal performance. Throughout her voiceover journey, she’s developed a finely-tuned ear and a great joy for her work. As a full-time narrator and voiceover actor, her professional Los Angeles recording studio allows her to consistently record in a high-quality audio environment, while providing her access to many publishers and studios nearby.