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Storm in Shanghai (Mage Father, #1)

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"Harry Potter meets The DaVinci Code in this magical mystery thrill ride..."

In modern day China, an American expat leads a law enforcement team of Mages and Wizards, whose sole purpose is to keep Magic hidden from the ordinary world. One morning, Jaret King finds Shanghai facing the return of the most deadly magical terrorist in history, a monster who has long been though
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Paperback, 388 pages
Published March 6th 2016 by MilkMan Publishing
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Libby Doyle
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The best thing about Storm in Shanghai is the characters. The cool magic system is a close second. This book is a classic urban fantasy, in which mages and wizards play out a dramatic conflict in a big city while the ordinary people – “the regs” – remain in blissful ignorance.

Jaret King, the protagonist, is a talented mage and the head of the Shanghai, China, office of Mage Order and Protection. MOP is basically the magic police. It makes sure that magic users don’t abuse their power, and that
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K.J. Chapman
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mages are born, but Wizards are trained from spell tomes. Simple, right? Not quite. The history between both groups is strained, and in present times, although working together to regulate magic laws, they're still walking the thin line of all out war. The reason is ... no spoilers... a twisted shocker.

The book flits from the main character, Jaret's first person present tense, to the antagonist, Maelstrom's, story written in third person past tense. The transitions seemed to work, and offers add
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Anna Tan
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
2015 finds former speedcaster champion Jaret King leading a joint mage & wizard law enforcement team in Shanghai. Sent to investigate the disappearance of a local wizard, a fairly innocuous-sounding missing persons case soon devolves into a hunt for the most deadly magical terrorist in history.

Storm in Shanghai is a story about a white American in China, written by a white American in China. Bush offers you snippets of life in China's biggest city, quick offerings of cultural exchanges, and
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Kay Gardner
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i wavered between four and five stars. four - i really like the book, but not sure if i'll read it again. five - i really like the book, and i'll probably read it again. i finally landed on five. interesting and well-thought-out (and well-told) storyline, great characters, and couple of twists i did NOT see coming. if you like modern tales with a bit of supernatural (mages and wizards), you won't be disappointed.
Merissa
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! It was fast-paced and interesting. Each chapter made me want to read more. The flashback chapters provided depth to the story. At the end of it, I was ready to read more. Glad to hear there are more books planned in the series.
Dima Bir
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! Great, well written story.
Melanie
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved how the characters and the plot intertwined. Loved the setting too!
Danielle Padilla
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed by this book! Characters are relatable and easy to fall in love with. I loved that I learned some Chinese language and how his book inspired me to research some of the famous locations that set the stage for some of the scenes. One of my favorite things also was visiting his facebook page and learning more about the character inspirations! My favorite was his inspiration for Herod! I see lots of posts eager to read the next book, as well as I am. I have found that he has a c ...more
Justin M.
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'll start by saying that this was a very good fantasy read. It's not the type of thing I would typically read, and Asian culture has never been my thing, but with that aside, I did enjoy the book very much. The main character Jaret was relatable and realistic, and the story arc had a good consistent feel to it. I enjoyed the originality and the way things were explained as well.

4/5
Aaron
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A super solid debut by an author with a great voice. The chapters flow by as the reader gets caught up in the mystery, magic and adventure. Can hardly wait to see where the story goes next.
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