To the steamy intrigues of a Hong Kong opium den...
From ancestral secrets long hidden in a Paris mansion...
To the rolling, bloody hills of Ireland during the Troubles...
Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, this, the third book in Cindy Brandner's magnificent Exit Unicorns series continues the story of Casey and Pamela Riordan, Pat Riordan and Jamie Kirkpatrick.
Trapped by circumstance and the events of his past in the USSR, Jamie Kirpatrick struggles to survive in a hostile environment where not all is as it seems, and blood bonds are forged with enemies in order to survive.
In Ireland, Pamela and Casey Riordan attempt to live a normal life amidst deceit, betrayal and an unofficial war that claims more than just blood. Bequeathed a legacy by Jamie Kirkpatrick, they struggle to keep an empire intact but cannot know the surprises that await them.
Flights of Angels is not only historical fiction, but equal parts political thriller, love story and fairy tale. Richly embroidered with lush imagery, spanning continents and vastly different cultures, this is an epic tale of country and the turnings of the human heart.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Flights of Angels just captivated me. I am wrapped tighter and tighter in the Exit Unicorn series after finishing this book. The characters have even more become people that I want to know and the new characters are most quirky and interesting. With such a beguiling cast of characters and excellent plotting I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an intriguing read about difficult situations and the ways that humans find their steel in surviving them.
First, the story. Just be ready for a well played drama as things unfold for Casey & Pamela, Patrick and Jamie. There are ups and downs, light and darkness, and personal growth for all of these wonderful characters. You get drawn into a spiders web of intricate story lines, that are truly connected, even if they exist in different countries as the author takes you through the harshness of Belfast and the tranquil Irish countryside, as well as the harsh Russian landscape. If I had to sum up this story in one word it would - emotional. Each character is challenged in his or her own way and they must muster up the right amount of moxee to face their own personal demons and move forward. It's worth every minute to see how this story unfolds and the ending will leave you wanting more. Now, the author. I have read all of Cindy Brandner's novels and I can say I have seen a growth and evolution in her writing. Each book is excellent and it seems impossible for Ms. Brandner to get better, but she does. As a reader who wants to be entertained, challenged and learn something in each book I read, I am never disappointed in the Exit Unicorn Series. Ms. Brandner has a way with showing you the heart of the matter through her lyrical writing. But don't think its all flowery fluff. It's not. Ms. Brandner's writing is the perfect balance of beauty and directness - no piece of her puzzle is without purpose. She doesn't waste your time. You know what you are reading is important to the story, and the layers of each piece bring you to a place very few authors can: satisfaction. If you haven't read all of the Exit Unicorns Series, you need to get them all. Be ready to fall in love with a group of characters and an author who will truly make you believe in the magic of love, loyalty, family and friendship.
If you have read the first two books, I know you'll not be surprised that I say it was amazing. But truly, it was flippin' incredible! I always want to ask the author how she knows these people and what they're doing now. The characters are that real to me. Like dear old friends that I've somehow lost touch with. I hate history. There, I've said it. Having said that, what a joy it is to learn about history without tasting it. The story is so involving that many of the events seem to be just part of the amazingly woven tale. Like they were created just for the story. But it's all historically accurate. I don't know how she does it. You get to know many of the characters (Characters? There must be a better word. People? Friends?) on so many more levels that were only scratches to the surface in the other books. There's also a whole mystical thing going on that absolutely gave me the shivers (in a good way). This was one of my favorite parts. It was a Pamela and Jamie thing that was incredible (I have to go back and re-read that part now!) I am SO envious of those that haven't read it yet. It will still be a great read the next time I read it, just as the first 2 were the 2nd and 3rd times through. But to read it fresh again with the anticipation bubbling through? I'd pay money for that. Enjoy! Oh, and if you haven't read the first two, I am super jealous! Just buy all three right now.