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Publisher's Summary

From the dark fairy tale forests of Russia...

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...

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 amid 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.

©2012 Cindy Brandner (P)2019 Cindy Brandner

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PHENOMENAL in every possible way...

If you haven't delved into the world of Exit Unicorns, then you are missing out on an epic work of art!!

Flights of Angels is the third book in this phenomenal series and the continuing story of Casey, Pamela, Jamie, Patrick, and a host of memorable characters navigating the terrible tragedy that is The Troubles.

This part of the story has us traveling to Hong Kong, Paris, and Russia, then back to our most troubled Ireland. This book is bloody brilliant. It is a rollercoaster ride of emotion and the tale is full of mystery, politics, betrayal, love, heartache, and survival. There is always poetry and stories to be told that leave you breathless and Flights of Angels is no exception. It is so far my FAVOURITE of the series.

I first read Flights of Angels in 2015 and again in 2019 when the audiobook came out.

I highly recommend reading this series along with the audiobook. It is a whole other experience entirely!

Gary Furlong is a master at his trade and he does not disappoint! I thought he did a fantastic job with Exit Unicorns. He takes it up quite a few notches for Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears and he has completely BLOWN ME away with his work in Flights of Angels.

My favorites are the voices for the characters in the Tales of Ragged Jack and the part where Pamela connects with Jamie in the dream realm and has a mix of accents! Love it, love it, love it! His rendition of the Reverend Broughton and the Crooked Man is spine-tinglingly accurate in my mind.
Love it, love it, love it!

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  • Rita
  • 2019-04-06

A mult-layered tapestry

This is by far the most layered and complex of The Exit Unicorn series - stories within stories- all richly told in prose and translated into a verbal tapestry by the warm and compelling voice of Gary Furlong. We are left, as always, yearning for more.
Well done!

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  • toobusy2w8
  • 2019-11-05

A wonderful continuation to the journey...

Wonderful story! I’m on edge waiting for the next one! The story continued and took twists and turns I wasn’t expecting which keeps the plot moving. I enjoy all the poetry and literary illustrations.

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  • Pamela Palmer
  • 2019-08-12

My favorite in the series

This was by far the best in the series. So much happening to our beloved Jamie, Pamela, Casey and Patrick. I'm not a literary critic but I read a ton of books. There have been so many times that I read a passage and wish I could read it to an expert just to say "isn't this incredible." We see and feel the effects of the troubles in Ireland and in this book the horrors of the Soviet Union prison, the expendability of people. The ugliness of greed and hate and then the beauty of human connections in the foulest of places. I love the fairy tales and the otherworldly connection that happened between Pamela and Jamie (and Casey was there too.) I think Gary is fabulous giving each character their own voice and accent. He does a great job. Waiting for In the Country of Shadows to become an Audible book. I of course have read all four and now have listened to them. Cannot wait for book 5.

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  • Veronica Cox
  • 2019-08-12

Best One Yet!

Take a great story with awesome characters and mix it with a creative narrator and you’ve got a perfect audio book mix! I was waiting anxiously for this book to come out on audiobook as I couldn’t wait to hear the voices of the colorful, interesting characters from this story. It did not disappoint!!

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  • Wilson
  • 2019-08-12

Beautifully crafted!

Can't get enough of this beautiful tale. She's a wonderful Author and storyteller. Selfishly, I don't want the tale to end.

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  • David
  • 2019-07-07

Beautifully told, engaging story <3

Matching the quality of Ms. Brandner’s storytelling with a voice particularly suited to the characters and moods, Gary Furlong’s audio presentation is varied and evocative. It is seamless when characters voices change as he effortlessly converses and narrates, or becomes mystical as suits the beauty of the storytelling from old Irish or Russian folktales or Jungian hero journeys that allow us inside a tortured mind. The magical wonder of ancient places and timelessness of a struggle for survival are beautifully felt as love manifests in so many ways.
As I will, I am sure, listen again and again, each time the depth of the story will reveal even more understanding of how well crafted and engaging it is, and how well suited a tale it is for such a telling!

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  • lynn
  • 2019-05-14

Waiting for the T V series.

couldn't put it down. Northern Ireand scenery history, politics, love ,mystical ,strong female characters. Wonderful narator.

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  • Lea N
  • 2019-05-14

Epic storytelling! The narration is magical .

The next adventure with Cindy’s characters is epic. With each new book the narration gets more magical. The toothless elderly characters are hilarious. I love that it never feels like one person is playing every character. He does it with such ease and pizazz, or subtlety (whatever is needed) , especially when Jaime has his fever dream and the accents rapidly change. He’s on point! I love this story and can’t wait to see how it all plays out. I read this story first so hearing it as always reminds me of forgotten yet important details and turning points. The fairy house being one happy nougat! An Utterly fantastic and pleasant listen .

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  • tania garberg
  • 2019-05-03

Wonderful voice for a wonderful story

This is the third of Cindy’s book that Gary has narrated. Her stories weave a poetic story about Ireland. Gary has a voice that just lifts you along while you hear a story about struggle and love. Wonderful!

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  • Megs
  • 2019-05-02

Keeps getting even better

A vacation into the past, and to far away places.

I have been a fan for years, eagerly awaiting each installment. Flights of Angels is a tapestry of stories twirling around the central relationships and introducing compelling and/or terrifying new characters.

The story within the story, of Ragged Jack, caught me up. It was difficult to turn off and caused me not a few nights short sleep. I even volunteered for somewhat repetitive jobs so I could listen at work. it was magical.