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5+ stars for Reign of Fire by @CasiMcLean #politicalthriller #romanticthriller #audiobook #audible

Title: Reign of Fire, Deep State Mysteries #1

Author: Casi McLean

Narrator: Kristin James

Genre: Political/Military Thriller with romantic and supernatural elements

Book Blurb:

USA Today Bestselling Author, Casi McLean, presents a military/political thriller with supernatural elements in Reign of Fire -- Lies, corruption, and murder...Can a ghost spark love in the midst of chaos?

To expose a faction threatening America's democracy, Emily Rose joins forces with a team investigating her sister's murder, but she never expects to fall in love--or to encounter her twin's ghost.

Ashton Frasier accepts his detective career choice means a life of bachelorhood--until Emily Rose blows into his world. The spitting image of his latest victim holds a mysterious allure he can't deny.

Surrounded by danger with the country's democracy at stake, Emily and Ash must expose a dangerous faction threatening to take the White House before the Deep State discovers their sting...and tame a fiery passion burning between them, evoked and fanned by cunning spirit with good intentions.


My Review:

Summary –

Unease floods Emily’s veins and she worries about her twin sister’s safety. When her brother, Wyatt, delivers the horrible news of her sister’s murder, her life spins out of control. She flies to DC and teams up with Detective Ash to bring her sister’s murderer to justice. The more they uncover, the more she realizes she and Ash are in mortal danger. The Deep State has infiltrated the American government and they will stop at nothing to cover their tracks. Can Emily trust her gut and her sister’s spirit guiding her, even if it means right into Ash’s embrace? Or will Emily be the next victim in the Deep State’s long list of murders?

Narrator’s overall voice –

Kristin James has a voice made for audiobooks. Her voice is well-trained and takes on each character with a certain flair I’ve not heard before. I could listen to her read the dictionary and I’d be captivated.

Does the narrator fit the characters?

Yes, Kristin James embodies each character and breathes new life in them. As I was listening, I found myself envisioning the story through Kristin’s narration. It’s impressive to me how she brings Emily’s character to life.

Narrator’s reading style –

Kristin James has a slight accent but I don’t know if that is her own accent or Emily’s. Kristin’s voice amps up the action, drama, romance, suspense at just the right moment so the reader’s reaction is very real. My heart pounded when Emily’s did and so on. I attribute this to both the author’s story and Kristin’s interpretation of the story. So good.

Narrator’s impact on reading experience –

Kristin James brings the story to life. She elicits so much energy, the reader can’t help but become part of the story. When I finished listening, I wanted to listen to it all over again.

Narrator’s pacing –

Kristin James has the perfect pacing in Reign of Fire. She slows down when the scene calls for dramatic tension or flair. She speeds up when the story needs a pulse-pounding effect.

Audiobook flow –

The audiobook flows seamlessly as if Kristin James is reading one of her own stories. Kristin becomes part of what makes Reign of Fire such a gripping read/listen.

What makes this audiobook unique –

I’d first say the story itself. I read Reign of Fire when it first came out and it’s still one of my favorite political thrillers ever written. Combine that with Kristin James’ gift for narration and you have a deadly combination. This is one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to.

Would I recommend this audiobook –

YES! YES! YES! Go now and listen to it.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

USA Today & Amazon Best Selling Author, Casi McLean, pens novels to stir the soul, crossing genres from ethereal captivating shorts with eerie twist endings to believable time slips, ghostly encounters, mystical plots, heart-pounding thrillers, and sensual romantic suspense––all dusted with a sprinkle of magic.

Known for enchanting stories with magical description, McLean entices readers with fascinating hooks to hold them captive in storylines they can't put down. Her romance entwines strong, believable heroines with delicious, hot heroes to tempt the deepest desires, then fans the flames, sweeping readers into their innermost romantic fantasies.

With suspenseful settings and lovable characters you'll devour, you'll see, hear, and feel the magical eeriness of one fateful night. You'll swear time travel could happen, be mystified by other worldly images, and feel the heat of romantic suspense, but most of all you'll want more.

Newest on the horizon, A Switch In Time, is a time travel stunner where Casi teams up with her mother's never published manuscript in a unique novel that spans sixty-years in the making––creating a story ripped from today's headlines.

Twins unite when a cutting-edged medical mystery merges with high-tech crime solving, creating a pulse-pounding thriller in Virtually Timeless.

Casi's Deep State Mysteries series enters the realm of political thrillers, combined with NCIS Military and a hellastrong ghost you'll root for in Reign Of Fire, and The List––Alyssa's Revenge. Her newest work in progress completes the three-book series and is scheduled for release Spring 2021.

Watch the trailers on this page or on her YouTube channel:

Casi's signiture series, Lake Lanier Mysteries, features a unique spin on romantic suspense time travel. Inspired by freak accidents, strange phenomena, and eerie lore attached to Atlanta's man-made Lake Sidney Lanier, Casi weaves together page-turning suspense and star-crossed lovers in this three-book series. Toss in an almost believable time portal and Lake Lanier Mysteries will draw you in and hold you spellbound.

What if the excavation created more than a lake? What if explosions triggered a seismic shift, creating a portal that connected past to future?

Lake Lanier Mysteries Book #1

A RONE AWARD Finalist, Beneath The Lake

Won 2019 PRG Reader's Choice Awards for Best Time Travel

2016 Best Romantic Suspense

2016 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

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Beyond The Mist, book #2 in Casi's romantic time slip treasure chest, is a stunning tribute to the victims and first responders of the 911 World Trade Center terrorist attack. Here is the trailer link:

Between The Shadows brings the saga full circle with an amazing time slip to 1865 and a search for the Confederate gold. Don't miss this trailer:

Find your Destiny in Casi's Destiny Collection––five short stories with twists you'll never see coming.

Uniquely qualified to write self-help and inspiration, Casi tops the scale with her powerful memoir, Wingless Butterfly: Healing The Broken Child Within, sharing an inspirational message of courage, tenacity, and hope, displaying her unique ability to excel in nonfiction and self-help as well as fiction.

Find out for yourself why readers love to Discover The Magic Of Casi McLean's Books.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

1 Comment

Casi McLean
Casi McLean
Jan 07, 2022

Thank you so much. I love it when a narrator makes me get lost in my own story. Kristin Kj James totally rocks this story!

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