Late last week I undertook a reading project that I knew would take me a while to get through - the three books of the series totaled 2024 pages - but what I didn't realize is that I would be so totally involved in reading these three magnificent books that I would lose all track of time and place while immersed in the wonderful fiction work by Cindy Brandner.
I am happy to present to you the "Exit Unicorn" series - Three books that will educate you about Ireland and it's Troubles, will fascinate you with it's characters, and will thrill you with it's adventures and travels. Each book contains romance, mystery, intrigue and some of the most heartbreakingly beautiful prose I've had the pleasure to read. This series is a major undertaking for any reader, but I promise you - it is well worth the time and effort!
Here is a little more about the books:
Book One - Exit Unicorns
About The Book:
In this sweeping and powerful epic the journey begins in the 'terrible beauty' of Northern Ireland during a time when conflict reigns and no one is spared from tragedy and sorrow, the time known as The Troubles.
Book Two - Mermaid In A Bowl of Tears
About The Book:
The long awaited sequel to 'Exit Unicorns' opens in the autumn of 1969. Casey and Pamela Riordan have fled the erupting violence of Belfast, Northern Ireland, only to find themselves tangled in the web of political corruption that permeates South Boston.
Here, a man's life can hang upon the whim of another, and neighborhood politics and organized crime are one and the same. While Pamela appears to flourish in the arena of Boston Irish society, Casey struggles to survive in a sphere where his presence has become increasingly inconvenient. Betrayed and blackmailed by friend and foe, the Riordans are forced to make desperate choices that bear heavy consequences.
In the wake of tragedy, they return to Ireland and an alliance with James Kirkpatrick. It is here the bonds of love are tested - by the bloody price of rebellion, a past that is fraught with dangers of its own, friendships that carry a steep price, and a secret that threatens to tear their lives apart.
Set against the backdrop of the gritty streets of Southie and the heartbreaking beauty of Ireland, 'Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears' is a tale of the invincibility of the human spirit, imbued with the passion, humor and magic inherent to the Emerald Isle.
Book Three - Flight of Angels
About The Book:
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...
BONUS READING MATERIAL:
Cindy has published a collection of short stories that go along with the "Exit Unicorns" series - Spindrift. This book contains a lot of background information on the characters found in the books, plus a glimpse at Book Number Four!
About The Author:
For more information on Cindy, check out her charming website at www.cindybrandner.com
My thanks to the author for providing the review copies of these books. I was not compensated for my opinion.