Category Archives: Historic Fiction

Better to Rest – Dana Stabenow

This is Dana Stabenow’s 4th book in the Liam Campbell series. Narrated by for the 4th time by Marguerite Gavin. I can’t say enough about this series. I love the glimpse into the Alaskan bush, the small town feel, and how centuries pass where very little changes.

This book involves another death in the small town and a mystery that may go back 60 years. When hunters stumble upon a plane crash and bring back a severed hand holding a gold piece Liam must secure a scene that is unreachable by humans due to glacier ice. Sounds easy until others hear there may be gold on the glacier and are willing to Rick their life to reach it.
Liam also having been promoted to Seargent after closing a major case in the previous book must choose to stay in his small town or move to Ancorage. This affects his personal and professional life and weighs heavy on his mind and heart throughout the book.
If you are a Liam Campbell fan you will enjoy this book as it wraps up many story lines from the three previous books. 
So as to not promote spoilers please read the previous 3 books “Fire and Ice”, “So Sure of Death”, and “Nothing Gold Can Stay”. All of which may be purchased at

Archangels Rise of the Jesuits Volume 1

Written by Janet M. Tavakoil and Narrated by Paul Heitsch Archangels is a story about a Vatican Intelligence Officer named Michael Visconte. He is called to the screen of a murdered Priest who also happened to be the Vatican’s Hedge fund manager. As a Financial Murder Mystery it is very good. Although a fictional story it is based in actual events. This book explores where the Vatican got it’s Billions and how it paid off so many abused children. This book I would call a historic fiction. The financial innermost working of the church are exposed or at least there is a great deal of truth in the written fiction.

Paul Heirsch does an excellent job with all of the characters and the Italian, Latin and German spoken by the priests. Where there is drama you can feel it in his presentation. The action is fast in some places and slow as a accounting textbook in others but the book overall educates and entertains.  This book is worth reading or Listening to.

This book was gifted to me for an honest review.

The Wolves of Paris – Rosemary Benson

Michael Wallace’s new book takes place in 1450 Paris. Where the Inquisition is still burning people at the stake and conducting other torturous acts. But as always people always seek out power. For one man and his friends the ability to shape shift from man to wolf and back is irresistible. Even if it damns their souls to hell.
Unfortunately an Italian Merchant and his brother along with a beautiful Widow of a French Duke stumble upon their plan and must fight for God, Love, and Life itself against this ungodly pack of demon dogs. 
The local clergy calling out the unholy think our Hero’s are themselves heretics and wish to round them up and punish them. The battle between Good, Evil, and Uneducated Ignorance is as much a part of this epic tale as the Wolves themselves.

This audiobook is Narrated by Rosemary Benson. She is by far the best narrator of French based stories in the business. Her accents and use of tone and space as she performs brings every audiobook to life. She is one of my favorite audiobook artists. I listened to this book because of her and was pleased that I did. Wall Street Journal’s Best Selling Author Michael Wallace wrote the perfect prose to showcase Rosemary’s Brilliance. 
This is a great book to read by listening.

This book was a gift in return for an honest review.

Top Secret – W.E.B.Griffin

W.E.B. Griffin  is a masterful author of military historical fiction. He has covered WWII, the Marines, The Police , and Now the Cold War. Alexander Cendese narrated the first book in this new series with the care of other noteable narrators in W.E.B. Griffin series such as Dick Hill.

Listening to books the length of most Griffin series can be difficult because of the precise detail he puts into his books. Cendese reads Top Secret like an old fashion radio play. Every Character is unique and precise. I know who is talking each and every time . There are 20 plus different character voices and each is unique.

The story itself covers a secret US program to smuggle high ranking Nazi’s out of Germany and into Argentina, as well as setting up listening posts to monitor Russian activity in the East. This was a tricky operation because the Russians were our alli. 

After WWII Germans would rather die then be captured or turned over to the Russians who would torture and kill them. The US provided them safe passage to Argentina for information. This series will discuss the Cold Was from the end of WWII to the End of the Cold War.  I highly recommend this AudioBook as it is a great Listen and a great story.

The Road to Rejas – Audiobook Review

The Road to Rejas by Jeff Brackett and Narrated by one of my new favorite Narrators Corey Snow, is a short story about Mark Roesch a Character from previously reviewed Half Past Midnight. 

This story takes place prior to the book Half Past Midnight and is a back story for how Mark Roesch made his way to Rejas, Texas where we find him in Half Past Midnight. Everyone has a  story of their “D-day” experience when Nuclear Bombs wiped out cities and the EMP Blast took out the power grids.

This is an Excelent Prequel to Half Past Midnight which I also highly recommend.

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The Starlight Club-Audiobook Review

The Starlight Club written by Joe Corso, and read by Christopher Strong is the first of four books released as an audio book through The Starlight Club in the Borough of Queens in Corona, New York is a Club that in 1961 was a place where movie stars, politicians, and even some gangsters came to dine.

The story is told through the remembrance of 70 year old Robert Valentine, or Bobby as he was known. Just a young man with a wife, two kids and a daughter on the way that worked delivering meat to the neighborhood and sometimes drove a taxi for extra money. 

Bobby was liked by the owner of the Starlight Club; Big Red and fellow patrons Trenchie, Jimmy the Hat, and others. Bobby would stop by after work and have a drink and listen to the stories and goings on at the club. The fond memories of Bobby’s time spent with the rough men who would become his friends is shared with his daughter Lynn years after the Club is gone and has become a Hispanic Owned – Italian style – deli.

Bobby’s story is an exciting and thrilling ride through the shifts of power in New York’s Five Boroughs and is an easy listening, and attention grabbing audio book that will keep you listening and leave you wanting more.
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