Writing under a man's name, Josephine Breaux is the finest reporter at Washington's Morning Clarion. Using her wit and charm, she never fails to get the scoop on the latest Union and Confederate activities. But when a rival paper reveals her true identity, accusations of treason fly. Despite her claims of loyalty to the Union, she is arrested as a spy and traitor.
To Josephine's surprise, she's whisked away to the White House, where she learns that President Lincoln himself wishes to use her cunning and skill for a secret mission in New Orleans that could hasten the end of the war. For Josephine, though, this mission threatens to open old wounds and expose dangerous secrets. In the middle of the most violent conflict the country has ever seen, can one woman overcome the treacherous secrets of her past in order to secure her nation's future?
©2015 Michael Wallace (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The protagonist in The Crescent Spy is young journalist Josephine Breaux. Most of the novel, all except the first few chapters, is located in New Orleans where Breaux was a journalist with a local newspaper while also serving as a spy for the US government. The novel ends soon after the fall of New Orleans to Union forces.
Author Michael Wallace does a great job of character development with Breaux. It is a superb historical fiction novel. The narration is very well done.
Good strong female character, The story is about US History and the war between the North and South, good steady story line, interesting and entertaining. Good audiobook
The Crescent Spy was was a well told story set during the American Civil War. The principle character, Josephine Broh a young gifted writer at first thought to be a Confederate spy was recruited by the Pinkerton Agency to gather information that will turn the ride of the war.
This Civil War thriller by Michael Wallace was brilliantly told and performed by Rosemary Benson.
I quite liked listening to this book - because the subject matter was interesting and the performance was good. The book is an original story but I was never dying to come back and listen.
A Great Listen
Rosemary Benson makes the stories she performs come alive. Her character portrayals are so good that I forget that someone is narrating the story when I listen to her. Her collaborations with Michael Wallace's books have been a pleasure to listen to.
What might have been a decent novel and an interesting slice of history was ruined by simplistic writing. Sing-song narration made it worse. Not worth any effort.
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