• A Friend in the Fire

  • An Auden & O'Callaghan Mystery, Book 2
  • By: C.S. Poe, Gregory Ashe
  • Narrated by: Garrett Kiesel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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A Friend in the Fire

By: C.S. Poe,Gregory Ashe
Narrated by: Garrett Kiesel
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Publisher's Summary

After solving the mystery behind the death of his former friend in July, ex-Army Sam Auden has been aimlessly wandering the country. Everything had gone sideways in New York City, so when his phone rings three months later, the caller is the last person Sam expected to be asking for help.

Confidential informant Rufus O’Callaghan has been struggling. His NYPD contact was murdered over the summer, and the man Rufus is head over heels for was driven away by his own undiagnosed trauma. But when he receives an anonymous letter that promises information on his mother, life goes from dark to dangerous in the blink of an eye.

Sam and Rufus must dig into Rufus’s rough and turbulent past in order to solve a series of contemporary murders connected to his mother. And if the two can’t expose who the killer is in time, they will most certainly become his next targets.

©2021 C.S. Poe, Gregory Ashe (P)2021 C.S. Poe, Gregory Ashe

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Great Narration!!

This is the second Rufus and Sam book in the series. You really have to read the first book to get the most out of this one. This book begins 3 months after the end of Book 1. Rufus is a mess and figuring out he made some poor decisions. When Rufus calls Sam for help, he immediately answers. They reconnect in a fun way and their relationship blossoms while running for the lives and dodging a serial killer. Fun for all!!

I thought this was a more playful and fun book than the first one. The first was great, but somewhat somber and dark. In this one, I thought the guys’ personalities come through a little better and they start opening up to each other and confessing their true feelings. There is more snarky dialogue and banter between all the character, but especially Rufus and Sam. For me, I have to connect to the main characters in order to enjoy the mystery, and I definitely connected to Sam and Rufus.

There are many red herrings and twists in turns in the mystery. This is my first CS Poe book, so I'm not as familiar with her style. But this is definitely a familiar G. Ashe style of writing. Loads of snark and endearing moments. Garrett Kiesel does an amazing job bringing these characters to life, truly brilliant. Can’t wait for the next book.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

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Past and Some Boundaries

I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. Here it is.
This instalment of the series focuses on the adventures our heroes encounter when trying to figure out what had happened, all those years ago, with Rufus’ mother. Somebody from the past, who should have been in jail, appears one day in Rufus’ way and tries to stab him. This attack makes Rufus call Sam and ask for his help. And Sam comes back, and together they start putting together the sombre memories that might help them disentangle the past. This search carries them through Manhattan, the NYPL, the Brooklin, and some parts of Jersey. They ponder on what it means to be a victim of a crime when you come from a low status profession, and how easy it is to let people like that slip into oblivion.
The relation between the two MCs enters into the boundary negotiation stage. Rufus takes steps towards treating his illness, and we are offered a short blink into a possibly violent past Sam might have.
The narrator is perfect - it has a default quality that leaves the story intact.

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Good story. Good narration.

Another action packed murder mystery. I enjoyed it. Mostly, I like the characters. Rufus and Sam are an interesting team. The last book ended on a disagreement between them, but a reunion seemed inevitable.

I keep getting Jack Reacher vibes from Sam, but I am not complaining. I am just very amused by the idea. Sam is still hiding most of his backstory, but we do get hints in this book. Rufus needs help with his past so he calls Sam. Things go about as well as they did in the first book. Mayhem happens.

I am looking forward to the next book. I want the rest of the mystery.... I am also enjoying the narration. Garrett Kiesel has a much better performance in this book. There are still a few awkward pauses here and there, but I like how he voices the characters.

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Leaves you wanting more!

Uhhhh I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Call me a sucker for all the little Easter eggs from other series, annnnnd a serial killer plot. Plus learning more about Rufus? I can’t wait for the next one!

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Great Narration& Story

Love these 2 guys together. their just perfect. The story was interesting and narration great.

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  • 05-13-22

Sam Auden and Rufus O'Callaghan are back and bette

After their horrible argument three months ago, Sam Auden finally get the call he's been hoping for. Rufus needs him. Someone who claims to know something about Rufus's mother's death contacted him, and asked to meet. Instead of learning more about the night Daisy died, Rufus is brutally attacked and barely manages to escape.

He needs Sam's help. Daisy might have been a prostitute and would never have won Mother of the Year, but she was the only family Rufus had and he won't find peace until he knows exactly what happened to her.

I've never heard Garrett Kiesel before this series, and I can say I'm a huge fan. He portrays Sam exactly how I thought of him, but Rufus! I love it! Well done!

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Brilliant

This is a brilliant series, characters are amazing. Great plot, can't wait for more of this.

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Great!

This is the second book in the series. I loved it. I found myself smiling at the way Rufus and Sam interacted with each other. Both are smartar**s. I’m looking forward to the next book.

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I love Sam & Rufus

A Friend in the Fire by Gregory Ashe & C.S. Poe was given to me in exchange for an honest review. We pick up 3 months after the first book in this series where Rufus starts looking into the death of his mother Daisy. When he runs into a knife wielding man who wants him dead he calls Sam for help. As Gregory and C.S. weave a wonderful and intriguing murder mystery while keeping the snarkiness of both Sam & Rufus you can't help but get caught up in all the craziness these two create. I loved this book narrated by Garrett Kiesel and really brings these two to life.

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slowly warming up

After Rufus and Sam worked together in book one of this series, though there was some attraction and connection between them, the two went their separate ways. I do believe that things will eventually work out for them, but I was okay with their hiatus because both men definitely had some issues to work out.

As we start out this book, Rufus is nearly stabbed by someone from his past, and it really kind of leads into the mystery that needs to be solved in this book. But he can’t exactly solve it on his own so he makes a call to Sam. Sam has been hitchhiking his way around the country for some reason. Sam has PTSD and also some sensory processing issues that made him adverse to touch sometimes and left him with nightmares. Though he started seeing someone for help and taking medicine again, his behavior at the beginning of the story reminded me he is a little bit of a jerk, too.

In a nice cameo from one of Gregory Ashe’s other series, Sam finds himself in Wahredua at the Pretty Pretty club and happens to see Hazard and Somerset before he takes home a bartender and leaves the man in tears just when the call from Rufus comes in. I was turned off by Sam’s callous treatment of this side character, but also happy when he rushed off to help Rufus without hesitation. I definitely appreciate that characters are flawed just like people are in reality. Rufus is crap at taking care of himself so Sam’s first action is to get him to finally sleep and then feed his malnourished body. Both of them clearly missed each other and proceeded to piss each other off with their trust issues and defensiveness. I do see some positive changed in the two men and I believe they will continue to get better as individuals and as a couple, but their happy ever after isn’t in sight yet.

Which leads us to our mystery. There were a few moments that amount of players involved in the murder of Rufus’s mother and several others was confusing. I got lost in what was happening a few times, but I also was able to sort it out in a short amount of time. The investigation and resolution of the crimes was exciting even though I felt bad for Rufus at the same time. I had no clue to who the killer was, but it wasn’t really written in a way that I think the reader is able to figure it out. It was nice to be surprised. And of course the police department still has its share of crooked cops, but Rufus’s new handler seems to be a good fit with him. Things are still a little bit up in the air of where Rufus and Sam are heading, but I am along for the ride for sure.

This is only the second time that I’ve listened to this narrator but I found his performance enjoyable and I hope to see him narrating more books in this genre. As for this book, I recommend it and the series.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 01-30-22

Enjoyable Story

The story premise is good and the characters are likeable. The narration was good too.

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  • WallE
  • 09-29-21

Rufus and Sam do good

Ashe and Poe continue with Rufus and Sam and I for one am glad. They have good souls.
This is a very good crime story with some interesting and some unpleasant characters which creates a page turner that is both sad and evil. It also reveals some of Rufus' back story as a child so we now have insight into the man he is today. This leads us to the continuation of Sam and Rufus' relationship building where each has to expose some of their vulnerabilities in order to let the other one in and Garett Kiesel narrates this beautifully
This series has more to give.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 09-17-21

Back together

I wasn’t thrilled with the way book 1 ended. Yes, Sam had his reasons for walking away from Rufus, but it hurt my heart. Of course I could see it was the first in a series – and I know Gregory Ashe’s propensity for putting his protagonists through Hell - so I knew there was a reunion in the offing.

Sam’s gone wandering again and winds up at the Pretty Pretty in Wuarenda – a town I am familiar with thanks to Ashe’s other series, Hazard and Somerset. Nice to see some old friends, if only for a quick visit. Sam’s not coping well, and I keep trying to want to fix him even though I know he’s got to do it himself. He’s soon drawn back to NYC and Rufus (yay!) but they’re investigating the death of Rufus’ mother almost twenty years ago. Talik about a trail gone cold.

Rufus has to relive much of his trauma from those early years and that was tough. As the men try to find answers, they’re trying to stay one step ahead of the police and one step ahead of the killer they seem to have poked into restarting his murders.

The mystery is good, of course, but it was Sam and Rufus who carried my attention. Oh, and the dénouement was pretty, uh, gruesome. I’m hoping there’ll be more books in the series as I’m hoping to see both men farther along on the path to recovery.

Finally, I’m enjoying Garrett Kiesel’s narration of the series and I’ll be happy to see him continue.

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  • L.D.
  • 09-12-21

Serial Killers and Past Secrets

The Auden and O’Callaghan Mystery series needs to be read in order. Each book builds from the previous and are not standalones. A Friend in the Fire picks up a few months later after A Friend in the Dark ends. Sam and Rufus are separated, but when danger comes sniffing around Rufus, all it takes is one phone call to bring Sam running back to help Rufus out.

The writing team of Gregory Ashe and C.S. Poe has turned out another wonderful addition to the Auden and O’Callaghan Mysteries. The writing style for the book was smooth and of high quality—it’s easy to tell that both Ashe and Poe are masters of their craft. They’ve created such intriguing and dynamic characters with depth and flaws. The romance between Sam and Rufus is far from the fluffy, insta-love tropes, but instead borders almost into a slow-burn. Their relationship is intense with a gritty edge that translates so well into passion. The mystery plot line was full of twists and turn with action and suspense. I really enjoyed it.

The audiobook was narrated by Garrett Kiesal, a new-to-me narrator. He narrated the first book in the series as well as this one. He did a nice job and I can tell he improved from the first book. I liked how he was able to change his voice and make it versatile for Rufus. I hope Garrett narrates the rest of the books in this series, because he did really well voicing the main characters.