• Reign Of Fire

  • Deep State Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Casi McLean
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When love sparks danger - even ash burns!

USA Today Bestselling Author, Casi McLean, presents a political thriller with military and supernatural elements in Reign Of Fire.

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 uncover a dangerous faction threatening to take the White House. Can a ghost spark love to expose the truth?

©2019 Casi McLean Inc (P)2019 Casi McLean Inc

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Very very good

I found this audiobook to be very very good. The narrator does a great job of bringing each character out. There is a great combination of suspense, action, drama and a little romance.

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Reign Of Fire

This was one of those books I just couldn’t put down. The political intrigue, not knowing who to trust, loss, a bit of paranormal and a little romance, this story has it all. There is a conclusion, for those that don’t like cliffhangers, but there is also a great setup for more books to come. I can’t wait too see where Casi McLean takes this!

I thought Kristin James did a great job with the narration and I hope to hear more from her soon.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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good audio book

good audio book. couldnt stop listening to it. really good audio
five star book
i did read the ebook before the audio book and i still am drawn to the audio book over the ebook because the audio brought the book to life

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A Thriller mixed in with romance

This is a polictical thriller mixed in with romantic suspense. This is not my type of book but I am glad I picked it up. It had me hooked from the word go and the tension as the story progressed built up from there.

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This book has everything....

As always, I have to state that this book was given to me for free in exchange for a review.
I always like to state that this does not impact my review or my opinion of the book. My reviews are honest and my own opinion of the story, performance, and overall thoughts on the book.

When I say that this book has everything, I literally mean everything...

Romance, Thriller, Paranormal, and amazing character development and storylines.

Murder, shadow government conspiracies, ghosts, and blossoming romance intertwine for an awesome read. Highly recommend if you like your books with a paranormal aspect.

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Great Political Thriller/Romantic Suspense

This was my first Casi McLean's book, and won't be my last. This is the first book in the Deep State Mysteries Series. This is a great Political thriller/Romantic Suspense with paranormal elements. The story is well written and captivating. Emily and Asthon are great characters. The secondary characters are also interesting. Emily's sister ghost adds paranormal elements to the story. I like it! The storyline is fast-paced, action packed and suspenseful. Kristin James did an amazing job with the narration. I enjoyed my listening. I would love to listen to the next book in the Series. I'm looking forward for more books written by this author. I was given a free review copy of the audiobook — at my request — and have voluntarily left this review.

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Intriguing

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. This was a very intriguing book, political and romance combined. The "shadow" government is very thought provoking. Love this author, would definitely want more from this author and genre.

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When I finished, I wanted to listen all over again

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Fascinating Conspiracy

After listening to “The List,” I immediately wanted to hear the first book in the Deep State Mystery series, “Reign of Fire.” I had already read the engaging political thriller, and just like the e-book, the audio book grabbed me from the first chapter to the very end. The narrator, Kristin James, did such a wonderful job depicting the voices of the various characters.

The story begins with Alyssa Rose, an intern for a congressman, sneaking out of the Capitol and mailing an envelope. Not long after that, an unidentified female body is dragged out of the Potomac. The detective assigned to the case is Ash Frazier. Alyssa’s twin sister, Emily, an investigative journalist living in Atlanta, has a special gift of being able to sense things before being told about them. Her physic insight tells her something bad has happened to Alyssa. That’s confirmed when her brother, Wyatt, a wounded war hero, shows up at her home along with two policemen. Her twin has been murdered.

Determined to find the killer, Emily sets out for Washington to identify the body and to meet with Ash. While he’s questioning her about Alyssa’s life, she explains that Alyssa had learned about a powerful secret society undermining the government from within. This shadow government threatens democracy. Emily is convinced the secret society is responsible for Alyssa’s death. Ash devises a plan to draw out the killer. His plan centers on Emily becoming an active participant. Emily is fiercely strong and independent. She will do whatever it takes to find the killer, even if that means putting her own life at risk. As danger grows, so does Emily’s and Ash’s attraction to each other.

This story is filled with twists and turns. Even though I had read the book, the audio book still kept me engaged every minute. The author, Casi McLean, has cleverly blended a conspiracy that reaches to high-ranking government officials with a blossoming romance. The ghost added a unique touch to the story. All the characters are well-developed and skillfully portrayed by the narrator. I’m so glad that I received a redeem code for this audio book. I highly recommend it to everyone who likes a captivating romantic suspenseful mystery/thriller!

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Good Read

Reign of Fire (Deep State Mysteries Book One) was a good read by Casi McLean. Emily Rose joins forces with a team that's investigating her sister's murder in order to expose a faction that's threatening America's democracy. She never expected that she would see her sister's ghost or to fall in love. Ashton Frasier is a detective that never thought he would find love. They are hoping to take down a faction that's threatening the White House. This was a good read by the author.

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  • Christi Love4Books.me
  • 08-22-20

Unique Political Romantic Suspsense

Title: Reign of Fire
Author: Casi McLean
Format: Audio
Narrator: Kristin James
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Political Thriller, Police, Twins, Paranormal (Ghosts)
Standalone: Ish
Part of a Series: Book 1 of the Deep State Mysteries
POV: Alyssa, Ash, Emily
Steam Level: Fade to Black
4/5

Reign of Fire is a fast-paced political thriller that resonated a little too closely to today's political climate. Reign of Fire is a smart story, part police "who dunnit," part conspiracy, and part paranormal. It drew me in from the start. While the story finished the storyline is not. Reign of Fire is a great start to a new series.

I received this audiobook for free from StoryOrigin. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • Debbie McLean
  • 03-30-20

fantastic

wow what a well written and narrated book, I truly look forward to more from this author and narrator xxxx

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  • Helen
  • 06-08-19

great book

well written book can't wait for book 2
Love this author, would definitely want more from this author and genre.
good narrater

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