Today I am pleased to present the AudioBook review of one of my “Favorite Reads of 2012“: To Russia With Love by Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. And, for those of you who are fans of the full-length stories, the Bytes of Life shorts that serve as companion pieces and highlight the characters in a more personal way, providing insight into the clever pairings and their “off adventure” activities, the audio versions of these shorts are in production and will be released shortly!
Title: To Russia With Love
Series: Countermeasure Series Book 2
Author: Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey
Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Publisher: Eire Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook and AudioBook
Length: 512Pages / 17 Hours, 51 minutes
Where to buy: Countermeasure All Links
Stars : 5 Overall 5 Narration 5 Story
About the Book: Countermeasure is The TBR Pile’s 2012 Book of the Year.COUNTERMEASURE is a recipient of the indiePENdents’s Seal of Good Writing.
WARNING: Contains scenes of mature subject matter, graphic situations and language. Reader discretion is advised.
In the second novel of the Countermeasure Series, Trevor and Cassandra Bauer are starting a new life across the pond where they continue their search for Trevor’s parents while he still works as an NSA consultant. When George Miller, his best friend, comes across what looks to be a new piece of information on his parents’ case, they embark on a new adventure following a digital trail to Saint Petersburg.
They are encumbered with the task of infiltrating a Russia Mafia’s stronghold and recovering stolen files in exchange for that new clue. As they dive in the job, Trevor becomes bound to a Russian mafia crime lord. What started as a simple data file recovery turns into a dangerous game of cat and mouse deep in a world of betrayal, hidden identities, and secret agendas.
Cassandra will do anything to keep Trevor safe. When everything goes FUBAR and she finds herself on the run, her sole focus is finding Trevor even it if means she has to depend on those who might not have their best interests at heart.
Stephan Connelan, Brennan Enterprises’ CEO and Trevor’s Parents’ friend, has fought his desire for Jessica Forrester since the day they met at Trevor and Cassandra’s wedding. Events in his past stop him from giving in to temptation, a temptation that would cause them both regret and hurt. But how long can he resist something so powerful as his attraction for the little vixen who has crowded his thoughts for months.
Jessica knows what she wants. Their age difference won’t stop her from having the man of her dreams. She is determined to find a way to reach the heart he has locked away behind high walls. Little does she know that her greatest obstacle is Stephan himself
To Russia With Love is the second book that I read in this series and the second Audio-Book production from this team of authors with the narration provided by Tim Gerard Reynolds. When I read these books last year – this was my favorite of the two: and the same holds true for the audiobook version. While Countermeasure served to introduce readers to the series, this installment helps to clearly display and define their dependence and reliance on one another, while they battle against the odds to solve another piece of the mystery.
Tim Gerard Reynolds has a lovely style and voice for narration: his un-characterized accent is just touched with a dash of lilting Irish softness that maintains clear enunciation and ease for all listeners. When character voices and accents are called for, the soft lilt becomes a strong brogue, and even manages to bring in a solid Putin-esque Russian guttural clip to the characters from Russia. Particularly genius is his ability to insert a soft pause between the voices of different characters without causing undue hesitation in the rapid-fire dialogue. This pairing of Reynolds with the work of Almeida and Aubrey is a well-polished production, with the narration serving only to highlight the work and not distract from the story.
Don’t despair listeners: there is a TON of action, adventure, danger and humor in this story, with a plot line that again could be ripped from the headlines. These authors have done their homework and manage to convey highly technical information with a sense of immediacy and context that never feels “teachy” or is hard to follow. Mixing those elements with the underlying love story of Cass and Trevor, with the moments of knee-shakingly erotic scenes will be sure to please, and serve to deepen the reader’s / listener’s appreciation for the love between the two.
This production is a winner on all fronts – and one that is sure to please fans of the series. Just be sure that you have read or heard Countermeasure first. You will appreciate To Russia With Love much more if you have.
I received an audiobook copy of this book from the authors for purpose of honest review at the Heard Word on I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Authors
Writing had touched Chris Almeida’s and Cecilia Aubrey’s lives in different ways through the years but had never taken flight. It was in 2010, when Chris and Cecilia met and began role-playing online as a hobby, that writing placed itself front and center in their lives.
Chris and Cecilia have since chosen to release all their titles independently. They have several short stories and two novels published under their own label, Éire Publishing, and are vocal supporters of independent publishing done right. They are currently working on the third novel in their series. Through all the chaos and laughter, they still hold true to their roots, bringing their favorite role-play characters and stories to life.
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