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Flights of Angels

(Exit Unicorns #3)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  604 ratings  ·  57 reviews
From the dark fairy tale forests of Russia...
To the steamy intrigues of a Hong Kong opium den...
From ancestral secrets long hidden in a Paris mansion...
To the rolling, bloody hills of Ireland during the Troubles...

Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, this, the third book in Cindy Brandner's magnificent Exit Unicorns series continues the story of Casey and P
Paperback, 744 pages
Published March 17th 2012 by Starry Night Press (first published March 1st 2012)
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This sweeping series continues with the characters further entangled in the civil war in Northern Ireland and the consequences of patriotism and international intrigue.The plot is twisty, complicated and by turns heartbreaking,uplifting and yes, at times outrageously funny.
The expansion of James Kirkpatrick's role as a man of international intrigue gets a lot of play as does the history of the Soviet Union.Initially I had some trouble getting into this part of the story. But it grew on me as I
Sep 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heard-it-audible
To my historical fiction fans- please stop sleeping on this series.
👏It👏is👏worth 👏the👏hype👏- 100%.

There were points in this book where I was thinking, is this better than Outlander? (And I love me some Outlander.) Am I wrong? Am I right? Does it even matter? Go on, get this in your TBR pile. This saga is worth your time.

Highly recommend having the kindle & audio back-and-forth combo- these are some chunky books.
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Flights of Angels is the 3rd installment of the Exit Unicorn Series and, WOW, is it good! I've read all three books and my review today will talk about this book and the writer, Cindy Brandner.

First, the story. Just be ready for a well played drama as things unfold for Casey & Pamela, Patrick and Jamie. There are ups and downs, light and darkness, and personal growth for all of these wonderful characters. You get drawn into a spiders web of intricate story lines, that are truly connected, even i
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the third book in the Exit Unicorn series. In the beginning of the book it was a little hard to follow, but followed the two previous books in the series with the same characters, set in a different part of the world. Once I got into the book I couldn't put it down. Cindy Brandner is one of the finest story tellers. You can transport yourself and touch the characters, feelings and she is also a great historical writer. I hope their will be a 4th in this beautiful continuing saga.
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Brandner continues to enchant me with her gift of language. Her ability to immediately engage me so delightfully reminds me of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. It's just a pleasure to read, and I was sorry when the the last page arrived.

Besides that, the story of Ireland and its people is fascinating, especially the love Ireland's people hold for her. I was first made aware of England's oppression of the Irish people as I traveled a bus down its narrow roads. (Yes, we DID have to stop for a f
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm rating this 3 stars, because it took me so long to read. I reserve the higher stars for books that I can't put down and read in less than a month!!

I have enjoyed this series. l have liked, disliked, been frustrated, annoyed and saddened by most of the characters in this ever evolving saga. I have found, in the last few series novels that I have read (Outlander, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, The Century Trilogy, etc) that each subsequent novel gets longer and longerrrrr with just too much go
Apr 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I can't believe I invested so much time on this series. The first book was decent, but in serious need of editing. By the time I finished the second, I was just curious about how she would resolve the relationships. This book, the third in the series is a massive volume of self indulgent, meandering drivil. Was she self published? Did she even have an editor? If she had just cut out half of the cups of tea the book would have been hundreds of pages shorter. I ended up skimming through pages of i ...more
Bonnie Staughton
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Flights of Angels" is #3 in the "Exit Unicorn" series. As with the other 2 books, I really enjoyed this one also. I didn't completely understand the story-in-a-story of "The Crooked Man" but hopefully book #4 may shed more light on this. If not, I may have to read it again! Again, the descriptions of the Irish countryside and it's comparison with Russia help me to visualize the story in my mind. The changing of the seasons descriptions keep the book "rolling along". These books encompass all of ...more
Helka Kärkinen
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The third book of the Exit Unicorn -story is a magnificent adventure. The characters, Jamie, Casey, Pamela and Pat are drawn through Russian forests and stormy Irish coasts. Their lives are in danger due to their own choices and the political settings in Ireland. Yet the most beautiful things can be found hidden in Russia and the most dangerous paths open up in one's own mind.

Not to be taken lightly is this storyline.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Third book in the Exit Unicorn series. This book again went into a completely different direction than what I expected but after reading it was exactly where the story needed to go. Another excellent story from Cindy, anxiously awaiting the fourth book. The author has an exceptional ability to pull the reader into her stories and keep them thereon after the books are finished. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Cenie Evans
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Exit Unicorn series reminded me of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series except that this is Irish(rather than Scottish) history and there isn't any time traveling . A lot of prose and the primary location is Ireland though this last book includes Japan and Russia and really explores Jamie's psych. I loved it and can't wait to read the next installment.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-for-me
This series has gotten better with every subsequent book. I really enjoy her interesting characters and her style of prose. This was certainly a complete story but it ended in quite a cliff hanger. Can't wait for the fourth book! ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The long awaited 3rd book in the Exit Unicorns series was well worth the wait. From Ireland to the Far East to Soviet Russia and back, the trip was riveting and revealing. We learn so much more about Jamie's past yet it feels like we've barely touched the surface. Experiencing 'normal' everyday family time with Casey, Pamela and Pat was wonderful yet never feel completely safe for them. New to this book is a fairytale element which the author has woven into the story in a ...more
Keyleigh Hennessy
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love each book more as I continue in this series. The author continues to surprise and keep suspense high throughout this epic tale. Her characters are consistent, but have grown with their experiences.

Cindy Brandner gives all the necessary information but I find myself researching different historical events and different places just because I want to know more!

I feel as though these characters are people I have met, she makes them do tangible!

Do yourself a favor, and read these books!
Dorothy Porter
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The continuing saga of three main characters trying to live the most honorable of lives in dishonorable environment keeps me riveted. I know in my mind that they are fictional, but my heart knows that they are real. The exposition is beautifully poetic. I find myself transcended in time and space, a mental and emotional virtual reality. I'm between book releases, I find myself thinking of the characters and worrying about their futures.
Start with the first book, Exit Unicorn.
Donna Sundre
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the best of the series to date, and I will move forward immediately with the next book, In the Country of Shadows! Wow!

I love the writing concerning nature and the world. Lots of exciting things happened in this book that spanned several continents in truly unexpected ways. I have great admiration for Cindy Brandner, and she is a truly inspired writer. What great fun!
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sigh. I am immersed in these characters.

Flights of Angels is quite a journey. The Far East , Russia, Ireland, Paris & the land of the wee folk are all intertwined. We learn more about Jamie Kirkpatrick and see the strength in Pamela, Casey, Pat & David. All of this is grounded in the violence of Northern Ireland in the 1970s. A must read !
Kathleen Kush
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Her writing is like nothing I've come across before, your so drawn in from the start & it never stops. characters so real I feel like I could talk to them & touch them. Writing so rich & vivid I feel like I know this country very well,her beauty,her secrets, her everything. I love this series so much. I can't wait to make a trip over there

David Ezzio
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful book

Love this book. Really enjoyed reading about life in Russia. She really knows how to change each book up and make it just as interesting.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author breathes beauty and sorrow to life with her words!
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
you get attached to the characters and want to spend more time with them
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was like reading two stories and a fantasy story all at once. It kept me engaged and eager to read on. The
Jennifer Stock
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is simply amazing! Every bit as gripping, and engaging as Outlander and I don't understand why it's not as big a smash hit! ...more
Richard Smither
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m exhausted! Probably the best continuing series of books that I’ve read. If you read them, strap yourself in for the haul. They are long books so take your time and enjoy the ride! I’d like to jump right in and start the next book but I have to give myself a breather. Well written, so many twists and turns and great story telling.
The Literary Connoisseur
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have told my fellow readers many times that Mermaid in a Bowl of Tears by Cindy Brandner is my favorite Exit Unicorns book. That was the book that clicked for me. I got sucked in more instantly than I did with Exit Unicorns, and its story was the one to prove to me that Ms Brandner's work is truly exceptional.
That being said, Flights of Angels, book three in the Exit Unicorns series, sold me for good. This book in particular has taken the Exit Unicorns series off my "favorite series" list, and
Jen Webster
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't delved into the world of Exit Unicorns, then you are missing out on an epic work of art!!

Flights of Angels is the third book in this phenomenal series and the continuing story of Casey, Pamela, Jamie, Patrick, and a host of memorable characters navigating the terrible tragedy that is The Troubles.

This part of the story has us traveling to Hong Kong, Paris, and Russia, then back to our most troubled Ireland. This book is bloody brilliant. It is a rollercoaster ride of emotion and
Margaret G.
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would be astonished if Cindy Brandner has not read and been inspired by the works of Diana Gabaldon.

Having completed the three (so far) books of the Exit Unicorns series, with Flights of Angels being the most recent, I see many elements shared by the works of these two very talented authors. A sense of history, excellent research, facility with language and dialect, the ability to create remarkably real characters... both Gabaldon and Brandner exhibit all these talents. Toss in a swoon-worthy
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I’d be lying if I didn’t say Flights of Angels was a hard slog. Having not read the previous novels, I feel I may have been missing some background knowledge that may have made this novel more easily enjoyable yet I still ploughed on and felt, on the whole, it was an enjoyable read although the length may be a bit extreme.
I particularly enjoyed Jamie’s tale, as he is trapped in the gulag and finds humanity in the strangest of places. I enjoyed the descriptive nature of the passages during this s
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This third book in the series I found to be kind of an odd duck and I had to laugh at another reviewer's comment that if the author had just left out all the cups of tea, the book would have been much shorter. This book, more than the first two, seemed at times to be a case of a good storyteller gone a bit wild. Jamie's adventures in Russia include the life stories of every Russian who has any significance at all. It also has a fairy tale woven through it, the story of a boy named Jack, his dog ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cindy Brandner is a writer unswayed -- by convention, by reader opinion, by her own wishes and hopes. She does what few writers are able to accomplish. She lets the story guide the pen rather than letting the pen tamper with the story. And it is a beautiful, painful story she tells.

The latest installment in the Exit Unicorns series is woven together with intricate plot lines and fairy tales, a novel rife with mystery and heartache like the lands of its backdrop. We gain a glimpse of the deeper w
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