Crimson Phoenix

Written by:
John Gilstrap
Narrated by:
Kate Forbes

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2021
11 hours 51 minutes
From John Gilstrap, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Jonathan Grave novels, comes Crimson Phoenix—first in the new Victoria Emerson thriller series. With America brought to the brink of destruction, one
woman becomes the last hope of a nation and its people …
Victoria Emerson is a congressional member of the U. S. House of Representatives for the state of West Virginia. Her aspirations have always been to help her community and to avoid the ambitious power plays of her peers in
Washington, D. C. Then Major Joseph McCrea appears on her doorstep and uses the code phrase Crimson Phoenix, meaning this is not a drill. The United States is on the verge of nuclear war. Victoria must accompany McCrea to a secure bunker.
She cannot bring her family.
A single mother, Victoria refuses to abandon her three teenage sons. Denied entry to the bunker, they nonetheless survive the nuclear onslaught that devastates the country. The land is nearly uninhabitable. Electronics have been
rendered useless. Food is scarce. Millions of scared and ailing people await aid from a government that is unable to regroup, much less organize a rescue from the chaos.
Victoria devotes herself to reestablishing order—only to encounter the harsh realities required of a leader dealing with desperate people …
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This starts out slow, but picks up.

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Not a bad story, accurate political incite, and engaging narration. I was concerned about how this book would conclude with only a couple of hours remaining and was pleasantly surprised by a logical ending.

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Jennifer Jackson

Although entertaining, the characters seemed a bit shallow. Quite fast-paced. Much of the story line is predictable. It's no John Grisham, but will keep you occupied.

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Kenneth D.

Unusual premise …….. believable in the 60’s but not now. I understand that it was structured this way to sell the next book, but I was disappointed how the book ended; or better put, did NOT END!

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Started off really interesting and fast-paced and it unfortunately went nowhere. Not enjoyable enough to continue with the series. The protagonist was too perfect and bland.

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Philip H.

Enjoyable book with a good premise and story, but obviously written to continue the story with future books. I'll probably get the next book. Narrator was excellent.

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Jack B.

Premise of the story was very interesting. However, the book was pretty dull. No excitement, no thrill and very predictable once you realize nothing is going to happen.

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Brett W.

Cadence of the narration was a little off putting. I continually had to check my phone to see if the story had paused. Overall, an interesting read. I enjoyed the storyline and the author built up the characters well. Seems like the book (purposely) ended with lots of unanswered questions and unfinished storylines. I would recommend, good for a dystopian future/nuclear fallout book. Lots of strong language and descriptive words, but I liked it.

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Eric C.

I liked it, but I wasn't sure at first. I thought it would just be another book about US politics. Good job for the change to focus on survival. The narrator was ok but there were way too many long pauses between sentences.

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I enjoyed the book but it didn’t go were I thought it would

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Brian M.

Definitely a book I enjoyed! I found the pace was great and the characters believable I am glad to see there is a follow up book to continue the story line...

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Thomas S.

Loved this book, on to book two for me

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Susan P.

Everything was so boring couldn’t get into it.

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I don't think I'm going to pursue the series though it was intriguing enough to keep listening. I didn't find it particularly original. Still a quite entertaining listening experience!

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