Stonewood

Written by John E. Allis⎮ Narrated by John E. Allis

Author: John E. Allis
Narrator: John E. Allis
Length: 1 hours 42 minutes
Publisher: John E. Allis
Released: Feb. 1, 2021
Genre: Mystery

 

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Synopsis

A teenage boy called Little Ugly negotiates strange events in his Montana lumber town. Spontaneous human combustion. Nighttime visits of a headless coyote. Mass memory loss. It all points to a likely conspiracy operating out of the defunct meat processing plant. The reluctant sleuth’s whole life is upended. And he needs to know why.

Stonewood is the first of several parts in the ongoing Weather Front Project. WFP follows its story through audiobooks, a podcast series, a radio play, and other forms.

Althea's Review

4 Stars

This audiobook was provided by its author, Karla M. Jay, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Karla!

“One does evil enough when one does nothing good.”

I have to say that you should definitely be prepared for a somewhat heavy historical fiction before going into When We Were Brave. Just like you would expect from a WW2 novel set in Nazi Germany, it showed the hardships that people experienced as well as the precious few moments that were a result of appreciating the precious seconds that were rare and kind of far between during those times.

This was in general just a heartfelt, and long, journey. I have seen people comparing When We Were Brav to The Nightingale and I have to say that I see where they are coming from.

Listening to stories from the point of different jewish people that had different takes on what was happening was interesting to read, as When We Were Brave is comprised of mainly 3 stories. The characters in the first two stories were engaging and easy to get attached to but, to be honest, it started to lose my interest at some parts towards the end.

However, the familial relationships made me fall in love so fast and were so well written (especially with the second story of the mother and son trying to escape the Nazis). It was relatable for me personally and that was the story that really hooked me the most that I just had to drop everything and listen. If you aren’t a character driven person the plot of this is more than enough to keep you engrossed as it is quite intense and emotional.

The themes were absolutely amazing! Which is an aspect that I always expect to be strong with historical fiction novels and I am very happy to say that I was not let down.

It's heartbreaking. It's inspiring. What more could you ask for? I absolutely loved the Karla M. Jay's writing style for the most part and the narrator did a great job of translating that into the audiobook. There weren't any fancy sound effects or music but that did not hinder my enjoyment at all. I actually thought the narration itself was entrancing which suited the story perfectly

All in all, I agree with everyone that this was an amazing historical WW2 fiction and there is no doubt that you are going to love this if the genre comes within your reading taste.

Meet the Author: John E. Allis

RH Webster grew up in rural Alabama, reading everything she could get her hands on. She started writing her first novel at the ripe old age of 13, and while that particular work remains incomplete, she never lost the dream to one day become a novelist. She now lives in sunny El Paso, Texas, with her other half and two adorably demanding rescue terrier mix puppies, Charlie and Rosie. She released her first novel, Lucky, in 2018 and the sequel, Striking It Rich, in 2020. Both are available in paperback and ebook wherever books are sold.

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