Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert, narrated by Kurt Rhoads and Nance Gilbert

Published by Perch Press

Twenty-five-year-old Luna Burke is on the run.

Licensed to care for injured and orphaned wildlife, she is determined to smuggle a homicidal Bald Eagle out of her husband’s private zoo in Florida, reunite the bird with its mate, and get them both to an eagle sanctuary in Canada. Hot on her trail is her furious husband, his bodyguards, the police, conservation officials, and an expert government tracker; aiding and abetting her is a smitten young tech guy, a lethal Navy SEAL turned panther advocate, and an underground railroad of wildlife rescuers intent on protecting one of their own. Waiting in Ontario is a legendary old eco-warrior more than willing to provide refuge…as long as Luna can make it across the border.

UNFLAPPABLE is a funny, suspenseful adventure with a big cast of unconventional characters, both human and not.

This is a winning combination for me – a cross-country car chase, a young woman finding her strength, a pissed off eagle on the back seat and a found-family of animal rehabbers helping along the way. It’s as if all of the things that I really needed in a book right now were scooped up and stuck in a single novel.

There were a lot of characters in this book which I think were exceptionally well handled by the narrating duo, giving them each their distinct voices so I wasn’t confused over who was speaking at any given time.

Luna has left her marriage of 6 months, her husband is a billionaire twice her age who believes himself to be in love with her. It’s the fact that he truly believes this rather than it having been a truly loveless marriage that adds some depths to the story.

Each of the main characters has their own arc, all of which I was thoroughly invested in. I love how much the author packed into this book and the directions she decided to take them all in – there was redemption for the less wonderful characters and some of the heroes made some less than heroic choices. There’s plenty of action to keep the story pushing on but it was the characters I was particularly drawn to.

As an animal lover and zoology nerd, this story held a particular appeal. Animal people are a special breed of people that I can relate to, but I’m sure that most readers would feel the same way thanks to this author’s enticing style of writing.

The narrators, Kurt Rhoads and Nance Williamson, worked really well together, the reading was seamless and they really brought the emotion of the book to the forefront – I’m glad I listened to this book rather than just read it or I would have missed out on a great experience.

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