My Father’s House

Dreamscape Media. (Rome Escape Line Trilogy, Bk. 1). Jan. 2023. 11:17 hrs. ISBN 9781666623604. $17.99. F
Irish Book Award winner O’Connor’s (Star of the Sea) first entry in the “Rome Escape Line Trilogy” is a thriller of the first order, narrated by a full cast of nine superb narrators. Set in 1943 Vatican City during the German invasion of Rome, the story is based on actual people and events. Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty and seven others form a “Choir”—supposedly a musical group, but really an escape line intended to help Jews and Allied POWs escape from the Gestapo. The group employs the most secretive tactics, including aliases, forged IDs, and coded communications, knowing that they could be discovered at any moment. Obersturmbannführer Paul Hauptmann poses the greatest risk to the operation, as he knows of the escape line and is determined to root out the ones in charge. With vibrant characterizations and spot-on accents, the narrators convey the characters’ rich backstories, luring listeners into this terrifying and dangerous world.
VERDICT O’Connor’s latest is a page-turner from start to finish. This riveting listen is a must-purchase and is highly recommended for fans of Mark T. Sullivan’s Beneath a Scarlet Sky or the 1983 film The Scarlet and the Black, starring Gregory Peck as Father O’Flaherty.
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