The Red Flag has received a 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite and earned an official seal. The book’s cover will be updated to include this seal across all formats; paperback, ebook, and audiobook.
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“The Red Flag by Julia Maiola takes the life of one Captain Stephen Boswell and spins a tale about how he ended up in the life he despised. His father was a pirate, and Stephen blamed him for his troubles. The choices he made along the way though were his own, and keeping young Alice alive was one of the best decisions he ever made. Little did he know the influence she would have on his life. As a pirate he was fierce, as a friend he was faithful, but as a savior he was sailing on uncharted seas. This brave ten-year-old was not the only piece out of order in his life, but she was also the last hope for his humanity.
The Red Flag realistically tells the good and the bad of a pirate’s life, which encapsulates the research put into this novel. Julia Maiola holds nothing back as she enlightens readers, or listeners, about piracy; the bond between the men, the dangers of trusting acquaintances, and the policy of no witnesses left behind. The author alternates current events with Alice reading Captain Boswell’s journal. The outcome of Captain Boswell and Alice will surprise the reader as the author adds a twist in the plot at the end. This is a treasure of a read with rich characters, adventures on the high seas, and dedication to a pirate’s code. This is a must-read for everyone who loves historical high seas adventures.
Other than the narration and individual characters speaking, Thomas Cardwell does not use added sound effects in his performance. He brings each character to life effectively and adds spirit to the novel that just words could not. Though most of the voices are male, he is efficient in voicing Alice and Jane without breaking the listener’s train of thought. He is one of the best narrators I have heard and I would enjoy more books read by him.”
Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf