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After auditioning a number of potential narrators for the audiobook edition of Francis Hamit’s Civil War spy thriller, “The Queen of Washington”, Brass Cannon Books has signed Judith Cullen of Tacoma, Washington to narrate and produce the complete text. The audiobook is currently in production and will be released shortly through Audible.com. It will also be available as a download from Amazon.com and iTunes.
The novel is the second in Hamit’s mega-narrative about the Confederate Secret Service and the women who were its most daring and effective secret agents. Its protagonist is Washington socialite Rose Greenhow, who inherited the title of “The Queen of Washington” from her mentor former First Lady Dolley Madison; she was married to State Department officer Robert Greenhow. While Rose Greenhow’s role as a spy for the Confederacy is well known and she is credited with giving the South the information it needed to win at the first battle of Bull’s run, Hamit moves the timeline back more than decade to the Mexican War when she was suspected of working for the British and French as a spy and agent-of-influence.
The story begins in San Francisco with her involvement with the notorious Limantour land grants, and her possible romantic involvement with the French sea captain who claimed them. It is set against the geo-political struggle between the British and French attempts to divide the United States, which ultimately resulted in the American Civil War and the American Manifest Destiny movement.
Hamit is an internationally known author, playwright and journalist with a background in intelligence who is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. His other novels include “The Shenandoah Spy” and the recent technothriller “MELTDOWN”
Judith Cullen is a theatre artist from the Pacific Northwest with over 25 years of experience as a designer, production manager, and producer for theatre and opera. Since 2008 she has worked as a volunteer presenting literature live in the online metaverse of Second Life ©, logging in over 500 hours to benefit a variety of charities including War Child North America, Project Children, and Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Cullen has recently transformed her professional theatre experience, combined with her work as a virtual storyteller, into a refreshed career as a narrator and voice artist.
Audible.com has not yet set a price for this audiobook. It is scheduled to be released in December 2012.
For further information contact:
Francis Hamit at (661) 242-1686 or e-mail BrassCannonBks@