The Fallen

Rated 3.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Lt. Commander Hrothgar Tebrey returns to duty on the eve of interstellar war. He is hunted across the Earth Federation by the hellish Theta entities that want him dead, and are willing murder entire worlds to make it happen. More

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Published by Asura Press
Words: 140,920
Language: English
ISBN: 9781929928248
About Paul B. Spence

Paul B. Spence is a practicing archaeologist who hopes to one day get it right. He is a member of the Society for American Archaeology. Paul currently lives in New Mexico, where all the cool kids hang out, with too many cats.

Like most authors, he had an eclectic career path. He's worked as a retail gofer, a food service monkey, brute laborer, a rennie, a writer for the RPG industry, and many other rewarding jobs that didn't pay enough to feed him or his cats.

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Review by: RedTansy on July 24, 2014 :
I just finished reading The Fallen, and I loved it. I was surprised - it is even better than the first book in this series. It is more fast-paced, too. (People keep trying to kill the main character. He keeps not dying. :) ) For people who like space battles, there are more of those in this book than the last one, and they are even interesting to readers like me who don't care about typical military stuff. We also get to see some of the aliens that are mentioned in the first book.

About half-way through the book, the story took a turn I was not expecting at all. I can't say what it is because I don't want to spoil the surprise for anyone else, but it was really interesting and I can imagine what happens there opening up a whole new side of the main conflict in this series. There are a lot of plot twists (I was not expecting what happened with Shadovsky's assistant!) and some of the minor characters seem like they have their own stories that the author just hasn't gotten around to writing yet (request to Mr. Spence: write these stories too! :) ). I also really like that Ana isn't just 'the love interest' - she is an important character on her own.

(I saw the first review on this novel before I bought a copy - that's why I downloaded the sample to see for myself if it was really that bad. It wasn't. I didn't see ANY of the "terrible spelling" the first reviewer talks about. I didn't see them anywhere in the whole book even though I was looking. I'm not a writer, though, so I don't have any reason to find fault with another person's writing.)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jonathan Stone on July 14, 2014 :
Great ideas. great story; some interesting character development; terrible spelling. Mr. Spence. cannot even spell his OWN CHARACTERS' NAMES The author clearly used a spell-checker; and it "corrected" his spelling mistakes. In words like "Why" or "way", making them incorrect. And the speli-checker "fixed" the names of his OWN CHARACTERS. How can an author mispell the names of his own characters!?

It's a real shame. Mr. Spence can *write*. But the books are near-unreadable, due to elementary spelling and grammatical mistakes. (*Two* verbs in row?? How on Earth does this "archaeologist" manage to publish academic papers?!?)

I liked reading this book. I liked reading the first in the series. I'm going to read the next book in the series. But I'm going to grimace at least once every few pages. These books need proof-reading and editing before they're ready for publication. Otherwise i'd give them 4 to 5 stars.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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