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Jean-Marc Iyeli Adeyemi Akerele was born in Washington DC on November 5, 1970 to a Nigerian father and a Congolese mother. Educated in the United kingdom, he is a polyglot, an accomplished painter and a poet who has lived all over the world collecting experiences which up to this point he had only shared with his beloved dog Obera, who alas is no more. In the absence of his beloved canine companion, Jean-Marc felt a strange urge to write Fallen book 1: Separation, his first novel, perhaps since he no longer had a captive audience to bore with his many strange life experiences. For now he lives in the Northeast of the United States where he is presently slaving away on books 2 and 3 of the series.
on Jan. 14, 2013 :
The author's grasp of African mythology is exceptional and his mixing of it with a modern setting is quite a joy to watch unfold. The story embarks upon a dark journey of self-discovery and prepares us for what will be an ultimate showdown at the book's end. I was rather surprised by the twist at the end of the story and did not expect the outcome. There is a deep change to the protagonist and I found its direction to be a bold move on the author's part.
"Fallen" as a book holds its own in a place where stories can often be overdone. Though the prose portrays itself sometimes as an edgy graphic novel, it does not distract the reader from the simple fact, that the author is very serious about giving you an engaging tale. There are some grammatical issues that arise in the manuscript but they do not distract from the story as a whole.
I was satisfied by the read of this book, though I wished, that it was a bit longer and provided more opportunity for me to connect with not only the characters but the wonderful mythology and story created here. While the pacing did keep my attention, I sometimes felt, that a lot of exposition was being delivered quickly and if not for my love of mythology in general, I may have stumbled a bit through the tale.
The only part of this book that rubbed me the wrong way was the author's choice of putting a mythological reference right in the book's beginning. After reading the book it almost seemed to be unnecessary, because the author does a fine job of explaining his mythos as the tale builds.
I would recommend this book to lover's of mythology and those who wish to read a story with great thought put behind its creation. It is more than obvious that the author has a passion for his subject matter and the story he has created here. This story invokes such a strong presence and really makes you feel its grittiness and otherworldly elements that you can't help but want to see the next chapter in Alade's tale. A story I am hoping the author is hard at work on and completing very soon. This is one great indie book that deserves a look by fantasy fans that are looking for a story with a different flair and a mythology that has not be redone, over and over again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)