Craig Fallon

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Smashwords book reviews by Craig Fallon

  • This Time You Lose on Dec. 01, 2011

    Very rarely do I give out five stars to a book. For me four usually signifies it was a favorite. However, This Time You Lose definitely deserves top marks. I could not stop reading. From the first page I was hooked. It has everything an avid thriller fan may want in a book: tension, suspense, twists and a fast pace. The characters were believable, quirks and all. I could easily envision the scenes. The bad guys ranged from pure evil who you just wished would die quickly to ones who got caught up with the wrong crowd. Yes, they were bad, but you could almost relate with them. There were only two things that slightly bothered me in the story. First, it is not explained how the bad guy in the story got hold of the cop's gun. Are we to assume that a veteran police officer would leave his service pistol unlocked in their house, which doubles as a daycare center? Perhaps it was locked up, but if so how did the home invader find it? I know the story talks about laws allowing the weapon to be kept in the house, but I still would think it would be in a gun safe. The second thing only had to do with ebook formatting. The page numbers did not match between the book and what my ereader said. On average each page of the book was 3 pages in the ebook. If you are looking for a great thriller, This Time You Lose is the one to pick.
  • This Time You Lose on Dec. 01, 2011

    Very rarely do I give out five stars to a book. For me four usually signifies it was a favorite. However, This Time You Lose definitely deserves top marks. I could not stop reading. From the first page I was hooked. It has everything an avid thriller fan may want in a book: tension, suspense, twists and a fast pace. The characters were believable, quirks and all. I could easily envision the scenes. The bad guys ranged from pure evil who you just wished would die quickly to ones who got caught up with the wrong crowd. Yes, they were bad, but you could almost relate with them. There were only two things that slightly bothered me in the story. First, it is not explained how the bad guy in the story got hold of the cop's gun. Are we to assume that a veteran police officer would leave his service pistol unlocked in their house, which doubles as a daycare center? Perhaps it was locked up, but if so how did the home invader find it? I know the story talks about laws allowing the weapon to be kept in the house, but I still would think it would be in a gun safe. The second thing only had to do with ebook formatting. The page numbers did not match between the book and what my ereader said. On average each page of the book was 3 pages in the ebook. If you are looking for a great thriller, This Time You Lose is the one to pick.
  • Shades of Gray on March 28, 2012

    It's a pleasure to find a vampire book where the vampires are more monster than sparkles. Still a few things prevent me from giving it a 5 star review. I thought the characters were a bit one dimensional. I also found a few typographical errors. I wish Katelina was a bit more self-sufficient. I also found it a bit unbelievable that Jorick would appear just in the nick of time every time. Still, I enjoyed the story well enough to eagerly begin Legacy of Ghosts, the second book in the series.
  • The Flesh of Fallen Angels on April 08, 2013
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    *free ebook version received from Grand Mal publishers through the Horror Aficionados Group* I give Flesh of Fallen Angels 3 1/2 stars. I found the novella The Flesh of Fallen Angels to be a quick, intriguing read. The story was well written in terms of no glaring grammatical or spelling errors. The dialogue certainly felt genuine to me. The authors certainly did a nice job in dragging the reader along through the story. The biggest problem I had with the story was the modern style weapons that were used by the fallen angels and the main protagonist. They did not feel right in a story set in 1860. The other problem I had with the story was the inexplicable betrayals of several of the characters. The ending also seemed a bit abrupt. No real explanation was given for how the protagonist came to certain conclusions. It felt a bit rushed to me. Of course, in a novella it is difficult to develop the level of detail I might be expecting. Overall I would say the story was interesting enough to warrant reading. I look forward to reading more by these authors.