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 Northern Star: The Beginning on Feb. 15, 2013
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    *received free ebook copy in exchange for honest review* I found The Northern Star: The Beginning to be an enjoyable read, especially the further into the book I got. I did notice a couple grammatical errors, but they certainly didn't detract from the story. The future the author depicted certainly felt all to plausible. The only part I found a little lacking was in terms of character development. Most of the characters felt, not completely one dimensional but close to it. Even when the author attempted to flesh them out, it only seemed to confuse me more. I could not really get a grasp on several of the characters and their motivations. In some ways they didn't seem to react in ways that would be natural to the type of character I understood them to be. Overall I felt that The Northern Star: The Beginning by Mike Gullickson is certainly worth the read for fans of Sci-Fi and speculative fiction.