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Author: Stephen Cost
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Self Publication
Publisher: Self Publication
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Paranormal
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 4 stars
Rating: 4 stars
For thousands of years, Death walked behind the dark veil of the living, waiting to ferry the dead. That is, until the day that Death took a life for pleasure rather than duty. On that day, the first Reaper fell to Earth. Now, Reapers live among us, craving the taste of death, forcing them to kill to satisfy their immortal hunger. Giles Reid fell more than 300 years ago starving for the taste of death, only to find himself drowning in a sea of the living and blinded by a hunger that forces him to kill. In the centuries since his fall he has tried to be more human, desperate to live a life that makes up for what he is and the wrong he has done. Driven by his guilt over killing, he has chosen to feed only on evil; humans that have never been a threat to him but who are always a danger to others. That is, until the day he tries to feed on a human as strong, fast and cunning as himself; a human who, it turns out, has been hunting him. Now he is being pursued by the very evil he has fed on for centuries, embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game, where friends and other Reapers connected to him are simply pawns on a chessboard waiting to be sacrificed. Giles is left with a choice, save the life of the women he loves, the daughter of his mentor, or betrays her for his own survival.
To save the woman he loves, Giles will have to be the monster he is.
Sooooo, this review has been slowly driving me to insanity. Why? Because I've been wanting to tell you about this book for so long, but I have had to wait till today and that has been so hard. Finally here we are to my tour date and I can't wait for you to get a chance to meet Death!
I've made it clear in the past about by love of the Paranormal Romance genre and of all things dealing with the character of Death, (I think it is my need to see people get redemption or my desire to save them all from themselves. Where is my college psychology books, I am sure there's a condition name for that.) and this book did not let me down. I was both surprised to find it isn't your 'typical' Death story and to be pulled in so quickly.
Giles is a Reaper, he is death...
"For thousands of years, Death walked behind the dark veil of the living, waiting to ferry the dead. That is, until the day that Death took a life for pleasure rather than duty. On that day, the first Reaper fell to Earth. Now, Reapers live among us, craving the taste of death, forcing them to kill to satisfy their immortal hunger."
Giles intrigued me from the start, he's charming, he's sexy, (in a sickly pale grey sort of way) he has 'old school' sensibilities.
"I find wearing a watch is such a novelty here in the twenty-first century. No one where's watches anymore. All around me I see people texting, playing games, and talking in quiet whispers to unknown others on their cell phones. A cell phone may be the one-stop of entertainment and information overload, but it is also the tool slowly killing the faithful and dependable wrist watch." -Giles
He has a love of the finer things in life from expensive clothing and leather belts (giggles...you'll have to read it!) to the art of a woman's seduction. However underneath all the beauty he surrounds himself with is the need to kill, the need to live, the need to sustain his immortality. Do not however confuse a Reaper with a vampire or any other human explanation for what we can not comprehend or explain. Old wives tales, urban legends, myths, superstitions, and scary tales told to children are a human need to explain the unexplainable and simply fiction.
"I wouldn't be surprised if sometime in the past, someone looked at one of the smaller members of our group and the emergence of little grey aliens came to be....This thought always brings a smile to my face, I mean really what sorry excuse for a Reaper was ever mistaken for a four-foot, big-headed, skinny alien? And if it was one of us, what's with the anal probing? Feed- Yes. Catch and release - Sure. Fisherman weren't the first to coin that phrase. Play with our food - We're all children at heart. But anal probing? Well the Devil only knows where that may have originated." - Giles
(That by the way is one of my favorite lines...I chuckle every time I read it.)
The Fall is told from Giles point of view (POV) and I love, I mean LOVED 'listening' to his inner dialogue. I had a great many imaginings of him sipping his beloved coffee, (I am not kidding, BELOVED, almost to the point of annoying, but perhaps that is because I am not a lover of the coffee bean.) quietly laughing to himself with a sexy smirk on his lips. There is no doubt that Giles is the star of this book. He is everything and if it had been a book about only him with no other characters I would have still read and enjoyed it. The way Stephen Cost has written him you can't help but fall into Giles orbit and find yourself staring longingly into his eyes. He is a quiet soul (wait does he still have one?) there is a calmness to him that is seeped in mystery and a dark edge. He's totally my new BBF (Book Boyfriend).
Giles main love interest (I say main because Giles is a lover of all women. He often talks about how beautiful the women he meets are and while it may generally be presumed that he is surrounded by supermodels, I think that is not the case. I believe it is simply that Giles is able to look at a woman and instead of seeing the things we may consider faults he sees beauty) Emma ( Ok, so she's super model gorgeous...I am still sticking with my findings from above.) is the daughter of his loooooong time friend, mentor, and father figure, Gallus. Giles and Emma have danced around one another for years, yet their attraction to each other in undeniable and coming to a head. I wanted to like Emma, I really did, but I just never connected with her. Perhaps that is because Giles is the center of this books universe (so not complaining) and it is hard to see anything past him, perhaps it is because instead of getting down to the relationship they continually play flirtatious 'games' with each other, perhaps it is because I knew she was going to be trouble, or maybe it is just that Giles is now MY BBF and Emma needs to find another 'man'. Just putting it out there.
What I do know is that we are not done with these two and regardless of my feelings for poor dear Emma (ahem) I look forward to seeing where and how deep this relationship will go.
I loved the story line, the action is perfect in that there is not so much you get bogged down in what is happening around you. I loved the mystery, although there were a few times I wanted to smack my beautiful boy Giles on the back of the head and say "Damn-it Man, Open Your Eyes!' I could have used some more romance, but I'm a sucker for a romantic story so I can always use more, haha. While there is romance involved and I see more of it coming in our future that really isn't what this book is about. The focus here is solving the mystery and learning the back story on Reapers and there is so much more to be had!
Now, all that being said. You all know I am not a fan of wordiness (why hello there Charles Dickens...no, not today Dickens, not today.) or overly descriptive styles of writing and as I read the book I found myself wanting to jump ahead to get past some of that (I didn't), but now as I think back on the book as a whole I am taken back to my description of Giles. This book is like his calm and quiet 'soul'. The Fall is laid out so all those descriptions silently unfold around you, calmly laying out the world Stephen Cost wants you to see. He immerses you into the feel, the vibe of Seattle, Giles, the world of Reapers and it's done almost poetically.
I think this is a great story for any Paranormal, Mystery, or Thriller readers. I think that Stephen Cost has done a beautiful job creating the world of the Reaper and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, it is only going to get better from here! This is a definite pick it up from me. Curl up with your cup of coffee (Giles will be so proud), and settle in for a fabulous story!
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Stephen Cost was born in Wexford Ireland and raised in a small seaside town not far from Dublin. From a young age he would spin dark tales and write them down for his own amusement. At the age of 13 he moved from his home in Ireland to America and his love of dark American cinema took root.He passes his free time, when not writing, by reading horror and fantasy genre novels in addition to watching science fiction and horror movies.He graduated from University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. A computer engineer by trade, he specializes in integrated system services and uses the knowledge gained from his degree to write emotionally captivating urban fiction.
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