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The Fall

Burning Skies Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
Series: Burning Skies Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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The first in the multi-author, post-apocalyptic blockbuster series

Cal's "honeymoon" didn't start off quite how he'd planned. For starters, he was heading somewhere he didn't actually want to go. And secondly, he was going alone and unmarried. He had no idea that his first visit to New York City would also land him in the middle of a domestic terror attack, forcing him to flee Manhattan in a desperate bid to survive.

This was no ordinary terror attack.

The Movement, in a misguided attempt to seize political control of the USA, unwittingly invited the destruction of their homeland, and as the bombs start to fall, the shock and loss of life reverberates around the world.

Cal, along with a small group he met in NYC, desperately flees inland away from the targeted coastal cities, but chaos follows them around every corner.

©2018 Devon C. Ford (P)2018 Tantor

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US centric view of the world - predictable

Sorry to say I didn't enjoy it.
I think the worst thing about it is the nationalistic tone. It sounds a bit like propaganda written by US security forces as a recruitment tool. I dont imagine it is, just that it's thin on story and just, well pushy about how big my gun is etc etc.

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The makings of a classic

Detail, realism, pace, characters. This story, so far, has the makings of a classic on par with 'one second after'.

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  • LT Beale
  • 15-12-2018

Damn good... even for an Englishman

I absolutely loved Devon C. Ford's After it Happened (AIH) series. I find him similar to Dean Koontz in his ability to weave a tale that pulls you in, and makes you immediately care about the characters, (and want to string up the villains).

This story (like AIH) doesn't feature the stupid excess descriptions of gory violence that some authors use to increase their page count. But when appropriate within the context of the story, you won't be disappointed. His technical descriptions of tactics and equipment are very good and, DO NOT provide a detailed history of the weapon back to the invention of gunpowder, everytime someone is shot at. I hope the next book in the series is as good.

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  • alan
  • 11-12-2018

better than I was expecting

great narration, solid start to a doomsday story u am looking forward to the next one eagerly

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  • Robert Jackson
  • 18-12-2018

Couldn’t stop listening

Very entertaining listen to it in one day. Hope the next author is as talented as Devon C Ford.

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  • DSchumaker
  • 30-01-2019

Dark theme, with a lighter story

ok, I would have preferred it to have been a bit darker considering the events that take place in the book, but since the characters aren't particularly dark, it works well enough.
This books sets up for an event, introduces all the characters, has a little bit of action, and then ends. I NEED MORE! Oh wait, there is another book....Thank you. I haven't started it yet.

I did have a HUGE screaming moment in this book. When a terrified person speeds away from the direction you are headed, and pleads for you NOT to go that way.....and you do anyway...WTH? I'm a curious person, but I know enough to NOT touch the hot stove when somebody tells me its hot and don't touch it. It made absolutely no sense to me, but then people don't always make the best decisions. :)

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  • Andy
  • 18-03-2019

awesome

loved the book, can't wait to read the others. this is the type of book I like.

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  • H. Greene
  • 07-02-2019

A bit techy but a really good read

Great story line. Will be getting three rest ppd the stories. Lots of technical details.

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  • MDY
  • 11-12-2018

I hope the next in the series comes out soon!

It was exciting and scary at the same time. I loved every singe one of the characters. The narrator was awesome. Although, his Boston accent leaves a little to be desired. But, that's OK, he scored a home run in every other accent and character. I know I couldn't do a Boston accent or any other accent in the story.

I will buy the next book in the series and every single one until the series ends. What a great idea!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-12-2018

Not the best but not the worst either.

Not the best book I've ever listened to but then again, not the worst book either. Seemed boring to me. I've never listened to anything narrated by Neil Hellergers. So, IDK if it was the narrator's voice or the book. I was glad when the book finally came to an end and won't be buying any other books in this series.

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  • Simon
  • 05-12-2018

Great Start to a Unique Series . . .

Have I just found the apocalyptic thriller series to fill the hole in my life left by the end of Arisen? Well possibly because although Devon Ford does spend a little bit of time introducing his characters he very quickly sets about creating mayhem and destruction across the continental United States in a very impressive manner. It's a diverse set of threads he pulls together as we see the conflict from multiple sides all hedged around the story of a small group of survivors trying their best just to stay alive.

I half-expected the master himself, R.C.Bray, to continue narration like he did with Ford's excellent After it Happened series but here we get Neil Hellegers who is also extremely well suited to this kind of fiction. He won't be collecting any Audies for his English accents either but well he does a great job on this. It's not the only difference to Ford's previous series of course, despite some time spent with Cal and some of the other characters at the start there is no slow, methodical approach to this one. It very quickly accelerates into the action and is more like the later books in After it Happened than the earlier ones with action and a very quick descent from civilisation to more familiar post-apocalyptic territory for the US at least.

Of course the really big difference between this and other series is that each book will see a new author take up the writing task, Jacqueline Druga has written the second one and P.A.Glaspy has also been confirmed by Vulpine Press as doing another at some stage at least. Ford has left them with a big cast of characters and a great start but the obvious question is whether the following authors will hit the same standards or indeed develop the characters as well as Ford tends to do.

I'm intrigued enough to give it a go but not being familiar with the other authors named so far it is a bit of a voyage of discovery rather than a case of following a familiar, trusted author through a new series.

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  • AmazonCustomer
  • 05-12-2018

Unexpectedly brilliant!

Like others probably have, I got this expecting a similar story to the author other books read by RC Bray. I was wrong, but in a good way. The story is fast-paced and complex in places with a lot of geo-political stuff going on, but that doesnt detract at all. Hoping the subsequent authors in this series (never seen this kind of collaboration before!) do it justice. The narrator, one I havent heard before, did a great job and I hope he stays with the series.

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  • Paul
  • 13-12-2018

An absolute cracker

I'm pretty new to Devon C Ford, having read the After It Happened Series. I haven't tried his sci-fi stuff yet.

The Fall is an absolute corker. It builds up well from a running start. It leaves you guessing at where the plot lines are heading even before the narrator lets you know.

Equal amounts of mysterious behaviour and terrorism is more than enough to keep the reader guessing and I certainly found that I didn't want to stop listening.

I'm new to this narrator but he does perfectly with this story, fitting just right. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to fans of techno-thrillers, Prepper fiction and the like.

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  • Nat 87
  • 10-05-2019

Really outstanding

I have read/listened to all the work by this author and I love the way he creates characters, weaves story-lines and draws you right in.
This book is really excellent and I have thoroughly enjoyed it, I particularly like the story being told from multiple perspectives and all the individual stories woven in together - the characters are strong and really very well written. And the action is very fast paced - loved it!

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  • Thj Williamson
  • 01-05-2019

excellent

a great story , you get into this book it's like as if your watching a movie you get to see everything in your minds eye , eagerly awaiting the next installment , I hope we get to see Sebastian again (a very Interesting caricture ,

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  • Ian Murdoch
  • 19-04-2019

Another rip-roaring yarn from Devon C Ford

I like the author's work (author of the "After It Happened" series, as welll as others), and like his previous books he doesn't disappoint. Well witten and constructed, well paced and well researched. The narration is some of the best I have heard. Will be looking out for the next in the series. Recommended...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-01-2019

Good story

Although I enjoyed the story didn’t like the narrator, very boring won’t be bothering with the other books for that reason. Shame because story idea very good.

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  • Dave M
  • 21-02-2019

child like

To be honest describing this book as child like is an insult to children - unbelievable storyline, boring dialogue, full of errors - just not worth a read, couldn't wait for it to be over and i have no interest in finding out what happens next.

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