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From the Author

Howdy, folks. 
 
Just a quick note for those of you that read these kinds of missives. Many thanks for the emails regarding the next book. I've been lucky enough to work on a few screenplay projects the last couple of years and that has diverted my writing resources for the FALL series. 
 
Book One was written many, many moons ago and was originally intended as a one off, inspired by Neil Gaiman's SEASON OF MISTS. So there's the imitation/flattery bit. When it was first published (many more moons later) it overtook what I thought was a superior piece of writing: FOUNTAIN, my MFA thesis novel. 
 
But as they say, story is king. 
 
So I revisited FALL.  I saw some interesting characters and a stripped down plot. Very fable-esque. After digging through my notes I found some material for a possible series. So I started playing with that, but then one morning I just started writing the prequel starting with Lucifer shortly after the end of Book One reminiscing about his beginnings. The potential that my now sharper pencil could sketch proved too tempting. 
 
And it took off from there. Oh, I still have visions and plotting for the series post Lucifer's second exile from the Silver City, but somehow I felt I needed to see him Before the Fall (and thus the easy title, thought the playwright in me prefers something more obtuse like Phosphorus Quod Cecidit). 

It's been a challenge world- building, but I think the Morning Star and his kind deserve a closer in depth look at their early days. And I believe I've found more beauty and poetry in this particular tale than the last.

Of course it's fiction and I play with some tropes they may deviate from Biblical and apocryphal tales--I felt the need to add that disclaimer ... one too many "that's not how the angels would act" emails. 

No. Really. 
 
Ha (sigh). 
 
And I do it because it's fun and makes for a better story... long live the story. 

So here's to the next tale. Early 2015. 

Thanks, 

DSH   

About the Author

David Scott Hay is an award-winning Chicago playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He also wrote and directed the acclaimed indie feature film HARD SCRAMBLED.

Novels include: FOUNTAIN a satire, the best-selling contemporary fantasy FALL: THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LUCIFER MORNING STAR (The Fallen Chronicles: Book One), and CLONING CHRIST: THE SECOND BOOK OF DANIEL.

He is also a Contributing Editor for The Digital Americana Magazine.

He lost the tip of a finger in chop-saw incident. (buy me a beer and you'll get that story in person.)

Twitter: @davidscotthay Email: david@davidscotthay.com Blog: http://dshrazor.blogspot.com/ Website: www.davidscotthay.com www.arsonbooks.net

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  • File Size: 1367 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Arson Books (June 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055SYX1E
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David Scott Hay is an award-winning Chicago playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He also wrote and directed the acclaimed indie feature film HARD SCRAMBLED.

Novels include: FOUNTAIN a satire, the best-selling contemporary fantasy FALL: THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR (Part I of the Fallen Trilogy or Chronicles), and CLONING CHRIST: THE SECOND BOOK OF DANIEL.

Coming 1Q2015: BEFORE THE FALL, a prequel to FALL (clever, eh?)

He lost the tip of a finger in chop-saw incident.
(buy me a beer and you'll get that story in person.)

Twitter: @davidscotthay
Email: david@davidscotthay.com
Blog: http://dshrazor.blogspot.com/
Website: www.davidscotthay.com





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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Thorgersen on July 27, 2011
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I'm an obsessed reader of e-books. As such, I scour Amazon's selections for good indie and traditionally published works, I sample 'em, and I buy the rare treasures that compel me to continue reading beyond the free 10% sample. FALL passed my selection process, and I'm happy to have burned through its pages in a matter of hours.

Hay has already enjoyed significant praise from sources such as Chicago Sun-Times, so I won't go into detail about his credentials as an author. Nonetheless, he is selling FALL at a modest $2.99, which is a ridiculous steal for such quality writing.

The new cover art is especially striking, and the title remains ironic and intriguing. Hay has crafted a modern and original questing tale, filled with compelling characters and rich dialogue. (Immediately, one gets a sense of the tale's originality from the description.) Here's what struck me most, though--and what secured my decision to toss $2.99 into Hay's laptop case: The man knows how to turn a phrase. He understands craft, and the prose is as delightful as the story. (I especially loved Chapter 6--well done, sir.) In essence, Hay manages to combine the pacing and tension of a paperback genre novel with the language, rhythm, and imagery of literary fiction. It's impressive, and I wish more authors could pull this off.

In terms of criticism, there are a few moments when I needed to flip back in order to understand why a character made a certain choice, but that's mostly due to the fact that we're dealing with biblical characters who have rich histories in religious and secular literature. (Allusions abound, by the way.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Rea on July 24, 2011
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This book is fresh new take on the relationship between Heaven & Hell that is at times gripping and humerous. Reading the first book of this new trilogy will leave you wanting more. My first reaction upon finishing the book was WOW!!! Fall starts with Book of Life being stolen & Lucifer being summoned by Presence to retrieve it. Lucifer agrees to this request in return for a favor from the Presence. Accompanying Lucifer on this journey is Duma, a somewhat rebellious angel, Maggie, a widowed romance writer and Andrew Honybone, a not quite deceased lawyer. Don't let the reIigous overtones fool you. The book is about temptation, redemption, unlikely friendships as well as unlikely enemies. I found myself pulling for Lucifer & shedding a few tears for him. I have not seen him so sympathically portrayed (well somewhat) before. I liked the way the author portrayed Duma as someone I can pull for as an angel who was almost part of the Fall but did not follow Lucifer but is still a bit rebellious. I really liked Maggie, the witness, who is a strong, independent minded lady who isn't afraid to hold a doble barreled shot gun on Lucifer. I found the first couple of chapters a bit slow going but after that the book picked up speed so much I couldn't stop reading it. I think Honeybone was the voice of honesty & provided a humorous viewpoint. I look forward to reading the next book on David Scott Hay's trilogy. I received a complimentary copy of the book in order to review it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kreegen on October 4, 2011
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I got this book for the kindle very soon after it was first released. It was the first book I bought for my kindle, and it is still, after 20 some books later, one of my favorites. This book was captivating, interesting, and extremely refreshing. I have been waiting most of my life for a story or book that portrayed Lucifer as a hero rather than a villain. They are few and far between. How He was portrayed in this story was exactly what I was looking for, this book was intensely satisfying.
I enjoyed every character in this book, there is literally nothing I can complain about in this book, other than me wanting more, and hoping and praying that Lucifer is in the second book.
I absolutely adore the amount of philosophy in this book. If you can understand, or simply take the time to understand it, it is actually very gratifying.
I have recommended this book to nearly everyone I have met who would have an interest in such subject matter. I greatly recommend it to anyone who reads this. At the very least, get the sample. Or spend the money to get it, it is not expensive in the least. I personally think it is worth much more than the price however.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A clever one on October 20, 2012
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I recently purchased this book and I have to give David credit. He wrote a well thought out book and while it could have done without some misc. Charachters I can see where they did add something even if it was all for nothing. David has a solid grasp of the concept of writing which considering most of the books you get for under 3.00 is saying something in and of itself. I would and I have recommended this book to others and I don't do that very often if at all. I give credit where it is due and its certainly due here. Good Job David and I am looking forward to reading other things by you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liz Shaw on December 30, 2011
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Fall: The Last Testament of Lucifer Morningstar by David Scott Hay is a biblical fantasy involving Lucifer and the quest for the lost Book of Life. Lucifer is called to heaven and and given the order by God, who in this book is called The Presence, to return to Earth to retrieve the Book of Life. He is allowed to take one angel with him, the handicapped Duma. Once on earth they recruit a human witness, Maggie McCreedy, a successful but disillusioned romance writer. Her job will be to write the story of the search for the Book of Life. Along the way they recruit Andrew Honeybone, a romantically inclined but dead human who holds the key to the location of the book. All Andrew wants, however, is to see his wife one last time. As the search progresses, Lucifer must tangle with the Archangel Mika'il, as well as a horde of rebellious angels from hell who are looking to supplant Lucifer as ha-satan. In the climactic scene, Lucifer returns the Book of Life to heaven and reveals a traitor in the midst of the archangels. Duma returns to earth and finds the key to the gates of hell, which leads us to a cliffhanger ending.

I enjoyed this book a great deal. It is a fast, satisfying read, although I am growing annoyed with the cliffhanger endings that seem to be popular among indie authors these days. The characters of Maggie and Andrew are my favorites, with the best scene being the "reunion" of Andrew with his wife during a confrontation with the angels from hell over the Book. The author has left plenty of loose ends to be tied up in the next installment in this series, which I am looking forward to.

I received this book free in exchange for a review. Initially, I was concerned that it was not something I would enjoy due to the subject matter, but I'm glad I kept an open mind. There's nothing sacrilegious here, unless you are a big fan of the archangel who turns out to be a traitor.
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