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Free Falling (The Irish End Games Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Kiernan-Lewis
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Book Description

When David and Sarah Woodson take a much-needed vacation with their ten-year old son, John, their intention is to find a relaxing, remote spot to take a break from the artificial stimulation of their busy world back in Jacksonville, Florida. What happens within hours of settling in to their rural, rustic little cottage in a far-flung spot on the coast of Ireland is an international incident that leaves the family stranded and dependent on themselves for their survival. Facing starvation, as well as looters and opportunists, they learn the hard way the important things in life. Can a family skilled only in modern day suburbia and corporate workplaces learn to survive when the world is flung back a hundred years? When there is no internet, no telephones, no electricity and no cars? And when every person near them is desperate to survive at any cost?

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Free Falling has been named a Semi Finalist in Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012!

Product Details

  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: San Marco Press (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,269 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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140 of 149 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars cringeworthy January 20, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What can I say the author obviously has never been to Ireland WE DO NOT TALK OR ACT OR LIVE LIKE THAT.
she clearly mixes up Scottish northern Irish and southern Irish language for your information
Aye is a Scottish and northern Ireland accent
A booger is what Dublin people call country people not the other way around and anyway we don't use that word anymore , again that was generations ago.
There are no gypsies in Ireland they are called travelers , gypsies are from eastern Europe,also any traveler reading this book and seeing the word knacker would be highly offended its the same as calling a black person the N word.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A survival novel that fell a bit flat April 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The book opened strongly with Sarah and Matt arriving in Ireland for what is meant to be a vacation in an idyllic, remote location.Paradise lasts until the next morning when the family finds themselves unexpectedly off the grid -- no power, no cars, and virtually no contact with the outside world.

Slowly, as they make contact with the locals, they learn that the world has been hobbled by an electromagnetic pulse, and they decide to hunker down and make the best of it. Assisted by an elderly couple down the road, they learn self-sufficiency and enter into a local war in order to survive.

The novel opened on an exciting note, but things seemed a bit too easy for the main characters. They made the transition too quickly into homesteaders, even hitting the target during rifle practice on the very first time. And Sarah quickly embraces the role of vigilante too easily. Granted, during times of crisis, one's strengths come to the surface, but I felt the story did not ring true.

The story itself is intriguing, and perhaps would have benefited from switching perspectives.. perhaps the elderly couple's viewpoint would have added a different voice to the narrative in the roles of mentors, rather than focusing solely on Sarah.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Dissenting Point of View February 13, 2013
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Well written but poorly plotted story that had me pulling my hair out in frustration as I read along. Now, the author is a skilled writer and I enjoyed the mental images of fog and bog and green fields of Ireland, but I have never been a fan of books where the protagonist does something really dumb and is rewarded for it in the end. I counted no less than three instances where our heroine should have been dead in a ditch BUT FOR the intervention of good luck. Plotting a story where fair fortune is the method of extracting your protagonist from disaster strikes me the wrong way, but to each their own. I read all the reviews written and they sure sucked me in thinking this book was the next best thing to "Alas, Babylon". Sorry, not even close. This family continues tripping through the whole book with the survival sense of a mouse hanging out at a cat convention.

I know I am going to be in the minority here but I really had to force myself to finish this book, muttering under my breath the whole time. I don't think the author meant this intentionally, but after I finally reached the end I kept thinking that one lesson to take away is that if civilization is crashing down around you, take no prisoners. Not sure I agree but the logic works based on the way the story ends up.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars implausible emp/nuke attack TEOTWAWKI story December 16, 2013
By ilbob
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A book I got for free and started to read but lost interest in so it gets one star from me.

Just way too many implausible things.

An American family goes on vacation to Ireland. The cottage they are supposed to stay in has burned down so they are moved elsewhere. They find that there are horses and goats left by the absent owners that they have to take care of, along with an abundance of stored goods. Really, the owners just leave the life stock for some visitors they do not know to take care of?

There is a nuclear attack and of course the EMP wipes out their rental car. So they walk 10 miles into town. Yea - like that is going to happen with a ten YO. They buy groceries and carry them back.

They even find a 22 rifle in the barn and some ammo. The mother and ten YO boy try it out and the recoil nearly knocks them over. The ten YO knows how to use the rifle from watching Youtube videos.

I just lost interest in it so it gets the one star treatment.

I can take some implausibility but I need at least something that is believable somewhere along the line, but that is not to be found in this story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's OK!
Published 1 day ago by Tom D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A modern day heroine who's not afraid to fight for those she loves!
Published 1 day ago by Cynthia Parrott
5.0 out of 5 stars "Free Falling" is a must read - Exciting - Adventurous - Suspensful!
Susan Lewis certainly knows how to grab a reader's attention. Her book, Free Falling, which is the first of three in the series is exhilarating and makes you want to keep reading. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Liz McKinley
4.0 out of 5 stars just to get you on the hook
not bad for a tickler to get you to buy more
Published 6 days ago by frekee
3.0 out of 5 stars liked most of it
Read this and was enjoying it. The premise is interesting, imaginative and well written. I don't know why but at the end I just got kind of a ho-hum attitude. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Retired dude
4.0 out of 5 stars ... but for the ending in which I was very disappointed. It kept you...
I would have rated it 5 but for the ending in which I was very disappointed. It kept you right on the edge of your seat until the end and it didn't actually end, it just quit. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sue Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book!!!
Published 10 days ago by Susan Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Loved it great writer. I will be reading more of your books thank you for writing this book good work
Published 11 days ago by Mary Hoyt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed the book. Plot was interesting and kept me on my toes.
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great & refreshing take on end times
Great & refreshing take on end times. Many twists and turns. Keeps yout reading to find out what will happen and to who next
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Best-selling author Susan Kiernan-Lewis is an ex-Air Force Brat who has traveled the world and racked up over 40 addresses in her life (and she's not finished yet.) Her fascination with world travel explains why nearly all her books are set outside the US. Her post-apocalyptic suspense series, THE IRISH END GAME, is based in Ireland. The first book in that series, FREE FALLING, was a semi-finalist for Best Indie Book of 2012. Her Maggie Newberry Mysteries series (which takes place in France) has won multiple awards. Contact Susan at and visit her website at
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