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Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning Novel, A Book 1) Kindle Edition

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“A fascinating new series. Nightfall was an extraordinary introduction to a new postapocalyptic mythical world…This was a book that I just could not put down, and once it was over, all I could think was that I cannot wait to reenter the new Dark Ages!”—Night Owl Reviews

“Dark, intense, and downright scary, this book is pretty full of awesome. The world they have created just might give you nightmares, but I also bet you won’t be able to put this book down.”—Smexy Books

“Chills and thrills mark the pages of Nightfall…it grabs you from page one.”—Fresh Fiction

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Their instincts will save them.
Their passion will transform them.


Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought, in her wildest nightmares, that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna's father. Skilled and steadfast, he's ready for the Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and the mutant dogs attack-vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion-a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

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  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RL0AYO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ann Aguirre:

Ann is a national bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, two cats, and one very lazy dog. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Dr. Who. She writes urban fantasy (the Corine Solomon series), romantic science fiction (the Jax series), apocalyptic paranormal romance (the Ellen Connor books), paranormal romantic suspense (as Ava Gray) for Penguin, and young adult fiction for Feiwel & Friends.

Carrie Lofty:

As a National Merit Scholar she attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She traveled to Norwich, England, for her junior year to study at the University of East Anglia, where she met her husband. After a brief stint as an unaccomplished art major, she graduated from BGSU with a BA in English and history. Ohio State University accepted her as a graduate teaching assistant. She earned her MA with a thesis on Old West outlaws and the impact of legend on society. In November of 2006, shortly after committing to a career writing fiction, she established Unusual Historicals, a multi-author blog for those writers and readers who love historical romances set in unusual times and places. She writes historical romance for Pocket books.

Together, they're a collaborative writing team. The pen name comes from two kick-butt female SF characters: Ellen Ripley (from Alien) and Sarah Connor (from The Terminator). When you put them together, you get Ellen Connor.

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The author name Ellen Connor consists of a writing team of two people (Ann Aguirre/Ava Gray and Carrie Lofty). They were inspired by the bad-ass female sci-fi characters in The Terminator and Alien movies. The name Connor is from the character Sarah Connor in The Terminator. Ellen is from Ellen Ripley in Alien. This book has a feeling like the Terminator movie: the apocalyptic state on earth with dangerous creatures (demon dogs) trying to kill all humans. This story is a small group of humans trying to survive. Anything with computer technology no longer works including most cars. The only method of communication is the old fashioned analog radio - but the established radio stations are not broadcasting. The reader gets the feeling that there are no humans left in the cities - and any who survived are doing so like the group we are reading about.

Years ago Jenna's father Mitch was predicting this apocalyptic disaster. Mason was a troubled teen who was taken in and helped by Mitch. Mitch trained Mason to prepare for it. Before he died Mitch asked Mason to promise to take care of his daughter Jenna when it happened. Now the event has happened. There's no time to explain so Mason kidnaps Jenna, tying her up and taking her to his cabin in the forest. Having seen the demon dogs she now understands. Mason has enough food for the two of them to stay in the cabin for the winter. Then a group of five people arrive at the cabin asking for help. Mason is reluctant but Jenna lets them in and insists they stay. They discover a scientist Chris at a research station several miles away. He is broadcasting on an old radio saying he has plenty of food. The group decides to travel to Chris. Mason gives everyone guns and ammo to shoot the demon dogs along the way.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By melindeeloo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 7, 2011
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The Eastern United States and parts of the world have fallen to a failure of technology and the rise of some nasty magic, but in the West the people have lived in semi-blissful denial despite shortages in fuel and such. But that is about to change and a Warrior has a promise to keep, even though Mason's methods are going to seem extreme to Jenna, the woman he's pledged to save, and his motivation for kidnapping her are going to sound insane - as insane to Jenna as the father who abandoned her and who is the man to whom Mason made his pledge.

I liked the rough around the edges Mason who is a warrior to the core and needs the heroine Jenna because he's all about protection and battle but lacks the flexibility in a time when that may be the key to survival. Both the Jenna and Mason are damaged and seeking acceptance in the midst of the turmoil which surrounds the end of civilization, so they have a fair number of rough spots until they finally trust each other enough to get what they need (and to give the other what he/she needs). But when they do come together it is with a forever kind of intensity and they make a great team.

The final ending which had the survivors of our cast settling into a 'new' normality felt kind of anticlimactic after the action packed emotional roller coaster ride, but I can't imagine any type of happy ending that could have lived up to all that went before - and this was a romance, so a happy ending was a must. But that didn't dim my enjoyment of Nightfall as a whole. Really my only nit was a language one that will seem trivial to most people but jarred me out of the scene.

So I really liked Nightfall a great deal - which had great action, a fair amount of steamy stuff and some pretty intense emotional moments for our starring pair.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By windleton on July 16, 2011
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When I was growing up, I used to read my mother's romance novels from the 70's. In them, the hero was always a hard, silent man who wanted to impose his will upon the heroine, by force if nothing else worked. This, for some strange reason, made the heroine fall madly in love with the hard, silent man and then he in turn - inexplicably and for no apparent reason - would fall in love with the heroine and suddenly become a changed man, all emotional and ready to talk and love. Thankfully, things have changed since the '70s and we are now used to more layered and complex heroes and heroines. Usually.

I am a huge fan of Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series, both the characters and the story. So when I saw that she was writing a postapocalyptic romance, of course I had to pick it up! As far as the postapocalyptic part went, I was not disappointed. Aguirre and her co-writer Carrie Lofty have created a great and scary setting for their postapocalypse. Manbeasts stalk the forests, hungering for human flesh, infecting with their bites. It is truly scary and sets the perfect scene for this kind of story.

But the romance - PLEASE!? I understand from the other reviews here that there are people out there who like this, and for me that is a mystery. I almost stopped reading right at the beginning when the hero, after having kidnapped the heroine, making her understandably rather scared, pushes her against the wall with his body and is aroused by the fact that she fights back: "Fighting had always done that to him. Violence and sex together." Really? Am I supposed to be turned on by this semi-rape scenario?
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