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Length: 214 pages

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg
Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg
Big-band singer Johnny Favorite has remained in a persistent vegetative state ever since he was injured while entertaining troops during the Second World War: Private investigator Harry Angel is hired to find him and when Angel begins to search, things begin to get very strange. Learn more | See similar titles

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  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Dream Weaver Publishing; 1 edition (July 31, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FD0FFC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Brother Ken on February 3, 2012
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I want to say all sorts of nice things about this book, but I have to be honest, too. It has a lot of what I consider problems. It has the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The Good: characters you can root for. I liked these people (well, the ones I was supposed to like) and wanted to spend time with them. With only a few exceptions, I found the characters to be well constructed with the depth needed to make them real.
I liked the plot. It had plenty of "Oh, crap!" moments. Kept me turning the pages. For the most part, the writing was strong enough to keep me reading the book.
But about the writing...
The Bad: Unfortunately, the author seems to have a serious lack of understanding when it comes to point-of-view. Some readers may not find this a problem. Some readers might be baffled as to why this book feels disjointed to them. I have lots of discussion with writers about POV. This author needs to study POV issues. He constantly hops from one head to another. It was distracting, as if every time I reached for a dorito, someone had eaten the last one, and I had to go out to the kitchen and refill my bowl. Many inexperienced writers think the reader needs to know what everyone is thinking in the scene so we "get" it. But it's tiring. And it's lazy writing. It takes away from the main characters. It often made it hard to know who was speaking, as well. Fixing the POV issues could elevate this book to great heights, but unfortunately, that would require an entire re-write.
And then there is the description. The author does description well, but there were too many cases where that intense description was unnecessary. Just a little too much, and I didn't want it or need it.
For me, this was especially true when it came to the guns. Now, I'm in no way anti-gun.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Slater on June 1, 2012
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As a fellow writer, I believe in the importance of constructive criticism, so please allow me to explain the three star rating I have given this book. Mr. Moore has a great storyline lined up. However, I am guessing that he is a fan of Tom Clancy (as am I). This comes across in his use of a great deal of details that are not necessary to the story. The only problem is that it is extremely difficult to pull this off and keep the story flowing. Clancy is the master of this, and even he doesn't always pull it off. There are several times when Mr. Moore seems more like he is trying to show how much he knows about an area than telling the story. There are also several declarations of impending doom or the gravity of the situation, but little explanation of why. I have found that most of the great books I have read have an author that assumes his or her audience is relatively ignorant of the topic and so explains the reason for the plot motivation.
On the plus side, mr. Moore has put together an interesting story and some characters that are easy to enjoy and appreciate. His protagonist is not a stereotype, but instead someone more human. His antagonists are a little too evil, but become more understandable as time passes. I would recommend Playing God not necessarily as a great read for the reasons I listed previously, but to introduce yourself to a writer with a good amount of potential.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on May 30, 2012
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I have to start with the fact that this definitely needs to be proofread. The biggest issue for me was the quotations. They often were around the wrong words which made the dialog a little confusing. Or rather, it made me focus more on the writing than the story which was distracting.

Otherwise, the plot was interesting. I'm a fan of outbreak type stories and this definitely fit the bill. The characters were interesting, but I almost felt like they could have used a little more depth. Now that I think about it, I think there were descriptions of what was happening and/or the characters' personality, but additional physical descriptors could have been helpful for me to get a better picture of what was happening. In fact, I think more physical descriptions in general would have been helpful. Another reader indicated getting incredibly detailed descriptions of guns, but overall I almost feel like I had a sense of what was happening, but it was lacking a level of detail that really brought me fully into the story. I would have preferred more description.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 28, 2012
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Moore has got the making of a great book and with some editing and a bit more proofreading love, it'd *shine*. I ended up distracted by the proofing oops' and that pulled me right out of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 5, 2012
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Other than needing a little help with edits and proofreading, this book is a 5 star thriller. I really hope the author has a sequel in pipeline right now so I can catch up with the rest of the story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lena J. Anderson on January 2, 2013
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It was a good length. But I didn't like all the gun details. I don't know much about guns. So I kind of phased out when they started to talk about the details of every gun.
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By Shawna on June 13, 2015
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I stumbled across this book by chance and randomly chose to read it for a change of pace. I can't express how glad that I did.

This novel is a compelling story of survival, family, fear, love, and conspiracy. I was drawn in to the plot for the very first page and literally could not put it down until the very end. Although the book was very well thought out and full of information feeding the story, I never felt like it was weighted down and never short of action and suspense. I found myself drawn to many of the characters and felt like I was cheering them on at times as they struggles just to survive in a nearly apocalyptic situation. I can't help but think "what would I do?? would I know what to do?? could this ever really happen??"

I can't say enough good about this book. If you enjoy suspense, action and or conspiracy, then this is the book for you. A must read.
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