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On Unfaithful Wings (Icarus Fell #1) (An Icarus Fell Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Bruce Blake
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**All Who Wander Are Lost (Icarus Fell #2) also available**
                 
The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012 Semi-finalist

On Unfaithful Wings (An Icarus Fell Novel #1)

To some, death is the end; to others, a beginning. To Icarus Fell, it should have been a relief from a life gone seriously awry.

But death had other plans.

Icarus doesn't believe that the man awaiting him when he wakes up in a cheap motel room is really the archangel Michael, or that God's right hand wants him to help souls on their way to Heaven. Icarus doesn't believe there's a Heaven, so why should they want his help?

But the man claiming to be the archangel tempts him with an offer he can't ignore--harvest enough souls and get back the life he wished he'd had.

It seems Icarus has nothing to lose, until he botches a harvest and the soul that went to Hell instead of Heaven comes back to make him pay by threatening to take away the life he hoped to win back.

To save the wife and son he already lost once, Icarus will have to become the man he never was. Somehow, he will have to learn to believe.
"The next book in this series cannot come out soon enough for this reader. Not just my favorite Kindle book of the year, but one of my favorite books ever."

"I loved this book."

"Bruce Blake's On Unfaithful Wings is a great urban fantasy novel. I love good character development in a story's protagonist and Blake nails it with Icarus Fell. I found myself rooting for him from the get go and laughing out loud at some of his observations."

"On Unfaithful Wings was an impressive first novel. All of the characters were interesting and engaging, but in particular the main character and his struggle to reconcile with his new identity/job.
This is one of those stories that stays with me long after I read it and I'll be on the lookout for more from this author."

"This is just, simply, amazing. Icarus is one of the best characters I've ever "met", chock full of virtues and faults and doubts and worries and a simple HUMANNESS that comes through so clearly, I almost expect to run into him around the next corner."

"Icarus Fell is a flawed man but a wonderful character. From the moment I started reading On Unfaithful Wings I was pulled along by this interesting character and wanting to know what would happen next."


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About the Author

Bruce Blake lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. When pressing issues like shovelling snow and building igloos don't take up his spare time, Bruce can be found taking the dog sled to the nearest coffee shop to work on his short stories and novels. Actually, Victoria, B.C. is only a couple hours north of Seattle, Wash., where more rain is seen than snow. Since snow isn't really a pressing issue, Bruce spends more time trying to remember to leave the "u" out of words like "colour" and "neighbour" then he does shovelling. The father of two, Bruce is also the trophy husband of burlesque diva Miss Rosie Bitts. Bruce has been writing since grade school but it wasn't until six years ago he set his sights on becoming a full-time writer. Since then, his first short story, "Another Man's Shoes" was published in the Winter 2008 edition of Cemetery Moon, another short, "Yardwork", was made into a podcast in Oct., 2011 by Pseudopod and his first Icarus Fell novel, "On Unfaithful Wings", was published to Kindle in Dec., 2011. The second Icarus Fell novel, “All Who Wander Are Lost”, was released in July, 2012, and “Blood of the King”, the first book in the two-part “Khirro's Journey” epic fantasy, was released Sept. 30, 2012. He has plans for at least three more Icarus novels, several stand alones, and a possible YA fantasy co-written with his eleven-year-old daughter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1569 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Best Bitts Productions (December 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PJ9M3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate dark urban fantasy July 30, 2012
By LauraK
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This book is packed with action. It is dark, exciting, and sometimes quite violent. There are paranormal characters, but this is not a romance. There are no sparkly vampires or lovelorn werewolves. The main character, Icarus (call me Ric) Fell, is a very reluctant hero. There is not much he has done right in his life, and he continues to screw up and struggle with his personal demons throughout the book. He is extremely likable, though, and you will find yourself rooting for him even while you are not surprised by his poor choices. I was impressed how the author was able to keep him true to his character while still showing his growth from the beginning to the end of the book. The supporting characters in the book are also very intriguing and creative. Each time Ric has contact with one of them we learn a little more of their mystery, but somehow we are left with even more questions.

While there are a few typos/word switches in the book, overall the writing is fantastic. I felt like I could see, hear and feel everything Ric was doing, but I didn't notice much exposition or description. I felt like I was experiencing the story through Ric.

One of my recent pet peeves these days is when books stop with no ending in an effort to force you to buy another book in the series simply to find out what happens. I am happy to say that this book is an example of how to avoid that annoying problem. There is a clear plot with a big problem that is resolved in a satisfying way at the end of this book. But so many doors are opened along the way that I am dying to find out what will happen after all the dust settles. Ric is changed by how this story ends, and I can't wait to find out what that will mean for him next. Plus I really want to learn more about many of the other characters.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one March 22, 2012
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Bruce Blake's On Unfaithful Wings is a great urban fantasy novel. I love good character development in a story's protagonist and Blake nails it with Icarus Fell. I found myself rooting for him from the get go and laughing out loud at some of his observations. I really enjoyed the soul harvester concept and all the implications that arise from the idea. One of the reviews mentions "Dresden Files" is a similar style and I'd add that if you like Mike Carey, you'll enjoy Bruce Blake as well. I'm looking forward to the next Icarus Fell novel.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Compelling and Unsual Hero... March 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Icarus Fell is a mess. He was born under a bad sign and if it weren't for bad luck, he wouldn't have any luck at all...

He has failed at being a father, a husband and a human being in general. His life is miserable and while actually trying to do the right thing (for once), he is killed.

Turns out the Angels have plans for Icarus. He is given the chance to get a new shot at life, if he becomes a Harvester. Icarus isn't thrilled about his new job as a Harvester of souls. He actually tried to avoid his duties, before realizing that can have horrifying consequences.

Icarus' failings are what make him such a sympathetic character, because we have all had our moments.

I think this leans more towards the Felix Castor novels, than the Dresden Files. Icarus has 99 problems, but a Fairy ain't one.

This is one of the best books I have read in a while. I look forward to the next novel in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Bart
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book.
I loved this book because it was so painful to read. As a person with more than a passing familiarity with the mundane hells the author describes in unflinching, yet flinch-causing detail, I can NOT speak highly enough for this book. The character is more of a troubled 'anti-hero' than many labeled as such. That title for a character is bandied about to describe iconclastic rule breakers often, but Icarus Fell really fits the bill. Through the path of the story Icarus fails, and lives with the consequences and potential outcomes of his failure.
My only complaint, maybe more of a gripe, is how closely the author kept the secrets of the Angels throughout the plot. You empathize with Icarus when he is maddeninmgly fed morsels of information and never given the big truth, what he is capable of, who is on his side... Time and time again.

I used Amazon Prime to read this book for free, and will be buying the sequal. If you do not have prime, this book is well worth the purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard-boiled detective thriller meets urban fantasy February 26, 2012
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Blake's funny and sarcastic take on life after death follows Icarus ("Ric") Fell, a reluctant "supernatural bodyguard" as he navigates the choppy waters of angelic politics, a job he's not sure he believes in and raising stakes. Gritty and engaging with a voice borrowed unapologetically from Chandler and Hammett, "On Unfaithful Wings" flirts with clichés without falling for them, and will have you rooting for the dishevelled, unlikely hero. An entertaining and unpretentious read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail Hail Icarus Fell April 2, 2012
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I once read a review for a famous horror writer (you can guess which one) which compared the writer's work to being the literary equivalent of chewing gum. Not much sustenance but every now and then one likes to pull out one of his works and have a good chew.

That was my short lived first impression of Mr. Blake's first novel. A page turner no doubt, but I initially passed it off as a fun diversion. As I devoured the book on my iPad over a couple of days I realized that when I wasn't stealing a few minutes here and there to read it, I was thinking about it constantly. Its themes of mortality, regret and plain old bad luck, resonated and kept me coming back for more.

It's more than just good fun, but if that is all you are looking for, On Unfaithful Wings delivers that too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too unbelievable
For me there were too many plot holes, and too much that was unbelievable in this story, i.e., being sent to face Azrael and the carrions without any way to defend himself, and... Read more
Published 7 days ago by BklynCowpoke
5.0 out of 5 stars Angels and Demons Oh MY!
If you like Angles and Demons in your stories, this book is definitely for you! Bruce Blake tells a wonderful tale of a "man" Icarus Fell (just call me Ric) who hasn't had... Read more
Published 13 days ago by drasmussen
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept
This is an interesting take on angels, heaven, and he'll and the influence they have after death. While the book was interesting, I really did not care for the amount of cussing,... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Love to read witty and clean
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series Start
I tend to prefer novels written in the first person, and this being an urban fantasy book, I definitely ate it up.
Published 1 month ago by J. Gallen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I look forward to reading the rest and seeing how the series concept develops and how the characters mature. :)
Published 4 months ago by Bgilmo
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you on your toes
I received this book from bookbub. I thouroughly enjoyed this book and found it to be different from what I read and very intriguing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tobyann Aparisi
5.0 out of 5 stars well written - extremely bark
This book had me captured from the very beginning. The main character used some homophobic language that gave me pause but, having contacted the author, I came to appreciate it was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kevin M. Orth
3.0 out of 5 stars Started with a bang but fizzled in the middle.
This one started out well for me but somewhere I lost it - about half way through I found myself just wishing to be done with it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bec
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a bit of a departure from what I normally read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carrie Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing read
I got this Icarus Fell novel during a Kindle free promotion, and I can't say I was disappointed when I picked it up. Read more
Published 10 months ago by AllCrazyHere
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More About the Author

Bruce Blake lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. When pressing issues like shovelling snow and building igloos don't take up his spare time, Bruce can be found taking the dog sled to the nearest coffee shop to work on his short stories and novels.

Actually, Victoria, B.C. is only a couple hours north of Seattle, Wash., where more rain is seen than snow. Since snow isn't really a pressing issue, Bruce spends more time trying to remember to leave the "u" out of words like "colour" and "neighbour" than he does shovelling (and watch out for those pesky double l's). The father of two, Bruce is also the trophy husband of a burlesque diva.

Bruce's first short story, "Another Man's Shoes" was published in the Winter 2008 edition of Cemetery Moon. Another short, "Yardwork," was made into a podcast in Oct., 2011 by Pseudopod. Bruce's first Icarus Fell novel, "On Unfaithful Wings", was published in Dec., 2011 while the follow up, "All Who Wander Are Lost", came out in July, 2012. The first part of his Khirro's Journey epic fantasy trilogy, "Blood of the King", was released Sept., 2012, book 2, "Spirit of the King," in Dec., 2012, and book 3, "Heart of the King," in Feb., 2013.

If you enjoy any of my books, please click the like button at the top of the page and leave a review.

If you would like to contact me, do so at bruceblake(at)hotmail(dot)ca

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