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When Darkness Falls Paperback – August 16, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477635939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477635933
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,714,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Billi Tiner on August 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
`When Darkness Falls' by Murasaki Hideki is an action-packed adventure centering around one man, Drake Halifax. Halifax is an agent for a group called the Arc. He has a plan to overthrow the current ruler, The Arbiter, and usher in a new regime. Hideki does a good job of building the character Drake Halifax. The story moves along at a fast pace and is filled with plenty of action. For the most part, it was an enjoyable read. However, there were several transition points that were choppy and hard to follow. I also felt there were a few too many twists. This caused there to be some holes in the story that were never really completely filled.

Overall, I enjoyed `When Darkness Falls' and would recommend it to anyone looking for a book with plenty of action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on November 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
When evil is in control of society, who will rise up to challenge and overcome it? Drake A. Halifax, 36 years old, lives in the mansion of Errol with his father Malcolm and step-mother Evylyn (nee Stanton); his mother Devon is missing and presumed dead. The Four Cities of Brooke, Baron, Anston, and Gates, are under the control of the Arbiter and his corrupt System. Drake and Malcolm are agents of the Phalanxes under General Arkules Merici, which supports the Rebellion against the Arbiter. However, some of his step-mother's family and friends are agents for the Center, which supports the Resistence backing the Arbiter.

The Arbiter sends one of his agents, Sharon Hayes, to kill Drake, who is now leading the Rebellion, but she falls in love with him. What will Sharon do? What will happen to Drake? And who will win the conflict, the Rebellion or the Resistance? When Darkness Falls is an action-packed, science-fiction type of adventure that involves espionage, suspense, and romance. Set in a dystopian future (George Washington is said to have been "the first President more than 200 years ago"), the book is divided into three sections of eleven chapters each (chapters 0 through 10). In "At the Behest of Loyalty," Drake goes after the oppressive Arbiter. "The Chorus of the Clocks" continues the conflict, and "The Ultimate Test" brings the story to its conclusion.

The plot might be a little confusing to some, especially at the beginning, with double agents working for both sides and some agents switching sides, but what else would one expect in a multi-layered spy novel?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BestChickLit.com on September 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
When Darkness Falls is a wonderful tale, exciting and disturbing and heartrbreaking all in one. I'm a real lover of sci-fi and this new addition to the genre doesn't disappoint at all. Drake (unsurprisingly) is the centre, a handsome heir to as huge fortune who has led a privileged life. His father is a lawyer, his mother a seemingly shallow socialite, with the family living in the city of Brooke - a world where "Everything seemed perfect". However Drake and his family live in a world divided; on one side is Drake and his family in the `cosmopolitan section of Brooke", the rest of society is in what gets referred to in the book as "the dog hole". Ironically it is all one city, the wealthy and the destitute side by side on the brink of implosion. For the history buffs out there, the world Hideki creates is reminiscent of pre-revolutionary France; King Louis, France and the decadence of men who do not deserve the wealth they have.

Drake is in the middle, he is a member of a freedom fighter group know as the Arc and is determined to burn the old world to the ground no matter what the cost. This book has several things its favour, first and foremost the visuals. Hideki does wonderful description of Brooke and Drake's own home so the reader gets a real sense of the difference in money and status. The visuals also work because they give a sense of tension, everything is just on the brink, the wealth is extreme, almost stagnant, and the broken survivors in Brooke seem like they are about to explode. Another great part of this book is Drake's relationship with his mother Evelyn, she is technically his step-mother and the awkward family tension, along with his refusal to acknowledge her adds a vein of humanity through a fantastical tale.

Reviewed by Eleanor Whalley on Behalf of BestChickLit.com
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