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Black Fall: A Jessica Blackwood Novel Paperback – March 21, 2017
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From the Back Cover
An hour after a severe earthquake rocks the Eastern seaboard, a video of Nobel Prize—winning physicist Peter Devon predicting the location and date of the earthquake goes viral.
But Peter Devon has been dead for eight years.
The FBI’s best chance at finding an explanation is agent Jessica Blackwood. Raised as the rising star in a family dynasty of illusionists, Jessica has talent and experience that endow her with a gift for knowing when things are not always as they appear to be. Jessica’s boss, Dr. Ailes, puts her on the case even though she’s still recovering from a routine surveillance operation gone horribly wrong. When police discover a body that matches her description of the disturbed young woman who attacked her at the stakeout, Jessica is torn between professional duty and a personal desire to find out who this woman was, and why she was killed.
The investigations pull her in very different directions—until they start to converge, leading Jessica to confront something so twisted, only one person could be behind it . . .
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Top Customer Reviews
Our favorite magician turned FBI agent is back to solve another seemingly impossible case.
After an earthquake hits the east coast, a video appears online of physicist Peter Devon correctly predicting the date and location of the earthquake. Peter has been dead for 8 years. How did he know? Did he know? Who else is involved? Is this a trick?
During her investigation, Jessica is attacked by members of a religious cult. What is their involvement? Why do they want her dead?
She is led to a MISSING town in Colorado that may or may not hold the answers she is looking for.
There are several intriguing characters along the way that keep you guessing about their potential involvement.
The biggest question Jessica has through it all: Is the Warlock involved?
I absolutely recommend Black Fall to anyone. Fans of the series and Andrew Mayne will love the latest installment. Those new to the series will certainly become fans. Happy reading!
The book, like its predecessors, has all the aspects of a good thriller, including nonstop action, plenty of suspense, high stakes (some of which have uneasy echoes in today’s newspapers), and likeable characters. I particularly enjoyed the magic aspect, in which Mayne’s own career in stage magic provides him with plenty of expertise. My only complaint is that the book ends rather abruptly and, to my mind, not entirely convincingly: some aspects of the bad guys’ behavior remained a puzzle to me. Nonetheless, I will eagerly look forward to the next Blackwood book, and meantime I’m checking out some of Mayne’s other series.
Once again Andrew Mayne delivers a thrilling tale of FBI agent Jessica Blackwood as she and her associates (both in and out of law enforcement) try to piece together a missing town, attempted murder, and the world erupting into chaos following disasters enveloped by conspiracies. This third book in the series continues to demonstrate why Mr. Mayne is one of the most exciting authors today, tying in his storytelling, experience with illusions and stage magic, and the intelligent use of science and technology.
As the nation slides into chaos, FBI agent Jessica Blackwood must use her magician's eye to find the methods, motivations, and masterminds before society falls to riots and disaster in a fever dream of the apocalypse.
Andrew Mayne is one of my favorite authors and I devoured this book instantly. If you haven't read the two previous (Angel Killer, Name of the Devil) I recommend them first to set up this amazing world. There's no need for fantasy or magic when clever, diabolically executed illusions can fool just as well.
That brings up the first question. Do I need to have read Angel Killer & Name of the Devil to enjoy this book. Short answer is no. I do think it will make this book even better knowing Jessica's back story. So buy all three. They are all enjoyable, fun reads.
This is a great page turner. It was hard to read it over several days (just not enough time to read it one setting).