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Fall: The Last Testament of Lucifer Morningstar (The Fallen Chronicles: Book One 1) by [Hay, David Scott]
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From the Author

Howdy, folks. 
 
Just a quick note for those of you that read these kinds of missives. Many thanks for the emails regarding the next book. I've been lucky enough to work on a few screenplay projects the last couple of years and that has diverted my writing resources for the FALL series. 
 
Book One was written many, many moons ago and was originally intended as a one off, inspired by Neil Gaiman's SEASON OF MISTS. So there's the imitation/flattery bit. When it was first published (many more moons later) it overtook what I thought was a superior piece of writing: FOUNTAIN, my MFA thesis novel. 
 
But as they say, story is king. 
 
So I revisited FALL.  I saw some interesting characters and a stripped down plot. Very fable-esque. After digging through my notes I found some material for a possible series. So I started playing with that, but then one morning I just started writing the prequel starting with Lucifer shortly after the end of Book One reminiscing about his beginnings. The potential that my now sharper pencil could sketch proved too tempting. 
 
And it took off from there. Oh, I still have visions and plotting for the series post Lucifer's second exile from the Silver City, but somehow I felt I needed to see him Before the Fall (and thus the easy title, thought the playwright in me prefers something more obtuse like Phosphorus Quod Cecidit). 

It's been a challenge world- building, but I think the Morning Star and his kind deserve a closer in depth look at their early days. And I believe I've found more beauty and poetry in this particular tale than the last.

Of course it's fiction and I play with some tropes they may deviate from Biblical and apocryphal tales--I felt the need to add that disclaimer ... one too many "that's not how the angels would act" emails. 

No. Really. 
 
Ha (sigh). 
 
And I do it because it's fun and makes for a better story... long live the story. 

So here's to the next tale. Early 2015. 

Thanks, 

DSH   

About the Author

David Scott Hay is an award-winning Chicago playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He also wrote and directed the acclaimed indie feature film HARD SCRAMBLED.

Novels include: FOUNTAIN a satire, the best-selling contemporary fantasy FALL: THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LUCIFER MORNING STAR (The Fallen Chronicles: Book One), and CLONING CHRIST: THE SECOND BOOK OF DANIEL.

He is also a Contributing Editor for The Digital Americana Magazine.

He lost the tip of a finger in chop-saw incident. (buy me a beer and you'll get that story in person.)

Twitter: @davidscotthay Email: david@davidscotthay.com Blog: http://dshrazor.blogspot.com/ Website: www.davidscotthay.com www.arsonbooks.net

Product Details

  • File Size: 1367 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Arson Books (June 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055SYX1E
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By S. Thorgersen on July 27, 2011
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I'm an obsessed reader of e-books. As such, I scour Amazon's selections for good indie and traditionally published works, I sample 'em, and I buy the rare treasures that compel me to continue reading beyond the free 10% sample. FALL passed my selection process, and I'm happy to have burned through its pages in a matter of hours.

Hay has already enjoyed significant praise from sources such as Chicago Sun-Times, so I won't go into detail about his credentials as an author. Nonetheless, he is selling FALL at a modest $2.99, which is a ridiculous steal for such quality writing.

The new cover art is especially striking, and the title remains ironic and intriguing. Hay has crafted a modern and original questing tale, filled with compelling characters and rich dialogue. (Immediately, one gets a sense of the tale's originality from the description.) Here's what struck me most, though--and what secured my decision to toss $2.99 into Hay's laptop case: The man knows how to turn a phrase. He understands craft, and the prose is as delightful as the story. (I especially loved Chapter 6--well done, sir.) In essence, Hay manages to combine the pacing and tension of a paperback genre novel with the language, rhythm, and imagery of literary fiction. It's impressive, and I wish more authors could pull this off.

In terms of criticism, there are a few moments when I needed to flip back in order to understand why a character made a certain choice, but that's mostly due to the fact that we're dealing with biblical characters who have rich histories in religious and secular literature. (Allusions abound, by the way.
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This book is fresh new take on the relationship between Heaven & Hell that is at times gripping and humerous. Reading the first book of this new trilogy will leave you wanting more. My first reaction upon finishing the book was WOW!!! Fall starts with Book of Life being stolen & Lucifer being summoned by Presence to retrieve it. Lucifer agrees to this request in return for a favor from the Presence. Accompanying Lucifer on this journey is Duma, a somewhat rebellious angel, Maggie, a widowed romance writer and Andrew Honybone, a not quite deceased lawyer. Don't let the reIigous overtones fool you. The book is about temptation, redemption, unlikely friendships as well as unlikely enemies. I found myself pulling for Lucifer & shedding a few tears for him. I have not seen him so sympathically portrayed (well somewhat) before. I liked the way the author portrayed Duma as someone I can pull for as an angel who was almost part of the Fall but did not follow Lucifer but is still a bit rebellious. I really liked Maggie, the witness, who is a strong, independent minded lady who isn't afraid to hold a doble barreled shot gun on Lucifer. I found the first couple of chapters a bit slow going but after that the book picked up speed so much I couldn't stop reading it. I think Honeybone was the voice of honesty & provided a humorous viewpoint. I look forward to reading the next book on David Scott Hay's trilogy. I received a complimentary copy of the book in order to review it.
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I recently purchased this book and I have to give David credit. He wrote a well thought out book and while it could have done without some misc. Charachters I can see where they did add something even if it was all for nothing. David has a solid grasp of the concept of writing which considering most of the books you get for under 3.00 is saying something in and of itself. I would and I have recommended this book to others and I don't do that very often if at all. I give credit where it is due and its certainly due here. Good Job David and I am looking forward to reading other things by you.
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I haven't read a book like this in a long time. I have to be in the right mood for sprawling fantasies. Also, it's the first in a trilogy and as every avid reader knows, the first book is the foundation for the next two, and that means not as much action as the next two.

My first memory of church was crying as everybody acted weird and freaked out. Men in suits running in the aisles. A rock band on stage. Random strangers snapping upright to speak in some weird language I had never heard before. People staggering to the stage towards the outstretched hand of the reverend...Full Gospel Pentecostal hardcore churching, baby. So I've always been a little obsessed with the Bible.

FALL tackles what the Bible doesn't - and that's putting you right inside Heaven with the angels. DSH handles this overwhelming world with solid writing, carefully crafted scenes, and flawed angels.

I was so happy when I realized these otherworldly creatures - these godlike deities - had personalities and feelings that I could relate with, and were not handled like one dimensional stoics.

Grounding these golden monsters is Maggie, and her very real dealings with the loss of her beloved husband. Maggie is a book unto herself, and she is a beautifully drawn, lifelike character that rings true in every sense. She takes us by the hand and guides us through the grand story of Heaven and Hell. I would follow Maggie into any novel, she is simply that wonderful.

You can read the other reviews and get the plot. I will admit to also losing my way in the second half of the book. There are many philosophical musings, conversations, angel names, alliances, story threads and suspicions here. The deep reader will be fine.
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