- File Size: 3147 KB
- Print Length: 749 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Down Island Press; 1 edition (July 8, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 8, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B011AKJH0C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Fallen Series: A Jesse McDermitt Bundle (Caribbean Adventure Series Book 0) Kindle Edition
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Unbelievably, I could not stop reading, and even though I sometimes skipped technicalities and all kinds of machinery specifications (which I am sure fans of this genre will love), the story line was interesting and easy to follow, and kept me interested all along, despite the violence, which is not really that much. I was willing to stand it in order to get all the story.
One thing I really loved about these books is that it was evident that Wayne truly ENJOYED writing this. I appreciate that a lot.
I NEVER imagined I could get attached to a character who is a hardened war veteran. Well: I was very wrong! :) I love Jesse!
Despite rave reviews from authors whose work I admire, Jinx Schwartz, and Steven Becker, I really hated Stinnett's first book, and was willing to write him off. Sentence structure was so stilted, I often couldn't finish a paragraph. The second book still didn't sway me either, but when I read the first three books together, in a boxed set, the storyline flowed. Stinnett's writing (syntax and sentence structure) improved, there were fewer typos. He hit his stride, and had found his writer's voice by the end of book three, so I've reversed my initial decision. (I'm now reading Fallen Mangrove, book five).
I didn't expect to like the protagonist, retired marine, Jesse McDermott, or all the hoorah violence. I am not fond of the military/action figure genre, gratuitous guns and violence, doomsday plots, yet this series works. You wind up caring for Jesse, but a lot of the supporting characters die off early and often. So, don't get too attached. Jesse seems to have a hard time keeping his girlfriends out of harm's way, too much collateral damage. Stinnett has a way of drawing the reader in, to make you feel privy to the inner workings (and closed doors) of the military world.
The Kindle notes I had made on Stinnett's first two books, did not save to the iPad format. But I noted the usual common noun/proper noun conundrum Dad vs. lower case dad; missing apostrophes: Brinks truck should be Brink's; "modified boxers" is different than a modified boxer's pose. Just sayin'.
Wrong words: to broach is not a brooch. Rope vs. rode. But hauling in 50 feet of rode is a pretty surreal road. It's better to use embedded vs. imbedded (an alternate, archaic spelling). Satin isn't sheer. Silk often is. Weak verbs: avoid the word "get" whenever possible. The sun was starting to get lower in the sky. Why not say: The sun was sinking lower in the sky? But I see improvement with every novel. So, I'll stick with the series.
There are ten books in the Jesse McDermott Caribbean Adventure Series, plus a spinoff series. Fallen Out was a prequel, written after Fallen Palm, Fallen Hunter, and Fallen Pride (4), and serves as a better introduction to the series than the original book one. Since most authors never list their serial books in order, the rest of the series is as follows: Fallen Mangrove (5), Fallen King, Fallen Honor, Fallen Tide, Fallen Angel, and Fallen Hero (10). Then the spinoff Charity Styles series begins with Merciless Charity. And with that, I'll leave you. Over and out.
Only 3 Stars for Fallen Palm. Hated the end where the story stopped rather than ended. A horrible thing happened, which was glossed over, I suppse to leave it for the reaction and resolution in the next book in the series. Too much detail in between events. Not enough major plot points. How many times can we hear how gorgeous the girlfriend is, how many men are hiding out in boats waiting to pounce, how many drinks and bar fights happen. Maybe this is a guy's book. The author knows Miami and the Keys and makes us feel as if we're there. Won't be reading #3.