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Nightfall (A Dark Age Dawning Novel) Paperback – June 7, 2011
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“Dark, intense, and downright scary, this book is pretty full of awesome. The world they have created just might give you nightmares, but I also bet you won’t be able to put this book down.”—Smexy Books
“Chills and thrills mark the pages of Nightfall…it grabs you from page one.”—Fresh Fiction
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Their passion will transform them.
Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought, in her wildest nightmares, that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.
The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna's father. Skilled and steadfast, he's ready for the Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and the mutant dogs attack-vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.
When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion-a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.
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The author name Ellen Connor consists of a writing team of two people (Ann Aguirre/Ava Gray and Carrie Lofty). They were inspired by the bad-ass female sci-fi characters in The Terminator and Alien movies. The name Connor is from the character Sarah Connor in The Terminator. Ellen is from Ellen Ripley in Alien. This book has a feeling like the Terminator movie: the apocalyptic state on earth with dangerous creatures (demon dogs) trying to kill all humans. This story is a small group of humans trying to survive. Anything with computer technology no longer works including most cars. The only method of communication is the old fashioned analog radio - but the established radio stations are not broadcasting. The reader gets the feeling that there are no humans left in the cities - and any who survived are doing so like the group we are reading about.
Years ago Jenna's father Mitch was predicting this apocalyptic disaster. Mason was a troubled teen who was taken in and helped by Mitch. Mitch trained Mason to prepare for it. Before he died Mitch asked Mason to promise to take care of his daughter Jenna when it happened. Now the event has happened. There's no time to explain so Mason kidnaps Jenna, tying her up and taking her to his cabin in the forest. Having seen the demon dogs she now understands. Mason has enough food for the two of them to stay in the cabin for the winter. Then a group of five people arrive at the cabin asking for help. Mason is reluctant but Jenna lets them in and insists they stay. They discover a scientist Chris at a research station several miles away. He is broadcasting on an old radio saying he has plenty of food. The group decides to travel to Chris. Mason gives everyone guns and ammo to shoot the demon dogs along the way.Read more ›
I liked the rough around the edges Mason who is a warrior to the core and needs the heroine Jenna because he's all about protection and battle but lacks the flexibility in a time when that may be the key to survival. Both the Jenna and Mason are damaged and seeking acceptance in the midst of the turmoil which surrounds the end of civilization, so they have a fair number of rough spots until they finally trust each other enough to get what they need (and to give the other what he/she needs). But when they do come together it is with a forever kind of intensity and they make a great team.
The final ending which had the survivors of our cast settling into a 'new' normality felt kind of anticlimactic after the action packed emotional roller coaster ride, but I can't imagine any type of happy ending that could have lived up to all that went before - and this was a romance, so a happy ending was a must. But that didn't dim my enjoyment of Nightfall as a whole. Really my only nit was a language one that will seem trivial to most people but jarred me out of the scene.
So I really liked Nightfall a great deal - which had great action, a fair amount of steamy stuff and some pretty intense emotional moments for our starring pair.Read more ›
Jenna kept playing with Mason's feelings and started seducing him. When Mason dared to go along with her behavior she pushed him away and told him that it was all a lesson. And when Mason gets tired of her games and walks away from her she gets angry that "he don't care about her feelings!" And at one spot they were in the forest, had just killed off many monsters but they knew new ones could attack any minute . And what does Jenna do? She gets angry at Mason for walking away from her and "runs after him, jumps on his back and attacks him. And then tries to bite his neck!!" The monsters are lurking right there, humanity is at the brink of extinction, their lives are in danger at that very moment and she pulls that stunt. I know the stress was getting to her but isn't that more of a reason to stay focused on important things? There was just no excuse for her behavior.
I actually started liking her little more in the second half after few changes.
On the positive side action was pretty much non stop. New things happened all the time. I even ended up feeling sorry for the monsters, after all, both sides were fighting for their survival. I shed a few tears here and there over some deaths.
I do not agree with some reviewers who complained about new characters that were introduced. Some of them are main characters of next books to come. I can only hope that new books are better then the first one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the pace of this book. Things started happening right away. The storyline is quite original, even though dealing with a common premise. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Donna R Kehoe
The book was good. A little supernatural, a lot of survival, and some romance. I read it pretty quick. I would recommend this book.Published 17 months ago by Kelli
The characters are cool with realistic responses. They grow and the story line is good. Far more plot and story than most romance get, but still a sweet love story.Published 22 months ago by Samantha McLain
I found NIGHTFALL while I exploring the "post-apocalyptic" genre on Goodreads. I went into this novel skeptically; I spotted quite a few fairly discouraging reviews, and... Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by One Curvy Blogger
What a story teller Ellen Connor is. Beautifully told. All emotions explored and woven into a fierce tale of magic, survival, and love.Published on May 17, 2014 by Deborah L. Peters
It was fast paced from the beginning. I loved the characters and the plot.. I can't wait to read the next two novels!Published on April 7, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I'm not sure how this book got so many good reviews - I couldn't even get halfway through the book because the main character was so thoroughly unlikeable and annoying. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. I read some of the negative reviews and wondering if we read the same book. The author had me hooked from the beginning.Published on January 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer