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The Secret Bunker: Part One: Darkness Falls (Volume 1) Paperback – October 9, 2014
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Paul Teague has worked as a waiter, a shopkeeper, a primary school teacher, a disc jockey and a radio journalist and broadcaster for the BBC. The Secret Bunker: Darkness Falls is his first full-length story.
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A family wins a trip to a secret bunker in the middle of nowhere in Scotland. While there on a seemingly routine trip, things begin to happen and the bunker is locked down. Dan Tracy is locked in when the bunker is put in lock down and is eventually found. But everything inside the bunker has changed and for some reason, he has full access to the entire secret building that he didn't even know existed.
The narration for Darkness Falls was done by Dan McGowan who does a really good job. The novel was choppy and written into really small sections and McGowan's style and poise were the only things that kept me coming back for more.
I almost stopped reading/listening in the first 20 minutes or so. The book. is. so. choppy. Especially on audiobook. I'm 100% okay with short chapters especially when I'm trying to read a book. But this had normal length chapters with really choppy random changes of direction.
The book jumps around a lot, which leads to some really hard reading/listening on my part. And the book just sort of ends. If you've been a follower of my blog for any time you know that I don't mind trilogies but I hate when a book just ends. Especially when I feel like the arc of the story hasn't even begun to be completed. Darkness Falls is another in the "trilogy mindset" that falls a little short to me.
Now, I did actually like the premise of the story, and I definitely want to continue it. I just feel like there are some things that need to be closed up for me to feel like I've read a full book instead of a piece of episodic fiction.
Overall, Darkness falls is able to overcome some of its shortfalls and is a pretty enjoyable read. Just be warned that listening to this on audiobook is rough but not because of the narrator, just the way it was written.
What I liked:
The writing style gave each character a slightly different voice, so figuring out who was "talking" at the beginning of each scene became easier as the pages passed.
What I didn't like:
There were only a few narrating characters who had a name. There was very little dialogue in the portions I read, so the story was mostly "told" from inside the memories and musings of the character du jour. I never felt like I could relate or struggle with the characters, mainly because I had such a little sense of who they were (Dan and Kate seemed to be the only narrators with names).
The asynchronous timeline also inhibited my ability to feel like I was a part of the story. Each scene moved to another POV and moment in time, making it difficult to keep track of who and when I was within the greater story structure.
If you like solving mysteries based on vague clues, you might enjoy Darkness Falls. I for one did not enjoy it, and my frustration overrode my desire to learn the secrets yet to be discovered.
I gave Darkness Falls a generous two stars. I wish Mr. Teague the best of luck in the future.
Yes I am aware that it is past of a series but I am a firm believer that a novel has to be able to stand alone and in someway reach a resolution to part of the story or its only part of a book.
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