Author: Amber Kell
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Rating: 2.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/03/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Xavier Soto knew something was wrong with the jack screws but he couldn’t get anyone to believe him. After a plane crashed and his supervisor fails to take Xavier’s concerns seriously, he flies to Ireland to talk to an investigator.
Brent Clery didn’t believe his caller right away. But upon further investigation he decides to look into Xavier’s concerns. When they uncover a conspiracy to hide the truth about the crash, they have to pool their skills to find out what happened.
Death stalks their investigation and if they’re not careful they’ll be the next ones to die.
Fracture by Amber Kell is the last and final book in the Flight HA1710 series which shows how one traumatic event affects the various people caught up in it. The series spans six books, all written by different authors.
Xavier Soto is a new junior engineer for an Aircraft manufacturing company, part of a team that checks plans for any new aircraft. Xavier is concerned when he is asked to check over some specifications and discovers a problem with the jack screws which are part of the flap mechanism of the wings. He takes his fears to his superior and is assured that the issue has been dealt with. Not wishing to jeopardize his new job Xavier puts the matter out of his mind that is until two years later he sees the news of the crash of Flight HA1710 in Ireland. Was it the jack screws after all? Xavier is torn between his job and his conscience. Should he go to the authorities and say what he fears, or keep quiet and hope the crash was caused by something else? Xavier manages to get hold of the brother of a friend who’s on the American Transportation Safety Board, Brent Clery. They arrange to meet and there’s an instant spark of attraction between them. Before they can explore that attraction however it becomes clear that someone is out to stop Xavier from passing information to the crash investigators, at any cost.
I was really looking forward to Fracture hoping it would reveal the cause of the crash, and it does, but it wasn’t quite the story I was expecting. I think it suffers from two problems. The first problem is the delay between the release of Fracture and the previous books in the series. By the time Fracture is released the momentum of the series had been lost. The second problem is that far too much is going on, there’s conspiracy, attempted murder and more. It’s all far too much, and a bit over the top when compared to the rest of the series. The only thing that ties Fracture to the rest of the books is that Brent Clery is investigating the crash of Flight HA1710.
There is nothing wrong with Fracture as a standalone novella, it’s quite exciting and intriguing but as the last book in the series I think it had a responsibility to tie things up for the reader in a way that made sense of the whole series, and in that way I think it failed. It would also have had far more impact if read closer to the other books. Fracture also failed to connect to any of the characters from the previous books. I particularly wanted to know how Co-Pilot Lachlan Donaghue, from Retrograde, took the news that the crash was not pilot error, a cause discussed quite heavily in the beginning, but that was not touched on at all. So much was left unsaid that it negated the books impact.
On balance I would recommend the Flight HA1710 series. It is a very good set of books that explores how one event affects so many different people who are caught up in it. As a caveat though I would say you need to read the stories quite close together and in the recommended order to get a real sense of the crash and its impact on those both on the downed plane and on the ground.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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