The Long Fall of Night by AJ Rose ~ Book Review by Christine

LongFallofNightCoverTitle: The Long Fall of Night

Author: AJ Rose

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Elizabeth Mackey

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/17/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, M/M Romance, Thriller

Blurb:

When NYU student Asher Caine’s uncle calls to warn him something big is coming, he has no idea it will be so devastating. Not even years of training can prepare him for what he’s about to face. The only plan he has is to get his sister and nephew across country to safety, whatever it takes.

The darkness is full of potential. For good or evil, only time will tell.

Elliot Davenport isn’t about to let his Chemistry lab partner leave him behind, though he’s never done a spontaneous thing in his life. Ash is mysterious, aloof, and so damned sexy, Elliot can’t get the guy out of his head. But his crush takes a backseat as the gravity of the situation becomes clear: the eastern two-thirds of the United States has gone dark.

What happens when all the rules change in a split second?

200 million people are without access to sustainable food and water, let alone coffee and the Internet. Facing the worst humanitarian crisis the western world has ever seen, the government calls the military to step in. The entire military.

The soldiers of Team Shockwave are tasked with evacuating civilians to the safety of refugee camps, and then patrolling the new border between the East and West. Shockwave are on the front lines and the fate of an entire nation rests on them.

Welcome to the long fall of night…

My View:

I can always count on AJ Rose to provide me with an engaging read, and The Long Fall of Night was certainly not an exception. This title is quite different from others of hers I have read, and I am continually impressed by her versatility and creativity as an author. In this “what if…?” romantic adventure, characters are thrown into survival mode when suddenly faced with a life devoid of electrical power. Cautionary social messages are clear and well placed, woven carefully and artfully into the context of the story. Never overdone, they are still thought provoking and beg many questions that continue to plague a society of mass consumption that is highly dependent upon electricity to function.

Rose’s characters are likable and interesting, and it was fascinating to see each of them react and adjust to the challenges presented. Though the main focus is upon college students Ash and Elliott, two other sets of couples have their own stories play out alternately and with rich detail. Though not a lot is known about the backgrounds of these individuals, they are still quite sympathetic and well-written in their impact on the story and their importance and service to a country and its citizens reeling in the aftermath of disaster. As a whole, the main characters are smart and caring, with human flaws and frailties that make them believable and relatable.

Overall, The Long Fall of Night is an exciting, suspense-filled novel that keeps the reader turning the pages and, at times, gasping out loud. Clearly a first installment, it ends with a “more to come” rather than a cliffhanger, which I particularly appreciated. I look forward to the next book in the series and applaud AJ Rose on another job well done.

Links

The Long Fall of Night on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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