Book Review: The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens

Detective Max Rupert makes a front and center appearance in Eskens’ third novel, The Heavens May Fall. I have to say the author set up Max Rupert’s character perfectly for his starring role in this third novel. Had Max had the starring role from the get go in Eskens’ first two novels, this novel could not have been as interesting or revealing to the reader.

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Eskens’ third novel tells the story of pushing a friendship to a breaking point involving finding the truth of Jennavieve Pruitt’s death. The author almost has the reader believing in one ending and suddenly the stunning truth emerges just in the nick of time. Even so, I didn’t feel the suspense was as riveting as Eskens’ prior novel,  The Guise of Another, however, the novel shows us the ugliness of wealth, power, and ego.

An attorney the reader can love

Attorney and professor, Boady Sanden and student, Lila Nash appear as central figures in this novel along with Detective Max Rupert. The reader will remember Boady Sanden and Lila Nash from Esken’s first novel, A Life We Bury.

Side Bar:  The bestselling novel, A Life We Bury, is in development for a feature film which proves Esken’s has storytelling talent.

I love these familiar characters, especially Boady Sanden.

The novel reveals the friendship between attorney Boady Sanden and detective Max Rupert. The friendship becomes strained when Max is convinced that another attorney, Ben Pruitt, who tried to disparage Max Rupert’s reputation in a previous case has pleaded Boady Sanden into representing Ben in the murder of his wife, Jennavieve.

An attorney the reader can hate

Ben Pruitt whether he is innocent or guilty, he’s the type of attorney most readers will feel like they want to take a shower after meeting him or at least they will want to wash their hands. The reader cannot help vacillating between being on Boady’s side and Max’s side on whether to believe Ben Pruitt. The author does an excellent job in keeping us guessing right up to the ending.

Another winning novel

The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens is another storytelling winner. Eskens definitely has the right touch in bringing crime mystery to a level that takes his readers for wonderful ride into well-developed characters and plot lines. Allen Esken has certainly become one of my one new favorite authors of the year.

The Blogging Owl gives, The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens a definite 5-Hoot Rating.

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Book Review: The Guise of Another, by Allen Eskens

The Guise of Another is the second novel by Allen Eskens. I am just going to come right out of the gate to announce that I hope this novel is obtained for the action thriller movie. Just make sure that Matt Damon is not chosen to play Detective Alexander Rupert.

The Guise of AnotherIf you read, The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens (if you haven’t you should – see my review The Life We Bury), police detective, Max Rupert is the older broker of detective, Alexander Rupert. The story as in the previous novel is set in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Little brother, Alex is trying to salvage his police career on the suspicion of police corruption while seeing the opportunity to rehabilitate his reputation in solving a case of identity theft.

Crime Mystery ripe for a movie thriller

The story is perfect for an action thriller movie with all the elements of a crime mystery involving big business, international intrigue, betrayal, soured marriage, and murder. This novel is a one-sitting read with short chapters that keep you wanting more and more right up to the ending. It is everything a reader wants in a crime mystery – it is chilling, filled with suspense, and loaded with surprises.

Besides Drago Basta a fascinating character, I found the women characters to be almost as villainous as Drago in their own right.

Favorite sentences can turn into favorite movie lines

My favorite sentence in the book is, “It fascinated Drago the way that people could believe the unbelievable. He had entered her home, pointed a gun at her face, tied up in a chair, and now straddled her lap. Yet she had stopped screaming because she believed him when he said he wouldn’t hurt her.”

And another sentence, “People about to die will bargain away the world for one more breath of life. They will lie and cheat and betray their own mothers in order to live.”

Questions begging to be asked

What is the chance of not being killed if she follows his demands?

Would I lie, cheat and betray even my own mother in order to live?

A must-read book!

Allen Eskens second novel, The Guise of Another cements Allen Eskens as one of my new favorite authors. Will his third book, The Heavens May Fall make this a lasting feeling?
The Blogging Owl gives, The Guise of Another by Allen Eskens a definite 5-Hoot Rating.

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Book Review: Safe from the Sea, by Peter Geye

I was between books for about 15 minutes and I was desperately searching for a book in my personal library that I had not yet read. Nothing was appealing to me so off to the local Barnes Noble bookstore, I dashed to quickly find a new author.

When I arrived, I asked the sales associate for their list of new authors. With a dazed look, he said they didn’t have one, but pointed me to a section and one new author he had recently had read exclaiming it was excellent. I quickly reviewed the back cover and put it back as quickly as I had picked it up.

I knew better.

Safe from the SeaWhipping out my trusty iPhone and Googled first time authors, and lo and behold, what popped up? Barnes and Noble’s list of new authors. A few rows over on an endcap was the book from the new author list, Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye.

My attraction to the book.

Anything about the sea captivates my attention since I was a little girl and my love of the Great Lakes. I read the short paragraph about the author of the back cover and discovered a Michigan connection (Peter Geye received is PhD from Western Michigan University) and this was his first novel. I was intrigued by the brief description of the author and the story.

Perfect!  In and out of the bookstore in 15 minutes.

This cannot be a first novel!

The story of a son returning to his home in Minnesota to reconnect with this dying father after years of estrangement since marrying his wife is so beautifully written, I cannot believe this is his first novel.

The author’s ability to see his characters as people we may know in our own lives and to feel the same feelings as these characters is remarkable. If you have never literally been to Minnesota in the bitter cold, you don’t have to now because the author knows how to transport you there in his words.

“Against the dramatic Northern Minnesota lakeshore, a son and his father reconnect thirty-five years after the father has survived the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes boat.”

This story had me thinking of my own difficult family relationships from my relationship with my own father to my in-laws. In doing so, I found myself thrust into this story asking myself the same questions as Noah and his sister, Solveig. I even could relate to Noah’s annoyance with this wife, Natalie in the beginning of the story and then found myself identifying with her by the end of the story. I found myself sobbing as Noah’s father, Olaf finishes telling his story to Noah. Such excellent writing for this to be a first novel.

Five enthusiastic hoots!

I am following author, Peter Geye on Twitter as I anxiously await his second novel. I highly recommend his first novel, Safe from the Sea and The Blogging Owl enthusiastically gives it a 5-Hoot Rating.

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