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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Review: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

I was looking for a new author to love (new meaning an author whose novels I had not yet read or a newly published author) when I came upon the novel, The Life We Bury by Allen Eskins.

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Kudos, to Mr. Eskens for being a finalist and award winner for his debut novel, The Life We Bury. However, I have been duped before into investing my time and book budget by these types of accolades only to be disappointed in the reviews.

It’s always a gamble investigating a new author. Again, new being someone’s novel I have not read before or new to the book scene. In my humble reader’s opinion, there is no guarantee an established author will have a great new novel, and by the same token, a green author’s novel isn’t necessarily a work in process.

Side bar: The Life We Bury was published by Seventh Street Books in Amherst, New York; but whether the book is self-published or by a publishing house is irrelevant to me.

Ultimately, three things about this novel convinced me to invest in it. Firstly, the title, The Life We Bury intrigued me and it is what drew me into investigating further the purchase of this book.  Who doesn’t have a few secrets in their closet?

Secondly, the premise of a college student completing a writing assignment for an English class that sounded familiar to anyone who as ever taken an English course but never had a subject as interesting as Carl Iverson. Throw in a dysfunctional family and I wondered if the author could really pull off well developed characters without losing sight of the assignment.

And lastly, I told myself I should at least give this new author an opportunity to convince me that all the accolades were worthy indeed. As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Eskens is no doubt adept at presenting cases and leading juries to his desired conclusion. Yet many juries have been overwhelmed with too many details, and could the author write this story as thrilling and suspenseful as quoted on the back cover of the book without putting me to sleep?

Not only were the accolades accurate, Mr. Eskens has a captivating writing style and well developed characters. I felt I was there within the story. I also enjoyed the short chapters which I felt kept with the suspense of the story moving it to a thrilling ending.

The Life We Bury is a debut winner! So much so I went out and simultaneously purchased his second novel, The Guise of Another, and his latest novel, The Heavens May Fall.  

Did I find a new author to love?  Stay tuned for my reviews of Mr. Esken’s follow up novels on The Blogging Owl.

Hoot Rating:

Genre: Mystery, Crime

On a scale of 1 to 5 Hoots, the novel, The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens earned 4 hoots.

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