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Fall with Honor (Vampire Earth) [Hardcover]

E.E. Knight

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Losing vitality and energy 31 Aug 2008
By J. Hulet - Published on Amazon.com
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It's sad to me when the best part of a book is when old characters that you knew put in a cameo appearance. Fall with Honor was a let down to me because Val seems to just going through the motions. There is an interesting mission and there could be interesting characters, but the writing feels like Knight has gotten bored with writing about this subject and doesn't really give it his best.

Book 7 and Val is taking part in an effort to start another area of human control in a Kurian zone. He's worn down, tired, broken to a greater or lesser degree, but for some reason none of that really matters because he is still Val. The folks who surround him seem to be just different iterations of many similar characters that we fought, served with and hated before. It's frustrating because there is so much more to be told about this series.

What really bothers me is that with a little more work and design there is a lot of very interesting things that could be happening. The potential is really great in that Knight has left enough loose ends out there for some great stuff to come of it. I just wish that he would get as deeply involved as it felt like he was in the past.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, bland and a bit too cliche. 19 July 2008
By V. Levin - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read every book in this series and the Dragon series, and so far have had nothing but praise for Knight.

This book is disappointing.
-What's up with the "let's bring back every major character from other books back"? This idea was poorly executed and becomes a bit too unbelievable.
-The characters are shallow. Compared to previous Valentine books, these guys are just zombies.
-The writing style itself is different. While the previous books were, for the most part, page turners, this one reads as if a boring college professor is discussing a small war in a country you don't care about.
-The main idea behind this book is pointless. Basically, if you don't read this book, you wont miss much.

However, Knight has proved that he can write a good book, and it's way too early to give up on him just because of one bummer.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 6 July 2008
By S. Dempsey - Published on Amazon.com
I've followed the vampire earth series for quite some time now. I thought the first 5 were great. However, the last two, Fall with Honor especially, have lost a lot of what made the others fun to read. There's no real excitement or internal struggle. Characters have lost their depth. It feels like Knight has run out of ideas and is just plodding along with the story because he's supposed to.

No good story should be drug on forever.

If you're a fan of the series, I'm sure you'll read it. Just don't expect much. Hopefully the next one will revive the series and turn toward a conclusion.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The worst in the series 22 July 2008
By lisasimpson - Published on Amazon.com
This was by far the worst book in this series. Don't get me wrong, I love David Valentine, but the character is aging. What happened to the young David Valentine? Anyways, the story was really weak. Without spoiling it, the climax was horribly lame. You'll read this and be like... "Dude just roll in there and kill people!" But unfortunately he won't. If you've read all the books up to this, then you're going to read this book, as did I, but you'll find this doesn't meet up to the standards of the other books. At least I didn't. Now I need to read Jhegaala (if you haven't read that series, check it out).
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Series Keeps Rolling 14 July 2008
By Michael J. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
The quote at the beginning of the novel, which includes the title, sets the stage for the plot. It's taken from the Anabasis of Xenophon, which concerned an army finding itself alone in suddenly hostile territory,and conducting a fighting withdrawal against overwhelming odds. (Interestingly enough, this basic plot concept will also be used in Paul Kearney's upcoming epic fantasy, The Ten Thousand.) Both Kearney and Knight employ realistic military background in their stories, but within totally different frameworks, as Knight's work features a future alien-invaded Earth, not a fantasy world.

This particular volume finds protagonist David Valentine leading one branch of an attempt by the human resistance movement to establish a freehold in the Appalachian Mountains. But there are traitors and double agents everywhere, and the alien Kurians are nothing if not clever and implacable adversaries. Valentine's superiors find themselves trapped in enemy land and trying to escape with their army intact to fight another day.

Knight's strengths lie in his ability to create a military resistance that seems completely plausible because of the thought and detail used to describe it. He couples this with excellent characterization, and the result is that a reader not only believes that Earth could be like this if occupied by an alien species, but the reader pulls for the three-dimensional and very sympathetic humans who are trying to survive and overthrow the tyrannical new order.

I will admit that the novel opens slowly, if one is expecting non-stop action, but Knight carefully constructs the military machine that is necessary to allow a cross-country journey and an attempt to finally go on the offensive against the alien nemesis. The pay-off is worth it, as the last 150 pages are quite suspenseful and harrowing, and portray Knight at his best.

Vampire Earth reminds me of David Gerrold's War Against the Chtorr, but unlike that series, the reader is rewarded with a book of consistently high quality every year, not a never-ending wait. It deserves a wide readership.
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