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Fallen [Mass Market Paperback]

Claire Delacroix
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30 Sep 2008
At the end of the 21st century, the future of humanity hangs in the balance, caught between the radioactive waste of a half century of nuclear wars and the repressive authority of the Republic. Angels sacrifice their wings to join a secret fraternity of freedom fighters, risking classification as mutants and consignment to the Republic's slave dens. Each warrior is a volunteer, but no angel anticipates the full cost of his fall. The Eyes of the Republic are Everywhere. Lilia Desjardins has never played by the rules and she isn't about to start when her estranged husband’s death is declared an accident. Lilia knows Gid better than that, and if anyone is owed justice, it's the most decent man she's ever known. She leaves all she knows to risk the dark heart of the Republic—only to find that she herself has been targeted by forces unknown and that her deepest secret has not only been uncovered but will be used against her. Adam Montgomery will do anything to complete his earthly mission and return to the existence he knows, even if he has to seduce the enigmatic Lilia Desjardins. But when his contact is murdered and he must rely upon Lilia’s silence to save him from the slave dens, Adam knows that his wings might be only his first sacrifice. As danger and intrigue surround them, Lilia and Adam realize they must work together—body, mind and soul—in order to save the world. This new edition includes changes from the original addition, bonus content and an excerpt from Guardian.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (30 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765359499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765359490
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,133,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first romance, a medieval called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE, in 1992. Since then, she has published more than fifty romance novels and numerous novellas. She has also written under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. THE BEAUTY, part of her successful Bride Quest series, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books. She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies, and is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels. She makes her home in Canada with her husband and family. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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When Lilia Desjardin's estranged husband's death is declared an accident, she knows it will be up to her to discover the truth. Life in the Republic is lived under a cloud of suspicion and fear - a future dystopia where those unaffected by the radiation from multiple nuclear strikes live at the expense of those who were mutated and scarred (shades). The former angel Adam Montgomery sacrifices his wings in order to complete an earthly mission. His path will intersect with Lilia's and the two of them will work together to find out exactly what is being kept hidden.

Things I liked.

The cover. :)

Adam's story was by far the stronger of the two. From the moment his wings are amputated, he is a character that you want to know more about. As is Raphael the second angel to come to Earth during the course of the story.

The majority of the worldbuilding. I thought the future dystopia was an absorbing and fascinating world. How the author had set up a unique class system based on mutancy and gender was well thought out.

The mystery was multi-layered, revealing a corruption that will require heavenly intervention to overcome.

Things I didn't like.

This is not (for me) paranormal romance, I feel to label it as such on the cover is misleading. The hero and heroine spend the majority of the book apart. So when they suddenly decide they are in love it doesn't feel organic. It feels more like it's happening to serve the plot rather than because the characters feel an emotional attachment. I wish that the author had felt able to let the relationship develop over the course of the trilogy - if that were possible, obviously I don't know what is intended to happen in future books - but this felt rushed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting futuristic mystery 4 Nov 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Lilia Desjardins knows that her husband's death wasn't an accident. Unfortunately no-one else agrees with her, perhaps because she's viewed with suspicion by members of the Society for Nuclear Darwinists. In the year 2099 and following several nuclear detonations, people are assessed as 'norms' or as 'shades', shades having mutations and being restricted as an underclass which suffers under a form of slavery. Lilia's notoriety rests on her discovery of 'Angel-shades', mutant humans with angel-like wings. Her mission now is to get to the bottom of her husband's death but it is proving more difficult and dangerous than she could have imagined, particularly when she comes to the attention of policeman Adam Montgomery.

Adam isn't your average policeman. He knows a great deal more about the angel-shades than Lilia originally realises and he has a lot of his own secrets to keep. As he and Lilia find themselves working together to find the killer of several people who have links with Lilia, they have to decide whether to trust one another and what Adam will do at the end of his mission.

The post-nuclear world of this book was really well written with some interesting details. The central plot kept me guessing although I did find some of its conclusions rather unlikely. The central romance took a back seat to the action but was reasonably believable. Overall the strong point of this book was the setting and plot and the author has clearly set us up for a sequel.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2008
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FALLEN is the first storyline in Claire Delacroix's (aka Deborah Cooke) dystopian/sci-fi /futuristic fantasy series-The Prometheus Project. Following a nuclear holocaust that has left most of America poisoned by radiation, the survivors have been grouped into two distinct categories: The Shades-those considered mutants by the radiation poisoning; and everyone else. With the Shades relegated to the Fringe, those in control of the Republic ensure that the Shades know their place in society. Tagged and tattooed, the radiated survivors become fair game in a war between the have and the have-nots.

Claire Delacroix pulls the reader into a storyline reminiscent of the radiated world on Mars in `Total Recall.' Add Fallen Angels, power hungry politicians and mad-scientists and you have the perfect fodder for a storyline where one woman-Lilia Desjardins-searches for the truth behind her husband's disappearance and his subsequent death. Labeled a possible suicide, Lilia knows that her husband Gideon was anything but despondent or suicidal. Hoping to uncover the truth, Lilia finds herself partnered with a mysterious police officer, Adam Montgomery, whose job it is to bring Lilia in for crimes against the Republic. Lilia has a secret and Adam is hoping to discover what it is she knows and why.

FALLEN is a storyline that blends science with the paranormal. Angels are sent to help but suffer at the hands of their own. We watch as a world endures birth defects, paranormal abilities, mutated animals and poisoned food only to discover that the nuclear incident may have been planned all along. The future has changed-and not for the good. Big Brother is watching -everywhere.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just Couldn't Get Into It 9 Jan 2009
By Chelsea Marie Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't like giving bad reviews, but this book is just not what it appeared. I expected something hot or romantic, suspenseful or magical, and instead I got a science fiction piece that read more like a historical then a futuristic.

The Plot:

Montgomery is an angel sent on an earthly mission, under the guise of working for the police. Lilia is a woman trying to solve the mystery of her husband's murder. Both have information that the other wants, and share a mutual and growing attraction.

The Redeeming Parts:

It's obvious the author put a lot of time and imagination into this book. She does a fair job of creating an interesting world and developing interesting plot lines.

The Problem:

As said above this book is not what it seems. Because of the futuristic setting, you expect some technical information and world-building. But instead we are inundated with repetitive passages describing the state of this future world--the laws, government, society, technology, science, all sort of half explained over and over again. It's confused, vague, ridiculous, and boring.

And weirdly enough it actually seems more historical then futuristic at times. Women are severely oppressed in the name of their own protection. Prejudice is a legally protected concept--the 'shades' a group of people with birth defects, are not even allowed the courtesy of names. This is not what I wanted to read about.

If you like futuristic science-fiction, this is the book for you. But do not pick it up expecting a nice hot paranormal romance--it falls short.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars for Fallen 21 Aug 2010
By Stephanie G (Reviewer for Paranormal Haven) - Published on Amazon.com
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Lilia Desjardins is convinced that her husband was murdered and has set out to find the truth. Her search takes her into dangerous situations and her investigation has not gone unnoticed by the Republic or the handsome police officer Adam Montgomery. Adam is an angel who has volunteered to go to earth for a mission and will do what it takes to complete it. He is attracted to Lilia and they both soon realize that in order to find their answers they will need to work together.

It took me a while to get into this book, not because I didn't like it but because it wasn't what I expected. This book felt more Sci-Fi than Paranormal Romance. It is set in the future after there have been nuclear attacks. People born with birth defects are labeled as Shades. Shades are looked down upon and are not even considered humans. Lilia is a Shade hunter. Instead of turning them in and having them become slaves or medical experiments, she takes them to the circus where they are paid, allowed to have names and a sense of normalcy. I really liked Lilia's compassion towards the Shades and the strong opinions she has for those who mistreat them. Adam is set on fulfilling his mission so he can get his wings back and go home. Of course the arrival of Lilia in his life starts to make him change his mind. I didn't care too much for Adam's character. I did not dislike him but he just felt kind of bland. He did his duty whether it was for the police department or his mission and that's about it. I had a hard time feeling the love between Lilia and Adam. I knew they lusted for each other and their scenes together were hot but it didn't come off as love to me. Maybe if they appear in future books, I might change how I feel about it.

In the future the rights for women have taken a giant step back. The government has said it is woman's clothing that is to blame for sexual attacks so they are required to be completely covered from head to toe when in public. No veils are required but are highly recommended. I liked reading how Lilia walked the fine line of this ridiculous law. Also, every move you made is watched by the government. There is no such thing as privacy in future depicted in Fallen.

There is a supernatural element to Fallen of course with the angels. They are coming to earth to try and help save us from the corrupt who wish to cause more suffering for profit and greed. There were some interesting twists and what the Shades are put through and how they are treated really tugs at your heart. This was an interesting start to a series I look forward to continuing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First of the futuristic fallen angels. 4 Oct 2008
By melindeeloo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fallen is not at all what I expected from reading the back cover blurb, I saw that the heroine was a Shade hunter and the leading man a fallen angel, so I was expecting a paranomal romance. Instead Fallen is a romantic futuristic suspense with some paranormal elements. The Fallen in the title does refer to the fallen angels working behind the scenes to save the world from evil. At the center of the conspiracy leading to the world's downfall, are the S.H.A.D.E.S, a group of humans who have mutated as a result of postnuclear events and who are essentially slave laborers in their rigidly controlled society.

Fallen is the first book in a series, with more Fallen angels to come. The story itself was an eclectic mix. There are some familiar futuristic elements in the world that Delacroix has created, with the repressive `big brother' government and opressive codes governing women's behavior. Though throwing in the angels and the appearance by an evil supernatural element gives this a odd twist. But I liked the angel masquerading as police dectective Adam, shorn of his wings struggling to fulfill his mission without the information or experience necessary to succeed. At the same time Adam must try to avoid attracting attention of the government, because to be labeled as different would mean a loss of freedom or death. I also liked the shade hunting scientist Lilia, who courts danger as she gets closer to the truth behind the `accidental' death of her husband - the details surrounding his fate just don't ring true. Like Adam, Lilia has some very interesting secrets of her own.

I enjoyed Fallen even though it took me a little bit into the story to get past my initial expectations. Overall I did like the characters and the offbeatness of the story, and I will be looking forward to the next book since the plot also included the amusing introduction to the next fallen angel poised to take the spotlight. If you liked Delacroix's writing style here, she also has a more conventional paranormal romance series starring dragonshifters which she pens as Deborah Cooke.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars odd mix of Victorian and futuristic dystopian 1 Mar 2012
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was an odd mix of Victorian values and fashion and futuristic dystopian. Society is super conservative with Victorian fashion and strict rules surrounding dress and decorum. Yet it takes place in the future where most major cities have been destroyed by nuclear bombs. Weapons and armour are very advanced with everyone having a micro computer inserted in the palm of their hand. I found this mix odd and a little jarring, almost disjointed at times.

The story was quick and action-packed. Yet it seemed to drag at times.

The romance did not play a large part in the story. It was erotic-ish yet not very hot or romantic.

I loved the idea of the fallen angels yet found this plotline to be very unused and underdeveloped. Based on the title, I expected more from this angle.

Overall, this was an interesting book that fell flat. It was an odd mix of elements that did not seem to be fitted together in a seamless manner.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this new series immensely! 16 Nov 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is about the future - post nuclear America, where science has gone even more corporate.

It was an exciting plot twister up until the end, and the ride was very worthwhile. The characters were enjoyable - I liked the spitfire heroine. Her spitfire reminded me a little of the captain from the TV series Firefly, but more feminine obviously. I liked the religious element of it- how some truths about the universe just are, rather than prescribing to the religious customs of the day. Though the subjugation of women is a big part of "security measures" in the future. I liked that touch of "A Handmaiden's Tale".

The closest recent reference to another romance novel is he Dante Valentine series by Lillith St. Crow. This novel is much more focused on the science instead of fantasy, but is a lot easier to read as a futuristic romance. There is some, but not a lot of new vocabulary or technology to explain. I like this as a stand alone, and will probably read the sequel when it comes out next spring.
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