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This review is from: Darkfall (Mass Market Paperback)
DARKFALL has all the markings of a great read. Excellent idea. Great set up. Well drawn charcters, mystery, suspense, backstory and the general sense of unease and tension as the story builds and builds... and then walks off a ledge right about the halfway point.
Up until then, there's a fantastic vibe of doom. Of things getting out of hand, that the world may indeed be in serious danger... but all of that goes out the window when Rohmer, lead man in the governments secret research and paranormal confrontation and containment team rolls through the door. He's everything we've seen before (and since this book was first published in 1992 - he's old enough now to be a zombie - so dead he is on page). Tall, blond (mentioned many, many times), he knows more than he's saying, and he's teamed with a series of people who are weak, craven, scared, and are prone to run at all the right moments so they can be snatched up, eaten, abosrbed into walls and then scream and scream and... scream. There's a lot of screaming in this book - there's a lot of rain, thunder, lighting, banging noises, glass shattering, running, hiding, running, falling, running and I think, oh yes, more running. All within the confines of one office building. In fact, it seems as if Laws suffered not so much as a writers block, but a "writers echo" as he's locked his principals in this building and is forced to simply repeat the same kind of action one hundred different ways (really - just count how many times he has to tell you how the rain looks on the windows, or how the DARKFALL storm swirls, revolves or turns around the office building) until we reach the end... which never seems to arrive. And the suddenly it does... close book.
There's gore. There's creep. There's strange - it's all in here, and it's shame that this book centered on one building and just a handful of people. Rohmer is cardboard. Cardiff, the hero, is at first well textured and vibrant - but then reduced to simply "hero" and put through the motions. Anyone else is simply along for the ride, or to be put into harms away either to add to the body count or be saved. Typical stuff for such a book that started off so cracker-jack. Worth reading right up until Rohmer makes his grand entrance, after that... you walk alone.