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Nightingale: Nightfall Book 1 Paperback – 11 Dec 2012

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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (11 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612182291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612182292
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.6 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,341,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Another great thriller from Stephen Leather but this time with a devilish twist!'

(James Herbert )

'Suffused with mysterious pentagrams, not to mention a creeping sense of evil, I suspect that down-to-earth Nightingale is a man we'll hear more of'

(Daily Mail )

'Dark and exhilarating, you'd better keep the lights on when you're reading it'

(Candis )

'A sinister tale . . . unpredictable'

(Herald Sun )

'A chilling thiller'

(Brisbane News )

'Leather has really upped his game . . . NIGHTFALL is a good, old-fashioned page-turner'

--Reviewingtheevidence.com --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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The first in an exhilarating new series by Stephen Leather - thrillers mixed with the occult . . . --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Stephen Leather has forged a considerable reputation over the last two decades as someone that writes cleverly plotted thrillers. These most recently have featured ex-sas soldiers and undercover policemen. So it might be a surprise to his loyal fans to find this latest book is about a man that discovers his soul has been sold to the devil.

Jack Nightingale was a police negotiator, after an apparent suicide where Jack is implicated as a possible suspect he is forced to resign from the force and become a Private Investigator. Then he discovers he has inherited a large mansion, a fortune in books and that his soul was sold to the devil the day he was born. The devil will collect on his thirty third birthday, three weeks away. Jack is a man that has no belief in gods or devils, finding the whole premise implausible he sets out to discover the truth.

My thoughts on the book as a whole are mixed. There are great characters but I can't help feeling an opportunity has been missed. If you have watched any of the horror movies of the 1970's and 80's this book will often feel like a rerun. There is almost nothing here that is original to the genre. In fact for the first 300 pages it reminded me a great deal of James Herbert mixed with the Omen movies. There was not even any attempt to make a countdown or drama of the final three weeks. One minute it's three weeks and then with barely a waft of suspense and almost a book later we are suddenly down to a few days. It might be Stephen Leather is trying to branch out to a new younger audience and no longer needs forty something duffers with higher expectations.
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The first 3 paragraphs of this book made my heart sink. Very bad intro - basically a data dump. The intro/backstory section seemed better, but still clunky. About a quarter of the way through it found its pace and became quite gripping - so don't be put off by the bad start.

This is old school bargaining with the devil, and Magick. Think Josephine Tey 'The Devil Wears Velvet', Dennis Wheatley, Dionne Fortune and Aleister Crowley.

I really appreciated the way the lead character did not have a sudden conversion to all things supernatural, or develop superpowers. He had the confidence and arrogance that marks an experienced British policeman, he made mistakes, had doubts, drank and smoked too much, and generally seemed human. He had good, loyal friends with relationships that I found realistic.

Leather didn't answer all the questions, or tie up the loose ends, which has effectively left me wanting to read more... Without irritating me with a clumsy cliffhanger.

The plot was well crafted with a slowly building tension and, by the end, an air of menace.

So why only 4 stars?

It was the characterisation of the main character. We were shown what he did, said, and sometimes thought. None of it was 'told'. It was all 'shown'. This is good stuff (many of my reviews whinge about 'showing not telling', so Leather gets full marks on this! However, the emotions were fairly impenetrable. We see actions that result from terrible events, but apart from pouring too many drinks and chain smoking, we don't see him having emotional reactions to the brutal deaths of family, friends and colleagues.
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I downloaded a free short story kindle book by stephen leather called Short Fuses, not necessarily expecting to enjoy it, but I did.So i looked Stephen Leather up and moved onto this series because it was a good price and sounded fun. This was one of the best chances I have ever taken in a book and have subsequently read 6 of the Jack Nightingale books in a row, and eagerly looking forward to the 7th. The books are fast paced, the plots fly and the characters have become old friends. I can't recommend these books enough, the best series I've read in a while.
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After the Spider Shephard books I was looking forward to these ones, pleasantly surprised! A good cracking story that kept me reading on and on till it was finished. Got the next in the series as soon as I finished it.
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I keep saying it - I love the Jack Nightingale stories. I love the character, I love the plots and I love seeing the trouble he can get himself into.
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By Big Bertha TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2012
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Made me yawn...not because I found this book boring, but because the ending kept me up til 2:30 this morning.

The book starts out with Jack Nightingale ending his career as a Metropolitan Police negotiator and starting a new life as a private investigator. Following cheating spouses for a living whilst not particularly thrilling is enough to pay his bills and fund a heavy smoking habit. It's not long before he receives news that changes everything and he finds himself back to negotiating... but this time it's with the forces of darkness.

Slightly out of my comfort zone I don't normally even consider 'Supernatural' books, but having read the authors 'Spider Shepherd' series I was curious and downloaded a free copy of Cursed: A Jack Nightingale Short Story for my kindle. That introduction was enough to make me buy both the first and second in the series.

A real change from the Spider Shepherd series this is a much darker novel and I really liked the characterisation, Jack is well written as is ex-colleague Robbie and his secretary Jenny. There's even a Border Collie in there for the dog lovers amongst us. The storyline flows well and whilst I didn't find it particularly scary I did find the satanic theme and interesting characters made it a really compelling read.
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