Rise of the Fallen (All the King’s Men) (eBook)

Donya Lynne
Phoenix Press (2012)

Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (3/13)

In “Rise of the Fallen” by Donya Lynne, the story starts off in Chicago where a centuries-old, fragile truce exists between vampires and their distant cousins, a race of shifters called Drecks. The vampire enforcement agency, known as All the King’s Men (AKM), is in charge of maintaining the truce. But when one of its enforcers, Micah Black, loses his lover, he falls into the biological agony resulting from a broken heart. That’s when he pushes the envelope of the fragile truce to its boundaries. He seeks out a Dreck known as Apostle, a leader in the Dreck community. Micah eggs him on and taunts him because Micah is in such depression he wants Apostle to kill him. This is a request Apostle is more than happy to fulfill.

Micah gets his rear end kicked royally by the Drecks but before they can land the final blow, his carcass is saved by an ex-Army medic Samantha ‘Sam’ Garrett. She pulls a gun on the group and inadvertently disrupts the plot saving Micah’s life. This honorable act causes a chain reaction that sets Micah’s heart throbbing and he falls in love with Sam. But he will have to protect her from Apostle and her obsessive ex-husband, Steve, if they ever expect to have a chance at forever.

I enjoyed “Rise of the Fallen” as much as I did “Twilight,” except that “Twilight” came first and made “Rise of the Fallen” just another attempt at a rehash of the same vampires and other beings scenario. The only difference that I could decipher was that “Twilight” was a struggle between vampires and werewolves and this one was vampires and Drecks.

I gave “Rise of the Fallen” by Donya Lynne a very tight “C” on my scale because it was an adult book that had a bit more swearing than necessary (in my opinion), the book lacked originality and did not keep my interest. I was disappointed in the romantic aspect of the story; seemed to me that the main character could have shown more enthusiasm.

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