“Freedom’s Fall (Freedom’s Fire Book 5)” continues on from “Freedom's Fist (Freedom's Fire Book 4)” without a break. I was pleasantly surprised that the protagonist, Major Dylan Kane, has matured perhaps due to the burden of command. The story line and depth of the other characters has improved over previous novels in this series. In fact, “Freedom’s Fall” is the best in the series.
The use of juvenile language continues, i.e., the Rusty Turd II. Also, in at least one instance, the author puts too much burden on the reader to remember what happened to a character in a previous book in the series.
The author, Bobby Adair, does include a number of military truisms. For example, Kane reflects on “the randomness of war, the luck of staying alive.” During my 30-year Army career, including a combat tour in Vietnam, I often pondered over such randomness when I survived close calls. Another instance is when Kane asserts that a lost cause is “not lost while I’m breathing.” Such an attitude accounts for why the South continued to fight on in the Civil War up until the very end. Finally, Kane states, “Before this whole thing started, I accepted I might have to trade my life for the success of a mission.” When soldiers join the Army, they present the government with a blank check for their lives.
“Freedom’s Fall” sets the stage for the conclusion of the series. Although I have pre-ordered the remaining “book” in order to bring closure to the series, I remain conflicted and wish that I had known up front how many installments there were or would be. It may be that the author himself did not know.
I had read “Freedom's Fire” as part of the “25 For One: A Charity Bundle For Hurricane Relief in TX, FL, PR, and USVI.” It was the first selection in the collection and contained plenty of face-paced action. I had enjoyed other books by Bobby Adair and felt I would like to read the remainder of the “Freedom” series. So, I ordered the set which was touted as a “four-book series.” I was very disappointed to then learn that the series appeared to be open-ended with no set number of or limits on installments.
Even though I enjoyed “Freedom’s Fall,” I cannot recommend this series to anyone other than existing fans of Bobby Adair because I feel that some of the books should have been combined in order to make the story flow better.