Black Fall

A Jessica Blackwood Novel
Series: Jessica Blackwood, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (446 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Black Fall, the third book in the ITW Award-nominated series that began with the self-published phenomenon Angel Killer, magician-turned-FBI agent Jessica Blackwood investigates a series of seemingly unrelated but equally bizarre and sinister crimes that lead her to the Colorado desert and a town that has simply disappeared.

With two big cases under her belt, FBI agent Jessica Blackwood is learning to embrace her unconventional past as the rising star in a family dynasty of illusionists. Her talent and experience endow her with a unique understanding of the power and potential of deception and a gift for knowing when things are not always as they appear to be. Once resenting her eccentric grandfather, a brilliant magician in his own right, Jessica now sees him as a mentor and regularly seeks his advice about her work.

But Jessica's routine surveillance operation becomes a fight for survival when a disturbed young woman, clutching a baby, shows up at the stakeout location and threatens to kill her child. On the same day, an hour after a severe earthquake rocks the Eastern seaboard, a strange video goes viral. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Peter Devon has been dead for eight years, yet here he is on camera, predicting the location and date of the earthquake.

Jessica is put on the case by her boss, Dr. Ailes, but when Detective Aileen Lewis reports that they've found a Jane Doe who matches her description of her attacker, she's torn between professional duty and a personal desire to find out who the woman was, and why she was killed. The investigations pull her in very different directions - until they start to converge, leading Jessica to confront something darker and more powerful than anyone expected. Something so twisted, only one person could be behind it...the Warlock.

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Disappointing

I enjoyed the first two books in the Jessica Blackwood series, but this installment falls flat. Like someone got bored three quarters of the way thru and just phoned in the ending. Plot-line is also very tenuous as it tries to connect with previous characters in the series. I was disappointed.

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mediocre at best

after the warlock story, the series isn't something to rage over. every character has the same voice. and the plots seem to repeat itself.

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Disappointing ending

The first 75% of the book was great. The author went to a lot of trouble setting the stage, weaving an interesting plot, and developing the characters, only for the end to just fizzle out with a tiny whimper.

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Just ok

The first two books in the series were pretty good. Black Fall was silly especially in the actions of the lead character. The scene on the train comes to mind as silly due to a lack of inaction.

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Excellent

Weird how close to what is happening now. I loved it. I loved the characters and the story. The last scene has me thinking..... I hope the next one in the series comes out soon. The narration was excellent also.

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boring

It started out ok, but I began not to care about any of the characters. It was boring.

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Great read!

I really enjoy this book and this series. If you haven't tried it and you like a good something a little different give it a chance!

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Mayne does it again

Fast paced and fun. Mayne knocks this one out of the ballpark. I wish the story was longer.

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Ending could have been better

Man, I love this series. Let me start it with that. this book started off strong, and grabbed my attention immediately. Like before, the voice performances were amazing.

My complaint comes near the end of the book. The entire ending seemed very rushed. Almost as though the author was either pressed for time, or got bored with the story. It didn't feel resolved in any real way. In fact there were elements (the two count down timers) that weren't resolved AT ALL. Perhaps this was intentional and play a part in future books. To me, though, it feels like it the ending was rushed together to get the book complete.

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Another great thriller from Mayne

Easily his best Blackwood novel and ny second favorite book by him behind his Orbital thrilller.

You should probably read his first two books before starting this one, but you are in luck, they are also very good.

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