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  1. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum is a novel that takes place in the near future where nuclear winter has plunged much of northeast United States into darkness In New York City, the isolation and perpetual night has caused crime rates to soar, and residents now face a new threat in the form of a brutal serial killer wreaking havoc across the city Enter Jon Phillips, a small town cop from Pennsylvania who idolizes Philip Marlowe of Raymond Chandle 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum is a novel that takes place in the near future where nuclear winter has plunged much of northeast United States into darkness In New York City, the isolation and perpetual night has caused crime rates to soar, and residents now face a new threat in the form of a brutal serial killer wreaking havoc across the city Enter Jon Phillips, a small town cop from Pennsylvania who idolizes Philip Marlowe of Raymond Chandler fame and has always dreamed of becoming a great detective to solve big cases like his fictional hero Very soon, he catches his big break After single handedly stopping a high profile serial killer in his own town, Jon attracts the attention of the New York City mayor Rialle King, who recruits him to do what the corrupt Manhattan police force have not been able to do stop a knife wielding maniac from committingmurders, a mission that has become evenimperative in the final hours counting down to Dayfall , an event which would bring dawn to a city that hasn t seen natural sunlight in years.The atmosphere that greets Jon s arrival is one of tension and dread Everyone is on edge, not knowing what Dayfall will bring Already, the fearmongering groups are out in force, warning that the sunlight can bring unexpected reactions and behavior, and that people should prepare for the worst Jon also realizes there sto the situation than Mayor King is letting on, especially with the impending election and her rival the millionaire Gareth Render gunning for her job Jon is paired up with an experienced but vulgar detective named Frank Halliday, and together they must navigate the tricky web of deceit and corruption to catch the serial killer before all hell breaks loose.On paper, the premise of Dayfall sounds brilliant, but its execution left something to be desired First, I also had to get over the hurdle of adjusting to the prose, which felt a little clunky and wooden The author employs a style that involves a lot of telling not showing, and his stark, rapid fire way of stating what s on the page makes me think writing might work better in a movie His characters are also caricature like again, something that could possibly work better in a popcorn Hollywood blockbuster rather than a science fiction crime novel starting with his protagonist who strives to model himself after Philip Marlowe The blatant attempt to call to mind real world politics with the portrayal of Mayor King and her rival Render also felt cheesy and forced In fact, the only character I found interesting was Frank Halliday, despite or perhaps because of the shocking and crude things to come out of his mouth, due to the fact he would at least serve up a surprise every now and then.Ironically, the world building was an area that could have useddetail The idea of New York City detective trying to hunt a serial killer in darkness was what initially drew me to this tale, but many of the concepts behind this premise were patchy and ill defined Far reaching changes should have had an impact on almost all aspects of life, but we only get a few examples though to be fair, these often involved some really cool ideas The reader is left to fill in a lot of the missing information about the history of this world, or simply suspend their disbelief and accept the environmental and social realities of what s happening in the setting.Speaking from my own experience, if you can do this, the story should become immenselyenjoyable The novel s greatest strength is its plot, which is character driven and fast paced The mystery is intriguing, and Jon and Halliday s investigation takes as many twists and turns as Manhattan s flooded streets itself Some of the later,action oriented scenes are almost cinematic and highly riveting in the way they are written, which is where Michael David Ares no nonsense style actually works in his favor.Ultimately though, this one is a first novel, and it shows in many ways The general idea behind the story is sound, but the actual content presented seems disjointed and the characterization and world building aspects are lacking in some of their finer details That said, my criticisms aside, Dayfall is a quick read and might even prove to be an enjoyable one if you can overlook some of its flaws, so my final rating is three stars for this average debut


  2. Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller says:

    1.5 stars What initially drew me to Dayfall was the interesting concept a mystery novel set in a not to distant future post war world where nuclear bombing has caused semi permanent blackout cloud cover Not only have I been itching for a good mystery novel lately, but I loved the presented concept for Dayfall and couldn t wait to see some cool ideas on how society adapted to these conditions.The trouble is, the book didn t quite deliver to my satisfaction for either the mystery or the world 1.5 stars What initially drew me to Dayfall was the interesting concept a mystery novel set in a not to distant future post war world where nuclear bombing has caused semi permanent blackout cloud cover Not only have I been itching for a good mystery novel lately, but I loved the presented concept for Dayfall and couldn t wait to see some cool ideas on how society adapted to these conditions.The trouble is, the book didn t quite deliver to my satisfaction for either the mystery or the world building.It did have a couple of cool ideas for how city life had changed since the blackout, but for the most part the book fixated on a brief moment where sunlight would shine through Dayfall and how seeing the sun for the first time in less than half a generation would drive people to literal instantly a concept that even in hindsight doesn t make a lot of sense to me Especially since the entire arc of the mystery depended on average citizens turning into aggressive lunatics at the first sign of sunlight I didn t see any details within that could ve explained this shift in human behavior any sort of made up sci fi explanation would ve worked for me Like radiation mutation or something And the concept continued to unravel with very inconsistent drop in details such as talking about current everyday things in our world, like the NFL, which felt very out of place under the circumstances the author presented to the point where even suspended belief became impossible for me to maintain.What s , I also found the character profiles incredibly inconsistent Every time I was starting to get an idea of who they were, they d do or say something completely out of character from what had been presented so far They were very erratic, so it made it difficult to get into their thought processes as they tried to solve a mystery I also had issue with their general lack of common sense and logical follow through My concern with this started with the first scene and unfortunately only got worse from there.Yikes Okay, so overall, while I can appreciate some concepts within the story and what I think the author was trying to do with it, it just didn t work for me.Recommendations Dayfall definitely had a cool setting for a mystery novel However, neither the world building and overall concept nor the characterization were on par with my expectations There are a whole host of books I would recommend first.I d like to thank the publicists at TOR Forge and Michael David Ares for the chance to read and review an early copy of Dayfall.Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.nikihawkes.com Other books you might like


  3. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 2.5 stars Dayfall takes place in the near future after a nuclear event has plunged much of the northeastern United States into a perpetual nuclear winter Naturally, eternal night has changed nearly every aspect of life in the huge metropolis of New York City, resulting in a nightlife which never ends and a crime rate that never stops rising.Enter small town cop Jon Phillips This idealistic guy has always dreamed of being a big city detective, hun Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 2.5 stars Dayfall takes place in the near future after a nuclear event has plunged much of the northeastern United States into a perpetual nuclear winter Naturally, eternal night has changed nearly every aspect of life in the huge metropolis of New York City, resulting in a nightlife which never ends and a crime rate that never stops rising.Enter small town cop Jon Phillips This idealistic guy has always dreamed of being a big city detective, hunting down criminals, and generally being a hero Finally, he gets his chance when Mayor Rialle King of New York reaches out to him helping to hunt down about a serial killer who is stalking the shrouded streets of the Big Apple.Soon, Phillips is paired up with an experienced and supposedly uncorrupted veteran cop named Frank Halliday The two attempting to navigate the political environment A mayoral election is ongoing, and a millionaire is gunning for King s job , rise above the law enforcement corruption, navigate the criminal underbelly, sidestep the fearmongering groups worried about the coming of Dayfall , and somehow, someway, catch the worse serial killer ever to haunt the streets of New York before everything comes crashing down.After writing the above summary I have to admit Dayfall sounds like a damn good novel A story concept which appears to be tailor made for speculative fiction, because what reader can resist a murder mystery set in a post apocalyptic real world At least, I couldn t resist it Unfortunately, the finished product left a bit to be desired.First, this is the author s debut novel, and it does show The writing just a bit off at times, a bit clunky, a little too minimalistic The characters were too one dimensional The dialogue a bit flat The plot twists a little too easy to guess And while Michael David Ares definitely has talent, amazing ideas, and shows flashes of greatness, he isn t quite there yet.Second, the world building isn t to the level necessary for this kind of speculative fiction tale Yes, the murder mystery, serial killer plot is the focus of the book, but I for one looked forward to seeing the world The idea of a darkness shrouded New York with soaring crime and perpetual nightlife intrigued me I imagined a lot of real differences between the city I ve visited a few times and a post nuclear event Big Apple Regrettably, the author doesn t spend much time developing the environment Certainly, there are a few moments here and there, which are truly great, but there are not enough of these moments, not enough differences between real life NYC and Dayfall NYC to really capture my imagination.To sum up, this is an okay novel It is a quick read, has a good bit of action and intrigue, a lot of mystery, and is very easy to follow and enjoy If you are a fan of murder mystery told in future settings, Dayfall will probably be right up your alley, as long as you don t expect too much from it or anticipate anything other than a light, entertaining read.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review I d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone


  4. Craig Pearson Craig Pearson says:

    The concept behind Dayfall is poorly explained Why is there perpetual night only on the coastlines This is an obvious rip off of Asimov s Nightfall While Asimov gives a plausible explanation for perpetual daylight this author does not for night.


  5. Ti.Me Ti.Me says:

    If you re looking for true sci fi feel, this isn t your book Dayfall is an action packed crime thriller set in a post apocalyptic New York City The northeast has been in the dark for years and people dread the coming daylight Power hungry politicians are thoroughly exploiting that fear, and as the first sunrays peep through the clouds, city dwellers are being gruesomely slain A renegade cop from the outskirts of Philly is handpicked to investigate the murders, but it soon becomes apparent If you re looking for true sci fi feel, this isn t your book Dayfall is an action packed crime thriller set in a post apocalyptic New York City The northeast has been in the dark for years and people dread the coming daylight Power hungry politicians are thoroughly exploiting that fear, and as the first sunrays peep through the clouds, city dwellers are being gruesomely slain A renegade cop from the outskirts of Philly is handpicked to investigate the murders, but it soon becomes apparent he and his new team are fighting a lotthan a serial killer


  6. Tashfin Awal Tashfin Awal says:

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it.I think this was quite an interesting read The concept was a fresh, as this genre has become somewhat polluted with unoriginal ideas or a mixture of a bunch of the same ideas to create a new concept There were a lot of intriguing ideas in this book like the Hetero House and there was definitely enough action to keep the reader engaged The mystery aspect and the character develo I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it.I think this was quite an interesting read The concept was a fresh, as this genre has become somewhat polluted with unoriginal ideas or a mixture of a bunch of the same ideas to create a new concept There were a lot of intriguing ideas in this book like the Hetero House and there was definitely enough action to keep the reader engaged The mystery aspect and the character developement were both magnetic I would definitely recommend this book to mystery science fiction lovers


  7. Margaret Bechtol Margaret Bechtol says:

    I enjoyed this book I liked the concept of a post nuclear war city in darkness I liked the main character I think there arepeople who strive to be like a fictional character than other reviewers I liked the twists and turns The ending seems open for a sequel which I would defintely read.This is my honest opinion and I did win the ARC in a giveaway.


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  9. brian brian says:

    Dayfall takes place in too near future New York City After nuclear war has put a permanent cloud over the city, the weather is about to improve and Dayfall , the first time sun has shone on New York City in a very long time, is coming But the city is torn between its elected mayor and a privately owned security company that rebuilt it after the darkness came Some mysterious killings threaten to cause chaos when Dayfall happens, favoring the security company, and the mayor wants to get to the Dayfall takes place in too near future New York City After nuclear war has put a permanent cloud over the city, the weather is about to improve and Dayfall , the first time sun has shone on New York City in a very long time, is coming But the city is torn between its elected mayor and a privately owned security company that rebuilt it after the darkness came Some mysterious killings threaten to cause chaos when Dayfall happens, favoring the security company, and the mayor wants to get to the bottom of the murders Enter outsider detective, Jon Phillips, hired by the mayor to solve these crimes before Dayfall.Let s get this out of the way first this is not a good read Look no further than the name of the main character, Jon Phillips It s about as bland as you get, and the rest of the novel follows suit Phillips himself is utterly without character He likes old detective novels and falls in love easily That s about all I could attribute to him The rest of the cast is no better Even Halladay, the big Scot police officer, who s probably supposed to be the big, loud character in the story, isn t really there He s got some racist tendencies and nicknames for people That s about it.The story takes no surprising turns The pair of Phillips and Halladay investigate a crime scene, follow up on some leads, and eventually solve the crimes I m not convinced that this wouldn t have gone the same way with any other pair of police officers In fact, midway through their investigation that s on an extremely short timeline, they lose several hours to a little shut eye and some alone time with the women in their life I m talking they ve got 30 hours to solve this, but they ve got enough time to get some sleep and, for Phillips, to fall in love lust with a bartender Later, Phillips confronts a suspect with some extremely flimsy evidence, and it does nothing but make him look like an idiot I guess the most intriguing parts of this story are these scenes that don t really make a lot of sense.At no point was I impressed, but I definitely checked out about 3 4ths through it when the author conflates ex military with sociopaths with transgender people with identity switching for the sake of blending in It s a flipping mess and I was very much not into any of it It s the worst of a clumsy, boring book that ends abruptly but not soon enough There s no reason to read this


  10. Jessica Higgins Jessica Higgins says:

    Interesting concept, but could useexplanation.Jon Phillips is a small time detective in Ephrata, Pennsylvania who has dreams of becoming a private investigator He has been profiling a serial killer in Philadelphia, but no one will listen to his theories He decides to take measures into his own hands and discovers that his theory is correct and manages to single handedly take down the serial killer, almost at the cost of his own life Even though he survives, his career in law enforcement Interesting concept, but could useexplanation.Jon Phillips is a small time detective in Ephrata, Pennsylvania who has dreams of becoming a private investigator He has been profiling a serial killer in Philadelphia, but no one will listen to his theories He decides to take measures into his own hands and discovers that his theory is correct and manages to single handedly take down the serial killer, almost at the cost of his own life Even though he survives, his career in law enforcement does not The Philadelphia chief of police visits him in the hospital to let him know that he can never join the City PD however, there is another opportunity open to him The mayor of Manhattan needs help in catching the Dayfall Killer before Dayfall happens Manhattan has been shrouded in darkness for several years as a result of a nuclear winter which also caused sea levels to rise, submerging large portions of the island With only hours until everyone is exposed to hours of sunlight, answers are needed to ensure she can control the City and keep Gotham Security from taking over Several of the MPD officers are already on Gotham Security s payroll and she needs someone she can trust With little to no options, Jon reluctantly takes on the case in hopes of a high profile takedown that can catalyst his PI career into the spotlight.This was an interesting dystopian concept Having the east coast completely covered in darkness and it becoming a norm to the residents so much so that when daylight did occur it started making people go crazy I wish that there had beenof an explanation of the reasoning behind it and why it didn t affect other areas of the US and or countries Even so, the story was still enjoyable Phillips partner in the MPD pretty much made the book for me The banter, shady dealings, and nicknames brought him to life really well The relationships felt a little forced at first, but things seemed to fall into place as the story continued There is quite a bit of harsh language as well as implied sex throughout the book mixed with some fairly graphic violence I recommend this book to mature readers.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher The views and opinions expressed within are my own


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Dayfall ❮Ebook❯ ➥ Dayfall ➦ Author Michael David Ares – Thomashillier.co.uk FEAR THE DAYIn the near future, patches of the northern hemisphere have been shrouded in years of darkness from a nuclear winter, and the water level has risen in the North Atlantic The island of Manh FEAR THE DAYIn the near future, patches of the northern hemisphere have been shrouded in years of darkness from a nuclear winter, and the water level has risen in the North Atlantic The island of Manhattan has lost its outer edges to flooding and is now ringed by a large seawallThe darkness and isolation have allowed crime and sin to thrive in the never ending shadows of the once great city, and when the sun finally begins to reappear, everything gets worse A serial killer cuts a bloody swath across the city during the initial periods of daylight, and a violent panic sweeps through crowds on the streets The Manhattan police, riddled with corruption and apathy, are at a lossThat s when the Mayor recruits Jon Phillips, a small town Pennsylvania cop who had just single handedly stopped a high profile serial killer in his own area, and flies him into the insanity of this new New York City The young detective is partnered with a shady older cop and begins to investigate the crimes amidst the vagaries of a twenty four hour nightlife he has never experienced before Soon realizing that he was chosen for reasons other than what he was told, Jon is left with no one to trust and forced to go on the run in the dark streets, and below them in the maze of the underground Against all odds he still hopes that he can save his own life, the woman of his dreams, and maybe even the whole city before the arrival of the mysterious and dreaded event that has come to be known as Dayfall.