Free Falling

Free Falling

by Susan Kiernan-Lewis

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When Dave and Sarah Woodson take a much-needed vacation with their ten year old son John, their intention is to find a relaxing, remote spot to take a break from the artificial stimulation of their busy world back in Florida. What happens within hours of settling in to their rural, rustic little cottage in a far-flung spot on the coast of Ireland is an international incident that leaves the family stranded and dependent on themselves for their survival. Facing starvation, as well as looters and opportunists, can a family skilled only in modern day suburbia and corporate workplaces learn to survive when the world is flung back a hundred years? When there is no Internet, no telephones, no electricity and no cars? And when every person near them is desperate to survive at any cost?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015629316
Publisher: San Marco Press
Publication date: 09/22/2012
Series: Irish End Game Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 265
Sales rank: 1,455
File size: 367 KB

About the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Susan Kiernan-Lewis is the author of The Maggie Newberry Mysteries, as well as the post-apocalyptic thriller series The Irish End Games, The Mia Kazmaroff Mysteries, and The Stranded in Provence Mysteries. Visit her website at or follow her at Author Susan Kiernan-Lewis on Facebook.

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Free Falling 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 215 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This free book is part one of a three book series. It has 200 pages and the editing is pretty good. It is pretty violent, although not extremely graphic, the violence can be disturbing. There are no sexual descriptions, but sex is implied. There are a few curse words. There is a lot of death of both humans and animals. At times, I found this book very sad. There are strong relationships forged out of need and genuine caring. There is no humor. It is more a suspense then a mystery. The other two books cost $3.99 each. This was a pretty good read. For adults. AD
Goddess_Beth More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you were trapped in a cottage in Ireland for months, without power or technology, while society began crumbling around you? Susan Kiernan-Lewis asks this question through the lens of a high-strung mother to a teen boy. And the answer is pretty much what you'd expect: you survive, you learn how to homestead, you build community with your neighbors, and you sprout some impressive tactical skills when it comes to protecting your own. I am frustrated to report that I didn't relate to any of the characters in the book, which made it difficult to get into. Maybe I'm unique in that- I'm not a mom, I'm not a Christian, I'm not high-strung or tech-dependent, and I'm not savage and ruthless like the bad guys in the story. I do appreciate the level of detail she put into it, with regard to all the multiple aspects of homesteading, with the chickens and goat and sheep and horses, especially the small things like how do you make wool, and oh yes, winter is brutal. The main character's letters home read like actual diaries from the 1800s pioneer women, which I'm sure was intended. While it didn't grip me or give me new ideas, it did make me long for a homestead of my own (with a Joy of Cooking book and a sourdough starter, of course).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story. Look forward to reading more by this author. Especially enjoyed the fact that there were not explicit sex scenes in the love story, which clutter up way too much literature these days. I wish more authors could write about love and not sex the way this author does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice writing style, good book to read, unexpected story line...enjoyed and looking forward to the next book to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series catches your attention with it's lively characters. It's very well written and just kept bringing me back for more! I'm on book three and I'm sure my only dissappointment will be that there is no book four!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just kept coming back for more. Priorities are set straight and fierce love of family nurtures newfound strength and courage as an American family struggles to survive in rural Ireland with bare essentials. Horses, other animals, good guys and bad, serious suspense with just the right touch of humor. What an adventure! Loved it!
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a powerful novel. Fear of Falling has the Woodson family going to Ireland for vacation. They are going to stay at a rental cottage and drive around Ireland for 10 days. They get to the rental cottage and an attack occurs knocking out all power and technology. Without the modern conveniences they are so accustomed to using and owning, how will they survive? Fear of Falling tells the story of a vacation that becomes a survival life style. Matt and Sarah have allowed their relationship to diminish, putting their son and careers ahead of each other. Both hope this vacation will allow them to find the intimacy that has fallen away from them. Susan Kieran-Lewis focuses on both Matt and Sarah, with a little more emphasis on Sarah. She made me strongly identify with Sarah but I also saw Matt’s point of view, his questions, and doubts. I loved John, their son. He views all this as a grand adventure--horses, puppies, goats, sheep, guns. Every thing that happens is new to him. He meets it with wide-eyed wonder. John wants to try it all because when they get home he will not be able to do these things because of the way they live. John is courageous and resilient. He also grows up and learns the importance of working together as a family. He learns what it is to worry and to have hope dashed. He learns to be strong for others. Matt is a good foil for Sarah. He is calm. He is the voice of reason when her fears get the best of her. She has, in the past, either fallen apart or become a control freak when the going got rough. When she lets her fears run rampant it is Matt or the thought of Matt that brings her back to herself. As they realize they will not be going home for some time after the crisis, Sarah begins to work on how they will survive. Matt has the knowledge and skills necessary for him to survive and see that his family survives. Yes, he does have much to learn but he listens to others and tries to do what he is able to do. He learns what it means to help others and rely on others for their help or knowledge. He truly is a humble man. Sarah has to discover what she has inside, not just the physical skills and knowledge but the emotional and spiritual skills and knowledge that lay buried in her. She is hesitant at first. She allows her fears to take over her life for a while at the beginning of the crisis. It is as she uses the skills and knowledge and learns to accept help from others that she discovers her need for God during these difficult times. Her acknowledgement of God and his help is done in baby steps. She starts praying more, working up to letting God do what He needs to do. She questions her relationship with God but finally gives up trying to run it and learns what His will is for her and her family. Sarah learns that there are times when she must rely on others such as her neighbors Deidre and Seamus. They are an elderly couple who live several miles down the road and have much to teach her, Matt, and John. They are there for her in so many ways. She also learns to rely and trust Mike Donovan and his son Gavin and their extended family. While there is little humor in this tale, the scene between she and Mike when he discovers she really is like American movies that brought a smile to my face. I think it is true. Fear of Falling also made me question myself. Could I be strong and resilient like Sarah? Could I do what I had to do to survive? Do I have the knowledge and skills needed to be like Sarah? Would I do what Sarah did to ensure her and her family’s survival? Fear of Falling made me think. Do I as a American think I am entitled to the best of everything? Is that part of what makes Americans American? There are a lot of questions that came to me as I read. I’m not sure I have the answers. Fear of Falling is not a light read. It is not a book you can walk away from without, if not being changed, at least questioning what would you do. How would you feel? I suspect Fear of Falling will remain with me long after I have closed the cover and moved on to other reads. It is that powerful a work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much. Clean, good storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got hooked into the interesting storyline in this book and ended up reading all 3 books.  I was very unpleasantly surprised by the author's increasing use of profanity, unapologetic sexual immorality, and graphic violent scenes.  I felt the first book was the best of the three, and while the storyline is interesting, this series is far from truly Christian.  There are a few platitudes thrown in here and there, which seem uncomfortable and out of place, and prayer is mentioned in passing a few times.  Other than that, there is almost no spiritual content and the characters do not develop along spiritual lines.  Definitely a book series for mature audiences only.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the perfect book for those evenings when absolutely nothing else can put you to sleep
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from start to finish.. I really felt that I was living in this story.. lots of drama and suspense.. great short free read.. thanks b&n.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you and your family were trapped in a foreign country after an EMP explosion? Well written, I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it was well written and I will definitely read more books by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me feel like I was watching a movie. Some parts had the most amazing, perfect descriptions of a situation that I almost felt like I could hear the sounds, and see everything as if it was in front of me. I can be picky with stories, but as long as they keep me engaged and I look forward to reading it everyday, then I am happy. This book did that for me! I absolutely recommend giving this story a chance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good story but with a lot of stupid or confusing parts. Thank goodness for this Nook that makes it easy to keep up with all of the people. Unbelievable in places. It's about a tough American woman who could do it all - as long as she had tranquilizers. She overcame all of her fears, though, when things realiy got hard and she had to save everyone. The author might have come up with a better reason for her husband to be held captive. I did not like the constant profanity. A good writer doesn't need it. Well, a poor one doesn't, either. Everybody threw up a lot. That and their urinating really didn't add to the story! The 10-year-old son was treated like he was 5. The author included today's checklist items: fingers through the hair, raised and wiggling eyebrows, ref. to movie or TV shows, designer labels, etc. Punctuation is not bad except that the author doesn't know how to use commas. Grammar is about average with today's writers. "Me and..." drives me up the wall! At least, people didn't grab things. Missing words like "that" make sentences confusing. The author doesn't know when to use was/were, on/upon, you/your, was/were, in/into... or that "they" and "them" are plural. A few really funny places (even though they weren't meant to be) such as when the woman stuffed a chicken while she was in a pillowcase that changed into a burlap bag. She, also, walked 8 miles one day with blisters on her feet and wanted to do it again the next day. She needed the exercise. A rolling pin turned into a bat and back again. She was from Atlanta but drank milk and sugar in her hot tea. (: She had worn-out a cookbook at home but really didn't know how to cook. Found one left in the rental house just like it! Wow! Wow, also, that an Irish man didn't know English. Her husband was tied up and lay flat on his back in bed with very little food and almost no water with a broken arm for over a month but was able to run and climb through a high window and act like a commando a couple of days after being rescued. Wow! The US was blamed for the nuclear explosion that caused all of their problems, of course, but the author didnt really make us out to be terrible, dishonest ruffians as she did in Parlez-vous Murder. I don't know how to rate this book. The author has written a lot of books. She is not a young beginner and should know punctuation and grammar. -2** for that. -1* for stupid, contradictory or confusing parts. -2** for vulgarity and profanity. +4**** for pretty good writing. The book was a little long but rather interesting. Am I being too generous? Am I wrong to expect writers to be experts in their craft? Am I wrong to believe that a writer should help her readers improve their own English rather than to confirm their own illiteracy?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riveting could not put it down . This is a must read ,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The perfect scenario trapped in a foreign country . I felt the constant references to God was a bit much and the everyone good survives in the end a little to easy way out for ending the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story! This is the best read I have had in a very long time. This would make an exciting movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The will to survive and the determination to do so is the fabric of this book. Suspense throughout from beginning to end.
prospectorBW More than 1 year ago
Strongly written, gives a lot to think about. Good verses evil, psychosis,survival what if. Haunting for a while, you are advised not to start near bedtime.
JBChase More than 1 year ago
Read this book and all the rest of the series. Not my usual type of reading, but once I started I couldn't wait to read on to find out what will happen to this poor family next. I only wish it wouldn't have ended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm on the third book of this trilogy so far just as good as the other two.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I normally don't read these type books but I was pretty well hooked from the beginning. This book was full of twists and turns and kept me interested all throughout. I look forward to the next book and see where it goes
Anonymous 8 months ago