The Long Fall of Night, by AJ Rose
Title: The Long Fall of Night
Series: The Long Fall of Night
Author: AJ Rose
Length: 473 Pages (Novel)
Publisher: The Grim Writer Press
Heat Level: Explicit
Blurb: In a flash, everything changes.
When NYU student Asher Caine’s uncle calls to warn him something big is coming, he has no idea it will be so devastating. Not even years of training can prepare him for what he's about to face. The only plan he has is to get his sister and nephew across country to safety, whatever it takes.
The darkness is full of potential. For good or evil, only time will tell.
Elliot Davenport isn’t about to let his Chemistry lab partner leave him behind, though he’s never done a spontaneous thing in his life. Ash is mysterious, aloof, and so damned sexy, Elliot can’t get the guy out of his head. But his crush takes a backseat as the gravity of the situation becomes clear: the eastern two-thirds of the United States has gone dark.
What happens when all the rules change in a split second?
200 million people are without access to sustainable food and water, let alone coffee and the Internet. Facing the worst humanitarian crisis the western world has ever seen, the government calls the military to step in. The entire military.
The soldiers of Team Shockwave are tasked with evacuating civilians to the safety of refugee camps, and then patrolling the new border between the East and West. Shockwave are on the front lines and the fate of an entire nation rests on them.
Welcome to the long fall of night…
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If this book, The Long Fall of Night, by AJ Rose, doesn’t move you or make you take into consideration everything around us we take for granted then I’m not sure where that leaves you. I think most of us, if not all, very seldom think about what our lives would be like if we didn’t have modern conveniences surrounding us, all day…every day. Simple things such as running water or turning on the light just to walk through the house because you have it, why not use it.
AJ takes us on an emotional and very intense journey where all of these conveniences are taken away in an instant. It’s not like when you have a thunderstorm and lose power for a couple hours. Nor, is it when you have a blizzard and possibly lose transportation for a few days. This catastrophe goes on for months, possibly years. Do you think you could survive? How would you survive? What if you were the appointed person to make sure your kids were safe and they wouldn’t go hungry? Or your animals, like mine, who are as much family as humans?
Desperation is an ugly fact of life, but sometimes you become so desperate that nothing matters except to get your hands on that one addiction you may have or money you need. Food, water, medicine, and gasoline are just a few things that become our life source and when we can’t have them at our fingertips we become desperate. Cell phones and the internet are no longer accessible. Would you kill another human to have the things you need? To feed your kids or get medical treatment, if they were in need? I’m not going to answer these questions because I know my answer and I hope I never have to face this type of situation, but if you have never considered any of these then you need too.
Asher Caine is 21 years old and a college student. His only remaining family are his sister Charlotte, her son Riley, and their Uncle Marvin who lives on the west coast. I would describe Uncle Marvin as a paranoid and skittish man who watches everything the government does. Always afraid the end is near or they are coming to get you. But, it’s possible this time he may be right. Thankfully, he warns Ash to start taking some precautions, get ahead of the mass hysteria that will soon ensue.
When the lights go out, leaving the entire town in total blackness, Ash doesn’t wait to see if generators will kick in. He knows it’s time to bail and head to his Uncle’s house. He needs to get to his sister’s house as soon as possible. He’s not leaving without her or his nephew.
Elliot Davenport has a crush on Ash that goes deeper than their friends with benefits status. When he sees Ash acting very strange because the power went out he follows him. Ash doesn’t want anything to do with Elliott plus time is of the essence right now and he needs to be going. However, when Elliott mentions taking his car Ash has a change of heart. He can definitely get to where he needs to go with a car much faster. Maybe Elliott can tag along for a little while.
Convincing his sister to leave her home, drag her child across the country, and leave behind everything she knows is not an easy task for Ash. Since their parents died it’s just been the two of them to watch out for each other. Charlotte is not a firm believer in their Uncle’s predictions as Ash is. Growing up in a military family, however, has taught them both a few things about survival. Will they be able to put those skills to the test and save not only themselves but others, as well?
When they are victims to a break-in and altercation, Elliott, Russ (Charlotte’s boyfriend), Charlotte, Riley, Brian (a family friend of Elliot's), and Ash pack as much as they can haul and take off for a destination that, so far, is not experiencing this complete blackout… Uncle Marvin’s. Charlotte is still unsure but staying home is no longer a viable option.
As they start their journey towards the west, they will succumb too many things fighting for their survival. Russ has a brain injury from the break-in, and Elliott is epileptic. They will be forced to steal, lie, and even kill if necessary. This is definitely survival of the fittest and not everyone will make it. Do I think every 21 year old could take on this monumental task that Ash is trying to carry out? No, not at all. Ash is intelligent, book smart as well as street smart. He is a fast thinker and a doer. He will make some wrong decisions along the way but he makes many right ones, also.
They will meet other stragglers who join them on their journey. Some will be very useful while others will be nothing more than a redneck menace trying to sabotage what they have. Ash comes across as a jerk, most of the time, but he has a lot of pressure on him and even if they are not willing to admit it, they all look to him for answers and guidance.
AJ tells the story from two different sides of the equation. There is Ash and his misfit crew, and then there is the military who sends out, Team Shockwave, to clear out neighborhoods and pick up refugee’s and take them to a safe location. We get the experience, twofold, and see the impact from a different perspective. For me, this approach gave me hope that while I may be fighting for my own survival and of those closest to me, the military was doing everything at their disposal to help, as well.
As Ash and Elliott become closer and start to reevaluate their relationship, Chris and Donnie from Team Shockwave, realize there may be something more to them than just best friends. We will live the struggle with them as they try to make sense of this new element to their friendship.
This is not an easy book to read. As I said, it makes you take into consideration your own feelings and how far you may go when desperation is at an all-time high. I don’t think you can read this story and not pick up an extra case or ten of water the next time you go to the store.
Everything AJ writes about, here, could easily be something we all may have to face, some day. This is nothing like the beautiful, brilliant, BDSM stories AJ writes but don’t think for one second it’s not as brilliant because it is. If you are looking for a sex driven plot, you won’t find that either. There IS sex, and at the right moments, it is beautiful and awe-inspiring.
I think one reason it is so powerful, especially, between Ash and Elliott, is because material things are no longer important. They are seeing each other at their lowest, being picked apart and laid bare for others to swarm in and chew up, but also allowing the heart to see their true selves. Regardless of their situation, love is a powerful feeling and emotion. Love will push you to do things you normally would never consider and AJ explores all of these emotions and more.
I can’t even imagine the depth of research AJ has taken on in order to write this story with so much detail. She not only takes us on this journey, she pulls the reader inside and exposes realizations about yourself. It’s not all doom and gloom, even with all the troubling circumstances.
The author instills humor inside the characters that lighten the mood and allows you to continue on. The execution flows seamlessly, and even though there are times when the plot seems to bog down with too much information, you can look back and see the relevance and how it plays out giving the characters motivation and determination.
The Long Fall of Night is a 500 page book, and within those pages is a masterpiece foretelling destruction, death, and mayhem that should rock your core. If you are not affected, then I hope you never face a catastrophe such as this one. I believe that AJ has given us all something to think about and consider. I think she has told a very believable story that even though may be fiction, thank God, it was very real while I was reading.
There are many characters that bring this story to its full potential. Some main and some secondary, but they each have a story to tell. Some will affect you more than others, and some you will be glad to see them go. The character growth is evident and the maturity they develop will change their lives forever. No one is left out of the fold because it will take everyone, even Riley at 10 yrs. old, to get them to safety.
I wouldn’t classify this as a romance, although, there are a few love matches. I would consider this a what-if. What if, in real life, we had such a catastrophic, monumental, impact on our lives and were forced, for survival, to cross blurred lines? Would you? Could you? God help us all, if we ever do.
Would I recommend this? Hell, yes!!! It may be fiction, dystopia, sci-fi, or whatever you want to call it. I call it, wake up people, your days are numbered. I'm excited to see what takes place in book 2, The Dark Before Dawn, coming this fall. Great job AJ.