Free Falling

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A fun family vacation turns into an apocalyptic nightmare in Free Falling when a couple and their young son find themselves trapped in the Irish countryside during an international crisis. With all contact outside the country gone, all electricity and all non horse-powered vehicles useless and desperate bands of outlaws roaming the Emerald Isle, the time has come for one soft American family to reach deep within for the reserve of brains and courage to survive.
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Overview

A fun family vacation turns into an apocalyptic nightmare in Free Falling when a couple and their young son find themselves trapped in the Irish countryside during an international crisis. With all contact outside the country gone, all electricity and all non horse-powered vehicles useless and desperate bands of outlaws roaming the Emerald Isle, the time has come for one soft American family to reach deep within for the reserve of brains and courage to survive.
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon US, NZ - Robert Bolton
This is an excellent apocalyptic page-turner where the petty and typically American fears of the (truly heroic) heroine...faces a horrific life-threatening situation, and a bunch of really evil baddies, in rural Ireland. The story is truly credible and well told; it races along with a lean and mean narrative where brutality and violence is set off with some nice feminine, maternal and wifely touches and American introspection. It's a movie just waiting to be made.
Amazon - Sheila Gallagher
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.

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Goodreads - Joanne Bozik
Oh, I enjoyed reading this book so very much, a page turner, great characters and I want more, I want a 2nd book for this one. There are a few characters that I'd like to see how they made out in their lives. This is a must read!!!!!!
Goodreads - Ryan Williams
I truly enjoyed this book, could not put it down. The characters were realistic and endearing. I felt very connected to Sarah and her struggles. The plot moved quickly, was entertaining and evoked quite a bit of emotion for me. It also was a quick read, I was able to read it in one sitting which I liked a lot.It was an amazing account of how life would change if all our luxuries were taken away.
Goodreads - Kristen Hasson
What a thought-provoking book! Imagine having all your electronics...ripped from you. Harder yet, imagine being in an unfamiliar country when a disaster happens. This book tells the story of how a family...transitioned into survival mode after an electromagnetic pulse, while vacationing in Ireland. I would highly recommend this book to both teenagers and adults as it showed how a family worked together once all forms of of today’s distractions were removed from the picture. A great read!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479125401
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/25/2012
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

An advertising copywriter in Atlanta, Georgia, Susan Kiernan-Lewis writes mysteries and romance.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    This free 200 page book was pretty good.

    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.

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    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    Decent, But Not My Cuppa

    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).

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Great Series!

    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!






    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Read it in two days!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    Wow! What a powerful novel. Fear of Falling has the Woodson fa

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Unusual story, good read

    Nice writing style, good book to read, unexpected story line...enjoyed and looking forward to the next book to see what happens next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    Powerful & Dynamic

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Very good

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    very fast read. didn't want to stop to do necessities such as work and sleep.

    I'm on the third book of this trilogy so far just as good as the other two.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    what would you do?

    The world as we know it ends could you survive like our grandparents did? I wonder??????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING I WILL LIKE.

    HAVEN'T READ YET.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Couldn't put it down

    Really enjoyed this book, a real page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    Good

    Pretty good but a bit short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Good Read!

    I thought that for a short book and being free it would be just a time killer but two chapters in I was hooked! Looking forward to finishing the trilogy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Good

    Pretty good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Frustrating at times

    Decent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Interesting set up and story. It was well written, and probably

    Interesting set up and story. It was well written, and probably the best free nook book I have read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    Good book

    You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book. I enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Very good and gripping

    This is a very good and action packed book

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