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The Fallen: A Crow City Prequel Novella

The Fallen: A Crow City Prequel Novella

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by Cole McCade

Reconnect with Gabriel, Gary, Maxi, and Crow City in this free companion novella telling the story of THE LOST's Gabriel Hart before Leigh entered his life--and get a sneak preview of the sinister Priest, hero of THE FOUND (coming 2016).

Gabriel Hart is a broken man.

And everyone close to him dies.

His military unit. His sister. His parents.


Reconnect with Gabriel, Gary, Maxi, and Crow City in this free companion novella telling the story of THE LOST's Gabriel Hart before Leigh entered his life--and get a sneak preview of the sinister Priest, hero of THE FOUND (coming 2016).

Gabriel Hart is a broken man.

And everyone close to him dies.

His military unit. His sister. His parents. Everyone he's come to care for has been taken from him, leaving him with nothing but a crippling war injury, a Vicodin addiction, and a scraggly, chewed-up rag of a cat. It's enough to make anyone want to check out. And when he holds his service pistol in his hand and presses it against his temple, for the first time in a long time the world feels right.

But he's not as alone as he thinks. And when grizzled bar owner Gary challenges him to honor his sister's memory by repairing her houseboat before he gives up on life, he discovers she left more for him than her belongings. And her letters lead him on a trail through discovering himself, discovering what he truly wants...and discovering that he has the strength to choose his own path.

Praise for THE LOST from Publishers Weekly: "If the romantic character study is a genre, this fascinating contemporary novel is its exemplar. McCade digs deep into the difficult topics of rape, incest, and sexual abuse via the remarkable voice of Clarissa Leigh VanZandt."

NOTE & TRIGGER WARNING: This novella does not have a romantic or erotic storyline, but is the companion novella to a romantic erotica as a prequel tale told from the hero's POV. While it is a standalone book, it's a character story designed to segue into the beginning of THE LOST and should not be considered a separate romance. This story also contains content discussing suicide and self-harm at length. If you are triggered by such things, please don't hesitate to put the book down and focus on self-care.

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Cole McCade is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing somewhere in the metropolitan wilds of the American Midwest. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant and business writer, and his nights writing romance novels when he’s not being tackled by two hyperactive cats. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can generally find him in these usual haunts: •Email: cole@colemccade.com •Twitter: @ColeMcCade •Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cole.mccade •Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ColeMcCadeBooks •Website & Blog: http://www.colemccade.com •Tumblr: http://colemccade.tumblr.com/ He also runs an advice column called Dammit, Cole, where he occasionally answers questions about everything from romance and dating to the culture of hypermasculinity, from the perspective of a male romance author: •http://www.colemccade.com/category/dammit-cole/ Looking for more? You can get early access to cover reveals, blurbs, contests, and other exclusives by joining the McCade’s Marauders street team at: •http://www.facebook.com/groups/mccadesmarauders/

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The Fallen: A Crow City Prequel Novella 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4 - "No one is beyond saving." Stars. The Fallen gives you a deeper look into the state of mind and background of Gabriel Hart, a man who goes through some extremely tough times in The Lost, the first book in Cole McCade’s Crow City series. Anyone who has read The Lost, will know that this isn’t a series all about unicorns, rainbows and fluffy romance. It’s dark, gritty, uncomfortable and sometimes a little bit shocking in its reading. Cole doesn’t glamorize, or dumb down the story that he is telling, and Gabe is a character trying to battle his internal demons, whilst facing some serious struggles with other aspects of his life at the same time. There was nothing left to fight but himself… Grief; the stages of and moving on from. Survivors-guilt; the reliving of the incident, and a whole host of internal debate as to why he made it through while others died, are the basis for The Fallen and if I am being honest, the themes contained within Gabe’s story are not things I actively look for in my reading material. But the author took me on a journey in The Lost albeit one that was and still is totally out of my comfort zone. I don’t profess to understand or have any knowledge of a lot of the things that Gabe is going through or what he and Leigh experienced together in The Lost, but I knew I wanted to carry on with Gabe’s story to try and get some insight into the broken man behind all of the issues and addictions that you initially see him as. It’s not pretty, it makes you think, and it gives you a different perspective on what is a pivotal character from the Crow City series, and the some of the reasonings behind his state of mind, body and soul. Even when you felt like the other half of my heart. I couldn’t always read you. Note the trigger warnings they are there for a reason.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
The Lost was one of my favourite reads of 2015. And whilst it didn't leave me needing any more from Leigh and Gabriel because their story was concluded, Gabriel remained somewhat of an enigma; he was a broken man, we knew why, but not the actual depth of what he went through prior to meeting Leigh. Until now. "There was nothing left to fight but himself." It's no secret that Cole McCade's writing works for me: through his prose, he literally lifts you up and drops you to into the worlds he creates. You experience the atmosphere of his settings and the emotion his characters go through, and Gabriel Hart is no different; his story is heart-wrenching yet heart-warming and whilst he may be broken, he is by no means weak. "Life was all or nothing. Creation or destruction, and little in between." I devoured this in one sitting. Novellas often leave me wanting that bit more but this wasn't the case; The Fallen grabbed me in the opening chapter and held on tight throughout, it made me cry and smile and the only more I'm left wanting is of Priest (and Maxi and Gary because I'm just greedy and they themselves are superb characters). Whether you've read The Lost or not, this is a book I highly recommend.