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THE FALLEN (Duckworth edition)

There was dust and smoke and wrestling bodies in the trench ahead of him. It appeared it was a tunnel to hell. He dropped into it and turned in time to see a Hungarian charge towards him. Instinct kicked in and he thrust out with his rifle, his eyes tightly shut. The rifle went heavy and the figure hung limp on the end of it. Pablo lowered it and the man slid off, dead, pierced clean through the heart. Pablo looked down into the dead man’s wide staring eyes.

There were tears in his own eyes, and tears in the eyes of the man he had just killed.


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1915. As the second battle of the Isonzo Front rages on the Italian Austro-Hungarian border, war threatens to engulf the Inquisition as dark forces muster amongst the most fanatical servants of the Catholic Church. Shortly before he is murdered, a desperate priest sends a secret letter to his brother serving in the Italian Army. Now this young soldier, destined for the horrors of a frontline high above the clouds, carries with him a letter which reveals why terrible satanic rituals are being committed, and by whom.

Drawn into this conspiracy and hunted by agents of The Darkest Hand, old rivals must put aside their differences to discover the contents of the letter before it’s too late. But unity comes at a price for this unholy alliance. While the war rages, old enemies return from the dead and conspiracies weave tighter and deeper still into the heart of the Vatican.

Only Poldek Tacit, the most determined and unhinged inquisitor of them all, can hope to push back the forces of evil and unite those for good. But what happens when Tacit finds that the path he walks has already been prophesied and that where it leads threatens the very future of a world already on the edge of the abyss?

 

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“Keeps the pages turning... not for the faint of heart, The Fallen continually ups the ante... Richardson is a disciplined, focused writer who balances quick pacing with ghoulish descriptions... packed with vivid descriptions and heart-pumping action, The Fallen is a twisted, thrilling nightmare.”


ForeWord Reviews - Editor’s Choice


"Fast, frenetic and bloody, The Fallen is an imaginative and deftly told tale that’ll chill you to the core.”


Tim Lebbon, author of The Silence


"Truly riveting... a really engaging alternative history with hints of magical realism."







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