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All Fall Down

(Hostage Negotiation Team #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  583 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Hostage negotiator Claire Michaels’ never thought she'd be involved in an international crisis. Can she overcome her scars of the past to stop a new al-Qaeda threat?

Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn't expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. When he's taken hostage, he knows he h
Paperback, 211 pages
Published 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published September 16th 2011)
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Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Definitely a five star in my book. Oh wait . . .
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
Every once in awhile I just get in the mood for a good romantic suspense novel. I've been wanting to give Bellon's books a try for awhile now and was looking forward to starting this one. I was not disappointed, this was a fun read.

I thought this was well written and kept me glued to the pages. I liked Claire and Rafe and how they worked together. Both were likable characters and you can't help but hope everything works out so they can be together. It was pretty fast paced, taking place in abou
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Classic Julie Bellon suspense novel! An enjoyable, fast-paced read, with quite a few surprising twists and turns (I will forever be creeped out by 'Ring Around the Rosies').

Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly thinks he's taking a nice break to recover from a knee injury. Yet, he walks into the middle of a hostage situation where he is being held hostage by his best friend & comrade, Gary, who in turn is being controlled by a terrorist with a major vendetta.

Claire Michaels, the local detective, responds to
Katie W
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Julie Coulter Bellon never ceases to amaze me with her gripping military romantic suspense books. HOW does she know all of this stuff and how does she portray it in a way that captivates a reader?!

Claire is in new territory and Rafe has to fight, or die trying. I love the way these two work together and enjoyed the way the sparks of their relationship still develop, even while in the middle of a tense and terrifying situation.

This book is action-paced and doesn't slow down. It is definitely a p
Crysa James
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Serious suspense. Seriously complex characters. Seriously well-crafted story. All wrapped within a compelling love story. Have to admit, I hung on every word, and hated when the story ended.
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
**Audio book narrated by Simon Pringle-Wallace

I read this book as part audio and part Kindle book, though towards the end, it ended up being mostly audio as I found myself listening to it while playing computer games.  It was very easy to just lose myself in a book while playing mindless computer games.  It was a good evening, well spent.

Anyway, the audio book is narrated by Simon Pringle-Wallace, and was actually done quite well once I got used to his voice.  Since the m
Trish R.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok

There were times when I felt like a teenager might have written it, it was so silly. Everything seemed so forced between Rafe and Claire, too. And the stupidest part of the whole book was when Rafe had to get everyone out of the building because the bad guy told him they only had 6 minutes before bombs blew and Rafe, who could barely stand the pain in his injured knee, had to pick up the secretary and try to hurry down the stairs with her because her HIGH HEELS WERE TOO HIGH, FOR HER TO
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My first thought as I reviewed this book is that there was no time to breath. The storyline starts with a huge action scene, and then goes to the next big scene.Then something more exciting happens. Once again Julie has written characters that you like and care about right from the beginning. This doesn't mean that her characters are without flaws, but she gives many reasons to care about them. Rafe and Claire have real chemistry from the start. With everything that is happening in the story, ki ...more
Brooke Berry
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One night, I couldn't sleep. I like to read to relax before bed. Its about 2am at this point. I opened All Fall Down to the front cover, where the author Julie (were tight like that, right?) wrote "I hope you stay up reading this one". I bust out laughing. So much for relaxing before bed.

I love it when a book jumps right into the story. Page one and you are interested and can't wait to read more. Rafe is a Navy Seal on medical leave and walks into his fathers office building hoping to run into a
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars... A lot of action in this one with a little romance!

Rafe Kelly is a Navy SEAL who is home recovering from a knee injury. He has been summoned to his family's business which is currently being run by his younger brother, Vince, while his father is recovering from a stroke. He's not excited to see Vince, but he is excited to see his Navy buddy, Gary Holman, who has been working at Axis since he was released from active duty because of injuries. His reunion with Gary is anything but happ
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book jumps right into the action and suspense right away and honestly doesn't let up the whole book. It was full on. I loved it.

Claire is a smart, strong woman. She knows what she wants and she just jumps in with both feet and works until she gets it. The hurts of her past motivate her to be the very best she can be in her job. I love her fierce sense of loyalty.

Rafe is everything heroic and awesome. Steady, calm and strong. He is a protector and he takes his role very seriously. His
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: action, 2015
There are many good things in this book. It is fast paced and action packed. There is travel, hostage negotiations, spies, military men, suspense, romance, etc.

Claire meets Rafe in a hostage negotiation situation. Rafe's friend has a bomb attached to him and they are struggling to find a way to disarm the bomb and have a happy ending to the situation. This leads to Claire and Rafe teaming up to discover who is behind the bomb. A new hostage situation takes them from the US to Afghanistan.

The boo
G.G. Vandagriff
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
For fans of international romantic suspense, All Fall Down, by Julie Coulter Bellon is an exciting find! The hero and heroine are professionals, with convincing credentials that are easy to believe in and identify with. Every author faces the problem of leading her readers to “suspend disbelief” and buy into her story. With this genre, that is particularly difficult because of all the technical, legal, and routine details. For instance, the heroine is a hostage negotiator. However, Bellon has do ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE it when a books starts out action-packed from page ONE and this book did just that!
Suspenseful all the way through with just enough romance to make you smile.
Clair is just trying to do her job AND help someone else who has gone through what she had to.
Rafe is just trying to save his brother AND make sense of the loss of his best friend.
Can they help each other? Who else can the trust? Read and find out :)
This book keeps you on the edge of the page as you have to keep turning to find out
Rachel DeVaughn
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! From the first chapter, this book drew me in with the fast paced drama and excitement! I loved all the main characters-Rafe, Claire and the others from the Hostage Negotiation Team. The story line was very intriguing, exciting, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Claire and Rafe work together in this international suspenseful book to take down terrorists and to keep certain secrets from being exposed. I can't wait to read more of Claire and Rafe's story in book 2 of the Hostage Negotiation T ...more
Cindy ~
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Plenty of action right from the start and it doesn’t let up till the very end. This series is about a hostage negotiation team but in this book they end up in the middle of a terrorist plot which move the action to Afghanistan.

The plot was intense and it was a good story with very likable characters. I have to say I saw from many reviews that this was listed as a clean romance book and didn’t quite know what that meant. Well after reading I would call this book 99% action/suspense and 1% romant
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very well written. I enjoyed the plot and characters a lot. Actin packed, with some romance mixed in. Full review coming Thursday, November 15. and
Brooke -Brooke's Books
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't often read suspense books, but I really liked this one. It had a great story and I look forward to reading more in this series.
Trudy Cordle
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-to-read
This was not as good as I thought it would be. I actually didn't finish reading it. It couldn't keep my attention, they kissed entirely too soon after meeting, and I didn't care for the book at all.
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Romantic suspence by LDS authors is probably my favorite genre to read. Not only is it exciting (and of course romantic) but it is also clean. And Julie Coulter Bellon is one of the best in this category! I love how she keeps readers on their toes the whole time with impossible situations and against insurmountable odds while taking them across the globe to interesting and exotic locations.

All Fall Down is probably my favorite of all Julie's novels. The story was exciting, the characters were li
Rebecca Talley
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: whitney-eligible
Multi-published author, Julie Bellon, has written another great international suspense!

If you enjoy suspense, romance, and twists and turns, then you'll enjoy All Fall Down. Bellon is masterful at writing suspense. From the first page until the last, and I mean the very last (because there is a twist I didn't expect and I actually said out loud, "Are you serious? How can this get any worse?") it is a roller coaster.

The book starts with a hostage situation--I will never sing "Ring Around the Rosy
Donna Weaver
Hostage negotiator Claire Michaels’ never thought she'd be involved in an international crisis. Can she overcome her scars of the past to stop a new al-Qaeda threat?

Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn't expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. When he's taken hostage, he knows he has to fight or die.

What an entertaining story. Bellon throws you right into to the action with a real h
All Fall Down is a quick moving story with suspense, betrayal, action and a bit of romance. Julie doesn’t wait to throw the reader right into the action.

The opening hostage scene on the roof was intense. For me it was the most suspenseful part of the story. I really liked both Claire and Rafe. They go through so much and I wondered if they were ever going to catch a break. I saw one twist coming, but I wasn’t sure how it would play out. One of my favorite parts was the first time Rafe meets Clai
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story was packed full of action and suspense…and lots of bruises and pain. Claire is a hostage negotiator, but when she gets pulled in on a job to save Rafe Kelly (former Navy Seal) from his best friend on the roof of a building, life is about to take a surprising and terrifying twist. I don’t want to blow any of this story for anyone, so will just say that the fast-paced story has great characters I came to love…or hate…and the plot was gripping (think sticky-toed grip of a gecko; I wasn’t ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book! I was totally hooked from the beginning, I actually read this pretty much in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! The author does a masterful job of taking you from one intense situation (a hostage situation on page 1) to another intense situation, and so on which compels you to keep reading and turning the pages until suddenly it's 3 am and you didn't even realize it! Her characters are very realistic and her dialogue is very believable, two things that I alway ...more
Ashley Nemer
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what to expect with the cover, and I was kind of nervous. However, I have to say, I loved this book, just loved it. I am not a huge huge fan of military based books, let alone military-esq type romances but this totally sold me. I was smiling through so much of the dialog between Claire and Rafe. They were just delightful together. While the 'twist' became evident a few pages before it was revealed, it didn't take anything away from the moment that it happened. I highly recommend t ...more
Julia Lance
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW! That is my first reaction after reading this book. It grabs you from the first page. You will never think of the song Ring Around the Rosie the same again! This book was full of action and excitement. I could not put it down. I’m not sure if there really are Female hostage negotiators out there but Claire definitely fits the part! I really do believe that a bond and friendship like the one Claire and Rafe had would be formed in a situation like this. I loved this book! I just bought the nex ...more
MaryAnn Dennis
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tense, some predictable, some good twists

I enjoyed the background setting and all the work that went into placing me in the setting. The characters were well developed and even though I don't know a lot about negotiations I felt like I could relate to the main characters. One thing that was distracting was the number of times the main male characters ran their hands through their hair or rubbed their heads, etc.
I really appreciated a good, tense read that was clean.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Julie Coulter Bellon. My daughter and I liked this book. A hostage negotiator is kidnapped along with a Navy SEAL. They are taken to Afghanistan. There are bombs involved, along with other dangers. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.

I read this book again. It is a great book.
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Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense, The Capture was a Whitney Award finalist for Best Suspense, and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense.

Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she's visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She loves

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Hostage Negotiation Team (4 books)
  • Ashes Ashes (Hostage Negotiation Team #2)
  • Pocket Full of Posies (Hostage Negotiation Team #3)
  • Ring Around the Rosie (Hostage Negotiation Team #4)