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Blind Fall

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,765 ratings  ·  136 reviews
From three-time New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice -- whose novels have been called "bold and ambitious" by The New York Times, "chillingly perverse" by USA Today, and "shocking, sexy...intricate" by Glamour -- comes this startling psychological thriller about an Iraq War vet who seeks redemption and revenge when a fellow Marine he failed to protect during ...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published March 11th 2008 by Scribner
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Jason Bradley
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
While his mother, Anne Rice, is a master of imagination, I believe Christopher beats her out, hands down, with his talent for story-telling. His writing is flawless and much better than his famous mother, in my opinion. In fact, he is so talented that he is able to take a subject that I have little interest in, war, and still have me hooked and reeled in before the end of the first chapter. His descriptive skills and technique pull a reader into the story until they are invested fully in the cha ...more

3,5 stars

Maybe I am a bit tooo critical to Mr. Rice. I like his writing style A LOT. I think I have some problems with his characters. I'd like either to ADORE the MCs of a book I rate with 5 stars or hate them with all my heart. It is my second book by the author and I am still waiting for a character who makes me FEEL. I don't know why, but his characters just leave me indifferent. The writing is good, the story is interesting, the characters are...not memorable.
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, thriller
It's been quite a while since I've picked up a Christopher Rice novel. Not for lack of interest -- I buy each book as it is released but then somehow they sit on the shelf. So I added Blind Fall to my 2013 "To Be Read Challenge" list. I enjoyed the book, but not as much as A Density of Souls or The Snow Garden.

I hate to pigeon-hole any author; I applaud every author who moves out of the genre they've been categorized in. But I have to say, I enjoyed Rice's first two books, which were firmly root
Anthony McGill
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-crime
I approached this novel with a certain apprehension. I had read two of Christopher Rice's earlier novels ('A Density of Souls' and 'Light of Day') and didn't particularly like either. But with my penchant for reading a lot of gay themed fiction, I persevered with this one and was pleasantly surprised by how good it was.
The plot was interesting and by the end, the "hero" John Houck had been carefully and cleverly transformed from an intolerant homophobe to a much nicer dude.
All th
OMG, the best book yet by Christopher Rice! Excellent; suspenseful - couldn't put it down!
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blind Fall is the first Christopher Rice novel that I have read. I have seen his novels in the past, but having heard the news that he and his mother, Anne, were writing the sequel to "The Mummy," I wanted to experience Christopher Rice's writing style. I picked up this book and another one of his, but given this was more recent, I decided to start with this one.

The pacing of the story started out slow, but had the feeling of the threads being methodically placed for the rest of the plot. The s
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ridiculous and ludicrous story, unconvincing characters and severely lacking in suspense or dramatic tension, and yet I couldn't stop turning the pages even though I didn't really feel invested in the characters, and found the plot sloppy and contrived.

Anywho, this is a sort of redemption thriller about a Marine who lets his Marine buddy down, and what might set this apart from the usual thriller or redemption tales is how it is issue-driven; in this case the heterosexual main character has to
Anthony Willis
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Christopher Rice's books tend to be hit or almost-miss with me (I've yet to read one that I just don't like altogether). They're either really, really good - or they're just ok. This one for me, was a hit.

It tells the story of war veteran John Houck, who made a near fatal mistake that almost cost his fellow Marine and Captain, Mike Bowers, his life during battle. Years later, while seeking redemption, he discovers that Mike has been brutally murdered, and finds someone fleeing the scene. He qui
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Much like Christopher Rice's previous books, "Blind Fall" does not disappoint. Good story and characters-though they are not as developed as Rice's previous work(the only thing that kept me from rating it a 5). For me, the strong point was the story-line and narrative. I don't put spoilers in my reviews, though what I will say is that Rice has become more of a definitive author:

He knows his story. He hooks you in from the start. Then he's got you and you're along for the ride. Just when you thin
Feb 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I HATED THIS BOOK. The only way this book could have been good would have been if the lead character threw himself off a building in the first chapter and then the book restarted with a whole new writer, plot and characters.
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
I've read all of Christopher Rice's novels and this one is by far the worst. While most of his books typically have a good plotline (with flat-footed writing), this book had both flat-footed writing AND an unbelieveable and overwrought plot line.

So, basically, these are the elements of the story: gay Marines, straight Marines, a suicide, a missing eye, a murder, flashbacks, more flashbacks, an AA encampment owned by a former domestic abuser, mistaken identity, a severed hand, and LOTS and LOTS o
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Brandon
Recommended to Kevin by: BnN
In true Christopher Rice fashion, it's started out kind of slow but it sure pick up the pace about half way through. The story is about two soldiers home from Irag, one gay one straight, who has a hard time dealing with his captain because he feels it was his fault that he was injured during a routine tour of Iraq. He finally decides to find the captain and tell him that he's sorry for missing the pipe bomber but when he arrives at his home finds that there has been a murder committed. The obvio ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great main characters. John's complex life experiences and how he tries to handle them continue to unfold as the book progresses. While Mike is hardly alive (dies in the first 50 pages), his character both hangs over the story and is the catalyst for much of the characters' growth. Alex is a great, complex, innocent, guilty, exasperating and fuller human as the story progresses. Christopher Rice also answers some questions at the end of the paperback version, which added some depth to my reading ...more
Vince Liaguno
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
The past’s collision with the present casts lingering shadows on the future in Christopher Rice’s latest thriller, Blind Fall. In a bold departure only hinted at in his previous novel Light Before Day (2005), Rice takes on the military and a straight protagonist in this breakneck-paced psychological thriller. Blind Fall tells a classic military-themed story of redemption and revenge against the contemporary backdrop of the Iraq War and its aftermath on the brave soldiers who serve – all wrapped ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, lgbtq
I can't find the words to express how much I loved this book! It was thrilling, heartbreaking, yet it offered closure to the characters as well as the readers. I loved how John's growth was depicted. The man you meet in the last scene is hardly the guilt-torn one we encounter at the beginning.
Rice has a way of drawing characters that makes you deeply attached to them, such as Mike; he only appears in 2 scenes and yet, his presence is so large that you never forget him throughout the book, not ev
Balthazar Lawson
Mar 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to enjoy this book but just couldn't get into it. There is a good story here, however, it is badly written and that is the biggest fault with this book. The writing style did not flow and was so badly structured as to be distracting.

He threw open the front door as if he was about to confront a band of insurgents, as if something about the room might have shifted and given up evidence of Alex's intention in the few minutes he had been gone. His sister had to say his name several times i
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Interesting thriller with some odd moments in the middle that I wasn't quite sure worked, but fresh off watching Generation Kill and the two books associated with it (which the author refers to in the acknowledgments) it went well with them.

As with many books, I found myself wishing people would just tell their friends and family the truth and not be so oblique or just plain lie but I guess then we'd have no drama -- or book.

Feb 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Katrina
I thought this was Chris Rice's best book to date. It's quite a change from his others, but it captivated me just the same. Must have been the metaphor-rich prose that reminds me a lot of his mother's writing.

John Houck is a very intriguing protagonist & his growth over the course of the book really touched me, no more so than in the last few pages. Makes me hopeful, even if it is fiction.
Feb 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
I've loved all of his books. I put down everything else I was reading when I got the Advanced Reader Copy so I could spend time with his characters again. It was definitely worth the wait because this book is as good as his others, though I am still partial to Density of Souls and Snow Garden.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
3 1/2. Decent writting but I wasn't engaged with the characters enough to full care about them. I will read more of his, maybe something spooky.
Barbara Elsborg
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it. Damaged characters were well drawn. The pace didn't flag. I hadn't seen the plot twist coming and I read it in one sitting.
Jul 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
crappy story surpassed by abysmal writing!
Rachelle Kirby
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was instantly hooked on Christopher Rice's writing after reading his novel A Destiny of Souls. So when Blind Fall came out I immediately bought and read it. I was griped from page one. This book amazed me by the detail and depth of characters and the shocking and unexpected way their stories are interwoven and how well the story came together in the end. As with all of Christopher Rice's books, I loved this one so much. It may even be my favorite and that says a whole lot coming from me becaus ...more
Laura Lepovetsky
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Eh. It was ok. The story was good, but it didn't pull me in the way I like to be. I'll try another Christopher Rice book, although I will say, I was never a big fan of his mother. I didn't know about the relationship until I finished this book. That's probably a good thing. I may have had a skewed opinion about this book before I even started it.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found the Advanced Readers Edition at the recycling book barn. Including the salutary letter from Simon & Schuster requesting feedback.
New author & novel story line got me reading. He kept me reading. I gave it 4 but it's more like 3.6.
Matthew Russell
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Here, Rice began to be able to create likable and relatable characters, and this is a more character-driven piece than what came before.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I got this book as a gift and had never read anything by this author before. This is essentially a thriller but throughout the novel the main character is forced to come to terms with the fact that significant persons in his life are homosexual. The interesting thing about this book is that it does not just have gay characters to further the story, they present the challenges that are still being faced by persons whose sexual orientation still makes many people uncomfortable. The author is gay a ...more
Nathan Burgoine
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt
I feel like I should admit my bias straight off - next week, at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, I have the pleasure of being on a panel with Christopher Rice, Christian Baines, and Marie Castle, moderated by Jean Redmann, and I hate going to a panel without feeling familiar with some of the work of my fellow panelists.

Also: holy crap. Christopher Rice? I'm sure I'll stutter, stammer, and choke. Or pass out. One of those. Maybe all of those.

But who cares about me? Let's talk Blind Fall.
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Blind Fall is a novel written by Christopher Rice (the son of Interview with the Vampire's Anne Rice). I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book... was it going to be like his mother's writing? Because if so... I'm not sure I want to read it. However, I was plesantly surprised. It was quite good and I think I'll read some more of his work.

Blind Fall is the story of John Houck, a former Marine. John served in Iraq with his friend (and captain) Mike Bowers. At the beginning of the bo
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Okay, so I powered through 4 of Rice's books in about 9 days. By this point I'm starting to see recurring... motifs? leitmotifs? elements?... in his books. That doesn’t mean the mysteries are predictable or solvable---he does keep the reader guessing, though whether you want to keep guessing is another matter.

This book is a bit of a departure from previous ones: the whodunnit part of the mystery is mostly solved by the end of the first third, with the motive and resolution revealed in the final
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Christopher Rice is the recipient of the Lambda Literary Award and is the New York Times bestselling author of A DENSITY OF SOULS and the Bram Stoker Award finalists THE HEAVENS RISE and THE VINES. He is the head writer and an executive producer of "The Vampire Chronicles", a television show based on the bestselling novels by his mother, Anne Rice. Together they penned RAMSES THE DAMNED: THE PASSI ...more
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“...You need a quiet place where you can find someone who will listen, someone who will make you feel less like a mistake in a universe intended for assholes and Marines.” 0 likes
“In an instant, he became convinced that what really tied the universe together was not the bright light and airy-fairy bullshit that spiritual people were always trying to sell. It was blood spilled in violence; it was split-second rage exacting eternal consequences, and it could happen just as easily in Owensville, California, as in the streets of Ramadi.” 0 likes
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