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Falling in Death and Love

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Love hit when they met. Murder came later
The year: 1977. No internet, no mobile phones; tablets cure headaches not boredom.
The place: Mallorca, Spain. The Dictator is Dead, Long Live Tourism
David falls hard for Aurora and vice versa, but the holiday is over. When she returns she isn’t alone, the deadly chase already underway.
First the hitmen then the police.
‘Falling i
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ebook, 298 pages
Published December 10th 2015 by Magnus Stanke (first published December 2015)
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Sean Peters
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5-4.00 Stars from me.

Love hit when they met. Murder came later.

The year: 1977. No internet, no mobile phones; tablets cure headaches not boredom.
The place: Mallorca, Spain. The Dictator is Dead, Long Live Tourism
David falls hard for Aurora and vice versa, but the holiday is over. When she returns she isn’t alone, the deadly chase already underway. First the hitmen then the police.

‘Falling in Death and Love’ is a hard-boiled, heartfelt thriller, a breathless ride through times of change.

Lov
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Linda Strong
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
David is just off a boat, ready to settle down as a sushi chef in Mallorca, Spain. Aurora has won a week’s vacation there. It was love at first sight and they spent a magical week together.

But some things have to end, and Aurora has to go home. They make a promise to meet back in 3 months if they both feel the same about each other.

Three months pass and there is Aurora. David is so excited he can hardly stand it. Only Aurora isn’t alone.

As they go to the cabin that David has rented, you can fee
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David Staniforth
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting and entertaining read that gripped me for the most part. Some slight issue with signposting POV changes at chapter beginnings but this is a minor consideration when placed along side the strong authorial voice and intriguing characters.

Not quite a four star read for me, but close at around 3.75
Kirsten **Be A Dragon**
A fun thriller set in Mallorca in post-Franco Spain. This author does a great job of setting the scene not only in time, but also space. Mallorca really comes alive as do the supporting cast.

Not only are the supporting characters there to act and be acted upon, but they come alive and are three dimensional.

The plot is interesting and the action really moves. Looking forward to more from this author.
Ingstje
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Synopsis (spoiler-free)
The year is 1977 and David returns to Mallorca after roaming the oceans as a chef on the five-mast schooner the Evolution. He has missed the smell of Majorcan pines and is now back with the mission to become the first sushi chef on the island. When he pitches his idea for raw fish in the Boutique Hotel on the island, his eyes meet Aurora who is staying as a guest in the hotel. When he looks into her green eyes, the ground moves for him. Call it coincidence or fate but the
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Danielle Urban
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Falling in Death and Love by Magnus Stanke is a great read. The plot was interesting. It intrigued me from beginning to end. So many ways everything could have happened. The writer, Magnus Stanke. Surprised me many times. The characters were good. However, as I was reading this new thriller I felt like I was being told everything more so than shown what is happening. I felt like I was being told everything and the story felt flat due to that. I would have loved it if I got to see, hear and feel ...more
Richard Bunning
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a good suspense thriller written with an easy read style and a good deal of wit. The 1970s setting in Mallorca works very well, as do the bunch of main characters. All of who are unique enough that one has little danger of confusion. We read into a holiday romance that promises to be so much more, and then for tragic reason proves to be life changing for one and life ending for the other.
This is a plot easily ruined by knowing too much, like so many popular films one sees a week too late
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Preston Pairo
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What begins as a love story quickly accelerates into a murder and pursuit through the wilds of Mallorca in 1977, with flashbacks filling in key points of the backstory and characters. References to the novel being a retro-thriller shouldn't cause hesitations that either the story or style of writing might be dated, as this is a very modern and compelling tale that just happens to take place in a bygone decade.
Nancy Raven Smith
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A dash of history - 1977, an exotic locale like the island of Mallorca, and a thrilling story about an innocent young man who loses his new love, but acquires a young child he must protect. He can't go to the police - they're in league with the hitmen. Will he be able to survive long enough for he and the child to get off the island to safety? You'll have to read "Falling in Love and Death" to find out. I wouldn't dream of spoiling the pleasure of finding out for the next reader.
Underground Book Reviews
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-pick
TOP PICK! I wholeheartedly recommend Falling in Death and Love, for anyone who enjoys and appreciates intricate plotting, who has an affinity for Spain, or who needs a reason to stay up late. Once you start this novel, you won’t want to stop.

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Amy Biddle
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling plot, unexpected turns and not overdone. This was a truly enveloping story, and well put together. Overall the story had no large plot holes-but there were a few minor scenes that didn't line up. Oh well. The characters made up for it. All the Characters had a unique voice and were interesting to read. The author was adept at switching POV and tenses and even switching time frames, which can be done badly, but when done well makes for an excellent read.
Tony Parsons
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
1977, David hopped aboard the Evolution (5-mast schooner) bound for Balearics then onto Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Aurora Vasquez (30+, divorced widow) had won a radio call-in contest; a free paid trip to Palma de Mallorca (island).

It was David 29th. Birthday, & he decided to do something unusual, skydive.
It just so happened that was part of Aurora’s (aka Green Eyes) package deal also.
José (Balearic Adventure inc., trainer/organizer) instructed the 8 participants on the do’s/don’t’s, & the
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Bradley Ernst
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Though smoke plays prominently, this was a breath of fresh air.

Initially, Stanke sets the scene with a beatnik flavor reminiscent of Wolfman Jack piping over the AM radio.

Herein is offered a microcosm; time, place, and politics in a bowl filled to the brim with artistic license-garnish. It not only works; it is welcoming and transcends the era.

With likable characters, (sans two, but they 'get theirs') clever character development, and depth of gentlemanly wit, Stanke introduces the reader to le
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J.C. Steel
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Magnus Stanke’s Falling in Death and Love is set in the heat and dust of the Balearic Islands, a couple of years after the death of the Spanish dictator Franco. David is an itinerant sushi chef, by his results the first ever to set foot in Mallorca, because the restaurants and hotels aren’t buying. However, his unsuccessful job hunt leads him to cross paths with a beautiful Spaniard on holiday, and he realises that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to see more of her – although he expects tha ...more
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
David falls in love only to experience death in his path.
It all happens in Mallorca Spain - beautiful country.....
David falls hard for Aurora and when she returns home for a few months, she comes back with a little girl and some hit men following her.
The book follows what happens - who is crooked - what they are looking for and how David manages to keep both him and the little girl, Alba, alive.
While it is a good story it was very very slow moving and I had a hard time keeping track of what was
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Tonya Mathis
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. What a wild ride. Murder, mayhem, hippies and skydiving. What a combination.
Veronica
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I found the book hard to get into at first because the pace was very slow. It does pick up later on. It starts off with a sweet love story and then develops into a heart in your mouth chase to the death.
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Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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