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The Eleven-Hour Fall
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Science Fiction

Publisher:  Eternal Press ISBN-10:  1926640837 Type: 


Copyright:  April, 2008 ISBN-13:  9780980426380

What if you fell from a great height...toward a ground you couldn’t see...and hours later, you were still falling?

Eternal Press

For love, for survival, on a mysterious planet light years from home. With the man of her dreams unconscious in her arms, astronaut Kate Borrowdale must escape the treacherous peaks of Kratos and traverse a strange, hidden world beneath the clouds…


A quick glance here, a fleeting glimpse during a barrel roll there: Kate's knowledge of the world below was snatched from a dizzying descent. The violet sky streamed as colors in a fresco, running while still damp. Tremendous jets of gas washed up from below, pluming to giant mushrooms from tornado slivers.

But who are you trying to blame, Katie girl - no one ordered you on this frozen rock. You've got what you came for; he's just in a coma, that's all. Next time, next time, next time...

Her clock read 15:34. The fall had lasted how long? An hour and five minutes? That couldn’t be right. They seemed no nearer to the swirling cloud below. Another updraft caught them and Kate felt like they were floating again.

Kratos was a large planet in terms of circumference, yet physicists knew very little of its topography. The range of mountains in the northern hemisphere, the peaks of which Kate's party had partially surveyed, suggested mind-boggling geography. Scans, however, had failed to penetrate successive cloud layers. Experts cited an electromagnetic anomaly in the atmosphere as the reason for this. As a result, estimates of the height of those peaks varied by many miles. The surface of Kratos was, as yet, an unexplored world.

After all their bullshit, I'm the one left praying to a parachute.

Kate tried to relax through a fairly deep breath. Her shoulders ached. The fall now seemed smooth, consistent, almost gentle as they stopped spinning. Her throat was dry and ready for cracking. A terrible hunger began to swell inside as she tasted inviting flavors in her saliva, or at least thought she did. Remington never so much as twitched in her clutches.

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Robert Appleton/Eleven Hour Fall/Eternal Press/ebook/54 pages

Kate is with a team looking for important minerals on a new planet called Kratos. She is in love with one of the other team members, but Remington doesn't know it - though he seems interested. While exploring a mountain range they suffer a terrible rock slide and are sent sliding down the surface. Kate is trained in survival and when she discovers that Remington is still alive but unconscious she ties them both together and jumps, hoping to land on the surface of the planet with her chute. However, she goes into a long, long free fall. When they are swooped on by huge birdlike monsters and then dropped the adventure begins.

This is a story of surviving and of a determined woman. Kate is going to do her utmost to save her man and she has to fight off various monsters and all kinds of perils. It is a relief when Remington recovers consciousness and starts to help her. This excellent book is imaginative and well written and has a surprise in store at the end. I don't often 'Love' science fiction but I did this one! Five red roses, Linda

You Gotta Read Reviews

Title: Book 1: The Eleven Hour Fall
Author: Robert Appleton
Publisher: Eternal Press

Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewed by: MarthaE

This is a wonderfully action-filled and imaginative science fiction…with a romance too! The incredible creatures will definitely make you think of The Land That Time Forgot!

Kate Borrowdale is a top notch terrain scout serving on a large space ship. Her job is to help locate minerals on new worlds. She has secretly been in love with Jason Remington, another explorer. Very quickly the expedition party on the planet Kratos gets bombarded by boulders, knocking Jason unconscious. Kate grabs Jason and jumps off the mountain side in a desperate attempt to rescue them both! And that is just the beginning of nonstop adventure!

This first book of three introduces you to Kate as the strong and determined survivalist on a planet that is mostly a mystery. Kate struggles to keep Jason and herself alive while she seeks to find a place on Kratos where they might get picked up by their spaceship. Finally Jason revives and they have to cope with the issue of dominance, as well as a developing relationship, while they face the unknown world. In addition to traversing dangerous and unique terrains, they confront strange creatures, never knowing if they are going to be attacked or aided. Eventually Kate and Jason make an astonishing discovery regarding the planet they are on.

I happened to read this out loud to my husband on a long drive and we were both very glad that we had all three books because when this book ended we were anxious to know what happened next!

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