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Darkness Falls (Mark Beamon) Hardcover – October 23, 2007
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- Publisher : Vanguard Press; First Edition first Printing (October 23, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 301 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1593154593
- ISBN-13 : 978-1593154592
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #836,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darkness Falls features the return of series character Mark Beamon after a couple standalone books. Beamon is a former bend-or-break-the-rules FBI agent who is now a bend-or-break-the-rules agent for Homeland Security, particularly the branch that handles Energy Security. When a Saudi oil field starts developing problems, Beamon investigates and drafts environmentalist Erin Neal to assist. Neal realizes that there is a bacteria in the oil deposit that is consuming the supply and threatens the entire field. With a second similar infection in an Alaskan oil field, it becomes quickly apparent that this is no natural event.
Neal has been a recluse since the death of his ex-girlfriend, though he soon realizes that reports of her passing were not true. This realization comes when Neal recognizes the bacteria as a variation on one he designed (to clean up oil spills), and that only she knew the design also. Unfortunately, the government also catches on, and rashly decides that Neal is a terrorist and suddenly Constitutional rights go out the door. Only Beamon suspects that Neal is innocent, and meanwhile the real culprit is planning something far more sinister.
Mills does a good job at portraying a United States that is crippled by a major oil crisis that threatens the stability of almost all civilization. But then again, Mills usually does a good job with his stories. If you like a good, truly scary (because it could happen) story, Darkness Falls is a recommended read.
I absolutely loved Mark Beamon in each of the previous books but in Darkness Falls he was an afterthought. His character had no character. None of the wit and humorous sarcasm that fans have been expecting. He really added nothing of value to the story and IMO diminished the reputation of Beamon as a great fictional character.
Hopefully the next Beamon installment does a whole lot better. Maybe in the opening of the next one, the Saudis can get some retribution for the oil losses they sustained due to the bacteria by putting a bounty on Erin and his girlfriend (of course with them ending up dead).