Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Beginning: Fallon's Orphans by Bill Kroger


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Fallon MacEwen opened his eyes and stared at the lace canopy over the four-poster bed, marveling at the intricate patterns. . . . The Muslim call to prayer had wakened him, blasting from a loudspeaker not fifty feet from his Istanbul hotel, and he could smell breakfast being prepared the next floor down.

Fallon's Orphans by Bill Kroger, also available in a Kindle edition. I like the beginning because it really sets the scene, with an attention-grabbing mix of antique, modern, religious, and secular. This is a new thriller set in Cairo, Istanbul, and other exotic locals as a band of "orphans" goes after a terrorist group targeting an opposing religious sect.


  1. I'm new to this meme and I hope to contribute as often as possible. Thanks for hosting.

  2. This is such a fun meme and I'm so glad I found it!
    What a descriptive first paragraph that is! Already the reader has an idea of the tone and the setting!

    Jessica @ Ramblings on Readings

  3. I love the descriptive paragraph. I can vividly see the scene.

    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy the read.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  4. He definitely does a good job setting the scene. I like the lace canopy mention in a book that doesn't look like it's going to be particularly delicate!

  5. Sounds like my kind of book,

  6. I like the opening for the same reasons you do! I also like the way the author used the senses (the smell of breakfast, the sound of the call to prayer, as well as the visual) to put me in the scene. Sounds like a fascinating story in an exotic setting.
    My Friday post features DEAR SUGAR.

  7. I like the descriptive opening.


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