The story of Blue and Mick, with a side of Prophet, was the first SE Jakes story I’ve ever read and even now, a few years later, it’s still my favourite. Uncomplicated and delightfully over the top, Free Falling never fails to make me smile. It’s one of the books I reach for when I need cheering up, or simply when I need a break in the middle of a crazy work week.
Free Falling reminds me of a faster, grittier version of some popular fanfics, the typical sex pollen, virus or contaminated drinking water more believably replaced by a synthetic date rape drug, complete with adversaries who think nothing of creating such a thing and making it available.The scenario makes for an enjoyable romp of a story, where the good guys face danger and take a few knocks, but never stop until they’ve done the right thing. And no, this is not Captain America, though I could easily imagine Phil Coulson working for Extreme Escapes, Ltd. Come to think of it, he might actually be running the joint.
Free Falling is sheer, unadulterated fun. A story for a rainy afternoon when I’m tired and don’t want to think. Imagine Allan Quartermain crossed with Sam Spade and you’re getting near the ballpark. Now add lots of sex, a shovel of emotion and two guys reluctantly falling in love and you’re close.
SE Jakes’ men are gorgeous. Mick is growly and lethal, Blue is a vulnerable, walled-off smart-ass who can never stop pushing, and Prophet, in equal turns baffled by human emotion and surprisingly insightful, is a law all to himself. And as lethal as Mick. Despite the masks and disguises, all three have hearts of gold, and crusades that are worth bleeding and dying for.
SE Jakes leaves the character’s edges blurry enough for each reader to colour their own, which is something I particularly enjoy. It makes for a slightly different emphasis every time I pick up the book, like catching up with old friends after a long time away. It also leaves space for more books set around Extreme Escapes, Ltd.… and that’s something I definitely don’t have a problem with. Maybe, one of these days, there’ll even be another “Blue” book. After all, we have a lot of rainy days in England….