Wendy reviews ‘Snow Falling’ by Davidson King. Self published November 27, 2017, 202 pages.
Tell nobody your name.
Tell nobody your secrets.
These are the rules of the streets.
His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end. Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country.
Don’t ask anyone to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself.
Secrets can get you killed.
These are the rules he lives by.
When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy’s savior to end up being his own. A man with a dangerous past and a man with a dangerous future find love amidst murder and mayhem. But with Snow’s life being threatened at every turn, will Christopher’s best be enough to prevent Snow Falling?
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We are so excited to have Davidson King joining us here at Rainbow Gold Reviews today! Congratulations on the release of your debut book and thank you for sharing a little bit about one of the main characters in it. Christopher Manos is bad in the best kind of way and I’m glad that you chose him to talk about.
Writing Christopher Manos was so important and screwing that up wasn’t an option. I’ve said it many places that all the characters in Snow Falling were created because of Snow himself. But giving Snow his other half had to be perfect.
Christopher Manos is a kingpin. He’s a crime lord. He’s also an uncle or Pop in Simon’s case. He’s a boss, and because of Snow, he becomes a lover and partner. I had to show all of Christopher’s layers and stay true to the darkness and cruelty of a mafia boss.
Snow and Simon are his heart. Snow filled all the empty places he ignored his whole life. But, he ignored them to give Simon a good life. A safe life. It’s that aspect of Christopher’s backstory the darkness had to be seen.
There’s a poignant part in Snow Falling, and if you read it you know, where we see just what Christopher is capable of and that he will do anything to keep his family safe. But we also see he’s a fair man. He doesn’t just kill for the sake of killing. He does give chances but he gambles lives as well. Each person he sees has value or has none.
I was really proud of this character because I felt I nailed the balance of him. I found when he was in Snow’s orbit he shined from the inside out. I loved writing the light with the dark.
I did research on mobsters all the way back to the first notes on it and I built a character around it.
He is a mafia man but he’s a good, fair man. An anti-hero we all love.
Why I read this book: I loved how this author spoke about her passion for writing and how she had been told that nothing could ever come of it. I bought this book as soon as it was published. There’s really nothing better than watching someone make a dream into a reality and flipping the haters the bird as you show them that you can do anything, be anything that you put your mind to. Way to show them Davidson King!
I just adore Snow. At the very beginning of the book we learn what kind of person he is. He really puts himself out there and it turns into his becoming involved with a family that he’s instantly wanting to be a part of even though he knows that it is incredibly dangerous to do so. I love his lightheartedness and the way he can still see the innocence and beauty in things even after living on the streets and hiding for years. I love that he hasn’t lost his hope and that he can be funny yet he’s seen things. He knows that sometimes certain things need to be done and he doesn’t hold it against a certain someone (Christopher Manos) when he has to do them. He made me laugh and cry and he will be one of my all time favorite characters. He’s smart and cunning and I just adore him (wait… did I say that already?).
Christopher is a special character too. I thought that he would have fought falling for Snow harder. I’m glad he didn’t. He clearly sees that Snow could mean everything to him, and he already means everything to his nephew. He is a man who is driven to come out on top and does whatever it takes to stay there. Yet he has a good heart and will listen, especially to Snow when a suggestion is made.
The Manos family is highly thought of because of the way Christopher runs things and he is quick to put the pieces of the mystery that is Snow when he is faced with another powerful mafia family. I was on the edge of my seat wondering how they would make their way out of the trouble and danger that they faced. I HAD to know how this book ended and read it in one sitting.
This story is engaging and fast paced. It had just enough of everything for me. The MCs are sizzling together. There are just enough pieces to the puzzle to keep you guessing but not so many that you can’t keep up without notes. There is a heartwarming love and a true sense of family. And there’s letting things that aren’t good for you go while holding tight to the things that are. There is humor and heartache. It has EVERYTHING!
I’m going to end this review by telling you that if you like stories about mafia families, bad boys who do whatever it takes to keep their family safe while still maintaining their power, then this one is for you. If you like a book that has a way of keeping you on your seat with just the right amount of angst, suspense and intrigue then go right now and grab this one up. If you want to read all of that by a brand spanking new author who can write as well as, if not better than some seasoned authors you will not be disappointed with this story. Davidson King writes at a caliber that is surprising for someone who is new to the author business, yet I’m not surprised with her background in blogging and reviewing it’s clear that she’s learned what works and what doesn’t. She has style and this story is a class act. I rarely give a 10/10 Pots of Gold rating to a debut author, but I can say that this story truly deserves it.
Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.
When she’s not writing you can find her blogging away on Diverse Reader, her review and promotional site. She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.
If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.