There is always a special place in our hearts for those things that introduce us to a particular genre of things. Eternity Falls was what introduced me to the sci-fi genre of fiction, at least modern sci-fi. I had read the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, but it is practically another genre from Eternity Falls and its beautiful cyberpunk setting.
Kirk Outerbridge hits a home run in Eternity Falls on every single facet I examined it under, including character development, structure, plot, style, word craft, genre, backstory, and content. I was hooked on the first paragraph, and was drawn along the plotline with the characters all the way to the end (and beyond, because I am eagerly awaiting my purchase of the sequel). The way he escalated the stakes and conflict and the way he balanced the motivations and suspense was masterful.
I literally leaped into the air and laughed out loud with joy over some of his phrasings. That is the mark of a master wordsmith.
He was not afraid to confront and include material on ‘touchy’ issues. Not only doctrinally (which he handled excellently), but also content-wise. One character is open about contacting an escort service (not the bodyguard kind), and a female character is sexually mistreated. However he handles it discreetly and with tact, not describing it in any detail, and merely acknowledging the fact. Both were not added in unnecessarily, and added to the story. You would have to work at it to make either a stumbling block. Excellently handled.
I highly recommend this book.