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Waiting to Fall by ROB (NC-17)

Title: Waiting to Fall
Fandom: Professionals
Pairing: Bodie/Doyle, Ann/Doyle, Bodie/OFCs, Doyle/OFCs
Categories: action/adventure, amnesia, angst, attempted suicide, case file, drama, friendship, holiday, hurt/comfort, mystery
Length: Super Epic (~350,000 words)
Warnings: post-traumatic stress disorder, prison non-con, prison beating, dream non-con, sleep non-con, dub-con, violence, torture, character death, hospitalization at a mental institution, homophobia, murder

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: n/a

Review:
When Bodie retrieves the inmate from the local penitentiary, he has no idea that self-same man is one Raymond Doyle, soon to become his partner.

This fic pretty much embodies “melodrama.” In sparkling glittery letters, even. I’m kind of a sucker for this, but although I’m reccing it here, I’m only doing so with some misgivings.

The real reason I love this is its sheer campiness. It was written in the 80’s and almost feels like it was written in the seventies. It’s full of the illogic you find in media from that time period. The amount of plot that was crammed into these 350,000 words makes it feel like the story is even longer. There are murders and cases and dark dealings. There’s insanity and torture and a shooting tournament. Honestly I can’t think of anything the author could have added to the fic as far as plot goes.

Sadly, the only character who’s remotely relatable is Doyle. Pretty much everyone else in the entire story is a giant bastard to Doyle and sometimes to others. Repeatedly. (Okay, Lake is also nice.) The worst of the worst are Cowley and Bodie. Yeah, the Bodie who’s paired with Doyle. So although I really do love this story, the main pairing does tend to make me really pissy. On the plus side, after Bodie gets over himself and before he falls for Doyle, he’s actually a fairly decent friend.

One other thing to note: the version of this story found on the internet was typed from the original version and is missing small parts of the original. Generally it’s just a paragraph, but there is one whole page missing somewhere. Also, because of this, the editing is a very different kind of off, the kind where phrases and sentences are repeated. Considering its length, it’s not the most obnoxious thing ever, but it is a bit annoying.

Waiting to Fall

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des_pudels_kern
Nov. 24th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
A Pros rec! :D I'd say I'll read it right away, but considering the length I better save it for a couple of rainy days.
cheetahanabel
Nov. 28th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, it does take some time to get through. Enjoy!
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