Book Review: The Fall (The Rift Book 1) April 13, 2011Posted by Jaidis in 5 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Hazel O'Shea Reviews.
An ancient evil, trapped in the ruins of a lost Mayan temple for centuries, has been unleashed. It takes the form of a deadly virus, one that causes violent insanity in the living and the recently departed to rise and walk. It spreads around the globe, throwing the world into chaos and war. As it progresses, those in the States who find themselves far away from the epicenter watch it unfold with unbelieving eyes. From Washington D.C. to Dover, New Hampshire, regular people are hurled into an existence outside their control, left to deal with catastrophic situations that they aren’t prepared to handle. Life becomes a nightmare, and that nightmare is spreading. First time author Robert J. Duperre presents this scenario with The Fall: The Rift Book I, the first of a four-part series. In this book, he throws his characters into a gambit; when the alternatives are life or death, self-preservation or the protection of others, what path will they choose? Is there a darkness that resides in everyone, from every walk of life, that is screaming for release? When society falls apart and we are left to our own devices, will we make the right decisions, or let the tide take us where it may? There is horror, there is death, there are the walking dead, and all around are choices. The novel is illustrated by Jesse David Young, whose drawings capture the intense feel of the events happening within.
The Fall: The Rift Book One by Robert J. Duperre is a terrifying and captivating tale of a zombie infested “end of days”. Mr. Duperre is an incredibly gifted writer, bringing his written world to life with vivid descriptions and close-to-home scenarios! The reader will find themselves identifying with at least one, if not all, of the very real characters within this book. The story begins with the discovery of an ancient Mayan temple. A ruin that was hidden away, meant to be forgotten. For Dr. Ken Trudeau this meant the archeological dig of a lifetime but instead of finding truth or treasure, he found an age-old darkness. An eternal evil bringing with it a plague that quickly deformed and destroyed all in its path! We are then introduced to a handful of key characters, each with their own intricate story to tell. Joshua Benoit, a twenty-something college student tormented with self-doubt and regret. Hoping to make something of himself and get the Hell out of Dover, NH, yet unable to break free of the fear that holds him back. Kyra Holcomb, a mid-forties bartender stuck in a life that has never really felt like hers to begin with. Tom Steinberg, a Pennsylvania senator and Speaker of the House. A headstrong man willing to do whatever it took to get what he wanted, to where he wanted to be in this life. Yet, he was unraveling inside. Becoming someone, something, he couldn’t understand. Now with the Rodent Flu spreading through every corner of the world, all those infected quickly became a mutated, undead monster. The Wrathchild. Soon our main characters would find themselves in the fight of their lives, doing all they can just to survive. Robert J. Duperre is able to grab your attention instantly and keep you turning page after page, all the while keeping you at the edge of your seat! I could not put this book down! I’m very much looking forward to the second installment in the series, Dead of Winter. I highly recommend The Fall to anyone looking for an intensely frightening read! Due to adult themes and violence, this book should be read by mature adult audiences only.
~ Hazel O’Shea