Author: Robert J. Duperre
Paperback ISBN: 9781461111580
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Robert J. Duperre, author of The Fall and Dead of Winter, now presents Silas, a contemporary fantasy novel.
Ken Lowery is a man at odds with his life. He hates his job, is disappointed in his marriage, and feels resigned to leading a mundane existence.
That all changes when his wife brings home a rambunctious Black Labrador puppy named Silas, who forges a remarkable connection with Ken and begins to heal his inner turmoil. When some neighborhood children start to go missing, he takes it upon himself to protect those around him and is thrust into a surreal world where monsters roam. Not everything is what it seems to be, he soon discovers, including his new best friend.
Robert Duperre's writing style is one that captivated me from the start. It is personal and extremely realistic and made the main character, Ken, come to life. I honestly felt like I was sitting and listening to a real account of a true story. Duperre has an amazing talent for storytelling!
Ken was a character I couldn't help but like. He was downright to the point and at times quite harsh. When Silas entered his life, I had to laugh, because I saw my husband with our dog when we first got him. This story captures that special bond between man and his dog, and weaves a magic through that relationship that works, and works well. And Silas... oh, Silas is a heart stealer!
I can't sing praises enough for this story. It made me laugh and cry (yes, really cry - tears and all) and is going to be a story I long remember. This fantasy was one of the best I've read this year, and made my favorites list. Mr. Duperre is certainly an author I'm keeping my eye on.
Last Fives was a fun way to learn a little more about Robert. He was asked 5 questions about some of his lasts and this is what he had to say:
1. What is the last movie you saw?
Insidious – what a surprisingly frightening movie!
2. What is the last book you read?
Draculas by Konrath, Crouch, et al – talk about campy, gross fun!
3. What is the last person you spoke to?
My wife Jess. She’s always the last person I speak with. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
4. What is the last thing you ate?
Prime rib at the restaurant down the street, a little dive called Caseys. Great food. Super-nice people.
5. What is the last thing you’d like to share with us?
Just like to say that I feel all children should be indoctrinated into the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when they hit 12 years old. I’ve done it with all my children, and helped create fans for life. It’s the best show ever on television, and they can learn a lot from it – especially girls.
About the Author:
Robert lives in northern Connecticut with his wife, the artist Jessica Torrant, his three wonderful children, and Leonardo the one-eyed wonder yellow Lab. You can read more about Robert and his views and ideas by visiting robertduperre.com.
Robert can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Contest Info: Answer the question of the day in the form provided and you are entered in the Kindle3 Giveaway. Questions provide contestants the chance to choose one of two answers (questions center around a playlist of songs Rob put together for Silas). Contestants are awarded three points for the correct answer (one point for the wrong) with the chance to gather up to 45 entries by answering each question. Open US/Canada
Monday, August 29th - April, My Shelf Confessions
Tuesday, August 30th - Johnny, Pages of Forbidden Love
Wednesday, August 31st - Greta, Paranormal Wastelands
Thursday, September 1st - Lisa, A Casual Reader's Blog
Friday, September 2nd - Karen, The Slowest Bookworm
Monday, September 5th - Melissa, Books and Things
Tuesday, September 6th - Heather and Pushy, Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, September 7th - Cindy, Oodles of Books
Thursday, September 8th - Theresa, Just One More Paragraph
Friday, September 9th - Gef, Wagging The Fox
Monday, September 12th - Mandy, The Well-Read Wife
Tuesday, September 13th - aobibliophile™
Wednesday, September 14th - Aparajita, Le' Grande Codex
Thursday, September 15th - Farrah, The Book Faery Reviews
Friday, September 16th - Nevey, Le Vanity Victorienne
Tuesday, September 20th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Rob's Site!
I received a copy of this book from Kismet for me to honestly review.