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Dead Of Winter (The Rift Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Robert J. Duperre , Jesse David Young
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Winter arrives, and with it the Storm. Snow piles up, turning the landscape into a white prison. The survivors of Wrathchild's plague struggle to survive. With loneliness and doubt creeping in, they must choose: stay in isolation with their dwindling resources, or journey south, taking a chance in a realm where the undead walk.

This is the terror facing the characters in Dead of Winter, the sequel to The Fall by Robert J. Duperre. With darkness all around them and the mystery of humanity's unraveling growing deeper each day, they must delve deep into their reservoir of strength to move forward.

The coast of Florida lies hundreds of miles away, and with it the possibility of salvation.

Now including 15 haunting illustrations by artist Jesse David Young.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1250 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456423479
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TRO Publishing (20 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GXB17I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare inducing but well worth it!! 23 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Dead of Winter: The Rift Book Two by Robert J. Duperre is the chilling second installment in Mr. Duperre's apocalyptic zombies series. All odds are against the few and scattered survivors, tearing away what little hope they've been able to hold onto. Not only are they fighting for their lives against the flesh craving Wraths, but the harsh Winter has set in, making any and all of their efforts near impossible! The book picks up soon after where The Fall left off. Closely following the main characters the reader has become familiar with, while introducing new key players in this frightening journey to save humanity.

Eduardo Pereira, a Spanish boat captain and his adoring wife and son. A man whose visions of the Holy Mother were helping to guide he and his family to safer shores.

William Mathis, a wise professor whose analytical and logical ways of thinking were constantly being tested by the other worldly happenings around him.

Corky, a larger than life man and his brood of friends who happened to be in the right place at the right time.

These men have come together to fight and protect, and have found that their meeting was anything but chance. In fact, all of the survivors have been guided by fate, a path chosen for them, a path they're not always willing or wanting to accept.

Robert J. Duperre is able to thrust the reader into the book with his realistically horrifying stories, and fantastic writing! As with The Fall, I was unable to put Dead of Winter down! I cannot wait until late 2011 for the third installment to be released, it will be a must read!!

Dead of Winter does contain graphic violence and sexual themes. Recommended for mature adult audiences only.

~Hazel O'Shea - Reviewer for Juniper Grove
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first book 6 July 2011
By wayne
Format:Kindle Edition
I started this after finishing the first book a couple of months ago. When I started it I remembered how poor the first book had been but i persisted and it did get a lot better as the book went on.
It brings in a couple more characters from the first book and integrates them quite well. It also starts to explain some things which needed explaining from the first book.
I would say bare with it and it's worth it. You have to read the first book first for it to make any sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Dead of Winter (DoW) is the Second Book of The Rift series by Robert J. Duperre.

There's quite a break from book 1, The Fall, in the first part of DoW. We are introduced to a bunch of new characters, and the pace is wound down considerably. There are a couple of tightly written, intense action scenes that serve to remind us we are essentially in a post-apocalyptic world, but there's much more of a focus on relationships and the spreading of the experience of the collapse of society among a staggering breadth of characters.

The strongest point of the book, for me, is the depth of characterization. Many characters have their own distinct voices, and they all have enough history to make them fully fleshed out and believable.

There's also a great use of language throughout. Occasionally it could become overcooked (use of an exotic word where a common one would have sufficed), but there's certainly a poetic quality to the prose.

The only difficulties I had with the book were the pace -- at times wonderfully meandering, but at others it became a little too slow. I think the chief cause of this is linked to my second difficulty: too many characters; too many points of view. This is a matter of personal preference, as I find it difficult to keep up with who's who. I found myself craving for one or two POV characters I could travel with for the duration. The inclusion of a number of new characters certainly widens the perspective we get of the effects of the disaster, but that comes with a lessening of focus.

That shouldn't take anything away from the craft here. The overall impression I am left with is of a complex, multi-layered creation that achieves what is probably the ultimate goal of fiction -- the illusion of real people inhabiting a real world.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By awollin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
James Herbert meets King, sorry really did not wash; could not even bring myself to get the third book. A real crock.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie Apocalypse At It's Best!! 23 Jan 2012
By Heather Bannon - Published on Amazon.com
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Dead of Winter is the second book in the Rift Series and it picks up essentially where the first one left off: the world as we know it has ended and those dubiously lucky souls who have survived the "Rat Flu" plague that turned humans into monsters must now go about the process of surviving. It's no small task and one has to wonder if the rag tag group of friends and strangers who have bonded together in the previous story are up to the task.

Josh has a lot of growing up to do. Even as much as I loved his character in The Fall, even as much as I wanted to smack him in that book too, he has SO much to learn! He's such a kid in so many ways and the harsh new world around him has but one use for the weak: fodder for the monsters. Plus, whether he likes it or not, whether he wants to admit it to himself or not, there's something special about him, something that just might save not only his friends but the world.

Even as we rejoin our old friends, full of trepidaton and dare I say hope, we meet some fascinating new characters and learn more about the source of the plague and the coming war. There's Marcy, a girl who perhaps even more than Josh is critical to the puzzle of just what the evil is that is taking over the planet and might be the key to defeating it. There's William, brilliant and damaged and more powerful that he suspects. And then there's Corky, who despite the crack in his soul, is the source of so much unconditional love, a rare trait indeed in these desperate times.

As much as I loved the characters in <em>The Fall</em>, I loved these new characters too! I don't know how Robert does it, how does he make people of such incredible depth and humanity? They're imperfect to be sure but their flaws make me enjoy them all the more, rooting for them page by page as I race to see what happens next.

And, as you might expect from the genre, it's not all sunshine and lollipops for these characters. Sam is still out there, gathering an army of truly terrifying proportions, corrupting those weak enough to be lured into his siren song of power and survival, destroying those whom he can't corrupt. And when Sam and his children get angry...well....it isn't pretty!

Bottom Line:
This book will have you crying and cheering simultaneously (and just might give you a nightmare or two) but it's definitely worth it! If you haven't started the journey with The Fall, you'll definitely want to read that first to see just how these folks got themselves into the messes their in, but you'll love reading ever page of these fantastic books!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead of Winter - A MUST Read!! 28 Jun 2011
By Lori J Navin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After reading "The Fall: The Rift Book I" I was very anxious to start "Dead of Winter: The Rift Book II". As expected, I simply could not put this book down. In this book we follow along in the journey of Josh and his crew, and we meet exciting new characters such as Billy and Christopher, Marcy and Trudy, and of course Corky (aka Quirky) and Shelly. Wonderful characters.

The way the author portrays the Clinton Hotel, a mountaintop resort originally built in the late twenties as an all-season getaway for political figures and the extravagantly wealthy, is brilliant. The description of the hotel and its surroundings is worth a million bucks. I found myself daydreaming about visiting such a place.

I am glad to participate in this journey with the author; to read a little snippet of his imagination......and I look forward to continuing along with reading the upcoming installments.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great second book 28 May 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Good second book. Would of liked to have seen more character development and more character awareness. The characters are still mostly set in the mind set that any human is good and only the infected are a problem. There are several instances where the characters should of been able to make a logical jump that another human betrayed them but they did not. Would like to see more perception in the characters so it would be a bit more believable. The characters tend to trust new people too easily and not trust their instincts of themselves and people they have known for awhile.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Connection 6 July 2012
By Max Zaoui - Published on Amazon.com
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Duperre is a master story-teller who, in this second book from the Rift series, manages to connect various styles, genres, themes, characters, and ultimately readers; all quite naturally and seamlessly. As I was reading, I felt as if a giant puzzle was being assembled before my eyes, with new characters and situations that were mysterious at first, then which gradually became integrated. Everything falls into place neatly, all the dots get connected.
This theme of connection really stands out, and in more ways than one. Characters are connected: there are duos of characters, like Bill and Chris, Corky and Shelly, Horace and Doug... Sometimes they're connected in their parallel pasts: Bill and Corky both spent time in prison after killing a young boy or girl. Taking a young boy or girl under their protection becomes an act of salvation, which is another important idea in the novel. Whether saving one's own skin, or someone else's, or a whole community's, it basically all comes down to the same thing, which is to save one's own soul by being good to fellow humans. It also means being able to open up, something many characters have trouble doing initially for various reasons.
Characters are connected too in the sense that they're all confronted with the same predicament, yet they don't deal with it in the same way. Some fight with religion (Eduardo), others with education (Bill), science (Horace), love (Kye), guns (Doug)... And some characters are connected through some kind of "Dreamworld", in which Marcy is central: she guides characters like Josh and Bill, just like the Virgin Mary guides Eduardo (another parallel). Everyone has their "guide" to cross this metaphorical desert. Just like the reader has the author to guide him through the story, which is a dreamworld in itself, connecting people from the real one: readers. There's a kind of interesting mise en abyme at work in everything Duperre does.
That's a metafictional aspect: there's a book within the book, with William's notes, where Duperre deftly manages to adopt a different style, using a somewhat pompous and grandiose voice, William being a college teacher.There are stories within the story: everyone's life has become a story with the event. There's a before and an after. Each being enhanced, paradoxically because or thanks to the terrible predicament they've been confronted with.
Another paradox is found in the beauty that still exists: vast expanses (of sea, of snow) look more calm and more beautiful in this context of death and desolation. Yet, there's an ambivalence throughout the narrative, as oftentimes characters are trapped in claustrophobic, confined places, where they have to lay low and wait, allowing for tension to build up (we know that "L'enfer, c'est les autres." as Jean-Paul Sartre deftly coined it in Huis Clos...). There are few violent scenes: as in the best stories, it's when nothing happens that you're scared. Think Alien 1 or anything by M. Night Shyamalan.
A Philosophical component emerges, summed up by Bill (he's the writer created by the writer) when he writes that the end of something is the beginning of another, which makes him even believe in the possibility of God. Everything is related.
As when I was reading The Rift Book 1, I had again this nice feeling, even though terrible things happen, because we know some of the characters, and we see them evolve and mature. And there are new, interesting characters like Bill and Corky. The book looks like a good "season 2" of your favourite series.
Paul Auster always claims that fairy-tales are the epitome of what makes a story a good story. There is a fairy-tale aspect at work here, thanks to magical creatures, dreams, parallel worlds. Duperre displays a lot of imagination, which could startle at first, yet paradoxically it is a way to make the whole thing "believable". A fairy tale asks the reader to suspend their disbelief. Therefore the zombie-thing becomes almost realistic by comparison. Very clever move. And it's also a way to tell us that it's all make-believe, and/or all symbolical, not to be taken literally. It's not even meant to be that scary. There's a mythological, legendary aspect. Or biblical: like the Book of Revelation, it mixes apocalypse and prophesy.
Onomastics are at work too. Interestingly enough, Marcy's last name is Caron, which sounds close to Charon, the mythological figure transporting people to death on his boat. I'm eager to read Book 3 and see how this ambitious saga unfolds. Congratulations, once again, Master (no spelling mistake here, it is an "a") Duperre.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Rift Book So Far 28 Dec 2011
By Daniel Pyle - Published on Amazon.com
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You can definitely count me among Duperre's hardcore fans. I've read almost everything he's written and enjoyed it all, but Dead of Winter is, in my opinion, his best work to date.

I don't claim to be a zombie expert, but I've seen and read enough ...of-the-Dead-type stories to get what I think is a pretty good sense of the genre. And although I expect zombie fans will feel right at home with some of the tropes Duperre has included, they should also enjoy the fresh twist the author has put on many of the stereotypes. If you think you know what's going to happen next, you're probably wrong.

I particularly liked the new faces Duperre introduced to the series. Although I loved the characters from The Fall and couldn't wait to see what happened to them next, I found myself at least as excited to delve into Billy and Corky's tales. There aren't many authors who can provide consistently fascinating characters book after book, but Duperre pulls it off nicely.

For fans of the series, if you liked the world building (or tearing down), Duperre did in The Fall, you're going to love seeing what happens to the survivors in this second installment. Dead of Winter is a zombie novel taken to a whole new level. It's exciting, heartfelt, and fantastically written. I couldn't put it down, and I can't wait for Book 3.
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