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- Publisher: TRO Publishing (24 July 2012)
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- Language: English
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The Summer Son (The Rift Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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This Kindle e-book was a 1333 Kb download (approx. 370 printed pages) and sold for $4.95 at the time of writing this review.
Please Note: the author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Spoilers (general theme)
Josh, Marcy, Corky and William (along with their assorted rag-tag bands of humanity) have reached Richmond, Virginia, but have found General Bathgate's army nothing more than a motley crew of racist thugs bent on removing the 'impure' blood lines in the new USA they hope to rebuild. A large portion of this fourth book deals with both confrontations in and around the Richmond area between human vs. human and human vs. demon creatures. There are some truly tense and grotesque encounters.
The quest is guided, in part, by some dreams and revelations that eventually lead the small band of survivors to an isle off the Florida coast. It is here that humanities' fate hinges upon the outcome of a final showdown between our band of heroes and the Demon Lord (Sam) and his minions.
Some thoughts on "The Summer Son"...
1.) the ending of this saga give some historical and ancient background information that helps explain the somewhat unusual prelude of book I... a beginning that had me baffled until the very end.
2.) well written with a skillful use of prose throughout this fourth book.
3.) there was very little downtime in this final book... lots of tense situations and confrontations that made this book hard to put down.
4.) as with the other books, many characters (both good and bad) that can be seriously hurt or killed... adding a sense of brutal realism to this tale.
5.) some scenes have horrific demons involved in violent events, graphically described.
6.) several fabulous characters that continue to develop in this book and throughout the series.
7.) as with all the other books, each chapter ends with a B & W caricature drawing. These give the reader a glimpse of either some tender moment or of some revolting horror encountered in the preceding segment... all beautifully done by illustrator Jesse David Young.
A terrific finale to this four book horror/adventure series.
The series was of a perfect length, as all the loose ends and questions were resolved by the definitive ending provided. In addition I'm really glad the author decided to stop here, because from a story realism point of view, I just had this feeling that our survivors just didn't have much left to give after this horrendous journey. It was time to be finished!
As it is... 5 Stars.
After living through the utter horrors of Death Springs Eternal I was ready for a steady path to HEA-land. But Mr. Duperre wasn't going to make it easy, on his characters or the reader. Believe me when I say this was one bumpy ride.
Just when I was in tears wondering if things would ever take a turn for the better....THEY FINALLY DID!!! And redemption comes from the most unsuspected, most utterly perfect person! When the pieces started to FINALLY fall into place, all I could do was marvel at the utter brilliance of Robert Duperre's story-telling and his epic skills in taking the reader not just through each individual book but through the over arching story line of the series.
Redemption? Yup, we've got it.
Good triumphing over evil? You betcha, even though it's SOOOO touch and go!
And the perfect, bittersweet ending to this tragic tale of humanity pushed to its limits and beyond? Yes, 100% perfection!
If you haven't started this series, there's no better time as it's complete and truly an emotional journey filled with horror, hope and damn good writing!
1. The act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail)
"Yup, here it is folks (...) I'm quite proud of this one, and let me tell you, it was an adventure (...)" That's part of the post Robert J. Duperre left on his website on July 25th. The wait was over: us Rift fans were finally allowed to download the latest installment of this amazing series.
2. The event of giving birth
He sounded like the proud father of a beautiful newborn. As an author, he had indeed given birth to his new creation, his latest offspring: "The Summer Son". Quite fitting. It took 9 years instead of months: no wonder it's such an unusually strong baby. Giving birth is a strong recurrent theme in Book 4, allowing the narrative to find an amazing yet logical ending, legends giving birth to legends in a reenactment of the Eternal Return, stories living inside other stories... Both a mise en abyme and a full circle, the circle being a symbol of unity, wholeness, feminity, infinity, goddess, female power, womb, fertility, change... as Heraclitus said, "The beginning and the end are one".
3. Your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
Over the course of these 9 years, Duperre has developed and honed his skills tremendously. Each book of the rift series, each of his babies, is great, yet each time he manages to do better. All his characters have a strong, well-defined voice. All are easily recognizable and loveable - yes, even the ones you should be hating - because they have their own "delivery". It's amazing how the author manages to write whole paragraphs adopting his different characters' points of view in a natural way, giving the narrative its depth, style and originality.
4. The voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another
All the characters and their stories are interconnected. They already were in the previous books, but here the logic of the whole story appears and leaves the reader on his knees. Nothing you saw before was for free, everything falls into place neatly. History and myth are intelligently added to the mix, not brutally because this had been started in the previous book. Connection is, more than ever, key in the Rift series. And connecting all these various elements must have asked for a tremendous effort.
5. Recovery or preservation from loss or danger
As usual in works of fiction in which action plays an important role, characters save each other. However, here the concept goes much further than the knight in shining armor delivering the damsel in distress in her dungeon. I can't go into specifics without spoiling the plot here, but let me just say that in Duperre's story, "Saving" should be written with a capital S, as the act gains a quasi- mythical / mythological / religious level.
6. The act of delivering a child
Children and birth are the key here. So are the people who allow them to actually be born. Call them authors, heroes, prophets, midwives or anything. Again, the mise en abyme works here: the author Duperre fathered his story, which is itself full of mothers and fathers giving birth to children and / or stories themselves. Every character is a creation representing creation itself, helping others be born and live (Horace) or become themselves (Marcy).
In his final "note", Robert J. Duperre explains how he's both happy and sad to have finished this series. As a reader, I feel exactly the same. I've read every book feverishly, especially this one, though I tried to slow down at times to savour every word. It's been a hell of a ride. Thank you Mr. Duperre. You delivered again.
When I finished the third book, Death Springs Eternal, I was left in total shock and remember shouting a curse word or two at the computer screen in complete disbelief that the situation had taken such a horrible turn. Here I was three novels in and hoping for the very best ( I'm an optimist, I can't help it) and instead I'm left hanging, knowing that those I had been rooting for from the very beginning were now being picked off one by one, leaving no chance at all for a happy ending. ...No hope for these characters, no hope for humanity, no hope for the world. And then I opened the pages of book four and the hope was there. A tiny glimmer of light, a slight suggestion that things may actually change and I was immediately invested and back to supporting my guys! Well done, Mr. Duperre. Well done indeed!
I really don't want to break the story down or reveal too many details, as I'd hate to spoil the fun. If you have read the last three books in the series, then you most definitely want to get yourself a copy of The Summer Son as soon as possible! Everything that had been shown to the readers, all of the blips revealing age old mysteries and unlikely cosmic connections, will finally fit. If you're a fan of The Rift series, I think you'll be pleased with how the author tied everything together and will enjoy this bittersweet read! If you haven't given the series a try yet, what are you waiting for?!