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on 23 April 2011
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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on 26 May 2012
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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on 6 July 2011
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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on 22 December 2014
Good simple read
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on 6 March 2012
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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