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- Publisher: TRO Publishing (27 Dec. 2011)
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Death Springs Eternal (The Rift Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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I am, admittedly, a huge fan of Robert Duperre's work. I love the way he stretches the genre of horror to be so much more than the sum of it's parts. Like so many master authors before him, Robert Duperre has the ability to develop full, rich characters with brilliant abilities AND realistic flaws, he puts them in completely fleshed out scenery and amidst events dramatic on global and personal scales and he makes the reader connect in a viseral, emotional way.
The first two books in this series bring you to the point where life is not easy for these characters. The world as we know it has completely fallen apart. Those few who survived the horror begin to band together but are met time and again by obstacles, be they monsters or the aftermath. Still, humans have the inherant ability to move on, in the toughest circumstances, against the harshest of odds. And such is the case with these characters.
I loved the way Macy grew in this book, learning to trust herself and find love, making mistakes along the way. Josh too deepens his connection with Kyra, his long time love and the woman carrying his child. But the characters I was most fascinated by were those who had aligned themselves with evil.
There's Tom Steinberg, the former Speaker of the House, to start with. He's been around since The Fall, but in the first two books he was so controlled by Sam, the not-quite-a-real-man with the evil plan, that I didn't really connect with him. But Tom starts to question Sam in this book, pushing back as he remembers the things that are important to him: his wife and daughter. The struggle Tom endures to save his own soul becomes a prominent story line in this book.
We also meet the not-so-altruistic portions of the human race. General Bathgate and his toady, Cody Jackson, are some of the most dispicable characters I have ever come across in fiction, and I found them fascinating. The issues that roil within their psyche's are PROFOUND and deep. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what insanity they engage in and incite in the next and final book, The Summer Son!
I have but one warning for this book: the cliff-hanger just might kill you. But honestly, it's just SO worth it!!!
Bottom Line: Watch out! Robert Duperre will have you cringing, crying and desperate to see the anguish these characters are mired in stop. But the one thing you WON'T be doing, is putting this book down, because I know, like me, you won't be able to stop until you've savored every last word!
This Kindle e-book was a 1397 Kb download (approx. 348 printed pages) and sold for $3.95 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)
With the Zombie/Wraith infestation spreading across the land most of surviving humanity has been relegated to isolated pockets. The largest and most organized of these has been in Richmond, Virginia where self appointed General Alexander Bathgate has decided to set up the new capital of the USA. The problem is that his ranking is in name only... having procured his uniform from an injured 5 Star General who he accidentally came across and then murdered. The army at his command is made up of remnants of few scattered army personnel but most are comprised of nothing more than small town vigilante-type militias. A mixture as unstable as any you'd likely come across... where decency and civility become rarer by the day.
Some thoughts on "Death Springs Eternal"...
1.) well written with a great sense of pace and timing. Also the action vs drama ratio is spot on, making this book hard to put down.
2.) brutally realistic... with little or no tempering authoritative counterbalance, human depravity runs unchecked.
3.) many people can be grievously injured or die. Adding a sense of realism to this incredible tale... the difference here is that he numbers are larger than in most books of this ilk.
4.) the impressive character development continues.
5.) haunting drawings at the end of each chapter by illustrator Jesse David Yound add their own impact ot this extraordinary tale.
The glimmer of hope that was seen at the end of the second book was effectively extinguished in this one. But the thing with this novel is that you begin to realize that if there ever was any apocalyptic event, that this is very likely what the world and its surviving pockets of civilization would develop into... many small and a few larger, despotic enclaves.
As the author says in his notes about this particular story, 'happy endings are in short supply'.
And finally, a personal observation. My favorite sub-story... Chapter 5: "The Sad, Sad tale of Brandon Hawthrorne". A stunning and brilliant diversion.
A terrific third book... maybe the best so far.
This is one of the best Zombies/apocalyptic series I've ever read... bar none. And it's the quality of writing and story-telling that separates this work from so many of its brethren of the same genre.
As it is... 5 Stars.
A new character appears in Book 3: General Alexander Bathgate, who somehow epitomizes the depth of the narrative. Early on, the reader learns that his real name was Terrance Graham, that he was a teacher, and that he took the name and uniform of an officer after killing him (an action paralleled toward the end by another character). So you know from the start that here's someone you can't trust. Consider this: as a reader, you're holding in your hands a book by Robert J. Duperre, writer. There's a narrator in the book, and all the characters are described through a third-person narrative. Graham / Bathgate's story is only one of the many stories in the novel, and it is indeed a story, since he admits it's a lie... There's a metafictional mise en abyme at work here, telling us not to take anything for granted or at face value, warning us to go beyond the surface. Multiply this by the number of characters, and you get why it's impossible to cover even one per cent of this book's potential in an Amazon review...
If the preceding argument seems far-fetched, one only needs to consider the amount of hints populating the novel, such as the titles given to chapters: "The Portrait of a Lady" (chapter 6), like Henry James's novel. Chapter 10 "Bright Lights, Big City" like Jay McInerney's. Chapter 14 "A Tale of Two Kingdoms", hitting quite close to Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities". And it's not only books: the movie Mad Max is mentioned, and the famous Star Wars sentence "I have a bad feeling about this" uttered by Forrest (!) at some point. In chapter 15, punctuation matches a mad character's rambling, with a massive dose of Louis Ferdinand Céline's "dot-dot-dot". Onomastics play a role too, as we feel Duperre paid a form of homage to many influent authors by naming characters Hawthorne, Crane, Dante... Duperre, like Brian K. Vaughan in the series Lost or comics like Y The Last Man, deftly manages to blend pop culture with highbrow stuff.
Bathgate admires Alexander the Great, hence the choice of his new first name. The omnipresent link with History is another important axis in The Rift. The virus can be compared to the Plague (which is also a book, by Albert Camus, and there are similarities, we could go on and on...). Bathgate's Machiavellian mind leads him to rebuild a society that reminds us of the darkest hours of past History: the Inquisition, the Witch Hunt(s), slavery, Nazism... History tends to repeat itself, Duperre establishing a direct link with many philosophical concepts thanks to - or because of - this evil character. It's a dog eat dog world where only the strong survive (Darwin's Survival of the Fittest), even if it means turning on your own kind (Janusz Bardach's Man is Wolf to Man), in an endless repetition, an eternal return (Nietzsche) to the same mistakes.
Lying, to others, to oneself, is a major theme. It's directly linked to dualism: Bathgate's violence is not always controlled, as if he were a puppet manipulated from a distance. Many other characters follow this pattern, either through an inner, contradictory voice, or dreams, hallucinations. Each of which leading either to catastrophe or salvation, a form of protection or of destruction. Most of the time, these occurences are manifested by italics, and look like examples of Stream of Consciousness, a literary device so dear to the likes of Virginia Woolf or Marcel Proust. This dualism is further reflected when one character, Marcy (a dystopian Pythia), compares dreaming to returning to the safety of the mother's womb: the idea is both a regression and a way to move forward through rebirth. The Prologue announces it: this is the "Cycle of Life", the end of one thing is the beginning of another. Contradictions, paradoxes are at the core of Life itself. Sam is both a destroyer and a creator, someone (something?) who is averse to chaos and wants to obtain order, yet who threw the whole world through Hell.
In The Rift, violence is not free: Hawthorne's dismemberment in chapter 5 is an echo of what befell Falsifiers in Divine Comedy. In Chapter 6, the Dead are burnt in a "fiery pit" of a circular shape, also referred to as "the Mouth of Hell" by Bathgate and "Inferno" by the narrator. Bathgate alone totals three of the seven deadly sins (Wrath, Envy and Pride), another important theme in Dante's narrative. After purgatory, if the parallel with Dante Alighieri's own masterpiece stands, some characters should reach Heaven in Book 4...
It's been six months since the Rodent Flu brought the wraiths, zombies, and the end of the world. Six months in a world filled with not life, but death, carnage, and the undead. Six months is a long time to live when you indeed are still a breathing human being in this world after the end. In this world without hope...but that's all changing. The snow is melting off the trees, the birds are starting to chirp, and the undead and starting to drop. Could this be the beginning of something better? Could there be hope for a new world after all.
Josh, Krya, and the gang are still wandering trying to make it across the US. Hoping that once they make it south life will be better. Or that there will be life of any kind to speak of. Moving around has become easier as the undead seem to be dying a true death this time. Still their journey is anything but easy. I love the relationship between Josh & Kyra. Of course that isn't the first time you've heard me say that, but it's true. Their love is raw and unwavering even though at times it's hard to see. Even more so I love how Josh seems to grow in this book. Opening up more to Kyra and the people around him. It makes that love even more apparent.
Then of course we still have Corky and the boys. They also are moving south. In hopes of another place to hide out. Maybe even more living people. With Horace's declining heath and the some other bad circumstances things aren't going well for this group, still they are my second favorite set of characters of this series. And throughout it all there is a glimmer of hope here with them as well.
It seems as the undead fall the hope rises...If only it were that easy. While half of this book is about surviving, and hope; the other half of this book is the opposite of hope. In fact it's the place where hope goes to die. Anything good is swallowed whole here. I'm talking about the SNF army that has built up the city of Richmond. But it's how they are building it that kills the hope. The racism in this city astounds me. It physically makes me sick most of the time. I would take the zombies over these senseless hicks any day. In a time when humanity needs to band together to rise above the undead, and the government has fallen, these bastards have reverted to killing not only the zombies but anyone who isn't the right color. While I it pisses me off to no end, I can totally see this happening in real life, and that's sad.
Overall this is a book that will make you love, cry, scream, possible pee your pants from fear, and feel an anger like you've never known a book could do. Robert Duperre as not only given us a series of great horror novels, but with a journey and an ending that will leave you gasping he has painted a living breathing nightmare that will leave you wondering just who are the real monsters? I can't wait to read the last book in this series...and I'm a little scared to all at the same time.
I will say, this third installment in the series was incredibly heart-wrenching and left my mouth hanging wide open, and yes, sometimes tears in my eyes as I absorbed the hardship and terror these characters were put through! The second book, Dead of Winter was anything but peaceful, but I was left with a sense of optimism and hope. Death Springs Eternal made sure to rip those happy thoughts away, sometimes making me wish the characters would give up or give in just to save themselves. Screw humanity! The world was an evil, desolate place...what was the point of fighting or trying to save anyone?! But that was the point, it wasn't all bad and there was a chance, however small it may be, to set things right!
Very few authors have been able to hold my attention and admiration the way that Mr. Duperre has, and I strongly suggest to anyone who hasn't given these stories a try, to pick them up NOW!