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Ripper (Event Group Thrillers) [Kindle Edition]

David L. Golemon
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The real Jack the Ripper is loose, and this time he’s brought friends to the darkness of the deep desert in the newest adrenaline rush from David Golemon, The New York Times bestselling author of Legacy.

 

In the tradition of works by James Rollins, Preston and Child and Matthew Reilly, Ripper is the latest in an action-packed series about the nation’s most secret agency—The Event Group. In 1887, the British Empire contracted brilliant American professor Lawrence Ambrose to create a mutant gene to turn an ordinary person into an aggressive fighting machine. But all too quickly, Ambrose was found to be behind a streak of vicious murders, and  in a cover-up of massive proportions, Queen Victoria ordered the project, and Ambrose, terminated. Thus the legend of Jack the Ripper was born.

 

The killings stopped as suddenly as they had begun—but not because Ambrose was caught. Instead, he escaped and returned home to America where he and his formula faded into history. But in 2012, a raid against a Mexican drug lord uncovers a small cache of antiquated notebooks containing long-buried instructions to create blind killers out of normal men. Enter the Event Group and Col. Jack Collins, who are desperate to stop one of their most feared enemies. When the formula is loosed in the underground halls and vaults of the Event Group complex itself, brother will battle brother, and for the first time in many men’s brave lives they will understand the true meaning of fear.

 

The next heart-stopping chapter in the New York Times bestselling Event Group series, Ripper takes readers to new levels of suspense, where death could be hiding around any corner on this non-stop thrill ride.




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Praise for Ripper:

 

“[A]n explosive combination that features the author’s immense imagination. It’s difficult to ground such fantastic science and weirdness in reality, but Golemon makes it look effortless… tense, terrifying — and worth the investment. Readers not familiar with the Event Group will find this book the perfect place to start.” –Associated Press

 

“The latest suspenseful Event Group thriller (see Legacy) is an exciting action-packed tale that deftly links Ripper to the contemporary war on drugs… fans will enjoy this engaging entry filled with action and a thrill seemingly around every corridor and cave.” –The Mystery Gazette

 

 

Praise for the novels of David L. Golemon

 

Primeval:

“Golemon knows how to make readers turn the pages, and Primeval will only further enhance his reputation.” --Booklist

 

Ancients:

“A mix of the James Rollins action-heavy adventure, the military gadgetry of Tom Clancy, the pacing of the television series 24, and the conspiracy theories devoured by fans of the radio show Coast to Coast AM.” –Booklist

 

Legend:

“A tale worthy of the giants of the genre like Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly.”

—Megalith.com 

 

“Golemon can write action sequences with the best of them, and he lands a solid uppercut with this book. The depth of the science fiction lies under the surface for the most of the work, but is surprising and ingenious none the less.” --SFSignal.com

 

Event:
“A promising debut sure to satisfy fans of The X-Files . . . the plotting and hair’s-breadth escapes evoke some of the early work of Preston and Child, and the author's premise offers a rich lode of materials for inevitable sequels.” --Publishers Weekly


“A flat-out adrenaline rush.” --New York Times bestselling authors Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

 

From the Back Cover

YOU KNOW THE NAME. YOU’VE HEARD THE STORIES.

In 1887, the British Empire contracted brilliant American professor Lawrence Ambrose to create a mutant gene—and turn an ordinary man into an aggressive fighting machine. But all too quickly, Ambrose was found to be behind a streak of vicious murders, and in a cover-up of massive proportions, Queen Victoria gave an order to have the project, and Ambrose, terminated. Thus the legend of Jack the Ripper was born…

NOW IT’S UP TO THE EVENT GROUP TO LAY THE LEGEND TO REST—AND PUT AN END TO ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST VIOLENT ENEMIES.

The killings stopped as suddenly as they had begun, though not because Ambrose was caught. Instead, he escaped and returned to America, where he and his work faded into history…until 2012, when a raid against a Mexican drug lord uncovers a small cache of antiquated notebooks that appear to have belonged to the mad genius. Enter Col. Jack Collins and the Event Group, who are desperate to put a stop to one of history’s most notorious enemies. Or die trying…

“The event group continues the tradition of mixing history with page-turning suspense.” —Booklist

 


Product Details

  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071NPT64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The Event Group is a secret US government agency, led by Major Jack Collins, that has been tasked with eliminating those threats that many of us dismiss as myth, conspiracy, or sheer fiction. Having first appeared in Event, where the aliens of Roswell were the focus, the team has carried on through to this, their seventh adventure. In Ripper, as the you may guess from the title, David L. Golemon has made Jack the Ripper (or, more accurately, his legacy) the focus.

It's always dangerous to mess around with world history, especially when you're embellishing it with fictional history, but Golemon takes a smart approach here. His book is equal parts science-fiction drama, comic book adventure, and blockbuster action flick. Unlike so many authors who try to imbue these kinds of stories with some sort of artificial significance, or thought-provokingly topical relevance, Golemon simply invites us to grab a bag of popcorn, suspend our disbelief, and enjoy the ride.

The novel begins by introducing us to the 'real' Jack the Ripper, an American scientist who is both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In fact, it's Robert Louis Stevenson himself who tips off Scotland Yard as to the Ripper's identity, much to the displeasure of the Americans . . . and Queen Victoria. Skip ahead a hundred years or so, and we meet the members of the Event Group working to recover the lost notes and samples of the Ripper - who, as it turns out, was largely responsible for shaping the latter stages of Patton's career. In terms of sheer audacity, it's one hell of a way to begin a story, but I loved it.

Detractors of the series will complain that the heroes and villains here are somewhat stereotypical, and that the dialogue is definitely cheesy at times. So what?
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! July 21, 2012
By K. Mohr
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Alright, once again, David Golemon's done it again. This book is truly spectacular. I think thus far it is my favorite in the series.
I just have to point out though, there are some more military/firearm errors that, as a gun nut and military man, I just have to comment on.
First, M14s are battle rifles that fire 7.62mm rounds, not 5.56mm, and certainly not 9mm rounds (the two calibers switched places a few times), nor is the M14 an "M16 variant." It replaced the M1 Garand as a service rifle and is in fact the M16s predecessor.
Second, E-7 in the Army is a Sergeant First Class (SFC), NOT Staff Sergeant (SSG) as stated in the book.
Sorry to those of you reading this review who think I'm turning a mole hill into a mountain, it just REALLY distracts me when I see detail-oriented errors such as that. I just want to get them out there.
Other than THAT business...I love the book, and I eagerly, eagerly, eagerly await the next installment. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripper February 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The review from my blog:

Jack the Ripper is a legend among serial killers and the boogie man to the rest of the world. The brutality shown in the five murders attributed to him is just as notorious as the mystery surrounding his identity and abrupt disappearance. However, what if instead of being a homicidal maniac, the Ripper was actually a mad scientist working for the British government? David Golemon explores that possibility in his latest Event Group book, "Ripper".

Professor Lawrence Ambrose is an American scientist hired by Queen Victoria to create a formula able to turn British soldiers into intelligent killing machines. Using an early version of his concoction, later named Perdition's Fire, the professor becomes more than anyone can imagine or control. Unfortunately, this forces the Queen to order the formula be destroyed and the doctor terminated. After a battle reminiscent of the Mr. Hyde fights in both "Van Helsing" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", Ambrose escapes to America where he is eventually stopped by a contingency of US Army soldiers led by Lt. George S. Patton.

Per author, David L, Golemon, "The Event Group is the most secret organization in the United States, comprised of the nation's most brilliant individuals in the branches of science, philosophy, and the military. Led by the valiant Major Jack Collins, they are dedicated to uncovering the hidden truths behind the myths and legends propagated throughout world history--from underground agencies and conspiracy theories to extraterrestrial life and UFOs." The group is so secret, only the President of the United States (both past and present) knows of their existence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting action-packed thriller July 17, 2012
Format:Hardcover
In 1887 the British Empire hire American scientist Lawrence Ambrose to create a means to change a civilized person into a berserker war machine. In 1888, Jack the Ripper murders his last victim. At the same time, Robert Louis Stevenson visits Scotland Yard with information on the Ripper's identity that he connects to his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde model, American chemist Lawrence Ambrose. Queen Victoria ended the project and ordered the secret execution of Ambrose who escaped with his notes.

In present-day Mexico, American government top secret Event Group geologist Sarah McIntire leads a team investigating caves where Pancho Villa allegedly stored his weapons. Anaconda the drug lord sends his vicious army to attack the geologist. They abduct Sarah. The Event Group sends a rescue team led by Colonel Jack Collins that uses information from General John "Black Jack" Pershing's 1916 Mexican raid. However they are unaware that Anaconda has Ambrose's notes and plans to use them.

The latest suspenseful Event Group thriller (see Legacy) is an exciting action-packed tale that deftly links Ripper to the contemporary war on drugs. Though the villain and hero are stereotyped, fans will enjoy this engaging entry filled with action and a thrill seemingly around every corridor and cave.

Harriet Klausner
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoy the event group books for the action that makes ...
I always enjoy the event group books for the action that makes the series extremely easy to read if not hard too put down & Ripper didn't disappoint at all with Major Jack Collins... Read more
Published 1 day ago by JDBReader
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of death and destruction
Action doesn't let up. The sci fi portion brings the killing machines to the good guys working on science projects.
Published 15 days ago by Robert J. Feik
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Golemon sequel surpasses expectations
This Event Group thriller takes the reader through a roller coaster of emotions as the plot twists and turns. Read more
Published 1 month ago by IslandhopperOne
4.0 out of 5 stars Love all the Event Group books
Always excited to see what Jack, Sarah, Everett, Mendenhall, Niles, and Virginia are up to. This book was fun and adventurous, but not the best in the series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jill James
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful twist on an old story!
Really good usual. David writes a believable story. A true story teller. The what ifs are what hooks you in to see where he is going to lead you.and what an adventure!
Published 3 months ago by s Payton
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent action, sci-fi, thriller.
Has anyone ever actually seen Rollins and Golemon together at them same time. I would be hard-pressed to have to select the very best author of the historically researched and set,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donald Mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars Review on Ripper
I have read all of the Event Group books and I think this one is one of his best so far.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
DLG usually has some very inventive backstories and good storylines, but not here. His forte has been legends that can not be proven, but the Ripper was a true historical figure... Read more
Published 3 months ago by GeoffK
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Wild Ride and High Standards
The crazed scientist responsible for the Jack the Ripper slayings of the 1880's takes the deep-in-the-black Event Group to northern Mexico and exposes it to a chemical capable of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by William A. Howes
5.0 out of 5 stars just plain great!
This is another great hit by David Golemon! Loaded with action in every way. A real page turner!
I have no words except to say this is a huge hit.
Published 4 months ago by Neil T. Campau Sr.
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David was born and raised in Chino, California. He come from a family steeped in military history, from the Civil War through to Vietnam. I have raised three great children, Shaune, Brandon and Katie Anne. After spending many years in Loveland, Colorado, I now make my home on Long Island, New York.

Novels; EVENT, LEGEND, ANCIENTS, LEVIATHAN, PRIMEVAL, LEGACY, CARPATHIAN, OVERLORD and The SUPERNATURALS...and in 2015, The MOUNTAIN--A Special Edition, and then in 2016, EPOCH, the continuing adventures of the EVENT GROUP!

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