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Product Details

  • Series: Event Group Thrillers (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312580800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312580803
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

 

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

More About the Author

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!

Customer Reviews

I love David L. Golemon and this series.
Audra G. Kovalchuk
David Goleman continues to present very enjoyable, well woven stories that really entertain well.
Stew
This is a great book and was a fast pace read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bob Milne on July 27, 2012
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Mohr on July 21, 2012
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D and L Pitsiladis on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By No BS guy on January 31, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I know this is a mindless adventure novel. It was OK, but didn't really work for me. The Jekyll and Hyde theme was right out of "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". Also, this is the second time their supersecret supersecure base buried deep underground in southwest desert has been easily invaded and taken over. Shouldn't they have better security than that. And it's definitely time to lose the French mercenary. He doesn't really do much in the plot of the story. He's a weak villian and not really one of the good guys. While there is some decent adventure here, I thought the overall story was weak. Glad this was not the first Golemon novel I read.
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