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Save Me, Rip Orion [Kindle Edition]

Matt Bower
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Praise for Save Me, Rip Orion:
"This book delivers a creative story. (The author) does a great job introducing and melding the characters. Every character in this book plays an important part, is well developed, and leads the story to a well imagined end." -Publisher's Weekly

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 - Quarterfinalist

Book Description:

Cemetery groundskeeper Roscoe Solomon is nobody's idea of a savior. Since derailing his old high school classmate Damon's football career amid a freak accident, his summers have consisted of weed whacking around tombstones and shooing teenage loiters off mausoleum steps.

After an abandoned house is set aflame, Roscoe stumbles upon evidence that reveals the arsonist's next target. Evoking his childhood comic book icon, the mighty Rip Orion, he recognizes the opportunity to become the real life version of the superhero. Aided by his god-fearing and embattled sidekick Mitch, Roscoe vows to apprehend the feared pyromaniac. A budding relationship with the eccentric atheist Marcy, who bears a striking resemblance to Rip Orion's busty love interest, only reinforces his fantastic ambitions.

Roscoe's fantasy rapidly unravels when he collides with his longtime nemesis Damon, who harbors his own illusions of recapturing his glory days, and realizes Marcy's cryptic alter ego. Moreover, Mitch's mounting woes propel him toward a showdown with an unrivaled power. Meanwhile, the arsonist runs amok.

All seems doomed until Roscoe understands that to become like Rip Orion and save the world, he must play the role of villain.

Editorial Reviews


"Deeply emotional, and infused with humor and extreme plot twists. It was quick, it was fun, it was sad, it was the emotions of the rainbow and I loved it. A truly compelling read...the ending was spectacularly done."
-Rabid Readers

"One of the most interesting novels I have read. It starts out like a normal superhero story but evolves into something very, very different. Extremely well-written, and the ending is masterfully done. The characters are unique and realistic. Overall, extremely unique and very well-crafted."
Mr Emdash, book reviewer for Online Book Club

"The humor is superb and the dialogue and descriptions are witty...
Rarely, can humor be conveyed well, but it is in this piece...This is a well-written and original piece of fiction."
(from SMRO's Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist page)

"Lively entertainment. The writing in this book is full of life, energy, and fun."
-Kindle Book Review

(4 out of 4 stars) "This book is a really great one. The idea of turning a superhero-esque book into something so strange is what I really like. You normally think of superheros and bad guys being black and white. This book could not be further from that. That's what makes it so interesting, is it's originality. It's hard to understand without reading the book."

-Online Book Club

"Save Me, Rip Orion certainly challenges stereotypes of heroes and villains. For some reason it also makes me want to drink beer."

Robinson Mason, author of Globe-Hurler (The Hadanum Saga)

From the Author

Save Me, Rip Orion is not a typical hero versus villain tale. As the plot unfolds, the classic superhero origin story deconstructs until the line separating the heroes and the villains blurs. Capes and cowls become silly props, and prayers for a savior to swoop from the heavens go unheeded. As the cliché goes, "Good guys wear white, and bad guys wear black." Not so. Everyone wears grey, and superheroes only exist in comic books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1300714166
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Lullabies Press (September 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00991EHFA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars keeps you turning pages November 15, 2012
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This book has solid characters who come to life within the well developed plot. I enjoyed the attention to detail. It was nice reading a book that kept me on my toes rather than being predictable. It makes you question good from bad and realize there is a fine line between the two. Looking forward to the next novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Superhero Novel January 20, 2013
By Sara
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I don't usually like superhero inspired novels, but this one definitely held my interest. Almost every character is an underdog in some way and very relatable. I love the author's subtle humor and descriptions. Fingers crossed fir a sequel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel. November 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an intriguing book, but it is important that you enjoy reading that kind of genre. One member of my household called it a six star book, I thought it is a four star book, so we compromised: 5 stars.

The book may challenge some readers to reflect on their own phantasies, which is a good thing. The book has enough twists to keep you reading. I understand it is the author's first novel: a good and solid effort. I am looking forward to the author's next novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
"Save Me, Rip Orion" is stylistically a cross between the southern fiction of Fannie Flag and the ultimate creepy guy that is Napoleon Dynamite. Deeply emotional, infused with humor and extreme plot twists and turns, Bower presents us with a very human story. Bower's characters aren't heroes and they're not anti-heroes, they're real people trying to do the right things but not always sure what the best right thing might be. In the end, the work the reader is presented is engaging in a very blue collar, Bible belt, regular people kind of way. In short, "Save Me, Rip Orion" is one truly compelling read.

Roscoe is a virgin who finished high school and started grounds keeping at the local cemetery. He lives in a very grey and hot little apartment that's crumbling around him. Bower describes him in the first passages as an almost golem like character. Thin with his chin glued to his shoulder. Eyes downcast. Trying to be as small as he can be so that he won`t be seen ... something that the reader feels he`s done all of his life. This is not a guy who craves the spotlight. Mitch is the over weight kid from high school that no one let forget how fat he was. Bullies called them ``The Amazing Lard-O and Twiggy. ``

In reflection of Roscoe and Mitch, there are Damon and Jason. Damon is the star player that Roscoe injured in high school and Jason is the former cool kid turned cop who deeply regrets the way he treated Mitch and Roscoe when they were children. Roscoe and Jason are trying to move on but Damon and Mitch still hold deep resentments. These are people we all know. We may not know their inner battles but we've met these characters before and we suspect that no matter how happy their endings, they have inner demons to be battled. Of course, no one said the ending was happy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lively entertainment December 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The writing in this book is full of life, energy, and fun. The story is about four men who went to school together, two pairs of friends with some lingering animosity between the opposing pairs. An arsonist is at work in their small town, and we are presented with a number of candidates. The storyline is a bit of a stretch, with far too many unexplained details and loose ends for my taste.

Watch out for more from the author. I'm giving it 3.4 stars, rounded to 3.

JJ Toner, From The Kindle Book Review
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Book December 21, 2012
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I wasn't sold on this novel on the description alone. The first part of the story is somehwat of a lighthearted whodunnit type novel, but then something happens that sends everything into a tailspin. The plot was complex and the ending was unexpected. The characters seemed real and related to one another well. I took some issue with some plot details but nothing major. Regardless, I was never bored by this book. I liked how it exposed the limitations of fantasies. It was a strange, unique book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book kept me coming back for more. Extremely entertaining and well written. Had fun with it. A really good read for diversion. Light reading and a great escape book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars comical January 24, 2013
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Save Me, Rip Orion, has characters we all knew from high school that never seemed to grow up. The world evolves around them but they stay stuck in their high school character. It's funny, touching at times, relatable and an easy read.
I would recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I guess this book has a decent plot, although pretty predictable. There were a handful of characters that had no point and their story lines went nowhere. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Firkin Steve
1.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum
Mediocre writing with characters hard to relate to. Action and dialogue are rather unbelievable and it never caught my interest. Rather sophomoric. I would give this one a pass.
Published 14 months ago by kcg
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm....
Wouldn't choose this one, again. Neither would I prefer one similar. Very disjointed, poor ending, very anti-climatic and disappointing. Don't waste your money.
Published 15 months ago by Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky story about misfits and antiheroes
I liked this well-written story that follows the interactions between a handful of quirky, misfit ,small town characters and deals with love, lust, life, death, friendship, family... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Fraun Flerchinger
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of electrons
This was a simple waste of time. Character development was non-existent. Beyond that the story line was idiotic.
No thanks.
Published 17 months ago by Thomas V. Cutter
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't we all want to be a super hero?
Don't we all secretly want to be a super hero? Roscoe Solomon decided to be one, and it wasn't easy. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Andrew P. Goodman
2.0 out of 5 stars Only because "Hate" was a bit strong
I went back to read the reviews again on this book when I finally finished it just to see if we were all talking about the same material. Read more
Published 18 months ago by my2boyz
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Unique
The book starts out with a mystery and ends with a fantasy. Excellent character development along the way. Read more
Published 18 months ago by T Harkins
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More About the Author

Matt Bower graduated from Lock Haven University in 2001 with a degree in English/Writing and a minor in Theater.
Matt has performed with several comedy troupes, including the Cellar Dwellers (as seen on Comcast On Demand), Player One, and I-Factor, as a sketch writer and improvisor/actor. His novel Save Me, Rip Orion was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013. The novel was positively reviewed by Publisher's Weekly, and cracked the Amazon bestseller list in Fiction-Satire. His full-length play If Leopold Could Talk was a quarter-finalist in the New Century Writer Award 2002. His work has been published in Defenestration Literary Magazine, The Crucible, and PGHCOMEDY. An interest in storytelling budded when he won The Pittsburgh Moth StorySLAM, and later performed in The Pittsburgh Moth GrandSLAM, Kevin Allison (of MTV's The State) Presents: RISK! Pittsburgh Live Show (podcast #530), WordPLAY, and True Story Party, among other shows. He performs at comedy and storytelling events randomly in the Pittsburgh area.
Besides maintaining his blog Crooked Lullabies, Matt enjoys sipping on an IPA while listening to Pirates' broadcasts on his shortwave radio.

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