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Silas: A Supernatural Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Robert J. Duperre
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ken Lowery is a man at odds with his life. He hates his job, is disappointed in his marriage, and feels resigned to leading a mundane existence.

That all changes when his wife brings home a rambunctious Black Labrador puppy named Silas, who forges a remarkable connection with Ken and begins to heal his inner turmoil. But when some neighborhood children start to go missing, Ken is thrown back into despair and takes it upon himself to protect those around him as he is thrust into a surreal world where monsters roam and not everything is what it seems to be, including his new best friend.


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"Silas is heartfelt and compelling, dark yet uplifting. It's The Dark Tower, with a dog. You'll love this book." -- Daniel Arenson, author of Blood of Requiem and Firefly Island

"Fans of Lost and The Talisman, here is your next adventure. Action, suspense, heartbreak, and true friendship - Duperre brings it all. Be glad you don't live in an alternate universe where this book was never written." -- Daniel Pyle, author of Dismember and Freeze

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The perfect Manly-Man fairy tale!" -- Paranormal Wastelands

"An unforgettable depiction of the good and bad of everyday life, and the special ways that having a pet can make one's life better." -- Bewitched Bookworms

About the Author

A child of the diverse '80s and '90s, Robert J. Duperre is a lover of literature in all its forms. Be it horror, fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, or even romance, he delves into it all and relishes every minute. It is his desire to show this love of all genres by creating wide-reaching stories that defy classification, that can reach the widest possible audience.

Robert lives in northern Connecticut with his wife, the artist Jessica Torrant, his three wonderful children, and Leonardo the one-eyed wonder yellow Lab. You can read more about Robert and his works by visiting theriftonline.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 614 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461111587
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TRO Publishing (January 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053NYMVC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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131 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss July 14, 2011
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I accidentally downloaded this book, a mishap with Kindle functionality (I had intended to download only the sample, but figuring that a $2.99 charge probably wouldn't really break the bank, decided to go with it). Though it took me time to pen a review, it wasn't for lack of trying. This is a breathtakingly well-crafted, beautifully written novel, an amalgamation of historical-sci-fi-horror-fantasy-supernatural-spirituality that traverses the darkest and most exquisite depths of the human spirit. For anyone who's ever felt a connection to another creature; anyone who's loved, longed or lost; anyone who's ever taken a long, hard look in the mirror and said, "Who the hell have I become?"; this is for you. I read much and often, and can honestly say this is one of the most incredible books I have had the privilege of reading in years. I wept, guffawed (yes, guffawed), experienced a captivating prism of emotions ranging from pure elation to absolute loathing, and finally finished the damn thing with a sense of harmony usually so out of reach in the progression through daily monotony. While many reviewers regard books as "un-put-downable," this was quite the opposite; I found myself intentionally lengthening the process in order to prolong my enjoyment. In short, I didn't want it to end. I beg of you: please, please, PLEASE read this book. Without a doubt, it was the best thing I've done for myself in years.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ!!! June 8, 2011
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This being only the second time I have written a review please bear with me. I will say that this book definitely took me through a realm of emotions. It took many twists and turns some of which I suspected may be coming and others that caught me off guard, which in my opinion was one of the things that made this such a great read. It was told in such a way that I was not anxious for it to end, on the contrary I kept thinking to myself..."ok, where is he heading here because there could be so many possibilities". I have to say though, after finishing the book in such a short time (would have been shorter however kids, husband and other such distractions prevented me from burying myself in the book), I was exhilarated to read his post book piece. That touched me as much as the book itself. Maybe because my do means as much to me as well, and that is all I will say on that :-) I will put this in here, I would love to know if anyone thinks the same thing I did about JT.

There is enough about the book in the description so I will not write about that, I am a firm believer that my feeling on what I read is whats important here, you will learn what the book is about when you read it yourself. I HIGHLY recommend this book!!! Read, READ, read this book!!!! You will NOT be disappointed at all!!!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Man and His Dog with a Twist June 7, 2011
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I started out thinking this was a book about a man and his dog, and it turned into something so totally different from what I thought or typically read. That being said, I really loved the book. I'm not much into fantasy/science fiction - but it was such an absorbing, well written story, I kept resenting all the interruptions in my life that were keeping me from reading. If you are a fan of Lou Aronica's "Blue", you will completely love this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea, but not executed that well April 25, 2012
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The book's plot doesn't hang together very well, and the characterisation is weak. Despite this the first third or so of the book was an enjoyable enough read.

It is improbable that a rude, distant and generally useless husband would be offered a job by a wife that (we are later told) had already had divorce papers drawn up. Later in the story there is increasingly unrealistic behaviour by most characters. Deadly monsters are fine, but it is just too convenient that their initially blindingly fast response to intruders would become so slow when it really mattered. Similarly I find it hard to credit that the hero would put someone/thing that he loved, and considered sentient, in the kennel to go on holidays. The ending was unsatisfactory because it was pretty much unrelated to the preceding story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumphant mix of genres that touches the spirit. January 1, 2012
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First off, I'm not a dog lover. A couple of really naughty poodles have spoiled that experience for me, but I used to be. Reading, Mr. Duperre's fantastic novel of suspense and psychological drama has brought back a glimmer of what I used to love about our four-legged companions. But, don't get me wrong, this is not just a love letter to the canine order, this book is so much more. If anything, I might give this book a 4.5, because the casual reader might not know what they are getting into when they start the novel. There is so much genre overlap in this book, that it is hard to describe. In the middle of the novel the reader might be very confused and lost in the mix of sci-fi, suspense, fantasy, horror, and yes, poignant psychological drama of a man caught in a very nasty mid-life crisis. Then, you would be dragged right into the very experience of the narrator, thus revealing the book to be a genius piece of writing.

The way that Robert Duperre explores the narrator's pain and anguish, is fully detailed and truly sympathetic. His mystical journey essentially creates the perfect metaphor for what happens to any of us psychologically who enter this dark realm of the soul. I would say that the truly frightening "monsters" of this novel are not half as scary as the ennui and depression that the main character suffers in the first quarter of the novel.

There is also the promise of more, as it becomes evident that Duperre is creating a rich cosmology from which, hopefully, he will be pulling more threads into the skein of his stories.

Disturbing, hopeful, and rewarding, Silas is a wonderful achievement.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and very moving...a page-turner of surprises!
The story unfolded slowly at first and then did a complete turnaround to the unexpected. It was a total page-turner and I was unable to put it down. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Luanne King
5.0 out of 5 stars Will read more from the author
A found treasure. Just exploring the Amazon one day and discovered this heartfelt, engaging story. The genre mixing may not be for everyone, but it made sense to me.
Published 3 months ago by fingertoes
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book! A bit of supernatural, a bit of doggie love....... held my interest. I think the ending was a little hokey otherwise a very nice read.
Published 4 months ago by Freyda Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars I really would suggest this as a very good read.
SILAS is a very engaging story. I was drawn into the story from the first page. It is so well written. I could not turn the pages fast enough. Such a powerful novel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Karen B. Cardwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story pretty well written. Not great literature but a good read.
Published 4 months ago by Daniel Hapke
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
Did not like the Ken at first. Unusual story. Thought Silas changing forms a little unusual. I usually read reality based stories.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars heartwarming and terrifying
A wonderful story that touches the heart while sending you on a terrifying journey. The ending will give you lots to think about.
Published 5 months ago by rekomo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different
It started as a story about a dog and evolved into much more; it touched me and made me think about relationships. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve Varner
4.0 out of 5 stars Man and his dog thriller
Meeting Ken and his wife Wendy and their dog Silas is a great story. And just like any married couple they have fights and argue over material possessions. Read more
Published 5 months ago by I read alot
5.0 out of 5 stars A novel that kept you thinking
This was written well and kept you thinking about what was coming next. I don't know why I enjoyed it so much, but I did...
Published 5 months ago by James Famolare
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More About the Author

Robert writes a combination of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, and is the author of five novels as well as contributor/editor of 2 short story collections. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, artist Jessica Torrant, his three wonderful children, and Leo, the one-eyed super dog.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

THE BREAKING WORLD (Epic Fantasy written with David Dalglish)

Dawn of Swords
Wrath of Lions
Blood of Gods (To be released October 21, 2014)

Available now...

THE RIFT SERIES (Zombie/Horror/Fantasy)

The Fall
Dead of Winter
Death Springs Eternal
The Summer Son

STANDALONE NOVEL

Silas (Contemporary Fantasy/Science Fiction)

ANTHOLOGIES (Edited & Contributed)
The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales
The Gate 2: 13 Tales of Isolation and Despair


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