Sunday, January 30, 2011

Book Review: The Fall

The Fall (The Rift, book 1) by Robert J. Duperre.

An ancient evil, trapped in the ruins of a lost Mayan temple for centuries, has been unleashed. It takes the form of a deadly virus, one that causes violent insanity in the living and the recently departed to rise and walk. It spreads around the globe, throwing the world into chaos and war. As it progresses, those in the States who find themselves far away from the epicenter watch it unfold with unbelieving eyes. From Washington D.C. to Dover, New Hampshire, regular people are hurled into an existence outside their control, left to deal with catastrophic situations that they find themselves unprepared to handle. Life becomes a nightmare, and that nightmare is spreading.

Move over old-school zombies, there's a new evil in town.  The Fall is the first book in the epic horror series The Rift.  Duperre whisks the readers to an archaeological dig in Central America, but this is not your typical Indiana Jones adventure.  Things go terribly, irrevocably wrong and an ancient undead evil is unleashed on the world.  I should warn you that if you have any insect phobias you will be scratching away before the first chapter is over.  That scene *still* gives me nightmares...and that was only the beginning.  The author then pulls the reader into the lives of regular people experiencing the heart-pounding terror of discovering the undead that now plague the living.  The creatures of The Fall are fast, deadly, and leave a path of gore and fear wherever they go.  Duperre's new take on zombies and the undead is both refreshing and terrifying.  The Fall is a masterful work of horror that will have you sleeping with the light on for many nights to come.

I highly recommend The Fall (The Rift, book 1) to readers of urban fantasy, speculative fiction, paranormal suspense, apocalyptic, dystopian, and zombie fiction and especially to fans of horror.  The Fall may appeal to fans of Richard Matheson, China Mieville and Steven King.

Sensitive reader warning: contains violence, gore, and terrifying illustrations.

Source: Provided by the author or publisher for honest review.

Read more about author Robert J. Duperre in his interview here at From the Shadows.

The Fall on Amazon.
The Fall on Goodreads.


  1. Thank you so much for the fantastic review, Ms Stevens! I'm very glad you enjoyed yourself.

  2. Hmmm... I like zombie stuff but the virus thing has to make sense.. will have to go read the sample on Amazon :) (it is an e-book, right?)

    The Arrival, .99c on Amazon now!

  3. Robert,
    It was my pleasure.

    The Fall is available at Amazon in print and ebook formats. Have fun with the sample! I found the book highly believable (which made it all the more terrifying!).

    From the Shadows

  4. Thank you for the review E.J. I'm glad you seemed to enjoy the book as much as we did creating it.