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Posted December 8, 2013
Ripper is a great mystery thriller for readers of all ages! It t
Ripper is a great mystery thriller for readers of all ages! It takes you to a whole different level. The book has a laid back and exciting tone that helps to bring in the reader and grab their attention. Throughout the book it is in first person point of view and it is from Carver Young’s point of view that is the main character in the novel. The mood throughout the novel changes as the story does. In the beginning it is more fun and exciting and as the story progresses it becomes more and more exciting and entertaining. The main characters of Ripper are Carver Young, Albert Hawking, and Jack the Ripper. The intended audience is for teens; however it can be for all types of age groups. I enjoyed this book tremendously because it was so entertaining and it was truly difficult for me to figure out the mystery before the main character could. It was a book that kept me on my toes and I could not put it down no matter how hard I tried too. Yes I did agree with the main purpose of this book, it helped show different aspects of life and what some people have to go through at a young age. I specifically liked that the book was easy to read and to understand because it was appealing to keep reading. I did not like that the book left you hanging because I wanted to know what was going to happen to the Ripper. The author did a great job with this book because he caught the reader’s attention. The book does not need any improvements in my opinion. This was a great book and you definitely need to read it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 19, 2013
Elements of Destruction Chapter 1, Space, The Final Frontier (Part 1)
The satellite rocked again, emergency horns blaring as the stray asteroids smashed the satellite again, testing the defensive barriers and throwing me off balance.<br>"All personnel, report to the emergency shuttles," Jen, our AI, said over the intercom, her neutral-sounding voice giving our situation a sci-fi feeling.<br>Just a quick overview: my name is Francis Ripper, I'm an employee on the Phoenix, all that. Just a minute.<br>Commander Berkins rushed past me, his wife trailing behind. "Ripper! Get Alice and Mr. Shoddins! I have to enter the departure log and send Phoenix away from Mars!" He rushed off without further ado.<br>I will shed some light on what he said. The reason we're not crashing into the planet below is because we're travelling at some high-speed, imagine a string tied to a weight. The faster it orbits, the farther it is from you, you Mars, the string gravity, and the weight the Phoenix. Of course, this example is flawed because of actual gravity, and the fact that the string is material. Anyways, back to saving people.<br>I kicked through the french doors that Alice insisted on installing instead of standard motion-sensor steel doors, one of them cracking and breaking in half as the doors slammed open. Alice was stuffing a leatherbound book inside her crowded backpack, and still had two piles to go.<br>"Alice, c'mon!" I shouted, entering my own quarters on the right, hers at the end of the hall and mine the last right. I grabbed the most important stuff; my pistol, my folding sword, my iPhone 127, and a blank holographic disc. Snagging a half-empty backpack on the way out, I dumped the most fragile equipment I collected into the bottom, racing into Alice's room and wedging the last pile of books in.<br>Perhaps a little description about Alice would be helpful at the moment? At fifteen, she's, like, four months older than me but slightly shorter and less mature. She prefers to wear her brown hair down, instead of using a Mask to connect more sufficiently to the satellite.<br>Slinging the backpacks over her shoulders, she shoved her laptop, iPhone 125 (heh, girls are outdated), and a smaller bag into my arms. Together, we raced down the hall, our progress being stopped as the Phoenix shook again and the window in her quarters shattered, the unequality in pressure sucking everything towards it. Imagine being sucked into a farting drain.<br>Since I have powers (results of implants, but still powers), I can slightly move objects with my mind, but only slightly when my emotions are dormant, and right now they are far from dormant. So, bending the ceiling (or the floor of the next level), I pulled a titanium sheet down that blocked the doorway, but it would only last momentarily. Wrapping an arm around Alice's waist, I levitated us to the next level of the satellite. Well, more like threw us. I sighted the door at the end of the hallway, just twenty yards away.<br>Dragging Alice behind me and feeling heroic, I sprinted towards the door that would allow us access to the emergency shuttle hangar. I keyed in my code in the holographic lock, and pushed Alice to her feet and in. She rushed towards the closest shuttle (a pod would be more correct), and scooted in, laying flat on her back, her luggage making it a tight fit.<br>"Francy, come on! Go!" She urged.<br>I quckly dug out the blank holo disc, shoving it into a data port. "Load already Jen." I muttered.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2013
¿Ripper¿ by Stefan Petrucha is an action-filled mystery that fol
“Ripper” by Stefan Petrucha is an action-filled mystery that follows the adventures of orphan Carver Young and his pursuit to find an infamous murderer. That murderer is based off the killer Jack the Ripper, a murderer known for his awful killings. “Ripper” has an overall serious and mysterious tone to it and is read from a third person point of view. While very serious and a little dark, “Ripper” is a book that both teenagers and adults would enjoy. Main character Carver Young is joined by some other pretty strong characters, such as childhood friends Delia, the smart puzzle-solver, and Finn, the tough redhead. Carver also meets many new people including Albert Hawking, and eccentric detective that knows more than he tells. Overall, the main purpose and story line was very interesting and I do agree with the book in the sense that you do not have to become your parents in any way, sense, or form. Specifically, I liked the action, the mystery, and the strong characters that Petrucha has created. I think Petrucha did an awesome job at creating a thick story line, in-depth characters, and a perfect twist ending. Another really cool thing the author did was allow the reader to solve the mystery alongside Carver. I think Petrucha had the perfect blend of mystery, action, and history. Petrucha really could not have made any improvements in his story because even with his the plot twist, everything landed so perfectly and led up to a great book. I am looking forward to continuing on with the series that Petrucha has planned to make!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2013
Ripper was, hands down, the best murder mystery book I have ever
Ripper was, hands down, the best murder mystery book I have ever read. This thriller is told in a third-person perspective, mainly from the eyes of Carver Young. The novel follows Carver, the main character, on his journey to hunt down one of the most famous murderers of the 1800’s, Jack the Ripper, who he also believes to be his father. With the assistance of Mr. Hawking, a retired detective, and support from his friends, Delia and Finn, Carver has all the available tools he needs to hunt down this crazed serial killer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Petrucha’s targeted audience is mainly teens and young adults, but any age group would get a good read from this book. The suspenseful tone throughout the novel leaves the reader grasping for more. The plot of the book is not predictable by any means. Once the readers believes he knows what is going to happen next, Petrucha throws in a jaw-dropping twist that leaves the readers in a loss for words. The ending of the book is by far the biggest twist of all. Petrucha carries the theme ‘everything is not always what it seems’ throughout the entire novel. This theme is extremely accurate because every character and event in the book is not always what it seems to be. The anticipation created in the book left me reading the book for hours upon hours without getting bored.
Overall, this book was one of the best books I have ever read. Stefan Petrucha did not disappoint me in any aspect of the book. The plot was very well detailed and planned out. With so many twists within the book, I am surprised I did not get confused at some point or other. My favorite part of the book had to be the ending. The ending left me mind blown, and in disbelief for hours. I do not believe there is anything that could be improved in the novel. That is really saying something about how great this book is! I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great mystery. Petrucha did an outstanding job writing “Ripper”, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this thrilling series!
Posted July 31, 2012
A Recommended Read!
Ripper is a great read! It's fast paced and keeps you guessing. Some of the plot elements were predictable, but others weren't. If you're into mystery and a spin on the Jack the Ripper story, then you're in for a treat.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 9, 2012
I saw the ending coming quite early on, but it was still a fun r
I saw the ending coming quite early on, but it was still a fun ride! I'm a big fan of anything on Jack the Ripper, so I could tell that the author had done his homework when writing this story. The time and setting was also well written. It was well paced, the characters were all engaging, the mystery was exciting, and it was incredibly fun to see the inventions sprouting up all around in a different time period. It almost gave New York City a steam punk feel. All in all, a fun read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.