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Panic grips the city!
There is a killer loose in New York City, and Carver Young is the only one who sees the startling connection between the recent string of murders and the most famous serial killer in history: Jack the Ripper. Time is winding down until the killer claims another victim, but Carver soon sees that, to The Ripper, this is all a game that he may be destined to lose.

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Overview


Panic grips the city!
There is a killer loose in New York City, and Carver Young is the only one who sees the startling connection between the recent string of murders and the most famous serial killer in history: Jack the Ripper. Time is winding down until the killer claims another victim, but Carver soon sees that, to The Ripper, this is all a game that he may be destined to lose.

“Petrucha’s story hits the ground running and doesn’t let up…”—Publisher’s Weekly
“A rollicking story full of cannot-put-it-down twists an turns.” —VOYA
“A well-crafted romp through yesteryear’s New York.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Publishers Weekly
Petrucha (Split) breathes new life into the oft-visited Jack the Ripper genre, transporting the killer to New York City and using some well-chosen historical figures to flesh out the tale. In 1895, seven years after the Ripper’s killing spree in England, 14-year-old Carver Young’s place in an orphanage is threatened due to financial crises, and he becomes apprenticed to a Pinkerton agent, Albert Hawking. Carver gets caught up in the politics of the agency and the rise of a mysterious murderer in New York City, one whose motif resembles that of the famous killer, and whose writing style implies that he might be Carver’s long-missing father. Along with fellow orphan (and aspiring journalist) Delia, Carver investigates the case and his own background. Petrucha’s story hits the ground running and doesn’t let up, the brisk pace making the inevitable twists effective; he also incorporates some fun steampunk-style gadgetry (an author’s note discusses his choices). Appearances by the Pinkertons, the Ripper, and then New York City police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt add flair to the historical setting. Ages 12–up. Agent: Joe Veltre, the Veltre Company. (Mar.)
VOYA - Kaitlyn Connors
Left at an orphanage as an infant, Carver Young has no knowledge of his family history. As the orphanage plans to move, all children over the age of eight must find homes. Carver, obsessed with mysteries and detective stories, is fortunate enough to become the apprentice of Mr. Hawking, a master detective who works for a secret agency. At the same time, new murder cases are popping up around New York City, eerily similar to those of Jack the Ripper. Carver and his friends must uncover the truth about his family which may have more to do with Jack the Ripper than he could ever imagine. Set in London in the late 1800s, this is a rollicking story full of cannot-put-it down twists and turns. While evidence from the very beginning points to Jack the Ripper being Carver's father, the shocking ending will leave every amateur sleuth stunned. While history is heavily fictionalized in the novel, it is extremely entertaining and thought-provoking. Stefan Petrucha even offers notes on key historical elements and how they diverge from real events in the back of the book. Carver Young is an inspiring character, full of determination and gumption. His bravery and actions have the reader cheering him on every step of the way. The whole novel is an innovative approach to historical events and finally gives a name and a face to one of the most notorious murderers of all time. Teens and adults alike will find this a fascinating and exciting story. Reviewer: Kaitlyn Connors
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
It is 1895 and Carver Young has spent his whole life at the Ellis Orphanage, but now he is fourteen and the orphanage is relocating and only taking the younger children. Carver has never been told about who his parents might be and when he breaks into his file it is empty except for a note dated July 1889 mentioning a sharp knife, a woman dying too quickly and a bet that a son will share an interest in his father's "job." Carver finds himself "adopted" by a Detective Hawking from the Pinkerton Agency. A moody man that calls Blackwell Asylum home and who introduces Carver to a secret crime solving agency, as well as to New York City police commissioner, Teddy Roosevelt. Carver pieces together a timeline, an anagram type game regarding names, and a trip to Ellis Island to finally realize, to his surprise, that his father is the notorious killer, Jack the Ripper, who is now in New York murdering young socialites and leaving a trail of breadcrumb bodies for his son. With a mixture of history and fiction the writer weaves a tale that succinctly employs gadgets from the turn of the century such as the Alfred Beach Pneumatic Subway, the phonograph and the Analytical Engine, a sort of Google for the 1800s. A well-written adventurous journey that places you smack dab into the history of the first famous serial killer, employing twists, turns, and some minor violence. All the while placing the Ripper in a tale of a young boy searching for his past. Inevitably Carver must ask himself whether it is better to never know who your parents are or to find out that you have a murderer's blood coursing through your veins. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Petrucha combines historical fiction with a classic detective story and even some hints of steampunk. He paints a detailed picture of late-19th-century New York, featuring reform-minded police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt and Pinkerton Detectives. Carver Young is desperate for information about his father—desperate enough to risk death-by-meat-cleaver (a not so subtle allusion to the Sword of Damocles) and break into the orphanage's files. For his efforts he is rewarded with a single, cryptic, hand-written page from his father. The would-be sleuth then begins an exciting investigation that takes him all over New York City, from the sewers to high-society soirees, from an insane asylum to an underground crime lab, and from the relative safety and boredom of the orphanage to life-or-death, high-speed chases. Could Jack the Ripper really be Carver's father and is the teen up to the task of catching him? While the dialogue is sometimes inconsistent, there is plenty of action and suspense to keeps teens reading. Fans of Arthur Slade's "The Hunchback Assignments" (Random) will tear through this one.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Has Jack the Ripper moved across the Atlantic to terrorize Gilded Age New York City? For 14-year-old Carver Young, growing up as an orphan in 1895 New York isn't easy, though it gives him plenty of opportunities to practice lock picking, sleuthing and eavesdropping. When he's chosen as an apprentice by Pinkerton detective Albert Hawking, Carver finds boundless opportunities to learn the detective trade, especially when he assists Hawking on the hunt for a serial killer in New York City. Carver dives into the case, turning to Delia, his best friend from the orphanage, for assistance with research, as her adoptive parents have access to the archives of The New York Times. As the clues mount, Carver discovers the killer might be Jack the Ripper, and that Jack may have a clue to Carver's parents. Petrucha does an excellent job developing historic New York as a character in the city, though a map or two would not be amiss. Well-rounded characters, both teen and adult, help to gloss over occasional lapses in the credibility of the dialogue. Pacing is smooth, blending coming-of-age with mystery and action. While some may guess the plot twist, Petrucha nonetheless provides both a well-crafted romp through yesteryear's New York and an enticing companion for it. (Historical mystery. 12-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142424186
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/4/2013
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 230,564
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


A lifetime fan of comic books, science fiction, and horror, Stefan Petrucha developed a love for all sorts of literary work in high school and college, eventually learning that the very best fiction always brings you back to reality, so really, there’s no way out. At times he has been a tech writer, and educational writer, a public relations writer and an editor for trade journals, but fiction has always been his passion. He has written several graphic novels for the X-Files, Tales from the Crypt and Nancy Drew series and has also published numerous young-adult novels in the science fiction and horror genres, including Paranormal State, a companion book to the hit A&E television show of the same name. Stefan lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and daughters. Visit Stefan Petrucha online at www.petrucha.com
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  • Posted March 1, 2012

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    Great mystery!

    I am not at all in mysteries thrillers. But this book took me to a whole other reading level that I really enjoyed!!

    What got me hooked on this book? Well the unique plot. I love stories about Jack the Ripper. To read a book based on a kid searching for clues to the killer is super cool! It's makes me feel all Nancy Drew again. With this book I just wanted to get underneath the covers of by bed with a flashlight, dash into the past and follow the clues of Carver Young. The plot, hand downs AWESOME!

    The mystery of the book is super cool. I love it when an author can take me on an adventure of searching, questioning, accusing, etc. It's give me great joy to be in the loop with the characters going along with them. It's so much fun!

    There was a bit of a crush interest. No love, no hardcore flirting just pure admiration. And that folks was enough to make me smile. I loved the loyalty they had to each other and the friendship they have is strong.

    The ENDING! I mean wow! Really just WOW! I did not see that! Well done Mr. Petrucha. You certainly knock me off my feet with such a fantastic ending! I have no idea. The ending is a shocker. I can tell you that much.

    Ripper is an engrossing thriller that leaves you chilled to the bone. The conspiracy driven-drama dives the reader deeper into a world of adventure that you never want to leave. Exhilarating and exciting, Ripper is a great read!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    I don't read very many mysteries but Ripper was wonderful! This

    I don't read very many mysteries but Ripper was wonderful! This could be the next Sherlock Holmes if he keeps writing. The story takes so many twists that just when you think you have it all figured out, the most crazy twist ever happens and sends you reeling! It was so amazing and I couldn't put it down. I really hope he writes more. I also loved the historical element. That made it seem real.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

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    Very interesting

    A different kind of "who done it" and why

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2014

    "Ripper" by Stephan Petrucha is a fantastic novel that

    "Ripper" by Stephan Petrucha is a fantastic novel that is filled with intense mystery and suspense but is also partly historical fiction.  The entire book is full of a suspenseful tone that keeps readers on their toes and they will never know what will happen next.  Carver Young is the protagonist in this novel and he hunts down Jack the Ripper the entire book.  You never really know when the book will have a sudden plot twist so the mood is very spooky. Carver has only a few friends.  His friends from the orphanage are Delia and Finn.  His mentor is Mr. Hawking and his “boss” is Mr. Tudd.  Also, Teddy Roosevelt and his daughter Alice are big characters in this novel.  I suggest that anyone over the age of 12 to read this book.  It is a family book and is one of my favorite books that I have ever had to read for school.  It has plenty of action packed into the novel as well as mystery solving which is why I enjoyed the novel so much.  This book as a whole can teach many life lessons and I definitely would agree that this book needs to be read by everyone who hasn’t read it already.  It has a storyline that will amaze anyone. To be more specific, I especially like the final twists that Petrucha put in the end of the novel, as well as the slight love that is seen between Delia and Carver.  If I were to write my own novel I would try to incorporate Petrucha’s style of writing because he did such a great job with this book that I don’t think there is anything that should be changed or improved about it.   I believe that the best time to read it is when you are a teenager like me, which is the time that most people are into mystery books like the “Ripper”.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

    Ripper by Stefan Petrucha combines historical fiction with susp

    Ripper by Stefan Petrucha combines historical fiction with suspense, in a thrilling mystery story.  Petrucha creates an ominous, suspenseful tone, as the reader experiences the exciting hunt for the killer from the third person point of view.  The mood is very on edge, as the story can take a twist at any moment.  The main characters are Carver Young, an orphan in search of his father, his mentor, Mr. Hawking, and his childhood friends, Delia and Finn.  The book is intended for a young adult audience or anyone who is looking for a thrilling mystery.  The novel also provides historical facts on the way that make it educational.  
    I really enjoyed reading this book.  I was assigned it for school, which usually is not a good sign, but this book in particular was exciting and kept me wanting to read more.  I think the author did a wonderful job of keeping the reader intrigued, which was the purpose of the novel.  I think he managed to maintain interest with twists, but at the same time, not go overboard.    Specifically, I liked how things frequently tied together.  I do not enjoy it when books contain a lot of "fluff" and provide irrelevant information.  The only thing that I did not enjoy was that the second book has yet to be released!  I cannot wait!  The author did a magnificent job of creating a perfect mystery world while still being realistic.  The novel had a great balance of characters, plot, and suspense.  I think that the story might have been improved slightly if it took a look at the lives of some of the other characters.  I would have liked to have known what was going through the minds of Delia and Finn while Carver was on his detective journey, because I know it would really make me think.


    Devin McCormick 6th Period

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Ripper, by Stefan Petrucha, is a historical fiction, with a Sher

    Ripper, by Stefan Petrucha, is a historical fiction, with a Sherlock Holmes-esque tone. There is a new mystery and twist around every corner that the reader gets to encounter from the third person. The book has a gloomy mood to it, but that didn't take away from the excitement!
    Carver Young, the main character, is a perfect character for the intended audience (teenagers/young adults) to relate with. He doesn't know who he is or where he belongs in society. He's a small kid in a big city. He only has a few people he can trust, and of course, he has a crush on the pretty girl, Delia. Although it may seem like he is just an average ordinary orphan, he actually has the mind of a detective. He also has a parent with a very shady and complicated past.
    I loved the book because personally, mysteries intrigue me. Trying to solve the mystery before the characters do brings a whole new depth to reading. Petrucha executed this well, by not leaving any boring falling action in the book where the readers could lose interest, but was also not so jam-packed with information as to where the reader couldn't take it all in. The main focus of the book was to catch the killer and that is definitely something I agree with, because I love an edgy thrill as well as a justified ending. 
    There wasn't much wrong with Petrucha's novel, however, I feel it would go a long way for the book if we got to find out what happened to Hawking after the train incident. This way, the reader's hearts would be put at ease as well as Carver's. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Ripper would fit into an action mystery genre. The tone of rippe

    Ripper would fit into an action mystery genre. The tone of ripper is conversational and action packed. The point of view in ripper is of the main character Carver Young, a young in training detective trying to solve the mystery of his father. The mood of this book is action packed, suspenseful, and mysterical. The main characters of Ripper are Carver, Delia, Finn, and Albert Hawking. The intended audience of ripper is from teenager and up. The wording is not too complex for a young teen to understand and is still entertaining from the teenage level and up. I absolutely loved this book! Twists at nearly every turn and never a dull moment is what intrigued my interest in this book. I did agree with the main theme in the book, being that people do certain and sometimes extreme things for the ones they love. I agreed with this because it all made sense to me of why the ripper did what he did for Carver and what drew him to his hobby. I specifically liked the crazy twist at the end of the book, the first person point of view that was from a young teen boy, and the detailed description of action scenes. The only thing I remotely disliked about the book is the slow start at the beginning, but what book doesn't have that? Stefan Petrucha did a fantastic job in Ripper! He kept my attention virtually the whole time and accurately portrayed late nineteenth and early twentieth century New York City. The only things that could be improved is the confusing terms that are used in describing machines and such things. This change would help in giving the reader some visual imagery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    The genre of The Ripper is historical fiction, which makes readi

    The genre of The Ripper is historical fiction, which makes reading it even more interesting because a lot of the content happens to be or is based on fact. I would say that the tone of the story is threatening at some points, and mysterious at others. The point-of-view of the story is third-person-omniscient, which means that the narrator of the story is all-knowing, and it the book is not from a character’s perspective. The mood is definitely suspense mixed with mystery. Throughout The Ripper, there are many plot twists and moments when Carver receives shocking news, so it is suspense. Also, the book leaves you with a lot of questions, so I would consider it to be mystery. The intended audience for the book is preteen to young adult, because everything that happens or that the author talks about is relatively easy to understand. I believe the main purpose of this book was to provide entertainment to anyone who reads it, which it surely accomplished. This book exceeded my expectations.
    The main characters in the novel are Carver Young, a 14-year-old orphan in search of his father, Mr. Hawking, sort of Carver’s teacher in detective work, Delia, Carver’s friend from the orphanage and possibly his love interest, and Finn, Carver’s arch-enemy-turned-friend.  
    I didn’t just like this book… I loved it! This book was amazing. It wasn’t a hard book to read at all, everything was understandable and I learned a few new things along the way. I love how Stefan Petrucha combined fiction with fact. This is now one of my all-time favorite historical fiction books. I also love a book with a good plot twist, and this book had a few! The only thing I disliked about this book was that it ended! Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would definitely read anything by Stefan Petrucha after reading The Ripper. I specifically liked the major plot twist at the end; it made the book so much greater (even though it made me hate Petrucha for a second, it kind of ruined me). I actually kept saying the whole time I read it “if Hawking is the killer or is somehow in cahoots with him, I’m going to be so angry!”…and that’s exactly what happened. “Always trust your gut”, as they say. The best part was the history involved with the story. As I said before, Stefan Petrucha did a fantastic job at mixing fact with fiction to make an incredible story. 
    I cannot see it being possible to improve the book any further. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it, even though it was below my reading level. Nothing was mundane or repetitive, he didn’t use kindergarten sentences. It was perfect. I’m super stoked to hear that there’s a sequel coming out! I will surely be reading ASAP.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    "Ripper" by Stefan Petrucha, a novel classified as his

    "Ripper" by Stefan Petrucha, a novel classified as historical fiction, takes the reader into the booming big apple in the 1890's. The novel has a suspenseful tone and a mysterious mood that will keep the reader on the edge of his seat and make him never want to put it down. The reader knows what Carver Young, a main character, is thinking and doing at all times which shows that “Ripper” was written in third person limited omniscient.  The novel begins in the orphanage where the reader is introduced to Carver Young and his two friends Delia Stephens and Finn Walker who are two main characters. Carver is adopted by Albert Hawking, a famous detective, and becomes his apprentice. Carver with the support of these people is on the hunt for his real father who might just be the notorious Jack the Ripper. Although the book is focused on a killer I believe that this novel is intended for an audience of all ages. I love this novel because it has changed my outlook on life and has pushed me to one day become a detective myself.  I love the theme that even though your parent might be a horrible killer you do not have to follow in their footsteps because every one of all ages can relate to this. I like the way that Petrucha made a normal dry subject like history into a thrilling history lesson that keeps me asking more.  If I had to improve this novel at all it would done by giving the reader some peace of mind because the cliffhanger ending of Petrucha’s novel only had me asking more questions. Overall Patrucha did an outstanding job by making this novel entertaining for all age groups. – Nicholas  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Petrucha¿s book, Ripper, is a suspenseful mystery novel set in M

    Petrucha’s book, Ripper, is a suspenseful mystery novel set in Manhattan, NY in the early 1900s.  The book story is played out through the third person view of Carver Young, a young orphan who never knew his parents. Carver spent his whole life in Ellis orphanage knowing nothing about the welfare of his parents, until he found a hidden letter from his father when he was fourteen. The discovery of the letter sparked a flame inside of Carver and gave him an unrelenting urge to find his father. Just when Carver had begun to give up hope on his search, he runs into a man named Albert Hawking, head of the New Pinkerton detective agency. Hawking takes Carver in as an apprentice and gives him one job, to find his father. The rest of the span of the book is about Carvers investigations and the perils and adventures that come along with them.
    After reading this book it could be assumed that Petrucha is an avid history buff, for he makes many references that were actually relevant to the time period the book is set in. Things such as the electric carriage, the midnight band of mercy, the Pinkertons, and even, well, the ripper himself are some examples of his true-to-life allusions.  Also, this book will definitely make you appreciate the built-in dictionary that kindles contain if you have one. I estimate that I looked up at least thirty words from this book.
    Another thing about this book is that it is suspenseful. By the time I finished this book I had no surviving fingernails. As the reader you never know what’s going to happen to Carver, whether he’s being chased by the killer, or begin kidnapped by other adversaries; it gets intense. This is one of the only books I have read in years, and that’s why. It had me coming back for more because I wanted to see what predicament Carver would get in or discovery he would make next. That and I wanted to try and solve the identity of Jack the Ripper before Carver did, but despite my efforts I couldn’t do it.
    I recommend picking this book up. It’s most definitely worth the $10 you will spend, for it’s a pretty lengthy book (about 450 pages) and it’s not a drag to read at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    This is an amazing work of historical fiction/mystery thriller.

    This is an amazing work of historical fiction/mystery thriller. It has a very good plot and a serious tone that keeps you reading. The first person point of view is that of the books main protagonist, Carver Young. Carver is an orphan from Ellis Island who is adopted by Mr. Albert Hawking, a veteran of the Pinkerton detective agency. His friend from the orphanage, Delia Ribe, and his arch nemesis turned friend, Finn Echols, also appear as supporting characters in the book. And of course, the main Protagonist, Jack the Ripper. The book is really intended for people twelve and up since there are some very mild descriptions of murder that some readers might take offense to. I really enjoyed this book, partly because of my interest in Jack the Ripper and other serial killers, and partly because of the wonderful job the author does of keeping the mystery aspect. There are some obvious hints and clues along the way, especially if you read it twice. I agree with the main purpose of the book, which is to entertain, while also inform, readers about the history of Saucy Jack and what it may have been like if he showed up her in the states a few years later. Stefan Petrucha did a wonderful job of intertwining real history into his fictional scenario. The clues he puts into his novel are also well done, if a bit obvious. He really could have made the clues more obscure for the readers, they were fairly easy to figure out, especially once you already have an idea of who the killer is. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    ¿Ripper¿ by Stefan Petrucha is classified as a fictional histori

    “Ripper” by Stefan Petrucha is classified as a fictional historical thriller that transports history fanatics or anyone who wants a good read to New York City during the 1890s.The book is told through the point of view of third person limited omniscient. As soon as the story begins readers are pulled into the mysterious, somber tone of the story. This sets up the mood for the rest of the story that leads readers to feel the suspense and gloom that the main character, Carver Young, feels as he edges closer to the identity of his father who is a notorious serial killer. To help Carver find his father is the ex-detective Albert Hawking who “adopted” him in order to locate Carver’s father. Septimus Tudd who is the leader of the New Pinkerton Agency is watching Carver’s every move, and as time is winding down till the next murder Carver’s friends Delia and Finn try to help him find his father in order to keep him from killing again. In general I enjoyed this book because it was interesting and suspenseful. Petrucha not only created a great mystery twisted with historical information in it but also incorporated moral lessons. I agree with the moral lessons that are in the book, including the one where even though your parents might do something wrong does not necessarily mean you are destined to follow in their footsteps. Just because Carver’s father met his abyss, does not mean that if Carver reaches his that he will become a killer. What I liked in the book was the suspense of finding the killer and to see who he is. Further, the plot twists were exciting, and to discover that Hawking was the killer and Carver’s father all along was unexpected! The only thing that I did not like was the ending of the story because it seemed too simple. Petrucha could have improved this by not ending the story with the train explosion, but instead could have made it to where Carver was able to find his mother. This path could have led readers to the mystery surrounding how Carver’s mother could still be alive. Overall the author did a great job in creating a story that is entertaining and depicts how New York City was during that time period.
    Caitlyn Waters, 1st Period, Mrs. Odom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    ¿Ripper¿, written by Stefan Petrucha, is novel written in the st

    “Ripper”, written by Stefan Petrucha, is novel written in the style of historical fiction, informing readers on true facts of history, while still maintaining a suspenseful, fictional storyline. The suspenseful tone of this novel and its mysterious mood keep readers wanting more and will even have a reader thinking like a detective themselves. Petrucha writes this novel from a 3rd person omniscient point of view. This is evident because the narrator know all that Carver Young, the major main character of the novel, is thinking and doing at all times. Carver is a young orphan boy who gets “adopted” and taken under the wing of another main character, Albert Hawking. Carver is trained by Hawking to become a detective to find his family, but things take a turn for the worst when Carver find that his true father may be the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper. Carver is joined on his journey to find his father’s true identity by two of his orphan friends, Delia Stephens and Finn Walker. This novel has no clear indication of intended audience and I personally believe people of all ages would enjoy this book. I enjoyed “Ripper” thoroughly and even though there is a big reveal at the end, I may even read it again, because it is so well written. Specifically, I enjoy the way Petrucha incorporates a true event including the infamous Jack the Ripper into the novel while still giving it enough of a fiction quality to where it is not just a boring history lesson, but a thriller. I believe this novel was written exceptionally well and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. If there is one thing I would change, and this just being picky, it would be answering some of the open ended questions readers may have towards the end of the novel, but overall, a great book and great work by Stephan Petrucha.
    Review By: Tyler Ames

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  • Posted March 12, 2014

    Stefan Petrucha¿s ¿Ripper¿ is a great historical fiction that ke

    Stefan Petrucha’s “Ripper” is a great historical fiction that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat for the entire story. It has a mysterious tone which keeps the reader wondering about the significance of almost every single detail in the book. The main character in this book is a young teenage boy named Carver Young; who is an orphan at Ellis orphanage at the beginning of the book, but everything soon changes. During the story Carver is joined by former orphanage friends Delia Stephens and Phineas “Finn” Walker. When Carver leaves the orphanage he becomes the assistant to great detective, Albert Hawking. Hawking just happens to be the cofounder of the New Pinkerton, which in the book derives from the actual original Pinkerton agency started by Allan Pinkerton. The intended audience for this story in my opinion would be teenagers, Jack the Ripper enthusiast and post-civil war historians. The reason why is because this story would spark interest for teens on Saucy Jack and entertain Ripper enthusiast. Petrucha incorporate inventions that were really around during that time and some that were coming in the near future. The main theme that I got from this book is that not everything is what they seem; this is a quote that I believe summarizes the book well. The book provided numerous examples with events in the story and also in the conversations the characters had between each other. The main thing that I liked about Ripper is that there was never a dry moment in the story, and also there were some inside jokes if you know your history right. The author did a great job of writing a historical fiction on the famous London serial killer, Jack the Ripper. The book was almost perfect but me being me I would like to have a little more answers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Stefan Petrucha¿s mystery thriller ¿Ripper¿ follows the exciting

    Stefan Petrucha’s mystery thriller “Ripper” follows the exciting adventure of Carter Young, a New Pinkerton agent, as he searches for the identity of his father and attempts to catch a killer.  He is joined by his friends, Delia and Finn, and coworkers, Jackson, Emerill, Tudd, and Hawking.  

    Although a young adult’s book, the eerie mood and dark tone creates an enjoyable experience for all ages.   “Ripper” is a great homage to the “dime novels” Carver enjoys, and is a great introduction to the genre especially for younger readers.  It is also a great story on how one’s past does not define who they will become, as Carver must learn to cope with the identity of his father and his own personal demons. Carver’s story is one of coming of age but with a dark twist.  

    Petrucha does an amazing job of keeping the reader guessing.  The book is a good mix of suspense and action, never giving too much away while keeping the reader interested.  He also effectively created characters that feel real, not just cardboard cutouts. Interactions between characters feel genuine and realistic.  

    Overall the book is a great success.  It tells a great story in a truly interesting setting, while delivering a moral to its young readers.  The only improvement I can see being made is in the plot.  The final twist seems convoluted once considered and the book ends abruptly.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    "Ripper" by Stefan Petrucha is the epitome of a fantas

    "Ripper" by Stefan Petrucha is the epitome of a fantastic historical fiction novel. Petrucha successfully added the perfect amount of 
    history to not bore someone, and he created a story real enough to grab the reader's attention. The  mysterious tone is conveyed 
    through Carver Young when he goes on a manhunt  to try to find his father. The suspenseful and dark mood is set through the events
    around the manhunt, which include killings, betrayal, and secrets. Petrucha shares his magnificent mystery in an third person 
    omniscient point of view to allow the reader to know everybody's thoughts and feelings. The main character Carver Young always had 
    a dream of becoming a world-class detective, and his dream came true when he was adopted by Mr. Tudd of the New Pinkerton Agency. 
    For his first task Carver was assigned to find his long lost father whom he always had been quite curious about. Albert Hawking, a retired 
    detective, decides to take Carver under his wing and teach him about being a detective. Carver along with his friends Delia and Finn 
    take on a wild adventure to find a man who is the father of Carver and possibly a notorious killer. History nerds, mystery enthusiasts, and
    adventure addicts should have no problem keeping their eyes glued on to the page. Coming from a high school, who doesn't read often, 
    this book has astonished me with its twists and heart-racing action. The way Petrucha cunningly incorporated mini life lessons 
    throughout the novel allowed me to gain some valuable advice for personal situations. The greatest part about "Ripper" is that once one 
    thinks they have figured out who the killer is or who Carver's dad is, Petrucha creates a twist causing one to be astonished. Petrucha 
    did an excellent job written "Ripper" by adding so many twists and turns at the end of each chapter that there is no possible way of
    putting the book down. Petrucha developed the character's relationship with one another so flawlessly that by the end of the novel 
    everything made sense. The only thing that could've been improved is that there were a few timeline discrepancies and continuity errors
    that left the reader questioning how events were possible. I strongly recommend this book to anyone over the age of 11, and I guarantee
    your hands will get sore from flipping page after page. - Chris Bonanno

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  • Posted March 12, 2014

    Stefan Petrucha¿s ¿Ripper¿ is a fictional historic thriller. Pet

    Stefan Petrucha’s “Ripper” is a fictional historic thriller. Petrucha takes on a third person limited omniscient point of view. Through this point of view Petrucha adds to his suspenseful and often gloomy tone. Petrucha’s tone gives off a cold and confused mood, which, strangely, leaves the reader craving more. The main character is a fourteen-year-old boy named Carver Young. He has embarked on a seemingly impossible task of finding his true father who might be a killer.  Carver is accompanied by his dear friend and crush Delia and mentored by the mysterious, ex detective Mr. Hawking. Teenagers, young adults, and Jack the Ripper enthusiasts are the intended audience of “Ripper.” In general I thoroughly enjoyed “Ripper” until the plot became predictable, about midway through the book. I really liked the way that Petrucha used puzzles and information from the original Ripper killings. I also liked the way that Petrucha made the characters seem to have their own personalities and caricature with which I could relate and understand. I did not like how the plot became very predictable and how he chose to end the book, the whole train scene seemed irrelevant and rushed. Stefan Petrucha did an amazing job at initially capturing my attention and keeping my glued to the book, but lacked in keeping the novel as interesting in the very end. “Ripper” could be greatly improved if it had a revised ending where Hawking did not come out and say, “here I am! I’m the Ripper!”. Overall “Ripper” is a good fictional historic mystery that will most likely be enjoyed by the younger audience. Petrucha also incorporates many moral lessons into “Ripper.” Most all of the lessons are respectable and are things that people should take into consideration. Although they are mainly advanced concepts, the teenage audience should be able to understand and learn a few things from Petrucha. 

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  • Posted March 12, 2014

    Ripper is a historical mystery thriller set in the 1900's. The s

    Ripper is a historical mystery thriller set in the 1900's. The story of Carver and his escapades is told by himself in the third-person omniscient point of view. This book really gives off a mysterious and adventurous mood. You truly never know what is going to happen next, unless you get a really lucky guess. Carver is a 14 year old orphan who finds out early on that a string of killings happening in New York City could be related to his long lost father. He is enlisted by a brilliant and somewhat mad professor Hawking to be a spy in training. I would say that, since the book is centered on a young teen, that is the general intended audience, but anyone could pick up and enjoy this book pretty easily. I personally really enjoyed most of this book. The beginning is a bit slow, but if you’re reading this just for personal enjoyment, you shouldn’t have a problem at all. The middle of the book really kicks things off and you won’t want to stop once you hit the good stuff. The book really hooks you into the mystery, throwing little hints here and there that I really enjoyed. I like the theme of this book to be honest, and that’s because I love mysteries that you assume you know the answer to but accept that you probably don’t. I love when authors throw in a complete twist ending. I specifically loved how everything but the main character seems foggy; like you don’t know enough to decide if what you think you know is correct. The only thing I didn’t really like was the slow start, and some of the details are a bit of a stretch. You’ll see what I mean if you read this book. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Ripper, by Stefan Petrucha, is an exciting, mysterious novel tha

    Ripper, by Stefan Petrucha, is an exciting, mysterious novel that will be sure to engage any reader. What sets this book apart is that it incorporates pieces of different genres. It is a historical fiction, mystery, and thriller novel. The book is centered around fourteen year old Carver young who is introduced as an orphan dreaming of becoming a detective one day. Living at Ellis Orphanage with his friend Delia and being bullied by Finn is getting old for poor Carver. When Carver is adopted by Hawking, an undercover detective, his life changes drastically. On an adventure to discover and find his father and a killer, this book has never-ending plot twists that will blow your mind. The story has a third person omniscient point of view and a mysterious and suspenseful tone. The ability to connect with more than one character combined with the twists and turns throughout the book leave my mood changing after every chapter. The mood ranges from dark and mysterious to hopeful, sad, and thrilling.  Carver's mission to find his father makes this book appealing to all ages. Anyone could pick up this book and love it. Personally, I enjoyed flipping every page and could not put the book down! I loved the excitement that I got when I thought I had the whole book figured out and I loved even more being completely shocked with the outcome. I loved the characters and felt like I could connect with more than one, unlike most books. Petrucha did an incredible job incorporating 1890’s New York City into the Jack the Ripper story. The descriptions of the people and the city made me feel like I was there with Carver. There are several messages contained in this amazing novel. The main message that I got out of reading and agreed with was that you can choose your own path. You do not have to follow your parents footsteps; you can have your own story.  In regards to how Petrucha could have improved the novel, I do not have much to say.  While, the majority of the book was intriguing and suspenseful, there were those very small parts that lost my interest. However, as soon as I started to get bored, Petrucha threw in another twist to keep me alert. Overall, I am very glad I read this book and I would recommend it to anyone. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Stephan Petrucha¿s ¿Ripper¿, is a historical fiction and thrille

    Stephan Petrucha’s “Ripper”, is a historical fiction and thriller novel set during the late 19th century in New York City. “Ripper” was written in a third person point of view and follows the life of a young orphan named Carver Young, a boy who does not even know his real last name. With a love for mystery and detective work, Carver gets a once in a life time opportunity to work for the New Pinkerton Agency when he is adopted by the New Pinkerton’s greatest agent Albert Hawking. With the vague guidance of Hawking, the best detective equipment available at the Pinkerton’s, and the help from his friends Delia and Finn, Carver attempts to solve the biggest mystery of his life… Who is his father? At the same time, there have been mysterious killings going on that were similar to no other than the Whitechapel murderer himself. For Carver, this really means nothing to him until he realizes that this man might be his father. From that point on, the book is filled with suspense as the reader tries to figure out if Killer may in fact be his father. While this books is filled with many twists and turns, the biggest of them all is when the reader finds out who the Killer is and who Carver’s father is. While I do not enjoy reading, I found myself becoming fully immersed in the book and found myself reading more and more every day. I even found myself learning while I read because Petrucha was able to interweave historical people and information into the book such as Teddy Roosevelt and a woman from the Midnight Band of Mercy. “Ripper” is intended for teenagers, history enthusiasts, and anyone who is looking for something good to read. The only problem that I had with the book was when I read the last page and realized I was done.

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