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Save Me, Rip Orion
     

Save Me, Rip Orion

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by Matt Bower
 

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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

Overview

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Rabid Readers - Tammy Dewhirst
"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
Online Book Club - Mr EmDash
(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."
Publishers Weekly - PW Reviewer
"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."
Amazon.com - Amazon Reviewer
"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."

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - Quarterfinalist
Amazon Bestseller: Fiction-Satire
Kindle Book Review - JJ Toner
"Lively entertainment. The writing in this book is full of life, energy, and fun."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015931501
Publisher:
Crooked Lullabies Press
Publication date:
11/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
552 KB

Meet the Author

Matt Bower graduated from LHU in 2001 with a degree in English. He was President of the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
Matt has performed with several comedy troupes, including the Cellar Dwellers and Player One as a sketch writer and improvisor/actor. His novel Save Me, Rip Orion was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013. Publisher's Weekly positively reviewed the novel, which 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 writing has been published in Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Defenestration Literary Magazine, Neutrons Protons, SORB, The Crucible, PGHCOMEDY, and various blogs. He served as a staff writer at the Fansided site Rum Bunter, a subsidiary of Sport's Illustrated.
An interest in storytelling budded when he won The Pgh Moth StorySLAM, and later performed in The Pgh Moth GrandSLAM, Kevin Allison Presents: RISK! Live Show & Podcast!, WordPLAY, among other shows.
Besides maintaining the blog Crooked Lullabies, Matt is raising his son in his image.

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