Ripper's Row

Ripper's Row

by Donnie Light, Shawn Weaver


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Ripper's Row by Donnie Light, Shawn Weaver

In the fall of 1888, Jack the Ripper cut a swath of blood and terror through the streets of London, in an area known as Whitechaple. The papers called him a monster for attacking innocent women in the night. But if the world only knew the truth behind Jack’s monstrous acts, they would think differently. Jack was a madman, yes, but a madman on a mission to save the world from the foul creatures of the night. Creatures that haunted his soul, tortured his existence, and made every minute of his life a living hell.
Only Jack the Ripper could save the unsuspecting masses from the vampires that ruled the streets of Whitechaple after dark. Only he could strike down the dangerous Master Vampire William Carpenter—or die in the attempt.
Follow the infamous “Jack the Ripper” through a harrowing adventure to take back the streets of Victorian London, and reclaim the honor of a love lost to darkness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453882726
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Donnie Light has been an avid reader all of his life. He grew up telling ghost stories to his childhood friends and read every horror and thriller novel he could find.
Now, he loves to weave tales that combine the best of those genres. Tight, fast-paced tales that keep the reader engaged, along with a suspenseful, scary storyline is what Donnie strives for.
His first novel, Dark Justice, introduced readers to his lightning-fast style of storytelling. In Ripper’s Row, along with co-author Shawn Weaver, he displays this style once again, in a gripping, vampire thriller set in Victorian London.
Donnie lives in rural, northern Illinois with his wife Barbara. He has two adult sons who also live nearby. Donnie works in the field of Information Technology and loves e-books and e-readers. Keep up with news of Donnie’s latest work at He can also be found on Facebook and Twitter, and loves hearing from readers. Drop him a line at Donnie.

Shawn Weaver - Embracing a passion for reading, Shawn Weaver has spent a lifetime with the written word. After his father handed Shawn, his first novel at the young age of eight. He found the magical worlds that existed within those pages. From that moment on, no book escaped his grasp
Growing older, Shawn’s collection of novels and comics grew to a library state. And with that, he found the joy of putting his thoughts to writing. A new life began. Words turned from just being a hobby, to a way of life. With a love for the fantasy genre, and role playing games, Shawn had created the world of Zenna.
A world unto its own filled with mystical creatures, magic, and passion. Giving the reader endless possibilities of adventure, as the world they find themselves immersed in comes to grasp with the eventuality of war. The Tides of War series gives a glimpse into the lives of those cast into the struggle of the approaching war, a war that no man or beast is free from, and no country will be untouched in some way.
Shawn’s first novel, Sense of Honor, and his second, Dragon’s Chest were published in 2010.
Shawn lives with his wife, Rebecca, in a cozy hundred and nine year old house in Beloit, Wisconsin. For more information on these works and upcoming projects, please go to:

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Ripper's Row 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Asayake More than 1 year ago
The setting, using the historical figure of Jack the Ripper, and giving it a fantasy twist was quite entertaining and seamlessly entwined. I am not a big fan of the horror genre so I was hesitant as to whether I would like this book or not. I like shows like NCIS and CSI etc, and this tale was not far off from their level of explanatory 'gore', so no nightmares here. I am a fan of Shawn Weaver's storytelling style, which shinned through in this tale, rich descriptions in a highly detailed world. The book flows quickly and the end will leave you wanting more. Highly recommended.
TxBelle More than 1 year ago
"Ripper's Row" by Donnie Light and Shawn Weaver is based on a unique concept. What if Jack the Ripper was really killing vampires and their consorts? Vampire William Carpenter controls one area of London and surrounds himself with a bevy of beautiful consorts who bring him money and offer him blood and sex. Another part of London is controlled by a younger vampire, Simon, who has no love for his elder. When consort after consort winds up dead in the back alleys, William realizes he's being hunted and enlists Simon's help. The bargain - Simon kills Jack and gains William's territory while William moves to New Orleans across the Atlantic. Jack's skills with knives, razors and different killing inventions make him a formidable enemy. In his mind, and with the blessing of a priest, he believes he is doing God's work by ridding the world of these dark demons. In this novella, the shortcomings lay in thin character development, a need for editing and the fact that I couldn't find anyone to root for; they were all twisted. However, if you like vampires and horrific fights, seeing the hunter stalk his prey, and the time period of late 19th century London, you'll enjoy this story.
tiver01 More than 1 year ago
A murderer in London's Whitechapel district? Jack the Ripper has the city paryalzed in fear. But if the truth were known, he would not be the feared one. Jack is only out to rid the night of evil creatures and those that have been mesmorized by them. Toss out all that you know or have heard about Jack and join him as he begins his cursade to save London's residents from the dark of night... Look out Twilight! Donnie Light and Shawn Weaver have put together a thought provoking, well conceived and well wriiten spin on Jack the Ripper! I am looking forward to their next work together! A five star read for sure! Ted Iverson Author - Mission to the Stars: Book One: The Search for FTL
ellenmaze More than 1 year ago
Donnie and Shawn have written a fun and different vampire tale. Basic plot: Historical figure Jack the Ripper is hunting vampires and the head vampire strenuously resists his efforts. No one can say it's been done before! The writing style flows and the voice carries you from page to page, with just the right amount of graphic description. I think vampire and horror fans will enjoy this tale immensely. Ellen C Maze Author of Curiously Spiritual Vampire Tales
KMichaels More than 1 year ago
Jack the Ripper has been the focus of many books over the years, but Donnie Light and Shawn Weaver has managed to put a fresh spin on the tale of the serial killer. Written with excellent imagery and a voice that flowed easily throughout the chapters. Ripper's Row starts off as you would imagine a book about Jack the Ripper beginning, but quickly become something unique as the supernatural elements are introduced. Vampires in a historical thriller about Jack the Ripper. What more do you want? What makes this book riveting is how the plot twists around until you're not sure who is good and who is evil. Basically, this book is a great choice for anyone who enjoys a vampiric thriller.
Jessy_B More than 1 year ago
This book takes the idea that Jack the Ripper wasn't such a bad guy - he was just trying to rid London of vampire-possessed-prostitutes. I have to admit, it's a very unique plot and the hunt between the vampires and the vampire-killer is gripping. I had no idea who would win in the end (if anyone!) and the final fight kept me reading late into the night. It's a great novella IF you can get past the introduction and first chapter! In my opinion, the introduction is unnecessary and can really be skipped. It gives the historical background of London and Jack the Ripper but really, the book speaks for itself. The authors paint a haunting picture of London during the time period and I think most readers will have heard of Jack the Ripper. The first chapter is riddled with editing errors, but the rest of the book is almost spotless. If you are a fan of vampire thrillers, I definitely recommend this book. It was easy to read, exciting, and an overall good book.
DuncanMoron More than 1 year ago
Ripper's Row is the collaborative effort of D0nnie Light and Shawn Weaver. The two authors take the infamous Jack the Ripper and of all things, turn him into a hero. The public at large might know Jack as a horribly brutal serial killer, but in reality he is a tortured soul who hunts down vampires and their entourage. You see, all of Jack's victims are blood sucking demons and Jack's mission is to purge the earth of these vile creatures who have robbed him of his one true love. I loved the take on redefining society's belief in a decades old legend. How many stories have been written about the serial killer from the poor streets of London? My guess is a few hundred. I can also fathom that none have portrayed Jack as the hero. That originality was ingenious. Unfortunately the ingenuity stopped there and we are then given the dry old vampire tale we have been fed since Bram Stoker first enlightened the world to the walking dead. Garlic, crosses, wooden stakes, etc., I really was hoping for a more unique take since the premise of this book was so original. The book opens with a little background on London and a brief synopsis of Jack the Ripper and then dives into his first kill. You definitely get a feel for the atmosphere throughout the writing and I could hear the clopping of cobblestones underneath people's feet as I read through the pages. I am not a huge fan of historical fiction, but I admittedly enjoyed the backdrop of this story very much. Both writers did a nice job on making you feel a part of the era that implanted Mr. Ripper on all of our lives. I also think the book did a nice job of mixing the action in with some nice character development on what made Jack click. I did get the feeling a professional editor wasn't used in proofing the book. My guess is the two authors proofed each other's writing. There were many areas of repetition, from words to passages. The book would be better served if it were combed through a little more thoroughly. I remember "darkness" used about 8 times in the span of two paragraphs and being told that paper sales was the primary goal of the Ripper stories on three different occasions. I continue to laugh when I write editing issues in reviews as I seem to get some of the same comments on my writing. Maybe that is why I am sensitive to the issues, not sure. Anyway, overall I enjoyed the story. If you like a nicely packaged tried and true vampire story with an interestingly twisted backdrop, you will enjoy the read. It doesn't break any new ground but it has established an ingenious take on warping historical villains into heroes that I very much enjoyed. Overall a nice job and I would be interested to see what the pair comes up with on their next adventure. I do hope they use their imagination to propel me as a reader into something completely different, they obviously have the imagination for it.
amiblackwelder More than 1 year ago
Ripper's Row by Donnie Light and Shawn Weaver From the very first page I can hear the horses, see the setting, and smell the vile intentions. What begins as a a jack-the-ripper story turns into something different entirely when the paranormal is revealed and the intentions of the 'murderer' are disclosed. With details and descriptions a reader can taste, smell, and hear, I found myself easily lost in the prose and anticipatory of the next page of language delights. The dialogue is reminiscent of older times and I believed what was being said rang true. With characters like Annie, Mary, Kelley, Elizabeth, Helena, Sarah, Simon, Jack and William, I enjoyed the people in the story and getting to know them. When one believes the villain is clear, the axis are turned, and true evil is seen. Because everything is not always as it appears. This story was good, because it made me question a murderer's intentions, and ask what if the motivation was pure? Written in a completely different fashion from Sense of Honor and Dragon's Chest, this novel feels more intimate to me for some reason. I enjoyed all three of Shawn Weaver's works. This one is quite different from the last two and I have to say my favorite thus far...until he writes another:) There is a bit of discrepancy with past and present tense, something to be solved with editing, but overall a very good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago