Review: The Summer Son by Robert J Duperre

Posted 5 November, 2012 by Pushy in Blog, Pushy, Pushy Book Review / 11 Comments

The Summer Son by Robert J DuperreThe Summer Son

Genre: Post Apocalypse Paranormal Horror
Publication: July 24th, 2012
eBook purchased by reviewer
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synopsis from Goodreads
A small group of men and women who have survived the plague now find themselves trapped between Sam’s Children, a host of undead beasts, and the SNF, an army of living men no less vile. To defeat both enemies, the survivors will need all their fortitude.Reaching the Florida coast just might be the only hope left for mankind. Will the mystery of the end of the world be unveiled, or will the Earth be plunged into eternal darkness?

Sublimely addictive, Rob Duperre’s final book in the Rift Saga is utterly enthralling!

Our poor band of compatriots

For those of you unfamiliar with this series, you can check out information on the first three books here, here and here. For those of you who are familiar with this gut-wrenching, amazing, absolutely brilliant series, I will do my best NOT to be spoilery. But really….it won’t be easy!

In the Summer Son by Robert J Duperre, we rejoin the folks we left in Death Springs Eternal after the enormous cliffhangers and life for the people in this world aren’t good. Surrounded by madness, murder and destruction, it’s hard to imagine how these folks have not gone insane or simply committed suicide. Life is truly that bleak. But these characters have each other and more than a few of them, like Marcy and Josh, are so damned stubborn, they simply can’t give up the good fight. And thank goodness they don’t!

After living through the utter horrors of Death Springs Eternal I was ready for a steady path to HEA-land. But Mr. Duperre wasn’t going to make it easy, on his characters or the reader. Believe me when I say this was one bumpy ride.


Just when I was in tears wondering if things would ever take a turn for the better….THEY FINALLY DID!!! And redemption comes from the most unsuspected, most utterly perfect person! When the pieces started to FINALLY fall into place, all I could do was marvel at the utter brilliance of Robert Duperre’s story-telling and his epic skills in taking the reader not just through each individual book but through the over arching story line of the series.

Redemption? Yup, we’ve got it.
Good triumphing over evil? You betcha, even though it’s SOOOO touch and go!
And the perfect, bittersweet ending to this tragic tale of humanity pushed to its limits and beyond? Yes, 100% perfection!

Bewitched Rating


Bottom Line

If you haven’t started this series, there’s no better time as it’s complete and truly an emotional journey filled with horror, hope and damn good writing!


Now go and get lost…in a book!
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11 Responses to “Review: The Summer Son by Robert J Duperre”

  1. I’m not familiar with this series. I definitely wouldn’t pick it up from the cover. But I’m curious since you like it so much.
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    Pushy 11/5/2012

    The fourth cover is definitely charged, but it’s fitting for the place where the story is at the beginning of this book. And the art throughout the series is intense and beautiful. Just like the writing. 🙂
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  2. Well I have to admit that the cover totally does not work for me, I would not be compelled to pick this up in a bookstore, but it is another case of bad cover on a good book. The story sounds amazing and I like bittersweet endings. Thanks for sharing!
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    Pushy 11/5/2012

    The story is incredible!!!! Thanks for stopping by!
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  3. *is scared by the cover*

    Usually, you have such pretty covers on this blog — I was startled when that popped up. Damned good writing definitely catches my eye and this series sounds incredibly intriguing. Off to start at the beginning!
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    Pushy 11/5/2012

    MARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You would love this story arc!!! It’s so profound and lovely!!!
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  4. Kristin

    I don’t know if I could get into the story. I can barely get past the cover. It doesn’t look like it but for some reason as soon as I saw it, it reminded me of the painting Saturn Devouring His Son, which has creeped me out beyond belief since college.

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