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Deadfall

Deadfall

Robert Liparulo

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction / Young Adult

Deep in the isolated Northwest Territories, four friends are on the trip of a lifetime. Dropped by helicopter into the remote Canadian wilderness, Hutch, Terry, Phil, and David are looking to escape the events of a tumultuous year--a bitter divorce, bankruptcy, depression, and job loss--for two weeks of hunting, fishing, and camping.Armed only with a bow and arrow and the basics for survival, they've chosen a place far from civilization, a retreat from their turbulent lives. But they quickly discover that another group has targeted the remote region and the secluded hamlet of Fiddler Falls for a more menacing purpose: to field-test the ultimate weapon.With more than a week before the helicopter rendezvous and no satellite phone, they must risk everything to help the townspeople who are being held hostage and terrorized. An intense novel of character forged in the midst of struggle, survival, and sacrifice, Deadfall is highly-acclaimed author Robert Liparulo's latest rivetingly smart thriller. From Publishers WeeklyUtilizing more than a few narrative elements from James Dickey's 1970 classic Deliverance, Liparulo sends a quartet of middle-aged Colorado buddies on a 10-day vacation in the remote wilds of northern Saskatchewan in this slow-moving techno-thriller. Journalist and avid bow-hunter John Hutch Hutchinson and his fellow urban professionals are all tired of dealing with their own personal adversities and looking forward to a few idyllic days of hunting and fishing. When they encounter crazed millionaire Declan Gabriel Page and his plan to obliterate an entire town and its 242 residents with a space-based laser, their wilderness retreat turns into a nightmarish battle for survival. The implausible technology and all-too-predictable ending will leave readers longing for a few guitar-banjo duels. (Nov.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. ReviewDeadfall is Liparulo at his absolute best. Very rarely does a writer come along who can entertain at the highest level while exploring human character so effectively. With titles like Comes a Horseman, Germ, and now Deadfall under his belt, Liparulo is proving that he is an author who demands to be noticed. -- Jake Chism, Bookshelf Reviews, September 2007
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Deadlock

Deadlock

Robert Liparulo

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction / Young Adult

 Hutch is a newspaper columnist, single dad . . . and last defense against a lunatic's high-tech killing machine.Special Forces veteran-turned-billionaire Brendan Page has some dirty not-so-little secrets. He's built an empire on supplying futuristic weapons and highly trained soldiers to the world's most powerful armies.But he's saved his most destructive weapons for himself.John Hutchinson, a Denver newspaper columnist and avid bow-hunter, has figured out the truth about Brendan Page and is determined to bring him down. But he's up against a warmonger linked to assasinations, kidnappings, and terrorist activities.Hutch quickly uncovers a plan that seems unfathomable in its recklessness and loss of life. Yet he's just one man up against impossible odds--with no Plan B. Thankfully, it's just the kind of environment Hutch thrives best in . . . if he can survive the next three days.Deadlock will grab you from the riveting first page to its white-knuckle climax."With a blistering pace and irresistable characters, Deadlock is the best of high-octane suspense." Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Last SpymasterFrom Publishers WeeklyThe violent duel between idealistic journalist John Hutchinson and insane, megalomaniacal military industrialist Brendan Page continues in Liparulo's formulaic sequel to 2007's Deadfall. During their previous clash, Hutch killed Brendan's son Declan, who had used a laser cannon to terrorize a small town in Saskatchewan. Unable to convince the authorities in the U.S. and Canada that Brendan was behind the attack, Hutch has recommitted himself to getting the goods on his mortal enemy. When Brendan's forces abduct Hutch's young son, Logan, from Hutch's Colorado home, the reporter must battle hordes of foes in an attempt to rescue Logan. Fans of James Bond movies may appreciate the bad guy's grandiose schemes and the hero's many hairbreadth escapes, but readers who want more than clichés in their action fiction will have to look elsewhere. (Mar.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review"With a blistering pace and irresistible characters, Deadlock is the best of high-octane suspense. Robert Liparulo is a fabulous story-teller. His eye for military detail is unerring, and his ability to see into the human heart is revelatory. A page-turner and a heart-tugger, Deadlock is an unforgettable adventure and not to be missed." --Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Last Spymaster
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Timescape

Timescape

Robert Liparulo

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction / Young Adult

In the fourth installment of this stunning young adult series, the King family plummets into a nightmare of head-spinning action, as the house and the worlds that lay beyond grow increasingly dangerous. David, Xander, Dad, and Keal have discovered a terrible secret. Now, finding Mom is only a small part of their mission. And time is running out. Using the portals to build an empire, Taksidian wants the house for himself, and there's nothing he won't do to get the family out. The consequences of his meddling reach far beyond the family--to the future of the world itself. The Kings know their survival depends on stopping the bloodthirsty assassin. If only they can find his weakness in time. Most startling of all is their ability to change the path of history. But will their tinkering in time reunite the family and save the future . . . or set mankind on an irreversible course of destruction?
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House of Dark Shadows

House of Dark Shadows

Robert Liparulo

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction / Young Adult

Dream house . . . or bad dream?When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house. They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.ReviewPraise for the Dreamhouse Kings series:''Dreamhouse Kings is a nonstop action ride into history's wildest adventures. It's my new favorite series!'' -- Slade Pearce, teen actor (October Road) ''A powerhouse storyteller delivers his most fantastic ride yet!'' -- Ted Dekker, bestselling author ''With a house of so many great, haunting stories, why would you ever want to go outside?'' --R. L. Stine, bestselling author of the 'Goosebumps' series Review"A powerhouse storyteller delivers his most fantastic ride yet!"
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Watcher in the Woods

Watcher in the Woods

Robert Liparulo

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction / Young Adult

It's not just the house that's keeping secrets.Pretending everything's all right is harder than it sounds. But the Kings know that even if they told the truth about the bizarre things happening in their house, no one would believe them. They're hyper-focused on rescuing their lost family member before anyone finds out what's going on. But when a stranger shows up to take their house, their options start dwindling fast. Why would he be so interested in a run-down old place? And what secret is he hiding--just as he hides the scars that crisscross his body?The mystery gets stranger with each passing day. Will the Kings be able to find a way to harness the house's secrets and discover who is watching their every move before another gets snatched into an unknown world?ReviewPraise for Robert Liparulo's 'Dreamhouse Kings' series:''If you like creepy and mysterious, this is the house for you! Every room opens a door to magic, true horror, and amazing surprises. I loved wandering around in these books. With a house of so many great, haunting stories, why would you ever want to go outside?'' --R.L. Stine author of Goosebumps''A powerhouse storyteller delivers his most fantastic ride yet!'' --Ted Dekker, bestselling author of Chosen and Infidel''Dreamhouse Kings is a non-stop action ride into history's wildest adventures. It's my new favorite series!'' --Slade Pearce, teen actor (October Road, Air Buddies, Yours, Mine & Ours) Review"A powerhouse storyteller delivers his most fantastic ride yet!"
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Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers

Robert Liparulo

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction / Young Adult

The house talks. It breathes. And it's hungry. The Kings have been in the creepy old place, their new home, for only a few days, but they've experienced enough terror to last a lifetime. And the mystery is growing even more baffling. Shadowy and shifting, the big house conceals doors into other worlds that blur the line between memories and dreams-and the slightest misstep can change history forever. At least, that's if they believe the trembling old man who shows up claiming to know them. "There's a reason you're in the house," he tells them. "As gatekeepers, we must make sure only those events that are supposed to happen get through to the future." The problem is that horrors beyond description wait on the other side of those gates. As if that weren't enough, the Kings are also menaced by sinister forces on this side-like the dark, ancient stranger Taksidian, who wants them out now. Xander, David, and Toria must venture beyond the gates to save their missing mother-and discover how truly high the stakes have become.
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Germ

Germ

Robert Liparulo

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction / Young Adult

If you breathe...It will find you. The list of 10,000 names was created for maximum devastation. Business leaders, housewives, politicians, celebrities, janitors, children. None of them is aware of what is about to happen--but all will be part of the most frightening brand of warfare the world has ever known. The germ--an advanced form of the Ebola virus--has been genetically engineered to infect only those people whose DNA matches the codes embedded within it. Those whose DNA is not a match simply catch a cold. But those who are a match experience a far worse fate. Within days, their internal organs liquify. Death is the only escape. The release of the virus will usher in a new era of power where countries are left without defense. Where a single person--or millions--could be killed with perfect accuracy and zero collateral damage. Where your own DNA works against you.
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Comes a Horseman

Comes a Horseman

Robert Liparulo

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction / Young Adult

The ancients saw Death as a blazing figure on horseback, swift and merciless. Those facing the black chasm often mistook their pounding hearts for the beating of hooves.Now, two FBI agents pursuing a killer from a centuries-old cult realize they have become his prey.From Publishers WeeklyToward the end of this debut novel, its heroine, FBI Special Agent Alicia Wagner, summarizes its plot to herself, characterizing it as "the stuff of bad movies." Indeed, with its myriad contrivances, gratuitous gore and tedious explanations of crime-scene investigation technology, this novel does feel like the screenplay for a formulaic suspense thriller. Complete with earnest, good-looking law enforcement agents, an even better-looking Antichrist candidate and gory murders committed on his behalf by a modern-day Viking, this novel travels territory familiar to fans of both contemporary crime thrillers and apocalyptic Christian fiction. However, there are strong points: Liparulo's prose style is smooth, and he, like many contemporary Christian novelists, avoids miscues of previous generations of Christian fiction. For example, while he engages in some gender stereotyping, his heroine is actually tougher than her male counterpart. And rather than making liberal Christians evil and conservative Christians good, this novel, much like Ted Dekker's best work, does not draw such simple distinctions. Rather, Liparulo weaves conservative Christian belief into the novel with subtlety and restraint. While these virtues do not entirely make up for the novel's tendency toward convolution and suspenselessness, Liparulo may well find a readership among existing fans of Christian thrillers. (Nov. 3) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review"Grabs you from page one. Be warned: Your heart will race, your head will spin, your palms will sweat!!" -- Robert Andrescik, editor of New Man magazineComes a Horseman offers "hold your breath" thrills at a breathless pace. Well-developed characters drive the suspense-filled plot. -- Aspiring Retail Magazine, July 2005A thriller in the truest sense of the word. -- Focus on Fiction, October 2005Comes a Horseman is easily one of this year's best novels. -- New Man magazine, November/December 2005This book is loaded with suspense and moves at a very fast pace. Highly recommended! -- BestSellersWorld.com, October 2005This is a fast-paced page-turner as gracefully written as anything churned out by Koontz or Crichton. -- Dancing Word Magazine, November 2005
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Frenzy

Frenzy

Robert Liparulo

Mystery & Thrillers / Literature & Fiction / Young Adult

Their destiny is to fix history. Their dream is to get home.When you live in a house that's really a gateway between past and present, you have to be ready for anything. It's a painful fact the Kings have faced since moving to Pinedale eight days ago. Desperately trying to rescue their mother from an unknown time and place, brothers Xander and David have lunged headlong into the chaos of history's greatest—and most volatile—events. But their goal has continually escaped their grasp.And worse: Finding Mom is only a small part of what they must do, thanks to the barbaric Taksidian. His ruthless quest to sieze their house and its power from them has put not only the family, but all of mankind, in grave danger.Somehow, the key to it all hinges on Uncle Jesse's words to the boys: "Fixing time is what our family was made to do." But how can they fix a world that has been turned updisde down—much less ever find their way...
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