Friday, September 7, 2012

REVIEW: "SILAS" (A Supernatural Thriller) - by Robert J Duperre

(A Supernatural Thriller)
by Robert J. Duperre

REVIEWED BY: Books4Tomorrow


Ken Lowery is a man at odds with his life. He hates his job, is disappointed in his marriage, and feels resigned to leading a mundane existence.

That all changes when his wife brings home a rambunctious black Labrador puppy named Silas, who forges a remarkable connection with Ken and begins to heal his inner turmoil. When some neighborhood children start to go missing, he takes it upon himself to protect those around him and is thrust into a surreal world where monsters roam. Not everything is what it seems to be, he soon discovers, including his new best friend.


I don’t think the blurb does this book any justice. There is so much more to “Silas” than the overview suggests. A supernatural thriller it definitely is, but it also borders on becoming a sci-fi novel. The whole time while reading it, all I could think of was how much I didn’t want the book to end.

“Silas” is an incredibly unique novel and one I’ll easily read again. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before and apart from the adrenaline-pumping action, the extraordinary world it transports the reader to and the terror that keeps your heart beating at a frantic pace; the writing is very Dean Koontz-like, and the plot can be compared to one bled from the pen of Stephen King’s imagination, minus King’s well-known penchant for lengthy and dragging details.

The author’s superb writing takes the reader places where only the wildest of imaginations venture. The impression I got from reading the blurb was of a town terrorized by unseen forces preying on children. As true as this is, the story in actuality takes the reader to a parallel world similar to our own in the most miniscule of details. This parallel world is where most of the story and action takes place and also what made this such a remarkable read. Many times I was left in awe by the author’s creativity in the exceptional characters and creatures he created and how easy he makes it for the reader to immerse into this fantastical world.

This is truly an amazing adventure undertaken by a man and his loyal Labrador companion, and although the last few chapters had a very “Marley and Me” feel to it, the story ends on a high note, albeit an unanticipated one. “Silas” was an enjoyable, surprising read with a superbly crafted storyline and boatloads of suspense. Whether you’re a fan of the sci-fi genre or not this story, with its colorful settings and extraordinary canine protagonist, will appeal to readers all across the spectrum. Highly recommended!


“Silas” by Robert J. Duperre has 23 reviews on GoodReads. Read it here.


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