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The real Jack the Ripper is loose, and this time he's brought friends to the darkness of the deep desert in the newest adrenaline rush from David Golemon, The New York Times bestselling author of Legacy. In the tradition of works by James Rollins, Preston and Child and Matthew Reilly, Ripper is the latest in an action-packed series about the nation's most secret agency—The The real Jack the Ripper is loose, and this time he's brought friends to the darkness of the deep desert in the newest adrenaline rush from David Golemon, The New York Times bestselling author of Legacy. In the tradition of works by James Rollins, Preston and Child and Matthew Reilly, Ripper is the latest in an action-packed series about the nation's most secret agency—The Event Group. In 1887, the British Empire contracted brilliant American professor Lawrence Ambrose to create a mutant gene to turn an ordinary person into an aggressive fighting machine. But all too quickly, Ambrose was found to be behind a streak of vicious murders, and in a cover-up of massive proportions, Queen Victoria ordered the project, and Ambrose, terminated. Thus the legend of Jack the Ripper was born. The killings stopped as suddenly as they had begun—but not because Ambrose was caught. Instead, he escaped and returned home to America where he and his formula faded into history. But in 2012, a raid against a Mexican drug lord uncovers a small cache of antiquated notebooks containing long-buried instructions to create blind killers out of normal men. Enter the Event Group and Col. Jack Collins, who are desperate to stop one of their most feared enemies. When the formula is loosed in the underground halls and vaults of the Event Group complex itself, brother will battle brother, and for the first time in many men's brave lives they will understand the true meaning of fear. The next heart-stopping chapter in the New York Times bestselling Event Group series, Ripper takes readers to new levels of suspense, where death could be hiding around any corner on this non-stop thrill ride.


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The real Jack the Ripper is loose, and this time he's brought friends to the darkness of the deep desert in the newest adrenaline rush from David Golemon, The New York Times bestselling author of Legacy. In the tradition of works by James Rollins, Preston and Child and Matthew Reilly, Ripper is the latest in an action-packed series about the nation's most secret agency—The The real Jack the Ripper is loose, and this time he's brought friends to the darkness of the deep desert in the newest adrenaline rush from David Golemon, The New York Times bestselling author of Legacy. In the tradition of works by James Rollins, Preston and Child and Matthew Reilly, Ripper is the latest in an action-packed series about the nation's most secret agency—The Event Group. In 1887, the British Empire contracted brilliant American professor Lawrence Ambrose to create a mutant gene to turn an ordinary person into an aggressive fighting machine. But all too quickly, Ambrose was found to be behind a streak of vicious murders, and in a cover-up of massive proportions, Queen Victoria ordered the project, and Ambrose, terminated. Thus the legend of Jack the Ripper was born. The killings stopped as suddenly as they had begun—but not because Ambrose was caught. Instead, he escaped and returned home to America where he and his formula faded into history. But in 2012, a raid against a Mexican drug lord uncovers a small cache of antiquated notebooks containing long-buried instructions to create blind killers out of normal men. Enter the Event Group and Col. Jack Collins, who are desperate to stop one of their most feared enemies. When the formula is loosed in the underground halls and vaults of the Event Group complex itself, brother will battle brother, and for the first time in many men's brave lives they will understand the true meaning of fear. The next heart-stopping chapter in the New York Times bestselling Event Group series, Ripper takes readers to new levels of suspense, where death could be hiding around any corner on this non-stop thrill ride.

30 review for Ripper

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    NOTE: Against my own better judgement, after tossing this aside in anger last night, I kept on reading it today. I wanted to see if it got any better (so far: a little better). All of my comments below still stand, but I am not done reviewing this one yet. Not at all. NOTE 2.0: It is 9:20 p.m. I made it to page 200 and my brain has the consistency of scrambled eggs. It is also a very angry brain. Review below. Disclaimer: I realize that these types of thrillers (super-secret agency + clean-cut, ha NOTE: Against my own better judgement, after tossing this aside in anger last night, I kept on reading it today. I wanted to see if it got any better (so far: a little better). All of my comments below still stand, but I am not done reviewing this one yet. Not at all. NOTE 2.0: It is 9:20 p.m. I made it to page 200 and my brain has the consistency of scrambled eggs. It is also a very angry brain. Review below. Disclaimer: I realize that these types of thrillers (super-secret agency + clean-cut, handsome hero + spunky heroine + nefarious organization + mystical secret/evil plot to destroy (insert target here)/ aliens) are not, generally, what one would call literary. I suppose you could call them a summer popcorn movie. Nothing too serious, nothing to analyze. Just mind candy, with lots of outrageous action, intrigues, and heroes with a signature weapon. I got it. If your standard adventure thriller is popcorn, Ripper is like a viscous glob of high fructose corn syrup, contaminated with e.coli and coated with hairballs. It has no value whatsoever. I've read the previous entries in the Event series, and I liked most of them. I generally liked the characters and the crazy situations. Some of the later entries in the series, however, have definitely been lacking in the coherency department. Most of this seems to be due to the absence of a copy editor, or, perhaps (in true conspiracy theory fashion) a copy editor who so hates the author that he/she purposely sabotages the text. Or perhaps Mr. Golemon is merely allergic to the English language--specifically, to the tiny comma. Yes. I admit that I am completely anal-retentive about commas, and probably more enthusiastic about them than I should be (and I fully admit that, due to Muphry's Law, I will make grammatical mistakes in this review). The utter lack of ... grammar in this book floors me. Whenever characters are addressing each other, for example, the commas are all missing. AWOL. Example: "I think I would have better luck finding the Ripper following you my dear colonel" (p. 9). This happens over, and over, and over again. "That was not the intent of my letter to you Chief Inspector" (p. 11). "Stay close to me old boy" (23). "Professor, you did not drink the whole of this did you?" (p. 27) FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD, PUT A COMMA IN THERE! WOULD IT KILL YOU??? WOULD IT??? But this is not all, no, not at all! Other reviewers have mentioned that the dialogue can be cheesy or stilted, but that one shouldn't hold that against the book because, after all, it's a popcorn movie. There is a major difference between cheesy dialogue and dialogue that makes no sense because the words are not ... right. My favorite example of this occurs rather early on: "As for the viles of powdered solution in the secondary laboratory, dump them into the sand" (p. 48). Excuse me? "Viles" of solution? "Vial" is a container for chemicals, and "vile" describes the editing job. Good heavens. Words are omitted from sentences, sentences are merged into strange chimerical beasts ... won't someone please help this man? I've not even gone into the plot, such as it is, for this book. Quick rundown: American government sanctions testing of poppy-distilled serum to create "Berserker" super-soldiers. This is in the 1880s--and the scientist developing them (inexplicably) jaunts across the ocean to London and begins the Whitechapel killing spree of Jack the Ripper. He basically Hulks up, pulling a Mr. Hyde, yet also becoming super-smart. Then he hides in Mexico, where George Patton (!!!) burns down his hacienda. Then the poppy mixture ends up, in a very roundabout and drawn out way, at the Event Group super-secret hideout near Las Vegas. One of the main characters up and resigns in the middle of the book, and no one really seems to mind. His girlfriend seems to be succumbing to the advances of their arch-nemesis ... really? Really? Look, I'm willing to give my "fun reads" a lot of leeway. I don't expect quasi-supernatural/sci-fi thrillers to be literary masterpieces or ultra-realistic, they had dang well better be in readable English, with no stupid mistakes, with believable character development/twists, and they had better not make me want to pull out my hair in frustration. And, for the love of Pete, will you please, please, please leave the "Jack the Ripper" trope alone? P.S. One other thing I remembered: Early on in the book, there's a scene where Queen Victoria gives orders (via letter, I believe) to a subordinate, and the whole time she says "I" and "my" instead of the royal We. I don't think Queen Victoria would have not used that quirky bit of the English language.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bob/Sally

    The Event Group is a secret US government agency, led by Major Jack Collins, that has been tasked with eliminating those threats that many of us dismiss as myth, conspiracy, or sheer fiction. Having first appeared in Event, where the aliens of Roswell were the focus, the team has carried on through to this, their seventh adventure. In Ripper, as the you may guess from the title, David L. Golemon has made Jack the Ripper (or, more accurately, his legacy) the focus. It's always dangerous to mess ar The Event Group is a secret US government agency, led by Major Jack Collins, that has been tasked with eliminating those threats that many of us dismiss as myth, conspiracy, or sheer fiction. Having first appeared in Event, where the aliens of Roswell were the focus, the team has carried on through to this, their seventh adventure. In Ripper, as the you may guess from the title, David L. Golemon has made Jack the Ripper (or, more accurately, his legacy) the focus. It's always dangerous to mess around with world history, especially when you're embellishing it with fictional history, but Golemon takes a smart approach here. His book is equal parts science-fiction drama, comic book adventure, and blockbuster action flick. Unlike so many authors who try to imbue these kinds of stories with some sort of artificial significance, or thought-provokingly topical relevance, Golemon simply invites us to grab a bag of popcorn, suspend our disbelief, and enjoy the ride. The novel begins by introducing us to the 'real' Jack the Ripper, an American scientist who is both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In fact, it's Robert Louis Stevenson himself who tips off Scotland Yard as to the Ripper's identity, much to the displeasure of the Americans . . . and Queen Victoria. Skip ahead a hundred years or so, and we meet the members of the Event Group working to recover the lost notes and samples of the Ripper - who, as it turns out, was largely responsible for shaping the latter stages of Patton's career. In terms of sheer audacity, it's one hell of a way to begin a story, but I loved it. Detractors of the series will complain that the heroes and villains here are somewhat stereotypical, and that the dialogue is definitely cheesy at times. So what? This isn't high literature, it's the literary equivalent of a summer blockbuster! The heroes are likeable, admirable, and well-worth rooting for. Similarly, the villains are absolutely despicable, but they're damned entertaining. I daresay I can recite more lines of dialogue from this book than any I've read this year, and fellow readers recognize them immediately. This is a story that's full of action, imagination, and even some morbid humour. The writing is solid, the pacing is quick, and the twists are almost as much fun as the cliffhangers. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am definitely ready for more. Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    What would you say if you found out that the devastation of Jack the Rippers killing spree was paid for by England’s very own Queen Victoria? How would you feel if you found out that Jack the Ripper was also the infamous characters of Strange Cases of Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson? In 1887, the British government hired Lawrence Ambrose, a genius in botany, to create a compound from different strands of the poppy flowers…this compound's purpose was to produce a super s What would you say if you found out that the devastation of Jack the Rippers killing spree was paid for by England’s very own Queen Victoria? How would you feel if you found out that Jack the Ripper was also the infamous characters of Strange Cases of Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson? In 1887, the British government hired Lawrence Ambrose, a genius in botany, to create a compound from different strands of the poppy flowers…this compound's purpose was to produce a super soldier for her majesties military. But something went very wrong, a termination order was given for both his project and Dr. Ambrose himself. Dr. Ambrose escapes capture and returns to his home land of the United States where he disappears. In 1916, a group from the United State Cavalry Regiment and a secret organization called the Event Group is tasked with crossing the US boarder into Mexico and destroy what is deemed a threat to US security. (Dr. Ambrose and his experiments) At great loss of life, the team was successful in destroying the hacienda that Ambrose where was residing and eliminating the threat (Ambrose himself). Little did they know they missed destroying critical experimental materials. Present day, 2012, a Mexican drug lord’s action will restart the cycle of devastation once again. Ambrose's material is accidently uncovered during a rescue mission executed by the very same organization, Event Group, from the 1916 mission. The elixir, created by Ambrose 125 years prior, is then transported to a secured underground facility filled with scientist that are over seen by the Event Group, where hell on earth rains once again. Let me first say that I am not a thriller reader. That being said, I loved Ripper. Ripper is filled with government mechanizations, nail biting action, political agendas, and a fascinating twist to Jack the Ripper and Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde story. I was a little overwhelmed with the number of characters and organizations, but it quickly was overcome when more of the story was revealed. Extraordinary tale, intriguing characters and captivating till the end, Ripper is a story not to miss. This ARC copy of Ripper was given to me by Goodreads First Reads and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This is the clear worst so far in an otherwise exciting and well-written series. Think of this book as more of a filler between adventures (aka it's boring). The majority of it is about housekeeping. Remove some characters, add some characters, kill some characters, leadership changes, setting up new potentially long-term baddies, etc. without spoiling too much. One characters is pretty much just "in the hospital recovering" for the whole damn book. There was so little action he had to pull out This is the clear worst so far in an otherwise exciting and well-written series. Think of this book as more of a filler between adventures (aka it's boring). The majority of it is about housekeeping. Remove some characters, add some characters, kill some characters, leadership changes, setting up new potentially long-term baddies, etc. without spoiling too much. One characters is pretty much just "in the hospital recovering" for the whole damn book. There was so little action he had to pull out a character because there would be nothing for them to do. Nobody really does anything and the ties to historical events are tenuous at best, with name-dropping being the only thing tying it to anything historical. I wasn't sure if this was supposed to be historical fiction, horror, thriller, drama, badly-written action, or what. It certainly wasn't the sci-fi angle we've come to know and love (it's mostly badly written action horror, for those who are curious). Don't get your hopes up that this has anything at all to do with any remotely historically accurate Jack the Ripper stories. I'm not going to give up on the series, but I'm going to be much less patient if this happens again. Every well-written long series always has a couple of installments that are less than stellar. This is hands down the worst so far, which means he wrote six solid books, and I know the odds are good that subsequent novels in the series will be just as good as the first six.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I've always enjoyed David L. Golemon's books. They are always entertaining and insanely bonkers. He takes a well known subject, topic, or idea and then completely runs with it in crazy directions. Take for instance this book. He starts off the book with Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, and Jack the Ripper. From there, he rips into one action set piece after another first in London and then Mexico. Most authors would have used the Golemon's prologue as their final 100 pages. Not Go I've always enjoyed David L. Golemon's books. They are always entertaining and insanely bonkers. He takes a well known subject, topic, or idea and then completely runs with it in crazy directions. Take for instance this book. He starts off the book with Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, and Jack the Ripper. From there, he rips into one action set piece after another first in London and then Mexico. Most authors would have used the Golemon's prologue as their final 100 pages. Not Golemon. He opens the book with that much excitement and death. It's a great start for sure. After that opening, the book kind of settles down before once again throttling into a final 100 pages of action. Without giving away the book, let's just say that much of what happens in the first part of the book comes back to wreak havoc and death on the Event Group. Much to my surprise, Golemon does kill off several characters. This, however, helps to propel the story forward. My only complaint is the book kind of ends on a cliffhanger. Several plot threads are left wide open, so hopefully, they are resolved in the next book in the series. These books are pure escapist fun, and this one is no exception.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fernando

    Easily the worst of the series, and the one with the most errors and technical goofs by author David Lynn Golemon. This book really needed a revision by someone either than Mr Golemon, dont take me wrong, i love the Event series, but sometimes the almost amateurish writing shows. Examples: Mistaking the M14 7.62mm Rifle with the M4 5.56mm Carbine(the lighter variant of the M16), this happens quite often during the book. Having the MP5 9mm (sometimes 10mm or 40SW) HK SMG (short machine gun) firin Easily the worst of the series, and the one with the most errors and technical goofs by author David Lynn Golemon. This book really needed a revision by someone either than Mr Golemon, dont take me wrong, i love the Event series, but sometimes the almost amateurish writing shows. Examples: Mistaking the M14 7.62mm Rifle with the M4 5.56mm Carbine(the lighter variant of the M16), this happens quite often during the book. Having the MP5 9mm (sometimes 10mm or 40SW) HK SMG (short machine gun) firing the same ammo as the M16. During some dialogues switching character names, example calling Niles Compton by Dr. Golding, or switching genders mid sentence, calling Hiram he and then she back to he. Its a shame, really, that this happens in almost all books in the Event series and its something that for example The Sigma Force series by James Rollins nails it, the technical details and machines or guns or technology are really well researched and written, and its the only thing that prevents Mr Golemons books of gaining even more readers.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chance

    Every nations got a few thousand skeletons This novel toke a new pace to the world building of previous novels has it gives a new look at the early years of the Event groups’ creation and showed a more natural(ish) side of science exploration in that’s worlds history. The novel was felt like the author wanted to show things has they happen has fast has possible but the constant change from scene to scene made the ch abit meh has he should’ve kept events more close together from ch to ch. Spoiler I a Every nations got a few thousand skeletons This novel toke a new pace to the world building of previous novels has it gives a new look at the early years of the Event groups’ creation and showed a more natural(ish) side of science exploration in that’s worlds history. The novel was felt like the author wanted to show things has they happen has fast has possible but the constant change from scene to scene made the ch abit meh has he should’ve kept events more close together from ch to ch. Spoiler I also noticed a plot hole the CIA would have had cameras everywhere in the building they should been able to figure who she met and where in the building before her death. There was also that data company because they had readings of the base location but you made no reference of the group getting rid of that data.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Another action packed novel with my beloved Colonel Collins but man he had it rough this time!! He could not catch a break! Never been much of a fan of Sarah, but she looked pretty bad in this book with that attitude toward The Frenchman. The storyline was pretty cool, tho I was hoping to see more action from Jack, but he does spend a lot of time heavy wounded here. And that ending gave me a teary eyes! Poor Jack...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie

    As you can see, I read everyday to reduce stress and to stay away from TV. This author creates such great, believable stories and characters, all you need is music, a comfortable chair and this author. This one was a real twist and will keep you on your seat. Have fun.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gary S

    Great idea for the book, but the author got lost along the way. This could have been 4 stars at half the pages. This book took me forever to read. I like details, but a lot of the detail could have been omitted.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Snorre L

    3.5 stars. For a hidden top-secret facility with the supposedly best security in the world, they sure have a lot of breaches.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla Del Gesso

    good book. new take on jack the ripper.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brad N Leonard

    I would give if 3.5 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leahna

    I really enjoyed the story but it was at times hard to read due to poor grammar, repetition of words and typos.

  15. 5 out of 5

    James

    Good just not up to what I expected after the previous 6 books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dan Stinton

    I won this book through the First Reads program so thank you to the folks at Good Reads and St Martins Press, I have since won a copy of Steve Hamiltons "Die a Stranger" which I'm looking forward to reading. "Ripper" is the latest installment in David Lynn Golemons Event group series which is one of my favorite ongoing series. To simply classify DLGs books as fiction is a bit of an understatement. According to his publisher his books are "reminiscent of the works of James Rollins, Preston and Chi I won this book through the First Reads program so thank you to the folks at Good Reads and St Martins Press, I have since won a copy of Steve Hamiltons "Die a Stranger" which I'm looking forward to reading. "Ripper" is the latest installment in David Lynn Golemons Event group series which is one of my favorite ongoing series. To simply classify DLGs books as fiction is a bit of an understatement. According to his publisher his books are "reminiscent of the works of James Rollins, Preston and Child and Matthew Reilly". While he certainly belongs in that group of historical fiction/science based action novelists I personally prefer DLGs books to Rollins and Preston/Child (Reilly may be the best of all of them). The term "reminiscent of" makes me cringe a little, it implies a lack of originality that, in DLgs case, is unfair. Every horror novel is "reminiscent of Stephen King", every novel that has some kind of code or cipher or has biblical connatations is "reminiscent of" or "in the tradition of" Dan Brown. While these terms give readers an idea of what to expect and certainly help the booksellers of the world I prefer to judge each author on their own merits instead of judging them upon the works of other novelists in their respective genres. To "Ripper": Without getting too much into the plot and risk spoiling it for anyone I can heartily recommend "Ripper" as both an action novel and a completely original theory of Jack the Ripper, which is saying something in light of the hundreds of books written about him. A certain amount of "suspension of disbelief" is required but for pure escapism/beach reading pleasure "Ripper" is right on. Not only does the book posit a very interesting take on JTR but has cameo appearances by Black Jack Pershing, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Patton with a little Alexander the Great and Queen Victoria sprinkled in. "Ripper" can certainly be read as a stand-alone novel but my personal preference is to read the Event group novels in order, starting with "Event". There is some important character development that you'll be missing out on otherwise. Fans of DLGs backlist may be a little shocked by the very ending of "Ripper" and what it portends for subsequent novels in the Event group series. I was just plain angry, myself, because I've come to know and enjoy the characters and I don't like when books don't end the way I want them too. But that's just me. Having said all that "Ripper" is flawed, particularly in regards to the dialogue, which is cliche-ridden and sometimes just flat out inane. Some of the characters either like to hear themselves talk or are auditioning for a Hollywood movie. But I'm probably being a little picky at this point so I'll wrap this up. I was a bookseller for 10 years and read around 400 books a year so I know what Im talking about. If you're looking for an action-packed, adventure novel with a little science/history in it for a good summer read, try the Event novels. I recommend them!

  17. 5 out of 5

    D.J. Pitsiladis

    From my Casa de Pitsiladis blog: Jack the Ripper is a legend among serial killers and the boogie man to the rest of the world. The brutality shown in the five murders attributed to him is just as notorious as the mystery surrounding his identity and abrupt disappearance. However, what if instead of being a homicidal maniac, the Ripper was actually a mad scientist working for the British government? David Golemon explores that possibility in his latest Event Group book, “Ripper”. Professor Lawrence From my Casa de Pitsiladis blog: Jack the Ripper is a legend among serial killers and the boogie man to the rest of the world. The brutality shown in the five murders attributed to him is just as notorious as the mystery surrounding his identity and abrupt disappearance. However, what if instead of being a homicidal maniac, the Ripper was actually a mad scientist working for the British government? David Golemon explores that possibility in his latest Event Group book, “Ripper”. Professor Lawrence Ambrose is an American scientist hired by Queen Victoria to create a formula able to turn British soldiers into intelligent killing machines. Using an early version of his concoction, later named Perdition’s Fire, the professor becomes more than anyone can imagine or control. Unfortunately, this forces the Queen to order the formula be destroyed and the doctor terminated. After a battle reminiscent of the Mr. Hyde fights in both “Van Helsing” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, Ambrose escapes to America where he is eventually stopped by a contingency of US Army soldiers led by Lt. George S. Patton. Per author, David L, Golemon, “The Event Group is the most secret organization in the United States, comprised of the nation’s most brilliant individuals in the branches of science, philosophy, and the military. Led by the valiant Major Jack Collins, they are dedicated to uncovering the hidden truths behind the myths and legends propagated throughout world history—from underground agencies and conspiracy theories to extraterrestrial life and UFOs.” The group is so secret, only the President of the United States (both past and present) knows of their existence. When a member of the group is captured by a ruthless Mexican cartel leader, Major Collins leads a small team to rescue her. During the course of the mission, a secret cache of Perdition’s Fire is discovered with terrifying results. The British government is willing to pay any price to destroy the formula and keep their involvement in its development a secret. Much death and destruction follow. Being a fan of Jack the Ripper stories, I thought I’d give this book a go and am glad I did. The author weaved the story masterfully to make the historical details seem plausible, and got you caring about certain characters and whether they make it out of the story alive. (Not spoiling a thing, mums the word) As much as I enjoyed the story, however, there were some faults that proved a little bothersome. There were some recurring characters whose presence didn’t seem to add to the story. Also, while I expected a violent story since it is military sci-fi, the amount of headshots taken seemed gratuitous for a non-zombie book. Overall, I rate the story a 4 out of 5 and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Darren Vincent

    MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT I love this series, but not this book. This book took forever to read. Now some of that was on me and the amount of time that I made available for reading, but a majority of it was that the book was not entertaining enough for me to want to make more time to finish it. I almost danced a jig when I finished this book because it meant I could move on to another one. I really enjoy the concept, the characters and the books that came before this one, but Ripper just felt very pain MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT I love this series, but not this book. This book took forever to read. Now some of that was on me and the amount of time that I made available for reading, but a majority of it was that the book was not entertaining enough for me to want to make more time to finish it. I almost danced a jig when I finished this book because it meant I could move on to another one. I really enjoy the concept, the characters and the books that came before this one, but Ripper just felt very paint-by-numbers. The prologue was way too long and the plot way too simple. When you boil the plot down to its bones, it was that Jack the Ripper was Jeckyl andHyde and that serum/formula was let loose in the Event Group complex. I don't feel like I gave anything away because it was on the book jacket or in the very first couple of chapters (and not much of a secret). In fact, I could have read the jacket by itself and called it a day. What few plot points there were, were telegraphed from about five miles out. The plot was just too simple and too linear and could have benefitted from a twist or two. Beyond those issues, this book felt like the author was writing on autopilot, like a band that puts out an album to satisfy a contract. There was no energy or excitement and it was generally not very interesting. I don't know how best to put it into words, but more than a few sentence's structures were written in such a way that you couldn't tell what was being said. I had to reread them quite a few times to ascertain their meaning. It just felt like lazy writing. I hope this series hasn't run out of steam. I hope the author can find a worthwhile subject that he has a passion for so that he can jumpstart this series. When that happens, I will be there to read it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris Bauer

    I'm a big fan of the thriller genre and have read a wide variety of different authors. I've tackled a few of the other books in the Event Group series by David Golemon and thought they were above average for the most part. I was excited to hear an interview with him on Thrillercast and very much enjoyed listening to what he had to say. That being said, I was disappointed with this latest book. Maybe frustrated is a better word. The action is brisk and fast-paced as it should be in any thriller. T I'm a big fan of the thriller genre and have read a wide variety of different authors. I've tackled a few of the other books in the Event Group series by David Golemon and thought they were above average for the most part. I was excited to hear an interview with him on Thrillercast and very much enjoyed listening to what he had to say. That being said, I was disappointed with this latest book. Maybe frustrated is a better word. The action is brisk and fast-paced as it should be in any thriller. The bad guys are BAD and the good guys are GOOD. The conflict is one of globe staggering proportions. All of the essential ingredients are there in the book. But for some reason it never came together for me. The prologue was FAR TOO long; actually a "trick" double-prologue. I got the impression that the author was very attached to a very cool but maybe unnecessary plot twist. I got tired of reading the first 50 or so pages, waiting for the actual story to start. The Event Group characters were almost paper cutouts in certain cases. Rather than have distinct personalities, they almost seemed to be differentiated by the level and depth of personal tragedy which affected them. Even the tense actions scenes became "color by number" exercises at times and I started to simply not care about what happened to any of the characters. In addition there were a number of what I thought were intentional grammatical errors; normally not a deal-breaker for me, but it becoming irritating to read after a short time. There are amazing details, great chase scenes and cool firefights throughout the work but in the end it just wasn't enough.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Jackson

    I am over halfway through this book and can't finish it. I'm sorry but it is a huge disappointment to me. The entire Jack the Ripper scenario ends in the very beginning and then after that is all about government conspiracies, kidnappings, and the big race to be the first to get the formula. I wanted a book about Jack the Ripper...the description makes it sound like this would be the central theme - not governments fighting each other to gain a formula that can make ordinary men into monsters. W I am over halfway through this book and can't finish it. I'm sorry but it is a huge disappointment to me. The entire Jack the Ripper scenario ends in the very beginning and then after that is all about government conspiracies, kidnappings, and the big race to be the first to get the formula. I wanted a book about Jack the Ripper...the description makes it sound like this would be the central theme - not governments fighting each other to gain a formula that can make ordinary men into monsters. Who gives a shit? Government conspiracies will never be on my list of books to read and if I had realized this was going to be mostly about that and secret government agencies, I would never have purchased it. Maybe part of it is starting the Event Group series at the end instead of the beginning but they really aren't that interesting to me. I wanted archeology, scary monster stuff, and Jack the Ripper. I will not be reading another of this series and will only read Golemon again if it is a stand alone book. Supernaturals was so awesome - I loved that book and have read it several times - how can they be from the same author? If Golemon did Supernaturals as a side gig, I would say he should abandon the Event Group and write more ghost stories. I am so very disappointed in this book. His descriptions are well thought out and delivered with umphf - the first few chapters were really quite good and if he had continued in that vein, I would be ranting about what a wonderful book it was. As it is, I give the book a C.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Elia

    What happens when you get a big cauldron and throw in pages from Jack the Ripper, The Incredible Hulk, Men in Black, Contagion, Independence Day, and sheaves of Ian Fleming and Tom Clancy? Bad Tom Clancy. Stir lightly until it oozes. You will then have 'Ripper' by David L. Golemon. All glorious 15 hours and 34 minutes of twaddle. Did I read the whole thing? Yes. Because it was so bad. Because it was like watching 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' or 'Godzilla.' You find out quickly that they are What happens when you get a big cauldron and throw in pages from Jack the Ripper, The Incredible Hulk, Men in Black, Contagion, Independence Day, and sheaves of Ian Fleming and Tom Clancy? Bad Tom Clancy. Stir lightly until it oozes. You will then have 'Ripper' by David L. Golemon. All glorious 15 hours and 34 minutes of twaddle. Did I read the whole thing? Yes. Because it was so bad. Because it was like watching 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' or 'Godzilla.' You find out quickly that they are awful and fake, but curiosity and the draw to horror keeps you glued to them. Goleman may have had a good idea. Once. But like his Perdition's Fire featured in this book, it quickly grew out of control and became a monster. The story line is all over the place, shifting from Britain in the 1800's to purportedly set the scene, to Mexico in the 1900's, even reviving General George Patton for a guest appearance, to present day Texas and Mexico, then Nevada. By the end, I was so weary of the plot and predictable outcome (guy gets girl, kissing ensues), that I was ready for one of the stormtroopers to blow my brains out. The breathy narration by Richard Poe, interspersed by purported dramatic pauses where I think he was just catching his breath, was torture. So why 2 stars? A major rewrite with a machete, a few adjectives, and a new narrator could perhaps resuscitate this story. There's a kernel of plot in there. I just hope it's not still infectious.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. My biggest regret is that I didn't notice this was a series of books until I was well into the story of this one. If so, I might have tried to read the previous books to gain a better insight into the main characters. None-the-less, this book did fine as a stand alone story with intriguing references to Jack the Ripper and actual historical figures used in a fictional way. Althought the book had an interesting take on the Jack the Ripper mystery, I have g I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. My biggest regret is that I didn't notice this was a series of books until I was well into the story of this one. If so, I might have tried to read the previous books to gain a better insight into the main characters. None-the-less, this book did fine as a stand alone story with intriguing references to Jack the Ripper and actual historical figures used in a fictional way. Althought the book had an interesting take on the Jack the Ripper mystery, I have grown a bit weary of the use of the Ripper as a fictional premise. I would overall recommend this book, but would caution the reader that they may find it helpful to read some of the previous books in the series first.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dee Haddrill

    Reading an Event Group thriller is like coming home. Mr Golemon has created a group of people who have become like family. Admittedly, family who have to save the world on a regular basis. While this had a good thriller storyline, I personally found this to be a lot more about the group and their relationships and dynamic. I love the ongoing relationship between Jack and Sarah, but the idea of a love triangle with Henry Farbeaux is annoying and I hope gets resolved quickly in the next book. Love Reading an Event Group thriller is like coming home. Mr Golemon has created a group of people who have become like family. Admittedly, family who have to save the world on a regular basis. While this had a good thriller storyline, I personally found this to be a lot more about the group and their relationships and dynamic. I love the ongoing relationship between Jack and Sarah, but the idea of a love triangle with Henry Farbeaux is annoying and I hope gets resolved quickly in the next book. Love love LOVE these books!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Vogel

    Golemon's books are those 'sure to read because whoa look at his track record' type. I've enjoyed all of his Event Group series, as they tend to be fairly realistic among the adventure books out there. Sure, there's a sci-fi angle in them, but it's the tendency of always bumping off a character or two which gives them an edge I enjoy. The recurring people themselves are all interesting (although I often don't differentiate between Everett, Mendenhall, and Ryan), as are the ongoing plots and smal Golemon's books are those 'sure to read because whoa look at his track record' type. I've enjoyed all of his Event Group series, as they tend to be fairly realistic among the adventure books out there. Sure, there's a sci-fi angle in them, but it's the tendency of always bumping off a character or two which gives them an edge I enjoy. The recurring people themselves are all interesting (although I often don't differentiate between Everett, Mendenhall, and Ryan), as are the ongoing plots and small history lessons in the stories. Good stuff. I start Carpathian tonight.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Randy Evans

    David L. Golemon's "Event Group" series about a secret government group tasked with digging up secrets of the past in a effort to keep governments from repeating mistakes made in the past has in this seventh book in the series "Ripper" a chilling new take on "Jack the Ripper" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". You might ask yourself "What does a government have to do with Jack and Mr. Hyde?". It all comes to light when a Mexican drug lord and his gang fall to the same fate as Jack/Mr. Hyde. A "Goodr David L. Golemon's "Event Group" series about a secret government group tasked with digging up secrets of the past in a effort to keep governments from repeating mistakes made in the past has in this seventh book in the series "Ripper" a chilling new take on "Jack the Ripper" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". You might ask yourself "What does a government have to do with Jack and Mr. Hyde?". It all comes to light when a Mexican drug lord and his gang fall to the same fate as Jack/Mr. Hyde. A "Goodread" for sure. Better if you read all of the series in order.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    A combination of Jack the Ripper and Jekyll and Hyde make this books backstory an interesting case. It catches the reader by the hand and pulls him down an adventure with Col. Collins and his Event Crew. Spoiler Incoming!! I was disappointed that the author chose to kill off Jack's sister. I had begun to enjoy her presence in the Event Group books. All in all though, this was a well thought out adventure novel. A combination of Jack the Ripper and Jekyll and Hyde make this books backstory an interesting case. It catches the reader by the hand and pulls him down an adventure with Col. Collins and his Event Crew. Spoiler Incoming!! I was disappointed that the author chose to kill off Jack's sister. I had begun to enjoy her presence in the Event Group books. All in all though, this was a well thought out adventure novel.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I love this series and enjoy following the characters from book to book. I read some reviews where this was the first book in the series they had read. I really think many of the verbal exchanges and inside jokes come across better if you start with the first book and go through in order. That being said I love how this author combines historical events from the past to make new intriguing stories. I love so many of the characters and can't wait to read the next in the series. I love this series and enjoy following the characters from book to book. I read some reviews where this was the first book in the series they had read. I really think many of the verbal exchanges and inside jokes come across better if you start with the first book and go through in order. That being said I love how this author combines historical events from the past to make new intriguing stories. I love so many of the characters and can't wait to read the next in the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Shorter than the previous Event Group thrillers and, in my opinion, not quite as good. A scientist working for Queen Victoria creates something that will make super soldiers. Unfortunately, he has to RIP some things up to get the job done. In the present day the Group finds the scientist's old lab and brings the nightmare home. Shorter than the previous Event Group thrillers and, in my opinion, not quite as good. A scientist working for Queen Victoria creates something that will make super soldiers. Unfortunately, he has to RIP some things up to get the job done. In the present day the Group finds the scientist's old lab and brings the nightmare home.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Tyler

    I really felt as though this one may have been released a little early. I have enjoyed Goleman's Event Group series, and have appreciated the loose and straightforward style of the author. But on this one, there seemed to be too high an emphasis on the backstory, and not enough focus on the situation at hand. Still looking forward to the next book, however! I really felt as though this one may have been released a little early. I have enjoyed Goleman's Event Group series, and have appreciated the loose and straightforward style of the author. But on this one, there seemed to be too high an emphasis on the backstory, and not enough focus on the situation at hand. Still looking forward to the next book, however!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    Listened to one disk of this book (about 7%) and could not go on. Clearly the author needs to expand his vocabulary; I believe I counted over 20 uses of the word "large" in one particular chapter (he did throw in a "huge" at one point.) I have not read any of the other Event Group books, but if this is an example of his writing style, I think I can safely skip the others. Listened to one disk of this book (about 7%) and could not go on. Clearly the author needs to expand his vocabulary; I believe I counted over 20 uses of the word "large" in one particular chapter (he did throw in a "huge" at one point.) I have not read any of the other Event Group books, but if this is an example of his writing style, I think I can safely skip the others.

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