Wednesday, November 07, 2007

CFBA rocks the house with: Deadfall, by Robert Liparulo


Deep in the isolated Northwest Territories, four friends are on the trip of a lifetime. Dropped by helicopter into the Canadian wilderness, Hutch, Terry, Phil, and David are looking to escape the events of a tumultuous year for two weeks of hunting, fishing, and camping.

Armed with only 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, Hutch, a skilled bow-hunter and outdoor-survivalist must help his friend elude their seemingly inescapable foes, as well as decide whether to run for their lives...or 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.

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"DEADFALL is drop-dead great!"
-In The Library Reviews

"What if Mad Max, Rambo, and the Wild Bunch showed up-all packing Star Wars type weapons? You'd have Robert Liparulo's thrilling new adventure Deadfall."
-Katherine Neville, best selling author of The Eight
"A brilliantly crafted thriller with flawless execution. I loved it!"
-Michael Palmer, best selling author of The Fifth Vial

"In Deadfall, Robert Liparulo gives us a fresh fast paced novel that instills a well founded fear of the villians and an admiration for the people who refuse to be victims. It truly deserves the name thriller.
-Thomas Perry, best selling author of The Butcher's Boy and Silence

"Another brilliantly conceived premise from Robert Liparulo. Deadfall will leave you looking over your shoulder and begging for more."
-DAve Dun, best selling author of The Black Silent

A NOTE from Bob: I’d like to give away five signed copies of Deadfall to readers of CFBA blogs during my tour. All they have to do is sign up for my e-mailing list (they won’t be inundated!) by going to my website ( and going to the “Mailing List” page. Or email me with “CFBA giveaway” in the subject line.

And a second NOTE from Bob: I wanted to let you know that I’m holding a contest on my site:

**one winner a week till the end of the year for a signed Deadfall
**one winner a week till the end of the year for an unabridged audio MP3-CD of Deadfall
***and on Dec. 31, I’m giving away an iPod Nano, pre-loaded with an unabridged audio recording of Deadfall

Winners are selected from my e-mailing list—sign up at my site. If a winner has already purchased what he/she wins, I will reimburse them for the purchase price (or give them another—whichever they choose), so they don’t need to wait to see if they win before buying Deadfall.


Robert is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly.

Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.

Robert's first novel painted a scenario so frighteningly real that six Hollywood producers were bidding on movie rights before the novel was completed. His acclaimed debut novel, Comes A Horseman, is being made into a major motion picture by producer Mace Neufeld and his short story "Kill Zone" was featured in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson.

Bob has sold the film rights to his second book, GERM. And he is writing the screenplay for a yet-to-be-written political thriller, which sold to Phoenix Pictures, for Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, The Guardian) to direct!

He is currently working on his fourth novel.


I'm going to blame my husband for the fact that I haven't finished reading Deadfall. He saw the cover, thought it looked cool, and stole it from me. Time passed and he hadn't finished yet (not unusual for him). Not realizing the time neared for the CFBA blog tour, I stole it back and started reading. I'm in the midst of it right now, and I think I'll be done by tonight.

So, I'm going to give my thoughts on it so far and then come back tomorrow and tell you if the ending lived up to the rest of it. Sound fair? Of course it does.

Unfortunately, I haven't had the privilege of reading Bob's previous works, Comes a Horseman and Germ. I've heard many good things about them. Now that I've tasted his writing style, I'm definitely going to have to get them ASAP.

I won't run down the plot, because that's covered above in the "About the Book" section. I will say that all the hullabaloo I've heard in previous months about the "excessive gore and violence" in Bob's works is simply overstated. I've seen more violence on CSI: Miami or any James Bond or Die Hard movie.

Seriously, it doesn't bother me that someone is blown to smithereens. And chronicling that in a bit of detail just paints a more accurate picture in my mind and makes me hate the bad guys more. I feel it's justified (if it has to be).

The plot is good, if not overused--bad guys take people (in this case a whole town) hostage for their own purposes (we find out what that is later in the book) and then some good guys come in and try to stop them. The novel takes place in Canada, though, which is different, and the unlikely good guys are hunters on vacation who kinda get thrown into the game. Good stuff.

I sound like a broken record when I keep saying stuff like this, but hey, it's my blog and my review and my opinion: too much description. Okay, I said it. Sorry. I think that for weapons enthusiasts or hunting enthusiasts, the extra paragraphs would probably be interesting, but not for me. Put some dialog in there or something and get me to the next scene so I can see who gets blown to bits next.

Anyway, I'm really enjoying this book. The redemptive themes are a little buried, but I'm picking them out--the value of friendship and sacrifice being two.

All in all, I give Deadfall a thumbs up. Now I have to go finish and find out if the conclusion thrills me as much as the rest. To be continued...

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