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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  284 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Robert J. Duperre, author of The Fall and Dead of Winter, now presents Silas, a contemporary fantasy novel. 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 connec ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Createspace (first published May 31st 2011)
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
Aug 08, 2011 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Animal Lovers
Recommended to Greta is Erikasbuddy by: Kismet Book Touring
A Greta Review
This book is sooooooooo the Every-Man Manly Man I love my dog, I'm going through a midlife Crisis, Oh snap where did I wind up at, why is everything different, sort of fairytale.

ANd you know what kids?

Its da BOMB!!

Ken is going through a mid-life crisis. I mean, its not a bad thing. Well, it's kinda a bad thing but its understandable. He's 32, stuck in a rut, and his wife just brought home a puppy.

HOW DARE SHE ! ! ! !

But after a night of nacho indulgence (it isn't specified if nacho
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 t
One Pushy Fox
Silas is a book that can be easily portioned into two parts. The first part is a real world mystery as Ken finds himself reluctantly, yet inexorably, drawn into the disappearance of several girls in his community and the surrounding area. The second part is where all hell breaks loose in spectacular, possibly crazy fashion.

In some ways this is not an easy book to read. The protagonist is an unhappy man. He's a jerk to his wife, he's depressed and folded in on himself and he acts more frequently
Ken Lowery is a thirty-something man with no children, a ho-hum marriage, and a mediocre job that isn't in the field he holds a degree in. Growing more dissatisfied with his life by the day, he's a jerk to just about everybody around him. When his wife buys a black lab puppy named Silas in an attempt to draw Ken out of his shell and to give herself someone to take care of, Ken openly despises the pup and his wife. But a unexpected heart attack leaves him vulnerable and at home for several weeks, ...more
wow...Mr Duperre *really* has some imagination. Very original book. Lots of things I've often thought about. I would love to see the colors in the parallel world he describes. Not really my usual genre, but I have to really admire the imagination put into this one. Finally, yes, it is possible to love a dog that much....Thanks for reminding me of that, Mr Duperre. Sometimes we tend to take those things for granted....
Randy Evans
This was one of those books that start off with you thinking "oh boy, goodread". That's how it was for me but then at about 40% I started to lose interest when it started going from a good thriller to a ok fantasy, but I know you can't judge a book unless you read it to the end and I'm glad I did because like many books I've read that seem to go south in the middle the end brought it all together. I ended up giving this book a five at least in part I know because I'm a dog lover but mainly becau ...more
I loved Silas a Supernatural Thriller and was so sad to see the book end. It was one of those books I couldn't put down. It really touched my heartstrings, and had plenty of fantasy to keep my mind occupied. I got emotionally involved with the characters and fell in instant love with Silas, in both of his forms. If one is looking for a good sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural book to read, I can highly recommend this one. I am looking forward to reading more works by Robert Duperre. I feel fortunate to ...more
liked that he wasn't happy she gotten the dog, but he started to really care for Silas! an awesome dog, he watched and took care of him and when they were on in the other area, so cool he was a boy, and how his attitude change for him was touching, how they worked together was great! great the gotten back together and with all the kids! was so sad when Silas gotten so sick and he had to make the decision, I read between the tears on that(made me think of when we had to do that to our dog Nikki) ...more
Feb 01, 2012 AH marked it as to-read
Kindle free download 2/1/12.
WOW! I didn't think I would be able to add another book to the 'read' pile this year, but then I turned on the Kindle text-to-speech thingy to try it out using this book and OMG! 10 hours later, here's my review!

This book put me through the emotional wringer, man! It's called a supernatural thriller, but don't get that confused too much with horror. It does have some resemblance to the milder Stephen King stuff, but it also has a very sci-fi/fantasy feel to it. I'm not a big fan of dark stories
At the beginning of the book we meet Ken at the end of his life. He suddenly gets a moment of clarity and decides to share his story with a orderly who is willing to listen. Ken's story, which seemly appears to be about a man going through a mid-life crises, is suddenly confronted with his wife's introduction to a new family member, a black lab pup. The story continues from this point on to one of a man who is taken over by the dog and starts to learn small lessons about life and the selfishness ...more
Dogs are a man's best friend. A though astutely established by Robert J. Duperre in his book, Silas .

Here is the summary of the book:

Robert J. Duperre, author of The Fall and Dead of Winter, now presents Silas, a contemporary fantasy novel. 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 remark
We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment. - George Eliot

Ken Lowery is a very unhappy man. he finds no fulfillment in his job and is frustrated with how his marriage is turning out. Ken's perspective, however, changes when his wife brings home a Black Labrador which she christens Silas. when Ken and Silas find themselves in pursuit of a dangerous and elusive serial killer, they embark on an adventure that will t
I downloaded this book a week or so ago, writing it on my "to be read soon" list and promptly forget the description written on the Amazon page. I finished Lucifer's Hammer and was looking for something different when I saw this book had a star beside it on my list. Picking it to be my next read, I was disappointed in the first chapter or so when it seemed to just be another book about a well-loved canine companion. While I don't mind books about wonderful family pets(I have one myself), I had e ...more
T.L. Barrett
First off, I'm not a dog lover. A couple of really naughty poodles have spoiled that experience for me, but I used to be. Reading, Mr. Duperre's fantastic novel of suspense and psychological drama has brought back a glimmer of what I used to love about our four-legged companions. But, don't get me wrong, this is not just a love letter to the canine order, this book is so much more. If anything, I might give this book a 4.5, because the casual reader might not know what they are getting into when ...more
Angela Oliver
This was rather an odd book. It started off as a typical drama - the story of a man dealing with relationship issues and his own self-confidence. Then it became a thriller, as Ken's discovery of a dead girl lead to him confronting the murderer. It was only after he drove off in pursuit of said murderer that things got very, very strange indeed. Suddenly Ken found himself in another dimension - a dimension of scary monsters and even scarier people, a dimension in which the world as he knew it had ...more
BJ Haun
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I have mixed feelings on this book. It is the story of a man's life with his dog in his early 30s, as told/read from journals on his death bed to an apparent stranger. The tone of the book is a little strange and feels as though it is the voice of an old man, even though the story being told takes place decades before. The story itself is riveting and really interesting, but there are some weird word choices that yank you right out of the story. For example, at one point, the author refers to th ...more
The version I downloaded from Amazon was titled "Silas" A Supernatural Thriller." Had the title simply been "Silas," "Amazing Silas," "Unbelievable Silas," etc. I might have enjoyed the first hundred pages or so much better than I did. As it was, I was very impatient for the "thriller" part to kick in. At about that point, I found myself reading the first sentence in several paragraphs and then moving on rather than sitting back and enjoying the story as it unfolded. Yes, there is a sort of scie ...more
Ken is stuck in a rut. After all of his ambitious dreams in college, he's now stuck in a job he hates. His marriage has also become a shadow of it's former brilliance, and he battles with sometimes crippling depression. When his wife brings home a dog, Ken is furious. He doesn't have time for this. Things begin to change though, and soon Ken finds himself enamored with his new best friend. The dog, Silas, also proves to have the ability to sense danger. When Ken trusts Silas's instincts, he is a ...more
Michael Thompson
A very interesting story, which is on one hand a companion story of a man and his dog and, on the other hand, also a crazy supernatural, post-apocalyptic sort of tale complete with unseen overlords, monsters, and robots.

The writing was well done to my taste and the story was both ludicrous and interesting. I felt that the pacing was decent and I didn't really feel bored at any point during the story. I grew attached to Silas and, to a lesser extent, his owner--though, I feel like I should have c
Picked it up as a free Kindle download.

The book started out with an old man dying in a hospital bed telling his life story to the night janitor. Turns out he had quite the life...

The story that unfolds felt very much like a self-help/inspirational story as it was very reflective on the things he had done wrong in his relationship as well as his views on life as he progressed. One day his wife brings home a dog that he was very much opposed to at first, and of course become best friends. The sto
Old Yeller meets Mad Max. Seriously.
As a child born in the early 60s & raised on Star Trek by a father that also raises and trains German Shepherds, this story was both heartbreakingly precious to me, as well as one crazy ride. At times I wondered where in blue blazes is this story going? But it came together with a bang and a boom and I enjoyed the mess out of it! Thank you, Mr. Duperre!
I'm not going to lie. This book is a bit odd, but it is so well-written (both in character development and in description) that I really couldn't put it down!

Silas is the story of a man who is in a very dark place in his life. His marriage is on the rocks, and he is deeply depressed. Silas is an adorable puppy who bounds into the scene -- and, in him, Ken finds companionship, love, and understanding that helps to heal the holes in Ken's life.

Ken's life has just darkened again when Nick Goodman b
Tracy Shea
Wow. Just wow. I finished reading this book this morning and absolutely was fully engrossed in a tale worthy of such writers as Stephen King or Dean Koontz. Mr. Duperre is a master storyteller, who is able to pull you in and immerse you into his tale. I laughed, I felt anxious, I felt awe in what I saw. And I cried, yes I did cry. I was able to feel the emotions and bond between the two main characters, Ken and Silas his dog. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for those who appreciate th ...more
The beginning and the end was ok, I just could not get into the plot of this book. I'm a fan of sci fi and paranormal reads, but this one just didn't do it for me.
Jessica Buike
This wonderful story is about the strong relationship that humans can have with their dogs, and about appreciating their instincts. It was fast-paced and mysterious, with a story that was a haunting look back over life, similar to Water for Elephants. It did get a little confusing and weird for a minute in the middle but otherwise it was a compelling and interesting read!
Borrowed this for kindle at

Loved it. An amazing plot with real life and sci-fi genres entwined, and more going on than it first seems. Flawed, but likeable characters are interesting to watch grow and change throughout the book. The connection between Silas and his owner, Ken, is one that can be related to by any dog owner. Well worth reading.
Richard Tolleson
This starts out like a Dean Koonz thriller, then, wham. We're in another dimension where a dog can change back and and forth into a boy. It's interesting when the author stays grounded in reality, especially the protagonist's relationship with his wife. The author seems in a hurry to get to the end, and doesn't supply enough details.
Wish I had penned this a couple of weeks ago, but I recall this was fairly entertaining. A fantastical tale, somewhere between science fiction and fantasy, about a man and a dog, transformed by a visit to an alternate reality. I'm not sure I'll pursue other books by this author, but it was very inventive.
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Born on Cape Cod and raised in northern Connecticut, Robert Duperre is a writer whose main ambition is to create works that defy genre. His first novel, "The Fall: The Rift Book I" is now available in paperback and for the Amazon Kindle.

Robert lives with his wife, the artist Jessica Torrant, his three wonderful children, and Leonardo, the super one-eyed Labrador.
More about Robert J. Duperre...
The Fall (The Rift #1) Death Springs Eternal (The Rift #3) Dead of Winter (The Rift #2) The Summer Son (The Rift #4) The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales

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