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The Ripper of Blossom Valley

(Uncommon Senses #1)

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San Jose Police Lieutenant Frank Foley faces one of the most difficult cases of his storied career: a serial killer who brutally dismembers his victims. Worse, he leaves behind little evidence, and his MO changes with each victim.

Meanwhile, a number of ordinary people begin to experience unsettling changes within themselves that lead them on different journeys, and they
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Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Purple Octopus Books
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Marisa Manuel
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise of "The Ripper of Blossom Valley"a world in which characters experience new, heightened senses in the midst of a series of murdersis both exciting and unique. S.D. Christopher does an impressive job of building up these powers, and his integration of sci-fi and mystery/thriller elements creates a truly unexpected, intriguing climax. However, due to the sheer number of POV and time jumps, as well as certain dialogue choices, it takes several chapters to grasp the characters' ...more
Lauren Jones
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sensitives are what they are called in this story, but you can call them anything from the supernatural to psychics or even empaths. If you were part of a group that had special abilitiesoh, some have referred to them as mutants toowould you use them for your own benefit or to help others? For some, it may just be a luck of the draw as to what their answer may be. If for instance, you were able to hear your neighbor from all the way down the street, without a yell or a phone callwell, some would ...more
Firetruckmama
Apr 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
I won a Kindle version of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

My two complaints about this book are the multiple points of view and the jumps in time. The book started off really interestingly - police trying to figure out a macabre murder. Then it took a while to return to that story line and the overall story became less mystery and more SF based. I ceased caring about a number of characters as the story progressed - too many to keep their stories separated. I would have DNF this book, but
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Mark Smith
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The science fiction genre has waited a long time for a fresh perspective. S. D. Christopher delivers this new feel with The Ripper of Blossom Valley. Not only does the writer incorporate new style elements, he honors the tried-and-true science fiction template. Many science fiction writers try to tackle too many elements or want to create a new universe such as Star Trek. Not Christopher, the characters are 3D, locations realistic, and description believable.
Chad
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Christophers The Ripper of Blossom Valley is an intriguing though lacking effort. The premise of the story is unique and interesting, but the execution is ultimately poor. Ripper heavily relies on both spoken and internal dialogue, foregoing descriptive writing for the most part. This approach is a double-edged sword, as Christopher manages to move the story at a nice pace as well as using dialogue and brief character actions to move the story along quickly. However, there are a few moments ...more
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S.D. Christopher has been a life-long fan of science fiction and fantasy films, television shows, and novels, and grew up in the same hometown as George R.R. Martin. With a degree in radio, television, and journalism, he honed his writing skills for a variety of media, and quickly learned that a career as a radio DJ is not as glamorous as it used to be. His nearly twenty-year-career as a software ...more

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