Save Me, Rip Orion

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
An abandoned house is set aflame. Roscoe stumbles upon evidence that reveals the arsonist’s next target. Evoking his childhood icon, the mighty Rip Orion, Roscoe decides to become the real life version of the superhero and apprehend the pyromaniac. However, the fantasy rapidly unravels when events don’t unfold in classic comic book fashion. To save the world, Roscoe must play the role of villain. More

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Words: 61,380
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301146482
About Matt Bower

Matt Bower graduated from LHU in 2001 with a degree in English/Writing and a minor in Theater. He was President of the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
Matt has performed with several comedy troupes, including the Cellar Dwellers (as seen on Comcast On Demand), Player One, and I-Factor, as a sketch writer and improvisor/actor. His novel Save Me, Rip Orion was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013. Publisher's Weekly positively reviewed the novel, which cracked the Amazon bestseller list in Fiction-Satire. His full-length play If Leopold Could Talk was a quarter-finalist in the New Century Writer Award 2002. His work has been published in Defenestration Literary Magazine, Neutrons Protons, The Crucible, PGHCOMEDY, and various blogs.
An interest in storytelling budded when he won The Pittsburgh Moth StorySLAM, and later performed in The Pittsburgh Moth GrandSLAM, Kevin Allison (of MTV's The State) Presents: RISK! Live Show & Podcast!, WordPLAY, True Story Party, among other shows. He performs at comedy and storytelling events randomly in the Pittsburgh area.
Besides maintaining his blog Crooked Lullabies, Matt enjoys sipping on an IPA while listening to Pirates broadcasts on his shortwave radio.

Reviews

Review by: Patchy Malatchy on Oct. 24, 2012 :
I always say, “You can tell how good a book is by how quick you read it,” and I read this book in a matter of just a few days. The intriguing plot in which Bower created kept me fully engaged from start to finish while the chapters continually flowed with a constant purpose, making each character and dialogue so vital to the overall script. Bower described events in such detail that the reader can effortlessly visual the images in their head as the events unfold. It was impossible to put the novel down without constantly pondering what is going to happen next.
Although Save Me, Rip Orion has a main character, the novel tells the story of multiple characters who are all battling their own personal demons and trying to create their own fantasies. Bower does an excellent job at conveying each one of their stories, while having them all come together to create one epic tale. One of the main reasons I enjoyed this book is because there is such a fine line between hero and villain, leaving it open for each reader’s own interpretation. As the events unfold, the reader may end up questioning who and what they really should have been rooting for all along.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Robinson Mason on Oct. 22, 2012 :
Colorful characters, unexpected twists and turns, and vivid descriptions fill a book in which things are not always what they might seem at first. Join the motley cast of Save Me, Rip Orion and you are sure to be entertained. The author has a knack for descriptions that alone would have been good enough to keep me turning the pages. I could feel the rubber grip on a golf club or a cold beer resting on a belly. Looking forward to seeing more from Mr. Bower in the future.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christine Cummiskey on Oct. 20, 2012 :
I normally do not read this type of novel but I'm glad that I did. It kept my interest from the beginning until the end and what happened at the end was a suprise to me.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ev on Oct. 13, 2012 :
I fully enjoyed this story. The book reads smoothly with a consistent pace and enough twists that kept me up to finish it. Matt's characters are well developed, and relationships come to life with little effort. I love the various branches of the story, and how they are all bound together within the 'superhero' theme. Matt does a great job of creating a solid plot that is at once resolved and open-ended as each character works through their individual issues. I look forward to re-reading it, and to seeing Matt's next creation. :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Crazypyper on Oct. 08, 2012 :
This book was one of my "bedtime" reads. Each evening before going to sleep I would read a few pages to help me simmer down. Bad idea. This monograph practically turned the pages by itself; I was up late on more than a few occasions. I enjoyed Bower's ability to set a scene with regard to action and attention to detail. The characters are right out of real life and one cannot help but envision them as actual people we have known. The themes are gritty and forced me to come face to face with a few of my own fantasties. Bower's mastery of description and witty humor add weight to his work; reading it is like a spa for the intellect. It doesn't read like a first novel but rather a story that had to be told.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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