Cast not others on the devil’s side of heaven, lest you be cast in with them.
In the action-packed thriller, On the Devil’s Side of Heaven, author Roger Peppercorn has woven an entertaining tale of a chance encounter that reunites estranged brothers-in-law and sets them on a collision course of violence and retribution. Hunted by contract killers, the law and corporate bag men, they are pursued across the barren adobes and sweeping vistas of the Mesa Valley in Western Colorado.
I hate to use a Book Review “cliché” like this BUT! On the Devil’s Side of Heaven is simply a damn good Page Turner. An action thriller type that gets you right into the action. From the very start you get a very good Idea about who Walt Walker (Ex-Cop) is and how he got to where he is at this point in his life. Turn a few page and we see Ronald Jacobs and his wife (Walt’s Sister) getting their house shot up in an attempt to kill Ronald. Ronald is, or was a Hitman or “Human Resource Manager” as he prefers to call himself. He thought he left that life behind him but it turns out someone put a hit out on him.
The back story is well written.I think the backstory would make another great read.These characters are real.Throughout the book we learn a little bit more about the history and friendship of these two guys. Walt and Ronald grew up together as best friends. Somewhere along the way they took quite different paths. One became a Cop a the other a Hired assassin. This makes an interesting dynamic. We also learn there is a great strain on this relationship.
It’s really a great thrill ride through the Colorado countryside. Very fast moving.For some reason somebody wants Ronald and by association the people around him dead! WHY? That’s the thing Walt and Ronald aim to find out.When the action starts it does not stop till the end. I don’t know what’s better ,the action of the hunt or just the crazy and funny relationship between these two guys.Do they hate each other or lifelong best friends? Roger Peppercornhas sprinkled the humor throughout the book. Mostly Walt with his clever sarcastic one liners.
This is the first book by Roger Peppercorn and I will certainly be on the lookout for his next.
His first novel, On The Devil’s Side of Heaven, and his upcoming novel, The Sometimes Long Road Home, take place on the western slopes of Colorado, in the sleepy town of Fruita, where he grew up. They center on the strained relationships and sordid histories of three characters, Walt, Ronald and Jessica, and the violence that erupts around them. Roger is married and is a father of four beautiful children. He currently calls South Dakota his home.
With the drop of a judge’s gavel, Walt Walker has officially lost everything. The one-time police officer is now without his badge and gun and the moral certainty of right and wrong that had kept him grounded. He has also lost his wife and his two kids to her new boyfriend. Even his sister has turned against him, and it’s all because of his ex-best friend, who also happens to be his brother-in-law. Now Walt, sans gun, gets his badges from an Army Navy store and spends his days in South Florida, working for a boutique insurance firm as their investigator. He spends his nights in dive bars, trying to forget the mess he has made of his life.
Meanwhile, retired hitman Ronald Jacobs is living in the shadows as a respectable gentlemen farmer, far from the reach and pull of his past life.
With Walt whiling away the hours as an insurance investigator and Ronald living the simple life on a farm, what could possibly go wrong?
ByMiss Helen Clarkon 23 April 2018
On The Devil's Side of Heaven is a fast paced and gripping crime thriller. The characters are very briefly introduced and then the book is straight in to the plot, which really fits the storyline and pace of the book. The storyline moves along quickly and really draws you in. There are plenty of twists, surprises and tense moments to keep you turning the pages right until the end.
Although the main characters are dark and twisted they are very likeable and you will be routing for them throughout. It is a unique point of view that the stereotypical bad guys and the good guys of the story.
The book is really well written with no holes in the plot and no dragging out of the story.
I've loved reading On The Devil's Side of Heaven and will be looking out for more from the author.
5.0 out of 5 starsGood Read. Thanks for the ride!!
22 January 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
A friend suggested I read this book. I bought the digital version and now have purchased two more in paperback to give away as gifts. It's a fantastic action/thriller with a bit of comedy to take off the edge. The main character is a hit-man that is now a target himself, along with his family. After a few failed attempts, the hunt for their attempted killers and the person or people who hired them takes the reader on an exciting journey through small Colorado and Florida towns. The author has artistically painted vivid scenes and created interesting characters/situations that captivated me throughout this book. I actually found myself letting the dog out at 2AM, picking up the tablet while waiting, then spending another hour reading until I realized that I had to work the next day...oops. I always know a good book when I don't want to put it down....and I have put down a few. This book was well written, enjoyable, and an easy, quick read. It could/should be translated to the big screen one day, and I will go and see it for sure.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis will be a movie one day!
6 March 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great story line with awesome character development! I had a hard time putting the book down... I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good adventure combined with a little love story!
5 out of 5 stars Impressive debut
ByAmazon Customeron January 26, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a fast-paced page turning action adventure.
Looking forward to more from this new author.
Keep up the good work.
By john mann on April 30, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
I read this whole book in 2 sittings, it really grabbed my imagination, being from the Grand Valley and all. There are a couple oops's in it that only a local will notice but the plot is good and the ending is cool because it doesn't stick with the overdone stereotypical writing style favored by all too many authors nowadays. Overall, enjoyable enough that I'll keep an eye peeled for this guys next effort.
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Roger Peppercorn has suffered for the better part of his life from wanderlust and this need to see the other side of the horizon has taken him to all parts of the world. The people and backdrop of his travels have served as the inspiration behind his characters and storytelling. As a child, his mother taught him to read and write. His father's collection of Louis Lamour novels provoked the fantastical images in his mind and the romance of the written word. In the seventh grade, his history teacher brought the characters of a bygone era alive. From that point on, Roger began to hone his skills in storytelling. After high school, Roger took a course in creative writing that was taught by a long haired hippy in a Hawaiian shirt. Roger’s grandmother used to tell tales of traveling across the plains in a covered wagon, the woes of having a son sent off to war, and the larger-than-life man she met at Pea Green Hall who later became her husband. His first two novels "On The Devils Side of Heaven" and "The Sometimes Long Road Home" take place on the western slopes of Colorado, in the sleepy town of Fruita, where he grew up. They center on the strained relationships and sorted histories of three characters - Walt, Ronald and Jessica, and violence that erupts around them. Roger is married and is a father of four beautiful children. He currently calls South Dakota his home.
With the drop of a judge’s gavel, Walt Walker lost everything that mattered to him. His badge and gun were stripped away, along with the moral certainty of right and wrong that grounded him. Now, his law enforcement career ruined, Walt is an insurance investigator in South Florida, wasting his nights in dive bars, trying to forget the mess he has made of his life.
Ronald Jacobs is also drinking - to his retirement. He's putting his gun away, leaving behind a life in the shadows as a contract killer. Here's to new horizons: he'll become a respectable gentlemen farmer, far from the reach and pull of his past life.
But both men's pasts are not fully behind them. A chance encounter - and a failed assassination attempt - set the two of them on a collision course. Hunted by corporate bag men, criminal killers and the law, the unlikely pair tear a trail of violence and retribution across Western Colorado, finding that survival means putting their past in front of them and their differences aside.