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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Son of Ravage is a work of amusing action and adventure fiction written by author J. P. Linde. In a story set in 1980, a seemingly deadbeat nobody is about to discover the epic legacy of his bloodline, and perhaps the hero that he should have become all along. Protagonist Barry Levitt lives an unfulfilling suburban life until the grey comes shattering down all around him and the surreal and brutal world of his illegitimate father, The Ravager, is revealed. So begins a bizarre journey filled with evil villains, pulp heroes, witty banter and plenty of adventure, all with our unwitting hero at its center.
Author J. P. Linde writes with both love and humor to convey this retro reinvention of the pulp fiction genre and its many bizarre characters and plot twists. Fans of the genre are certain to pick up on so many stylistic details and references from American pop culture over the last sixty years or so, all of which is held together by the glue of a central team of characters somewhere between the A-Team and the Goonies. Laughs abound on their weird journey, facing colorful enemies from comic books and spy novels alike, and the use of dialogue is particularly effective in moving the plot along and cutting up large action sequences with pithy remarks and plenty of pathos. Overall, Son of Ravage is a delightful departure from the boring world of the standard narrative, bringing back retro, surreal adventure with both style and artistic flair.