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Jake Leonard has more than his share of trouble. He’s close to 40 now and still suffers from bipolar disorder and the painful memories of the psychotic episodes that derailed his life and sent him behind bars.

He lives in the rural South, where he spends his days breaking horses and his nights training dogs in solitude. His 19-year-old girlfriend Nikki is the daughter of the sheriff, and she’s just getting worse with drugs, alcohol, and satanic metal.

He does his best to persuade her to ease up on them, but he’s buying weed from her for a friend who’s grown fatally ill. Things go from bad to worse when Nikki has a breakdown and gets involved in heroin and low-budget porn.

She no longer wants to see Jake, after a tragedy makes them drift apart. Jake reconnects with his ex-wife Michelle, who he’s never stopped loving, but she’s remarried with a young daughter, so their relationship can’t be more than private flings.

Soon, chaos unfolds like a pocketknife. The sheriff takes Jake for an ominous ride into the woods; Michelle’s new husband finds out about their affair; Jake turns violent in an effort to save Nikki from ruthless captors; the whole town erupts in a sea of flames; dogs sink their teeth into flesh; Jake’s murderous history is revealed, and before long, he finds himself spinning toward the inner demons that he’s worked so hard to escape.

The novel is similar to the works of Cormac McCarthy, Stewart O' Nan, Daniel Woodrell, or Larry Brown.

©2016 Kristopher Triana (P)2020 Kristopher Triana

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Awesome! Moody story that oozes emotions & turmoil

Before I get started on this one, a couple shout-outs to Charles Kahlenberg. I listened to THE RUIN SEASON as an Audiobook narrated by Charles Kahlenberg. His voice fit the story perfectly. I am so pleased that I heard it this way because the style, the mood, the emotions all rolled from his voice perfectly! Now, onto the story itself. As I was listening to it, the story reminded me a lot of Joe R. Lansdale's stories. Or maybe a Lansdale world. I could very easily picture the events from this book as occurring in the same world as Hap & Leonard or countless other of his books. Something where I start reading for the story but realize quickly that the characters are so much more engrossing that the already good story. In this case, despite the protagonist's desire for a simple life, he has a lot happening.

Jake Leonard is close to forty. He's divorced due to his bipolar disorder. He's dating the sheriff's 19-year-old daughter. And drugs, alcohol, and death (all happening to others) are going to make Jake's life hard.

The story description will tell you more but I'm not. That was enough to get me engaged and as I mentioned, it took me nothing to become engrossed with the events happening. Unfortunately I could tell about halfway through that the ending was not going to be happy. The impending doom kept stalking forward and I hoped that somehow it wasn't going to be as bad as I thought. Suspense was only part of it; I knew that the emotional impact of this good guy hitting some sort of bottom was going to hurt. And that is when you know that you are reading a really good book!

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Wow!

Gritty and raw. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to listen to his next book.

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A jagged trip down a dark path.

The Ruin Season had it's odds stacked slightly against it; I picked it up right after the absolutely magnificent Gone to see the River Man. But it beat those odds and solidifyed K.Triana as one of my new favourite authors.

TRS follows the life of Jake, a nearly forty year old dog trainer whose life takes a twisted turn when he gets involved with a nineteen year old Nikki, a firecracker, party girl and the daughter of the local sheriff.
Their relationship is a catalyst to a series of events that will shake up the entire town.

Not a lot can be said about the plot without spoilers, but Triana manages to avoid many of the clichés that many less talented writer would surely fallen victim. Basically none of the scenarios went where I thought they would go.

The story itself is nothing special, but Triana writes the broken characters with such empathy that it is hard not to care about them.
And oh boy does he do a fantastic job in describing the turmoil in Jake's mind. Many of the scenes where Jake tries to fight the darkness of his mind had my heart pounding and palms sweating.

While not as horrific as Gone to see... The Ruin Season is nothing short of a magnificent book. Made better by the stellar narration.

Highly recommended!

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The Ruin Season

The Ruin Season by Kristopher Triana is a very entertaining story that kept taking twists and turns in totally different directions than what I was expecting with an ending that was totally unexpected. Definitely an enjoyable read, will be buying everything Kristopher Triana writes in the future.