The Abduction of Rupert DeVille is a full-length novel by Paul White
The protagonist is a bit of a bumbling lad, a ‘normal’ regular bloke, who is pretty much drifting through life.
He meets Carla, who becomes the love of his life; the girl he is to propose to the very day he is snatched off the street and his adventure begins.
Through flashbacks and memories, Rupert’s dysfunctional childhood is slowly revealed, as is Carla’s traumatic past and George’s (Rupert’s boss and friend), previous life.
You are taken from moments of laugh out aloud, to high drama, before being plunged into tear-jerking depths of despair, as you travel through each of the characters’ lives.
Often hilariously funny and charming, this fast-paced, suspenseful, unbelievable, honest and truthful book probes your own soul and asks questions of your humanity, your fears, uncertainties and beliefs before making you cry with laughter once again, both tears of joy and sadness.
This is a story of realisation, of finding oneself, of intrigue, humanity and, above all, love.
But don’t just take my word for it.
This is what readers of The Abduction of Rupert DeVille, have to say…
“This is a very British dark comedy and I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I was emotionally disturbed at times. This book takes you on an emotional journey, traversing every possible feeling, sometimes with no transitions or segues to ease the mental whiplash. Yet, somehow it all works together to make the story wonderful, in a very specifically dark, funny and unique way. The writing is impeccable, almost lyrical at times, making it an easy and engaging read.
This emotional adventure starts with Rupert early in his day, contemplating the step-by-step (literally) plans he made for this special evening. Then he is snatched off the street and the story begins.
As the description explains, there’s a girlfriend and an employer worried about Rupert’s disappearance, and after you get to know him, you can totally understand why they’d worry so only after a few short hours.
Attempting to avoid spoilers, none of the characters in this book are quite what they seem. While Rupert is definitely mild-mannered, he’s also calculating, considerate and most definitely a lover, (not a fighter). George is probably my favourite character in this wacky tale of random events that all fit together perfectly, actually making sense in the larger scheme of things. He’s older and calmer than Rupert and Carla, but he might also be a bit scary, (in the best possible way). Carla’s a simple girly-girl on the surface, but after peeking into her past you learn her perfect simplicity is hard earned.
Moments in this story made me blush, made me feel a bit queasy, made me laugh out loud and even made me feel sentimental. I imagine it was like reading the screenplay of a Guy Richie modern adaptation of a classic whodunit. There was violence, sex, mystery and all the complexities of family dynamics.
This is an adult only read; perfect for fans of dark humour and British humour, tales of calamity and upbeat characters in odd and sometimes violent situations. I hope this author has more stories like this.”
“The Abduction of Rupert DeVille is a delightful combination of suspense and witty humour that kept me reading well past my bedtime.
What begins as a thrilling abduction evolves into a love story with a side trip into intrigue. Paul White’s characters are full-bodied, true to life people whose interactions are sometimes puzzling and often humorous.
Right from the moment Rupert is snatched from the bus stop where he waits daily for his transportation to work, this main character is obviously a charming and bumbling nerd. Fixated on his planned evening when he plans to propose to his girlfriend Carla, he misses his bus. In a matter of minutes, he is grabbed and hustled into a waiting van by a threatening duo of thugs. Whisked into the country, boarded onto a plane and flown to an unknown destination, where he meets ‘The General’.
As Rupert awaits his fate at the hands of his captors, he ruminates on how he came to be in such an unlikely position.
Meanwhile, the love of his life, Carla becomes concerned when Rupert doesn’t make his regular morning call to her. After several attempts to reach him by phone, she telephones his employer, bookstore owner George. This is followed by an often-hilarious attempt by George to locate his usually reliable employee while attempting to reassure Carla.
The adventures of these three become entangled with the police and spies in a sometimes unbelievable but always entertaining read.
White manages to keep the reader fully engaged in this fun story with an intricate plot. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an exciting read.”
Libby’s comment is,
“I have read this intriguing abduction story, of an indecisive rather insecure Rupert Deville, who plans to announce his love to his girlfriend Carla this evening with an engagement ring, hoping she will say yes to his marriage proposal.
Unfortunately, Rupert’s day ‘carefully planned’ day starts with an unexpected abduction.
Paul has plotted the Abduction of Rupert DeVille very well, together with its satisfying aftermath. His style is flowing and well written.
I enjoyed reading this book. Very down to earth and unpretentious.”
“Wow. This book takes on a physical and emotional journey.
You get to feel the characters’ emotions as the story unfolds.
This is a hard book to categorize, except to say don’t have expectations of any particular genre, because it envelops them all. Just read it, NOW!”
Here is a random, short excerpt from ‘The Abduction of Rupert DeVille’…
…Rupert’s father, Peter, left home when Rupert was ten years old. It was neighbourhood gossip he eloped with a young Filipino girl who was the cleaner at the local morgue. Peter, a Vending Machine engineer, first met the Filipino girl after a cup of oxtail soup became jammed in a dispensing funnel in one of the hot drinks vending machines which Peter serviced.
The girl, it has been alleged, held a penchant for dressing for work in nothing more than a mini skirt fashioned from a single layer of Clingfilm and a pair of nipple tassels made from the tail of a squirrel she had caught and skinned with her bare hands.
Whether it was the young Filipino girls dress sense, her ample bosom or the fact she and Peter copulated on the cold steel of the dissecting table several times during the night which gave Peter the idea to elope with her has never been made totally clear, but elope they did.
The story continues, some months after Peter and the Filipino girl arrived in the Philippines, Peter was brutally murdered in a back alley in the city of Manila after refusing to give the girl to a local pimp, in return for a ten per cent share of a genetically modified Haggis farm located in Swaziland. Peter’s body, they said, was never found.
Old Harry, the local drunkard at the Rose & Crown, who professed to have been a very close friend of Peters explained to Rupert one evening, for several of pints of best bitter and a few whisky chasers, the pimp in question informed Peter that Wild Scottish Haggis was first introduced to Swaziland in the 1890s by Jock MacKenna to help control the Japanese Knot-weed which was ravaging unchecked in the northern mountain region.
The problem was Swaziland is in the Southern Hemisphere and the Wild Haggis were from the Northern Hemisphere. The Wild Haggis naturally walked around the mountain clockwise because they had shorter legs on the right side of their bodies. However, being moved to the Southern Hemisphere somehow interfered with the Haggis’s natural sense of direction, causing them to walk anti-clockwise, this led to the Haggis constantly falling, injuring themselves and being unable to sufficiently feed. It also gave them an awful time trying, unsuccessfully, to copulate. Hence their numbers began to decline to a critical point and the Japanese knotweed once again became an ecological disaster.
The genetically modified Haggis were designed with longer legs on their right, allowing them to transverse in an anti-clockwise direction, thus enabling the Haggis to graze without falling. This helped in controlling the problem with the ravages of the Japanese Knot-weed. It also allowed the Haggis to breed most successfully.
The pimp, Harry said, continued to explain to Peter, because of the abundant grazing and constant sun in Swaziland, the Swaziland Haggis were now favoured in Scotland above their own Native Haggis. It seems the Swaziland breed are larger, meatier and have a far superior flavour. The Swaziland Haggis export business was now booming and bringing in very large amounts of foreign revenue.
The rumour also had it, Old Harry continued, although Peter was intrigued by the opportunity of investing and reaping the rewards of the Haggis farm and its export business, he did not wish to be parted from his Filipino lover and wanted to continue his current venture of importing high-quality Clingfilm, destined for the clothing industry, into the Philippines. Hence Peter upset the Pimp and consequently was brutally butchered, his body being hacked into small chunks by machete-wielding gangsters and the meat sold as a delicacy to the kitchens of the local tourist hotels…
The Abduction of Rupert DeVille is available as both a paperback book and an ebook.
For the Paperback edition these are the links you need:
Amazon UK https://amzn.to/2VNINPa
Amazon Worldwide https://mybook.to/AbductionRupertPaper
For the ebook & Kindle versions you need:
Amazon Kindle UK https://amzn.to/2LoWtw9
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To find out more about Paul White and to see all his books, visit Paul’s website HERE