Nothing stays dead for long. The dead are returning to life, intelligent, determined... and very hungry. Trapped by the undead, escape seems impossible for Jim Thurmond. But Jim’s young son is alive and in dire peril hundreds of miles away. Despite overwhelming odds, Jim vows to find him—or die trying.
Joined by an elderly preacher, a guilt-ridden scientist, and a determined ex-prostitute, Jim embarks on a cross-country rescue mission. Together, they battle both the living and the living dead... and the even greater evil that awaits them at the end of their journey. This is the time of...The Rising.
©2007 Brian Keene (P)2009 Audio Realms, Inc.
This is one of those books that you'll either love, because of the writing and unique story/setting for a zombie universe, or hate, because you have a set way you see zombies (aka "Romero's Way") and refuse to see them any other way.
I'm not so rigid in my viewing of zombies, so I'm able to enjoy this book for what it is: a unique cast of characters thrust into a world where surviving is neigh impossible. It isn't perfect (despite my rating, which would have been a 4.5 if Audible allowed such things), but I rate it this highly because of the enjoyment I get from reading/hearing it.
Also keep in mind that I'm not high on their choice of narrator -- he reads it fine, but sounds a little too much like the narrator from the movie "A Christmas Story" to read a horror book. I keep expecting him to talk about taking on the undead with a Red Rider BB Gun.
As a comparison, I loved World War Z (because of the unique way of telling a tired story), liked The Morningstar Strain, and thought that JL Bourne's books were merely competent (there's only so many times you can hear the same story told over and over).
All told, if you want a unique book and aren't Romero-centric in your zombie tastes, this is a great Keene book to get started with.
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I'm a huge fan of zombie fiction and was really hoping I'd like this book. The narrator does a poor job and reads most of the story like each sentence ends with an "!". I know going in that any story about zombies is stretching the imagination, but I at least like the characters to be be somewhat believable. These aren't.
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The idea behind the story was at least intriguing and gave it sooo much potential...but that's about as far as it got. The writing probably wasn't terrible, but the narration was so bad that I just couldn't get past it. I don't know if English isn't Peter Delloro's first language or if he quit school in the 3rd grade to pursue his audio career, but his often mispronunciation of simple words makes me think so. The voices were beyond annoying and almost cartoonish.
This was a good listen. It just lacked something that I can't put my finger on. The flow was good and there was a lot of action. I guess I just kind of got thrown off with zombies driving, shooting guns, and then all the animals turning too. Which was new and a different take. I just think that if most of the population and the animals turned the characters in this book would have been eaten a long time ago. Overall I thought it was good with a fresh take on the undead.
I think the narrator has let this story down, and I'd love to hear it read by somebody else. He mispronounces many words, and can't seem to settle on the pronunciation of a few others, changing from one sentence to the next. I didn't like the inflection he used in a lot of the dialogue, either; kinda made some of the characters sound like idiots, and stereotyped.
As a horror story it does quite well, and I'm sure it'd be great with a different person reading it.
Such a disappointment! Where to even begin? Everything was flat! The characters were one dimensional and the narrator made them all sound imbecilic. But really, my biggest pet peeves were with the heavy-handed christian moralizing and the painting of the military as being a bunch of thugs. Finally, the ending was so ridiculously written as to demand a sequel, but frankly, who cares what happens to the characters? I can hardly believe I made myself finish listening until I go to the end of this tripe!
A different swing on the whole end of the world zombie outbreak. I actually found it refreshing that it was not just a mindless zombie horde. If you like zombies and Evil dead like another had posted you will like this book. Good action and I liked the concept for why this all happened. For Mature readers there is some sexual content. Production on the recordings could have been better but he does a nice job of reading. I would have given this 5 stars had the production been better.
I am an afficianado of the zombie and apocolyptic genre. Night of the living dead is one of my favorite movies. The Morning Star Strain and books by JL Bourne are some of my favorite zombie books. The Rising however, is NOT a "zombie" story at all. Yes, the dead rise and yes they eat human flesh but those are the only similarities of the zombie genre,
This book, SPOILER ALERT, is about demons coming back from..I don't know where, but they inhabit human bodies after the host has died. They are intelligent, can speak, use tools and will in the end win based on the scenario of the book.
Overall, the book was a let down because I really wanted zombies but if you don't have anything else to listen to it's a way to pass time.
Brian Keene is one of the Masters of this genre. Having read many of his works, the Rising is my personal favorite. The story is a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I promise, you WILL BE SCARED.
First, I will say that this is an interesting slant on the standard zombie apocalypse. But that's that last bit of positive feeling I have for this book. I've read a fair number of apocalypse novels but the level of violence directed against female characters was significant to the point that I'm still bothered by it about a month after listening to this.
Hold up now. I know what you're going to say. "It's a book about the apocalypse. It's supposed to show humankind breaking down to the cesspool we crawled out of." Sure. I get that. And again, I read a lot of books like this. I'm not coming at this review from a void.
Over and over again, women are subjected to beatings, rapes and imprisonment. The pretty ones are put in a "meat wagon" where they are sexually assaulted pretty much on a continuous basis. At one point, the main female character coaches the women on how to endure the rape and then kills another woman imprisoned with them within a few pages.
And the frequency of this abuse to all the women characters is what really heats up my irritation. Frankly, it feels a bit personal - as if the author has a real hatred against women and is using the book to work that out.
If you listen to you, you can make up your own mind how you feel about it overall and this specific issue. But I prefer a book that presents women as complex characters as opposed to 2-D meat bags designed for punishment.
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