Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—starting with what might very well be the end of the world. Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny’s epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit... and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself.
Filled with adventurous human drama—and shocking inhuman horror—Rise Again marks a vivid and powerful fiction debut.
©2011 Ben Tripp (P)2012 Tantor
"Danny's journey through a land of death to find [her sister] Kelley makes for a remarkable character-driven story, and the final sentence takes it to another level." (Library Journal)
I liked the book overall, I thought the performance was good, and the story had a lot of new angles different from the standard zombie story. The characters are interesting, though sometimes annoying. The lead character did get on my nerves at times, she's a bit nasty to people.
Overall I thought it was a very well told story. I got the second of the series and I think the second is even better than the first.
First, well written. That's getting to be important in the Zombie genre. The narration is a bit dead-pan, but I liked it. Characters develop nicely and the final resolution of one main story line is understated and moving. I understand why some reviewers didn't like the main character, but I thought she was interesting, conflicted and ultimately satisfying. The San Fran element is familiar plot, but I enjoyed the characterization of the 'top-cat' politician.
I had a hard time getting into this. It took forever to get to the part where the zombies enter the story and that part was very boring. Once they did emerge it was worth the wait. I loved the evolution of the zombies in this book and for that alone am glad I read it. The last line in the book is the best.
The story itself was pretty good.
Really did not like the main characters personality. This was not a love/ hate type either. The character was asexual, hardass, illogical and annoying all in one. I also found the paramilitary contractors to be old and over used. For some reason, hollywood, writers, authors , TV feels the need to make them out be mindless, steroid filled idiots. This is FAR from the truth and only hurts the storyline.
This was an ok zombie story but it was just a repeat of all the others out there with the typical scenarios. As usual, the author finds it necessary to include a black character to kill off. So tired of that one, I mean really, it's 2013 and we still have to include tokens. On a different note, I don't know what to make of the main character. I found it hard to like her or any of the others to be honest. Sadly, I just didn't care if they got whacked or not! This certainly isn't one of my favorites and will not get a second listen from me, but it is an ok story for those who like the basic zombie tales.
Maybe it's just me but I would love to read, see, or listen to an apocalyptic story that takes a different approach on how the survivors handle the situation. It's as if none of the authors out there can come up with anything original. No creativity, no imagination. It's just retelling the same story over and over. The only thing different is possibly the names of the characters. Oh we'll, maybe one day!
By the end of the first part I was so glad I had kept listening. The characters have a good enough back story to keep things moving until the first Zombie appeared. I was pleased that the author developed the zombie characters past the initial shuffler types into beings who gave living folks a real run for their money.
This book is well worth the listening time and I Kirsten Potter, the Narrator was excellent at providing voice to each character and there was no mistaking one charactor for another. When you hear Dani, you will know what I mean.
I really enjoyed this book and will be watching for more books by Ben Tripp.
I am a graphic designer by trade and a Film student by choice! I am always looking for a good story!
Entertaining, Unique, and Shocking!
I don’t feel that I can compare it to any other book.
I have not listened to Mrs. Potter before but I love her characterizations! She really can bring the butch!
This book had a few hold your breath moments. I would like to have seen this book spread out into a few books. I think the story led it self out to even more story.
I think this book is well written, the characters are believable! I did feel that the main character could have been less masculine and still of had the same impact. I loved her back story and the flow of the story. The ending left me satisfied!
I am looking for more books by this author!
I liked this story because the characters were real. It wasn't all happiness and some of the characters that seemed very significant didn't make it. So even though they died, they were given rich descriptions so you end up liking them just to lose them. That's a little more realistic to me.
Grew to like the book as it progressed. Ending seemed rushed, the author could have fleshed it out a little more. More could have been written about San Francisco.
Yes, hope it is a sequel.
I don't see it working as a movie. Too broard a tapestry, movie would have to be 3 or 4 hours to really work.
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