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Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller | [Ben Tripp]

Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

Filled with adventurous human drama-and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again is a vivid and powerful debut novel of the zombie apocalypse.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Tilo 11-11-12
    Tilo 11-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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    "This book is really good"

    This was a *really* good book and with a listening time of 16hrs, it is well worth your credit. The story was epic with a great narrator telling a tale of zombies right from the start, even before the infection and Tripp has his own take on how the zombie infection starts and spreads.

    The narration is very good and easily fell into the background so I could focus on the tale she was telling. Different voices, male, female, all handled excellently. Interesting coincidence that there is a town in the book of the same name as the narrator.

    As other reviewers have noted the big weakness in this story is that the main character isn't especially likeable. You end up taking the sides of the people arguing with her. Danni is slow to catch on that she is dealing with zombies and yeah, the whole "No looting" bit. Leaves me wondering what she has been eating all this time?

    She also abandons her charges and goes off on a wild goose chase for her sister which is really stupid without specific information. Her sister could be in the abandoned building next to her, how would she know?

    She is also sexless. The book has a lesbian and gay in it, but although there was a line or two in there that made clear Danni is hetero, she otherwise has no romantic interests and thinks like a dude with no testosterone. Its like the author doesn't know how to portray girls.

    She does redeem herself in the end but as flawed heroes go, I couldn't find much to like about her, therefore the 4 stars for story.

    The end was creepy and even though I don't like that mutation direction for zombies, I'd want to buy the next book that is due summer 2013; Rise Again: Below Zero.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 01-17-14
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2010

    deedeeg

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    "Kind of different"

    I liked the things about this story that were different from the typical zombie junk. Anytime an author can take a subject that has been so overdone and make me see it from a different perspective, it's a good thing. A lot of things about the story were unexpected, like the main character, Dannie. It's a lengthy listen. It starts slow, even a bit dull at first. I had to double check to make sure I was reading the right story because it took a while to get to the zombie stuff, but once things got going, I thought the story was pretty good. The ending was interesting enough that I am actually looking forward to the sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Krystal 09-20-12
    Krystal 09-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It's below average, at best"
    Would you try another book from Ben Tripp and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Maybe.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The ending. It was the only point that I found myself curious about what happens next.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was a little annoying. The main character did not act (with what I would consider) reasonable in the given situation. If zombies were running loose, I don't think the average person would leave the group, to search for someone when they have NO CLUE where the person was going.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Eh maybe, but I would enjoy it if the main character were more likable.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Philo-sophia Northern Virginia, United States 03-25-12
    Philo-sophia Northern Virginia, United States 03-25-12
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    "Good Zombie Story"
    If you could sum up Rise Again in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, Thrilling, and unexpected


    Any additional comments?

    Pretty good zombie story. I like zombie stories that stick more to the George Romero version of zombies; you'll see what I'm talking about. I don't want to spoil the story for anyone.

    I was getting annoyed with Danny and her need for law and order at a time when the world was becoming infested with zombies. If you are in a world plagued with man-eating zombies I don't think breaking into a store is going to get you jail time. She was the hero and I really enjoyed the cast. I didn't want to stop listening because I too was interested in whether or not she'd find Kelly.

    There were some scary moments.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 01-20-14
    Scott 01-20-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, science fiction, and horror the most. To improve, I read about language, psychology, spirituality, and art. I read about computer science and business for professional reasons.

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    "A gruesome and tragic zombie survival story"

    Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller is a modern novel about a zombie plague spreadig across the land.

    Set mainly in California and Nevada, I appreciated the numerous descriptions of terrain, flora and fauna, urban and rural buildings, roadways, and masses of braindead uncommunicative zombies travelling about. The author seemed to have a knack for describing mundane details in way as to make the details less mundane and more part of the action of each scene. Certainly, any way to render entertaining and interesting the everyday things that are seen thousands to millions of times could make the world a more scenic place, and story settings more developed.

    The characters were fairly stereotypical propaganda types from modern society, and the plotline was violent and grotesque. Although the action and scenarios the characters found themselves in were far from average. Battles for survival during economic scarcity, struggles against hungry herds of monsters, and group dynamics of betrayal and thievery made for very thoughtful character interactions. Unlike many of the happy main character stories, these characters were often wounded, shot, blown up, eaten, and otherwise mutilated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon lilburn, ga, United States 01-05-14
    Shannon lilburn, ga, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring at first but worth getting into"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shaina TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 11-26-13
    Shaina TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 11-26-13

    Are you Ready?

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    "Great starter audio book"
    Where does Rise Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first so I have high hopes for the others


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way that you came to love the characters


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    She was able to convey the strong female protagonist very well


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes but unfortunately I couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    I am excited about the other books I have in my wish list :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 03-29-13
    Heather Turiello Overland Park, KS USA 03-29-13 Member Since 2006

    I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.

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    "Decent zombie story, meh story overall"
    What did you like best about Rise Again? What did you like least?

    This is another book that I will revisit my rating repeatedly. As far as zombie thrillers go, this one is really original while remaining believable. The main character isn't terribly likeable and makes some really selfish mistakes in the surrogate raising of her baby sister after the death of their parents.

    The narration was bland and made the main character sound bland. I just had a hard time caring about her because I was too busy judging her. I have a hard time with people/characters who realize they have a weakness and don't try to grow. In this case, she makes some decisions that are selfish. I'm probably not being fair, because she's had a hard time keeping her life together, let alone watching out for someone else's.

    Because of a couple unique story twists and potential for character growth, I'll read the next book in the series when it comes out. In fact, over time, I'm finding that the post apocalyptical world Tripp has framed out is really staying with me. Without really giving anything away, I will say that these zombies are much higher functioning than usually portrayed. I really like this concept because it's believable to me and hasn't been really explored all that much.

    For this reason, I am planning to read the next book and hoping that Tripp's character development makes up for some of the character flaws and poor decision making is improved.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Random Orlando, FL USA 11-07-12
    Random Orlando, FL USA 11-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty good Z-book."
    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    It was odd listening to a female read some fairly horrific gory details, but since the hero of the book is a female, it grows on you quickly and "fits". I would not go out of my way to listen to her on other books like I do with Ray Porter, but she still did a good job of keeping character voices straight and is not monotone at all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definitely laughed a few times, and the girlfriend got a little queasy at a few parts with the graphic detail of the gore.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. Fit into the major stereotypes of the genre but made it unique enough to stand on its own. The makeup of the group was interesting too, a lot different than the usual story. An alcoholic combat vet with severe PTSD, a bum, a vetrenarian, and a couple of interior designers with an alternative sexual orientation. Makes for a pretty funny combination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 02-06-12
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2008

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Gives you your needed Zombie fix, but no more."

    The story is original, great narraration, the inspired story, and the characters are fleshed out quite well. If you've already gotten through the first tier of MUST READ zombie books, then this shouldbe next on your list. WWZ, Day by Day Amrmageddon (series), Walking Dead, should be considered first tier.

    The story is original, but I felt that it left something to be desired. The scope could have been much larger. Also, I did like the fact that most of the protagonists are from a small town, but i felt that that "small town" feel never really left. The story seemed confined, on the brink of greatness, but never quite crossing over. I know that sounds esoteric, but it's the best way I can describe it.

    Overall, if you like Zombie stories, and you need a quick fix, go for this one!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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