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Rise Again Below Zero: Rise Again, Book 2 | [Ben Tripp]

Rise Again Below Zero: Rise Again, Book 2

Billions died and rose again, hungry for human flesh. When the nightmare reached Sheriff Danielle Adelman's small mountain community of Forest Peak, California, it was too late for warnings . . . forcing her to lead a small group of survivors out of hell, all the while seeking her estranged runaway sister at any cost.
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Publisher's Summary

Billions died and rose again, hungry for human flesh. When the nightmare reached Sheriff Danielle Adelman's small mountain community of Forest Peak, California, it was too late for warnings...forcing her to lead a small group of survivors out of hell, all the while seeking her estranged runaway sister at any cost.

Two years later, the undead have evolved. Now, besides the shambling, mindless cannibals are the hunters-cunning and fast, like wolves-and the thinkers, whose shocking intel­ligence and single-minded predatory obsession may mean the downfall of what's left of humanity. As Danny leads a ragtag band of the living through the remnants of the American Midwest, rumors arise of a safe place somewhere east. But the closer they get to it, the more certain Danny becomes that something evil waits for them at the end of the line.

With an unspeakable secret riding beside her and an unbreakable promise made to a small, silent boy, Danny must stake everything she has-her leadership, her sanity, and her life- in order to defeat the ultimate horror in a terrifying and dying world.

©2013 Ben Tripp (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"More than a routine zombiefest, this taut and intelligent tale succeeds as a moving meditation on a world steeped in 'the loneliness of life without afterlife.'" (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mike Naka VA 03-30-14
    Mike Naka VA 03-30-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "wow! much, much better than expected!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    constantly being surprised at how the story unfolded


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    there were several moments that moved me, moments of sadness and disgust. there are a few powerful moments, but i can't go into deal b/c i don't want to spoil the listener's experience!


    Any additional comments?


    wow! i'm shocked at how good this second book was! the first book was just MEH. so why did i download this second book? b/c there was some potential to make the story interesting, but also b/c first book ended with an irresistibly intriguing scene.

    the first book had some ups and some downs. in the first book, i didn't really like the main character, danny, and it was hard to bond with her. she has some serious anger issues and is so hard-headed that she often alienates those around her. she is an unlikable hero.

    however in the second book, the author does a good job making danny seem more human. yes, she still has some serious anger problems, but the author does a better job flushing them out. in the first book, the author used danny's anger to drive the plot, some of which seemed downright dumb (threatening looters with arrest during a zombie apocylapse) and contrived (leaving the group to look for her sister). in this book, the causes and reasons for danny's anger are realistic and at times, justified, and therefore more believable. i found it refreshing to listen to a zombie story where there was a lot of anger.

    in a couple of other zombie stories, where characters have had serious anger issues, those characters did really stupid things, things that really uncharacteristic of their characters and thus wouldn't happen during a zombie outbreak, like shouting and breaking things while supposedly hunkering down in a safe house. i'm thinking of my review of the first 2 the becoming novels in particular.

    anyway...back to this review. yes, danny blows her top and makes mistakes. these scenes are realistic and emotional. i found myself thinking "God danny, why did you do that!?" even though danny is brash and unlikable, you start to like her and care for her. this really surprised me after the first book. i really liked how the author explored the complicated relationship b/ween danny and her sister, kelly.

    what happens in this second book is also much more interesting than the first book. the first book details the initial outbreak, followed by fleeing and trying to find a safe place to hold out. the main human enemies were a rogue band of private military thugs. been there done that. the pace of the story in the first book is herky jerky. the author does a much better job of pacing the story in this second book. one layer of plot smoothly lays upon another as the mystery and tension build.

    i won't spoil anything more revealing than the publisher's summary, but what danny finds in the "safe" place is as intriguing as it is creepy. a few zombie novels i have liked have tried to do something along this line, e.g. beyond the barriers, the reanimation of edward shuett, i zombie, but ben tripp creates something truly unique and horrifying. the author really could of lost control of the story in this part, but he did a good job pulling in the reins, keeping the pace of the story moving without getting lost on a tangent.

    what i really liked was how unpredictable the story was. every time i thought this or that was going to happen, i was proven wrong, all the way up to the closing credits.

    now, the important question. drum roll...do you need to read the first book? i would say no. this story is pretty self-contained. you can catch up with what's going on in the beginning as the author briefly recounts what happened. but like i said, parts of the first book are painfully slow, especially the beginning- 2 and 1/2 hours before anything really happens.

    overall, a great story! there are a lot of twists and turns and some freaky surprises! i definitely recommend this book. the first is your call!

    to those who listened to the first book and didn't like it, i definitely suggest you give this book a chance b/c it's so much better. i think a good comparison would be the roads less traveled series. while the first book in that series was kind of MEH, the second book was great. this second book is really good!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 04-13-14
    Tilo CHITTENANGO, NY, United States 04-13-14 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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    "Great book, but why not a triology?"

    The wrinkle on this zombie tale are the smart zombies, the thinkers.

    Generally, it starts off as a convoy of humanity called the "tribe", led by Dani the sheriff. Pretty good zombie telling. Eventually they get to the "safe zone" where the "thinkers" are at the top of the food chain and the plot intricacies start to get complicated.

    I thought the plot was kinda flimsy really and started to wonder where could this possibly lead. How far could Dani keep playing one political faction off against the other? I think the author was wondering the same and its almost as if his publisher was nagging at him and he felt he had better wrap things up because suddenly "Ka Boom! Never mind trying to tie the plot together, back to basics with a zombie onslaught, fire and mayhem.

    Dani is slightly more likeable now because we have more insight into her battle with her rage and alcoholism.

    Would have really liked to keep going with this series but this looks like the end of things. That's too bad. Still, we got two really long good solid zombie stories!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    victoria Washington, DC, United States 03-31-14
    victoria Washington, DC, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Great death-by-zombie scene"

    Enjoyed the first book - Rise Again. Well written, and the end encounter was beautifully conceived. The second is pretty far-fetched, but again well written, well thought out and has plenty of great characters - sometimes too many to stay close to. And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for our protagonists, BELOW ZERO delivers one of the best 'death-by-zombie' scenes I've heard. Would be willing to follow whoever survives on for a third. But for once, the author has brought this story to an end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David United States 06-16-14
    David United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2011

    I like books that weigh heavy on cognitive appeal and intelligent articulation on a multi level conveyance. Science Fiction about space like "Dune" or "Gateway" and the post apocalyptic novels, where the human spirit struggles to survive like "I Am Legend" with flawed characters, appeal to me.

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    "Female Protagonist Below Zero Likeability."
    Would you try another book from Ben Tripp and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Maybe if they used different characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ben Tripp? Why or why not?

    Writing overall is not bad and plot meanders or drawn out unnecessarily.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing really stood out.


    Did Rise Again Below Zero inspire you to do anything?

    Not to buy any sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    I like a strong herion, but this character is over the top stubborn that I wish a zombie would bite her head off. Her in your face bravado would never have gotten her very far in a post apocalyptic society. Her mouthiness would have gotten her killed by her tribe. Just not likeable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denis Los Alamos, NM, United States 05-24-14
    Denis Los Alamos, NM, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Seemed disjointed, didn't flow"

    I re-listened to book 1 before this book, and book 2 just seemed disjointed. Kristen Potter really did a great performance - I think you could read a dictionary and still make it sound interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    janet United States 05-22-14
    janet United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Narrator is wonderful!"
    What made the experience of listening to Rise Again Below Zero the most enjoyable?

    The story is good and kept my interest but it was wonderful to have Kirsten Potter as narrator melt into the background and just enjoy the book. I've heard some really awful voices on some pretty interesting books that constantly pulled me out of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dani was my favorite. It's pretty rare to have an unattractive woman, even in a book where we can't see her, as the lead. This isn't a new character but it's always been written as a man.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn L Northern California 05-14-14
    Carolyn L Northern California 05-14-14 Member Since 2009

    knitter, weaver, spinner

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    "Wow!"

    I found both parts of this story to be excellent. The characters were consistent, believable and interesting. The story was suspenseful. The reader was outstandingly talented and well suited to the book.

    The protagonist was a war veteran. Her response to the "zombie apocalypse" seemed to be in line with what I have read about the hardships of soldiers who return home. I found her emotional responses to be very believable, but have no "reality check".

    More... a good supernatural book lends itself to metaphor and in this case, the zombie infection worked as drug addiction, cultural ennui, and the creepy American yearning to live forever.


    I am very impressed by this author, and hope that he continues to produce.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shaina TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 04-21-14
    Shaina TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 04-21-14 Member Since 2013

    Are you Ready?

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    "Had to listen to the second... at least now I know"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were some parts of the book's story line that could have been great but were sorely neglected. There are so many books that have great ideas but when it comes time to deliver, they fall short.


    Would you recommend Rise Again Below Zero to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the first book and then just give them a summary of this one. There were so many parts of this book that fell short.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Danny - her hardcore nature is definitely portrayed well by this actor. But when she tried to do the Jamaican accent of the wheelchair character, she fell short and it ended up sounding very Irish/English.


    Did Rise Again Below Zero inspire you to do anything?

    Carry a backpack of never-ending supplies.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't stress enough that this book fell short. It had such potential, the characters could have been so much more, the scenes could have flowed well and the plot could have been so much more, but it felt like it was hacked apart and put together by a novice serial killer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 04-09-14
    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Some fresh twists on an overdone genre!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rise Again Below Zero to be better than the print version?

    I would because Kirsten Potter does a great job as narrator. She breathes life into Danny and Kelly, as well as the other characters that I wouldn't have experienced in the print edition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Risen Flesh. Such an evil, opportunistic thing, and well imagined by the author. His appearance in the story brings glimpses of the horrors that lay beneath the quaint facade of "Happy Town" and the purpose of its human inhabitants. He is the terrifying icing on an horrifying layer cake of evil!


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Danny, of course! The story is told mostly from her point of view. She also does Kelly much justice.


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

    Yes. I really liked the first one, but this book took the story to a whole new level!


    Any additional comments?

    Rise Again is not your run of the mill zombie story. It has great plot twists and good character development. Can Kelly be trusted? Who's side is she really on?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    VL United States 04-09-14
    VL United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2010

    I am a book addict! I get a rush beyond belief when I get to absorb myself into a new world. The creativity is boundless.

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    "Spectacular!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have and will continue to. This duology is a spectacular listen. The story line is gripping and realistic. I was eager to drive just so I had an excuse to listen to more!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny was for more than the fact she was the main character. She was human. She was flawed and selfish and giving and noble all at the same time. She was easy to get invested in. Her persiverance is epic.


    Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am a huge fan of Kristen's. This was another great preformance for her. I loved the scene with Danny and Wolf were on their binge and I honestly forgot it was the same person portraying both characters. Love her!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several moments that have stuck with me. And some are too gruesome to share here :-)


    Any additional comments?

    I love this world Ben has created. It is grounded and well plotted and you can believe that this could be a reality. Danny is legendary in her own right. I am eager to read something else from his crafty mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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