Rise of the Dead is a zombie novel with a lot of guts that aims for the brain, blending literary fiction with post-apocalyptic thrills.
Blake was never one for taking chances. He lived in a world of formulas and equations. A statistician in a controlled society where everything had become predictably mundane. That world disappeared the day the dead got up and began attacking the living.
Now, the end is here. Blake finds himself fighting for his life in a world that is rapidly spiraling out of control. He struggles to keep himself alive and must risk everything to find his family.
Along the way, Blake finds himself thrust among other unlikely survivors. Together they must adapt to the realities of the undead world, or join the legion of zombies. The characters must overcome their conditioned human apathy and come together if they have any chance of survival.
Rise of the Dead chronicles the first moments of the zombie apocalypse. While the story is a fast-paced thrill ride through an ever-growing zombie horde, the novel aims to draw upon familiar themes as those found in the Romero classic films.
©2016 Jeremy Dyson (P)2016 Jeremy Dyson
I loved it! As a lot of you zombie fans know, most new zombie books fall flat.....very very flat. This one though, was really good. I hated to see it end and am hoping this is the first in a series. The ending does have closure, which is satisfying, but a second book can easily pick up where this one ends.
The narrator was great!
I have nothing bad to say about this book. I hope there there's more to come of this story.
Brian's Book Blog
4.5 out of 5 stars
Blake never really took chances. Knowing probabilities and numbers made him like this. But, when cars start crashing around him and people seem to be shambling towards him like zombies he quickly realizes that he has to make life or death decisions. As he continues throughout the changing world he comes across others who he tries to help find safety. Rise of the Dead chronicles the first moments of a zombie apocalypse from the eyes of the unlikely survivors.
The narration is done by John Crosthwaite and he does a really nice job. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it at first (especially because the Audible preview does NOT do his narration justice). Also, because I couldn’t tell if he was going to be doing a “radio”/overacting performance, but he really splits the line between over-acting and “Buehler!” monotone which absolutely kills audiobooks. Crosthwaite also has one of those voices that’s really easy to understand at almost any speed for those of you who like to speed up audiobooks (I do it too!) After I finished this book I went over to Audible to see what other books that Crosthwaite narrated and was honestly astonished that this was his first audiobook. Kudos Mr. Crosthwaite, kudos on a job well done.
My title says that this is Romero zombie fiction that’s done right, and it really is. Romero would be proud. Dyson takes a genre that is pretty over-used and is able to take it back to its roots. There are zombies, we’re not sure why but they are walking and they want all survivors to join them in their zombie lives.
The story is really easy to follow with a main character who is the definition of the underdog. He’s a smart guy who is a statistician by day but didn’t see this coming (which he laughs about). He is the least likely to survive but shows incredible courage and strength as he faces enemies and zombies at every turn. It’s always fun rooting for the underdog and Dyson even gives readers chances to dislike Blake from time to time which really amps up the drama and suspense.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice change of pace for me too. Normally with a zombie book, the author or description touts how “a mysterious virus has taken over” which makes me want to know more about the virus. This book just felt like “oh, crap there’s zombies and we’re not safe.”
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I would have to say this book is in my top 5 books.
I would put this book up with and above most zombie novels. It felt like the author took his time with the story. It wasn't rushed, and it shows. This gave me time to absorb what was taking place, and really enjoy what I was listening to. I've found some zombie apocalypse books to move through time too quickly and not really letting the listener/reader really get the feel of what's taking place. This book was just the opposite.
I really enjoyed John R. Crosthwaite's voice. His was very smooth, and enjoyable to listen to. He did a good job altering his voice so that the listener had no trouble identifying the characters in the book. At the same time he didn't over do it. His voice was just right.
I did listen to quite a number of hours in one sitting, and it was great. When I wasn't listening to the book I often found myself thinking about the characters, and the book and I really felt the urge to turn it back on so I could continue listening.
I felt that there were a few times where the pause between chapters was a little too long. At first I thought it was my device, but then the story started again. When this happened a second time, I realized it was in the recording and not my device. Other than that I loved the book, and can't wait for more.
On a final note, as I've seen other people post on their reviews: I did receive a free download for this book in exchange for the review. However, I listened to the book and I enjoyed it, and my comments are truly how I feel about the book.
This was a great book. It started with a bang and it kept going. The plot was refreshing. I received this copy for a re iew, but I cannot wait to buy the next one.
From the opening chapter, to the last sentence, this novel had me utterly enthralled. Jeremy Dyson nailed it, and the narration was absolutely superb. I'm sad it's over, as I feel like I've lost some friends! I hope Mr. Dyson is working hard on a second book, because I'm already ready to get my hands on it.
Loved it, had a hard time pausing cause I had to get back to reality.
All the surprises had me in suspense.
The narrator was excellent
I went into this with serious concerns. I love zombie films but it's very difficult to write a ZA novel. The characters are strong. You care whether they live or die. The story is compelling and scary! The narration is near perfect/ no need to try to do all different voices but the lead character was well defined and there was real inflection in the reading. Best one I've heard to date and I do hope he writes as sequel
I prefer series, as I listen a lot, but this one was a good story and I enjoyed it. Not terribly graphic or extreme, and that's ok, the story didn't need it. Narrator did ok too.
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