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The Rising

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Since its 2003 debut, Brian Keene's The Rising is one of the best-selling zombie novels of all-time. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, inspired the works of other authors and filmmakers, and has become a cultural touchstone for an entire generation of horror fans.

The Rising is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.

©2003 Brian Keene (P)2017 David N. Wilson

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    Lomeraniel Spain 07-10-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 07-10-17
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    "A different take on zombies"

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    After an accident at a research facility, a breach is created on the fabric of reality, and beings from the void are free to pass and occupy dead bodies, animals and humans alike. Jim Thurmond is a survivor. He had built an underground refuge just in case the world was going to come to an end in the year 2000, and when the rising happened, he was safely there. But he gets a call from his son, living with Jim's ex-wife hundreds of miles away, asking for help; and Jim, without thinking twice, decides to get out from his refuge and get ready for a very dangerous trip.

    This is a different take on zombies. Contrary to other zombie stories, here people do not get infected by a virus or bacteria, but just become zombies after dying, leaving their bodies free to be occupied by other beings. This makes the rising a bit slower than otherwise, since being bitten by a zombie does not condemn the receiver unless they die.

    Another major difference from the mainstream of zombie stories is that these ones are terribly smart, and they can use the previous knowledge from the body they occupy. We are used to have dumb and slow brain eating creatures, but here the dynamics are quite different. These zombies can use guns and even drive. Their way of gaining adepts is not by just biting but by killing their prey.

    These differences made the book a bit more interesting than the average zombie novel.

    Multi POV is a plot device commonly used in post-apocaliptic books, and this one is no exception. This makes more dynamic an already quick paced story. I have mixed feelings about it though. It is true that it helped us see different aspects of the rising, and how it affected several sectors of the population; apart from creating several subplots which were tied together at the end. But in this case I felt that Keene had spread his butter too thin, since I did not find any charismatic character that I was able to connect to. I was aware of Jim's urgency in rescuing his son, but for the life of me, could not feel it. Many tragedies happen in this book, but found myself not too touched by them.

    Something also common in post-apocalptic stories is how these great disasters bring the worst in human kind. The crudest aspect here is that people get organized just based on this cruelty. I do not doubt that this may indeed happen if an event like the Rising affects our society, but we see less of the opposite in books at least. I would like to believe that there would also be organized groups without that degree of corruption. Is that even possible? Food for thought for another day. Nevertheless, the 'good guys' groups were small and scarce in this book.

    It was nevertheless a very enjoyable and easy listen, and although it is a quite long book, it did not find it boring. Just the opposite: it is a fast paced and action packed story.

    Now I am going to confess you something. I love post-apocaliptic books but I just don't do zombies. I had previously read a zombie book in my life, but I was never attracted to this subgenre. The reason for listening to this book was its narrator. I just cannot resist a book narrated by Joe Hempel. His technical and interpretative skills are among the best I have experienced. He gets you immersed in the story, makes you forget that you are listening to a book, and makes you believe you are experiencing something and meeting new friends. His recordings are always spotless, and his clear speech and mastering skills, allow you just to sit, relax, and enjoy.

    I am grateful that I gave this book a try, since it allowed me to meet a different kind of zombies, and 'The Rising' is almost considered a classic among zombie novels.

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    Amazon Customer 07-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great zombie book!"

    A different take on zombies. Zombies with dark humor! Joe Hempel really brought this book to life!

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    patrick 07-17-17
    patrick 07-17-17
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    "good book"

    this is a good book. the relationship between the father and son are...... very real. the overall idea of the dead is pretty original.

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    Fascinatingbooks 07-15-17

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    "Not your regular drooling shambling zombies! Scary"
    Would you listen to The Rising again? Why?

    Yes, it was packed from start to finish with action, characters and the unrelenting need of a father to save his child. The first time through I was mostly focused on Jim Thurmond, but I would like to hear it a second time to focus more on the story as a whole.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rising?

    Definitely the ending. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if Jim made it there in time to save his child. When he was finally at the house .. well, I won't give it away, but boy oh boy it was memorable!


    What does Joe Hempel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh he was terrific, he was like a movie you could listen to. His characterizations and pacing was perfect. He didn't over emote, he didn't over act, he just made the whole thing believable and vital.


    If you could take any character from The Rising out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maybe poor Frankie, I would like to let her know that there is more to life than what she was settling for.


    Any additional comments?

    It's no wonder that Brian Keene's THE RISING is one of the best-selling zombie novels of all-time. It's a roller coaster ride of scariness, horror and tense situations. <br/>

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 07-15-17
    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 07-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic Zombie horror revised"

    First up is like to give a huge thanks to Crossroads​ Press. I don't know how they do it, but they have been steadily releasing classic horror novels from authors I have been reading my teen and adult life. Books I always hoped would get an audiobook release but never expected them to. Authors like Clive Barker, Chet Williamson (who also does a great job narrating audiobooks forums books as well as other authors), David Niall Wilson, Brian Lumley. And now Brian Keene.

    The Rising is an early zombie novel, pre zombie boom, and one I purchased in paperback many years ago, when a zombie novel was a rarity for fans like myself. Oddly enough, I had just suffered through Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy, and the underlying concept in that was similar, but in my opinion out of place and a bad fit for the author. I went in expecting a pure sci fi story like his others, but had something that should have been marketed as pure fantasy. And about 80 hours shorter... In The Rising though, it felt like a breath of fresh air. Even in today's zombie fiction, it is not just reiterating the same tropes and formula. Even today it feels like a fresh take on the genre.

    The book is revised with apparently 30k more words than the original. I have read the originbal release, but it was some time ago so it wasn't something I could immediately identify.

    In full disclosure, the book does end on a cliffhanger. I am looking forward to the sequels- especially as I know it is finite... I also got this audiobook as a free copy for review, which to a fan of the author and series, as well as the narrator, is a total win for me.

    Joe Hempel is a narrator that is easy to listen to, and I've several works of his in my library. Irony buy books directly for the narrator, but when I am making a decision on a few options, it will tip the scales in favor of names I recognize from my collection.

    In summary, an early zombie novel that even now is a fresh take on the genre.

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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 07-14-17 Member Since 2016

    I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!

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    "Demonic Zombies!"

    Excellent post-apocalyptic book with a different spin on zombies! Demons are possessing the bodies of dead humans and animals! I love when an author can put a spin on the classic zombie and make it different than every other zombie book out there. I loved 99% of this book. I want to give the one fingered salute to the author for the ending! The whole book is Jim's story of survival on his way to rescue his son. He makes friends and enemies along the way and fights demonic zombies. It is very emotional and heart wrenching at times and very action packed! SPOILER.... Once he finally makes it to his destination, you never actually find out the results of the moment the whole book has been leading up to. You can make a good assumption, but you don't know for sure. Ultimate cliffhanger! It's a little upsetting! Amazing narration by Joe Hempel! He did an outstanding job! Despite the ending, I still would recommend this book!

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