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A teenage girl trapped in an abusive home. A demon freed from a mystical book. She will have her revenge, and unleash evil the world has not seen in centuries...

Jessie is pushed over the edge by her own grief and a mother who cares more about sex and booze than her own flesh and blood. With the help of a powerful demon, she takes revenge and begins a spellbinding journey to unleash an evil as old as time. 

Rising: The Second Death is the prelude to Brian Rella’s action-packed horror and dark fantasy series, The Second Death.

Find out for why listeners love this audiobook and why readers are giving this prequel Rising: The Second Death five stars:

"The build up is steady with events building the suspense in a way that left me knowing something was coming, but barely prepared me for the intense ending that grabbed me like a monster and smashed all my preconceived notions about the story into mangled bits." - Amazon Reviewer 

"Tight story line and plot line expertly delivered, in a fast and smooth paced timeframe." - Amazon Reviewer 

"I gripped my tablet til my finger tips became numb...I screamed nooo, I danced with delight!" - Amazon Reviewer

If you like horror and dark fantasy, download and listen now!

©2016 Brian Rella (P)2018 Brian Rella

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A quick and interesting story.

In a short time you enter a different world filled with well crafted characters and a good plot.The Narrator is a Pro and helps bring the listener into the story.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Perfect Prequel

Rising is the perfect prequel to the The Second Death Supernatural Story. It is a short story that will leave you wanting to read the entire series. If you have read the series then this adds a little back story. The narrator is on point bringing the story to life. I highly recommend this author and this series

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Good prequel to an interesting supernatural series

Rising by Brian Rella is the prequel in The Second Death Supernatural Story series. In this prequel, we're introduced to Jessie, a young girl who is unfortunately plagued with some pretty crappy people in her life. Olga, on the other hand, has recently relocated to New Orleans, where Jessie lives, to keep something safe from the world. Well, Jessie gets her hands on it and unleashes one of The Fallen, a nasty demon, which Olga has pledged her life to protect the world from. Things quickly go from bad to worse and though the story is short, it definitely left me wanting to listen to the next book in the series. Rising was fast paced and an enjoyable ride. I'd definitely recommend it to others, especially once the second book is out because you'll want to hear more once you finish this one.

Todd Menesses did a good gob with the narration in this story. Though the two characters introduced in this prequel, Jessie and Olga, were female, I'm betting that there will be quite a few men popping up as main characters in future books in the series. He voiced the various characters well, differentiated their various accents perfectly, and nailed the voice of the demon. He's a narrator that I'd have no problem listening to in the future. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 06-12-18

Opening salvo to a frightening new series!

Rising is a short prequel to The Second Death Series. Our protagonist, Jessie is a young girl in a small town struggling to grow up in an abusive home. Jessie loves to read and escape her despicable environment in the pages of her favorite horror story. A new book store opens in town and Jessie unknowingly “acquires” a book on black magic. Jessie is mysteriously drawn to the book titled Arraziel (more likely Araziel); her curiosity garnering just enough knowledge to summon a Fallen demon. Her misplaced anger towards family and friends leads her down an unwitting dark path of revenge and torture. Those whose lives are devoted to protecting society from the Fallen are alerted to the events in the small town and the fact that an ancient book is missing. Thus begins the tale of Jessie, consumed by the power of a dark overlord, and the people obligated to stop her and recover the book. This opening story holds the promise to be an exciting and chilling adventure. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.