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Rise Again Audiobook

Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

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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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    Johnny California 04-03-13
    Johnny California 04-03-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Dead on the Page"

    I'm a fan of zombie fiction, but Rise Again is not particularly well written. The first half is an absolute slog, with a meandering narrative full of non-events and plodding character busywork. I only kept listening out of obligation to the credit I spent.

    The main character, for example, spends a lot of time ruminating about her sister or her opinions about things, but her thoughts are generally repetitive and dull. In fact, here's something I noticed while listening: Main character Danielle often "loses interest" in the topic at hand or the person she's talking to, right in the middle of the conversation. Once you notice it, you'll realize that Danielle loses interest in things over and over again throughout the entire book. The author seems to think that Danielle's lack of interest empowers her, but all it tells me is that if she's not interested in what's going on, then it's a fair bet that we aren't interested either.

    Which brings me to my main gripe with the book. The author's writing style - and the story itself - lacks imagination. The story is serviceable, but I was never riveted. I never found myself hanging on the narrator's every word. The characters and locations and situations are not particularly creative or nuanced as written. The writing style gets the job done - and if you like zombies then there are plenty of zombies here - but that's about all Rise Again has going for it. Utilitarian writing and … zombies.

    As for the main character, she doesn't have to be likable, but she should be at least be interesting. Danielle is rather dull. And she makes some ridiculous decisions in the story (at one point, with absolutely no proof, she tries to forcefully arrest a guy for murder in the middle of a zombie apocalypse). The author slants the narrative because he wants us to side with Danielle in these situations, but her actions are sometimes so silly that it's impossible. The result is an uneven main character that we never care much about.

    The book comes in two downloadable parts. If you're going to listen, I would actually recommend skipping the first part entirely. You're not going to miss much, and though doing ths is not enough to save the story, the book only starts to realize its potential during the second half.

    3 of 4 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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    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 02-07-12
    Morgan B. Gainor matthews, nc USA 02-07-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Zombie Adventure"
    What did you love best about Rise Again?

    Different twist on Zombies with a strong, flawed hero


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excitement and action with unexpected developments


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't decide


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Some scenes were smoking!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron 02-03-12
    Cameron 02-03-12

    A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.

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    "Awesome Character developmen and action, okay plot"

    Zombie novels are a magnet for mediocre writers. There, I said it. If you don't agree, then this review probably doesn't have a lot to offer you. Still, I love the genre's potential, and this book comes the closest I've seen in a long while to realizing that potential. Rise Again spends a good while really developing Danny's character to the point that, despite the fact that she's a walking stereotype (although dark, drunk veterans with PTSD aren't usually played by women-- her only stand-out quality), I feel that I really understand and relate to her, so Tripp managed to not use her stereotype as a crutch. Good character development is insanely rare in this genre, so it was really refreshing and a very strong start to the book.

    That being said, pretty much every other face you see in the book is as flat as a cutout from a magazine. Danny keeps it real and keeps you caring, but it seems like Tripp was lazy in designing his other characters so the rest have no depth. A few are sympathetic, but they're all just slightly more developed than cardboard cutouts (case in point: gay interior designer, empathetic and soft-hearted female veterinarian, a-hole lawyer).

    The description, however, is magnificent throughout. Excellent prose, believable action and the avoidance of too many predictable plot developments (at least predictable by me) kept me interested to the point where I looked for housework to do just as an excuse to listen. There's a lot of gore, but it's not just a splatterhouse. Also, as a horror, it only really had one scary point for me, at the very beginning. The rest was sort of hum-drum zombie head-smashing.

    So there's bad and there's good in it, but it's worth reading. I should make mention that another very refreshing thing about this book is that it's not just another thought experiment about how awesome and scary the idea of the zombie apocalypse is. The story is as it should be-- the zombies are the environment, not the main character.

    The plot wasn't really that moving for me, however; Danny's character arc is decent but not earth-shattering, some people get saved from being eaten, world's still destroyed but they can start over. It's all a little canned. Rise Again does attempt to make a few statements about the nature of occupation forces like those we have in the middle east, but they're too heavy handed and that's not really what the book is about. The book is about Danny, someone who's gotten herself into a downward spiral that would probably end in death (we see the ghost of her future in Wolf, also a bit heavy handed), and the catastrophe gives her an opportunity to find the spark of purpose that might bring her some fulfillment and save her. In a word, the book is about redemption, but it's not strong enough to make you want to cry.

    All in all, it was a great read. It wasn't The Road or World War Z (I know the two are in completely different leagues from one another, but I loved them both), but it was better than the rest that I've read. And I've read a LOT.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    fatandhappy 10-11-13
    fatandhappy 10-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not very good"

    I really had a hard time making it through this book. Using the private security firm as the boogeyman was boring and unbelievable, and the main character I just wanted dead from the first few moments of the book.

    The writing was decent, but without characters to like or a plot that was decent, this proved to be a tedious work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 02-06-13
    Jeremy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, Unlikable Hero, and HORRIBLE Narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rise Again to be better than the print version?

    No, I would suggest just buying the print. Kristen Potter is possibly the worst narrator that I've ever heard. She reads the entire book as if she's about to fall asleep. Even during parts of the story that could be extreme, and intensely satisfying...she drones it down to a pure bore and makes it a struggle to stay awake. Ms. Potter should stop narrating audio books, and go teach a high school English Lit. class....she has the voice for that, her students would get a good nap in before their next class.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really like any of the characters that much. But I believe this was because the narrator failed to give them any character. They all sounded the same, droll, monotone and boring..........Well, maybe Amy. She was ok.


    What didn’t you like about Kirsten Potter’s performance?

    Everything. She was pretty terrible.


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

    No, The story was pretty good, but for me there were no moving moments, but I rarely experience that in any book anyway...so no fault of the author there.


    Any additional comments?

    The most disappointing part of this adaptation other than the poor narration, was the main character Danny. The author tries to pass her off as a combat vet, and at the time women were not allowed in combat roles in the military. Fault one with her story. She gets into one little scrap in the desert and it destroys her life. That is a slap in the face to real life soldiers who struggle with the rigors of military deployment, and the horrors of combat...yet many of them still come home and have the strength to carry on a normal civilian life without having to turn to alcohol or drugs to cope. Danny is over all a horrible, and unlikable character, who spends more time whining and crying about her horrible life and her self medication with alcohol, than actually playing a lead heroic role.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Krystal 09-20-12
    Krystal 09-20-12 Member Since 2014
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 05-10-12
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Unlikable "hero", good story just over the top"

    I just didn't care for this one too terrible much. I love a good flawed, strong lead character aka hero/heroine BUT Danni is is not only unlikable but over the top. I didn't find her to be a tough badass but a boozing tyrant. I mean come on. The world has ended, no government to speak of, Danni is the only "law" in the land. As her convoy looks for a safe place to hole up (though Danni is merely looking for her sister) she threatens to arrest them for breaking into an abandoned gas station/convenience store to find supplies. That is the dumbest thing I think I've ever read. Then there's the sheriff herself. Danni. A wounded war hero battling post traumatic stress syndrome and her need to wash her dreams away with liquor. I don't think she's an alcoholic as much as self medicating - which makes it worse. If she truly was a hero, smart leader she'd keep a clear head. Nope get drunk and bully everyone. Couldn't get into the story because I just simply didn't like the main character! Tone her down some Tripp will you!

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Driver of the DEAD 05-19-17 Member Since 2013
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    "What a great epic tale."

    Narration was really good. Story kept me hooked. The ending was a unsettling surprise. I really enjoyed this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob H Phoenix, AZ 05-16-17
    Rob H Phoenix, AZ 05-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Mostly Meh"

    **SPOILER ALERT** It would be difficult to review this book without some spoilers.

    The book starts slow, which is a nice change from the typical ZA story. The zombie events happens at a much slower pace, but it's almost too slow in parts and borders on too many mundane details not relevant to the story. Eventually, the zombies make an appearance, but not after several WTF moments in the story.

    For example, there's a point where the general public has become aware of something awful happening and they begin to flee and panic. However, none of the main characters, including the protagonist, has any clue as to what it is. This happens despite the fact that everyone seems to be getting their info from phone calls and social media. No one who is clueless thinks to ask anyone for information.

    Another example, the sheriff has no idea what's happening, but spontaneously decides to use her shotgun to stop the panicking people. Without having any knowledge of the larger looming crisis, the she considers shooting one of the runners in hopes it will stop the others. There are other points in the book like this that left me scratching my head, as they made no sense.

    The sheriff has several convenient blackouts, where she awakens hours or days later. These seemed more like conveniences to the author, as they occurred at action points in the book and left me, again, scratching my head as to what just happened - or why the author chose this time to stop and skip ahead in the story. I found it annoying.

    Much of the conversations and actions of characters are unrealistic. Remnants of civilization (buildings, roads, etc.) would deteriorate much faster than reasonable - dust would coat things in a matter of days or trees would grow in the middle of roads in a matter of a few months - all because there was no normal daly life; or the protagonist would have to relearn how to deal with people again, after being on her own for only a few days. All of these broke the suspension of disbelief for me.

    I found the characters were rather flat and uninteresting and didn't especially care what happened to them. The main character was hard to like and I couldn't tell if that was on purpose or not.

    This is the first time hearing this narrator, and she did a respectable job, overall. However, she didn't really bring the characters to life or put enough emphasis on the action or emotional parts of the story. All of the male voices didn't sound male, nor did they include the correct emotional context (tough angry males sounded like mildy-annoyed women).

    Overall, the book was interesting enough to finish, but it's not one I'd recommend or listen to again, nor am I particularly interested in any sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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