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Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A Wonderfully Gory Zombie Story!

If you are wanting a good zombie book for the Halloween holiday, I do suggest you get Rise Again. In some ways it does remind me of Night of the Living Dead and even references the movie in a few places. We mostly follow Danielle Adelman (Danny) who is an Iraq war vet ...
If you are wanting a good zombie book for the Halloween holiday, I do suggest you get Rise Again. In some ways it does remind me of Night of the Living Dead and even references the movie in a few places. We mostly follow Danielle Adelman (Danny) who is an Iraq war vet with PTSD. On a side note: If any guys out there are worried that the protagonist is female, do not worry as Danny is hard as nails and a great heroine. You won't miss a thing. *think Sigourney Weaver in Aliens* Anyhoo... Danny loses her sister right before the zombie wave suddenly hits town. She doesn't have time to think let alone read the note full of anger and mistrust. Things quickly progress and you are in the middle of the surviving group hoping they find someplace safe.

As the story goes on Danny later strikes out on her own to try to find her sister. She quickly learns that either she has survived or hasn't but keeps hope that she is out there somewhere. Danny heads to the only place she can... back to the survivors she helped in her community. Upon returning she finds that there is more to fear than the zombies, but mercenaries who proclaim themselves the leaders of the facility they found. Things go from bad to worse and hopefully Danny can find a way to help them.

The ending is haunting and may keep you awake thinking about it. Yep, I was one who was awake thinking on the ending. Wonderful since you don't always get that in a book, horrible because I wanted to sleep! Regardless, I give this book 4 1/2 stars. It gives you exactly what it promises (lots of gore, action, and anxiety). It also gives you that bit extra in how Mr. Tripp develops the characters.

posted by Trebble on October 26, 2010

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10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Very disappointed in this particular zombie book.

I have a grocery list of things I have against this book so far and I haven't been able to finish it yet. I've been spoiled by reading zombie novels by such great authors as Jonathan Maberry, Z.A. Recht, J.L. Bourne, and Max Brooks, and this is so far from any of their ...
I have a grocery list of things I have against this book so far and I haven't been able to finish it yet. I've been spoiled by reading zombie novels by such great authors as Jonathan Maberry, Z.A. Recht, J.L. Bourne, and Max Brooks, and this is so far from any of their books. The writer seems very foreign in this subject. Things I have a problem with in the book and that dont make sense: 1st, the main character is a female (nothing against that) who did 3 tours overseas in Iraq. the first tour in the 2nd tank batallion in Fallujah. Funny thing is my co-worker was part of the 2nd tank batallion during Fullujah and said females were not in the tank batallions and in fact females did not normally see much combat at all. Hell, its been 10 years and women are still very rarely found in a combat situation overseas. that was the first thing that started my distaste for this book. 2nd was the fact that she was so traumatized from PTSD, she acted like an old Vietnam vet, and the writer completely over-did her part in that. It was hard to picture her as a hero, a lot of times in the book she acted like an idiot, and made poor decisions (decisions a soldier should easily be able to distinguish between good or bad). Like in one part she argues with survivors that stealing gas and food is bad, after the apocalypse has happened shes concerned with morals rather than protecting her friends? 3rd, the author spends a half page describing glass shattering and how it was installed years ago, then re-installed years later, and goes into very deep description, and i mean very deep, but then a few sentences later, the purple heart wearing, silver star toting, 3 tour solder, war hero, freedom fighting,Danny Adelman describes a few guns as "a rifle with a banana clip", and "a shotgun that i have no idea the make of". I mean in a lot of the military aspect of firearm aspect of this novel it definitely seemed like Tripp was slacking. i'm not even half-way done with the book yet thats the funny thing. it's just kind of insulting to other authors. if any of you has read Rechts/Maberry's/Bournes novels you can tell they spent hours upon hours of research to make sure they didn't sound like idiots when they wrote their books. I mean to the point where they would actually call the CDC (center for disease control) in Atlanta, among other places, and get very detailed instructions and information about viral aspects and pathogens, and they just go into such amazing lengths explaining the virus, that at some points it almost seems plausible by a top team of scientist to concoct. Not awful for a first novel, but man it just doesn't seem like enough time or research was put into this book, like it was hurried down the line. I spent most of my life watching zombie movies and recently started reading about 2 zombie novels a week, I cant imagine the useless kind of knowledge I have about zombies rattling around in my brain replacing important things that should be there instead, but even so I don't even feel confident that I myself could write something half decent with books like "Day by Day Armageddon", and "Plague of The Dead: out there. Everything just seems small in comparison, unless you're an amazing writer or you've done your homework (and lot of it, aloooootttttt) so yeah just my quick .02

posted by RyanS on April 23, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Awesome

    This book was excellent. It started off by drawing me in and its one of those stories you hate to put down. 410 pages

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Great read

    Interesting, focuses more on the action and not the why, which I liked and disliked at the same time. No wonder writers have such a difficult time pleasing everyone when they pen a new book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Needs more cowbell

    I loved it but I kindda found it alittle slow to begin and end.. but was a very fun book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2011

    Great overall story,loved ending!

    Hopefully there is a sequal! Slow start but stick it thru.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Great zombie novel

    If you like the zombie genre, you should check this book out. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending was a bit of a surprise.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Praise Praise

    You read those reviews where they either bash completely or call it the next big hit. This book is by far one of the best zombie books I've come across in a long time. I wish it could be made into a movie so that those that dislike reading can enjoy the author's creative spin on an old tale. The action scenes were turn paging and intensity of characters were refreshing. Praise Praise!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    Great book! I really enjoyed it!

    Just keep reading through the beginning...trust me! I almost put this one down early on, but I'm glad I didn't. This book is a good read!

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    awesome zombie book for adults!

    I thought this was really well written and I could not put it down! I love a good zombie story, scary, but with a storyline...this book was perfect! I highly recommend for anyone who like zombies, action or a good scare!

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    a solid zombie story

    great story and one of the better zombie novels. higly recommend

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

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    Gave me nightmares!

    I love reading anything zombie related and this book did not disappoint me. I love how it flips from different scenes and different times; it keeps my interest piqued.
    I love how Mr. Tripp had a female heroine and had her have real, human flaws and make mistakes throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed his style of writing and I often felt as if I was there, as if I could smell and see what the characters were witnessing. I definitely had nightmares because I made the mistake of reading the book before bed.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Good Zombie Read

    I enjoyed this book. I loved the fact the main character was a female. Something different for a zombie novel. A must read if you love zombies.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    Good story

    The Basic story was good. There were a few episodes of character tracking that in my opinion detracted from the story as a whole. When the dead begin to rise there is one character that is in like four different places at once. And toward the end of the book one character was in a coma and then is inexplicably tending to the sheriff with no mention of him ever having come out of the coma. However a couple chapters further in it "explains" how he has come to be there to take care of her. To me it read more like an "oops I forgot he was in a coma and now I have to make up a story to explain how he got here", then like a plausible part of the story line. Little things likle this drive me nuts...rather than be able to get into the story again I spend more time going how did he manage to mess that up? Good Story line. Nice twist on an old stand by monster(s), but the editor's should have called the author on the character timelines.

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

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    Rise Again

    Danielle (Danny) Adelman, small town sheriff's younger sister just ran away. She is determined to find her and all she has is the note left on her counter. Then disaster strikes. Something that nobody, including Danny, is prepared for. People from all over start swarming the town, dying and getting back up again; hungry for warm human flesh. Danny leads a handful of survivors through what is left of the west coast, while she secretly plans to search for her sister. A zombie tale like no other, I found this to be not just a horror story but a dramatic look on human nature. I didn't want to put it down. Having read many zombie stories before I was not turned off by the grotesque nature of the premise. Ben Tripp has written a compelling first novel.

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