Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

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by Ben Tripp
     
 

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A stunning debut novel of the zombie apocalypse in the bestselling traditionsof Max Brooks and David Wellington.

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A stunning debut novel of the zombie apocalypse in the bestselling traditionsof Max Brooks and David Wellington.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Zombie mayhem gets an interesting modern American makeover in this notable debut. In Forest Peak, a quiet town an hour outside of Los Angeles, the crowds at an Independence Day gathering suddenly go crazy, drop dead, and rise as flesh-eating corpses. As the zombies ravage the town, sheriff Danielle "Danny" Adelman, a veteran of the Iraq War, gathers together the few human survivors and they head north, looking for refuge. In San Francisco, Danny discovers signs of a military coverup for the disaster and indications that Hawkstone, a team of paramilitary independent contractors, is taking advantage of the social anarchy. Tripp balances kinetically choreographed scenes of zombie carnage with studies of well-drawn characters and enough political intrigue to give his tale more gravity and grounding than most zombie gorefests. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
“Often brilliant....more than just another zombie story….Nearly impossible to put down….It does more than scare—it both moves and enrages, and transcends mere spookiness for something much more satisfying.” —Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother

“A thrilling page-turner that will delight fans of zombie fiction and post-apocalyptic stories, including Charlie Huston’s Sleepless and Justin Cronin’s The Passage.” —Booklist

“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 (starred review)

Library Journal
When the novel opens, a small-town teen named Kelley has run away from home, leaving her older sister alone the day before the zombies appear. The sister, Danny, is the town sheriff and an Iraq war vet with post-traumatic stress syndrome. Danny's journey through a land of death to find Kelley makes for a remarkable character-driven story, and the final sentence takes it to another level. Unquestionably, it packs the best ending in this batch of books. BZG By the end, Danny is leading a Road Warrior-style convoy, roaming the West in search of peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439165164
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
544,124
Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 11.82(h) x 0.91(d)

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"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 Starred Review

Meet the Author

After attending the Rhode Island School of Design for illustration, Ben Tripp worked as an experiential designer for more than twenty years, creating theme parks, resorts, museums, and attractions worldwide. He is the author of the horror novels Rise Again, Rise Again: Below Zero, and The Accidental Highwayman, his first book for young adults. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.

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Rise Again 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 145 reviews.
Trebble More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, really don't like to give bad reviews, but ugghh. This book started out slow and never got better. The main character is almost totally unlikable. I understand she had a bad war experience, but on that basis she gives herself permission to physically and mentally run out on everyone that is depending on her including her sister. She spends 90% of the book feeling sorry for herself because no one understands what she went through and getting drunk, or thinking about getting drunk. I can't help but think in a real crisis this would have gotten her and everyone else killed. Please read the Day By Day or MorningStar series or better yet, World War Z.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To "reviewer" that wrote on April 23 2011...ITS FICTION! THIS IS NOT AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. It is fiction. Check your dictionary. Geez
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. It started off by drawing me in and its one of those stories you hate to put down. 410 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Danny is like the Eve Dallas of the zombie world, loved her.
RyanS More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Downloaded based on the reviews. The story had potential but it never drew me in. The chacters end up being charicatures. E.g., the paramilitary guys, the congress woman, the sharpshooting drunk. Not much of the dialog rang true. Same for the action sequences. A good example is the action surrounding the demise of the Zero Killer. Never ended up caring what happened to the uninfected because you never realy get to know them. The DMV character drove me nuts. Hard to belive she had the smarts to make through vet school. All in all, a page turner in the sense that I skimmed nearly the entire second half of the book. Ending was a let down because it was not in keeping with the faux grit of the story. Still on my quest for a well written zombie story.
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I think i read this novel about 13 times i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminescent of that other zombie thriller on telivision but with a voice all its own. And talk about a new twist on zombie evolution! Mr. Tripp has certainly opened the door to another realm of zombie thriller and I'm happy to say that I've stepped across that threshold in complete anticipation of reading more. I can't wait to see where he takes Danny's adventures in the next book. -Christopher John Thomasson: author of Inspirations: poetry, commentary, & short stories, I Am Nobody: a memoir, and the upcoming mystery thriller Average Joe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, but, not a great book. A little predictable, and a little long on the personal back story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, can't wait for a sequel.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a tanker, women are not allowed as tankers and women not allowed in combat areas. Flat out dumb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does anyone know when the second book is coming out?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of all things zombie--as long as there's a plot to be found. This book is now number one on my list, and that's after reading all the Maberry, King, and Moody I could get my hands on. An intriguing storyline, well-developed characters, and a female heroine who doesn't act like a ninny (running in high heels, going down into a dark basement alone with a low-battery flashlight, etc.) make this not just a great read for fans of the genre, but for anyone looking for a good read. Ben Tripp, who are you? Where have you been all my life, and when is your next book coming out?!
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Some said they didnt like this book because it wasnt a carbon copy of every zombie book out there but i loved it as an injured vet and zombie enthusiast i loved this book.
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