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Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller
     

Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller

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by Ben Tripp
 

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Rise Again marks a vivid and powerful fiction debut from an author who “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” (Publishers Weekly).

A mysterious contagion. Mass hysteria.

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Rise Again marks a vivid and powerful fiction debut from an author who “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” (Publishers Weekly).

A mysterious contagion. Mass hysteria. Sudden death. And a warning that would come all too late...

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. . . .

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:
9781439165188
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
419,340
File size:
891 KB

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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.
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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