The Rising: Author's Preferred Editionby Brian Keene
Since it’s 2003 debut, Brian Keene’s THE RISING is one of the best-selling zombie novels of all-time. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, inspired the works of other authors and filmmakers, and has become a cultural touchstone for an entire
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The classic that helped start a pop culture phenomenon – back in print and UNCUT!
Since it’s 2003 debut, Brian Keene’s THE RISING is one of the best-selling zombie novels of all-time. It has been translated into over a dozen languages, inspired the works of other authors and filmmakers, and has become a cultural touchstone for an entire generation of horror fans.
THE RISING is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town, facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes, and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.
This brand-new, author’s preferred edition, restores nearly 30,000 words of material that was cut from the original edition. These new chapters, which have never been seen by anyone before now, expand the original story, adding new depths to characters and more horrific situations.
You may think you’ve read THE RISING, but you haven’t read it all until you read this edition!
Deadite Press is proud to present this uncut, author’s preferred edition, which also includes a lengthy essay by the author about the novel’s genesis and history.
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REVIEWED: The Rising (author’s preferred edition/ uncut) WRITTEN BY: Brian Keene PUBLISHED: September, 2013 (first published March, 2003) Simply put, this is a zombie book. More than that though, it’s an adventure thriller and a classic in the resurgence of undead in popular culture. To underscore this point, as I read ‘The Rising’ I thought, “Gee, yet another linear zombie story. Main character searches for his son, meets motley survivors, and crosses lots with paramilitary groups, all the while blowing away killer zombies.” But as I thought this it also dawned on me that Brian Keene was one of the first authors to write this type of action zombie story, and the reason it seems so formulaic and familiar is because there have been a horde (pun!) of writers who have copied this idea and wrote their own zombie apocalypse tales, inspired by the likes of Keene. Besides books, Keene’s influence is also found in video games, comics, movies, and other media. The edition of this review is the ‘extended cut,’ i.e. the author’s preferred edition, published ten years after the original, in which Keene returns about 35,000 words cut from the debut. The story is a page-turner and follows the paths of several different characters as their lives intersect in the quest for survival. Some of the main characters seemed rather flat (Jim and Frankie), while I found myself relating and rooting for more of the lesser/ secondary characters (Baker and Skip). The one unique element in this book which is not usually seen is that these zombies (Potential PLOT SPOILER) are actually host bodies for demons, and so retain consciousness and can perform normal human activity such as driving cars, opening doors, and fire rocket launchers. In addition to human zombies, the survivors must contend with animal zombies, which adds a whole new layer of fear, fighting off zombie rats, birds, and lions. The Rising promises on zombie battle and delivers on that promise wholeheartedly. Overall, it’s an exciting read, filled with violence, gore, and many, many surprises. Four out of Five stars
This was a good book and I would have given it five stars but for the ending. Nothing was resolved, everyone was left hanging, and from the looks of the sequel, only one of the characters from this book is featured. What happened to Jim, Danny, and Frankie?
I love zombies. I have read a few great zombie books. This was just okay. The female main character got on my nerves a bit. But the ending is what left me dissappointed. In my opinion this book isn't about zombies it is more along the lines of demons so the whole idea of the word zombie in the book seemed too much of a stretch.
If you have never read a zombie book before...this should be your first. Then read the sequel....you will not be disappointed! Usually I am a slow reader but I "devoured" this book in no time!
I have read alot of zombie books and i have to say that "The Rising" is just amazing, It was so diffrent than your average zombie story. I just love ob and the back story to him and the siqquism. I mean smart zombies that can do anything humans can do, not to mention the fact that they are ancient beings from the beginning of time. That would truly be terrifying.