The Rising: Author's Preferred Edition

The Rising: Author's Preferred Edition

by Brian Keene


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ISBN-13: 9781621050926
Publisher: Eraserhead Press
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 202,280
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Rising: Author's Preferred Edition 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Eric_J_Guignard More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MaggieBlue1 More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have never read a zombie book before...this should be your first. Then read the will not be disappointed! Usually I am a slow reader but I "devoured" this book in no time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.