The Rising: Author's Preferred Edition Paperback – 1 Jun 2013
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I came across this author purely by accident when searching for Zombie novels on Amazon - for some reason I had the urge to read some good old zombie hardcore for a change ! And I am sure glad that I did. Keene's writing in my own opinion seems to take the form of a good story encased with as much gore and stomach churning detail that would be legally available for him to do before he would be encased in a padded jacket and locked in a cell. This book is certainly the most blood filled, intestine dripping story I have ever read and certain people out there may well be horrified at the pure amount of pages taken up by Keene's obsession almost of babies, children and other less unfortunates being mutilated and turning into the un-dead. But then it is not so shocking when you think that those less well able to protect themselves would actually be more susceptible than most.
Unlike Monster Island by David Wellington, I felt this book went into detail about why the dead were returning to life, and Keene also came up with a reasonable explanation for why the head zombie and major `bad guy' OB wanted to create his army of the dead. (More filled out in COTD).
The book is primarily about the struggles of one man to reach his son, who he believes is still alive and hiding out in the loft of his ex-wife's house, along the way meeting up with other travelling companions who aid him in his quest.Read more ›
From the very beginning, the reader is thrown in to the claustrophobic survival of our lead character Jim Thurmond. Like in Bowie Ibarra's zombie tale "Down The Road", the main thrust of the story's plot is the survival of the main character as he takes on a massive journey, battling against the undead and any other foes along the way. With "The Rising", the reader follows Jim as he travels across America to rescue his son Danny who he is sure is still alive.
Keene uses not only human corpses for reanimation into zombies, but any animal that dies becomes another one of the living dead. This original take on the genre adds more horrific consequences for the characters, with zombie birds, rats and other wildlife all out to kill off humanity.
Throughout the novel the reader is introduced to other survivors along the way, each one described with a great amount of characterization. Death is everywhere within the story, leaving you guessing who will die next at the hands of the zombie army.
The novel races from start to end, delivering a fast paced, action-packed gore-fest, with a truly dark atmosphere that creeps through the pages.Read more ›
Spoiler alert, but you want to know this one;
Jim's quest to reach his son, Danny, is ultimately left as a cheap cliff hanger at the end of the first book. I felt so cheated that I refuse to buy another Keene book. However, a quick survey of the reviews of the sequel, City of the Dead, suggests that Danny is found alive and well. Seems like Jim dies in the sequel though. Bummer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book.
Just read it again for about the 20th time and always grips me.
I've read all of Brian Keene's work available and while I love it all, this, and its... Read more
I love this book. Proper B-movie style with zombies. Evil generals, disillusioned preachers, rampaging soldiers, a road trip and of course lashings of gore! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ruth Abbott
Firstly, I have never read a zombie book before. They just haven't ever appealed to me. Zombie films, yes, books, no. Read morePublished 18 months ago by andylennon
Brian Keene advises in the foreword that this was his first novel and smilingly reminisces at the unfortunate first publication, which, in his own words, was filled with spelling... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mr. E Anon
item as described, quick delivery, recommended, thank you!!Published on 11 July 2014 by Debra Hercules
Another really enjoyable macabre tale from the author Brian Keene. I really enjoyed reading this book, and his other works.Published on 12 Mar. 2014 by pixiestix
I don't think the monsters in this qualify as zombies. The whole religious lore put me off for a start but that's individual taste. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2014 by Joe