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The Rising: Author's Preferred Edition Paperback – 1 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Deadite Press (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621050920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621050926
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before I start my review, I would like to suggest for anyone intending on buying this book to think seriously about buying `City Of The Dead' by the same author at the same time. The reason for this is that this book continues in COTD, and I pretty much guarantee that readers will want to pick up the next instalment as soon as they finish `The Rising'.

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.
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Zombies come and zombies go, and when it comes to balls to the wall horror fun you cannot beat this classic of modern horror. Like an angry heavy metal school kid The Rising sticks two fingers up at the traditional zombie and zombie novels. With intelligent talking zombies, or if you want to be a pedant reanimated corpses, anything with a brain can become a zombie, hell it's a goldfish that first becomes zombified. This is a thrilling novel that dares to dust the cobwebs will have you screaming for a sequel. Which is a good thing as the author did write one after so many people got annoyed over the controversial ending.
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Brian Keene's zombie novel "The Rising" is a refreshingly original tale based within a post apocalyptic world where the undead have killed the majority of humanity. Keene's zombies are not just mindless, decaying corpses, slowly shuffling their way around, looking for victims to devour and to join their ranks. Far from it! Like in David Wellington's "Monster" trilogy, these zombies are fast, cunning and organised. With the original idea of the corpse bodies being taken over by evil spirits that have been banished from our world for billions of years, the novel sets out a whole new angle on the zombie sub genre.

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.
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Derivative, thin characterisations and the only motivating part of the book is ultimately a thinly veiled plot to get you to buy a sequel.

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.
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Everyone, at some time in their lives, should have the pleasure of reading a good zombie novel. Unfortunately there are many poorly written examples of this genre (refer to my review of "Night of the Nazi Zombies" [...] It is therefore most enjoyable to read and review "The Rising" by horror supremo Brian Keene. Zombie books, to be fully appreciated, must contain certain essential ingredients; first and foremost we have a world in meltdown and a population devastated by the surprisingly well name Y2K virus turning ordinary upstanding citizens into demented, bloodthirsty, murdering, stinking!... blobs of leaking, reeking flesh!! (I'm enjoying this reivew :) Our hero Jim Thurmond is travelling to New Jersey in the hope of finding his son Danny who he believes is still alive. As he journeys we are introduced to a host of characters just doing their best to survive in a world of chaos and bloody murder....Frankie a prostitute, Jason and his dad Delmas, Worm a retarded youth, Martin the preacher man still believing that God will always shine a positive light and that his will..will always be done. If we add to the mix a renegade group of mercenary soldiers, led by the thoroughly evil Colonel Schow looting, pillaging and raping their way from city to city...then we have a sure fire winning recipe horror feast. In one memorable scene Col Schow takes a traitor aloft in a helicopter, attaches a bungee to his ankles throwing him mercilessly to the flesh ripping zombies below, and as he falls to earth and bounces skyward, in true horror fashion, he is ripped to pieces and consumed with relish (and I don't mean the sauce)....nice! The Rising is a great fun read that never takes itself too seriously, the zombies being the real stars...Read more ›
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