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The dead are returning to life as intelligent zombies. Trapped by the undead, escape seems impossible for Jim Thurmond. But Jim's young son is alive and in dire peril hundreds of miles away. Despite overwhelming odds, Jim vows to find him -- or die trying. Joined by an elderly preacher, a guilt-ridden scientist, and a determined ex-prostitute, Jim embarks on a cross-country rescue mission. They must battle both the living and the living dead. And for Jim and his companions, an even greater evil awaits them at the end of their journey. This is the time of...The Rising.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:eldritch00
Teoksen nimi:The Rising
Kirjailijat:Brian Keene
Info:Leisure Books (2004), Mass Market Paperback
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 35) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I'm not exactly sure when zombies came back into vogue but I'm glad for it. Or at least I'm glad that all the zombie books that I've been picking up have been well written. And THE RISING falls into that same category.

The zombies appear because souls or beings from another dimension are making it through a hole or a dimensional weakening created by a scientist. And in a nice tie up, this becomes an issue near the end of the novel. While being zombies and still wanting to kill the living (mostly so that their brethren can come through and take over the body), these zombies are intelligent and can shoot guns and strategize. Their main limitation is the usual zombie slowness. The bulk of the story though is about Jim Thurmond who is trying to travel across states to get to his ex-wife's house and rescue his son. And in a nice pacing, the book does have sub-stories involving other characters that play an indirect part in Jim's journey. The climax puts everyone at the same place at the same time but not necessarily interacting with each other.

The book itself is very involving and enjoyable. I found that I didn't care positively for them as much as I should have but I did care negatively for everyone who delayed Jim's travels. In the end, I think those work out to be the same thing. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next novel by Keene. ( )
  dagon12 | Jan 31, 2021 |
3.5 stars!

It didn't take long to make my way through this zombie filled wasteland of a book. Humans, (whether they still be humans or be they zombies), are not the only monsters here.

I loved the originality of this story. I can't get into the specifics of it without spoilers, but some of the things imagined and written about in The Rising have still not been done in other zombie books or movies. I really felt something for a few of these characters too. The author pretty much put everyone and everything at risk, so I had no idea what might happen to these people; there was no safe feeling like some books provide you, where you know the good guy will win in the end.

What I did not like is a short list and here it is: The narrator and the fate of most of the female characters. First, the narrator had a fine voice but he mispronounced some words, (brackish is not brake-ish), and his tone of voice was often off. (Obviously, the tone thing is a personal opinion, while the mispronounciations are not.)

Second, I've been a horror fan for a long, long time and I'm quite used to the treatment of women in horror stories being less than stellar. I also understand that a female, or male protagonist for that matter, has to be put into positions where the reader can root for her or him. However, what happened to the women here bothered me a bit more than usual. Perhaps, because the descriptions were graphic? (But I've read Laymon, Barker and even some Lee and none of those bothered me.) Maybe it's because I'm getting older and my tolerance for that type of behavior, even in books, has now dwindled down to nothing? Even if I can't quite put my finger on it, it bothered me, so that's that.

Overall, I enjoyed this book! The originality of it was mind-blowing, and it must have been the horror book of ALL horror books when it originally came out back in 2003. Remember, this was before The Walking Dead and the whole zombie mash-up thing, (Pride and Prejudice With Zombies, anyone? WTF?). I do plan on reading the sequel, City of the Dead, but I'm going to do just that-read it, instead of listening, because the narration of this one did diminish my enjoyment a little bit.

Recommended to fans of ZOMBIES! ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
Though I feel the writing could be better, this is a revised, edited edition and not only did Keene bring a devastating and frightening twist to the Zombie mythos, he wrote the worst-case, bleakest spin. The ending…though I don’t entirely agree with it, in many ways it’s perfect. Not a read if you’re looking to be cheerful. ( )
1 ääni SharonMariaBidwell | Jan 14, 2019 |
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
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  Eric_J._Guignard | Jul 26, 2018 |
My original The Rising audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

The Rising by Brian Keene is a horrifying, nightmare inducing listen! (When I read it in book form I thought that was scary enough but now, listening to it as an audiobook I know better!)

Jim Thurmond was a prepper who prepared an underground bunker for when the end of the world came along. Little did he know he’d need it but not for the reasons he believed. There are just some things a father and a husband should never have to do, ... except, unfortunately, Jim. Contemplating suicide after having removed his pregnant and now dead wife from his bunker, Jim receives a call from his son – his son who needs him. Jim must now traverse through hundreds of miles of zombies of all kinds, maniac men who believe they are in charge and try to rescue his son. With the aid a few good people he encounters along the way he sets out to rescue his son. Will he be in time?

Brian Keene is the master of horror. His books are terrifying as they demonstrate time and again how no one is in control, chaos truly does rule. Keene is detailed and his imagery is perfect instilling complete and total fear.

Joe Hempel, the narrator did an excellent job of performing the book. His talent shines through as he voices the wide range of emotions each person experiences from fear to desperation to psychotic. Hempel excelled at providing this already terrifying book with more horror as he captured the emotions perfectly. Well done!

If you love horror – these two – Keene and Hempel are an excellent pair!

There were no issues with the audiobook or the quality of the production.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR. ( )
  audiobibliophile | Sep 7, 2017 |
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The dead are returning to life as intelligent zombies. Trapped by the undead, escape seems impossible for Jim Thurmond. But Jim's young son is alive and in dire peril hundreds of miles away. Despite overwhelming odds, Jim vows to find him -- or die trying. Joined by an elderly preacher, a guilt-ridden scientist, and a determined ex-prostitute, Jim embarks on a cross-country rescue mission. They must battle both the living and the living dead. And for Jim and his companions, an even greater evil awaits them at the end of their journey. This is the time of...The Rising.

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