Deadland Rising : Deadland

  • by Rachel Aukes
  • Narrated by Hollie Jackson
  • Series: Deadland
  • 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winter has arrived.
It has been nearly one year since the zombie hordes claimed the world. As the plague eats away at its victims' bodies, the Fox survivors search for a safe place to rebuild what they have lost. But a dangerous new threat has risen, hunting them from every direction.
To survive, Cash, Clutch, and their small band of refugees must put their faith in a group of strangers and a new government with radical plans. It will take all of the Fox survivors' strength and courage to endure in this barren, hostile world. Even that might not be enough.

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One cannot help but connect to the characters

In an effort to save the residents of Fort Fox from the oncoming hordes of zombies and the harsh upcoming winter, they move their operations onto a couple of barges due to the generosity of another local struggling group. Although greed and thievery create misunderstandings, the zombies still manage to create havoc by distracting the survivors and thus allowing the Black Sheep to board.

A large portion of the survivors make it and escape into the horde infested area traversing to New Eden. It is there they begin to assimilate and feel comfortable. New Eden has discovered a possible cure but now they have to go to the new government – a government with a plan. That plan Cash, Clutch and Jase must stop at all costs.

Cash, Clutch and Jase continue to fight the good fight and take care of everyone they can. New friends are discovered and counted on at the new government facility. Try as they might, time is limited and fighting the good fight may not be enough. We are forced to say goodbye to some old friends and new ones.

Rachel Aukes continues the saga of the Deadlands with this third and final installment with Cash, Clutch and Jase reaching a satisfying and shocking end. Full of twists and turns, Aukes manages to take us full circle and still keep the surprises coming hard and fast.

Aukes sets the zombie apocalypse to the Dante Alighieri’s final poem found in the Divine Comedy using the seven virtues as the theme for a set of chapters. Uniquely done, Aukes has accomplished what many wish to do – find a new take on zombies and the evils of humankind.

The plot was well thought through and executed; the character development excellent. We see the characters grow and change according to age, the situation and maturity. One cannot help but connect to the characters – you will gasp and feel anger at some of the twists and deaths. Aukes counts on our connection and therefore she handles the deaths in a respectful and caring manner (they may die horribly but they are recognized for their value as an individual and a friend). I did have to laugh as Aukes captured the relationships and played them out with touches of humor that is subtle but if one is observant enough, you will notice the humor.

Hollie Jackson did another excellent job at narrating. I love her enthusiasm and ability to keep the readers connected through her controlled voice.

The production quality was excellent. I had no issues or concerns.

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A great finale to an inspired zombie series.

Would you consider the audio edition of Deadland Rising to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print edition.


What other book might you compare Deadland Rising to and why?

That's the great thing about the Deadland series. In the zombie apocalypse genre, there really is no comparison. That is the only reason I took the time to listen to the Deadland series. I personally hate zombie stories because they are all the same. Rachel brought something new to the table with these books.


What does Hollie Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Any time you get Hollie behind a microphone, wonderful things happen. She always brings whatever story she is reading to life. She has a knack for differentiating each character. Her performances feel more like a dramatization than a narration.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The world has changed, and only those who change with it will survive.


Any additional comments?

I see room for many spin off stories. Like the group that had the twins, how did they survive? Or the nuns with Henry. They would be a great addition to the Deadland saga.

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- Erik Schubach "Author of Techromancy Scrolls and Music of the Soul."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2015
  • Publisher: Rachel Aukes