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Publisher's Summary

Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—starting with what might very well be the end of the world. Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny’s epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit... and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself.
Filled with adventurous human drama—and shocking inhuman horror—Rise Again marks a vivid and powerful fiction debut.
©2011 Ben Tripp (P)2012 Tantor
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"Danny's journey through a land of death to find [her sister] Kelley makes for a remarkable character-driven story, and the final sentence takes it to another level." ( Library Journal)
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4 out of 5 stars
By DeeDee on 01-17-14

Kind of different

I liked the things about this story that were different from the typical zombie junk. Anytime an author can take a subject that has been so overdone and make me see it from a different perspective, it's a good thing. A lot of things about the story were unexpected, like the main character, Dannie. It's a lengthy listen. It starts slow, even a bit dull at first. I had to double check to make sure I was reading the right story because it took a while to get to the zombie stuff, but once things got going, I thought the story was pretty good. The ending was interesting enough that I am actually looking forward to the sequel.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Heather Turiello on 03-29-13

Decent zombie story, meh story overall

What did you like best about Rise Again? What did you like least?

This is another book that I will revisit my rating repeatedly. As far as zombie thrillers go, this one is really original while remaining believable. The main character isn't terribly likeable and makes some really selfish mistakes in the surrogate raising of her baby sister after the death of their parents.

The narration was bland and made the main character sound bland. I just had a hard time caring about her because I was too busy judging her. I have a hard time with people/characters who realize they have a weakness and don't try to grow. In this case, she makes some decisions that are selfish. I'm probably not being fair, because she's had a hard time keeping her life together, let alone watching out for someone else's.

Because of a couple unique story twists and potential for character growth, I'll read the next book in the series when it comes out. In fact, over time, I'm finding that the post apocalyptical world Tripp has framed out is really staying with me. Without really giving anything away, I will say that these zombies are much higher functioning than usually portrayed. I really like this concept because it's believable to me and hasn't been really explored all that much.

For this reason, I am planning to read the next book and hoping that Tripp's character development makes up for some of the character flaws and poor decision making is improved.

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