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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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5 out of 5 stars
By crazybatcow on 02-28-15

A zombie story that has real people in it.

So... you're thinking, yet another zombie book. Well, yes and no. It is another zombie book and zombies are bad, and people are bad when the world falls apart - at least many of them are... but... this one is actually better written than a lot of the more recent zombie schlock out there - particularly in how well the people are written. Of course, there is the standard zombie gore and hack-n-slash, and this part is not very different or unique, but... the characters are distinct and real, and they behave in mostly normal ways. They don't suddenly become super heroes, and the women are not just there to be raped then rescued (or rescued then raped)...

Sure, the women are rescued then raped - it is still a genre novel and the author relies heavily on the stereotype behaviour of humankind (dare I say "men"?) post-apocalypse - but the women are not ONLY there for that. The main character is a strong woman (non-lesbian too, nice change to see a female lead that isn't portrayed as a pseudo-man). Sure, she is flawed and damaged, but most male protagonists are as well...

The author actually made me care what happened to the people in the story - this doesn't happen very often in zombie books; normally I just read them for the action and zombie bashing and don't really care which of the "survivors" survive until the end of the book because we aren't usually able to tell them apart. In this case, however, we want at least the main character and her original entourage to survive... because... well, we like them.

The narration is seamless (you will forget it is being narrated). There is zombie gore but it isn't particularly graphic. There is some swearing and no sex. There is a bit of a twist at the end, but it isn't truly a cliff-hanger: I bought the next book in the series at full price on Audible as soon as I finished this one.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-13-17


Ben Tripp can write. He is no rookie stumbling through the zombie genre, thinking it is an easy sell. His use of the English language helps to make this literature. Academics should have nothing to complain about, while the common blue collar worker will not be overwhelmed with overly flowery language. The story is basic Zombie and any Zombie lover should have no problem with this addition to the genre.

Anyone looking for strong female characters will love this book. Danny has RED HAIR, LITTLE TITS and AN ASS YOU CAN CUT STEAK OFF OF. She is the main character and the sheriff. She is also a Veteran. She is respected and their is no big deal made over her being a female. She is very tough and a leader. There are a couple of other lead females. This book could serve as an example of how to handle female leads in a book. There is no sex or even flirting. I also was impressed with the fact that they used more than one vehicle, even had a convoy. This has been a complaint of mine of similar books. In an apocalypse, vehicles are going to be easy to get, but in all other books they always act as if they are scarce.

DANNY WAS GOING TO DIE (for the thousandth time)
I could not give the book five stars for a few glaring problems. The first being that Ben overused they main character is about to die, only to be rescued at the very last minute. I lost count of how many times the main character was about to bite the bullet and then she was rescued by Wolf or some other character. Several times she was about to oft herself. The book dragged a little in the middle. I would have liked to have seen more imagination with the Zombies. There is a different angle, involving a zombie coma state and a hint at some evolution in the zombies, but most of that comes pretty late in the book and seems more of a set up for book 2.

Kristen Potter is a top tier narrator and I look forward to hearing more from her.

If book 2 goes on sale, I will buy it, but I am not going to go out of my way to get it.

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