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Editorial Reviews

Brian Williams escapes Calgary with his sister Sarah, attempting to escape the marauding zombie uprising by fleeing across Canada into the mountains in this first book of Gareth Wood's Rise series. Told in journal entries, Brian describes his struggles, his relationships with fellow survivors, the meet-ups with the military, and the rescue missions, all while trying to escape the undead horde and learning how to navigate this post-apocalyptic landscape. Jeff Woodman has a refreshing everyman quality that makes him relatable to listeners, creating an easy identification with Brian as an ordinary person thrust into a terrifying and strange new reality.
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Publisher's Summary

In May of 2004 the dead return to life and begin to hunt the living. Within a few weeks nations have fallen and the few survivors are scattered and desperate. Rise follows a group of survivors on their journey through the apocalyptic Canadian Rockies, the desolate and empty lands of northern British Columbia and Alberta.
©2004, 2006, 2010 Gareth Wood (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Scott on 09-12-13

So Anywayssss

What disappointed you about Rise?

Even if anyways was a word (it is not anyway is the correct form). Using it 50 times in a chapter gets annoying even when correct. "They slept poorly anyways". What is wrong with they slept poorly. I know I am being grammar psychotic, but once I keyed in I wanted to kill the editor and finally had to give up on the book.

Would you recommend Rise to your friends? Why or why not?

The reader was awesome.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

N/A only one character as it is in a journal format.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

I am a zombie junkie. This author is no Mark Tufo or Manel Loureino.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-08-12

Rather Dull

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have preferred the story to be told from the viewpoint of several characters - or not in diary format. I felt like a lot of detail was lacking.

What could Gareth Wood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Character development would have made a big difference. Not only did I feel completely disconnected from the secondary characters, I couldn't muster any real emotions for the narrator, either. There was lots of action... but I found I didn't really care about the outcome. Looking back, the narrator seemed a bit emotionally vacuous himself - connections with his parents and cat were dismissed in about two sentences combined.

Was Rise worth the listening time?

I guess. It's probably NOT worth the credit, though - and I doubt I would have made it through the printed version (too tedious).

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6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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