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Rebirth (The Judas Syndrome Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Poeltl
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Rebirth, is the continuation of the popular post-apocalyptic tale that one Facebook reviewer called “a stark and uncompromising vision of the future of our world.”

Narrated by Joel’s girlfriend Sara, Rebirth is a story of survival, betrayal, and hope. After giving birth to their son, whose evident purpose is to fulfill the destiny that Joel had forsaken, Sara realizes that her home is no longer a haven.

Menaced by a power-obsessed Earl and frightened by the deterioration of a once-tight group of comrades, she flees north- into a nihilistic world inhabited by dangerous nomads, new friends, and old enemies.

Early reviewers have commented that Rebirth, while a sequel, is a powerful story in its own right. Poeltl has confirmed that a third book, as of yet untitled, will complete the Judas Syndrome trilogy.

“The series will chronicle the struggles and sacrifices of two generations of post-Apocalypse survivors,” he said recently. “The sins of the father (Joel) fall upon his son and Sara both. The question is- will the legacy he left them ensure their survival or their doom?”

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Fans of the first book will find much to enjoy in this second, exciting offering from Michael Poeltl. The dreaded `curse of the crappy sequel' definitely doesn't apply here. Rose Keefe

I enjoyed this sequel to "The Judas Syndrome" more than the original book. Mark

... This is a good story for those who prefer their post-apocalyptica to be woven through with other genres, such as the paranormal and spirituality. As with his other work, I find Rebirth to be an enjoyable read which flows nicely and is easy to read. Craftyreader

From the Author

Welcome! I'm assuming you've either read book one of the series or are just getting an idea about the series (and the author) before deciding on whether to purchase.
If you enjoyed book one, you'll certainly enjoy book two. If you are on the fence about book one, you will enjoy book two. If you like the genre, you will love book two!

I have grown as an author with this second installation of the series and this aspect has not been overlooked by reviewers. I'm excited to move forward with book three and complete the vision that has lived in my head so many years.

Mike

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  • Print Length: 198 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GB186Y
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Phoenix Arises March 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A Phoenix arises.

REBIRTH is Michel Poeltl's second book in THE JUDAS SYNDROME trilogy. The author has been careful to give enough back-story to make it understandable by itself, but is best read after the first in the series. That way, one gets a vivid picture of the transformation undergone by the characters--from carefree teens on a pre-college camping trip to survivalist adults in a post nuclear-holocaust world, with extremes ranging from, Sara, now a fiercely protective mother, to Earl, degenerating into a Hitlerian rage. The growth of Leif, the son of Sara and Joel, is another major theme. Leif is destined for greatness, but how and in what direction is not yet clear.

The supernatural themes lightly touched on in the first book have become prominent and are well woven into the story.

This is not a sunny and cheerful tale. The basic premise of a world devastated by atomic weapons triggered by terrorists, is all too possible. Like most apocalyptic literature, the story is in many places dreary and depressing. However, a clear thread of hope runs through REBIRTH, and the ending, like that in Star Wars, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, would suggest there is more to come even if you didn't know it was a trilogy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Saga Continues January 12, 2011
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`Rebirth' is the sequel to Michael Poeltl's debut novel `The Judas Syndrome' (2009). I'm not surprised that he wrote a follow-up, because the ending practically begged for continuation. But I was also wary, because sequels can be like designer knockoffs- compelling in their own way, but rarely as good as the original.

`Rebirth' continues the dark saga of a teenaged band of post-apocalypse survivors. Narrated by Sara, Joel's girlfriend, it fluidly resumes where `The Judas Syndrome' left off. Crises that erupted at the conclusion of the previous book have such disastrous consequences that Sara's new fight for life exceeds all past conflicts. This time the stakes are higher: she has given birth to Joel's son, and paranormal influences indicate that the boy has a vital destiny to fulfill. But treacherous former friends, roaming killers, and other grim remnants of a dead world assail them both, making it possible that they won't even see tomorrow, let alone the infant's adulthood.

I agree with another reviewer that `Rebirth' is gentler in tone than `The Judas Syndrome', but the core themes of courage, desperation, and hope remain strong. Putting Sara in the figurative pilot's seat has not resulted in a piece of post-bomb chick lit; because she has so much to live for, she's just as ruthless as her male associates when she has to be, and her actions keep the storyline gritty and fast.

Fans of the first book will find much to enjoy in this second, exciting offering from Michael Poeltl. The dreaded `curse of the crappy sequel' definitely doesn't apply here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first in the series April 20, 2011
Format:Paperback
I was fortunate enough to be able to receive a copy of this book as a review copy shortly after purchasing my Kindle.

I enjoyed this sequel to "The Judas Syndrome" more than the original book.

Sara's actions are believable, and her inner conflict in making some of her harder decisions helps build her character even more. The reader gets to see the effect of the Grimm Reapers' actions on more of the world and the population outside of Joel's home.

This story offers a glimmer of hope in the wasteland that had been created in the first book. It also leaves enough unresolved situations to hint that the author has another sequel in the works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first in the series February 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this sequel to "The Judas Syndrome" more than the original book.

Sara's actions are believable, and her inner conflict in making some of her harder decisions helps build her character even more. The reader gets to see the effect of the Grimm Reapers's actions on more of the world and the population outside of Joel's home.

This story offers a glimmer of hope in the wasteland that had been created in the first book. It also leaves enough unresolved situations to hint that the author has another sequel in the works.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Followup! February 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
An evolution of story and storytelling!

I recently read The Judas Syndrome and decided to see where the author took me on the next installment of his post-apocalyptic journey. I was not disappointed, and saw a growth and evolution not only stylistically, but also in the themes of the story. As in his previous work, the story is most definitely character driven and uses the post-apocalyptic setting as the vehicle by which we get to know both the corporeal and non-corporeal participants in this story.

Rebirth is told from Sara's point of view - she survives an apocalypse, and has experiences no 19 year old woman should be expected to endure. It spans from the end of The Judas Syndrome and moves on 9 years into the future, exploring many spiritual and emotional topics amid the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic modern culture. Sara has to learn how to fend for herself and her newborn son, and has to re-evaluate everything she knows about herself, the world she lives in and the world she cannot see. The paranormal themes are far more apparent in this installment than in the author's previous book.

Although this book doesn't shy away from a bit of profanity and adult themes, is not as raw as its predecessor. Like Sara, it is a gentler telling of the story - although no less gritty and courageous. This is a good story for those who prefer their post-apocalyptica to be woven through with other genres, such as the paranormal and spirituality. As with his other work, I find Rebirth to be an enjoyable read which flows nicely and is easy to read.
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Born in Toronto, Ontario, Michael Poeltl earned his diploma in Interpretive Illustration and began a career in the field while educating himself on the art of writing. Writing quickly became his passion and after completing several shorts, he undertook his trilogy; The Judas Syndrome.

In 2013, Poeltl released a fourth book (Her Past's Present)- not related to his trilogy - in where a 27 year old woman wonders if she can heal her present by making peace with her forgotten past. She becomes receptive to the idea of past-life regression and is assisted in her journey by Madhiva, a nurse skilled in hypnosis and past-life regression and her psychiatrist, Dr. Samuelson, who uncovers a family secret that may send her to a dark place where no healing force can reach her.

A fifth book, West of Noreaso, is a children's fantasy which is steeped in superstitions. This book is suitable for ages 6 and up and includes illustrations.

His love of science and spirituality has spawned a new project focused on teaching children about the relationship science shares with spirituality and how one can use this knowledge to the betterment of their lives.

Poeltl lives in Ontario, Canada with his daughter, and dog.

Notable Quotes

"Memories are of the ethereal, and not the material world, that is how I know I am forever." - Michael Poeltl


Michael Poeltl was voted Best Writer/Author for 2010 in October by The View Magazine: A weekly alternative newspaper serving the city of Hamilton, Burlington and the Golden horseshoe region, reaching over 1 million potential voters/viewers.

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