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

Michael Poeltl
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  • Length: 198 pages
  • Series: The Judas Syndrome (Book 2)
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Book Description

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?”

Editorial Reviews


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.


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  • Language: English
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10 of 11 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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12 of 14 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first in the series April 20, 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Second book of the trilogy just gets better and better September 3, 2012
The second book in The Judas Syndrome series
By Michael Poeltl
Sara speaks:

Eight years after the Apocalypse finds Sara living on a military base used to house the survivors of the Third World war, and the plague that follows. She can't find her eight-year-old son and as search teams scan the base, Sara flashes back to the years before she found this safe haven. Delving into the past helps her confront an uncertain future.

Joel, love of her life and leader of their group of fourteen friends, all high school seniors, has succumbed to the pressures of their lives and losses. Their group is now reduced to eight, after only seven months. Joel becomes paranoid by the trauma of so much loss and accuses Sara of being with his friend, Connor. His warped mind and addiction to drugs, leads him to set up Connor for an assassination by the cultist group of flag people, led by the ego-maniac, Gareth. Joel cannot accept the quilt of his act and takes his own life. Sara finds him, barely alive, and tries to save him . . . but Joel dies; her lover, the father of the baby yet to be born.

As Earl takes control of the group, he becomes obsessed with power and killing, along with Sonny, Kevin and Fred. They rape Caroline and soon the once close group is divided. Sara, Sid, Seth and Caroline avoid their crazed Nazi-style little army, but Sara realizes she must take action. She makes a plan to torch the large house , once Joel's, and in achieving this, only Sara and her premature baby, Leif, live to walk away. Sara remembers the words of the Guardian Angel through Joel's dying mouth--go north . . . she chooses to heed those words.

After eight hours of traveling, Sara meets an old woman who leads her to a burned-out house with a bomb shelter under it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent follow-up to Book One
Rebirth - An Excellent follow-up to Book One

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author: Michael Poeltl
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Distraught and destined to... Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I wasn't entirely sure how to start this review, nor was I sure how to title it. I loved this book. I loved everything about it. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by A. Lyle
4.0 out of 5 stars A review by Free Book Reviews
Rebirth: Book two in The Judas Syndrome series (Volume 2)

Not having read the first of this series I was a bit lost as far as back story. Read more
Published on June 4, 2011 by Albert Robbins III
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first in the series
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... Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by Strapped-4-Cache
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Followup!
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... Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by CraftyReader
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sequel That's Better Than The Original
What truly fascinated me while reading 'Rebirth' by Michael Poeltl, was how the growth and development of both the main character Sara and her son Leif mirrored the growth and... Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by Michael Pongracz
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More About the Author

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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