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Rebirth (The Judas Syndrome Book 2) by [Poeltl, Michael]
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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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  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GB186Y
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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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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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`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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Rebirth - An Excellent follow-up to Book One

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author: Michael Poeltl
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Distraught and destined to raise her child Leif without his father, Sara finds herself in a battle with Earl for leadership over their small house of survivors. As the days and weeks go by, Earl's hunger for power and delusional ideals lead to ever increasing acts of control and violence forcing Sara to take drastic measures. Finding herself on the run, she follows Joel's last words to go North where she comes upon a group of four elderly women whose fallout shelter provides the perfect home for her and her child. Unfortunately, they can not stay and once more they find themselves searching for their destiny.

Michael Poeltl's "Rebirth" - book two in the Judas Syndrome series - is in many ways the mirror of the first book. Told from Sara's perspective, this volume takes on a different tone. Sara will do anything to protect her child giving her the focus, drive and selflessness Joel did not have. This book also delves deeper into the supernatural elements hinted at in the first book. The "blank man" and his relationship with Leif is powerful and creepy and elements of this volume reminded me of Stephen King's "The Stand".

I enjoyed The Judas Syndrome, but I enjoyed Rebirth even more. The end is more satisfying than the first volume and while one does not get all the answers, it is much more of a complete story than book one while at the same time setting up what I hope will be a stellar final volume. Rebirth is $2.99 on Kindle

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.
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