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Rise Again Paperback – October 26, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
Zombie mayhem gets an interesting modern American makeover in this notable debut. In Forest Peak, a quiet town an hour outside of Los Angeles, the crowds at an Independence Day gathering suddenly go crazy, drop dead, and rise as flesh-eating corpses. As the zombies ravage the town, sheriff Danielle "Danny" Adelman, a veteran of the Iraq War, gathers together the few human survivors and they head north, looking for refuge. In San Francisco, Danny discovers signs of a military coverup for the disaster and indications that Hawkstone, a team of paramilitary independent contractors, is taking advantage of the social anarchy. Tripp balances kinetically choreographed scenes of zombie carnage with studies of well-drawn characters and enough political intrigue to give his tale more gravity and grounding than most zombie gorefests. (Nov.) (c)
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Danny is a mentally and physically scarred Iraq War vet who returned to her small hometown in the San Bernadino Mountains and is now sheriff—just in time for screaming mobs to descend on her town carrying a zombie plague. Gathering up the few survivors (the ones who were neither turned to zombies nor eaten by the newly undead), Danny leads them to safety on an old Air Force base in the desert. But her leadership role among the survivors must be put on hold until she learns what happened to her little sister, Kelly, who ran away from home the night before the zombie plague arrived. Traveling in her vintage Mustang, Danny traverses a post-apocalyptic California, arriving finally in a besieged San Francisco, which is controlled by a ruthless group of military contractors. Tripp’s debut is a thrilling page-turner that will delight fans of zombie fiction and post-apocalyptic stories, including Charlie Huston’s Sleepless (2010) and Justin Cronin’s The Passage (2010). --Jessica Moyer
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I bought this after reading Mr. Tripp's "Fifth House of the Heart", which is better written but shares the same basic flaw. For some reason he can not generate a sympathetic protagonist and, since you don't care if they live or die, there is no tension in the action and hence no horror.
The alcoholic, cold hearted, cliched, wounded war vet female sheriff remains a tired birch from cover to cover. The only endearing characters are so two dimensional as to be disposable, and any growth that occurs in anybody either happens "off screen" or for no apparent reason what ever.
Couple this with editing so haphazard as to be laughable, that I finished the book only so I could write a negative review.
Where, oh where is the next "Heart Shaped Box"? Take a lesson from Joe Hill, Mr. Tripp, characters don't have to be lovable to be compelling, but we do have to care about them.
I'm giving this book an extra star for the very last line of the last chapter, which, unfortunately will compel me to buy the sequel. I hope to get more from it than the doubtful pleasure of writing another negative review. Come on Mr Tripp, I'm betting the better part of a sawbuck on you once again.
It has some really interesting turn of events and some new takes on Zombies. The writing was excellent and it was very easy to be immersed in the book.
If you like apocalyptic horror novels that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is definitely the book for you.
There's also a part 2 to this book (Rise Again: Below Zero) that people had written mixed reviews on - most of them seemed due to the fact that by the time the second book came out they'd forgotten about the characters in the first book it sort of stumbled in the beginning. I went ahead and read part 2 right away and it enjoyed it very much as well.
The storyline is intriguing, the action non stop. Danny was and is one tough marine and sheriff of her small town. Her escapes from death were frightening and I had to turn the next page to see if she survived!
Kudos to the author. Job well done....😊
Zombies everywhere, and as Ben Tripp masterfully asserts "panic spreads as fast as sound." Sheriff Danny Adelman relies upon well-honed survival skills, building searches/evacuations, learned as a soldier serving in Iraq, and forms one of the most interesting groups of misfits ever to confront an apocalypse filled with zombies, ever more agile, growing smarter, lethal to a point where a reader could believe in them, desire to hide behind a "hurricane fence."
Ben Tripp intertwines Danny's zombie battles with flahbacks to Iraq. Early in the book, one confronts one among Danny's powerful war memories: outside a burning mud-brick-house, woman in black appears, maybe a hardcore Shia Islamist "looked like the Grim Reaper." As Danny moves with street smarts & bravery throughout zombie infected California, such scenes of horror recur -- and doubtless "the horror, the horror" it is.
In "Rise Again," Tripp is most clever and politically astute. One antagonist for Danny Adelman and her band of brothers & sisters is the notorious mercenary group, Hawkstone, lead by Murdo who shared no patriotic options but to save his own skin. Nothing but sheer inattention/sleep would fail to remind a reader of Blackwater contractors in Iraq.
This book had my eyes & mind hoarse with excitement. My only complaint & reason for only four-stars is that Ben Tripp laid passionate beatings upon Sheriff Danny that only Mel Gibson's Christ could have withstood. An amazing writer, staggering the reader with profound thought every couple pages, I'll say that nothing but sheer poverty and a stampede of zombies shall keep me away from Tripp's next work.
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