- Series: Rise Again (Book 1)
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books (October 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439165165
- ISBN-13: 978-1439165164
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 153 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
Rise Again explores the moral dilemma of self-preservation versus servitude in times of crisis. If you had to choose between your family, who may not need help or even be alive, or the strangers you can see, who would you help? This is Danny's dilemma, and the selflessness threatens to kill her in more ways than one. It also explores the way authority will devolve to a primal state of survival of the fittest at the expense of the innocent. Tripp has also developed a unique treatment of zombie reanimation with an evolution that will leave you chilled long after the book ends. I was pleased to see a zombie book that focused on character growth and building suspense to an amazing climax.
This book would be rated R for language, violence and a brief rape scene. None of which was out of the realm of reality, but still felt excessive at times, especially the language.
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