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The Rising Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2004
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Specifics on real-world weaponry
Excessive detail/emphasis on rape and drug addictions
One-sided characters (The heroin addict is the most developed character. Neither the pastor nor father-figure have much going for them, they're boring)
The author "tells instead of shows" in his writing
I was a listener before I was a reader, and always wondered what that question referred to.
Now I know and I'm happy I do.
I don't know why it took me so long to read Keene's first book. Having only read two later published works, The Complex and Ghoul, I was now ready to see how far he'd come as a writer. It's obvious Keene has an original style and voice. From the start, he paces his words with great execution. He gives just enough detail to put the reader in each scene, and writes characters that are strangers but soon become old friends.
With any novel of this length, it is difficult to create a world of many characters and story arcs but Keene does so with ease, turning a complex task into something clear and easy to follow. He does so with clarity, and talent, and The Rising displays all of that.
There's action, horror, love, and, above all, suspense here. I became nervous reading the final five pages, unsure of how it would end.
The emotional ties I had with the characters were worth the time I spent with The Rising. And so was the carnage.
In the end, Keene did indeed conquer. Most importantly, so did the characters. And for this reader, sometimes that's all that matters.
These are not your typical brain-dead zombies. Something far more sinister from another void has entered planet earth through experimental endurance to find a God-Particle. Ob is and his brotherhood will see to the extinction of mankind.
Your soul may never rest in the world that Brian Keene has created. Gruesome, intense, page turning and often touching, this novel stands alone as a great achievement and paved forward what we call Z-Day. Enjoy.
You cannot go wrong with this book! It is a fantastic read for fans of smart horror and for readers who like their gore and violence explicit and unforgiving.