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The Rising Horde, Volume Two (Sequel to "The Gathering Dead") by [Knight, Stephen]
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  • File Size: 686 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ronin LLC (April 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007YT8UJI
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I waited to write this review after reading both volumes of this book - not so much because they seem to be a set (volume two continues the story) but because I was so into reading that I couldn't stop to write this. I'm using this text to review both volumes.

I've read several works from Stephen Knight (this being his most recent). He is a fantastic storyteller. This story has constant action and is deep - this is no shoot-em-up dime-store paperback. Interspersed are some parts that made me laugh out loud. Throughout, the story is fast-paced and gripping. When I was reading, be it in a doctor's office, the train to work, or on my couch, I was part of the story. My mind often wanders while I read a book, but not in this case. It is easy to pick up and imediately fall into the story.

I really like Knight's writing style The story pulls you in, and it is so fast paced that it keeps you hooked. There is enough detail to draw you a good picture, yet not so much that you get bored reading paragraph after paragraph about minor details (think of a female author's description about the decor in a living room).

It took me a while to read the story - it's a good solid story - it made me think of Stephen King's "The Stand" - another great work.

If you like any of Stephen Knight's work you'll enjoy this. If you haven't yet read anything by Knight this is a great place to start. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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I've read more than a few zombie books in my day. Heh, I know, I know a weakness of mine. Most of these books haven't been all that good and some downright horrible.

THIS book, however, is a fine, fine action adventure. This is the book the movie World War Z SHOULD be based on.
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Great sequel by Knight. Spoiler alert.

This one has McDaniel's, Gartrell and Jaworski in Texas. Their mission code named Sparta, has begun.

Those scientist, virologists and biochemists at Safire's company have come up with a cure for the plague. The cure will keep anyone bitten from becoming a walker.

Things haven't been easy and McDaniel' s is thrust into the leadership of SPARTA when Jaworski commits suicide after allowing civilians to be killed at SPARTS's front gate. Jaworski had no idea what dealing with the walkers was all about.

This thrust everyone into new roles and first and foremost for McDaniel's is getting the civilians out of SPARTA as millions of walkers are headed their way. In fact all of the walkers are headed for Texas.

So begins another fine read by Knight.

This one has McDaniel's, Gartrell, Rangers, SEAL's, civilians, doctors, a dead Jeffries who's leading the charge to SPARTA, smart zed's who plan ambushes, use artillery and guns, McDaniel's son Lenny who makes it to Texas, the evacuation of scientists and civilians, a SPARTA that is overrun by walkers, a delaying action headed by special forces, an action which allows the civilians to be ferried out, a convoy of MRAP vehicles which contain the last vehicles out of SPARTA, death, destruction, McDaniel's, Gartrell and the others making it out alive, a nuclear bomb, the destruction of the majority of the zeds that massed to Texas, a homecoming for McDaniel and his son at Ft. Bragg, Dave Gartrell getting to the cabin his wife and daugters are occupying, a Dave who doesn't get the ending he so desperately wanted and Cord McDaniel reuniting with his wife and on happy ending for him if not Gartrell.

Five Stars and then some.
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The gold standard of zombie series. Stephen Knight has the best perspective and knowledge of a military reaction of any of the authors I have read and I have read a lot of them. His characters are well developed and he doesn't throw too many scenarios at you. Some writers have 15-20 characters, situated in different parts of the country or world and it can get confusing when you are in four or five different series, waiting for another book. I liked the fact that I could read other books in between the releases of this series and pick up right off the bat. I am not crazy about the uber zombies, but they don't overwhelm the story line. One of the few writers to deal with the inevitability that there would be millions and millions of zeds and not a really good chance of survival in that little cabin in the woods. Pretty bleak outcome but tight story lines.
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This review is for the combination of Volumes 1 and 2. I read them back to back and to my mind they're one book. Since I intend to also put this review up for Volume 2, I'm just giving anyone reading a heads-up.

Also.. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ ANY BOOKS IN THIS AWESOME SERIES!!!

Volume 1 starts off immediately after The Gathering Dead (A Zombie Apocalypse Novel) and Left With The Dead (A "Gathering Dead" Novella). While The Gathering Dead was a good zombie book, The Rising Horde is Great!
In Vol. 1, we're back with our old friends McDaniels and Gartrell as they set up a "camp" at a laboratory to give the surviving scientists a chance to try and come up with and produce a vaccine for the virus. The tension mounts and the zombies get ever so much closer minute by minute. I honestly don't know ANYTHING about our military when it comes to specifics... but this seems to be very well researched.

In Volume 2... The zombies are knock knock knockin on the doors... literally by the millions... Great zombie action/mayhem! It will keep you on the edge of your seat, turning those pages ever faster.

Also, if you've ever felt let down by some self-pubbed books/authors who don't take the time to read through/edit their books.... You WON'T get that here. These books are a breath of fresh air in this regard. (Or a nose full of rotting stenches, if you allow yourself to get drawn into the story). This is top-notch writing whether it be traditional or self-published... You can't get your zombie fiction any better than this!
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