The Rising (The Rising #1) by Brian Keene


The Rising (The Rising #1)
Title : The Rising (The Rising #1)
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ISBN : 0843952016
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 321

Nothing stays dead for long The dead are returning to life, intelligent, determined and very hungry Escape seems impossible for Jim Thurmond, one of the few left alive in this nightmare world But Jim s young son is also alive and in grave danger hundreds of miles away Despite astronomical odds, Jim vows to find him or die trying.Joined by an elderly preacher, a guilt ridden scientist and an ex prostitute, Jim sets out on a cross country rescue mission Together they must battle both the living and the living dead and the even greater evil that awaits them at the end of their journey.


The Rising (The Rising #1) Reviews


  • Dan Schwent

    The shit has hit the fan and the dead walk the earth Survivors wander around, staying one step ahead of the undead hordes and struggling to survive Rogue military units are on patrol, rounding up survivors Meanwhile, Jim Thurmond is on a trek from West Virginia to New Jersey to find his sonI m a zombie fan from way back My favorite movie as a teenager was the 1990 Night of the Living Dead remake I have the Return of the Living Dead soundtrack on vinyl I can smell your brains and Zombi The shit has hit the fan and the dead walk the earth Survivors wander around, staying one step ahead of the undead hordes and struggling to survive Rogue military units are on patrol, rounding up survivors Meanwhile, Jim Thurmond is on a trek from West Virginia to New Jersey to find his sonI m a zombie fan from way back My favorite movie as a teenager was the 1990 Night of the Living Dead remake I have the Return of the Living Dead soundtrack on vinyl I can smell your brains and Zombies the board game About fifteen years ago, I kind of fell out of zombie fandom since it felt like it had all been done many, many times However, in recent weeks we ve dusted off the Zombies board game and I had the hunger for some zombie fiction This hit the spot like some nice warm brains.The cause of the zombie plague this time was the government mucking with the barriers between dimensions Now, everything with a brain gets reanimated upon death AND retains some of its own knowledge The zombies in The Rising can use guns and drive as well as munch human flesh I m old school I like my zombies slow, dumb, and numerous However, these zombies wound up being very scary.The gore and violence level is pretty high People get chomped quite a bit and there are headshots galore The zombie animals are no picnic either Swarms of zombie birds are nothing to scoff at, not even in a helicopter.The different viewpoint characters are what set this apart from being a typical zombie killfest I felt for Jim s plight, even though I was pretty sure he d get Cujo ed at the end Frankie was a born survivor I was pretty sure she d live through it Baker s relationship with Worm was touching so I knew the emotional wringer was coming my way While I was disgusted by the national guard unit led by Schow, I had no trouble believing in it.There were a lot of memorable, inventive scenes in this book The Rising was harder to put down than a shotgun during a zombie apocalypse I ve read a couple Brian Keene books before but now I m a Brian Keene fan Five out of five stars

  • Char

    3.5 stars It didn t take long to make my way through this zombie filled wasteland of a book Humans, whether they still be humans or be they zombies , are not the only monsters here I loved the originality of this story I can t get into the specifics of it without spoilers, but some of the things imagined and written about in The Rising have still not been done in other zombie books or movies I really felt something for a few of these characters too The author pretty much put everyone a 3.5 stars It didn t take long to make my way through this zombie filled wasteland of a book Humans, whether they still be humans or be they zombies , are not the only monsters here I loved the originality of this story I can t get into the specifics of it without spoilers, but some of the things imagined and written about in The Rising have still not been done in other zombie books or movies I really felt something for a few of these characters too The author pretty much put everyone and everything at risk, so I had no idea what might happen to these people there was no safe feeling like some books provide you, where you know the good guy will win in the end What I did not like is a short list and here it is The narrator and the fate of most of the female characters First, the narrator had a fine voice but he mispronounced some words, brackish is not brake ish , and his tone of voice was often off Obviously, the tone thing is a personal opinion, while the mispronounciations are not Second, I ve been a horror fan for a long, long time and I m quite used to the treatment of women in horror stories being less than stellar I also understand that a female, or male protagonist for that matter, has to be put into positions where the reader can root for her or him However, what happened to the women here bothered me a bit than usual Perhaps, because the descriptions were graphic But I ve read Laymon, Barker and even some Lee and none of those bothered me Maybe it s because I m getting older and my tolerance for that type of behavior, even in books, has now dwindled down to nothing Even if I can t quite put my finger on it, it bothered me, so that s that Overall, I enjoyed this book The originality of it was mind blowing, and it must have been the horror book of ALL horror books when it originally came out back in 2003 Remember, this was before The Walking Dead and the whole zombie mash up thing, Pride and Prejudice With Zombies, anyone WTF I do plan on reading the sequel, City of the Dead, but I m going to do just that read it, instead of listening, because the narration of this one did diminish my enjoyment a little bit Recommended to fans of ZOMBIES

  • CasualDebris

    There are too many things wrong with this book Despite some original ideas and a few worthy tense moments, it is most of the time laughably bad, and embarrassingly badly written.

    The amount of typos and the atrocious grammar was shocking Someone needs to tell Keene, the copyeditors and publishers that the past tense of to spit is spat and that you don t tell a person to lay but to lie down Your prose can also benefit by not using the word again or any word, really again and again t

    There are too many things wrong with this book Despite some original ideas and a few worthy tense moments, it is most of the time laughably bad, and embarrassingly badly written.

    The amount of typos and the atrocious grammar was shocking Someone needs to tell Keene, the copyeditors and publishers that the past tense of to spit is spat and that you don t tell a person to lay but to lie down Your prose can also benefit by not using the word again or any word, really again and again three times in a single sentence With books like there it isn t surprising that western society is inadequately literate But I digress.

    The explanation of what is causing the zombie epidemic is absolutely ridiculous I won t spoil it though it s revealed early on no suspense here The zombies are supposed to be intelligent yet act like hyper teenage boys who make absurd decisions that do little in advancing their cause In fact, an integral aspect of becoming a zombie in Keene s world is to suddenly intensely hate humanity, to drop several notches on the IQ pole Kind of like some of our modern cults, I suppose Moreover, Keene appears uncertain as to the extent of the epidemic He can t seem to decide whether insects are infected or not, and changes his mind mid text, or simply forgets If you plan to read this book, keep your eyes out for this Maybe he clears this up in its sequel I won t know since I won t be reading it.

    The characters are two dimensional and Keene s image of America is a white washed suburbia where Hispanic and black people can only be preachers, drug dealers or prostitutes And as mentioned in other reviews here, the dialogue is bad And I mean effin bad, man Holy mother effin stinkin bad like.

    Finally, I was troubled by the amount of emphasis on rape in the book I don t need the details Maybe one brief instance to illustrate the morally decayed post epidemic world, but not again and again That was only twice It is just inappropriate I know I m supposed to be angry with the bad guys but the constant exaggerated rape just has me angry at the author.

    I can go on but won t since really there s no effin need to

  • Paul Nelson

    Not your normal Zombie s, thank fuck, these can think, even plan their main course from well done to medium rare that s where you come in and the return of the dead is eagerly awaited, they have purpose Although it s the normal method of dispatch in a head shot or decapitation, luckily that s pretty much one of the few things in common with your average literary zombie catastrophe These Zombies are controlled by a demon like entity that has an intelligence and the wherewithal of the previous Not your normal Zombie s, thank fuck, these can think, even plan their main course from well done to medium rare that s where you come in and the return of the dead is eagerly awaited, they have purpose Although it s the normal method of dispatch in a head shot or decapitation, luckily that s pretty much one of the few things in common with your average literary zombie catastrophe These Zombies are controlled by a demon like entity that has an intelligence and the wherewithal of the previous host but there s a controlling hierarchy with a definitive means to an end yours The only major difference in Zombie fiction is the characters, most of its been done before countless times, if the characters are worth reading about then you feel like you haven t completely wasted your time Thankfully this was a refreshing change, a scream inducing cliff hanger of an ending coupled with characters that I actually gave a shit about and Zombie animals, even your friendly pet can take a chunk out of your leg Best idea, blow its fucking head off before it turns and stick it on the barbecue.Also posted at

  • Rob

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Oh dear Where to startWhilst looking for zombie books worth reading, I saw this one mentioned and figured it looked like it might be a decent read.I was so wrong Maybe the fellow in the forums that mentioned this book as being good was a 7 year old Reading this was painful It started out alright, and well written, but then degenerated into what can only be described as a paper version of the worst B movie ever made Really I only need to give you a few examples of things that happen in thi Oh dear Where to startWhilst looking for zombie books worth reading, I saw this one mentioned and figured it looked like it might be a decent read.I was so wrong Maybe the fellow in the forums that mentioned this book as being good was a 7 year old Reading this was painful It started out alright, and well written, but then degenerated into what can only be described as a paper version of the worst B movie ever made Really I only need to give you a few examples of things that happen in this book that made me shake my head in amazement The zombies are dead people posessed by demons out to wreck The Creators read, god world.The zombies are smart and can use guns and vehicles So you have zombies shooting people, chasing people around in cars and generally being dicks The zombies make use of one liners that would make Scwarzenegger, Stalone, Seagal and Van Damne all reel backwards in absolute disgust.Really, this book is absolute poop and I wouldnt reccomend it to anyone unless you want to see just how bad it is A strong god theme with over emphasised gore and badly described scenes with ridiculous dialogue Zombie baby tearing its way out of the zombie mothers womb and chasing after a guy while talking in sumerian Yes Zombie tiger killing stereotypical black gang bangers yes.Stupid Stupid STUPID.Dont read it

  • Caryn

    I m sorry zombie fish I kind of lost it after that

  • Mr. Matt

    When you re reading about the end of the world, what s better than zombies They are relentless, they spread like wildfire, and they hunger for human flesh Under the weight of hordes of the undead, civilization folds in on itself and the survivors are left to fend for themselves That s why I like a good zombie apocalypse story And that s why I was so excited to read Brian Keene s story.The problem with zombie apocalypse stories is that they tend to be formulaic There is an outbreak Civiliza When you re reading about the end of the world, what s better than zombies They are relentless, they spread like wildfire, and they hunger for human flesh Under the weight of hordes of the undead, civilization folds in on itself and the survivors are left to fend for themselves That s why I like a good zombie apocalypse story And that s why I was so excited to read Brian Keene s story.The problem with zombie apocalypse stories is that they tend to be formulaic There is an outbreak Civilization collapses A small group forms and tries to survive against the undead only to learn that the real enemies are other survivors When reading about the coming zombie apocalypse, I really want to see something original Okay, something original or just damn good writing and characters The Rising starts off well Jim was a bit of a survivalist, so the story opens to find him in a bunker with the undead clawing away outside He is alone, depressed and ready to off himself when he gets a call from his son Dropping everything Jim starts a quest to rescue his son in distant New Jersey Okay, the author has my attention If I thought I could save my kid, I d take the chance too.Further sparking my interest are the zombies themselves Yes, they are dead and rotting, but they are also possessed of a keen and burning intelligence They are capable of talking, of using tools, of driving, of firing guns Worse, they set cunning traps for the unwary And, after they gorge on their victims, the unfortunate souls rise to join their ranks What s , the zombies aren t limited to humans Anything that dies joins their ranks dogs, cats, cows, birds, etc Notable exception of insects, apparently Again, the author has my interest The roots of the zombies is a bit corny, but still interesting The story, unfortunately, goes bad quickly After a brief spark of interest I really didn t care for any of them That s a problem when the main story arc follows a man trying to rescue his son Worse, the author throws so many characters at you that I found it hard to really connect with any of them It seems to me it would ve been wiser to build a few solid characters before adding to the mix Somewhat related, was it just me or was every black character a stereotype You have a preacher, a prostitute, gang bangers, etc What about just a former small business owner, or cop, or teacher, or factory worker And, as the story progressed, the author repeatedly intervened to save characters deemed important The worst was about halfway through when Jim and his companion are saved just in the nick of time not once but twice Trapped by zombies on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the undead are gunned down by a couple of country yahoos Great Only these guys turn out to be cannibals who want to cook these two for dinner Fortunately the Deliverance rejects are gunned down by a kindly old man and his son who just happen to be in the area Really Miraculous rescue once, sure Twice, no way Piled on top of this is the really annoying descent into the standard story line The real enemies are the other survivors, mainly Colonel Schow and his unit of National Guard troops in Gettysburg With civilization in tatters they decide to set themselves up as petty tyrants The male civilians are used as force labor and the ladies find themselves forced to ahem service the soldiers Two huge problems with this First, rape Second, it s lazy How many times have we seen this story line Adding to this mess of a story is the logic of the author s zombies As any newly dead creature will rise as a zombie, the author s story runs into a major logic problem that I couldn t shake If each zombie simply kills one living creature each day, the number of zombies will quickly reach uncontrollable levels And I m sure that they kill than one a day That means that after just a few weeks it is almost inconceivable that any living creature could avoid the decaying eyes of the almost countless undead How then, do Jim and others somehow manage to trek across Pennsylvania Finally, the worst of the worst is the ending It was a cheap, cheap ending Let s just say that the main characters are placed in a situation at the boy s house where they split up There is gunfire and shouts And then the book ends So 1 I never learned whether or not Jim rescues his son, and 2 I never learned what the gun play and shouting was about Apparently to find out the answers to these questions I need to buy book 2 Really unsatisfactory I completely understand leaving some story lines incomplete, e.g., the main zombie dude and what he is conspiring, but to take you to literally the front door of Jim s son s house and then end the book That is unacceptable.One and a half stars grudgingly rounded up to two I gave him the benefit of the positive rounding due to the intriguing premise and the unique zombies Not a book that I could recommend other than to the most die hard of zombie apocalypse fanatics

  • Filamena Young

    So to be perfectly honest, I ve been going back and forth on whether on not I actually wanted to write this review It basically came down to not burning bridges in a very small universe, or being honest with my readers I know, all three of you When I weighted it out, I decided a bad review treated fairly and note based on gut reaction might be better for the internet as a whole then a blank space Plus, that way, as new readers show up, I ll welcome you, reader number four, they can feel So to be perfectly honest, I ve been going back and forth on whether on not I actually wanted to write this review It basically came down to not burning bridges in a very small universe, or being honest with my readers I know, all three of you When I weighted it out, I decided a bad review treated fairly and note based on gut reaction might be better for the internet as a whole then a blank space Plus, that way, as new readers show up, I ll welcome you, reader number four, they can feel secure that I m reviewing for honesty and not just for links and incest.So without further ado, my review of Brian Keene s first novel The Rising Not his last book by far, God bless him, I never intended to review only new books, however, so bare with me.How I Found This Book Do you know, I m not sure I think it s one of those convoluted social networking messes, like a guy who knows a guy invited me to Ning network and I followed him back on Twitter and then he mentioned Keene, and I was like, I want writers I love, so I went out and picked up this book Internet ties always make me think in run on sentences That said, let me tell you, I really really wanted to love this book I wanted to pick it up and love every goddam page of it and eat if for breakfast and run out and buy everything Keene ever wrote and be a fangirl and run screaming through the rain to get to the front of the line at book signings.So, you know, the fact that I actually kind of hate this book A LOT makes the possibility of those other things happening pretty slim.Lemmie see, a book with a construction worker, a old priest, and a ex junkie ex hooker team up to save the construction worker s son from the zombie hoard Where the hell do I sign up I usually hate the synopsis on the back of the books In this case, I actually wish the book fit it s back cover Alas, not so much.The Good Erm Well You know, um Okay, that s not fair To be fair, this book has a lot going for it Keene s got a real gift with sensory detail, which is important in a zombie novel There are things in the book that are really truly gross in an enjoyable way, and I think that was the writer s intention At one point he describes the smell of a man s infected leg not unlike a microwaved hotdog I don t know if this is completely true, but it sure was vivid I ll also note that this is a first novel, and maybe some of the problems I had with it had to do with Keene exorcising some demons then any actual defect in his personality Who knows, right Also, there are some KILLER ideas in there Sentient zombies Check The host of Hell Check The military going crazy and trying to take over Check A heartfelt search to save a man s estranged son Well, most of a check.The Bad The problem is, none of those good ideas got followed completely, while Keene instead chose to focus on a strange rape fixation and this weird all people are bad, or if not, they re dead philosophy that seemed forced Time and time again, the characters run into people who have gone from normal to people to mustache twirling evil in the few months since the dead started to walk I understand that without civilization, people are likely to get WAY selfish and blah blah, but Keene s focus seems to all but ignore the zombies and focus on the evil that men do in such cartoonish fashion that I imagined the demonic zombies sitting on the side lines going hey, we re over here yanno We ll rape, pillage and eat you too if you d just give us a little attention When I was talking to my husband about this book I had a long, feminist rant about how disgusted I was by much of the stories fascination with taking sexual advantage of the main heroine, but I think I ll spare you Suffice to say, when Keene decided to describe in detail a gang bang followed by urination on the woman I assume I m supposed to identify with, I threw the book across the room And don t even ask me about the Meat Wagon, a brothel on wheels that the National Guardsman build to turn every woman they run across into a sex slave I m sure a busy man like Brian Keene isn t going to read this, and if he is, I m sure he ll dismiss it because it s a bad review, but really, Brain, man, lighten up on the women, huh We want to be your audience too If you really think this is the way men would behave when society falls, I weep for your outlook on life.So why did I finish reading it I guess I kept hoping the last few pages would be some kind of pay off That I d get some reward for the disgusting cartoon I had read that far, but alas, I was never satisfied The book brings you right up to the point where you find out if the construction worker s son is alive or not, you know, the reason I m reading the book in the first place The story And that s it To the door, no further.The damn thing didn t end.I don t know if I was expected to make up my own ending, or if I was expected to read the sequel as a result, but I can tell you one thing, I LIKE open endings and cliff hangers I did not feel like this was either a cliff hanger or open ended To be perfectly honest, I feel like the ending was a cop out Like Keene had lost his real story some where along the sadistic rape happy way and couldn t bring himself back to it in time to end the book But what the fuck do I know, right This guy has had a dozen novels published, and I m still 0 for 0.Who Will Like This Book I want to say something snide like, not anyone I want to be alone in a room with, but that s probably unfair I know he s got a hell of a following, I ve checked out his fan community, but wasn t terribly surprised to see a lot of military or ex military men in the forums I m sure they saw things in this and other books by Keene I m just not seeing, or maybe they just didn t see the degradation and humiliation I found so appalling That s not really for me to say, so I ll just say this true to the back cover, this book is not for the squeamish.Who Won t Like This Book Other than me Again, hard to say I read some unnecessarily scathing comments on , but that wasn t a big surprise I know my husband would hate it I figure if you want a deep psychological look at humanity and their responses to chaos and damnation, this probably isn t the book for you

  • Beatriz

    Le esta novela como parte del desaf o Hell o Win de La Cafeter a de Audrey Me inscrib porque me gusta el g nero de terror, aunque no hab a le do mucho de zombis precisamente Siempre he pensado que es un subg nero donde no se puede innovar mucho grupo de sobrevivientes que intenta pasar el d a sin ser comidos e, idealmente, encontrar una cura y en que un libro es m s o menos bueno dependiendo de la calidad narrativa del autor.Bueno, mi primera impresi n apenas en las primeras p ginas es q Le esta novela como parte del desaf o Hell o Win de La Cafeter a de Audrey Me inscrib porque me gusta el g nero de terror, aunque no hab a le do mucho de zombis precisamente Siempre he pensado que es un subg nero donde no se puede innovar mucho grupo de sobrevivientes que intenta pasar el d a sin ser comidos e, idealmente, encontrar una cura y en que un libro es m s o menos bueno dependiendo de la calidad narrativa del autor.Bueno, mi primera impresi n apenas en las primeras p ginas es que Brian Keene tiene esa calidad narrativa que hace que un libro te atrape y no te suelte hasta terminarlo Una lectura gil y estremecedora.Por otro lado, los zombis de Keene son diferentes a lo que estamos acostumbrados no hay virus de por medio, por lo que el contagio no viene por ser mordido y no les voy a contar nada m s para no echar a perder la sorpresa.Sin embargo, lo que m s me impact es la crudeza del libro, no tanto por las descripciones de los ataques de los zombis, que la verdad son bastante gore, sino por c mo sale a flote lo peor del ser humano en una situaci n de anarqu a A veces me preguntaba qu era peor, si caer en manos de los zombis o de los grupos de sobrevivientes.Por ltimo, un tir n de orejas al autor por ese final De verdad me molesta mucho cuando un libro no es conclusivo Independiente que la historia contin e en futuras entregas, lo m nimo es cerrar el leitmotiv de cada parte, para no quedarse con esa desagradable sensaci n de que se parti un libro en dos con un fin puramente comercial As que, lo siento, pero aplico mi regla de una estrella menos

  • Pam

    Zombified goldfish Nah.