The Rising Review

Description of the book:

THE RISING is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town, facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes, and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.

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The Rising has always been one of my favorite zombie stories of all time. For me it’s always ranked up there with Blood Crazy, Autumn, and Hater. There are so many zombie novels out there, but for me these have always been my top four. Now almost ten years later a new version of the Rising has came out called The Rising: Author’s Preferred Edition. During this time Brian Keene has written many masterpieces, some can say The Rising was the work of a novice writer. However despite all of this, The Rising still holds as a favorite for so many fans of the undead.This is my second time reading this book, my first experience was with the mass market paperback version. This new version is much improved upon by the author Brian Keene. This version added 30,000 new text that was missing from the original. A lot of the grammar errors that slipped into the original version is now fixed in this version as well. It’s a very long story but let’s just say the original publisher is disliked by many authors who worked with them.

I always had my doubts that I would like this book as much as I used to. I was worried that nostalgia had clouded my vision, especially since I read so many reviews of people who disliked the grammatical errors the original version had. Also this was my first taste of zombie literature, up until that point I was only familiar with The Walking Dead and the various popular zombie movies. However now in the present I have read several novels featuring the undead, would this new version of The Rising hold up?

Well I can safely say that I enjoyed this version very much. Now that I am familiar with the Labyrinth mythology and the various members of the Thirteen that were introduced in Tequila’s Sunrise I feel like I understand Brian Keene’s big picture now. I honestly got to fall in love with Jim, Frankie, William Baker and Reverend Thomas Martin all over again. While these characters aren’t as iconic as The Gunslinger, they still have a certain B-movie / Grindhouse charm to all of them. Plus there are moments where Keene really channels parental love through Jim and his son Danny. For me his relationship with his son was believable and heart warming.

If you are a fan of Evil Dead you will probably like this book a lot. The zombies in this series are more similar to Deadites then they are the infected from 28 Days Later. These “zombies” are intelligent and can never really be destroyed. I give this amazing apocalyptic tale a 4.5 stars out of 5!

 

5 Zombies

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