Thursday, February 10, 2011

Book Review: The Rising by Brian Keene

The Rising by Brian Keene is one of my favorite debut novels of all time.

Book Description
The dead are returning to life as intelligent zombies. Trapped by the undead, escape seems impossible for Jim Thurmond. But Jim’s young son is alive and in dire peril hundreds of miles away. Despite overwhelming odds, Jim vows to find him— or die trying.

Joined by an elderly preacher, a guilt-ridden scientist, and a determined ex-prostitute, Jim embarks on a cross-country rescue mission. They must battle both the living and the living dead. And for Jim and his companions, an even greater evil awaits them at the end of their journey. This is the time of...The Rising.

The Rising is an excellent zombie novel with non-stop action and a great cast of characters.

The story follows Jim - a father who is making his way across the country  to save his son - and a group of survivers who join him along the way.  They must make their way through the undead to reach Jim's son before it's too late.

Keene's zombies are a smarter, faster, updated version of the living dead.  This is a great read for those who don't mind gore and love a fast paced novel.  This is a must read for any zombie fan.

I did have a strong reaction to the abrupt ending.  The book dropped from my hands and an expletive was said.  It's only fair to mention it.  There is a sequel - City of the Dead - that picks up where The Rising leaves you hanging.

Despite the book throwing and cussing that (may have) ensued, I absolutely loved The Rising.  It even garnered the rare 5 star rating from me.


I'd love to hear your thoughts on The Rising.  Are you a zombie fan?

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