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Rise Again: A Zombie Thriller (Rise Again #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  3,138 ratings  ·  228 reviews

And a warning that would come all too late . . .

Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fa
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Published January 30th 2012 by Tantor Media (first published October 1st 2010)
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Sheriff Danielle Adelman is one tough lady. Her younger sister runs away from home with Danny’s vintage Mustang, she suffers the physical and psychological effects from being a soldier in the Iraq war, she deals with petty criminals, and if that’s not bad enough, zombies are moving into her small California town. No wonder she drowns out her troubles with alcohol.

With her sister’s letter in her shirt pocket and a small band of survivors, Danny is on a mission to find her sister and keep her peop
Ben Tripp is my husband, so I had the pleasure of reading the pages as he wrote them. Every day he would emerge from the tiny walk in closet that served as his "office" in our old apartment. I'd get my red pen, ready to give him notes. truth be told, i used very little red ink during that period. he's just a naturally fantastic storyteller who understands great characters and how to build tension in a moment. Sure, we own every horror flick ever made, Ben loves the genre. But this book is full o ...more
Nov 04, 2010 Ben rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I ever wrote.
Two and a half stars.

Ah, zombies and survivalism. A topic near and dear to my heart. I gravitate towards the genre like a chocoholic towards the candy section at the convenience store (who, me?). Yet I am frequently disappointed on both fronts. Searching for rich texture, a smooth taste, the essence of flavor, I often discover a waxy imposter attempting to cash in on the cravings. I’ve struggled with my review of Rise Again as the first time through was satisfying, at least in the quick-fix kin
The horror genre and its close cousin, the horror film, has always been susceptible to fads. In the 50s, it was the atomic holocaust and its mutant monsters. in the 60s and 70s, thanks to Robert Bloch's Psycho, it was serial killers. For the 70s on, Vampires ruled with its evil nephew the paranormal romance making a splash in the 90s and on. All these themes existed before, surfaces often, and will continue to be visited by the horror writers and screenwriters. Yet each one had its particular he ...more
Danny Adelman is a veteran of the Iraq war suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. She is working as the Sheriff in the quiet town of Forest Peak (which is about an hour outside of LA). She knows she's not going to have a good day when she wakes with a hangover, realizes her young sister Kelly has run away in none other than her car and dreads dealing with the crowds at the town's Independence Day gathering. What more could go wrong right? She definitely wasn't expecting for people to gri ...more
Sheriff Danielle "Danny" Adelman is having the mother of all bad days. She wakes up late and hungover, to find her sullen kid sister has run away. She makes her way to town where crowds are already gathering for the 4th of July celebration. And what better way to nurse a hangover than to judge a chili cookoff? Word arrives that some boys have seen a dead body on the outskirts of town. Soon people are dropping like flies. The streets of town become clogged with vehicles and the dead. The few surv ...more
Rick Fisher
I am really up in air on this one. Not sure if I would recommend it.
Ben Tripp has an excellent style of writing. His words flow smoothly and he is very descriptive, so the reader always has a vivid picture of events.
Herein lies my issues. I do not like the lead character. Not one bit. BT had an opportunity to create a strong female lead with a military background. Instead, he opted for a standoffish, little bitch with major people issues. Why does every soldier returning from overseas have to
I know, I know, I'm reading another apocalyptic book, with zombies now. It's wrong, but it's like dystopian candy to me. I'm on a roll. So this feels like the "before" pic for The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Danny's a ex-soldier (and a woman) with PTSD and a bit of a drinking problem, and is a small town cop in California. Her little sister has just run away, in Danny's cherry red Mustang. Before she can go find her, all hell breaks loose in town as refugees from the city come to town running and ...more
William Bentrim
Rise Again by Ben Tripp

The plethora of zombie books tends to drown the entire genre. Luckily Ben Tripp has a book that really does rise again. I fully intended to dislike the book because it was another, yes another, zombie book. Some time of trigger turns a majority of the population into mindless zombies. While the protagonist never determines the trigger, I personally suspect it is the stupefying effects of negative campaign advertisements. They just make you want to zombify yourself. Small t
Rolando Gill
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Rise Again is one of the most haunting things I've ever read. It kept me awake at night thinking about what the lead character endures. What if the world was suddenly infested with man-eating zombies and you had to find the one person who didn't want to be found? That's the set up of this thriller, and even though it takes a lot of twists and turns, we keep returning to her central quest. Rise Again is the story of Danielle "Danny" Adelman, a combat veteran and now sheriff, who has to find her r ...more
Taylor Knight
I didn't have very high hopes for this book. I'd never heard of it or the author. I hadn't seen any reviews and it was a debut novel. I thought it would be okay at best. However, after the first 30 pages, I could see that I was completely wrong. It was going to be really great. And it was.

To be honest, the first 20 pages didn't really hit me right. I couldn't relate to the main character, Danny, and I didn't know her well enough to feel any sort of empathy. But right around page 50, when crap g
Fresh fiction at it's finest. I can't believe that this is Ben's first book. It's well written and has more heart than most zombie books. I would definitely recommend this book. It gets five stars, easy.
Julie Ortmeier
The ending crawled inside my head and laid eggs.
Rise Again brings a realism to the zombie genre that I haven't seen done this well before. When people start dropping dead, the townspeople of Forest Peak, including Sheriff Danny Adelman, don't have a clue what to do. As those who survive manage to hold it together the best they can amidst the chaos, the dead begin to get up and start walking around. Denial sets in for many, yet a few put a name to the phenomenon - zombies. How refreshing to find characters embroiled in a zombie book actually h ...more
Doug Lewis
I gave up for a bit on finding a good zombie read after a few too many permuted-press SUPERplausible endless weapon list/convenient super secret forces training books. Seriously - i got turned on to the genre through max brooks' world war z and thought "Wow - i love this" then have just been repeatedly let down since then. Bourne, McKinney, Recht, and Ibarra are all hacks. Mira Grant is decent, but really just writing bloated cyberpunk with zombies. Jonathan Mayberry is great - but seems distrac ...more
There isn't much new under the sun when it comes to zombie fiction, which in the recent past has been overdone to death, pun intended. So really at this point it's mostly all about quality of the story and the writing, originality...well, there can only be so much. Tripp must have realized that because he crafted a really solid entry into the body of zombie fiction in Rise Again. Character driven with nearly nonstop boombastic action, this book is a bleak scary intense and realistic look into th ...more
Maybe I'd give it a 2.5, if I were feeling generous. Today, I'm not feeling generous at all.

Short reaction: It was alright. (Damning with faint praise again...)

I mean, it's a zombie novel, and let's just be honest-- we don't expect the highest quality writing from those. Or rather, we can expect it all we want, but if we do, we're usually doomed to disappointment. Based on my experience of them thus far, that is. Possibly there are some amazing zombie novels out there. I have a short list of re
If you are wanting a good zombie book for the Halloween holiday, I do suggest you get Rise Again. In some ways it does remind me of Night of the Living Dead and even references the movie in a few places. We mostly follow Danielle Adelman (Danny) who is an Iraq war vet with PTSD. On a side note: If any guys out there are worried that the protagonist is female, do not worry as Danny is hard as nails and a great heroine. You won't miss a thing. *think Sigourney Weaver in Aliens* Anyhoo... Danny los ...more
Danielle Adelman, known to most as Danny, is an ex Marine struggling with a bad case of post-traumatic stress disorder. Working as the sheriff in the small town of Forest Peak, California, and drowning her nightmares in pills and alcohol. She is also responsible for the care of her younger sister who decided the 4th of July was a good day to run away. Danny wakes up with a wicked hangover to find her sister, and beloved Ford Mustang gone. Thinking the worst thing she’d have to do that day is suf ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Lainy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zombie fans
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And a warning that would come all too late . . .

Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—s
Generally, I am not a fan of zombie fiction. It’s not that I dislike horror, far from it. It’s just that it gets a bit too bloody for my taste. There are exceptions to this, regardless of the bloodiness, and this is one of them.
Rise Again is set in the San Bernardino Mountains, and revolves around Sheriff Danny Adelman, a female military vet, suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. The story opens, not with Danny, but with her younger sister, Kelly, writing a letter to Danny telling her a
Rise Again is an above average zombie novel from first time author in this genre Ben Tripp. It focuses on a small mountain town, Forest Peak, CA and the people and events that transpire when an unknown possibly weaponized virus is released.

The actual release point was Los Angeles but due to the spread pattern, wind direction and panicked civilians, the virus spread to other locations. This is the first novel that actually created a somewhat believable real-world cause for a zombie outbreak. Not
This is such a wonderful read. It was really hard for me not to give it 5 stars, brilliant and well crafted sentences.

The ONLY reason it did not get 5 stars from me was at one point later in the book a particular character you think is in one place in a certain condition then shows up in another place in a completely different condition. Left me saying WTF?! Then the author a little later explains how the character went from point A to point B. Almost felt like it was a mistake that the author
The core of any good zombie apocalypse story, in my opinion, is not how people deal with the zombies (anyone who’s watched a Romero movie knows how to handle themselves) but how people deal with other people. How do we maintain our humanity in the wake of such horror? In Rise Again, the author plays it smart by making it about the people and their evolution (or de-evolution, in some cases) through the zombie crisis. The problem that I had with the book is that things got going so quickly that I ...more
A. Hunt
I listened to this audiobook while traveling. It was pretty good. I like my hero being female and having her on her game. I also liked how the infection started, progressed and ended (due to the story). Would recommend to anyone!
Met the author last week so I thought to try my first zombie book, his. And my first purchased book on the Kindle. Written better that I thought horror zombie books would be. Somehow I always kind of thought zombie novels would be on the same level of bodice-ripping books - follow a formula without too much thought and dumb down the works and plot. Some of the military jargon was hard to follow but I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would and I'm ready for another zombie book. Still not re ...more
The story was awesome with its inventive way of gow the zombies overtook the world. I was reading on the edge of my seat through the characters' encounters with hordes of zombies and the descriptive detail of events brought right in the middle of this amazing world.

But two things bothered me, which in the end ruined the whole book. First of all, I found way too many bits and pieces taken from The Walking Dead which I found to be irritating. The sheriff who always wore the uniform and clung to h
James Calfee
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BEN TRIPP is the author of Rise Again and Rise Again: Below Zero, a two-part apocalyptic zombie saga for Gallery.

He has an upcoming trilogy of rollicking young adult novels in the historical fantasy genre for Tor, the first of which is The Accidental Highwayman. In addition, Gallery has secured rights to his first foray into the vampire genre, The Fifth House of the Heart.

Tripp is an artist, writ
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