Rebirth - book two of The Judas Syndrome series

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A year into a Post-Apocalyptic existence, where
friendships are tested and new enemies emerge; talk of destiny fulfilled through a child offers salvation.

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  • Category: Fiction » Coming of age
  • Words: 58,540
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781465939364
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Ferdrayt Kopf reviewed on March 24, 2011
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A Phoenix arises.

REBIRTH is Michel Poeltl's second book in THE JUDAS SYNDROME trilogy. The author has been careful to give enough back-story to make it understandable by itself, but is best read after the first in the series. That way, one gets a vivid picture of the transformation undergone by the characters—from carefree teens on a pre-college camping trip to survivalist adults in a post nuclear-holocaust world, with extremes ranging from, Sara, now a fiercely protective mother, to Earl, degenerating into a Hitlerian rage. The growth of Leif, the son of Sara and Joel, is another major theme. Leif is destined for greatness, but how and in what direction is not yet clear.

The supernatural themes lightly touched on in the first book have become prominent and are well woven into the story.

This is not a sunny and cheerful tale. The basic premise of a world devastated by atomic weapons triggered by terrorists, is all too possible. Like most apocalyptic literature, the story is in many places dreary and depressing. However, a clear thread of hope runs through REBIRTH, and the ending, like that in Star Wars, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, would suggest there is more to come even if you didn't know it was a trilogy.
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Lisa Berger reviewed on Feb. 28, 2011
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I read The Judas Syndrome first, a couple of years ago, and really liked it. It was dark, but was very layered and interesting. This book, however, far exceeds the author's first attempt. It is told from the point of view of one of the female characters we met in the first novel. She is forced to continue on in a ruined world and her ability to move forward regardless of obstacles propels the reader forward through the story. Without giving too much away, she meets some interesting characters, and though dark and gritty (and occasionally very graphic) it is a kinder, gentler novel. Perhaps it is her female impression of the world that gives it this edge, and me more of a foothold on… Read more
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Mark Lane reviewed on Feb. 19, 2011

I enjoyed this sequel to "The Judas Syndrome" more than the original book.

Sara's actions are believable, and her inner conflict in making some of her harder decisions helps build her character even more. The reader gets to see the effect of the Grimm Reapers's actions on more of the world and the population outside of Joel's home.

This story offers a glimmer of hope in the wasteland that had been created in the first book. It also leaves enough unresolved situations to hint that the author has another sequel in the works.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Rose Keefe reviewed on Jan. 13, 2011

`Rebirth' is the sequel to Michael Poeltl's debut novel `The Judas Syndrome' (2009). I'm not surprised that he wrote a follow-up, because the ending practically begged for continuation. But I was also wary, because sequels can be like designer knockoffs- compelling in their own way, but rarely as good as the original.

`Rebirth' continues the dark saga of a teenaged band of post-apocalypse survivors. Narrated by Sara, Joel's girlfriend, it fluidly resumes where `The Judas Syndrome' left off. Crises that erupted at the conclusion of the previous book have such disastrous consequences that Sara's new fight for life exceeds all past conflicts. This time the stakes are higher: she has given birth to Joel's son, and paranormal influences indicate that the boy has a vital destiny to fulfill. But treacherous former friends, roaming killers, and other grim remnants of a dead world assail them both, making it possible that they won't even see tomorrow, let alone the infant's adulthood.

I agree with another reviewer that `Rebirth' is gentler in tone than `The Judas Syndrome', but the core themes of courage, desperation, and hope remain strong. Putting Sara in the figurative pilot's seat has not resulted in a piece of post-bomb chick lit; because she has so much to live for, she's just as ruthless as her male associates when she has to be, and her actions keep the storyline gritty and fast.

Fans of the first book will find much to enjoy in this second, exciting offering from Michael Poeltl. The dreaded `curse of the crappy sequel' definitely doesn't apply here.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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