Review: The Rising


From acclaimed thriller-suspense novelists Heather Graham and Jon Land comes a story of action, mystery, and the endurance of young love.

Twenty-four hours. That’s all it takes for the lives of two young people to be changed forever.

Alex Chin has the world on a plate. A football hero and homecoming king with plenty of scholarship offers, his future looks bright. His tutor, Samantha Dixon, is preparing to graduate high school at the top of her class. She plans to turn her NASA internship into a career. When a football accident lands Alex in the hospital, his world is turned upside down. His doctor is murdered. Then, his parents. Death seems to follow him wherever he goes, and now it’s after him.

Alex flees. He tells Samantha not to follow, but she became involved the moment she walked through his door and found Mr. and Mrs. Chin as they lay dying in their home. She cannot abandon the young man she loves. The two race desperately to stay ahead of Alex’s attackers long enough to figure out why they are hunting him in the first place. The answer lies with a secret buried deep in his past, a secret his parents died to protect. Alex always knew he was adopted, but he never knew the real reason his birth parents abandoned him. He never knew where he truly came from. Until now.

Rating: 5-stars


The Rising by both Heather Graham and Jon Land is amazing novel. It is a science fiction fantasy and a paranormal thriller. I love the combination of both writers. Being a big fan of Heather’s for years and just recently introduced into Jon’s books, I can see how well both talents mix. Together, they create this big suspenseful mystery that left me on the edge. I mean literally on the edge. The plot was well-driven. There are immediate threats made and the danger only escalates. From scene to scene, I did not know what would happen only that things were deadly, dangerous, and wild. The Rising is a combination of things like that of Back to the Future, Men in Black, and like that of Gary Pulsen’s YA thrillers. It is intense, deep, and engaging from the start. The characters are so adorable. I love how fiercely independent Alex is. He dives headfirst into danger. He is always thinking about helping others. Then, there is his best friend slash girlfriend maybe. Sam is unbelievably smart and driven. She never hesitates to be with Alex and helping him save the world. Together, these characters pop off the pages. I cannot wait for the second installment to this wonderful cliffhanging yet epic series! These writers have caught my attention, and I am sticking with them all the way. Overall, if you love action, mystery, and danger-get this book!

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