Book Review – Rebirth (The Judas Syndrome Book 2)

Rebirth – An Excellent follow-up to Book One

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author: Michael Poeltl

Format: Kindle, Paperback

Distraught and destined to raise her child Leif without his father, Sara finds herself in a battle with Earl for leadership over their small house of survivors.  As the days and weeks go by, Earl’s hunger for power and delusional ideals lead to ever increasing acts of control and violence forcing Sara to take drastic measures.  Finding herself on the run, she follows Joel’s last words to go North where she comes upon a group of four elderly women whose fallout shelter provides the perfect home for her and her child.  Unfortunately, they can not stay and once more they find themselves searching for their destiny.

Michael Poeltl’s “Rebirth” – book two in the Judas Syndrome series – is in many ways the mirror of the first book.  Told from Sara’s perspective, this volume takes on a different tone.  Sara will do anything to protect her child giving her the focus, drive and selflessness Joel did not have.  This book also delves deeper into the supernatural elements hinted at in the first book.  The “blank man” and his relationship with Leif is powerful and creepy and elements of this volume reminded me of Stephen King’s “The Stand”.

I enjoyed The Judas Syndrome, but I enjoyed Rebirth even more.  The end is more satisfying than the first volume and while one does not get all the answers, it is much more of a complete story than book one while at the same time setting up what I hope will be a stellar final volume.  Rebirth is $2.99 on Kindle

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.

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Posted on October 18, 2011, in Book Review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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