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Product Details

  • Series: Black Tide Rising (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1st Printing edition (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476736626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476736624
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Ringo brings fighting to life. He is the creator of the Posleen Wars series, which has become a New York Timesbest-selling series with over one million copies in print. The series contains A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, Hell’s Faire and Eye of the Storm. In addition, Ringo has penned the Council War series: There Will be Dragons, Emerald Sea, Against the Tide, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Adding another dimension to his skills, Ringo created nationally best-selling techno-thriller novels about Mike Harmon (Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Slain, Unto the Breach, A Deeper Blue, and, with Ryan Sear, Tiger by the Tail). His techno-thriller The Last Centurion was also a national bestseller. A more playful twist on the future is found in novels of the Looking-Glass series: Into the Looking Glass, Vorpal Blade, Manxome Foe and Claws That Catch, the last three in collaboration with Travis S. Taylor. His audience was further enhanced with four collaborations with fellow New York Times best-selling author David Weber: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few. There are an additional five collaborative spinoffs from the Posleen series: The Hero, written with Michael Z. Williamson, Watch on the Rhine, Yellow Eyes and The Tuloriad, all written with Tom Kratman, and the New York Times best seller Cally’s War and its sequels Sister Time and Honor of the Clan, all with Julie Cochrane. In addition, Ringo’s Princess of Wands and Queen of Wands broke new ground in contemporary fantasy adventure.  And his science-based zombie apocalypse Black Tide Rising series includes Under a Graveyard Sky, and To Sail a Darkling Sea.  A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.

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I'm a professional author of... Well, I used to say "science fiction." Then came There Will Be Dragons, which is sf with a distinct fantasy twist. Then came Ghost which is techno-thriller crossed with porn. Then came Princess of Wands, a Christian soccer mom battling demons through the power of God. Who knows what's next? Children's books? (I've actually got that one mapped out. You see, there's this girl who is raised by dolphins... You think I'm joking, don't you?)

Customer Reviews

Fast paced, interesting characters, unique plot, well written.
Gerald J Becker
If you like military sci-fi, then this book series is one of the best zombie based you will ever read!
Amazon Customer
I sadly couldn't put this book down and read it all in one day.
Jason Perry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Wildwily VINE VOICE on July 17, 2014
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Oh John Ringo...yes.

First, it is important that you read the previous books in the series. Especially book 1 "Under a Graveyard Sky", as it lays the foundation. You CAN skip book 2, but if you enjoyed book 1 why would you?

If you do enjoy a military heavy approach to the Zombie Apocalypse, this is the book for you. No magic, no fuss.

If you believe teenagers are dangerous and teenage girls should qualify under WMD protocols, this book is for you.

If you like a twisted sense of humor, then you should have been reading this series already.

Sex is handled off screen, although there is one long discussion surrounding teenagers and sex that is a bit hilarious as they try to deal with...I don't want to give it away. Immaculate is the word.

Some fun with stereotypes..."Do you know who I am?","Do you know what this is...?"

You will laugh. You may cry.

I cannot wait until December for the next book!!!!!

I just realized I didn't talk about my rating of the book. In my humble opinion...

I chose 4 instead of 5 stars because this book does not stand well by itself. I LOVED this book, but I do not feel it can be appreciated fully without reading the previous books.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Remes on July 17, 2014
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Bought this direct from Baen.

Ringo delivers another solid entry in his "zombie" series, but his focus on minutia lowers this book to 3 stars.


Book 2 left us with the intrepid Wolf Squadron leaving the Canaries to mount an attack on Gitmo. The goal is to get a real lab going so they can start producing vaccine and inoculate the submariners. It promised to be exciting. Finally, the submariners could get involved building zombie death boxes out of CONEX and start taking back the planet! The action might actually move to mainland USA!

What we got instead was a David-Weber-like focus on military counseling sessions for Lt. Faith and more descriptions of the same clearance operations that were already done to death in the first two books. (Weber is famous for having entire chapters devoted to multiple characters sitting around a table detailing their dastardly plans and demonstrating their own rank hypocrisy while Our Heroes get their own chapters to have the same long conversations detailing how they will defeat the Bad Guys. Plus, Weber rarely advances the plot even over an 800+ page book. See his Safehold series; 7 books long and they are still steam powered.)

The odd thing about the book is that quite a few cool plot advancements took place, but they got short shrift.

* They cleared and freed Gitmo.
* They landed a SpaceX ship on a Caribbean island and got some real doctors & scientists back.
* They got some helicopters working.
* Lots of babies started getting born.
* They rescued Prince (King?) Harry from the Tower of London.
* We finally learn who "Tom Walker" really is. (I won't spoil that in this review.)

However, the Gitmo clearance happens in a day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bud on August 8, 2014
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I am old. I am a retired Army Infantry senior NCO, a retired Police Chief (it was a small department but it was all mine) and a retired Federal employee. Retired three times qualifies as old. I started reading science fiction when I was about 10 so that was almost sixty (FREAKING!!!!) years ago.

When I was young, my favorite author was Robert Heinlein. There was nothing he wrote that i didn't devour and reread over and over again. He literally was with me during a lot of traumatic times and I really believe that i was a better man for knowing Robert Heinlein's works.

Now I am old and I spend a great deal of time reading John Ringo who is every bit as influential with me as heinlein ever was.

This is just another great series by John Ringo. I canb't rate this one any higher than any of his other novels because each and every one of them is at the top of my all time favorite list. I reread all of them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Willson on July 17, 2014
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This novel was thoroughly worthwhile. I'm not usually into zombie or post-apocalyptic fiction, but if John Ringo writes something I'm likely to read it. And I'm glad I did, in this instance.
Those who have not read the previous books in the series should do so before starting this one.
The books are inspiring yet depressing tales of people confronting horrible circumstances and doing their best to prevail. As a fan of military S.F. I enjoyed the admittedly lengthy technical/tactical portions of the book. They set the foundations for the triumphs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Al Hence on August 19, 2014
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Wolf Squadron continues its lonely nautical mission to restore peace and order to a zombie-riddled world. This is the book for military junkies since a lot of it concerns the details (often minutiae) of anti-zombie operations (don't forget to check the spring tension in your magazines). About 50% concerns actual zombie-killing, the rest is discussion. Its not intended to be literature - it is a military thriller/zombie killer and works best on that level. The narrative consists of a series of set pieces two of which are only remotely connected to the rest of the book. By and large it's a fun read, especially if you enjoy beautiful women talking nasty.

It was established back in book one that the two POV characters are beautiful teenage girls who are deadly and resourceful fighters (the 13 year-old more than the 15 year-old) and incredibly intelligent (the 15 year-old more than the 13 year-old) as well as exciting the lust of adult males. It seems like overkill to keep mentioning this over and over. As treated in the narrative they are functionally adults.

Personally I still find the continuing interest in the sexuality of very young girls (down to twelve) more than a bit creepy. A twelve year old turns up pregnant through peculiar circumstances so what is the recommendation? Why that she start having daily sex of course.

There are a couple of trivial points that may be the result of bad editing (although the overall editing is superior). For example on pg. 169 Faith (the 13 year-old) pulls back the slide on an H&K pistol with her thumb (not possible).
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