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  • Series: Black Tide Rising (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476736219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476736211
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Under a Graveyard Sky (2013), Ringo introduced Steve Smith, an Australian ex-paratrooper; his wife, Stacey; and their teenage daughters, Sophia and Faith. After the zombie apocalypse, the family fled New York in a boat loaded with supplies and weaponry. Their initial plan was to find a place to hole up until the man-made plague died out, but soon they sought other vessels and set about rescuing their survivors (after first “clearing” the boats of the infected). Now the makeshift flotilla, operating with the cooperation of what remains of the U.S. government, has become a sort of oceangoing city. And the mission has grown in scope: along with clearing any vessels the flotilla encounters, Smith and his fellow sailors will attempt to clear small towns, making their way to Guantanamo Bay, where they will use the medical facilities to begin manufacturing a vaccine. Not only has Ringo found a mostly unexplored corner of the zombie landscape, he’s using the zombie frame to tackle a broader theme: the collapse and rebirth of civilization. The zombie scenes are exciting, sure, but it’s the human story that keeps us involved. A fine series. --David Pitt

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?)
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ratfink99 on January 28, 2014
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I generally do not care for apocalyptic fiction. Most are way beyond any basis that can even begin to make sense; that the can't pass a laugh test. They tend to depend on "Miracle happens here!" Or "Everyone is toast." for a resolution. There are things that stretch reality here, too, But the premise is good, the development solid, and the characters range from freak to hero to coward - as do real people. The only post-apocalyptic effort I'd rate higher is Pat Frank's "Alas Babylon". I'm retired military, SERE/Rescue, with degree in biology and other areas, so I guess my background is why I don't like most of these stories. Real people react to disaster and stress with weird humor, weirder behavior, joy, agony, pain, and determination. Those people are here.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RJW on February 5, 2014
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Typical, as in perfect, Ringo approach to a saga: find it, fix it prepare to kill it. It's nice to not stumble into all the solutions but instead build up to success--albeit with more luck than I've ever had. Also getting a lot better with cross-community jargon (Navy but two tours with the grunts). Usual agreement about 5.56... Lugged an M4 in the sandbox but bought an AR in .308. Zombie charge vs. suppressive fire. TX Hogs vs suppressive fire. Home invasion vs suppressive fire. Rounds on target vs suppressive fire; it is a different battlefield. 7.62 is HEAVY. You might survive a 5.56 FMJ but you don't want to play anymore. Unless you're a zombie and that's why God invented 00 shot.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jean V Dubois on February 4, 2014
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Although i passed on the Posleen books I have all of the other Ringo books in hardcover to read and re-read and just rub for good luck as I pass the bookcase. This series is not "literature", there are no great overarching intellectual themes, and no one will be teaching a classs based on it at Harvard. However it is, in the words of Meredith Willson, a "Big haul, great go, neck-or-nothing, rip roarin', every time a bull's eye " terrific read. I got it at 3 pm today and was finished in about three hours of complete withdrawal from the world. While I agree that the constant harangues over the inadequacy of the .223 round for killing zombies gets old fast, otherwise Ringo has written another action filled "brave little band of heroes" book that keeps the reader flipping pages and wishing there were pictures of Seawolf, Shewolf, and Olga in full fighting garb. The Zombie Apocalypse is here and a former Aussie Para and his 13 and 15 year old daughters are sailing point for the human race's best hope for survival and they are "badass". If you have ever fired full auto and couldn't get the grin off your face for an hour this book is for you. As I am a retired Marine, Ringo's enthusiasm for the Corps helps too although he provides props for the Navy and Army as well. Not a beach read in February but a recliner read for sure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tish on February 6, 2014
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First, I like Ringo and I'm glad that a really good sci-fi author has entered the zombie apocalypse sub genre . This is the second entry in what I hope will be a series rather than a trilogy. The first, though well done, was pretty standard zombie apocalypse fare.
The second was excellent military sci-fi with zombies. There are a LOT of characters to keep up with and a printable list would have been nice
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.R. Harrison on January 29, 2014
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It seems like I check everyday for a new John Ringo book. When one shows up it is downloaded and read immediately. Great military SF technically and awesome characters that keep improving with each new book. I now will wait impatiently for the next book in this series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn D. Miller on February 4, 2014
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This book continues John Ringo's success with the first book in the series. As other reviews note this is a bio apocalypse with a two stage virus starting with flu and then turning into a rabies-related virus that turns a person permanently into a mindless zombie. The book is fast-paced and continues the adventures of the Wolf Squadron who are rescuing survivors from the Atlantic. One thing I appreciate, being a Vietnam veteran, is that the military details are accurate. There is a realism to the book that others miss. I cannot wait for the third book which is due in early August.
And I agree that this is the best apocalypse novel I have seen since Pat Frank's Alas Babylon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patroo on January 26, 2014
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I did not read the preceding book in this series, but had no trouble "catching up" so to speak. Shewolf leads a group of rescued people, mostly military, with a good sprinkling of Marines, on a mission to search and destroy zombie infestations at sea. Zombies have the unpleasant habit of turning without warning, and it only takes one to turn any structure or means of transportation into a charnel house.

Few humans remain, and the Wolf Squadron is seeking other survivors on boats. On larger ships, there are often holdouts who manage to get to a compartment of stores and have water available, able to last for months. Small boats may escape the infection entirely but find themselves adrift, running out of supplies, desperate for news.

Zammie moments refer to those WTF instants, to quote the book, "that could only happen during a zombie apocalypse." These read better in their context than to be quoted, so I won't try.

I really like Ringo's penchant for opening each chapter with a quote, sometimes Kipling, sometimes a military man, sometimes someone out of left field, but always interesting.

This book could use some editing, as there are some homophones - it's taut, not taught. There are sharks teeming in the waters around the ships, not teaming. It's shoo-in, not shoe-in. Other than these kinds of issues, the book is cleanly formatted.

If you like the books by Larry Correia, this is in the same vein as his Monster Hunters International, but without the fantastic fantasy weapons. Ringo sticks strictly to what's available in contemporary armories, though his characters have distinct preferences in armament and ammunition, disdaining "barbie guns" and ammo that doesn't put a zombie on the ground in two taps.

I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
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