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Under a Graveyard Sky Hardcover – September 3, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451639198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451639193
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,742 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 Times best-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 best seller. 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, both with Julie Cochrane. In addition, Ringo’s Princess of Wands and Queen of Wands broke new ground in contemporary fantasy adventure. 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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Let me say it was good, really good.
I enjoyed this book and could not put it down until I finished it in the wee hours.
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Excellent story, well developed characters, combined with action.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By LeoX on August 26, 2013
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This book is the start of a new series by John Ringo. The setting is contemporary and deals with the outbreak of a man made virus that starts with flu symptoms followed by rabies-like symptoms -- causing extreme aggression. This fits in with the concept of a "viral zombie" outbreak -- the infected are not "dead", but they are not curable and have lost virtually all "human" traits.

The story has several points of view, with the main POV's being from the members of a "survivalist" (or "preparer") family that initially avoids the plague and then works with others during the spread of the plague (and collapse of civilization). There are several exciting action sequences and various moral dilemmas that the survivors have to face (which make for a great read and which I will not spoil here).

The only downsides are that this is the first of what is clearly a series and I was left wanting more. The fate of characters introduced in earlier parts of the story remain unknown (still alive, dead, who knows?). There are hints that a still unknown "enemy" released the plague and is still out there. The book does not so much have an ending as a pause in the action -- I hope the next book comes out in the near future.

So overall, a fun read with more installments to come.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By P. Gibbs on August 25, 2013
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The story opens with a bang when a school teacher, Steven Smith, gets a coded message from his brother in New York to warn him of a general emergency. Their plan called for the alert to trigger immediate action: gather his family, "grab the bug-out bag and activate [his] Zombie Plan." It's all fairly dramatic as he walks out of his high school classroom, pulls his daughters out of their schools on the pretext of an auto accident involving his wife, and leaves town with a car and trailer loaded with food, water, supplies, ammo and plenty of firearms. This is a John Ringo novel after all, so the Smith's have plenty of firepower and Steve is a veteran of the Australian paratroopers. His brother is a former Aussie SAS operator.

Most of the story takes place at sea as the Smith's escape the zombie plague. However the danger only increases when they engage in search & rescue operations and Steve Smith forms an ad hoc sea-going militia. I preferred the action in the first half of the book when they travel from Virginia to New York City to rendezvous with the brother, who is head of security for "Bank of Americas." Apparently the bankers don't want to die in a zombie apocalypse or nuclear attack and have prepared accordingly. If true, and I don't have much difficulty in believing it, that militates in favor of emergency preparedness for all of us.

The preparedness message might be diluted by the fact that it really is a zombie story. The victims, infected with the man-made virus (exact origin unknown), eventually have symptoms of "extreme homicidal psychosis with reduced mental capacity.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Golfnut on September 10, 2013
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Surprised to see Ringo jump into zombie books, but he certainly has written about everything else. The book seems to be well researched, is very well written and certainly has extreme action as always. This has to rank right up there with March Upcountry series. A lot of strong military humor, had me rolling on floor wiping tears out of eyes. I have read all of his books and this one is awesome fun reading.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jason Reedy on February 2, 2014
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I hate leaving books unread. It's like walking out of a movie halfway through, but sometimes you do, because it is just too painful to continue.

Under a Graveyard Sky starts strong, with the main character realizing that a disaster is about to strike mankind, and if he doesn't gather his family and break away from society within the next 24 hours, then he and his entire family are dead. But then they don't die. In fact, very little happens that threatens their safety unless they go and purposefully seek risk. (One of the members of the family decides that she wants to go "zombie hunting" and almost gets killed).

While this is going on, society's reaction is mystifying. There is no panic. There is no run on commodities. Only the government and a large bank (wtf?) seem to take the threat as real. Seriously, there is news that a "zombie plague" is overtaking humanity, and people are still going to work and living their life as if society is not collapsing down around them. "Oh hey, there's Bob, being chased by his naked teenager daughter in the middle of the street with blood streaming out of her eye sockets .... Ooooo! Breaking Bad season 5 is out on DVD!"

I just didn't find the story very gripping, and I just couldn't stand the 13-year old daughter character who is somehow tougher than any Marine or special ops soldier she comes across. Seriously, every time the family meet military personnel, they all have to sit back and be awed about how special this 13-year old teenage girl is. Even to the point that trained military are deferring to the 13-year old girl when trying to figure out how best to manage the "zombie situation". Ridiculous.

So, after muddling through about half of the book, I stopped reading it. Couldn't make myself go further, and time to move on to a new book.
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