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Black Tide Rising Hardcover – June 7, 2016
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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. 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 seven collaborations 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. His science-based zombie apocalypse Black Tide Rising series includes Under a Graveyard Sky, To Sail a Darkling Sea, Islands of Rage and Hope and Strands of Sorrow. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.
Gary Poole has worked in the entertainment and publishing industry for his entire adult life. He's worked directly with John Ringo on over a dozen novels, and has adapted several of them into screenplays (all of which remain in development). When not working with Ringo, he is the managing editor of a successful alternative newsweekly in Tennessee and spent years on the radio as a talk show host and award-winning broadcast journalist.
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My favorite story is the last, John Ringo's "The Meaning of Freedom". In this story Ringo poses a conundrum for consideration that does give one pause for thought. It's the kind of question that made me a fan of John Ringo's Black Tide series in the first place.
I really enjoyed the book and read it in a day. I think there should be at least a couple more compilations to come and I look forward to reading them.
Oh, and if there was ever a real zombie apocalypse, I'd want a friend like "Grandpa" Thompson to hang with!
These predominantly focus on the first months of the outbreak, and how vastly differing peoples dealt with it.
Not a bad story in the lot, which is rare, in my experience, for anthologies. Hats off to the editors!
Like the four-book series this book is drawn from, all the storys have very "human", believable, characters, drawn from real-world settings and viewpoints.
I'm hoping that this story-universe, like "1632", takes off with a whole collection of fine anthologies - like this one - and more sequels.
All in all, well worth the money if you like the Zombie Apocalypse genre.
I'm not a Z.A. book fan - so I picked this up thinking "Eh, I've wasted $7 on worse ..." and am glad I did. Already on the third book in the series - a week later.
However, and this is the problem with short stories, especially good ones, they don't last. They are only a chapter in length. Just when you are getting to know the characters and storyline, it ends. Nearly every single one of these stories could have been a full length book based upon itself.
ignore the cover - that particular scene never happens, not even close.
Still 4 stars for some good reading time, even if it was only for one afternoon (and evening).
Loss of 1 star for shortness of whole book, and the deceiving nature of the cover and outline. Felt a bit "used" because of it. Like a "full-length movie" that instead of lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes only lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes and just couldn't make it stretch.
But I was pleasantly surprised by the very good and one very funny conversation on a wall, and how many aspects and bits of the Black Tide books were mentioned, answering niggling questions, etc.
Yes, worth the read.
John Ringo, please write Black Tide and Troy Rising sequels, thank you :)