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Islands of Rage and Hope (Black Tide Rising) Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2015
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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. 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 bestseller Cally’s War and its sequels Sister Time and Honor of the Clan, all with Julie Cochrane. In addition, Ringo is the author of military science fiction series Troy Rising with entries Live Free or Die, The Hot Gate, and Citadel. 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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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.
I do not qualify for that label...
Anyway, on to my review of this book.
I titled my review as I did because during the course of this novel, Wolf Squadron manages to run into some Gurkha soldiers. In the novel by S.M. Stirling, 'The Peshawar Lancers' - which is an alternative history where the British Empire is now headquartered in India - there is an excellent description of how Gurkha soldiers are truly magnificent warriors ... if they have a proper leader. If you've read the other novels in this series, you remember how Captain Wolf ... er, Smith ... named his youngest daughter after the airplanes used in the British defense of Malta - and how even under the worst case situation, they always had Faith.
Well, now the Gurkha warriors that are found in this novel also have Faith to lead them, Faith to guide them, and Faith to follow into war. You'd almost feel sorry for the Zombies ....
If, of course, you've already read the other books in this series, what the heck are you still doing reading his review? Go buy the thing already, and read it. It showed up in my mail today, and I started reading it eating supper. Could not put it down - devoured it in one sitting. And will go back and re-read it. We've seen the idiotic movies, like World War Z, and we've had a lot of other movies and books regarding a Zombie Apocalypse. This series is probably the best one about the entire premise. And while you may not like that it's basically about a 13 (soon to be 14, unless she clears Arkansas first) Zombie Killer ... well, keep in mind that while this is fiction, it's a very plausible fiction, all things considered.
And yeah, there are bits of expository in the book. I've seen some reviews discussing whether there's too much. Thing is - when it was small, less than really a couple of hundred survivors, then no one WOULD question Faith or Sophia and their rank. But through in some fobbits, and that's when questions start. Add in the general teenager angst that suddenly your peer group doesn't have trust in you .... yeah, the expository was needed.
Oh, and one additional minor spoiler - figuring out the actual celebrities was fun. Is it too much that I enjoyed them killing Snooki? (Er, Snoopi ....)
Pros: Decent John Ringo fun with some of the usual over the top stuff and LOL moments.
Better scientific basis for a "zombie plague"
Cons: Having read a bit of John Ringo (as in most everything he has written) this looks like another abandoned series at the end of book three. Nice big OORAH! moment, several plot things done, everything set to get rolling on the real job pointed at throughout the series and....nothing more will be written.
Way over the top. Seriously, the "Bobbsey Twins" are just too much by the third book. The older one works out about right if still over the top, the younger one doesn't, mainly because she somehow manages to do things that are in the superhero bracket of power since grown men of considerably greater strength and mass couldn't duplicate them. The first time or three in the scrum were fine...eight hours of combat, six of them virtually in the scrum and still moving? Nope. Not human.
Not a problem with her job, a well adapted for the ZA kid with some of the training and skills she has, great job, but able to outthink (at 13) multiple officers & NCOs with vastly greater training and skills all the time, nope, not working. Especially the bit about the the certain specific Ringo favorite foreign troops immediately wanting to have her babies, nope not working.
It is fun enough that if he actually extends the series (unlike many of his other crashed & burned stuff) that I'll give it another star up to 4.
This is another rock'em, sock'em installment from John Ringo. Strap in and pull'em tight, 'cause this book is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end. Yes, you do have to suspend disbelief frequently, but this is not a history book you maggots, this is an absolutely amazing military fantasy that hits every sweet spot in the military scifi/fantasy pantheon. Bring a bid bowl of popcorn to this one 'cause once you sit down you are not going to want to get up until you are finished.
Seriously, I loved this book!! Oh sure, its hokey in parts and complete fantasy in others but that's what makes it so much fun. It is a few hours of absolute escapism. If you love movies where very many things blow up spectacularly then you're going to love this book too.
I eagerly anticipate the next book, which is sadly the end of the series. Then we'll just have to see what John dreams up for us next.
Would I read it again? In a heartbeat!