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It is still a good story with familiar characters and the plot moves along. There were a few gaps that felt "filled in" as an after thought. I would have liked to have a more logical explanation for some of the plot choices.
Bottom line - I read the first book-twice! - and would likely listen to it again. The second was witty in dialog quite often but I'm not haunted by the people and situations they faced.
That didn't stop me from buying and listening to the other books in the series. The humor found in the dark reaches of human nature is still well done. It's worth a read but don't expect the same moral difficulties.
Steven Smith, the main protagonist and the person who has been leading the rescue efforts at sea, is basically shanghai'd into the USN as an Ensign, then immediately promoted to Captain, USNR. Much of the story then revolves around the swearing in of his 13 and 15 year old daughters as "Temporary 3rd Class Ensign, USNR" and "Temporary 3rd Class Lieutenant, USMCR". After that, IMO, it's not nearly the series it could have been. I think Ringo realizes this as he finishes the next two books and realizes that the US military bureaucrats he's had to put into the story have become characters that no one can like...and that includes Steven Smith. And so, at the end of Book 4, Ringo lets the series pretty much fade into the sunset with Smith (and Ringo) finally getting a clue and breaking off from the US bureaucracy and taking his family off to do their own thing again.
Like I said, it's still worth reading. Just don't expect to enjoy it as much as the first book. YMMV.
Caveats: there is some really dense science stuff in all 3 of the books, which can get a little tiresome since it does seem to go on forever, also there is some squicky stuff about rape/underage sex/etc that spurred a pretty intense discussion about misogyny between my husband and I (and I am really not convinced that this author has any idea about actual WOMEN and how bodies work, but that's a personal rant).
Overall, fun books. Check 'em out.
Most zombie stuff I want nothing to do with either to watch or to read - this book will give you a good enough taste to buy the whole set, as I intend to do.
I've read Ringo's "Troy Rising" series, "Tiger by the Tail" (with Ryan Sear, part of the Paladin of Shadows series…awful), and "Queen of Wands" (Book 2 in the Special Circumstances series)… the "Black Tide Rising" books are the best he's done and worth owning if you like bloody, violent, action/adventure.
John Ringo might not equal Tom Clancy at his peak but this series is worth your time.
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