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Strands of Sorrow (Black Tide Rising) Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 2015
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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, 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.
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However, despite his alleged pantheon of military advisers and his own experience John still left a couple of military clinkers. A hatch is an opening in a deck and an opening in a vertical bulkhead is a door in naval parlance. So when he talks about knocking on a hatch I grimaced. And no one who so much as graduated from boot camp would ever refer to 1/1 as "First infantry Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment" as the 1st Marines are an infantry regiment even in the reconstituted Corps of his fictional world.
I actually would love to get a glimpse into the future of the Smiths .and their dystopian surroundings - perhaps the anthology of stories in this world he mentions will provide that.
Now, there are issues that arise from Mr. Ringo's choices described above, but they should not detract from one's enjoyment of the whole. The biggest complaint from some readers has been the decision to make the main protagonists two teenaged girls -- ha! in a book about zombies, a couple of fierce teenaged girls are what some folks find most implausible! A bigger problem in my mind is that the redoubtable Smith family is the essential core of a recovery, and everyone else in the world is helplessly holed up in subs or bunkers.
The need for a military-style campaign is the essence of the series, so Mr. Ringo can be partially forgiven for his increasing reliance, as the series wore on, on military jargon and speaking style. Military briefings that included one or more of the Smith family seemed to become the preferred means of delivering information to the reader. And Sophia and Faith seemed to learn and use that manner of speaking to a fault.
Finally, the end of the book exposed a political bias on the author's part that struck me as oddly self-indulgent, and there is one political/personnel decision about which I can't say more but for which I can find no justification.
The blurb states this is the conclusion of the series. All I can say is, NOOOOO.