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Under a Graveyard Sky (Black Tide Rising Book 1)

Under a Graveyard Sky (Black Tide Rising Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Ringo
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Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines.

When an airborne “zombie” plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

For it is up to the Smiths and a small band of Marines to somehow create the refuge that survivors seek in a world of darkness and terror. Now with every continent a holocaust and every ship an abattoir, life is lived under a graveyard sky.

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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 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 815 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books (15 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELR01M0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies!!!! 15 Nov 2013
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I am not a lover of Zombie stories but I do like John Ringo's books. Loved all of it. I have to admit that it gave me nightmares but they were awesome too! I gave it 4 stars because I refuse to give any book that is a part of a series 5 stars because I hate to wait. I hope that the next one in the New Year ( To Sail A Darkling Sea (Black Tide Rising) [Hardcover] )is quickly available in Kindle format.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to a new series 7 Oct 2013
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A well written book as you would expect from John Ringo. Reminds me of Last Centurion. Looking forward to the next instalment.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start of a new series 26 Aug 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.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse 25 Aug 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."

About a year ago I heard John Ringo discussing at a con the very real danger of a zombie-making virus being purposely released from an underground lab by the bio-warfare equivalent of "script-kiddies" who inflict computer viruses on the civilized world. We live in a world where technological advancements have raced ahead of the moral development of large portions of the world's population (e.g. nuclear warheads in the hands of mullahs firmly attached to an Eighth Century attitude towards killing infidels).
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hate to say it, but might be one of his best 10 Sep 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.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak ... couldn't find a way to finish it. 2 Feb 2014
By Jason Reedy - Published on
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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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ringo rings in on Zombie Apocalypse 13 Sep 2013
By NBrav - Published on
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Happy is the reader who scoffs down another new series by John Ringo. As an aside, I sure do wish he would do more Aldenata(?) series books, but I understand he was a little burnt out on those. Another Ghost? Another Troy? NO, Ringo has a bit of A.D.D. like a kid who can't stay focused, but once he does focus, he does it extremely well. I mean he really does his stuff. His forte is his attention to Military detail and he is incredible when he does this. It shows his talent well in this first book in the new series. I have never been a Zombie fan, but leave it to Ringo to make this interesting, exciting, fun and deep in "conspiracy" and ending, not on a cliffhanger, but leaving his readership wanting for more. One can't help notice the use of 2 sisters again, His? Nieces? who knows, but they are the life of the book. No spoilers... Read this. OH, and for us so called Liberals, only one of his anti-liberal lines, not even a diatribe, I guess he just felt obliged to dis us a little. John, Some of us are on the same side of many issues you are. We love the same America you do. The freedom we All love and cherish just gives us the right to agree to disagree on other issues. How about writing in some tough as nails liberals who know how to survive, fight and win.
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