A world cloaked in darkness...
With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a rag-tag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde, safety can never be taken for granted, and death and turning into one of the enemy is only a moment away.
The candle flickers...
Yet every ship and town holds the flickering hope of survivors. One and two from lifeboats, a dozen from a fishing village, a few hundred wrenched by fury and fire from a ship that once housed thousands....
Light a flame...
Now Wolf Squadron must take on another massive challenge: clear the assault carrier USS Iwo Jima of infected before the trapped Marines and sailors succumb to starvation. If Wolf Squadron can accomplish that task, an even tougher trial awaits: an apocalyptic battle to win a new dawn for humanity. The war for civilization begins as the boats of the Wolf Squadron become a beacon of hope on a Darkling Sea.
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I am a big fan of John Ringo. The first two books in the series were great and I eagerly added the third to my library when it became available. Book 3 is head and shoulders above the first books in the series. There are moments in the book that will make any red blooded American feel like cheering. It's an excellent listen.
I know that Ringo has a habit of dropping series just as they are hitting their stride and moving on to other projects, but I really hope there is more in store for this one.
John Ringo is in that class of writers who are clearly devoted to the craft. While many writers are milking the reader base with shameless padding, Ringo stays true to his readers and delivers compelling sci-fi with real hard hitting action backed up by solid character development. Are the characters a little over the top? Absolutely, they're heroes and supposed to be. This series is an example of that writing, extraordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, with impossible odds and limited options, who find a way to rise above.
I liked the story and the performance. Having had a military background the only complaint I would have is make sure the performer knows the acronyms and how to pronounce them. No quicker way to pull me out of the story than to figure out what the performer means when he refers to the Chief of the Boat (COB) on a sub as the C.O.B. instead of the Cobb. And what did he mean by C.I.N. C.P.A.C? We pronounce it Sink Pac in the Navy. Other than that loved it.
Liked them all.
The scene at the end, but no spoilers. It is worth the wait.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
I pre-ordered this book when the release date was announced, and kept checking my library on my Audible iPhone App all through the early morning hours of the release date... When the book hit my library about 5AM (IIRC) I stopped the book I was listening to, and started listening to this one... and I kept on listening, STRAIGHT THROUGH... I finally got some sleep, and when I woke up, I Started listening to it AGAIN, to be SURE I hadn't missed anything the first time through... It's THAT Good!!!!
Ringo can get "Really Out There" sometimes, no matter what subject matter he's decided to "Go Out There ON" at the time, but THIS book was a perfect balance of Classic Ringo at his best! Not for the Kiddies, but also not an instruction manual on hard-corp B&D, or Over-The-Top CONSTANT 'Slaughter-For-Hire', as some of his books tend to get at times.... Just LOTS of GREAT, GORY, Zombie Killing! There's also a GREAT mix of Humor, and seriousness, and you KNOW you're going to miss the characters when the book is finished... My Wife and I usually listen to 'Really Good Audible Books' at the same time, so we were CONSTANTLY discussing good parts of this book back and forth while working and listening..
I JUST finished my second 'Listen' of this book, ending the second time through this morning while out on the Eastern area our ranch, running 'Split-Loom Cable Covering' on about a Quarter Mile of Cables that run from the house, out to our Automatic Driveway Gates up here at the top of our Mountain... I HATE running Split-Loom over multiple Data and Power Cables (There is no more tedious job ON EARTH!), but when the book ended, I was stunned to find that I was within 10 minutes of FINISHING the entire job! The time went by THAT fast while working on THAT tedious job, and listening to this awesome book! That's "Totally Absorbed!" Can't ask for much better than THAT!
Narration was Fantastic, Accents VERY well done, Languages and Dialects so well done I could almost picture the home location of the people speaking the languages used within 100 miles of where they would have learned to speak it! I don't know HOW Ringo gets Narrators with that ability, but I've commented on it in reviews of SEVERAL of his other books! Jeremy Arthur does a FANTASTIC Job with his dialects in Ringo's "Paladin Of Shadows" Series... and Tristan Morris NAILS the languages in THIS book!
VERY Well Done All The Way Around!!
The story had my attention at first, there were interesting characters and the plot was very interesting. But the author kept taking me down dead ends, there was so much going on that the story got cluttered and hard to follow. Mix that with the cliche tactical broadsides that sound like they are written by a Call of Duty gamer and its really disappointing.
During the whole series he kept adding new characters without finishing the story of the last person he introduced. There are so many lose ends I started to get upset and frustrated. I had to WORK at finishing the story... Plus, the writing and editing is awful. "Character A said this, character b said that character A said this character B said that in response." The conversation never flow and its like reading a court stenographers account of the events.
I think I will fill my time with James cook's books when i want some good ol fashion ZA fiction.
The narrator did a fine job, he worked the accents of the main characters and the gender and ages very well
disappointment, frustration.... It had a lot of potential.
It had a lot of potential but fizzled very fast and turned into a coming of age/ yachting instruction story halfway through the first book. I followed it through to the end hoping he would take me back to New York and end the story of the first group of people he introduced me to but it was not the case. the book crawled along until the epilogue then he went from a tedious ultra fine tipped brush to a paint sprayer and wrapped up the story with a platitude bow.
Of course I would try another one but only hoping that they return to the original gripping story and pace.
Did what could be done with the story.
yes. To actually progress the plot
This book was filler. There were multiple parts that just repeated facts and parts of the story over and over. There was no real story progress.
Even though the entire story arc isn't plausible, I have enjoyed this series. The Smith sisters aren't really believable characters but they sure are fun! However, the last two chapters here just went too far. The climatic battle launches fully into superhero mode, and doesn't remain true to either the universe as Ringo established it or the characters. As a result, a four star book became a two star book in my mind. However, I enjoyed it enough that I bought the last book in the series just to see how it ends.
Book three starts us off in Guantanamo bay and ends up in London of all places! Along the way we get new additions to the cast & crew of Wolf Squadron and by the end of the book, Faith, once again, inspires many of them!
This is the best kind of audiobook. An already great story further improved by a talented narration. Nuance, distinct character voices, and emotional delivery lend additional depth to the story, and in particular make the military aspects more accessible to the laypersons like myself.
As usual with John Ringo, a rollicking good time. Narration was good. It's bloody but its military sci fi! Keep 'em coming.
"Best book of all 3!"
The fight scene at the end and the general taking control :)
Not sure there is a comparison but zombie fallout are bit better but these are getting close especially this third book :)
Faith or Walker
Cant wait for book 4 as these started good but are getting better :)
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