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To Sail a Darkling Sea: Black Tide Rising, Book 2 | [John Ringo]

To Sail a Darkling Sea: Black Tide Rising, Book 2

With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a ragtag 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. 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....
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Publisher's Summary

Book two in the Black Tide Rising series from the New York Times best-selling author

A family of survivors fights back against a zombie plague that has brought down civilization.

A world cloaked in darkness

With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a ragtag 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.

©2014 John Ringo (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    mike 04-18-14
    mike 04-18-14 Member Since 2007
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    "More like an annotated history than a novel"
    What did you love best about To Sail a Darkling Sea?

    The character of Faith Smith (Shewolf). She was funny and capable, not that she was a comic, but that her uncensored remarks and reactions were the high point of the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Eh.


    What about Tristan Morris’s performance did you like?

    Good job with voices and pacing. I enjoyed the narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Frustration. Characters were brought in, like Rusty, then mostly ignored. There was no one main character. The story didn't feature a challenging obstacle, other than the overall hopelessness of a few people trying to save themselves and the world. That's less of a problem in the book than it would seem. Each challenge was taken in stride. There was no fighting to a climax. Success piled on success. Problems were presented as no more than routine matters. Without a main character, a main character arc couldn't show up.


    Any additional comments?

    This seemed more like a series of snapshots than a dramatic narrative.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Marie Dalke Trollhättan, Sweden 07-03-14
    Sara Marie Dalke Trollhättan, Sweden 07-03-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Post-ZA Story"
    If you could sum up To Sail a Darkling Sea in three words, what would they be?

    This is extremely difficult for me as there is so much in this book that cannot fit in only three words. If forced, however, I would go for alliteration:

    Fun, Fighting, Family (or even without the commas)


    What other book might you compare To Sail a Darkling Sea to and why?

    As with the first book in this series, To Sail a Darkling Sea is my only experience with Zombie Apocalypse books. Characters remind me of other memorable characters from many of John Ringo's other series, but the books are unlike anything I've read before.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think my favorite scene in this book was when Faith is explaining to her commanding officers why she went dress shopping in the middle of an operation. Most of her superiors are male, so they have to contact the very top brass, who is female for both a more experienced and female opinion. Yves St Laurent dresses are, after all, masterpieces. Even men will appreciate the interaction between these two females in a male-dominated chain of command.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book had many more laughing moments than the first of this series. The awards ceremony and the Pass in Review, however, both evoked tears.


    Any additional comments?

    WARNING for Military listeners: Morris spells out acronyms rather than pronouncing them. If you hate with people spell R-O-W-P-U, this is not the listen for you.

    However, Morris IS an excellent voice actor and his performance, especially with the many accented characters in this book, is AMAZING!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 02-11-14
    Charles 02-11-14 Member Since 2004
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    "refreshing take on the post apocalyptic world"
    Would you consider the audio edition of To Sail a Darkling Sea to be better than the print version?

    Finally a book where the survivors are not dumber than the zombies they are killing. Good plague theory. Realistic spread theory and the reality that vaccines if not cures are possible. Characters are excellent. The seaborne bug out idea is very solid. zombies cant walk on water. On the zombie subject i like the zombie mortality in these books too often zombies are super human, but in reality though pain wont matter and only a minimum of body function is needed food, water and major organ function are necessary for all life. I hope this series continues for a long time. Watching creative smart people combining skills to retake the planet and rebuild civilization is a nice change from the "walking dead" style everything sucks I will steal from and kill my friends while walking past perfectly good humvees with loaded 50 cal machine guns. As captain smith mentions in the books there is no need to manufacture in the post-ap world since there is so much to salvage. Why is it so rare for the survivors to figure out that the key to post-ap life is find a large yacht or house, clear zombies, secure building and sip 50 year scotch by the indoor pool.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Faith "Shewolf" smith! I happily join the long line of men waiting for her to be legal.


    What does Tristan Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a master of accent and character voice. He has a mastery of commonwealth accent which is not an easy task. Great balance of individual character voices and accents without going too far. I do have one bitch though. Please has Mr. Morris spend some time with a sailor. Sea going language is weird and rigid and has its own pronunciation. like forecastle is pronounced foc'sl and coxswain is cox'sn and an epirb though an anachronism its spoken like a word.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they find the container of dresses. I love it because it shows even the most bad ass women want to look pretty some time. It is important to enjoy fine things and times even at the end of the world and it shows the one joy of post -ap life is finding the treasures left behind.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan of post apocalyptica and this series is one of my favorites. Maybe its too optimistic and focuses too much on the resilience of humans not the evils of humans, but in my idea of post-ap life human resilience and the glories of salvage are what make life possible and may be enjoyable from time to time.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 10-11-14
    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 10-11-14 Member Since 2005

    Loving Father

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    "Too Much Filler, less story than book one."
    What did you like best about To Sail a Darkling Sea? What did you like least?

    I liked best continuation of the story from the first book. What I liked least was the Filler. What seemed like endless pages on protocols, and procedures that added nothing to the story.

    The idea of any adult giving Vodka to a <15 year old girl when her still living parents are not around was disturbing.


    What could John Ringo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    make it a shorter book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The realistic portrayal of marine maintenance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 08-13-14
    Mike 08-13-14
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    "zombies and ringo's writing make a great combo"
    What made the experience of listening to To Sail a Darkling Sea the most enjoyable?

    character development


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    tough I like faith because who would not like a 13 year old girl badass.tom walker/ gen montoya and i cant remember the names right now but the 2 pulled off the life raft after keeping there zombie LT. alive and are stuck in a by the book mentality.


    What about Tristan Morris’s performance did you like?

    voices can make or break a audio book his makes it just a little better


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yeah there are parts that made me laugh out loud


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clive Castro Valley, US, Canada 08-07-14
    Clive Castro Valley, US, Canada 08-07-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Liked the first one but ...."
    Would you try another book from John Ringo and/or Tristan Morris?

    Yes, I have and really liked them


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Blah.


    Could you see To Sail a Darkling Sea being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, but hopefully they would change it a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    The story starts to repeat itself in this book. Yes we have a 13 year old who can kill a million Zombies, go to the prom, and still out drink a bunch of marines who are twice her age. It just gets a bit much in a story that tries to be somewhat realistic take on Zombies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-06-14
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    "story turned to politics"
    What made the experience of listening to To Sail a Darkling Sea the most enjoyable?

    i loved the book before this one, but this one becomes a book about military politics and higherachy quickly. it kills the storyline


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    when a zombie appocalipse turns to politics, perpare to be bored....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Conover, NC, United States 07-11-14
    Dennis Conover, NC, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Birth of a Flotilla"
    Would you consider the audio edition of To Sail a Darkling Sea to be better than the print version?

    yes, the many voices that the narrator used.


    What other book might you compare To Sail a Darkling Sea to and why?

    Graveyard Sky; to show the story was continueing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Clearing of the Iwo Jima


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    World War Z; the ocean version


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Eagle, MI, United States 02-12-14
    Eric Eagle, MI, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2010
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    "very bad for Ringo fans but good for teenage girls"

    from the author who brung us great heros such as Michael O'Neal, Two gun burg, Cally O'Neal,And Tyler Vernon. We get Faith smith a 13 year old girl who out fights and out guns Marines veterans. This storyline is just too unbelievable Marines trapped on a ship low on ammo are not going to fight to a storage room but to the armory and they're not going to abandon a ship unless its sinking. Come on Mr. Ringo don't tell me you stopped the storylines of Troy rising or Into the looking glass for this story. I expected a much better storyline and Military presence then this. I feel like you just wrote these books to take my money and not entertain me. Congrats you did!!

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda 02-07-14
    Glenda 02-07-14
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    "HOT NEW SERIES"
    Would you listen to To Sail a Darkling Sea again? Why?

    Oh yes. I stayed up all night with this super treat. A spent the weekend enjoying this adventure.


    What other book might you compare To Sail a Darkling Sea to and why?

    Live Free or Die ...Hot Gate .....


    What does Tristan Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What words?? He brings life... His strong narration is smooth , alive, easy. One can let him give the mind a very real world. His narration is a joy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It didn't make me cry, who wants too. It did make me laugh. It's a up-go adventure. It moves fast.


    Any additional comments?

    This is going to be a keeper series and it is a series.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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