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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!
I know Mr Ringo Slightly.. Met several times, Long Talks with groups of other people "Pool-side", etc... What he's not a DETAILED EXPERT about already, if the new subject crosses his path and catches his attention, He'll SOON BE an EXPERT on the Subject!
I know MANY people that know "a little about EVERYTHING".. Some of them know "Just enough to CONVINCE YOU that THEY ARE an expert", but when you start questioning their Math, or taking what they know about the subject to a higher level, you soon realize that they "Just learned enough about it to APPEAR to be an expert".. That Ain't Ringo!
I know Ringo has EXPERIENCED A LOT in his life thus far... We've crossed much of the same ground from Fort Bragg to Europe, the Caribbean, etc... If you think Ringo is "BRILLIANT", you don't REALLY know the HALF OF IT! And he's one of those rare people who just CAN NOT learn enough, FAST ENOUGH, to keep him happy. He's realized that it's "Impossible to FILL UP your brain", but he's CONSTANTLY TRYING!
You'd also expect an author who writes as fast as Ringo to fall into a rut of "Serial-like FAST Produced Pulp Books", but I believe Ringo would consider THAT to be an unpardonable SIN! He CONSTANTLY takes each new Book or Series in TOTALLY NEW directions! He seems to OFTEN be writing SEVERAL, RADICALLY DIFFERENT, books AT THE SAME TIME! He's also got a GIFT for Sniffing the Wind to see "What's popular among people right now", and then GIVING THAT TO THEM, from HIS UNIQUE Angle, Which makes his books enjoyable LONG after "Whatever Fad" has faded. (Heck, I'm wishing Audible would produce his old "Counsel Wars" Series, and that's one of his VERY old series.. Needs a better ending, but maybe they could talk John into "Touching up the Series a bit" before turning it into an Audible Series... THAT would be AWESOME!!!)
"Zombies are Popular Right Now".. But RINGO'S Angle on Zombies, twisted to fit with his love of writing "Military Sci-Fi", is "SOMETHING DIFFERENT ENTIRELY!"...
Even Better, he uses his past experiences to make characters "Real". Just when you think you're in the WORST spot POSSIBLE, Someone cracks a joke, and the tension eases and you get your mind back into the game... Ringo somehow allows you to experience that even if you've never "Been there yourself". I spend a lot of time with the "Pause Icon" until I can make myself quit laughing and pay attention again.
I TRY not to let my "Likes or Dislikes of an Author 'Personally'" affect how I rate their Books... I LIKE Ringo Personally, but if he signed this series of books "John Smith", I'd have STILL LOVED IT and given it 5 stars!!
If I feel a book starting to make me uncomfortable, or begin bashing my own Sacred Cows... I need to stop and reexamine why those cows are so sacred to me... I usually find it was something I was "Taught" when MUCH younger, and never bothered to "Re-Think As An Adult".. Ringo causes me to re-think a LOT of things at times. Sometimes I may not agree with him, but he CLEARLY came to HIS Opinions after MUCH thought and deliberation... I respect THAT HIGHLY! I can't say enough about the Man, OR (most of) his Books.
If you want to REALLY FEEL what it's like out there at "The Sharp End", Or in other parts of the World where "Life is Cheap", Ringo can take you there in TECHNICOLOR!... It's NOT all 'Sweetness and Tea and Dumplings'... it's often shocking, Physically AND MENTALLY Uncomfortable, RAW, and all-around unpleasant.. and at the same time, it can be mixed with GREAT Times and FUN! It's just how things REALLY ARE in some places, during some experiences... If you want to FEEL rather than just "read/listen", Ringo does that for you like the Master he is.
Already Pre-Ordered Book 4! BRING IT ON!
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.
Faith "Shewolf" smith! I happily join the long line of men waiting for her to be legal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good job with voices and pacing. I enjoyed the narration.
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.
This seemed more like a series of snapshots than a dramatic narrative.
The story gets a bit slow for a few chapters in the middle for someone that doesn't appreciate a lot of detail. Strong start. Strong finish. Overall great story, especially if you learned to love the characters from the first book. Tristan Morris did an excellent job narrating. He used distinct accents making it easy to follow who was speaking in the story. He miss pronounced some of the military terms but can't really hold that against him. Excellent audio book. Would recommend.
Poly pagan sci-fi geek.
Yes. This book (and this series) is excellent, shut your mind off and just enjoy the ride fun. The primary characters are a 13 year old Marine lieutenant and her 15 year old Navy ensign sister. Yes. It's ridiculous. However, it's a zombie apocalypse, so deal with it. :)
Faith Marie Smith. A 13 year old zombie annhilator par-excellance. She's just flat out fun to read.
Character accents. I enjoyed Tristan Morris' ability to do some reasonable accents. I have no idea how ACCURATE they are, but they did make a differentiation between characters
Minor quibbles. I personally think that Tristan had too MUCH of an accent for Captain Steve Smith, who is an Australian who's lived for years in the USA and was noted as not having much of an accent.
Also, there were some odd pauses during some sections. Not enough to detract from enjoying the story, but noticeable.
All an all, an excellent rendition. The series is less than a year old, and I've read them multiple times. Its nice to be able to listen to them as well.
Just little things, like the pronunciation of military acronyms. For example; Ssg is actually pronounced as, "staff sergeant" and ROWPU would be pronounced "row-poo"
and so it goes over the hills and far away blows the winds of winter and Springs just a dream over the hills and far away
Structure and complexity of the novel spins can you get knocked down but you get up again literally they say it in a song. I'm so there it is chocked full of so many great poignant moments full p of laughs. an excellent science- series of novels in a reality world reality. the stories acre going to be a zombie apocalypse but how will squadron survive the long run or will there be anyone to remember this is dawning of a new history of the world or reclamation or death rattle for extinction . You must fight for things he will even in the mist make sure that you have the skills and ability to do so long live was floating circus will squadron and salute do you
The book met my expectations and then some! My most memorable moment was Faith teaching Capt. Wilkes how to clear a boat of zombies! It was so fitting for someone that came off as an absolute jerk to be shown up by this little 13-year-old
"Another good book"
I really enjoyed this book 2 the whole zombie tale from a new standpoint it a real breath of fresh air to the zombie stories, i really can get behind Faith the hero. If zombies exist then why can't a 13 year old girl that kills them exist? I really enjoyed this book.
Dark and interesting
A new perspective on the Zombie idea
The explanation of dispersal of the virus
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