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Under a Graveyard Sky: Black Tide Rising, Book 1 | [John Ringo]

Under a Graveyard Sky: Black Tide Rising, Book 1

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.
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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.

©2013 John Ringo (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Aerindel 02-22-14
    Aerindel 02-22-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting beginning that goes nowhere."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have liked it much better if it had stuck with the intense, serious tone it started with rather than turning into cheese after the first few chapters. Its really too bad, the basic premise of this book is a good one and the characters, at least at first, where pretty likable


    Would you recommend Under a Graveyard Sky to your friends? Why or why not?

    To my OMGZombies! friends I would recommend it, it has some fun parts and the writing is solid. But to my actual prepper friends, the kind who have actual disaster codes in place and view the zompoc as a metaphor for what is really going to happen to the world after about three weeks without electricity, no. There is nothing here for the serious survivalist, too much is just ridiculous. A 13 year old girl wearing 120lbs of gear jumping into a ship and slaughtering dozens of zombies single handedly? Yeah, I don't think so. It would have been hard to believe if it had been a navy Seal, its impossible to believe when its a young, civilian teenager.

    Also this author seems to know very little about real world guns and a lot of about internet stereotypes. You would think Ringo would know better but as others have hinted at, I think this book was ghost written.


    What about Tristan Morris’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job with the accents, which was appropriate for the characters but it did get annoying eventually.


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

    Maybe. It probably would have made a better movie than a book.


    25 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Winnipeg, MB, Canada 03-07-14
    Chris Winnipeg, MB, Canada 03-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Sorry to say....not so good. :("
    Any additional comments?

    I had high hopes for this book, and it started out okay but went downhill a quarter of the way through and did not recover. Somehow the author is able to take an interesting topic like a Zombie apocalypse and make it seem like a chore to listen to. At no point in the book did I feel engaged, it was not scary or suspenseful at any point, and I found it hard to stay focused on the story. It seemed to be less about a zombie apocalypse (And i use that term "zombie" loosely in this case.) and more about some unrealistic commando family that apparently has better training then the Navy and Coast Guard. eg; a 13 year old teaching a marine how to clear a ship....Really???
    Sorry John Ringo this is not for me and I will not be wasting another credit on this series' sequels.
    As usual though, Audible's readers make even drab stories come to life a little. Good job Tristan Morris.

    35 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 08-02-14
    Mike 08-02-14
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    "Great Entertainment"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely worth a credit!! If you don't let yourself get wrapped up around the "details" ...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under a Graveyard Sky?

    This is not your typical "Z" story. The virus is hopefully just very imaginative fiction but the backstory detailing the delivery method, transmission vector, and official and unofficial actions leading up to the bridges coming down...was crafted very well. It built the post Z world that the Smith family is left to deal with.


    Which character – as performed by Tristan Morris – was your favorite?

    The narrator does especially good work delivering Faith's lines considering their absurdity when applied to "our" reality .... But I must say, since I have listened to this series twice...His performance of all the characters is highly crafted.


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

    If you are left to survive in this post apocalyptic world...remember to, Keep Faith Alive...


    Any additional comments?

    Faith is a complete stretch but if you disregard the absurdity of her age in relation to her abilities....she rocks!

    6 of 7 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 2014
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    "Excellent Zombie Apocalypse Tale"
    Would you listen to Under a Graveyard Sky again? Why?

    I've listened to Under a Graveyard Sky 4 times since downloading it. It is an excellent story about a rather unusual family and how they first avoid, then combat the spreading plague that turns intelligent human beings into raving animals


    What other book might you compare Under a Graveyard Sky to and why?

    I find similarities in this book to many other John Ringo books. Faith is somewhat similar to Cally from his Legacy of the Aldenata series, while her father is similar to all the best parts of both Iron Mike from the Aldenata series and Mike Harmon from the Paladin of Shadows series, both of whom are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish the mission.As for the story itself, I haven't read any other apocalypse books, which are the only ones I can think of to compare this to.


    Which character – as performed by Tristan Morris – was your favorite?

    I think my favorite of Morris' characters is Steven Smith, that Australian-born naturalized-American citizen who is the father in this series. Morris' command of accents is amazing, and I love to hear it. He can switch from Australian to British to Irish to Russian with amazing alacrity, and is a wonder to hear!


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

    Many parts evoked laughter, while many others brought on tears. Ringo's wit and writing are in top form in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    To the military listeners: WARNING - Morris spells out the acronyms rather than pronouncing them the way you are probably used to. Be sure you are okay with hearing M-R-A-P and S-S-G before listening. If you have a problem with this, I recommend reading the book yourself.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    David corpus christi, TX, United States 02-20-14
    David corpus christi, TX, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Ringo's best work"

    Maybe its because some of his other works have been so great that this one just pales in comparison. Or maybe the idea of 13 year old being a one man errr women killing machine is a bit harder to suspend the disbelief.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    David Abilene, TX 08-18-14
    David Abilene, TX 08-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Some Parts Ridiculous; Boring"

    Sorry, can't go along with all the high ratings for this book. It was fairly interesting during the first two or three hours, though quite ridiculous in parts, then just got boring and ridiculous.

    What do I mean by ridiculous? In addition to the 13-year old girl being the master zombie killer? There were several things, the highlight of which was, after the plague started and zombies were a threat, the main characters decide to go to a concert held outside in a park in NYC. See any problem there?

    Boredom set in after the characters made it to sea. Their mission is to rescue everyone they find trapped in boats, ships, and life rafts. So, over and over--and over and over--that is what they do, disinfecting the vessels of zombies and rescuing survivors, with the 13-year old being the ultimate zombie boat-clearing weapon. It just got old.

    My wife and I both love good apocalyptic and/or zombie novels. However, in my book, this didn't qualify as a "good" such book. I finished the book at X2 speed, just because I hate to leave a book unfinished, but my wife couldn't bear it and quit the book after a few hours in.

    The narration was acceptable, but not near outstanding.

    We definitely won't be seeing what the rest of the series holds for the zombie-killing, boat-clearing, survivor-rescuing crew at sea.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jake Marietta, GA United States 02-17-14
    Jake Marietta, GA United States 02-17-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "Who actually wrote this?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Doesn't read like a Ringo novel. We get a family who take preparing for a post appocolyptic world from a variety of causes, complete with code-words, fake identities, multiple plans. But they pose as a regular suburbanite family as that's where they live. The problem occurs which means they will hold out in a boat on the ocean (as per cover art). As zombie virus spreads they get a boat, dock in NYC harbor (?). Sent to help work on finding an innoculation are... the underage girls and dad (??) while it spreads through NYC. Police, etc. are overwhelmed but... to experience a truly great NY family restuarant meal they go to a mob owned one. They hear of a concert in the park the youngest wants to expience one while still possible... so they go? And the girls allowed out of the car to mingle in the crowd? Guess what happens? No, really, guess

    Then it seems like the writing was handed off from a North American multi-generational suburban homemaker to a Brit or a Frog. They hide out on the ocean (not going to a place, just hanging out) and nearly run out of supplies. The dad decides to change the plan from salvaging stuff, deciding on an island, getting a stable, sustainable home base, then who knows. No, now he wants to rescue as many live boaters as possible and THEN figure out where to put them in tight quarters, how to feed them, put down mutiny attempts, etc. Meanwhile, there are Navy subs listening to his merry ships radioing. Navy guys aren't doing ANYTHING, literally. No, just listening to the radio chatter (no communicating even) as their supplies run out. This sound like the kind of characters and attributes or plot choices you expect from a John Ringo? Yeah, me either. Another rip-off from some other writers under the name, So that's it for me.

    If you were looking for something more like Zombie Fallout from Tufo where the characters aren't quite wearing a WWJD band and a member of the Promisekeepers, but pretty close, in your post appocolyptic story then its a 3 or maybe even 4 star.

    If you prefer your post appocolyptic stories to be more like one would expect in a story actually written by Ringo, DJ Molles, or even the TV show Walking Dead, like me, then this is a none or 1 star at best. I prefer characters in this genera be realistic for the situation (time to leave the Well, In A Perfect World One Would Hope To Be Able To stuff and get-it-in gear)


    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    James M. Hussey Portland, OR 07-02-15
    James M. Hussey Portland, OR 07-02-15

    I seem to be a verb.

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    "Interesting, but not a whole novel"
    What did you like best about Under a Graveyard Sky? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the daughter, though wondered if a 14 year old could be that audacious. Interesting premise and fun.


    Do you think Under a Graveyard Sky needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There was no climax and resolution, just a sense of ...to be continued.


    Any additional comments?

    Never had a climax or conflict. I doubt I will go on with the series. I listened to the intro to book two and it seemed more of the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine 05-11-15
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    "Could have been so much more"

    I wasn't to sure about this book when I started it since zombies isn't really my thing, but after a bit I thought I could really enjoy this book. Besides the performance not making it very clear which character was talking the hook became very technical with types of guns & military jargon. I really wanted to like it but I couldn't even finish it even when there was only 1 1/2 hours left. It was extremely gory to add to the confusion & the plot kinda got lost along the way as more & more characters were added. If you like gory military zombie apocalypse then maybe you'll love this book though you might want to read it rather than try to figure out who is talking from minute to minute as scenes change & more characters are competing for your attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scarlet Sharpe Nasville to Southern California United States 05-10-15
    Scarlet Sharpe Nasville to Southern California United States 05-10-15

    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

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    "Faith goes all (5~5)"

    Faith from Buffy gets reborn as a 13-year-old Australian American" your weapons and armor training legend it's a zombie apocalypse and it's all about family. Can Faith pull A Buffy turn it all around a rally the Scooby's gang or. With humanity

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • James Brown
    3/4/14
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    "A great new series by John Ringo"
    Any additional comments?

    Fast paced action, some great laughs, very likeable characters, military details and some clever science.

    Will definitely be enjoyed by anyone who liked the Paladin of Shadows, Troy Rising or Legacy of the Aldenata series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    Llanyre, United Kingdom
    11/8/14
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    "Great Book :)"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the principle that other than the usual zombie killers the unusual can be a hero too.


    Which character – as performed by Tristan Morris – was your favourite?

    Faith


    Any additional comments?

    I read comments and other reviews and decided against getting the book but had a lull in other books so thought why not give it a go. I am glad i did as really enjoyed it. If we believe in zombies then why can't we believe a 13 year old can deal with them? I enjoyed the story and enjoyed the hero was a girl :) why not ..... 5 stars from me

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Neisa Reid
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    3/23/15
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    "Brilliant & entertaining"

    I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this series. Got to go. I need to read book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • samsevenfive
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    3/10/15
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    "Terrible."

    Awful book with a decidedly unrealistic portrayal of an apocalyptic event. The masses of dialogue is often seemingly meaningless and does little to either advance the story or develop the characters. I stopped listening when several of the main characters decided to go out for a meal and talk food whilst New York city was falling to pieces due to the outbteak. Terrible, terrible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bettyandjohn
    3/9/15
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    "A story to lift the soul"
    What made the experience of listening to Under a Graveyard Sky the most enjoyable?

    again and again the characters and the way the story has been written and told.


    What other book might you compare Under a Graveyard Sky to, and why?

    If any one has yet read the work of Chris Fieldwater, Ann Rice, and some of Mary Stewart, plus clan of the cave bears, these writers are held in high regard in my eyes, and now so is John Ringo.


    Have you listened to any of Tristan Morris’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I will have to reflect upon that answer.


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

    again I would simply answer, the life of the characters, and of how they overcame such terror.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read, please keep writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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