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.
Unless you like nonsensical plots or poorly written parodies stay far away from this book. I normally never review a book because I feel everyone has different tastes. However I felt an obligation to leave a review to warn fellow listeners about how bad this book is. To begin with the performance by Tristan Morris is horrible. Besides a slight accent on a couple of characters, he uses the same voice for everyone. There are also no pauses between scene changes. So if you're not paying close enough attention, you won't realize that you're now listening to a completely different set of people talking. I could look over this had it non been for the completely ridiculous plot of the book. A "zombie" outbreak occurs and the only person that can help create a vaccine is a teenage girl. Really? I put zombie in quotation marks because they are in fact living infected people that act like zombies. They could actually be cured one day if people weren't so busy killing them. They do have time to make a vaccine for themselves though! Did I mention that the people responsible for creating this vaccine are employees of a Bank? Yes, apparently the bank employs medical researchers for some reason and they're more adept at creating a vaccine than other professionals that work for corporations that actually specialize in this field. Now, not only do they send their teenage daughter go help save the world in a "zombie" infested New York, the parents send along their 13 year old daughter to help work security so they can get some alone time on the safe, fully stocked boat that they using to avoid the apocalypse. This is not a normal 13 year old girl however. She's apparently a savant with all types of weapons and knows more about them than the fully trained adults working as security, police, and military personnel. This girl and her parents have absolutely no qualms about her going out and killing live infected humans that may be able to be cured one day. However, her seeing families that have starved to death is just too much. Go back to killing those sick people, little girl, that's completely normal. Now some will argue that this book is supposed to be a tongue in cheek parody of the action zombie genre. If so, John Ringo should have learned to write before attempting this. It is far too heavy handed and simpleminded. The idea that this is a trilogy of books confounds me. One was too much for me. If you enjoyed it good for you. I'm going back to listening to books written by people who know what they're doing.
It's up there as far as keeping my interest goes.
Not as good as World War Z but better than Extinction Horizon
(No Spoilers) The political discussion while on the boats
Your best bet of surviving the zombie apocalypse relies on a 13 year old girl and her Aussie family.
At the time of this reading, zombie novels have become a dime a dozen. It really takes something more than just "zombie apocalypse" as a story without having an interesting perspective. The best example for this is still Max Brooks' "World War Z". Amazing story telling set inside a zombie world with a hook. The first book in the Black Tide Series has a decent hook and good story telling to make it an interesting entry into the genre.
This first book has a survivor/military aspect where the main characters aren't super soldiers but they aren't your normal civilian who suddenly becomes awesome at surviving. This can sometimes go towards the unbelievable side like where Jerry Ahern's The Survivalist series sometimes gets into. The main characters in this book, the Smith family, sometimes approach the line but too much realism can be boring at time (like the middle seasons of The Walking Dead). Speaking of which, I've seen many reviews complain about the character of Faith being such a good fighter and being so young. Some of the story explains that but you also have characters like Carl from The Walking Dead who no one seems to have a problem with. The action of the book is well paced and has enough detail for those that enjoy the military lingo and tactics to make sense.
Ringo has done his research and has a good amount of medical lingo in it. At times he doesn't have a "dumb character" that needs medical jargon explained to so that the reader can understand. But some of the details aren't really needed to be explained as they would get in the way of continuing the story. There are some medical details that give the books world's zombies some more believably to them. I am still convinced that slow zombies are way scarier and more believable which this book has faster ones.
The biggest hooked that I really enjoyed may not be liked by some but the fact that the destruction of society happens gradually and as a result there are still legal repercussions that are still thought of. Things like police officers going through shooting boards at the beginning of the outbreak or security contractor regulations being enforced in NYC or salvage rules of sea vesicles. I particularly liked the talk about the system of government and operations that occur later in the book. I think this "struggle to stay civilized" lends some boundaries that other zombie stories don't operate with. Where others have society breaking down and all rules of law are dead, Ringo uses this aspect to add another level of tension that was really interesting.
I've read some other military zombie fiction that claimed to be "not like other zombie novels" that were total snoozers (Extinction Horizon). Ringo does a bang up job and creates a world that makes zombies interesting again. I'v already picked up the next book in the series. Final Grade - A
story is great. slight problem with the narrators accent. but oh, faith. if you were at least 18 and real.
No I enjoy the Zombie Apocalypse genre. And will probably get another book in the DEAD series because the characters are interesting and likable
I guess I would pick Tom the Uncle.
I was pretty much feeling Disappointment
I was actually considering get the second book just to give it a try but when part of the preview at the end of the book was the one marine explaining to the female navy cook that she better like being passed around between five guys because she had no choice in the matter. I decided I had better uses for my time.
I had been getting burnt out of the entire zombie style of books but grab this on a free credit and did not disappoint with action depth of character. I can't wait for the time to listen to the next book in the series It was well paced,enjoyable, I didn't want to stop listening
I'm a huge John Ringo fan and this series/book doesn't disappoint. I've listened to it twice already and know I'll be listening to it again. Riveting story well narrated. You won't be disappointed.
John Ringo can be brilliant or ridiculous depending upon the project. I think he does his best work when working with another author. Unfortunately this one went way outside the realm of plausible given the scenario (banks having medical research labs, concerts at the ende of the world in nyc etc). Unfortunately it was just a bit too much for me
dissapointment. The troy rising series is great though
Theyt're NOT zombies!!!
The science-based fuondation which does lead to several action books.
Starting the clearing of the cruise liner. (You may have to read a couple books in the series, but they're all good stories.
Zombies? Phooey! It's a VIRUS that affects living, breathing people - a BAD virus!
I didn't read these for several years because of the "zombie" label. It's not so and I'm glad I read them.
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