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.
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.
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.
Almost believable reason behind the infection. The story as a whole was just fun. Not a lot of substance, but really enjoyable. Sit back and have a good time, and don't try to make the smaller parts believable.
The narrator did an excellent job. I will listen to more of his readings.
A lot of complaints kept me from purchasing for a while, but I finally did simply because I wanted to start the series (the rest of which is reviewed well) and Ringo's cred with me is solid. I enjoy long-running zombie and similar series that let you see the long game. Good prepper stuff at the beginning which makes up for a relatively slow start. One of the main characters is a bit over the top as some of the complaints state, but I found the concept of the biggest bad ass in the story being the 13 yo daughter entertaining. Definitely worth the credit for me. If you enjoy horror with heroes that actually fight back and a healthy does of military theme you'll think so too.
I love action Adventure and Gun toting books, this book Exceeds them All
Faith rocks!! She shines,
When the Navy got involved and started supporting the Wolf Circus
This book is so moving and exciting to listen to I had to stop listening to it at work, I got too amped up and into the book!! I have been looking for a great Action adventure book, this writer and narrator exceed my expectations!!! AMAZING.
P.S. I don't normally write reviews, that is how good this book is
I want to be part of the Smith family when the zombies come! "Zombies" were created in this novel by biological terrorism, and the science is interesting. Watching the Smiths rescue survivors and prepare to rebuild civilization is fun, action filled, and (fairly) believable. Faith is a great character!
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.
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