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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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    Karl Merckel Sydney Australia 01-05-15
    Karl Merckel Sydney Australia 01-05-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Very realistic"
    Would you listen to Under a Graveyard Sky again? Why?

    The plot development was realistic and what I would expect to see in this what I would expect to see happing in a real world situation


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

    Good voice characterizations


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Swearingen Brazil, Indiana United States 12-31-14
    Ken Swearingen Brazil, Indiana United States 12-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "If you like the Walking Dead you'll love this"
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    Not your typical end of the world/ zombie book. Filled with great characters that draw you in and make you want to read on and see what will happen next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannette Pegram, TN, United States 12-30-14
    Jeannette Pegram, TN, United States 12-30-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Great new spin on zombie apocalypse story."

    Kick ass family on boats saving other survivors. I like the non paranormal spin on this zombie tale. Best series ever. Am sad to hear that book 4 is the final in the series. Really want to hear more about Faith Marie Smith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald G. Dennis MD 11-12-14
    Donald G. Dennis MD 11-12-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Sea of the Dead"
    What did you love best about Under a Graveyard Sky?

    The Zpocalypse takes to the seas as people move away from the dead infested cities. In all, a novel take on the survival story where the main characters are prepared.


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    Amazon Customer SYRACUSE, NY, United States 09-05-14
    Amazon Customer SYRACUSE, NY, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating"
    Where does Under a Graveyard Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better audio books I have listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the mix of action and character development.It kept me interested and wanting more.


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

    I have not heard this narrator before.


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

    Zombies at Sea!


    Any additional comments?

    The book ends suddenly. There isn't really a resolution but more of a to be continued in the next book feeling.

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    Suzanne 08-25-14
    Suzanne 08-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Got really old, really fast"

    I made it through only part of this. It was interesting, with a great premise, and a great start. Then, two problems became very clear.

    First, the author tried to do too much. He was not only detailing the Zombie 'virus', the science behind it, AND get into the personalities and characters of too many people. And generally, he didn't do any of it well.

    Secondly, the characters were cartoon, cardboard cutouts of people. They were all too 'quippy'. A 13 year old, mercenary wanna-be, named Faith, of all things, who could handle weapons better than the boys, was cute at first, then just got annoying. That was one example.

    I made it through the first half. Not quite sure what the author planned to accomplish in the second half, much less the next book. So, essentially, very little plot except 'shoot em up Zombies'. After 7.5 hours, I still had absolutely no idea where he was trying to go with this.

    I love satire and farce as much as the next person, but this just got really, really old. My recommendation? Don't bother!

    1 of 2 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.

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    billy ALTOONA, PA, United States 08-14-14
    billy ALTOONA, PA, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A different take on the ZA"

    This was a great listen, I've listened to so many different zombie books and a lot are very similar but this one sets itself apart from the others in a number of ways. First the zombies aren't the usual living dead though they act about the same but in a more believable way. Second, they go out on a boat instead of the normal drift across the land story that I'm used to. I'm currently about 30 minutes from finishing it, I just bought the second installment so I can listen to it when this is done. If I had to find any fault with it I'd say the 13 yr old daughter may be a bit far fetched in her abilities and knowledge of weapons and such but I suppose it's just as possible as a zombie apocalypse.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Moodini Louisiana 08-09-14
    Moodini Louisiana 08-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I hate to be so negative but..."

    The story follows the story arc of your typical Xbox game, with very little of substance and lots of Zombie zapping. If this doesn't sound too bad to you, trust me it will after hour 3 when you realize you still have 10 more hours of this to slog through.

    The characters are one dimensional, the prose insulting, and the humor corny. The narrator did the best he could, I suppose, with the material that he had to work with but that really wasn't much.

    I beg you not to pick this book. I'm not heart broken over the money I spent on it, it's the 13 hours off my life that I'll never get back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark nyack, NY, United States 08-04-14
    Mark nyack, NY, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply put, this is a Dumb book."

    I can see the writer sitting and chuckling to himself as he writes the silly dialog, except its not very funny or ironic. i quickly got sick of the Australian BS, and it gets worse as the book progresses.

    this book needed to be professionally edited and perhaps more research done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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