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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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