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Under a Graveyard Sky Audiobook

Under a Graveyard Sky: Black Tide Rising, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer 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.

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    MattMerr Abilene, TX 08-18-14
    MattMerr 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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    Jason 02-14-14
    Jason 02-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "love it"

    this is a must read if you like well thought out Z books
    cant wate untell the the next book comes out and hope it's as well done as the first one

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    Sean T. Painter 03-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A believable Zombie apocalypse series"

    I love the Walking Dead. This book and series are much more believable. The cause and spread of the disease seem probable. The characters act realistic. The plot is entertaining and I look forward to finding what happens next.

    It's not a perfect book. This is my first John Ringo novel. I'm not sure if it's just part of his writing style, but one thing that quirks me and is probably a hundred times more noticeable in the audible version is his habit of frequently describing dialogue situations with the modifiers "he said" or "she said." One could turn this into a drinking game. It is like lipstick on actors in television. Once you start noticing it, you can't stop noticing it.

    Another minor quibble is the narration of the book. He does a decent Australian accent, however like any male narrator his female voices need work. Secondly, I do not know if it is the fault of the narrator or whoever edited the audio, but sometimes the "breaks" between scenes are not obvious. Unlike a book where there would be a paragraph break and a few spaces to make it obvious of a scene change, the audio version barely stops. This can lead to some confusion and is really my only complaint about the book that I find truly frustrating.

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    Amazon Customer 03-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Read"

    I simply could not put this book down. Make sure you have plenty of time free. John Ringo has done it again!

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    Daniel Eggert Cypress, Tx United States 11-29-16
    Daniel Eggert Cypress, Tx United States 11-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An Insult to Professional Authors & English as a Language"

    My book club owes me for making me spend time and money on this. This wouldn't make a decent screenplay, much less a passible book.

    The writing is elementary, the plot is a straight line (continually descending in quality & ingenuity), and that's not even beginning on the repeated, skin-crawling, disgusting digressions into ways that sex with underaged/young teen girls might be justifiable in an apocalyptic scenario.

    Don't get me started on the terrible shoehorning of esoteric, unrelated military history, pointless excess description of firearms, grossly inaccurate, inconsistent & incorrect tactical terminology, or... I can't get past "the hammer of the Glock" to even complete that list.

    Look, I live blogged my reactions for my book club and it's a 70+ post list of poor writing decisions or inaccuracies in facts.

    This was the worst book we've read in several years. Take a hard pass.

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    J. Reece Centennial, CO 11-29-16
    J. Reece Centennial, CO 11-29-16 Member Since 2017

    Neanderthal, Dark & Handsome

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    "Rooting For the Zombies"

    I expected to like this book, but I just couldn't. Every aspect of it annoyed me.

    The treatment of firearms was immature and often incorrect, which I would normally expect and gloss over, but I'd been assured that Ringo really knows his stuff. He doesn't, or if he does, then he must have worked really hard to hide it with this book.

    The repeated instances of people sexualizing the 13-year old girl were gross, and completely unnecessary. She's closer to 10 than she is to 18. Good guys in their 20s and 30s shouldn't be making jokes about wanting to get on her without a peep of disapproval from her father, at least, or from the author at worst. It's just nasty. If you wanted her to be an underage sexual object (for some reason that I can't fathom) without it being over-the-top creepy, make her like 17 1/2 or something. Some guy repeatedly asking "When are you legal?" when the answer is "Half a year," is a lot better than when the answer is "Half a decade."

    I also got really sick of the pedantry from all characters. When almost everyone in your book has a moment where they throw out useless facts in a superior manner or say "Actually, that's a common misconception..." then it's the author who is a pedant. I get it. I was that guy when I was 14, too. It was annoying as hell to everyone around me then, and it's annoying as hell to read about a flotilla of people who are like that now. If these are the people repopulating the world, I think I'm rooting for the zombies.

    I finished the book because I run a book club, and was rooting for it to win based on wanting to read more of Ringo's work (having read Ghost and Kildar, and thinking that maybe this one would ease off on the debauchery throttle) and thinking the premise sounded interesting. If not for that, I would have stopped reading before they even left New York. The fact that the book doesn't actually end was just adding insult to injury. No resolution at all. Just "Hey read the next book and thanks for your money." Bah. I'm done.

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    Julie NEW BERLIN, WI, United States 10-23-16
    Julie NEW BERLIN, WI, United States 10-23-16 Member Since 2011

    I love science fiction. I love the reluctant hero. Characters that try to do the right thing no matter what.

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    "Is that all there is?"
    What would have made Under a Graveyard Sky better?

    Giving the characters some real backstory that makes a reader care about what happens to them.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd heard a lot about his writing but must say I'm not impressed with this story. By the end I struggled to finish it. The characters were forgettable, self important and smart alek, in a not charming way. I might try one more book by him but I think maybe this author is riding on past success for new book sales. It's too bad, because I wanted to like his writing.

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    thomas boise, ID, United States 10-19-16
    thomas boise, ID, United States 10-19-16 Member Since 2013

    I love zombie books. always looking for the next good one.

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    "good for a teenager maybe"

    this book was so stupid.they try to make this teenage girl. it special forces trained top tear operator. really stupid how they mix a average teenager with special forces way to stupid. they name drop non stop every single item there are tons of better zombie apocalypse books out there

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    Matthew Tennessee 10-02-16
    Matthew Tennessee 10-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Hilarious!"

    the family that slays together, Stay Together. You have to love a survivalist family, and I love Mr. Ringo's Take on a zombie apocalypse, and it's recovery ops.

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