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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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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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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

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

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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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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Overall just a fun ride in the ZA

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.

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A really good, and unique EOTWAWKI story.

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.

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The most action Adventure Book EVER!!!

Where does Under a Graveyard Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love action Adventure and Gun toting books, this book Exceeds them All

Who was your favorite character and why?

Faith rocks!! She shines,

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the Navy got involved and started supporting the Wolf Circus

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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

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Action filled Zombie Apocalypse

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!

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great book

I really liked the characters. especially the ass kicking teenage sisters. I can't wait to read/hear more.