Under a Graveyard Sky

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NEW SF/HORROR SERIES FROM NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR! A family of survivors who fight back against a zombie plague that has brought down civilization.

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 ...

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Overview

NEW SF/HORROR SERIES FROM NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR! A family of survivors who fight back against a zombie plague that has brought down civilization.

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.

About Under a Graveyard Sky:
“. . .the thinking reader’s zombie novel. . .Ringo fleshes out his theme with convincing details … the proceedings become oddly plausible.”—Publishers Weekly

“If you think the zombie apocalypse will never happen, if you’ve never been afraid of zombies, you may change your mind after reading Under a Graveyard Sky. . .Events build slowly in the book at the outset, but you can’t stop reading because it’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion: inexorable and horrible. And the zombie apocalypse in these pages is so fascinating that you can’t stop flipping pages to see what happens next.”—Bookhound

About John Ringo:
“[Ringo’s work is] peopled with three-dimensional characters and spiced with personal drama as well as tactical finesse.” —Library Journal

“. . . Explosive. . . . fans. . .will appreciate Ringo’s lively narrative and flavorful characters.” —Publishers Weekly

“. . . practically impossible not to read in one sitting . . . exceedingly impressive . . . executed with skill, verve, and wit.” —Booklist

“Crackerjack storytelling.” —Starlog

BLACK TIDE RISING SERIES:
Under a Graveyard Sky
To Sail a Darkling Sea
Islands of Hope and Rage
Strands of Sorrow
(forthcoming)

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ringo combines humor and horror in this strong series debut, the thinking reader’s zombie novel. When an ecoterrorist attack instigates a worldwide epidemic of naked zombies, laid-back Australian expat Steven Smith leads his family to sea as New York is overrun. Steven’s determination to rescue survivors and defeat the triumphant zombies provides incentive to enlist support from humanity’s tattered remnants, a cause that carries its own risks. Australian references and high-spirited family banter (“We are not going to a concert at night in a park in zombie infested New York! And that’s final!”) enliven the well-worn catastrophic scenario. Ringo fleshes out his theme with convincing details of the devastating virus and attempts to develop a vaccine. The zombie-fighting zeal of Steven’s younger daughter, 13-year-old Faith, provides an overwrought comic-book atmosphere, but the action never falters. Like Odysseus, the wily, resourceful Steven combines valor and prudence. Ringo’s offbeat but vivid cast of characters will attract readers who enjoy a chuckle as civilization collapses. Although the comic effect is too pronounced to facilitate a suspension of disbelief, the proceedings become oddly plausible. (Sept.)
Library Journal
09/15/2013
Best-selling military sf author Ringo (The Last Centurion) hits the open seas to take zombies where they've rarely ever been. Steve Smith has prepared his family for any emergency, including a zombie apocalypse. When ecoterrorists launch an airborne "zombie" plague, the Smiths take to the Atlantic Ocean to avoid infection. But Steve, his wife, and his two daughters are not content to wait for help. Instead, they start searching the thousands of stranded boats and rafts for supplies and survivors to aid them in the slow rebuilding of organized society. This series launch combines a fresh setting for a zombie novel with a cast of well-drawn characters whose preparedness prevents them from ever being in over their head. What results is an interesting perspective on a well-versed trope that lacks the adrenaline rush of fear that most zombie fans crave. VERDICT Despite the lack of abundant deaths and the omnipresent veil of despair that most zombie novels rely on, Ringo's reinterpretation will offer great fodder for zombie-fiction fans who enjoy discussions of how to get ready for and survive a zombie apocalypse.—Matt Schirano, Grand Canyon Univ. Lib., Phoenix
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451639193
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: Black Tide Rising Series , #1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 122,104
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

John Ringo brings fighting to life. He is the creator of the Posleen Wars series, which has become a New York Times best-selling series with over one million copies in print. The series contains A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, Hell’s Faire and Eye of the Storm. In addition, Ringo has penned the Council War series: There Will be Dragons, Emerald Sea, Against the Tide, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Adding another dimension to his skills, Ringo created nationally best-selling techno-thriller novels about Mike Harmon (Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Slain, Unto the Breach, A Deeper Blue, and, with Ryan Sear, Tiger by the Tail). His techno-thriller The Last Centurion was also a national best seller. A more playful twist on the future is found in novels of the Looking-Glass series: Into the Looking Glass, Vorpal Blade, Manxome Foe and Claws That Catch, the last three in collaboration with Travis S. Taylor. His audience was further enhanced with four collaborations with fellow New York Times best-selling author David Weber: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few. There are an additional five collaborative spinoffs from the Posleen series: The Hero, written with Michael Z. Williamson, Watch on the Rhine, Yellow Eyes and The Tuloriad, all written with Tom Kratman, and the New York Times best seller Cally’s War and its sequels Sister Time and Honor of the Clan, both with Julie Cochrane. In addition, Ringo’s Princess of Wands and Queen of Wands broke new ground in contemporary fantasy adventure. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    Not your typical zombie book.

    Bought this based on the fact that I have never met a book authored by John Ringo that I didn't like, but I have to say I had some doubts. If I had read another zombie book where the main character is an idiot and survives on luck, I think I would print out the book and then rip each page into little strips and feed em to my worm farm for compost. Anyway, I am glad I bought this. Another good one from Ringo. Smart characters in a tough place. Can't wait for the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Pretty good

    The book was a little hard to follow. There were a lot of technical jargon on the weapons that I got a little confused on But that being said, it was still a good book. I will be reading the next one.
    CH

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    It was awesome.  I love John Ringo and absolutely  loved this on

    It was awesome.  I love John Ringo and absolutely  loved this one.  I laughed so much it was so funny.  As others have said the way he provides a realistic background regarding how the zombie plague starts and the feasible "government" response is just great.  I want the video of Faith on Voyage to the Stars :-).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Gives a glimpse into what if....

    Gives a glimpse into what if....

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

    great zombie survival story must read if youre a john Ringo fan

    great zombie survival story must read if youre a john Ringo fan wish they made the rest of the series nook format.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Awesome!

    Awesome!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    I was very hesitant to buy/read this based on "aw shucks, a

    I was very hesitant to buy/read this based on "aw shucks, another *Zombie* tale? I was wrong. In fact, to me, this was the first actual possibility of zombism that made sense. I mean, if you're dead, you're not alive, right? If there's no blood flowing how do muscles get the nourishment they need? That's right, they don't. I've enjoyed the idiotic/fun "Day of.." movies in the past. But this wasn't those. It was (is) an incredibly frightening look at a very real possibility of world wide contagion. VERY believable! First book I've read nearly nonstop in years. Took two days because I had to go to work and then fell asleep arriving home. Then stayed up late AGAIN just to finish the book. One of the best Ringo has put out in my opinion. Right up there with the best of the Posleen series, Kildar, Wands and the Empire of Man. With this book John Ringo has begun an entire new series I'm sure I will be enjoying for years to come. Thanks John. For you fans of Ringo's prose and style you'll recognize scenes and statements reminiscent of Cally. And really, is that a bad thing? I think not. It's nice to believe that there are still young folks, as well as old that can kick tush. Be it Posleen or "zombie". I'm looking forward to the sequel coming out in a couple of months. Hopefully I'll be able to stretch it out to last maybe a week this time. LOL!

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    very good

    Ringo did not disappoint

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Ringo strikes again

    An intelligent, scientific zombie book. Absolutely awesome on all levels even if you're not normally into zombies. If you are, it's incredible!

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    good book when is the next one coming out' cant wait? 5 stars

    good book when is the next one coming out' cant wait? 5 stars

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    highly recommended

    like all of ringo series. this new one is good too. staying out in ocean is different then reg zombie books cant wait for next one. working on my zombie prepper list now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Awesome!

    I flew through this book. The characterizations were fantastic. Ringo hits a home run!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    First in a new series

    Worthless preview (3 pages). I read it in the store and liked the beginning. Over all the book is very good, but the ending was terrible. It ends with "TO BE CONTINUED". It ended very abruptly. Tons of plot points were left dangling. Characters not mentioned for half the book. It was as if the author had met his page count quota and just quit. Nowhere did it indicate that this was book 1 of a new series.

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

    An intelligent and action packed approach to the zombie apocalyp

    An intelligent and action packed approach to the zombie apocalypse.  Unlike other authors mr. Ringo details the start and eventual decline of the apocalyptic maelstrom.  Unlike others who give us only tapas tic characters with no hope fighting an endless stream of zombies, in this book we get the whole story without it ever leaving you wondering if an editor looked at the book.  can't wait for the next installment hurry please.

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