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Under a Graveyard Sky (Black Tide Rising Series #1)

Under a Graveyard Sky (Black Tide Rising Series #1)

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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

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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 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)

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476736600
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Series:
Black Tide Rising Series, #1
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
93,115
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(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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Under a Graveyard Sky 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Bubwolf More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TipsyMcStagger More than 1 year ago
I'm halfway through this book and I just can't get into it. I love zombie books but this, not so much. There is so much wasted time talking on and on about scientific jargon about the virus and back and forth dialogue between scientists using words only a medical professional could understand. It's not a "thinking mans" zombie book, it's just annoying. You can't get into it because it's boring dialogue and no meat to the story. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
housedavo More than 1 year ago
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
carl-larsen 7 months ago
this was a very good book. so good, in fact, i bought the other three without checking them out. that was a mistake. the story should have ended with the first volume. the following volumes were a third the length for the same price, and were repetitious and didactic. stop after the first one, you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How are you supposed to even know if you want to read the book when they give you absolutely nothing to sample it with. They give you a lousy four pages as a sample and none of it includes the actual text from the book. You get the cover, the title and then a short 2 line front jacket cover preview. I'm not going to take a chance on spending good money on a book that I can't even start reading anything about. publisher is being very cheap with their samples. All of my books are purchased based on what I read in the samples. I just can't take a chance on purchasing this one with such a lousy sample choice. Add some real pages to the sample so I can consider whether I want to add this to my library or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As another reviewer said "never read anything by Ringo I did not love" so that was why I bought this book. In general I am REALLY tired of the zombie genre in both print and films but I figured if someone could freshen it up then Ringo would be the one! Its a great read but I also agree with the reviewer that was PO'ed about getting to the end and finding the "to be contined" as a surprise. But I don't think we can blame that on Ringo- publishers pull that crap all the time. After I got over my disappointment I was excited about it being a series because I want to spend more time with these characters- they're fun! And not sure if anyone else got these visions while reading it but I kept thinking "this would make a great movie!" and wondered if Ringo developed these characters with that in mind? He was certainly feeding me that image as I read many parts. Would love to see John get a huge movie hit - he deserves the payday:) I'd like the play the part of one of the rock musicians in the park and my attacker would be Kate Upton please:) A few commented about how they were turned off or lost by all the technical jargon- understand and that just says Ringo may not be for you as that is one of his strengths, particularly his space military stuff and why his collaborations with Weber are made in Sci Fi Military heaven! Anyway enjoy. .
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The_big_B More than 1 year ago
I like Ringo's writing style, and books. This was no exception - a very believable tale of a zombie apocalypse that had me getting and reading the entire trilogy in record time. Was sorry to see it ended.
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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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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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JLSuhr More than 1 year ago
An intelligent, scientific zombie book. Absolutely awesome on all levels even if you're not normally into zombies. If you are, it's incredible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like action, adventure, violence, science fiction, and a little history, you'll enjoy it