Under a Graveyard Sky : Black Tide Rising

  • by John Ringo
  • Narrated by Tristan Morris
  • Series: Black Tide Rising
  • 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Sorry to say....not so good. :(

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I had high hopes for this book, and it started out okay but went downhill a quarter of the way through and did not recover. Somehow the author is able to take an interesting topic like a Zombie apocalypse and make it seem like a chore to listen to. At no point in the book did I feel engaged, it was not scary or suspenseful at any point, and I found it hard to stay focused on the story. It seemed to be less about a zombie apocalypse (And i use that term "zombie" loosely in this case.) and more about some unrealistic commando family that apparently has better training then the Navy and Coast Guard. eg; a 13 year old teaching a marine how to clear a ship....Really???
Sorry John Ringo this is not for me and I will not be wasting another credit on this series' sequels.
As usual though, Audible's readers make even drab stories come to life a little. Good job Tristan Morris.

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- Chris

Interesting beginning that goes nowhere.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have liked it much better if it had stuck with the intense, serious tone it started with rather than turning into cheese after the first few chapters. Its really too bad, the basic premise of this book is a good one and the characters, at least at first, where pretty likable


Would you recommend Under a Graveyard Sky to your friends? Why or why not?

To my OMGZombies! friends I would recommend it, it has some fun parts and the writing is solid. But to my actual prepper friends, the kind who have actual disaster codes in place and view the zompoc as a metaphor for what is really going to happen to the world after about three weeks without electricity, no. There is nothing here for the serious survivalist, too much is just ridiculous. A 13 year old girl wearing 120lbs of gear jumping into a ship and slaughtering dozens of zombies single handedly? Yeah, I don't think so. It would have been hard to believe if it had been a navy Seal, its impossible to believe when its a young, civilian teenager.

Also this author seems to know very little about real world guns and a lot of about internet stereotypes. You would think Ringo would know better but as others have hinted at, I think this book was ghost written.


What about Tristan Morris’s performance did you like?

He did a good job with the accents, which was appropriate for the characters but it did get annoying eventually.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe. It probably would have made a better movie than a book.


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- Aerindel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios