Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Review: Under a Graveyard Sky
Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Post-apocalyptic (zombies)
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: People who like lots of action without all that distracting character development
Trigger Warnings: killing, rape (reported)
My Thoughts: I have been a fan of John Ringo for several years, and have quite enjoyed most of the books he has written. This was, unfortunately, not one of his better books. There is a lot of action and 'splodies, which is cool, but I would have liked to have seen more character development. The Smith family is just too perfect, the girls are just too good at everything, and we hardly ever even see Stacy. Most of the focus is on Faith, but that's actually good, because she is awesome. She reminds me of a foul-mouthed Buffy.
I was surprised, since this book was put out by Baen, that the editing wasn't better. I noticed a lot of editing errors throughout the book.
Don't misunderstand, I did enjoy the book for what it was. But I know John Ringo can do better than this. Nonetheless, I'll definitely be waiting for the next book in the series, if for no other reason than to see if it is ever disclosed who released the virus. If you like high-action stories, definitely check this one out.
Series Information: Black Tide Rising
Book 1: Under a Graveyard Sky
Book 2: To Sail a Darkling Sea, expected publication 2/4/2014
Disclosure: The author gave me this book when I ran into him at Dragon*Con. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: 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 beneath a graveyard sky.
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