A world cloaked in darkness...
With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a rag-tag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde, safety can never be taken for granted, and death and turning into one of the enemy is only a moment away.
The candle flickers...
Yet every ship and town holds the flickering hope of survivors. One and two from lifeboats, a dozen from a fishing village, a few hundred wrenched by fury and fire from a ship that once housed thousands....
Light a flame...
Now Wolf Squadron must take on another massive challenge: clear the assault carrier USS Iwo Jima of infected before the trapped Marines and sailors succumb to starvation. If Wolf Squadron can accomplish that task, an even tougher trial awaits: an apocalyptic battle to win a new dawn for humanity. The war for civilization begins as the boats of the Wolf Squadron become a beacon of hope on a Darkling Sea.
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I am a big fan of John Ringo. The first two books in the series were great and I eagerly added the third to my library when it became available. Book 3 is head and shoulders above the first books in the series. There are moments in the book that will make any red blooded American feel like cheering. It's an excellent listen.
I know that Ringo has a habit of dropping series just as they are hitting their stride and moving on to other projects, but I really hope there is more in store for this one.
"John Ringo Writes!"
John Ringo is in that class of writers who are clearly devoted to the craft. While many writers are milking the reader base with shameless padding, Ringo stays true to his readers and delivers compelling sci-fi with real hard hitting action backed up by solid character development. Are the characters a little over the top? Absolutely, they're heroes and supposed to be. This series is an example of that writing, extraordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, with impossible odds and limited options, who find a way to rise above.
"Chekhov's gun store"
The story had my attention at first, there were interesting characters and the plot was very interesting. But the author kept taking me down dead ends, there was so much going on that the story got cluttered and hard to follow. Mix that with the cliche tactical broadsides that sound like they are written by a Call of Duty gamer and its really disappointing.
During the whole series he kept adding new characters without finishing the story of the last person he introduced. There are so many lose ends I started to get upset and frustrated. I had to WORK at finishing the story... Plus, the writing and editing is awful. "Character A said this, character b said that character A said this character B said that in response." The conversation never flow and its like reading a court stenographers account of the events.
I think I will fill my time with James cook's books when i want some good ol fashion ZA fiction.
The narrator did a fine job, he worked the accents of the main characters and the gender and ages very well
disappointment, frustration.... It had a lot of potential.
It had a lot of potential but fizzled very fast and turned into a coming of age/ yachting instruction story halfway through the first book. I followed it through to the end hoping he would take me back to New York and end the story of the first group of people he introduced me to but it was not the case. the book crawled along until the epilogue then he went from a tedious ultra fine tipped brush to a paint sprayer and wrapped up the story with a platitude bow.
"Great story!!! Can't wait for the conclusion."
I liked the story and the performance. Having had a military background the only complaint I would have is make sure the performer knows the acronyms and how to pronounce them. No quicker way to pull me out of the story than to figure out what the performer means when he refers to the Chief of the Boat (COB) on a sub as the C.O.B. instead of the Cobb. And what did he mean by C.I.N. C.P.A.C? We pronounce it Sink Pac in the Navy. Other than that loved it.
Liked them all.
The scene at the end, but no spoilers. It is worth the wait.
Of course I would try another one but only hoping that they return to the original gripping story and pace.
Did what could be done with the story.
yes. To actually progress the plot
This book was filler. There were multiple parts that just repeated facts and parts of the story over and over. There was no real story progress.
"Apocalypse towards Recover"
Takes the zombie post-apocalypse recovery to the point of having the necessary supplies to slowly and eventually retake the Earth. Story could end here, but I'd miss the rebirth aspect of apocalyptic fiction.
"Only one thing bothers me"
The only thing that I don't like is that Faith is 13. No matter how mature she is she is still 13. if he had made her 15 it would be about 90% more believable. other than that I thought it was an amazing listen.
"a little much on the girl power"
I feel that there could have been more male Characters in lead positions way to much girl power for any sort of reality
"just as good"
so far john ringo has not written anything I didn't like. this book is interesting and great. buy it.
"Couldn't do it"
I loved the first book but the 2 & 3 not so much. I couldn't even finish this one. Would return if I could but it's been over a year :(
"Best book of all 3!"
The fight scene at the end and the general taking control :)
Not sure there is a comparison but zombie fallout are bit better but these are getting close especially this third book :)
Faith or Walker
Cant wait for book 4 as these started good but are getting better :)
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