To Sail A Darkling Sea

To Sail A Darkling Sea

Book - 2014
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"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 of zombies but also holds the flickering hope of survivors. Now Wolf Squadron must clear the assault carrier USS Iwo Jima of infected before the trapped Marines and sailors succumb to starvation"--
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen, 2014.
ISBN: 9781476736211
1476736219
Branch Call Number: Science fiction
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 25 cm

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sat7
May 27, 2015

Apocalypse at every SF turn. This is really my only concern that this premise is the most called on. However, this is well done, timely and compelling. I enjoyed this work. Socially competent exploring many sensitive issues. Well done -

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pauldc2000
Dec 12, 2014

book 2. Picks up where book 1 left off, but it bogs down in nation building. Did not finish.

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brettorlob
Jun 10, 2014

Having read this book, I must say one of the comments here are badly mistaken. This book is not misogynistic. Mind you, it's not PC either, but that's not the same thing. There is no condoning of rape nor is there any blaming of victims. What there is is the understanding that in remarkably screwy situations, people behave in remarkably screwy (literally) ways.

Moreover, in the specific instance that commentator referred to as "condoning rape" based on the off hand comment of one character as to the non-virgin status of some women who are introduced; there is no reason to assume they were raped. None. Other than perhaps the assumptions of a PC zombie unaware of her own status as a member of the walking dead.

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auntiejackie
Apr 02, 2014

I have to compartmentalize this book. From the zombie apocalypse pov, this is an enjoyable book. I like the issues brought up, the action scenes killing the infected are pretty great, the logistics of starting to recover are interesting, etc. Not the best writing ever but for a fluff book, not bad. I'm not a big fan of how Ringo clearly inserts his political views into the book, but I can skim over it on my way back to the zombies. Also, I can't stress enough how the tired "what happens in the container, stays in container" (once again, thanks vegas for a truly annoying ad campaign that just won't die) gets - so overplayed Ringo.

Where it breaks down is in his consistent, pervasive misogyny. Frankly, I'm not sure I'm up to a third book (or fourth or fifth, the storyline isn't exactly speeding along but that's consistent with the huge task ahead of them). While he's trotting out fairly typical negative stereotypes about women, it's to a degree of stupidity that i have difficulty even skimming over. As an example, he has one of the main characters (15yo girl) say "I'm pretty sure they weren't virgins to begin with". Oh, so that makes rape okay? Well, I guess when you assume that saying yes at any time in the past to sex means that you lose any right to say no (only if you're a woman of course) then rape is just fine and not traumatic at all. SMH And there are numerous examples of this attitude - including the very first chapter. It pervasive and it's disgusting. And once I googled the author, it's also his calling card apparently. So read at your own caution.

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senji1101
Mar 12, 2014

While a very good book in its own right, I still consider Under A Graveyard Sky a better book. Not as action oriented as the first book, but still plenty of it. A definite expansion of the character base does help the story along here, and the story pace only slowed slightly a couple of times. Dont get me wrong, its still a very good book. Just not as good as Under A Graveyard Sky was.

ookamikun Feb 17, 2014

The best zombie apocalypse series ever. Can't wait for the 3rd book later this year.

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May 18, 2014

The thief who takes three kopeks is hanged. The thief who takes fifty kopeks is praised.

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