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Black Tide Rising

(Black Tide Rising #4.5)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  950 ratings  ·  75 reviews

The news that humanity had been dreading for ages had come true. Zombies are real. Worst of all, we created them. The apocalypse was upon us, and every man, woman and child had to answer a simple question of themselves: “What do we do now?”For a group of neighbors in the Chicago suburbs of Northern Indiana, it was “work together or die”...and
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Baen
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May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars, it took me a month to work through this collection of short stories in one of my favorite series. For me it suffered from its lack of main stream characters, most of the stories were entirely disconnected from the main thread of the series.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
I downloaded this e-arc through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The Black Tide Rising world that John Ringo created was in no means original. Zombie stories have been written and rewritten for decades. What I appreciate about his version is how character driven it is and that these characters are smart and flawed. I really liked this short story collection because it brought more characters into the world, showed how other regions of the US and the world coped with the apocalypse,
George Avery
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a fun anthology of short stories set in John Ringo's Zombie Apocalypse setting from "Under A Graveyard Sky," written by a range of authors from John Scalzi to Michael Z. Williamson. Probably the weakest two are the two contributed by Ringo himself, although I quite enjoyed his introductory story, where heroine Faith Smith explains why she named an alligator "Reginald." Ranging from the tale of survivors who set up a fortress on the top of oil tanks in Lake County, Indiana to a high ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a really interesting compilation with a mixed-bag of stories.

Couple of things made it interesting. First, it's one of the only anthologies I've read where the writers are all playing in a very specific playground. In other words, it's not a free-ranging anthology like Dangerous Women or The Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box where there's one guiding theme but basically everyone does their own thing. Instead, all of the stories were set in John Ringo's particular zombie
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed some of the stories, others not so much!
Breane Ross
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Wasn't sure I would as it is mostly stories by other authors doing stories in the world of zombies created by John Ringo. Loved the various stories and characters. My only problem, I WANT MORE!!! Of each and every story. Oh well, maybe there will be more. Definitely recommend this book!
An anthology of stories in the Black Tide Rising universe created by John Ringo. A great mix of well known authors play around in the sandbox of the master of Mil-SF. It’s a great adder to the overall universe. Typical mix of good and mediocre found in an anthology, but mostly good. The final Ringo story also might leave you gape-jawed at the potential for things to come in the series.

TLDR: The Flint, Williamson, and last Ringo stories are worth the price of the book. These three get 5 stars.
Alex Shrugged
I liked it. I didn't love it. I blame myself. I generally don't like short stories. I will read them for authors like Eric Flint, David Weber or Lois McMaster Bujold. I also don't like zombie books. Nevertheless, I like the Black Tide Rising series, so I read this book.

The book fills out the picture of a world gone mad in a zombie apocalypse. Since the Black Tide series covered what happened at sea (mostly) these short stories handle what happened on the ground to people, here and there. The
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an anthology of some very good Sci-Fi writers each giving their take on "Zombie Apocalypse" stories. Several were good enough that I wanted to read more, and I usually dislike dystopian stories as being too grim. These (most of them anyway) are more showing what the people who are survivors do, the decisions they make in order to NOT become victims or food & most important are the attitudes. Just like in real emergencies, attitude is the difference between winners who make things ...more
David Caldwell
This was an interesting collection. Each story is written by a different author but they take place in the world that was made by John Ringo for his Black Tide Rising series. To be totally honest, I haven't read the series but I saw this book on sale and decided to give it a shot.

The world is interesting. It is one of the better premises for a zombie outbreak that I have read. It seems to take care of a lot of the common problems in zombie stories such as if zombies eat people, why do so many
Jan 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
I guess this makes it official. John ringo Has abandoned another yet unfinished book series he has going.

I honestly love the worlds Ringo invents and have read just about everything he has put out. Even though i have come to understand over the many years i have been reading his books that the chances of him ever actually finishing a series is just about Nill.

Shrug .. What can i say ..I love his books. Dislike the fact he can't seem to finish a series with a clear cut ending.

1 star. Why?
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
Many fun stories about people either surviving or getting eaten by zombies. And John Ringo adds a second, final story to the end so he can ring a few more OH JOHN RINGO NO bells (a lot of the zombies turn out to be non-infectious docile morons, ideal for slavery or forced pregnancy, which is lucky because western civilizations breed more slowly than eastern ones so American civilization will fail and the ravening barbarian hordes will win unless all American women start bearing as many children ...more
mary rankin
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an anthology: a collection of stories by various authors with a common theme. The theme of this is the Dark Tide Rising series by John Ringo. I found it fascinating to read the different angles on the same theme. The last story was the most compelling, how do we manage a "civilization" without what is needed. Read it to understand.
Yes, the zombie apocalypse has been done over and over but I haven't read too many about POST apocalypse and how humanity might survive. It is interesting. I'm
Robert Lane
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Mature authors explore the Black Tide universe. (Why "Black" Tide? Only a minor racially-sensitive question.)

Rather than the lily-white white-bread schema of the main series, the disparate authors of these short fiction pieces explore the versatility and common sense of non-Stars-and-Bars ignorati.

After the profoundly ignorant spews of the main series, these mature pieces are a refreshing reminder that good people come in many shades of melanin and that there are more ideas in the universe than
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This collection has gems in it...but it also had turds and some in between. Overall it wasn't a great collection which is sad.

Some stories fit the world and back story and had solid attempts to expand the world.

Others, well you could tell the authors read a synopsis somewhere and then tried to write in the world and ended up in mush.

Others were just boring. Overall I struggled to finish about half the stories.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good entries in this collection. While Ringo's writing has some flaws, imho, his ideas can be top notch. This collection takes the zombie apocalypse stories he's written and hands it over to other authors. The results are considerably more hit than miss.

This can be read and enjoyed without suffering through Ringo's books, if that's a consideration.
Michael Rutkowski
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This is why I don't read short story books ! When you have 11 different authors some are good and many are not very good ! Short stories also leave too many things hanging and do not give you a sense of completion and fulfillment ! Very uneven ! Just a so-so book !
Doug Hufnagel
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zombies Like Never Before

This book of short stories kept me intrigued the whole way through. Not a single story was dull. They were however incredibly different from one another, putting us in places in the universe we have never seen before.
Rodney Cook
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun In the Apocalypse

I enjoyed the anthology. The only thing wrong with it was the brevity. I would start really getting into the story and characters and it was over. A truly enjoyable read.
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
uneven. Some parts rated 4 stars some parts rated 2 stars
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding collection of short works set in Ringo's zombie plague universe. The differing styles really make this an enjoyable read.
Kevin P
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Middling as an anthology.
Eben Waters
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great anthology!

Overall this is a great anthology. A story or two falter a bit but the rest make up for it.
Valerie Stephan
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast & fun short stories in the post apocalyptic world. I'd be interested in reading many of them in a longer format.
Leonard E. Darling
This volume was much more difficult to follow because of it's format. I wasn't able to stay engaged in the storyline and was disappointed in it.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit uneven, but the good stories are very good.
Excellent Collection of Tales, With One Exception.

Love your stuff. But never let Scalzi near BTR again. His story was plain awful in a set of really great stuff.
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
good short stories. some of course better than others.
Steve Oglesby
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very thought-provoking, and a great selection of authors. I got introduced to several that I hadn't read yet.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun to read, nothing more
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John Ringo is a prolific author who has written in a wide variety of genres. His early life included a great deal of travel. He visited 23 foreign countries, and attended fourteen different schools. After graduation Ringo enlisted in the US military for four years, after which he studied marine biology.

In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful.

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Black Tide Rising (6 books)
  • Under a Graveyard Sky (Black Tide Rising, #1)
  • To Sail a Darkling Sea (Black Tide Rising, #2)
  • Islands of Rage & Hope (Black Tide Rising, #3)
  • Strands of Sorrow (Black Tide Rising, #4)
  • The Valley of Shadows (Black Tide Rising, #5)
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