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John Ringo's Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse

Post by RecycledElectrons » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:25 pm

I've been reading a series of PAW books by John Ringo (author of the Legacy of Aldenata / Posleen War series.)

He's got an article on his web site that says a zombie apocalypse is inevitable:
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It made me think. He would be right if a zombie apocalypse was easier than just killing everyone outright.

I've finished reading his first book "Under a Graveyard Sky." It looked at what would happen to the top 1% (survivors) of those who took to the sea.

I'm in the middle of this second book "To Sail a Darkling Sea." He mentions mechanical zombie killers. They are shipping containers with large lights and sirens on top that attract zombies. As the zombies wander in, they get sucked into the machinery, chewed up, and spit out the back. The back sits out off the end of a pier, jetty, or cliff, so there is never a pile that clogs the system. The whole thing needs occasional maintenance and refueling. They are put in place by cranes on large ships. It's an interesting idea.

He keeps mentioning death metal bands, which are a hoot to listen to while thinking about the book.

I searched, and came up with very few references to these books. Is anyone else reading them?

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Post by mattc1886 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:23 am

I have read them both and they are great. (I've read every John Ringo book) Some really great ideas on surviving the zpoc. I've also read the article you linked and it does bring up some really scary possibilities in the not so distant future.

He references the targeted RNA type virus in his space series Live Free or Die.

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Post by DFWMTX » Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:59 am

Just finished the 4th book in the series. This is the first book I wish they'd turn into a video game, because I want to slaughter zombies in a tank with canister shot sooooooo bad.
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Post by mr_slappy75 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:20 pm

DFWMTX wrote:Just finished the 4th book in the series. This is the first book I wish they'd turn into a video game, because I want to slaughter zombies in a tank with canister shot sooooooo bad.
Wait! What!?!? 4th Book?!?!

SOB I was still waiting for the 3rd one to come out and I missed that and the 4th?!?!?! I best hand in my ZS membership card and bail out of John Ringo Fandom...

Then again we just had a baby so that may be the reason why both snuck under my radar.
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Post by DFWMTX » Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:29 pm

4th book is out electronically, available on the Baen website, as an advanced reader copy.

ETA: only thing is sometimes the eARCs may not be what's in the published book. There's a chapter that ends in "///insert splosions here////".
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Post by jack0351 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:34 pm

I found this series of books after reading Ringo's "Empire of Man" series.
I have quite enjoyed both series, as well as Ringo's general writing.

As far as the ZA series, there are a few errors here and there in the military stuff, but overall, it is FUN, and makes you think. Some of the points and ideas he had are valid, some are questionable, but overall it is a lot of fun, and I recommend the series to everyone.

"Under a Graveyard Sky" was the intro book, and I thought they covered the descent into the apocalypse well. People doing things they hadn't prepared for, never even THOUGHT about a need to prepare for (who thinks about how to clear a supermax cruise liner? I've been an infantryman, and never thought about it.)

Incidently, I want to have Faith's babies...Preferably after a "fair dinkum scrum." (maybe after she's legal, and not just in Arkansas) Finish reading the series before you judge me on the joke...

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Post by DFWMTX » Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:54 pm

Keeping me fingers crossed..... I hear there'll be a book of fan-fic side stories based in this universe coming out. I'm hoping so; I keep wondering what happened to Tom, was the creator/spreader of the virus ever caught, and I want to know the continuing adventures of Officer Young.

That's one frustrating part about Ringo's work; he creates some characters and fleshes them out enough to make you like them, but then never gives them enough story space in the book.
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Post by Shmerlin » Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:48 pm

Supposed to be an Anthology coming out in the Black Tide Universe eventually. But now Ringo is writing in the MHI universe and it's got, in the word of Neo, "guns lots of guns".
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Post by DFWMTX » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:23 pm

As of 3/15, the short-story collection based in Ringo's zombie world, "Black Tide Rising" is out on Baen's website as an advanced reader copy (ie: someone didn't proof-read so there's still spelling and grammar mistakes). I like Michael Z. Wiliamson's story. Starting on "Battle of the BERTs" (which Ringo regretted cutting from the main books).
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Post by Langenator » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 am

RecycledElectrons wrote: I'm in the middle of this second book "To Sail a Darkling Sea." He mentions mechanical zombie killers. They are shipping containers with large lights and sirens on top that attract zombies. As the zombies wander in, they get sucked into the machinery, chewed up, and spit out the back. The back sits out off the end of a pier, jetty, or cliff, so there is never a pile that clogs the system. The whole thing needs occasional maintenance and refueling. They are put in place by cranes on large ships. It's an interesting idea.
The protagonists in Larry Correia's Monster Hunter Alpha used a big Michigan DoT snowblower to shred zombie werewolves. (MH:A was published 3 years before the Dark Tide series.)

I've read all four of the Dark Side series. Great stuff. Probably the best of the 'rage zombie' sub-genre.
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Post by DFWMTX » Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:13 pm

Being chased by zombies thru the Louvre to the tune of the Benny Hill Show themesong.
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Post by DFWMTX » Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:15 pm

...and Zombie Squad gets a mention in the new book as well.
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Post by Ad'lan » Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:49 pm

DFWMTX wrote:...and Zombie Squad gets a mention in the new book as well.
We do? That's epic. I've been a fan of John Ringo for a long time (even including "Oh John Ringo No".) I wonder which of us e-mailed him?
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Post by Langenator » Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:59 pm

I believe Michael Z. Williamson posts here occasionally, and I think he has a story in the anthology.
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Post by mzmadmike » Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:29 am

Yup. Trebor, Kristan and Kyle have been friends of mine for a while. I even asked them which guns they'd bring.
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Post by Dabster » Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:32 pm

I haven't read any books by Ringo. Can someone suggest a good one to start with?

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Post by Happy Go Lucky » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:58 pm

Personally, I enjoyed "The Last Centurion" the most.
It isn't part of the zombie series, but does have a global ice age as the setting.

I found it to be less focused on "battle porn" than many of his other books.
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Post by Shmerlin » Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:12 am

Dabster wrote:I haven't read any books by Ringo. Can someone suggest a good one to start with?

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