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A new novel in John Ringo's best-selling Black Tide Rising series. The sequel to The Valley of Shadows.

Tom Smith used to be somebody. Now he's just another refugee, fleeing the smoking ruins of civilization. 

Well, maybe not just another refugee. 

Late of the Bank of the Americas where he used to be the global managing director for security, Tom and his fellow survivors watched New York City burn. His plan to the save New York long enough to find a cure for the zombie virus hadn't survived the bloody scrimmage between angry cops, cunning gangsters, and rapacious City officials. 

Now only millions of infected humans, driven mad by the highly infectious tailored rabies virus, inhabited the city. 

But Tom and some trusted allies were able to stay one step ahead and escaped offshore. Now they're holed up in a safe house in coastal Virginia and it's time to break out. 

Between him and his objective, one of the bank's prepared evacuation camps in the Cumberland Valley, are hundreds of miles of clogged roads, burnt-out towns, and howling mobs of infected humans who know only hunger. He must corral his motley team, complete with middle-schoolers, to navigate the treacherous landscape. 

And yet he feels his odds are good. 

But there's always someone smarter. And they like things just the way they are. 

Without a fat checkbook and the team of hired spec-ops mercenaries it used to bring, how will Tom Smith fend off entrepreneurial marauders, a brilliant sociopath or two, and a kill-count hungry member of the E-4 mafia? 

And if he pulls it off, no one is sure how they will they re-start civilization. 

But Tom Smith has the spark of an idea.

©2019 John Ringo and Mike Massa (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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author needs to learn more about distance

I was disappointed by this novel. the first books in the series were all about hope, book 5 and on are all about frustration. really though I'm frustrated, as a reader, when the author tells a story about having to travel 400 miles, like that's an epic journey. let's do math, if my car is travelling 40 miles an hour, how many hours will it take to go 400 miles? the author is talking weeks and months, as if his characters are on foot, rather than traveling in cars. even if you double or triple the time, this a weeks travel at most and by chapter 12 the main character has been traveling for weeks!? I mean are they pushing their cars or what? as I listened to the story all I keep thinking is "what's taking so long?" Even in a zombie apocalypse it's not like everyone in the country ran out and went for a drive, so why are there suddenly cars all over the road, blocking everything. there were curfews and quarantine, most people were staying home so where did all the cars come from? overall this is a really frustrating story with very little payback

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Another hit!

Wow, love this series even more now, but what’s not to love? Zombies, action and suspense... what’s not to love?

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  • Jonathan
  • 2019-09-24

What an incredible Bore.... Major disappointment

I absolutely loved the first four books in the series. Enjoyed them so much I listened to them several times .This current series began in a very interesting way. Not as enjoyable as the first series, but well worth the credit. This book was such a disappointment. So very very boring. I expected excitement, and got lukewarm milk before bedtime. I hope the author returns to the original characters in the first series. I had to stop listening to this book after a few hours. I'm probably going to ask for a refund when I wake up in the morning. Such a shame. Mr. Ringo is one of my favorite authors.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2019-09-04

Continues to deliver

Love it. . . Ringo and Massa deliver another solid story. Great pacing and you get a satisfying ending. Very much worth the credit.

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  • Linda Luella
  • 2019-12-01

What a Disappointment

I loved the first 3 books about Wolf Squadron and was thrilled when the short stories appeared. I kept the book but none of the stories rose to the quality I'd come to expect in this series. Then another stand-alone appeared last year and I snapped it up. Still disappointed in the quality of characters and the fun I expect. Still, when this book appeared I thought Tom's character should be as interesting as the rest of his family. Besides, I wondered what happened to him. Nothing interesting is the answer.

Don't bother if you liked the older books. Tom's character doesn't develop into someone I cared about. None of what happens is worth listening to. In fact, I skipped around and never actually read over a third of the book. Color me Extremely Disappointed!

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  • Brad
  • 2020-04-24

Just the thing to read during the pandemic!

This is a continuation of the series. Previous book parallels the first of the series.

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  • Kevin Smith
  • 2019-10-23

As good as the first series.

I wondered what happened to the other Smith brother. This series explains his adventures. And I loved Specialist Astroga's rules for surviving a zombie apocalypse!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-10-17

This series delivers the goods.

genuinely enjoyed the book, and the performance was top notch. Another excellent yarn in the overall scheme of the series, and Tristan Morris' performance really brought the individual characters to life.

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  • Alec and Sheila Luta
  • 2019-10-06

Another great book in the Black Tide Rising series

This one was a little bit more of a slow burn compared to The Valley of Shadows, but it also covers are larger period of time as well as splitting itself between multiple arcs. In the previous book you really only had BotA with minor bits about the cops, mob, and fema. This book gives you full story arcs about Smith's group, the Gleeners, and Site Blue. In the end, you have some nice payoffs as all paths collide. I enjoyed it immensely. If you are a fan of the Black Tide Rising series I would suggest you pick it up. Tristan Morris does a great time narrating as always.

I am hoping for a third book following Smith and Site Blue

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  • Jeffery
  • 2019-09-11

Not bad, but not my favorite

This would be my second least favorite from the Black Tide Rising series. It was light on the humor that had me belly laughing at times in the first four. The characters were less interesting. The story was less engaging. That said, it's being judged on a steep curve. The earlier novels about the other Smith brother, Steve, and his family were awesome. I couldn't stop listening. It's a good listen, just not as good as books 1 - 4. Book 5 is my least favorite as it wasn't clear this was a compilation of short stories, and I don't like short stories. I assume that book 7 is the same, so unless they give it away, I'm unlikely to ever get it. Hopefully if there is another book in the series, it will be with Steve Smith, his family, and their squadron meeting up with Tom Smith and his group to save humanity! lol

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-22

So good

Read all of Ringo. It’s great, own it all, have read or listen multiple times.

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  • GlockMan
  • 2020-10-10

LMAO @ Specialists notes

LMAO @ Specialists notes durin and at the end of the book. KISS
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