[ARC Review] Islands of Rage and Hope by John Ringo

ARC Reviews, Chris's Reviews 0 Comments 24th July, 2014

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[ARC Review] Islands of Rage and Hope by John RingoIslands of Rage and Hope by John Ringo
Series: Black Tide Rising #3
Published by Baen on August 12, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 416
Source: Edelweiss
BOOK 3 IN THE BLACK TIDE RISING SERIES FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR. Sequel to To Sail a Darkling Sea and Under a Graveyard Sky. A hardened group of survivors fights back against a zombie plague that has brought down civilization.

With the world consumed by a devastating plague that drives humans violently insane, what was once a band of desperate survivors bobbing on a dark Atlantic ocean has now become Wolf Squadron, the only hope for the salvation of the human race. Banding together with what remains of the U.S. Navy, Wolf Squadron, and its leader Steve Smith, not only plans to survive—he plans to retake the mainland from the infected, starting with North America.

The next step: produce a vaccine. But for do that, Wolf Squadron forces led by Smith’s terrifyingly precocious daughters Sophia and Faith must venture into a sea of the infected to obtain and secure the needed materials. And if some of the rescued survivors turn out to be more than they seem, Smith just might be able to pull off his plan.

Once more, exhausted and redlining Wolf Squadron forces must throw themselves into battle, scouring the islands of the Atlantic for civilization's last hope.

I honestly don’t know where to start. I LOVE this entire series, and this latest book just reinforces my love for it.

In case you haven’t heard of this series, yes it is a zombie apocalypse series. However, they are not the living dead, which leads to many options for naming the infected other than zombies. A manufactured virus released by an unknown agent has infected most of humanity with something similar to rabies. Society has collapsed, and there is one light in the darkness that fills the world now. That light is Wolf Squadron.

I can’t help but laugh when I read about the exploits of characters like Faith “Shewolf” Smith, the 13 year old Lieutenant of the US Marine Corp. This girl has only one regret, never enough zombies to kill. How’s a 13 year old girl a US Marine Lieutenant? Read the first two books, I’d hate to give away any spoilers. Another character introduced in the second book, Thomas Walker, is revealed to be much more than an English as a Second Language Teacher. When he publicly announces who he really is, I almost fell over laughing at the reactions.

This book, like the others in the series, is full of humor, action, suspense, and good old fashioned butt kicking. I recommend it to EVERYONE I know, even if they aren’t that into zombie novels. That’s why I give Islands of Rage and Hope a solid 5 star rating. I can’t wait until the next book in the series comes out. I’ll be counting down the days until I can sink my teeth into that next book.

Written by Chris Gilman

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