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Series: Black Tide Rising #4
Published by Baen on January 6, 2015
Genres: Adventure, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction
BOOK#4 AND CONCLUSION OF THE BLACK TIDE RISING SERIES FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR. Sequel to Islands of Rage and Hope, 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.
Smith's teenage daughters have become zombie hunters of unparalleled skill, both at land and on the sea, and they may hold the key to the rebirth of civilization on a devastated planet.
I was both excited and regretful to read this book. Excited because I have loved this series from the beginning. Regretful because this is the final installment of the Black Tide Rising Series. Over the series I have come to enjoy following the adventures of Steven “Wolf” Smith and his family as they lead the effort to restore civilization after a “zombie” apocalypse. And the family hi-jinx continue in this latest book, complete with dealing with idiots who think the rules of the pre-plague world still exist.
I won’t give away any spoilers here, but I will say John Ringo has done a great job at making me feel for these characters. I find myself cheering for the protagonists and cursing the characters who are rude to “Shewolf” because she’s just some kid. I felt that in this book I was much more emotionally attached to the characters than I was in previous books. And when one idiot did something really stupid against Faith “Shewolf” Smith, I found my own reaction mirroring that of many of the main characters in the book. John Ringo’s writing style appeals to me in many ways, his characters are funny when they can be, but serious when then need to be. The world is vivid and well designed complete with the varied reactions to the stresses of the world collapsing around them and even the need for the resident head shrink to get involved.
In a real world scenario would this happen? Who knows, but it does make for some interesting reading. And besides, we call it fiction for a reason. In conclusion I give Strands of Sorrow a solid 4 star rating. While I know this series is done, I can hope that there will be some spin off novels. I’d like to see more of how the world recovers after such a disaster as a man-made zombie virus.