• At the End of the Journey

  • Black Tide Rising, Book 8
  • By: Charles E. Gannon
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (164 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A new novel in John Ringo's best-selling Black Tide Rising series by Nebula- and Dragon Award–nominated author Charles E. Gannon

It was supposed to be fun. Six teenagers and their British captain aboard the ketch Crosscurrent Voyager, headed on a senior year summer cruise to excitement and adventure. Then the world as they knew it ended.

A plague spread throughout the globe, killing millions and turning the survivors into cannibalistic rage monsters - zombies, in so many words. Only by putting aside their differences were the young crew able to survive.

Now, they seek others like them, those fortunate souls who have made it through the zombie apocalypse. After all, maybe it's not the end of the world so long as GPS can help survivors navigate deadly terrain, to link up, and maybe - just maybe - ensure the continuation of the human race.

But the Earth’s GPS systems are failing. It falls to those aboard the Crosscurrent Voyager to keep the unthinkable from happening. In order to do so, they must traverse dangerous seas to a European Space Agency complex in French Guiana.

And thousands of infected stand in the way.

If they succeed, humankind has a chance of rebuilding. If they fail, humanity may well be at the end of its journey.

About Charles E. Gannon:

“The plot is intriguing and then some. Well-developed and self-consistent; intelligent readers are going to like it.” (Jerry Pournelle)

"Chuck Gannon writes the kind of science fiction we all grew up on: rousing, mind-expanding, pulse-pounding sagas of spaceships and aliens. He's a terrific writer, and we're lucky to have him." (Robert J. Sawyer)

"[A] strong [writer of]...military SF...[much] action going on in his work, with a lot of physics behind it. There is a real sense of the urgency of war and the sacrifices it demands." (Locus)

About the Black Tide Rising series:

“Not only has Ringo found a mostly unexplored corner of the zombie landscape, he's using the zombie frame to tackle a broader theme: the collapse and rebirth of civilization. The zombie scenes are exciting, sure, but its the human story that keeps us involved. A fine series.” (Booklist)

“Ringo combines humor and horror in this strong series debut, the thinking reader’s zombie novel.” (Publishers Weekly on Under a Graveyard Sky)

About the work of Charles E. Gannon:

Caine's Mutiny:

“This is military science fiction the way it’s supposed to be written.... All in all, a highly satisfying tale of the Terran Republic that moves the story forward and sets us up for the next chapter, which promises to be interesting at worst and explosive at best.” (SFcrowsnest)

Raising Caine:

“This is science-fiction adventure on a grand scale.” (Kirkus)

“Gannon’s harrowing...military space opera (following Trial by Fire) builds well on his established setting...Gannon’s signature attention to developing realistic alien worlds makes this installment satisfying.” (Publishers Weekly)

Nebula-nominated Trial by Fire:

“Gannon's whiz-bang second Tales of the Terran Republic interstellar adventure delivers on the promise of the first (Fire with Fire).... The charm of Caine's harrowing adventure lies in Gannon's attention to detail, which keeps the layers of political intrigue and military action from getting too dense. The dozens of key characters, multiple theaters of operations, and various alien cultures all receive the appropriate amount of attention. The satisfying resolution is enhanced by the promise of more excitement to come in this fascinating far-future universe.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“[O]ffers the type of hard science-fiction those familiar with the John Campbell era of Analog Science Fiction will remember. Gannon throws his readers into an action-packed adventure. A sequel to Fire With Fire, it is a nonstop tale filled with military science-fiction action.” (The Galveston County Daily News)

Compton Crook Award winner for best first novel, Fire with Fire:

“Chuck Gannon is one of those marvelous finds - someone as comfortable with characters as he is with technology, and equally adept at providing those characters with problems to solve. Imaginative, fun, and not afraid to step on the occasional toe or gore the occasional sacred cow, his stories do not disappoint.” (David Weber)

“[T]he intersecting plot threads, action and well-conceived science kept those pages turning.” (SFcrowsnest)

Starfire series hit Extremis, coauthored by Charles E. Gannon:

“Vivid.... Battle sequences mingle with thought-provoking exegesis." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great addition to the BTR Universe

Loved it and its prequel in the universe. Definitely adds a fun dimension to the whole plot

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I’ve fully enjoyed the Black Tide Rising Series until now

At the End of the World and At the End of the Journey are about a teenager who steps up to the challenges presented when the plague hits. Unfortunately, both books have a feel of being hurriedly written due to extreme repetition of characters’ questions within the books. It’s as if it’s a lot of filler to bulk out the stories. On top of that, the reader (for the audiobook) has adopted an annoying cadence to his speech, presumably to mimic what a teen boy would sound like, but instead it feels more like someone who just reads poorly. I know this isn’t the case because he narrated the previous books and was great in those.

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Good story. Narrator sometimes confusing.

I enjoy this audiobook and in general no complaints with the narrator in this or the one before it. I do find it odd that the narrator does voices are accents for some characters but not others. It is more confusing to me at time because the main character talks about his accent but he is one of the characters who does not have an accent or special voice. Otherwise I really enjoyed this book.

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As always in this series: AWESOME!

Great story. Awesome narration. I will for sure be buying the next additions in this universe.

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  • Rannulf
  • 11-16-21

Nothing special

This has the elements of being a great book in the Black Tide Rising, but simply isn't.
Simply not up to the standard of the original books in the series.
Its an easy read, just nowhere as good as the original ones.
I was disappointed.