• To Sail a Darkling Sea

  • Black Tide Rising, Book 2
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,905 ratings)

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To Sail a Darkling Sea

By: John Ringo
Narrated by: Tristan Morris
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Publisher's Summary

Book two in the Black Tide Rising series from the New York Times best-selling author

A family of survivors fights back against a zombie plague that has brought down civilization.

A world cloaked in darkness

With human civilization annihilated by a biological zombie plague, a ragtag fleet of yachts and freighters known as Wolf Squadron scours the Atlantic, searching for survivors. Within every abandoned liner and carrier lurks a potential horde, safety can never be taken for granted, and death and turning into one of the enemy is only a moment away.

The candle flickers

Yet every ship and town holds the flickering hope of survivors. One and two from lifeboats, a dozen from a fishing village, a few hundred wrenched by fury and fire from a ship that once housed thousands....

Light a flame

Now Wolf Squadron must take on another massive challenge: clear the assault carrier USS Iwo Jima of infected before the trapped Marines and sailors succumb to starvation. If Wolf Squadron can accomplish that task, an even tougher trial awaits: an apocalyptic battle to win a new dawn for humanity. The war for civilization begins as the boats of the Wolf Squadron become a beacon of hope on a Darkling Sea.

©2014 John Ringo (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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very bad for Ringo fans but good for teenage girls

from the author who brung us great heros such as Michael O'Neal, Two gun burg, Cally O'Neal,And Tyler Vernon. We get Faith smith a 13 year old girl who out fights and out guns Marines veterans. This storyline is just too unbelievable Marines trapped on a ship low on ammo are not going to fight to a storage room but to the armory and they're not going to abandon a ship unless its sinking. Come on Mr. Ringo don't tell me you stopped the storylines of Troy rising or Into the looking glass for this story. I expected a much better storyline and Military presence then this. I feel like you just wrote these books to take my money and not entertain me. Congrats you did!!

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Wonderful Post-ZA Story

If you could sum up To Sail a Darkling Sea in three words, what would they be?

This is extremely difficult for me as there is so much in this book that cannot fit in only three words. If forced, however, I would go for alliteration:

Fun, Fighting, Family (or even without the commas)

What other book might you compare To Sail a Darkling Sea to and why?

As with the first book in this series, To Sail a Darkling Sea is my only experience with Zombie Apocalypse books. Characters remind me of other memorable characters from many of John Ringo's other series, but the books are unlike anything I've read before.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think my favorite scene in this book was when Faith is explaining to her commanding officers why she went dress shopping in the middle of an operation. Most of her superiors are male, so they have to contact the very top brass, who is female for both a more experienced and female opinion. Yves St Laurent dresses are, after all, masterpieces. Even men will appreciate the interaction between these two females in a male-dominated chain of command.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book had many more laughing moments than the first of this series. The awards ceremony and the Pass in Review, however, both evoked tears.

Any additional comments?

WARNING for Military listeners: Morris spells out acronyms rather than pronouncing them. If you hate with people spell R-O-W-P-U, this is not the listen for you.

However, Morris IS an excellent voice actor and his performance, especially with the many accented characters in this book, is AMAZING!

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Good series so far!

My only issue, being former military and having worked in aviation, is the narrator doesn't know military lingo. Often referred to helicopters as "hellos" instead of "he-lows" is something that triggers my ocd. Otherwise, a great series so far. I'm already heading into the next...

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Mind candy for the ZAMMIE age.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. This book (and this series) is excellent, shut your mind off and just enjoy the ride fun. The primary characters are a 13 year old Marine lieutenant and her 15 year old Navy ensign sister. Yes. It's ridiculous. However, it's a zombie apocalypse, so deal with it. :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Faith Marie Smith. A 13 year old zombie annhilator par-excellance. She's just flat out fun to read.

What does Tristan Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Character accents. I enjoyed Tristan Morris' ability to do some reasonable accents. I have no idea how ACCURATE they are, but they did make a differentiation between characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, indeed.

Any additional comments?

Minor quibbles. I personally think that Tristan had too MUCH of an accent for Captain Steve Smith, who is an Australian who's lived for years in the USA and was noted as not having much of an accent.

Also, there were some odd pauses during some sections. Not enough to detract from enjoying the story, but noticeable.

All an all, an excellent rendition. The series is less than a year old, and I've read them multiple times. Its nice to be able to listen to them as well.

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Ringo is just ALL OVER THE MAP!

I know Mr Ringo Slightly.. Met several times, Long Talks with groups of other people "Pool-side", etc... What he's not a DETAILED EXPERT about already, if the new subject crosses his path and catches his attention, He'll SOON BE an EXPERT on the Subject!

I know MANY people that know "a little about EVERYTHING".. Some of them know "Just enough to CONVINCE YOU that THEY ARE an expert", but when you start questioning their Math, or taking what they know about the subject to a higher level, you soon realize that they "Just learned enough about it to APPEAR to be an expert".. That Ain't Ringo!

I know Ringo has EXPERIENCED A LOT in his life thus far... We've crossed much of the same ground from Fort Bragg to Europe, the Caribbean, etc... If you think Ringo is "BRILLIANT", you don't REALLY know the HALF OF IT! And he's one of those rare people who just CAN NOT learn enough, FAST ENOUGH, to keep him happy. He's realized that it's "Impossible to FILL UP your brain", but he's CONSTANTLY TRYING!

You'd also expect an author who writes as fast as Ringo to fall into a rut of "Serial-like FAST Produced Pulp Books", but I believe Ringo would consider THAT to be an unpardonable SIN! He CONSTANTLY takes each new Book or Series in TOTALLY NEW directions! He seems to OFTEN be writing SEVERAL, RADICALLY DIFFERENT, books AT THE SAME TIME! He's also got a GIFT for Sniffing the Wind to see "What's popular among people right now", and then GIVING THAT TO THEM, from HIS UNIQUE Angle, Which makes his books enjoyable LONG after "Whatever Fad" has faded. (Heck, I'm wishing Audible would produce his old "Counsel Wars" Series, and that's one of his VERY old series.. Needs a better ending, but maybe they could talk John into "Touching up the Series a bit" before turning it into an Audible Series... THAT would be AWESOME!!!)

"Zombies are Popular Right Now".. But RINGO'S Angle on Zombies, twisted to fit with his love of writing "Military Sci-Fi", is "SOMETHING DIFFERENT ENTIRELY!"...

Even Better, he uses his past experiences to make characters "Real". Just when you think you're in the WORST spot POSSIBLE, Someone cracks a joke, and the tension eases and you get your mind back into the game... Ringo somehow allows you to experience that even if you've never "Been there yourself". I spend a lot of time with the "Pause Icon" until I can make myself quit laughing and pay attention again.

I TRY not to let my "Likes or Dislikes of an Author 'Personally'" affect how I rate their Books... I LIKE Ringo Personally, but if he signed this series of books "John Smith", I'd have STILL LOVED IT and given it 5 stars!!

If I feel a book starting to make me uncomfortable, or begin bashing my own Sacred Cows... I need to stop and reexamine why those cows are so sacred to me... I usually find it was something I was "Taught" when MUCH younger, and never bothered to "Re-Think As An Adult".. Ringo causes me to re-think a LOT of things at times. Sometimes I may not agree with him, but he CLEARLY came to HIS Opinions after MUCH thought and deliberation... I respect THAT HIGHLY! I can't say enough about the Man, OR (most of) his Books.

If you want to REALLY FEEL what it's like out there at "The Sharp End", Or in other parts of the World where "Life is Cheap", Ringo can take you there in TECHNICOLOR!... It's NOT all 'Sweetness and Tea and Dumplings'... it's often shocking, Physically AND MENTALLY Uncomfortable, RAW, and all-around unpleasant.. and at the same time, it can be mixed with GREAT Times and FUN! It's just how things REALLY ARE in some places, during some experiences... If you want to FEEL rather than just "read/listen", Ringo does that for you like the Master he is.

Already Pre-Ordered Book 4! BRING IT ON!

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More like an annotated history than a novel

What did you love best about To Sail a Darkling Sea?

The character of Faith Smith (Shewolf). She was funny and capable, not that she was a comic, but that her uncensored remarks and reactions were the high point of the story.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Eh.

What about Tristan Morris’s performance did you like?

Good job with voices and pacing. I enjoyed the narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Frustration. Characters were brought in, like Rusty, then mostly ignored. There was no one main character. The story didn't feature a challenging obstacle, other than the overall hopelessness of a few people trying to save themselves and the world. That's less of a problem in the book than it would seem. Each challenge was taken in stride. There was no fighting to a climax. Success piled on success. Problems were presented as no more than routine matters. Without a main character, a main character arc couldn't show up.

Any additional comments?

This seemed more like a series of snapshots than a dramatic narrative.

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HOT NEW SERIES

Would you listen to To Sail a Darkling Sea again? Why?

Oh yes. I stayed up all night with this super treat. A spent the weekend enjoying this adventure.

What other book might you compare To Sail a Darkling Sea to and why?

Live Free or Die ...Hot Gate .....

What does Tristan Morris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

What words?? He brings life... His strong narration is smooth , alive, easy. One can let him give the mind a very real world. His narration is a joy.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It didn't make me cry, who wants too. It did make me laugh. It's a up-go adventure. It moves fast.

Any additional comments?

This is going to be a keeper series and it is a series.

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Don't waste your credit.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

First, NO thirteen year would be able to do the crap he has this thirteen year old do. If she- wolf was older, I may have bought it.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Ringo again?

maybe, just not this series

How could the performance have been better?

performance was good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Sail a Darkling Sea?

anything with a freakin thirteen year old leading an charge against zombies, on a boat.

Any additional comments?

first book wasn't much better. I had hoped this book would take off.

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yawn

What disappointed you about To Sail a Darkling Sea?

the first book was pretty good - this one is like sitting around waiting for us to get to the next book. Boring, and it would have had only 1/2 the words if they took out all the profanity. When you use profanity to make a point - fine - but when you use it to just make the book longer, it just sounds unintelligent.

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Made a mistake

I got the first book and could not finish it due to the story (once again a 13 year old girl teaching battle harden Marines how to fight) and the just over the top coincidences. And I wish the author would learn how to have a conversation without he said, he said, he said. If you're not into some resemblance of what is real and probabilities, and can over look the writing then this is for you. I got the book because the whole plot of making a stand on the ocean seemed like a good twist. That said, I could not get through the first and could not get through this one.

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  • Titan
  • 11-08-14

Another good book

What did you like most about To Sail a Darkling Sea?

I really enjoyed this book 2 the whole zombie tale from a new standpoint it a real breath of fresh air to the zombie stories, i really can get behind Faith the hero. If zombies exist then why can't a 13 year old girl that kills them exist? I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Tom
  • 08-30-19

Interesting ideas terrible delivery

I was enjoying this series of books overall. There were some interesting ideas. I was prepared to overlook the numerous holes in the plot as long as the story moved along at a significant pace and didn’t allow me to ponder overmuch. What killed this series for me was the constant introduction of new characters, disposable characters mostly. Each character has a voice a way of speaking an accent. This is a big ask for any narrator and for me the guy performing this task wasn’t up to it. What made me turn off was his arse-achingly awful British accent for the sergeant-major. It was actually painful to listen to. So I stopped listening. Pity, but when someone’s performance makes you want to throw your very expensive phone at a wall in frustration then it’s time to admit defeat.

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  • Edel
  • 02-19-17

Engaging book

I liked this book. A bit slow, but kept my attention. Not gory, and a nice mix of personal and military. The narrator has av good voice, nice rhythm and diction, though I found some of his pronunciations were peculiar, and he didn't seem to know that "M." before a Frenchman's surname means "Monsieur", not his initial. Overall, a good listen.

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  • Sparkticus
  • 08-12-15

A very good series (want more)

What made the experience of listening to To Sail a Darkling Sea the most enjoyable?

I have read all these now and really enjoyed the journey, really hope there are more of these.

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  • Mr
  • 07-20-15

Refreshing

If you could sum up To Sail a Darkling Sea in three words, what would they be?

Dark and interesting

What did you like best about this story?

A new perspective on the Zombie idea

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The explanation of dispersal of the virus

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  • A Young
  • 01-12-21

brilliant

much more realistic about issues when the world comes apart at the seams.

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