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Not the continuation of 'Black Tide' I was so excited for
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2017
First off: I'm a fan of John Ringo in general, and my favorite series of his is 'Black Tide Rising' - that said, this anthology really fell flat for me. Sarah Hoyt's story was good, as were a couple of others, but I was often tempted (and did at least once) just flip through to the next story. More, the stories I really, really wanted to read just weren't here. Often these types of anthologies at least include peripheral characters from the main story as main characters, but that wasn't the case here, and I found myself having a hard time connecting with any of them. There was really only a handful of characters I wanted to hear more about, or wished the story were longer. The contributions from John Ringo (one about the interactions of a ypung girl and a budding sexual predator before the fall, and the other debating the morality of enslaving people with special needs post-fall) both read like something he was convinced by an editor to cut from previous books. I found both to be entirely what I like least about Mr. Ringo's writing: preachy, awkward, and out of place in a summer blockbuster style sci-fi action story. If you're a fan of sci-fi anthologies and like the Black Tide universe, you may enjoy this book more than I did. If you're looking for the story of any of the Smith family after book 4, or stories about any of the most-loved or known characters from the series, like I was, you may be very disappointed.