Under A Graveyard Sky
This is the first in a series of novels that Ringo has planned dealing with a zombie apocalypse and its aftermath. The main characters are the Smith family, Steve, Stacey, Sophia, age 15; and Faith, age 13. As he goes along in his career Ringo's characters get more like Heinlein's. They're inevitably bright, aggressive, and politically conservative, not there's anything wrong with any of that. Faith, the younger daughter is particularly aggressive and earns her nom de guerre ”Shewolf.“

After Steve receives a message that a disaster is imminent he packs up his wife, Stacey, and their children, and prepares to sit it out at sea. The disaster, a plague that manages to express itself as a flu-like illness followed by a rabies type illness that makes its victims resemble zombies, is a man-engineered disease. Apparently, and it is never specified in the first novel who, it was designed and released by one or more eco-terrorists who wish to eliminate most of the human population.

The plague devastates much of the planet, and Steve forms the goal of finding as many water-borne survivors as can, and then moving on to cleanse the interior.

While the survivors are not quite returned to an elemental ”state of nature,“ they do come awfully close. This state was used by both Locke and Rousseau as their starting point for formulating their ideas of rights, and as might be expected it prompts some discussion as to why and how steve derives the right to tell anyone what to do, and it shows how a society that has been stripped of its normal relations might begin to reconstitute itself.

As always with Ringo there is a high death count, approaching 6 to 7 gigadeaths in this case. An interesting start to another series.

Next up, a biography of Clara Bow.