Zombie Joe Reviews: Deck Z by Chris Pauls & Matt Solomon

deckz-coverImagine being trapped aboard the doomed Titanic on an icy Atlantic… with the walking dead. This fast-paced thriller reimagines the historical events of the fateful Titanic voyage through the lens of zombie mayhem. Captain Edward Smith and his inner circle desperately try to contain a weaponized zombie virus smuggled on board with the 2,200 passengers sailing to New York. Faced with an exploding population of lumbering, flesh-hungry undead, Smith’s team is forced into bloody hand-to-hand combat down the narrow halls of the huge steamer. In its few short days at sea, the majestic Titanic turns into a Victorian bloodbath, steaming at top speed toward a cold, blue iceberg. A creepy, tense page-turner, Deck Z will thrill zombie fans and Titanic buffs alike.

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145210803X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452108032
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Having just visited Halifax Nova Scotia and read a good deal of the history on the Titanic during a recent trip (also on a cruise ship), I entered into this book with more knowledge on the subject than I normally would have. The zombie aspect of this mash-up is well within my comfort zone. Obviously. On a personal level this book struck me as moving up my list on multiple counts. I had just done a tour with research on the Titanic, it had a zombie outbreak in the book, it fit within my Local Author Rule™ (both authors are from my hometown), and no fewer than three friends suggested the book to me. One of them doesn’t even know my connection with zombies. The number is dwindling, but yes there are a few.

Jumping into the book itself, it is a fast paced read that doesn’t skimp on the action or the foreshadowing. For my own part, I look for the elements of survival in zombie outbreak stories. From that side of things, a zombie fan might see the foreshadowing of the tools of survival a little heavy handed. For me it was good. I tend to approach things from the side of the “norms” getting into the book.

The setup for explaining the zombie virus, dubbed The Toxic by the scientist in the story, is compelling. It goes just a bit into the why of the virus and how it came to spread during the early 1900’s. It had a similar feel to the movie Quarantine/[REC] or Patient Zero in the weaponized zombie virus as a terrorist weapon. The doctor trying to avoid unleashing this evil onto the world he helped “create” being chased by the military group who wants this weapon back. So a lot of action, a dash of intrigue and the inevitable iceberg that all readers should know is coming.

I’m giving this one the mash-up award of variety. It is part documentary, part zombie outbreak story, with a hint of Indiana Jones and just a pinch of James Bond. It is a recipe for a fast, exciting read. Well worth the investment.

4.5 Stars

  • Rain Maiden Jen February 18, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Sounds like a must read for me. Thank you for the review, I can’t pass up zombies on the Titanic.

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