Book Review: Deck Z

Posted August 7, 2015 by Kara in book review, Kara / 1 Comment

Book Review: Deck ZDeck Z by Chris Pauls, Matt Solomon
Published by Chronicle Books on January 7th 2014
Genres: adult, horror
Pages: 222
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

Imagine 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.

Every now and then I crave a good horror read. More often than not, it’s zombies that I crave. Because here’s a secret you may not know. I have a zombie fetish. But not television zombies. Believe me, I’ve tried The Walking Dead, and I realize it’s a fantastic show, but I can only handle so much gore. But zombies in books? I can create my own mental images and stop at just enough gore. I just find zombie books and a world overrun by zombies to be incredibly exciting. Books like that make my heart beat so FAST.

I enjoyed Deck Z quite a bit, but the action scenes were dull and summarized the scene rather than bringing it to life. I just felt like they were so flat and could have been much more vivid. There was no emotion in that part of the writing, and it kept me from getting emotionally involved in the book.

Some characterizations were decent, but most were blah as well. All the characters were one dimensional, but there was a little more depth to the characters that were genuine characters that existed, rooted in history. Captain Smith, for example, was probably written the best, while the German characters fell incredibly flat.

That said, I loved the storytelling itself, and I loved being back on board the Titanic of my mind. The idea of a plague spreading on the ship and the whole lead up to it felt pretty realistic and suspension of disbelief was not an issue for me. I thought it would be–zombies on the Titanic? Really? But surprisingly, it worked.

Also, major props to the author for doing his research and tying the history/facts of the Titanic sinking in with his vision of a zombie plague.

I was really craving a zombie book, and this definitely did the trick as the palate cleanser I was looking for. While I was not emotionally involved with any of the goings-on, it was certainly a fun read.

There’s certainly not a whole lot more I can say because it’s not a book with a lot of depth, but if you are looking for something campy and enjoyable, I’d give this one a shot. It’s short and a great way to while away a couple hours.

Kara Sig Plant

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