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Deck Z : The Titanic. Unsinkable. Undead.

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Imagine you are trapped on an icy Atlantic on the doomed Titanic...with a zombie virus. Matt Solomon and Chris Pauls re-imagine the historical events of this fateful voyage through the lens of zombie mayhem. Join Captain Edward Smith and his inner circle as they desperately try to contain a weaponised zombie virus that boarded with the 2,200 passengers sailing to New York. In a few short days at sea, the glorious, shining Titanic turns into a Victorian Blood bath, steaming at top speed towards a fateful iceberg. A creepy, page-turner of a novel, Deck Z will keep Zombie fans up all night, and trigger a panic attack for anyone with claustrophobia. The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 143 x 204 x 17mm | 290g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 145210803X
  • 9781452108032
  • 755,734

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"Be warned: this is no campy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies-style mash-up but a serious, gory horror story. History buffs will appreciate details about the Titanic's construction and the appearance of historical figures like Captain E. J. Smith (portrayed as a man of honor and a badass), designer Thomas Andrews, 'Unsinkable' Molly Brown, and White Star Line manager J. Bruce Ismay. But with all the bloody zombie action, zombie fans are the real intended audience here. This quick, creepy read is perfect for Halloween."
-The Horn Book "Deck Z is an enjoyable romp for anyone who likes to mix history and genre horror"
io9.com "Fans of the undead should definitely seek this one out."
British Fantasy Society "It doesn't really matter that this is the 100th year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, as the subject is always hugely popular. Deck Z, however, is no retelling of the research on the building or sinking of the ocean liner. The brilliant premise is this: take a biological weapon and run away with it on an ocean liner sailing to America. Dr. Weiss is a German scientist who discovers a plague that turns its victims into zombies. Though he wants to use his findings to create a cure for other diseases, the German army has other ideas. Planning to use the Toxic to start a zombie army, they anticipate that Russia will use all its funds to stop them and Germany can win the war. When Dr. Weiss learns of the plot, he does the only possible thing?run for America. The problem is that he took the vial with him and left a trail for the Germans to follow. Once on board, the Toxic is released and zombies take over the E Deck, turning it into Deck Z.

Using known research and inserting fantastic events from the zombie plague, Pauls and Solomon create a riveting mystery. The band plays on to distract the zombies from boarding the lifeboats. More people die on Deck E than any other. The architect goes down with the ship. Who is after the Toxic? Can the passengers defeat the zombies? What happens to Dr. Weiss? Does he invent a cure? You'll have to read it for yourself?you'll never believe it until you do."
-- SchoolLibraryJournal.com "The Titanic disaster gets a horror-flavored reinterpretation in this slim but effective debut tale of zombies on the high seas. In an attempt to keep a deadly plague from being weaponized by the Germans, scientist Theodor Weiss steals the only sample, destroys his notes, and flees, ultimately seeking refuge aboard the Titanic. He's tracked down by an agent of the German Empire who inadvertently releases the plague, turning passengers and crew into ravening monsters. As Weiss, Capt. Smith, and others try to contain the infection, the Titanic strikes an iceberg, compounding their problems. This fast-paced nightmare hits all the horror notes: a high body count, tense combat, moments of cowardice and valor, and even a plucky child in mortal peril. The cinematic atmosphere and attention to detail make this a better-than-average zombie mash-up."
- Publishers Weekly "if you find yourself a fan of the history of the Titanic or a fan of a really fun zombie tale then you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy."
--Retroist "A spine-chilling, nail-biting page-turner."
School Library Journal "A spine-chilling, nail-biting page-turner."
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About Chris Pauls

Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon are regular contributors to popular web sites and national publications.
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