Book Review – Deck Z: The Titanic by Chris Pauls & Matt Solomon (2012)

Deck Z: The Titanic
by Chris Pauls & Matt Solomon
Release Date: October 3, 2012
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Deck Z

I absolutely love books that can take a well-known historical event and reshape it with a horror aspect. Such is the premise behind DECK Z: THE TITANIC. As you’ve probably already gathered, this book gives an inventive retelling of the Titanic tragedy, but this time there’s a valid reason behind the ship’s sinking: to save the world from the living dead. The result is a solid, fast-paced voyage into zombie terror that will leave you gasping for breath!

If you are not familiar with DECK Z: THE TITANIC, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Chronicle Books:

The year is 1912. Theodor Weiss, a German scientist, has discovered a strange new plague that ravages its victims, transforming them into soulless, flesh-hungry monsters. Yet, his lab studies show that the strain also holds great promise: it could be the cure for all types of the plague. When Weiss uncovers a sinister military plan to use the disease as a weapon, he steals the world’s only sample vial and makes for America, where he will be safely out of the reach of German operatives. And what better way to travel in anonymity than on the world’s largest ocean liner, making its maiden voyage that very week? The Titanic! In DECK Z: THE TITANIC, Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon reveal the grisly and untold story of what really happened in the dark underbelly of the world’s most famous ship.

This book took me on a heck of a journey. I thought I knew what to expect going into it, but I found there’s much more to it than what I figured. Don’t take this book at face-value; you must read it to appreciate the story within.

DECK Z: THE TITANIC is written very well with solid structure and fast-paced intensity. The characters are believable and the dialogue flows nicely. The epic time-period is brought to life in vivid detail, although I commend the authors for not overdoing it with drawn out, overly dramatic descriptions; this would have only bogged the story down and thus inundated it with unneeded rhetoric.

What I find most intriguing about this book is the premise itself. Who else would have thought to turn a tragedy onto its ear and thus rewrite it as a positive thing? I daresay not many authors would have done so. This is prime storytelling at its finest.

DECK Z: THE TITANIC is an absolute win for me. The action is fast-paced and the zombies are gruesome. What more could you ask for? I recommend checking this book out if you’re a fan of zombies, historical fiction, or just horror in general. Give it a look for sure.


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