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Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable. Undead.

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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 Yor ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published October 3rd 2012 by Chronicle Books (first published September 21st 2012)
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Kay
Nov 14, 2012 Kay rated it it was amazing
There's a word for books like this. This genre that mixes history with fantasy or horror. I don't know what it's called, but I really liked how the authors did it on Deck Z, an alternate story of what happened to the Titanic. An emotionally injured scientist flees Europe with "the Toxic" in his tragic attempt to keep the zombie-inducing goo out of enemy hands and hopefully find a cure for zombieness. I loved the retro term "the Toxic." And the villain who does awful things with pliers. The viole ...more
Alex
Sep 11, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it
How could I NOT read this....?

UPDATE:

I went into this book completely expecting it to be a total cheese-fest. I mean, zombies on the Titanic? I'm supposed to consider that a legitimate book?

To my surprise, though, this was actually good. It was well-written and well-researched, and the zombie plot was actually plausible in this context. Being a HUGE Titanic buff, I was expecting to be nit-picking historical details the entire time, but those were actually pretty spot-on.

All in all, this was j
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Annabelle
Jul 14, 2012 Annabelle rated it really liked it
I'm quite interested in the Titanic. My younger brother is a fanatic even though he is only 11 years old. So it can be said I know many random facts about the doomed ship. When I saw this book, I wondered how or even if this book would work. The concept is interesting and unique. Recently I've been reading a lot of zombie novels so this tugged at me straight away. It mixes both history and horror together and it works brilliantly. It isn't over the top and it's not boring. The novel keeps the r ...more
Eddie
Mar 12, 2013 Eddie rated it it was amazing
This was so fun to read! I was hesitant at first to read this book, being that I'm not a zombie junkie and I wasn't sure how well zombies and the story of the titanic would work together. But god damn, it worked great and it was effortlessly crafted. The pacing, the writing, the zombies, the tied-in history, the characters, the backdrop of the story—all fantastic! I'm so simple to please when it comes to books, I swear. I love these "popcorn" type books.
Sue Moro
Jan 13, 2015 Sue Moro rated it it was amazing
I've always been fascinated by the Titanic. The moment I saw this title, I knew I had to read it. I couldn't begin to imagine how the author was going to include zombies in the telling of such a well know tragedy. Pauls does an amazing job!

The story follows a scientist, Theodore Weiss, as he struggles to discover a cure for a horrendous plague. He notices that his research is being disturbed when he is not in the lab, and soon he begins to suspect the German government of trying to use his rese
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Nick
May 16, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for my Kindle as a daily deal and after downloading it I started to think that I was just adding books to my collection for the sake of it.

I mean....Zombies on the Titanic! C'mon! This was going to be a real bad b-movie type book. Why was I wasting my time reading this? I am a fairly slow reader so I have to choose my books carefully. I can't get books just because they are cheap! Books are not a commodity to be traded.

So I started to read this book with a sense of trepidation, e
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Jennifer Lavoie
My students are on a zombie kick right now, and to be honest so am I. So when this came up in the Scholastic flier the kids were psyched for it. Of course I get to read it first and wow, it is not what I was expecting, but in a great way!

Based on what little we were given about the book I just thought: zombies, Titanic, done. I was not expecting a mystery/thriller in the beginning, and it is even a bit of a medical thriller as well! What frightened me was how well researched the book is. The des
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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Jun 08, 2014 Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I wasn't too sure I would like this book, I thought it was going to be some bad joke. But alas, I was pleasently surprised at how good it actually was written.

It isn't just some thrown together zombie book demeaning anyone. It actually had a very good plot and I liked it a great deal. I recommend to all of my zombie loving friends.
Mark
Apr 19, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
Deck Z: The Titanic
Author: Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Published In: San Francisco, CA
Date: 2012
Pgs: 222

REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Summary:
A Manchurian plague. A pre-WW1 German plot to eliminate the Russians from a future war before it starts. A scientist realizing the immorality of what is intended with his research. The mightiest ship of her age. An escape. A Russian born Jew acting as a German secret agent to take revenge for the pogrom that killed his family. Ic
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Savanna Stork
Apr 02, 2013 Savanna Stork rated it really liked it
In an attempt to branch out into different genres I entered a goodreads giveaway of this book - and won! Of course I was excited to have won the book, but to say that I was skeptical is probably an understatement. Completely unfamiliar with the zombie genre, I was scared of having to face brutality and gore - I am not a person that handle such things very well - but I got so much more! Yes, there are very vivid descriptions of the zombies appearance,

"Now the flesh on her face was so rotted that
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Kristi Schoonover
Dec 13, 2012 Kristi Schoonover rated it really liked it
There are only so many things that can be done with the zombie concept as we know it. In Deck Z, you’ll find the typical zombie-plague tropes in play (even though I found the connection to a strain of the Bubonic Plague grounded it a bit better in reality), so if you’re looking for something more original in that department, this story probably isn’t for you. However, if you don’t mind that and you like fast-moving action adventure tales set against a historical backdrop, then pick this one up. ...more
Matthew Baker
May 28, 2013 Matthew Baker rated it it was amazing
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!

This book took me on a heck of a journey. I
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Robin Cole
Mar 18, 2013 Robin Cole rated it really liked it
I like historical fiction and think it works especially well when the event is well known but the characters are not. In that regard it is easier to lose yourself in the narrative and imagine the story you are reading is one of the many unknown tales that went to the grave with one of history's lesser characters- after all we can't all be Cleopatra in our previous lives.. some of us have to be the woman who ran her bath or the man that fetched her horse.
To that end, this was a hard one to lose m
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Lectus
Jul 04, 2013 Lectus rated it did not like it
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Halsted
Mar 18, 2013 Halsted rated it really liked it
Despite not being a fan of zombie stories or knowing much about the history of the Titanic, I enjoyed Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon's Deck Z immensely. I had prepared myself for a silly backstory as to why zombies were on that fateful voyage to begin with, but the authors carefully crafted a plausible scenario and sympathetic characters. In true thriller style, the plot was relentless, chugging full steam ahead just like the doomed ship. I appreciated the small details, like structuring the novel ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 18, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I absolutely devoured this book, which I was not expecting because I am not a huge fan of zombies. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate them, I guess I'm indifferent in regards to the zombie love going around. However, the combination of zombies and the titanic was just too intriguing to pass up.

The story does begin a little slow since the origins of "the Toxic" needed to be explained. Despite the slow pace at the beginning it was still interesting since you KNEW something was going to happen- afte
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Sarah
Jan 27, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
24/1 - I'm really enjoying the way the subject of zombies is being taken seriously, treated as a retelling of something that could have, or even did actually happen. Haven't read much, so that's all the insights I have gleaned so far. To be continued...

28/1 - The way this book is written as an in-depth retelling of a disaster was interesting and made the whole story, even the zombies, seem more likely. The authors must have done a good amount of research to be able to write about the real-life c
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Joseph Barnes
Nov 09, 2012 Joseph Barnes rated it it was amazing
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 comb ...more
Cathy Moore
Aug 18, 2013 Cathy Moore rated it liked it
I first saw this book listed as a Goodreads.com give-away. I entered to win it several times without success so I decided to check our local library. I was excited to find the book there and eagerly checked it out.

The book was slow for me in the beginning, but after a third of the way through it...the plot began to emerge and my interest in the book began to enlighten. My son read the book as well and he told me that he felt the book would have been better as a movie. After reading it, I agree
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Kristina
Jul 08, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-goal-88
The Titanic + Zombies? What's not to enjoy.

The book plays out like a spy novel of sorts making it pretty unique in the zombie genre if you ask me. German scientist working for a disease control company is investigating this weird outbreak and some military men go in with him. They bring one survivor back to a lab in Germany. German scientist discovers they plan on using the virus as a weapon, takes sample, destroys lab, boards Titanic to escape to America and continue his research. German milita
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Hanna
Feb 23, 2013 Hanna rated it it was amazing
**spoilers!**

This book was amazing. The premise of this novel is that a virus is unleashed on the Titanic by a well-meaning scientist and his pursuant. The end result is the sinking of the Titanic.

The plot and character development ranks in the top ten of books I have read in the past year. I enjoyed reading about the varying characters and enjoyed the thread of history in the otherwise fictional account of events. This book was a wonderful "one time" novel (meaning no sequels) and I recommend
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Jeanette
Nov 03, 2014 Jeanette rated it really liked it
It felt wrong to read this book at first. Mixing the terrible tragedy where real people died terrible deaths with a horror story didn't feel right. Yet I loved it. Lots of facts mixed with fiction, great Titanic storytelling, had me imagining the horror if this was ever possible. I predicted the end very early on but all in all, a great read, if you don't get bogged down with the rights and wrongs of the subject matter.
Matthew
Jan 23, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it
This book was actually much better than I expected. I thought it might be really hokey (and possibly really stupid), but it ended up being a very interesting read. It seemed to follow the history of the Titanic close enough (characters, events, timelines, etc.) that it could be placed in the alternate history category (with zombies being the alternate addition, of course). If you want a quick, fun read and you are a fan of the zombie genre, give this one a try.
Donna
Jan 06, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for fans of the Titanic. Keep in mind that it's a story with a spin. Actual events are portrayed just as it had happened.

I read this book in one day. I have only done that with one other book in my life and that was years ago.

I highly suggest you read this book. It has a serious twist as to the protagonist. I was a bit disappointed with the ending but it was still predictable.
Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan)
Dec 27, 2016 Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of zombie literature. Fans of The Titanic. Fans of decently written horror.
"Where men are the most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken, and have there given reins to passion, without that proper deliberation and suspense, which can alone secure them from the grossest absurdities."
-David Hume
An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals


I have always been extremely fascinated by the Titanic. It was a wondrous feat of human ingenuity for its era, and the tragedy of its sinking, as well as the many unfortunate deaths, changed travel via ocean-liner
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MollyK
Apr 10, 2013 MollyK rated it really liked it
**** Give away winner *****
I was not disappointed by this one. Fast paced, well written, will cool historical references. I loved how being set in 1912, the characters remained ever polite whilst battling the devilish zombie ghouls.
Suzanne
Feb 28, 2013 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
This was so awesome!I am such a nerd for anything Titanic, and to add zombies? Heaven! The writing was much better than I anticipated, and the image of Captain Smith wielding his blade against the plague-ridden beasts made me so happy. If you are a fan of genre smash-ups this is one for you.
Patti
Feb 19, 2014 Patti rated it really liked it
Two of my favorite things ever: The Titanic and zombies

The writing was good, plot was good, characters were well done. I liked the use of people we knew were on the Titanic.

A good mash up of genres.
John Saugling
Mar 07, 2013 John Saugling rated it it was amazing
My 15 year old daughter was checking this book out and on a whim decided to give it a shot. Wow, I couldn't put this book down!

If you like Zombie books, give this book a shot, you won't be disappointed.
Marek
Jan 28, 2013 Marek rated it liked it
its funny, this really isn,t a very good biok but i enjoyed it. it was like watching a B horror fick. the characters were weak and disinteresting but the book was still fun. i know, one hell of an review. you must wantto rush out and read it!!
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