The premise is interesting, to say the least. In this alternate history, a scientist trying to find a cure for the plague is studying a particular gruThe premise is interesting, to say the least. In this alternate history, a scientist trying to find a cure for the plague is studying a particular gruesome strain that turns its victims into mindless, flesh-hungry corpses. When the kaiser, eager to kick-start WWI and start the business of conquering other nations, finds out about the zombie-plague sample, the scientist knows he must steal the sample and hide it from the Germans. The scientist is a nice enough character, but he's not exactly the most competent guy around, which is how he winds up on the Titanic, is noticed by Agent who follows him on board, and accidentally sets in motion a series of events that leave the passengers and crew zombified. The events are described very carefully; it's a little bit gory in places but not bad.
This was a nice enough story for what it was. It was not as well-crafted as Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, but it was nevertheless a straightforward and gripping novel. I put off pretty much everything to finish it once I started, so I feel it should earn some points for being so hard to put down. That said, I never felt that the zombie premise worked particularly well with the Titanic legend; the "real" elements of the story, like the ship and the people on it, almost got in the way of the story. Although the novel was able to make historical figures like Smith and Andrews seem fresh and interesting, they were still not as well-developed as some of the novel's original characters. This story might have been stronger if it had left off the Titanic elements altogether and told just a zombie story.
What you make of this story will probably depend on what you're looking for. I thought it was a compelling story, and it was sort of a fun zombie romp that (I think) was written to come out at the same time as the Titanic centennial. If you want a serious story with deep characters and epic struggles, then you should probably look elsewhere (although the title should have probably tipped you off a little). If, however, you'd enjoy a quick story that both recognizes and sort of winks at the Titanic's crew and passengers, then be sure to give this little book a try....more