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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The Earth has been pillaged and polluted; the sun has not broken through the smog for over a decade. The oceans and rivers have all turned toxic.

Man's last hope for survival is to search the ocean depths for alternative fuel, food, and clean water sources. If they fail, mankind will die.

The Betty Loo, a search and rescue submarine, captained by Iain Kingston, is hired for
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by CreateSpace
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Adrian Chamberlin
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it

Too many zombie apocalypse titles around these days, and very little to distinguish them. It takes something pretty special to make me pick up a zombie book, but Z-BOAT has such a unique premise that this jaded reader couldn't resist.

Since childhood, I've been an avid reader of adventure thrillers as well as horror and historical fiction, and particular favourite authors were Desmond Bagley, Alistair MacLean, and Clive Cussler.

Z-Boat put me in mind
Patrick D'Orazio
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Z-Boat tells the tale of the Betty Loo, an ancient heap of a submarine contracted out for search and rescue missions several decades in the future. The world has changed since the early part of the twenty first century, with massive pollution, tremendous political turmoil, deteriorating food and water supplies, and in general, a pretty messed up world. People do live longer and food is genetically enhanced, but large corporations run things along with the new superpowers: North Korea, Russia, an ...more
C.T. Phipps
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When one typically says the word "post-apocalyptic zombie fiction", you assume the former is caused by the latter. The first intriguing thing about Z-Boat is the zombies are completely unrelated to the fact the world has gone to hell. Set in an undetermined time in the future, Z-Boat describes a world where the environment has been totally destroyed by pollution and only a few countries remain due to economic collapse. While I was knocked out of the book by her, presumably humorous, choice of N ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Zombies on a submarine, a small, confined space, thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface – can it be any scarier than this?
Z-Boat opens with a quick recap on the state of the world, overpopulation has taken its toll, resulting in undrinkable water, overly-genetically modified food that has lost its nutritional value, and of course, the fuel is running out. The superpowers have been taken over by military regimes and dictators – education in Russia is far to superior to that of the American e
Christopher  Nelson
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
New deadliest catch, long anticipated and well worth the wait!

This review is from: Z-Boat (Z-Boat Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
A horrific ecological disaster above. Submarines pushing through deadly waters below. Espionage and political intrigue. Monsters. The premise alone makes Z-BOAT attractive, reminiscent of some of the hellish rides from the eighties, DEEP STAR SIX, LEVIATHAN, and even the ALIENS franchise coming to mind. There is something about a group of disparate and hostile personalities s
Eric Shelman
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Suzanne Robb's "Z-Boat" is a unique adventure - in the beginning, we're introduced to a group of people, all tasked to head out on a deep-sea rescue mission in a submarine called the Betty Loo. They're assigned to locate a sunken sub and rescue the survivors ... or are they? Now, while you may find yourself wanting to initially find someone to latch onto and cheer for, it's not easy to do. The further into the book you get, you wonder if it's almost more fun not trusting any of them, and just wa ...more
Dave Lightfoot
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
A world torn apart by human consumption and greed. Pollution destroying our food source, air supply and clean water. Governments at war over fuel and power.

A perfect post apocalyptic world for any novel and Suzanne Robb manages to fit all of that into the very first page. I knew immediately that I was going to enjoy this novel.

The action all takes place on an independently owned submarine, which is hired out by governments and companies alike to search the depths of the high seas for new fuel s
Kevin Walsh
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Z-boat is an original novel with a great plot. The plot for this novel is so different and engaging that it really sets it apart from all the other zombie novels. You can say that in the massive ocean of zombie novels, Z-Boat really floats to the surface. *insert pity laugh here*
The characters were diverse and intriguing. The author did a stellar job of projecting the different personalities of all the characters, and she managed to do this without disrupting the story's quick pace.
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Set in a submarine that spends most of the novel underwater, the claustrophobia and paranoia were very evident and tangible. It was a zombie novel essentially but the zombie action didn't come in until very nearly the end. The first three quarters of the book were getting to know the characters and their various agendas. I loved the dynamics of the two crews open hostility towards each other, until the end when they had no choice but wo
Matt Darst
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Z-Boat" is not just a zombie book. No, it is much, much more.
It is a genre blend of horror, science fiction, and espionage.
It is a chimera, parts "Firefly," Captain Nemo, "Crimson Tide," and Romero.
Ms. Robb’s dialogue is tight, fleshing out the diverse characters nicely. Readers will easily settle into their dynamic and applaud the wit.
The setting is claustrophobia inducing. If I didn’t know better, I’d bet the author served on a submarine at some point in her life. Her research on the vessel
Rebecca Snow
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Suzanne Robb's debut novel Z-Boat is a captivating story of the an underwater search and rescue mission set in a futuristic world full of of toxic pollution. Her characters draw you in from the beginning of the novel and make you want them to make it back from the mission... well, most of them. Some of them make you hope they suffer untold horrors... but I'm not telling whether they do or not.

Ms. Robb's storyline drives her readers to keep reading from the very first page and doesn't let go unti
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read a couple of reviews for Z-Boat that mentioned the slow build up as if it's a bad thing. Sorry but I'm from the old school of introducing the characters so the reader has a genuine investment in watching the story unfold. I've read enough bland kill-off-the-zombies-kill-off-the-humans books that use pointless action instead of plot. If you want to read a book with great complex characters who have to deal with a realistic depiction of 'science gone bad', this book is for you. And don't ...more
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not as many zombies as I was expecting, but a damn fine thriller nonetheless. You can read my full review at

(Note, the discrepancy in the grades is because Goodreads does not allow for 1/2 stars.)
Chip Fehd
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced cocktail of spy drama, Techno-thriller and zombie massacre. Highly original and well concocted. Definitely worth a read.
Sheri White
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fun and engrossing story of zombies threatening a submarine.
Sean McLachlan
I'm always up for a good sea tale so I was looking forward to reading this. What I found was a mixed bag.
The plot of this book is basically "zombies on a dystopian submarine". That's not a spoiler because you find that out in the first page. The world is declining rapidly thanks to corporate greed, government corruption, and spreading pollution. While I love a good dystopian tale, I found parts of this hard to swallow. For example, global smog is so thick you can't see the Sun in the middle of t
Heather Faville
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
**this is a reread/repost of an older review of Z-Boat as it has now been picked up by Permuted Press and expanded for this release.

Z-Boat by Suzanne Robb is not your typical zombie book. A lot of time was spent setting up scenarios to give the reader the full picture of the contaminated world in which the characters are living. The always highly important, characterization is another big focus and, of course, needs to be well done if we, as readers, are to have some sort of feeling when the bru
Scott McGlasson
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Since 2006, the zombie genre has caught fire among horror readers. Unfortunately, a hot genre tends to gather quite a bit of the same kindling, so to speak, and many of the offerings are merely carbon copies of one another. Not so Robb's Z-Boat. Here we have a dystopic, rather than apocalyptic, entry into the zombie horror arena. The world isn't overrun with the living dead, it merely sucks. A makeshift crew is thrown together to investigate an SOS from a research vessel deep in the ocean and we ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
My full Z-Boat audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

If you do not already know this, this is a zombies on a submarine story, makes you think of Snakes on a Plane, right? Also the planet earth has finally been decimated by humans in every imaginable way. Z-Boat had the backbone to be really entertaining and a standalone in the genre.

However, it did not come off that way to me. Starting out very slow with character development that I found myself not caring about after awhile. The
David Bernstein
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The prologue had me intrigued. It was creepy. From there, the book only got better. This isnt one of those zombie books where its all about the undead and how ugly they are. This novel is character-driven, and well done at that. There is a mystery that runs throughout the tale that kept me guessing the whole time. This book has zombies in it, but it is a book that any horror fan, thriller fan, zombie fan, or the even the espionage fan can enjoy. Bottom line: this isnt just one heck of a good boo ...more
Steve Wiggins
Another interesting contribution to zombie literature. This one is adventure-packed, but the characters are sometimes less than believable. Fun, however, and it's good to see a strong female protagonist. Further comments may be found on my blog: .Sects and Violence in the Ancient World
Solid story with ample amounts of action, but not a tremendous amount of zombies. And that's okay.

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Suzanne Robb is the author of DEAD BY MIDNIGHT, APOCALYPSE BY MIDNIGHT, the Z-BOAT trilogy published by Permuted Press and CONTAMINATED published by Severed Press. She is an Active member of the ITW and an Affiliate member of the HWA. In her free time she reads, watches movies, plays with her dog, and enjoys chocolate and LEGOs.
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