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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Deadite Press (September 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383931
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

BRIAN KEENE is the author of over thirty books, including Darkness on the Edge of Town, Dead Sea, Urban Gothic, Ghoul and The Rising. He has also collaborated on novels with J.F. Gonzalez and Nick Mamatas. He also writes comic books such as The Last Zombie, Doom Patrol and Dead of Night: Devil Slayer. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French and Taiwanese. Two of his works -- Ghoul and The Ties That Bind -- have been adapted for film. Keene's work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher's Weekly, Fangoria, and Rue Morgue Magazine. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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BRIAN KEENE is the author of over thirty books, including Darkness on the Edge of Town, Dead Sea, Urban Gothic, Ghoul and The Rising. He has also collaborated on novels with J.F. Gonzalez and Nick Mamatas. He also writes comic books such as The Last Zombie, Doom Patrol and Dead of Night: Devil Slayer. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French and Taiwanese. Two of his works -- Ghoul and The Ties That Bind -- have been adapted for film. Keene's work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher's Weekly, Fangoria, and Rue Morgue Magazine.

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite Keene books to date.
S. Story
I don't want to give anything away, so all I will say about the ending is that it was disappointing.
Melissa Helwig
The characters were unbelievable and the ending was just a little too convenient.
grumpydan

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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Travis Deputy VINE VOICE on January 17, 2009
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I remember about 5 or 6 days ago Amazon sent me a shipping notice to my email saying this book, Castaways, had been shipped. Well, I forgot about it for the several days after that and much to my surprise and delight it arrived via UPS at my doorstep yesterday. I stayed up all night reading Mr. Keene's Castaways and I'm happy to report it's my favorite of his novels I've read, and I've read about all of them.

It's not a real surprise for this to be my favorite of his novels because I had read the short story in his Fear Of Gravity short story collection and loved it and always hoped he would turn it in to a novel length story. There was much demand for that story to be turned into a novel. As Keene states in the author notes in the back of Castaways, our wish is his command.

This isn't a terribly long novel at about 282 pages, but what a wallop it packs. If you, like me, love monster beastie novels in the vain of Richard Laymon's Beast House series then you are absolutely going to love this novel. I won't tell you about the plot or give away any major spoilers because I want you the reader to enjoy this fantastic novel as much as I did. I will give you a very brief overview of it, though.

Think Survivor type reality show on a deserted island with contestants and film crew thrown on it and with wild, nasty, butt-raping creatures, who are indigenous to the island, running around wreaking havoc and using human females to further propagate(don't think that's the word I'm looking for.... but anyway) their species and you have a general idea of the story. There's much more to it than that, though. Read it! It's wonderful!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dale Albrecht on June 26, 2009
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Brian Keene has quickly become one of my favorite authors of horror fiction. Every one of his books I've read thus far has interesting characters, a twist or two, and generous helping of the icky. His track record with me is so good so far that I ordered Castaways without even knowing what it was about. The story is pretty basic: reality show contestants run afoul of ancient denizens on remote island but Keene is able to squeeze out some nice surprises and once again I was not disappointed when I got to the last page.

My only problem - at the cost of a star - is that the book seems a bit rushed. The writing is still good but I felt like characters and events were flying by so quickly that I never became fully engaged with what was happening. I think just a little more time fleshing everything out might have made the later thrills and chills even more exciting.

Still, this is a page-turner and horror fans will have a good time with it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Smith on March 21, 2009
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I read this book on a plane coming back from Austin today. It passed the time, that's for sure. And maybe I'm unfamiliar with recent work in the horror genre, but Brian Keene seems especially courageous (or maybe just happily unrestrained) in his depictions of violent sex, blood and beasties (I said "and" not "or"). But the book has too many consistency problems, half-baked characters and unnecessary implausibilities (plus using the incorrect spelling "making due" -- aaarrrghhh) to allow me to give it anything more than a lukewarm endorsement. Just stuff like a woman having the same clothes ripped off an hour after they've already been ripped off; a video store "owner" whose back-story changes to video store "clerk" later in the book; and, well, you get the idea. I just think someone, an editor, perhaps? needs to keep track of this stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 29, 2009
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I have ready pretty much every book by Brian Keene and this is certainly one of my favorites. What I liked was that this book was very different in that it really didn't involve anything supernatural (don't get me wrong, I love that angle but it was nice for something more basic). I usually take quite awhile (easily a month) to go through a paperback but I read this in about 3 sittings over a few days (with the last sitting being 2/3 of the book!).

If you're a fan of his work or just looking for an exciting read, I highly recommend you pick up Castaways.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John McDaniel on January 29, 2009
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OK. Here is my first review for Amazon and what a book with which to start. Castaways is a very good entertaining read. For me it was a very engrossing horror novel that didn't hold back on the gore. I will spare you a synopsys of the whole book, Im sure it will be explained here a dozen times. However I found myself grasping the pages in shock and some moments and laughing out loud in others. This is a must read. If you are not a Brian Keene fan, give this guy a chance. You'll thank me!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Lavoie on July 1, 2011
I really enjoyed this story. It is the same story that has been done a lot- people stranded on an island with killers. One thing that was very different was he used people from his forum. So if you follow his forum it was fun to have them in the story. ****Spoiler**** you are waiting right to the end for a Keene ending and it doesn't come. But that is okay it is nice to have a happy ending once in awhile.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Miller on November 29, 2009
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The cast and crew filming a reality show on a remote island (very similar to the CBS show, Survivor) are plunged into a world of terror. It turns out that the deserted island they are on is actually occupied by flesh-eating monsters. A cyclone hits, and they find themselves truly cut off from help and fighting for survival.

Horror works best when a talented writer presents us with flawed-yet-sympathetic characters that we care about, plunges them into extraordinary circumstances, and then (once the reader is hooked) takes us just past (or way past) our comfort level. Once the truly nasty things happen to the characters, we are too hooked to stop looking. Keene almost gets this right. He definitely took me past my comfort level. The only thing missing for me was character development. I never felt connected with any of the characters at any level that made me care very much about what was happening to them. The only thing that kept the pages turning was sheer plot.

While this novel was not perfectly executed, I would still recommend it to anyone in the mood for a good dose of horror.
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