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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: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,363 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 forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture's current interest in zombies. Keene's novels have been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, Taiwanese, and many more. In addition to his own original work, Keene has written for media properties such as Doctor Who, The X-Files, Hellboy, Masters of the Universe, and Superman.

Several of Keene's novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option.

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, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine. He has won numerous awards and honors, including a World Horror Grand Master award, two Bram Stoker awards, and a recognition from Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) for his outreach to U.S. troops serving both overseas and abroad. A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA.

Customer Reviews

The characters were unbelievable and the ending was just a little too convenient.
grumpydan
I have ready pretty much every book by Brian Keene and this is certainly one of my favorites.
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This book is a decent addition to the horror genre, and it is a pretty good read.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Haze Blackmon 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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8 of 9 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 Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 30, 2009
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On a deserted island, a group of contestants compete for a million dollars on the reality based show Castaways. The players must live off what is on the island and battle one another in various contests that the producer arranges. The winner of the day is immune from deportation while the group votes on who is exiled. The last person standing wins the prize. The contestants and the support crew assume the island is deserted, but they will learn otherwise.

The natives live in caves, but as the show's participants will learn they are hominid but not quite human. They are covered in fur, never wash or use tools and communicate with one another without speaking in any known language. It is also difficult for their females to become pregnant and those who are born are typically deformed. Their plan is simply one of survival.; they will eat the male intruders and rape the females keeping them pregnant until they no longer can bear their offspring. No rescue for the Castaways is in sight.

Although the tale of a reality TV show on an isolated Pacific island filled with monsters is not new (see Jaci Burton's Surviving Demon Island), Brian Keene refreshes his version by placing his Castaway within a horror version of Christie's And Then There Were None. Fans of Survivor will enjoy the twist as there is no getting off the island for the humans who are either sustenance or child bearers. The island paradise location adds depth to the horrific scenario confronting the show participants as Mr. Keene provides an enjoyable dark twist to reality TV.

Harriet Klausner
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