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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145210803X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452108032
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Theodor Weiss, an emotionally injured scientist, was recruited by the German government to study a mutation of a deadly bubonic plague that has developed in Manchuria. Unknowingly, he brings a victim back to his mountain hideaway and tries to uncover the cause of the plague, seeking a cure. Once he has obtained the deadly Toxic from the victim, he flees the scene as he realizes that the German government wants to use it as a biological weapon. Arriving at the Southampton dock, he finds the world's largest ocean liner-the Titanic. When the Toxic is violently stolen, it begins to affect thousands of passengers, turning them into malicious, horrid zombies. With the help of Captain Edward Smith, Weiss and his team are forced into a Victorian massacre of the undead during the final hours of the legendary, ill-fated ocean liner as it speeds toward a deadly, disastrous iceberg. This fast-paced thriller reenacts the historical events of the tragic voyage through the lens of zombie anarchy. Plot-driven and told from multiple points of view, the novel will keep teens intrigued with gore and action. Readers will find that fiction and reality are a bit blurred as they continually try to guess which is which. A spine-chilling, nail-biting page-turner.-Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Here’s an unusual premise: the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 accidentally saved the world from a zombie apocalypse. The story begins in Germany, where a scientist discovers that a virulent new plague might hold the key to curingmany deadly diseases. Fearing the German military will pervert it for a weapon, the scientist sneaks aboard the Titanic, hoping to take the virus to America, but he’s pursued by a German agent who steals the virus and unwittingly unleashes a plague of zombies. A small group of brave souls, led by Captain Smith of the Titanic, fight to kill the undead before they take over the ship. The authors do an excellent job of making this high-concept idea seem plausible (if you accept the zombies, of course). The descriptions of zombified mayhem are suitably scary, the language is period-appropriate, and fans of Titanic lore will enjoy seeing how the authors reconcile their made-up story with known events: Captain Smith’s reported absence from the bridge after the ship hit the iceberg, for example, is explained by the fact that he was below decks fighting zombies. An imaginative, very well told horror tale. --David Pitt

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I liked this book -- really a fun read.
T. Doyle
A fun, quick read, the book does a great job of weaving history and supernatural fiction.
Zombie Lover
I would recommend this as a good read for fans of the historical zombie genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna on January 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Fitz on October 14, 2013
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This was a really fun story to read if you like zombie stories. It's even better if, like me, you find the Titanic interesting as well. Yeah it plays a little with the facts but I've never been one to let facts get in the way of a good story.
Well worth the Kindle price if you like a good zombie yarn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Ramthun on March 26, 2013
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Deck Z is a surprisingly effective story of a zombie infestation on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. The best stories that weave real-life tragedies into fictional tales are ones that make you believe this really happened, and Chris Pauls succeeds brilliantly. The story begins slowly but the writing is excellent and once the story moves to the Titanic the pace is non-stop and the action builds until the inevitable but perfectly realized ending. This is one story where you don't mind the Titanic sinking! I recommend this book for anyone who loves a good zombie tale or for anyone who is fascinated by the Titanic. An excellent novel.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on December 29, 2012
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There are two subjects that have remained popular for decades and the authors of Deck Z have combined them. This is Titanic with zombies, and it is so ridiculous that it works.

Theodor Weiss is a scientist who was enlisted by the German government to study a mutation of the bubonic plague which has arisen in Manchuria. He isolates an infected witch doctor and gathers a vial of the infection to study it in hope of finding a cure. The government has other plans and when he learns of their sinister intentions, he destroys his lab and makes off with the vial. He sees the massive Titanic as a perfect hiding place. Unfortunately, a government agent is on his trail and follows him onto the ship, stealing the vial and releasing it in the 3rd class areas.

This book has no regard for history and alters it as it sees fit to move the story along, but this isn't the kind of thing you read to learn something. Even the zombie lore is a bit questionable. But this book is pure fun and the short chapters and wealth of action scenes make reading quick and satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Jo Newton on December 25, 2013
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Great story based on historical facts. Characters taken from events, with a little zombie fantasy added in to the bunch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2013
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Ok, so this book is more conceit than story, but what a great Conceit!

In the first few chapters, the authors go to great lengths to set plot in motion and ground their fantasy in the real world. Pre-war politics, realistic bio-chem research, believable zombies, everything is consistent and makes sense in this world.

And that quality follows through in the writing. what could have been a quick and dirty knockoff has quality writing: it's obvious the authors care about their product. I did notice a typo or two right at the beginning, but from then on was swept away by the story and the writing disappeared into the background.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Anne Bartotto on December 9, 2013
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I will admit it, I am a Titanic fanatic. I am also a horror fanatic. What a morbid combination, I know, something must have seriously messed me up somewhere over the years. You can only imagine the weird things I have read, written about, scared teachers over, and demented my children with as time as passed.
Deck Z, was the second book I have read about the Titanic and zombies being on board the ship.
The first was, Titanic with Zombies, which was also very good. Yes, you guessed it, I liked this book too, and would recommend it. Essentially both books have a distinct similarity, there really is only so much action you can create when you trap zombies on a ship you know is going to sink. The books, have different approaches to how the zombie creating process arrives on the ship, of the two I am going to give Deck Z the higher marks, but I am not giving any details away, no spoilers here. Character wise, both books have the need to stay true to history with certain characters, the passengers and crew aboard the Titanic. They both do a superb job of intertwining the real people within the cast of fictional characters, yet again, Deck Z, takes it a bit further and gives some of the Titanic crew more depth to their history.
The Titanic was the ship of dreams, and this story makes it the ship of nightmares that walk, moan, and attempt to devour you. Well written and created with an attention to detail that not many horror writers place
in their works, I would definitely add this to any zombie book collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ThaiTime on March 2, 2013
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I am not a fan of horror, but I do love speculative fiction and as such, this works for me! Deck Z is a clever re-imagining of the Titanic tale, with some intriguing twists on old notions like why "the band played on..." You see the authors having a good time here and it's easy to go along with them on this romp. Plus, as a fan of girls who save themselves, I loved spunky little Lou and the spit and fire she brings to the story. If you're looking to put your head in another time and reality... this is a fun way to get there!
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