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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: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,344 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.
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I would highly recommend this book to fans of the zombie genre or alternate history buffs.
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Interesting plot, decent characters, good action.
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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donna on January 20, 2013
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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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9 of 12 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 Michael Kent on August 5, 2013
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I have to admit, this book was fun to read. But that's the most credit I'll give it.

Firstly, most of the dialogue reads exactly like it would if you asked a 5th grader to act out a zombie movie based on Saturday morning cartoons. It's easy and predictable, and often so stereotypical that it makes you wonder if it's meant to be satire.

There are major plot points that are badly contrived as the authors attempt to shoehorn the zombie story into the titanic story. For instance, when Weiss, the scientist is on the run to escape the German military, it is just assumed that he would hide by boarding the Titanic. Because it's a big ship? Wouldn't he be much more hidden boarding a vessel that wasn't on the front page of all the newspapers? In this book, everyone assumes that Weiss will board the ship and I never saw any true motivation for the ship to be involved.

I've never rolled my eyes so much reading a book. If this book were turned into a movie and they didn't change any of the dialogue, it would be turned into a drinking game.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MZ on April 15, 2013
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I am not huge on leaving reviews and am rarely bothered enough to leave a poor review. However, reading Deck Z was like proof reading a child's creative writing assignment - painful. To give you an example: when faced by a horde of zombies the following dialogue ensues "Run captain' hollered Andrews. 'Never!' growled Smith". Really?!? And when trying to send out a distress signal, one person in the radio room says to the other "try the new one, why don't you. 'Save Our Souls' might scare something up.' 'Anything for a change of pace.' agreed Phillips. He started tapping and employed the latest international distress signal for the first time. SOS, SOS, SOS". Seriously? Not only is this completely inaccurate (SOS had been in use since 1908) but it's also dumb (a change of pace?!?). So dumb that writing this review has reminded me just how badly written this book is causing me to change my rating from 2 stars to 1.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 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 LCthulou 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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