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The Boat - Zombie Survivors [Kindle Edition]

Chris Dougherty
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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Book Description

At the end of the world, the undead aren't the greatest threat to those who have survived.

A deadly plague brought on by an experimental AIDS drug called Lazarus sweeps the country. Lazarus, named so because it brings patients back from the brink of death, has the unfortunate side effect of bringing the dead back to life. A handful of survivors have made their way to water where the walking dead–called 'sinkers'–are less of a threat. These battered and traumatized survivors have colonized a super yacht (Flyboy), a tugboat (Big Daddy), and a weekender yacht (Barbra's Bay Breeze). As they wait for more survivors and organize a voyage south to a warm climate, they unintentionally bring aboard a monster who might be the end to them all.

Product Details

  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Dougherty Books (January 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007124GIW
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'The Love Boat' featuring Zombies April 16, 2012
Whilst this wasn't a bad read at all, it wasn't entirely what I was expecting, more like 'chick lit, with zombies'

Similar to 'The Final Winter' (by Iain Wright) where you could substitute the continual snowfall (that forces everyone to be contained within a pub) for custard filled scarecrows and it wouldn't alter the story much. In this, the zombies are really just a reason to contain everyone on 'The Boat' (or boats to be fair as there are really three in total) and again as with the popular zombie yarn/political thriller 'Feed' (by Mira Grant) zombies feature somehow in such a way that they are really just a plot device and not the crux in the the main story.

The 'meat' of the story (pun intended)is really a blossoming love story of sorts between two characters, who have lost their respective others to the zombies/plague, along with the sub plot of a serial killer who is fished from a passing raft and joins the rag tag flotilla (again, unintentionally I'm sure, but very reminiscent of The Final Winter.

The problem for me aside from a lack of zombie action (a couple of minor flashbacks, one brief visit to shore and a kind of chaotic finale didn't do it for me) was that only a small handful of characters were even named, never mind developed. Therefore at the climax I felt very detached from it all, as brief snippets (described from a main characters perspective) tell of a few nameless/faceless people being attacked and scoffed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Boat February 16, 2012
By RandiTS
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Boat takes place mainly on, you guessed it, a boat! Actually, three, but let's not get technical here...

While this is a zombie story (they call them "sinkers" because the can't swim), I found it more in the realm of a suspense or mystery book with evil - the kind that reminds you of something that Stephen King or Dean Koonz would write.

There are four main characters that are fleshed out in details along with a host of secondary characters that add to the story.

Adam, a man that was loser in "real life" - ungrateful, nothing was ever his fault (which of course was why he was working at a customer support desk - you know you probably talked to him when you called an 800 number before with an issue!), self absorbed, etc... who "reinvents" himself during the chaos when he finds himself on the main yacht. He appoints himself leader because he is the first to figure out how the controls work.

Steve, a professor before the zombies came, lost his girlfriend while escaping and is now in charge of the tugboat, "Big Daddy". He is a strong person whom everyone looks up to and has a crush on Maggie. He also manages the supply runs and any other issues that come up. He is not looking to take over the group but Adam feels threatened by him.

Maggie is emotionally detached from the people on her boat, the Barbra's Bay Breeze, or the 3Bs. She rescued a little girl but still withholds herself from everyone else even while feeling responsible for them.

And finally, John Smith. One day, a yellow raft floats up to the 3Bs with a bleeding man laying in the bottom of it. Although Steve feels that something is wrong, he can't figure out what it is and they bring John aboard to treat his head wound.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies With a Twist, Love It! June 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Boat by Christine Dougherty is definitely not your average zombie story, although it has zombies. It isn't your average Post-Apocalyptic story, yet there is a plague that causes death and zombies, creating a Post-Apocalyptic environment. Which also makes a great setting for a Survivalist story, though not your......wait for it....average Survivalist story.
See, Christine just doesn't do average, ever, and decided to write a fast-moving, horrific, nail-biting, zombie plague story of survival set two months after the aforementioned apocalyptic event. With a twist.
A really bad twist.
I am not surprised. I met Christine last year when she asked if I would review her novel The Devil Stood Up. As most of you know, I love me some good Horror and was thrilled to accept a copy for review. I eat Horror and Suspense for breakfast, one awesome reviewer on GoodReads, Stephen, [...]asked me in a round about way, what kind of book would actually scare me. I really didn't have an answer, until Christine Dougherty. Turns out I couldn't finish The Devil Stood Up. It disturbed the hell out of me and I had to put it down. For the first time ever I had to write an author and humbly apologize for being a wimp and not finishing their book. The writing was excellent but you couldn't make me pick it up again.
Instead of throwing rocks and laughing at me, Christine apologized and even asked for another review on her Urban Fantasy novel
Born Lucky (The JD Chronicles). I loved it.
I love the versatility Christine brings to the table. The Boat isn't overwhelmingly scary but it is very good and original and I urge lovers of Horror, Suspense and Urban Fantasy to check out this exciting author!
4.5 STARS by Tammy with The Kindle Book Review
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Too many unlikable characters made this book difficult to read, especially one of the survivors who was "rescued" in a rowboat on the water. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Greatdanes
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and quick read
Great character development. Exciting story and awesome twists. It was a quick read but very well done and not rushed.
Published 3 months ago by alexaidanm
4.0 out of 5 stars The Boat- Zombie Survivors
Fast moving, easy read. Great story.
Published 4 months ago by Denise Graves
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
read it, it was interesting.
Published 5 months ago by Scott A. Beaty
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy killer and some zombies too!
This was more about a seriel killer than zombies. Yes, zombies are there but the real creepy feeling comes from the seriiel killer. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it!
Good story, good characters.I enjoyed the book and want to see what happens next. The only thing that bothered me was occasionally in the book it would revert to current tense as... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rach
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awesome!!
Great zombie tale - not your typical same old same old! If you are looking for a zombie story with a twist - then this is the book to read!!
Published 7 months ago by A. C. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Psycho meets Zombie
If zombies are in it, im reading it! This one did not disappoint. Kind of took the whole end of the world - zombies - plague yadayada to a whole new level. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rollo
4.0 out of 5 stars Come Aboard
A very good tale about zombies. It had one downfall--the villain--who is so ridiculous that it "almost" destroys the story.
Published 9 months ago by Barry Schaeffer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Not bad but a little predictable. I wasn't disappointed except for the people who were "lost" in the story. Some things just aren't fair.
Published 9 months ago by BJC
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Chris Dougherty lives at the edge of the Pine Barrens in rural south Jersey. An award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories, Chris writes primarily in the genres of horror, thriller, sci-fi, and paranormal.

Chris is the author of the best selling "Zombie, Inc." and the controversial "The Devil Stood Up" which is currently in movie development. Visit: for more info.

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