- File Size: 621 KB
- Print Length: 313 pages
- Publisher: Dougherty Books (January 23, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 23, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007124GIW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Boat - Zombie Survivors Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The insistent stupidity of the characters provides for some excellent zombie fodder. The local setting makes a nice change from typically big-scaled stories. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mogwai Ahoy
This reads more like a predictable mystery with zombies thrown in than a proper zombie novel. Dull, with too many characters that were unlikable (Maggie, in particular, in whose... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rachel Scalmer
Nice concept, but I would've liked more fleshed out characters. I did enjoy the read though.Published 15 months ago by Kate McLaughlin
I enjoyed the book but didn't think much of the ending because it was a little predictable. Really enjoyed Zombie, Inc. and would suggest reading that one if you haven't already.Published 16 months ago by N. Bruns
Not my favorite zombie story but it was certainly worth the read. A bit long in places, I wish it had been tighter plot wise.Published 16 months ago by Belle Rouge
I enjoyed this book. It is a nice change of scenery from most other zombie stories, but still has some surprises.Published 17 months ago by Kaiju_fan75
I really tried reading this book but it never really caught my interest despite wading through to the middle of it. There needs to be a real good edit done. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Charlotte H.
started out well but I just got bogged down....too many characters perhapsPublished 18 months ago by Leonardo
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Greatdanes