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The Earth has been pillaged and polluted; the sun has not broken through the smog for over a decade. The oceans and rivers have all turned toxic.Man's last hope for survival is to search the ocean depths for alternative fuel, food, and clean water sources. If they fail, mankind will die.The Betty Loo, a search and rescue submarine, captained by Iain Kingston, is hired forThe Earth has been pillaged and polluted; the sun has not broken through the smog for over a decade. The oceans and rivers have all turned toxic.Man's last hope for survival is to search the ocean depths for alternative fuel, food, and clean water sources. If they fail, mankind will die.The Betty Loo, a search and rescue submarine, captained by Iain Kingston, is hired for a price no one could refuse. The crew must deal with distrust, sabotage, and spies willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want.What they find on board The Widowmaker, the submarine they have been dispatched to help will test each person's will to survive and force enemies to work together.If they don't they will all die, and what rises to the surface will bring hell to Earth....

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ISBN : 9781467945745
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Number of Pages : 280 Pages
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Z-Boat Reviews

  • Adrian Chamberlin
    2018-10-16 14:09

    SILENT RUNNING...SILENT SCREAMS...DEATH CHARGE!Too many zombie apocalypse titles around these days, and very little to distinguish them. It takes something pretty special to make me pick up a zombie book, but Z-BOAT has such a unique premise that this jaded reader couldn't resist.Since childhood, I've been an avid reader of adventure thrillers as well as horror and historical fiction, and particular favourite authors were Desmond Bagley, Alistair MacLean, and Clive Cussler.Z-Boat put me in mind of MacLean's ICE STATION ZEBRA with its complex plotting and shady characters: a rich theme in these type of novels is "who's the traitor/spy/psychopath?", a plot device Dean Koontz used in his homage to MacLean in his own submarine thriller ICEBOUND.Suzanne Robb utilises this device to great effect, and kept me guessing right to the end.In their Amazon and Goodreads reviews, some readers complained that the book was too slow to get going, but that's missing the point: in all submarine thrillers, there's a gradual build-up rather than a rush of action; consider Wolfgang Peterson's DAS BOOT and Clancy's HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER as examples.The pacing was perfect for me, allowing the characters time to introduce themselves to each other as well as the reader and for the seeds of mistrust to be sown. The tension is felt long before the Betty Loo puts to sea...The zombie action comes much later in the book, and with some unique set-pieces that reminded me of the "strategic dismemberment" sequences in the video game DEAD SPACE. Perhaps not enough and too late in the day for hard-core zombapocalypse fans, but for me this was just the right amount for me. A submarine thriller relies more on tension and claustrophobia than all-out action.My only criticism is the prologue: it's more of an information dump than a proper story opening, telling the reader the state of the new world we are entering rather than illustrating through a proper introductory scene. A minor quibble, and certainly not enough to put me off recommending Z-BOAT to all who fancy taking a chance on a unique spin on the zombie apocalypse: tense, thrilling, full of character and a fond homage to the Cold War thrillers of my youth.Highly recommended.

  • Patrick D'Orazio
    2018-10-26 16:47

    Z-Boat tells the tale of the Betty Loo, an ancient heap of a submarine contracted out for search and rescue missions several decades in the future. The world has changed since the early part of the twenty first century, with massive pollution, tremendous political turmoil, deteriorating food and water supplies, and in general, a pretty messed up world. People do live longer and food is genetically enhanced, but large corporations run things along with the new superpowers: North Korea, Russia, and Israel. There is little in the way of freedom anymore, and the human race is starting to die out because food is losing its nutritional value and clean water is scarce. Missions to explore the depths of the ocean to find new solutions to the world's energy and bio related problems are believed to be one of the few remaining hopes to the long term survival of the human race. We are introduced to a decent sized cast of characters in this story: the members of the Betty Loo's crew that have been with her for the long haul and the new members of the team who have signed on to join them for a search and rescue of a sub that is at a depth the Betty Loo has never gone to and perhaps can't handle in her semi-decrepit state. It is clear almost immediately that virtually everyone who has been hired on for this mission has ulterior motives, and no one has any idea who to trust. No one really knows who has hired them for the operation, as that information is kept secret, even from the captain, though several grim facts have been shared with him that make him realize that this might be the last mission the Betty Loo ever undertakes. The cast of characters is colorful, with several ranking high on the intrigue scale. Ally, the ship's pilot with the cloudy past, is the captain's right hand and is probably as close to a main character as this ensemble piece gets. Ivan, the newcomer who appears to be in charge of divulging information to the crew on a need to know basis, is an ominous presence along with the doctor and research scientist who have found their way onto this mission along with him. Each has their own agenda, which the author doles out in bits and pieces as the story unfolds. The author also shares with the reader the perspective of virtually every character as key things happen, often switching from one to another rapidly to make us aware of some of the motivations that drive the different members of the crew, both new and old. Oh yes, there is zombies in this tale, but this book is more of a thriller than a zombie story, with the gruesome gut-munchers not showing up until more than two-thirds through the book. When they do, they provide the level of gory entertainment that zombie fans crave. I didn't see the build up to their reveal as a negative here-there was plenty to keep the plot rolling along in advance of their involvement, and even after they make their appearance, the elements that made the book a dark thriller remain in place. Z-Boat was an ambitious undertaking. It blends elements of both horror and thriller effortlessly, and also gives the reader a solid perspective of life aboard a submarine without letting the technical details of such an experience become overwhelming (or boring!). We are given just the right amount of detail on the Betty Loo so we understand how she operates when things are working and when they are falling apart without feeling like we’ve read a technical manual. The twists and turns of the plot challenged me to keep up, but didn’t leave me scratching my head, which in some ways can be both a good and a bad thing. As I mentioned, the author reveals a great deal about each of the characters and what they’re thinking, so how they act and react doesn’t generate surprise or shock as we dig deeper into the story, which makes this one more of a thriller than a true mystery in my mind. Of course, the zombies themselves are always unpredictable and insert plenty of surprise into the story, giving us a pretty decent body count in cramped quarters-both on the mysterious vessel sitting on the bottom of the ocean waiting for rescue as well as the Betty Loo herself. This was a fun read that kept me wondering how things would turn out from moment to moment, especially when the undead showed up and threw another wrench into the works for the crew just trying to survive each other as well as the constant array of mechanical problems the Betty Loo keeps having as she dives deeper and deeper into the dark depths of the ocean.

  • C.T. Phipps
    2018-11-10 12:59

    When one typically says the word "post-apocalyptic zombie fiction", you assume the former is caused by the latter. The first intriguing thing about Z-Boat is the zombies are completely unrelated to the fact the world has gone to hell. Set in an undetermined time in the future, Z-Boat describes a world where the environment has been totally destroyed by pollution and only a few countries remain due to economic collapse. While I was knocked out of the book by her, presumably humorous, choice of North Korea as one of those nations--we have no idea just how long the world has been in this state. I found Suzanne Robb's vision of a humanity on its last legs enjoyably dark. Everyone continues to go about their business despite the fact its obvious the world not just coming to an end but had ended years ago. Humanity is taking its time dying out but the sheer amount of devastation makes any repair attempts impossible (doubly so given humanity is using outmoded rusting 21st century equipment). The bleakness is all subtext, though, with the humans of Z-Boat not really caring about the end of the world. Instead, their chief concerns are their paycheck and whether or not their next mission will get them killed. The crew of the titular boat reminded me strongly of the Nostromo's crew from Alien as a result. A collection of individuals in a doomed situation, shady corporate sponsorship, and one exceptionally competent woman who might save a few. The characters are an eclectic bunch and the book's chief draw. The Betty Loo submarine is more or less the last stop and all of them have checked pasts of one kind or another. Not all of the crew like each other and tensions run hot and thick between the original crew as well as the newcomers. My favorite characters were Ally and Brian, the former being a survivor of a cult-like militia and the latter being the ship's alcoholic Captain. The novel spans multiple perspectives and gives us a multifaceted view of the situation while also making sure we don't know who the "main" characters are. This keeps tension hot when bodies start to pile up. Suzanne Robb brings an interesting new approach to zombies as well. Her particular Z-words are notable for the fact infection doesn't destroy a subject's intelligence. Instead, they just become incredibly hostile and focused on feeding above all else. The zombies are thus able to plan and strategize before falling on their former human allies like the cannibals they are. There were times when I wondered if they were possessed by an alien parasite like in The Thing. We got only a short bit from the perspective of these "smart" zombies and I'm hoping for more in future books. Readers should be forewarned the actual zombies don't appear engage the crew until the last third of the book. Suzanne Robb is far more interested in the tensions, paranoia, and in-fighting amongst the crew to drop in her cannibalistic creations off the bat. Therefore, the book is something of a slow burn before an explosive climax. This may not to be everyone's taste. Likewise, I question the choice of the surviving nations in this reality and believe others would have worked better. One scene also bugged me. A crew member of the Betty Loo is revealed to have taken part in a monstrous crime. One so horrific and destructive that the casualties outnumber Nine-Eleven a hundred fold. When his part in this horrific massacre is revealed, the crew just sort of shrug it off. I'm not sure if the author was trying to make a statement about the callousness of people in the future or simply the idea such tragedies are commonplace now. Either way, it took me out of the book. Still, the personal relationships of the crew helped endear them to me so when the zombies finally did arrive--I cared who got eaten and who didn't. This is an important quality for any work of horror and Z-Boat successfully pulls it off. I look forward to future works set in the world of Z-Boat and recommend the novel for zombie and post-apocalyptic fiction fans.7.5/10

  • Kat
    2018-10-14 17:58

    Zombies on a submarine, a small, confined space, thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface – can it be any scarier than this?Z-Boat opens with a quick recap on the state of the world, overpopulation has taken its toll, resulting in undrinkable water, overly-genetically modified food that has lost its nutritional value, and of course, the fuel is running out. The superpowers have been taken over by military regimes and dictators – education in Russia is far to superior to that of the American educational system, and spies are rife.The action on the Betty Lou begins with a recap of all the characters – which I really appreciated as the list of characters is quite long, and all of them are introduced into the story right from the beginning. Z-Boat reads like a movie – the first movie that it brought to my mind was Deep Blue Sea – which fits perfectly with the story.The characters are a mish-mash of different personalities, skills and motives, and part of the mystery is trying to work out who is working with whom, who they are working for, and who they are working against.I know nothing about submarines, but the explanation of the workings of the sub and the equipment are well written and add to the story – with just enough content to keep it interesting without being bogged down by an overload of information.There are a few negatives for me in this book – the story takes place over several days, but reads like it is happening all at once, for example there are no references I can remember that refer to the characters sleeping or eating a regular meal. At times the action is a little slow, and other times too fast which made it hard to keep up with what was happening.This is a good, solid Zombie book – the setting is unique, the characters (although there are many) are easily distinguishable from each other, there is a strong mystery element and the writing is good. Zombies don’t appear in force until the second-half of the book which normally would disappoint me, but in Z-Boat the build-up was worthwhile. With a few touch-ups this could be an excellent book.Full review on my blog: theaussiezombie.blogspot.com

  • ChristopherNelson
    2018-10-19 12:57

    New deadliest catch, long anticipated and well worth the wait!This review is from: Z-Boat (Z-Boat Book 1) (Kindle Edition)A horrific ecological disaster above. Submarines pushing through deadly waters below. Espionage and political intrigue. Monsters. The premise alone makes Z-BOAT attractive, reminiscent of some of the hellish rides from the eighties, DEEP STAR SIX, LEVIATHAN, and even the ALIENS franchise coming to mind. There is something about a group of disparate and hostile personalities stuck in a confined environment that ratchets the terror-factor. Suzanne Robb drops her characters into a pressure cooker from the beginning, then adds beasties and layers of true-to-life human horror.Beginning with the setting, the dystopian world is well researched—as are the technical details of the submarine and underwater operations—and could very well serve as foreshadowing of our own future based on corporate greed and the human nature of endless consumption/ waste. Zooming the lens brings an even more detailed backdrop sure to please the SF and tech-oriented bubble heads: mechanics of submarines delivered in hi-def.Each character is well rendered with individual personalities setting them apart from each other with clarity and that in and of itself is fantastic considering the amount of characters portrayed. Something I especially admired about this book is the different POVs that created a sort of literary panoramic effect. It also allowed the writer and advantage, delivering details in creative ways while keeping the mystery/ thriller aspects thumping to the very end.Finally, the best. Zombies. And not the average Romero shuffler/ biter. Ms. Robb’s undead defy stereo types, from creation to action. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised when the zombies of the Betty Loo did things that made my skin crawl. Gory, oozing, calculated, and raging. Z-Boat more than earned a top shelf five-star in my collection. But definitely not recommended for the squeamish or claustrophobic! Thank you, Ms. Robb, and may we have another!

  • Eric Shelman
    2018-11-09 18:50

    Suzanne Robb's "Z-Boat" is a unique adventure - in the beginning, we're introduced to a group of people, all tasked to head out on a deep-sea rescue mission in a submarine called the Betty Loo. They're assigned to locate a sunken sub and rescue the survivors ... or are they? Now, while you may find yourself wanting to initially find someone to latch onto and cheer for, it's not easy to do. The further into the book you get, you wonder if it's almost more fun not trusting any of them, and just waiting for someone to do something that earns your trust. This does eventually happen, but I won't give away who it is that you can hang with until the end. Poor Iain is the captain of the sub, and while that should normally be enough for a guy to garner at least some small amount of respect from the others, it just doesn't seem to be the case, and Iain doesn't do much to help his own situation in that regard. There are many people who are not what they seem to be, and with suspicion being cast in nearly all directions, it leaves you wondering at certain points if anyone is. The "Z" part of Z-Boat comes later in the story when the actual rescue begins to unfold, the action begins to crescendo, and you are left wondering if anyone is going to live long enough to get to the page with the words, "The End" on it. Z-Boat is a great addition to the zombie lit out there, and I'd recommend a purchase and read! And I'm wondering if we can put together another crew, along with the remnants of this one, and go diving into the depths again with Ms. Robb and her band of submariners . . . well? What do you say?

  • Dave Lightfoot
    2018-10-30 16:10

    A world torn apart by human consumption and greed. Pollution destroying our food source, air supply and clean water. Governments at war over fuel and power. A perfect post apocalyptic world for any novel and Suzanne Robb manages to fit all of that into the very first page. I knew immediately that I was going to enjoy this novel.The action all takes place on an independently owned submarine, which is hired out by governments and companies alike to search the depths of the high seas for new fuel sources, clean water or (in this case) a missing sub that has literally gone off radar. The crew of the Betty Loo are a mismatched group of alcoholics, gamblers, deserters and friends. But when their new job entails taking on a few new members - ALL hell breaks lose as paranoia and suspicions increase in the closed claustrophobic atmosphere of the underwater vessel.The authors writing style is great at capturing the moods and suspicions of each crew member. With every new chapter the pages seep with the fears and paranoia that the crew must face and as the reader, you can feel the claustrophobia take over as you advance through the story.The story gathers speed as the Betty Loo appraoches its missions destination and then the plot explodes into a frantic battle against the undead that lie in wait for the resuce team.I would highly recommend this book to any fan of the genre. It is exciting, fun and a joy to read. Being Suzanne Robbs' first novel. I am eagerly awaiting more from her talented imagination.

  • Kevin Walsh
    2018-11-04 16:53

    Z-boat is an original novel with a great plot. The plot for this novel is so different and engaging that it really sets it apart from all the other zombie novels. You can say that in the massive ocean of zombie novels, Z-Boat really floats to the surface. *insert pity laugh here* The characters were diverse and intriguing. The author did a stellar job of projecting the different personalities of all the characters, and she managed to do this without disrupting the story's quick pace. Tension: Suzanne Robb is great at controlling tension throughout a story. As I kept reading this book, the tension just kept building and building, it really put me on edge, and I was getting figetty near the last quarter of the book. When the action does come, it delivers! Did I have any issues with the story? It could have been expanded to help flesh out some of the characters a little more, but otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing in this book. The zombies were great! Suzanne really made some kickass zombies and I got a bit of a chill from some of them. Read it, and you will see what I mean. After reading dozens of zombie novels over the past while, it's always a joy to read an original one like this. This was an excellent debut novel for Suzanne Robb and I want to see more great work from her soon.

  • The TBR Pile *Book review site*
    2018-11-07 13:05

    Enter contest here: http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/1/post/2...Set in a submarine that spends most of the novel underwater, the claustrophobia and paranoia were very evident and tangible. It was a zombie novel essentially but the zombie action didn't come in until very nearly the end. The first three quarters of the book were getting to know the characters and their various agendas. I loved the dynamics of the two crews open hostility towards each other, until the end when they had no choice but work together towards a common goal. The action was slow paced to begin with but that was alright because it gave me time to sort out the characters and who was who before it then took off, and boy did it take off! The last quarter of the book was relentless and left me gasping at the explosive ending. I recommend this for zombie lovers and non lovers alike as the zombies are somewhat secondary to the rest of the story.I really enjoyed Z Boat, this is a highly Recommended novel!

  • Matt Darst
    2018-10-30 16:53

    "Z-Boat" is not just a zombie book. No, it is much, much more.It is a genre blend of horror, science fiction, and espionage. It is a chimera, parts "Firefly," Captain Nemo, "Crimson Tide," and Romero. Ms. Robb’s dialogue is tight, fleshing out the diverse characters nicely. Readers will easily settle into their dynamic and applaud the wit.The setting is claustrophobia inducing. If I didn’t know better, I’d bet the author served on a submarine at some point in her life. Her research on the vessels is extensive, and it pays off. Her nautical descriptions are more than believable; they are engrossing. By the end of the book, you’ll swear you could throw a “chicken switch” yourself.The burn is slow…like the wick on an explosive. When the “Bang” comes, you’ll be happy you’re there to watch the zombie carnage."Z-Boat" is a smart, fun read. Here’s hoping the author writes more about the exploits of the Betty Loo and her crew.

  • Rebecca Snow
    2018-10-29 18:12

    Suzanne Robb's debut novel Z-Boat is a captivating story of the an underwater search and rescue mission set in a futuristic world full of of toxic pollution. Her characters draw you in from the beginning of the novel and make you want them to make it back from the mission... well, most of them. Some of them make you hope they suffer untold horrors... but I'm not telling whether they do or not.Ms. Robb's storyline drives her readers to keep reading from the very first page and doesn't let go until at least a few sequels if we're lucky...The story is impossible to stuff into a single genre. But I'd have to call it a mystery/horror/thriller if someone were twisting my arm to make me cry. In a first novel, the author has presented us with a most interesting read. Suzanne Robb has a promising future.

  • Sue
    2018-11-03 16:51

    I've read a couple of reviews for Z-Boat that mentioned the slow build up as if it's a bad thing. Sorry but I'm from the old school of introducing the characters so the reader has a genuine investment in watching the story unfold. I've read enough bland kill-off-the-zombies-kill-off-the-humans books that use pointless action instead of plot. If you want to read a book with great complex characters who have to deal with a realistic depiction of 'science gone bad', this book is for you. And don't worry - you get your action, your gross kills, your escapes (and almost escapes) and your heroic sacrifices but for a change you'll feel for the characters and actually be concerned for their lives. Get this book and live with this crew for a while, you won't regret it.

  • Robert
    2018-11-13 12:56

    Suzanne Robb's "Z-Boat" is a fast-paced thriller about a search and rescue team sent to assist a sunken submarine. Unfortunately, something sinister awaits the crew of the 'Betty Loo' aboard that derelict sub. The crew is joined by agents of multiple foreign powers all vying for the secrets aboard the sub.>You'd be correct in assuming that the "Z" in "Z-Boat" stands for zombies. However, this isn't your typical zombie novel as the cast keeps you guessing about who's working with and against who.I would definitely recommend this one!

  • Stewie
    2018-11-03 13:02

    Not as many zombies as I was expecting, but a damn fine thriller nonetheless. You can read my full review at HorrorTalk.com.(Note, the discrepancy in the grades is because Goodreads does not allow for 1/2 stars.)

  • Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
    2018-11-09 12:52

    For my review of this book click here http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/1/post/2...

  • Chip Fehd
    2018-11-12 20:05

    Fast paced cocktail of spy drama, Techno-thriller and zombie massacre. Highly original and well concocted. Definitely worth a read.

  • Sheri White
    2018-10-16 19:53

    Fun and engrossing story of zombies threatening a submarine.

  • Sean McLachlan
    2018-11-02 21:13

    I'm always up for a good sea tale so I was looking forward to reading this. What I found was a mixed bag.The plot of this book is basically "zombies on a dystopian submarine". That's not a spoiler because you find that out in the first page. The world is declining rapidly thanks to corporate greed, government corruption, and spreading pollution. While I love a good dystopian tale, I found parts of this hard to swallow. For example, global smog is so thick you can't see the Sun in the middle of the ocean, yet somehow life manages to survive on Earth. Also, even people with relatively decent jobs can't afford clean water. The submarine crew drinks a tainted brown gunk. Even my Boy Scout training taught me two ways to get rid of that--boiling through a retort or filtering. An industrial civilization could no doubt come up with many more techniques.More curious details emerge within the submarine itself. It's a late 20th century model, now a floating antique, yet it doesn't sound like any known sub. Hallways are five feet wide, doors are large, none of the crew has first-aid training, and the sub's davit (a small crane for lifting cargo or lifeboats) lifts the sub out of drydock, over the other vessels, and into the water. Um, no. Robb needs to research submarines if she's going to write about them.The lack of editorial oversight is apparent in the text too, with many awkward sentences, misused words, and confusion between "lie" and "lay". The slow middle needs to be tightened up, and Robb has an irritating habit of telling right after showing. I lost track of the number of times a long paragraph would clearly show what a bad situation the characters were in, and end with some banal statement like "It didn't look good."And yet I kept reading. Robb is a master at bringing characters to life and making you care about them. The crew is a wonderful collection of misfits suitable for the Nostromo or the Serenity and their interactions, loves, and feuds makes this book. The gorefest fight scenes are fun too if you have a high splatter tolerance. The ending is a rollercoaster ride that leaves it way open for a series (which is in fact continuing).All in all, the most frustrating thing I found about reading this is was watching a bad book smother a good one. Robb has heaps of potential, and with a bit more care for her craft, and a much firmer editorial hand, she could produce some astounding works of fiction.2.5 stars out of 5.(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Heather Faville
    2018-10-23 19:52

    **this is a reread/repost of an older review of Z-Boat as it has now been picked up by Permuted Press and expanded for this release.Z-Boat by Suzanne Robb is not your typical zombie book. A lot of time was spent setting up scenarios to give the reader the full picture of the contaminated world in which the characters are living. The always highly important, characterization is another big focus and, of course, needs to be well done if we, as readers, are to have some sort of feeling when the brutal death of a beloved/hated character occurs. One VERY important aspect to the characterization in this novel is mistrust. Other than a small few who have known each other for quite some time, no one on the Betty Loo knows who to trust and who not to trust and this lack of trust is well established throughout Z-Boat. The author definitely did an excellent job at giving us a feel for both the characters and the environment. This characterization is a HUGE plus for me as I love characterization that pulls me in.Originally, one of my "issues" was my initial impression that this was strictly a horror novel and it is without a doubt horror, but it is also a thriller/mystery with many aspects of horror and zombie gore filling in between and definitely at the end. Z-Boat has been thoroughly edited and and expanded to incorporate more mystery, intrigue and gruesomness and it is truly even better than the first time I read it.For those readers who are claustrophobic, this may not be the book for you. Unless you happen to enjoy torturing yourself by being submerged in a submarine alongside a crew with whom you don't know who to trust as you head down into the deep to locate a derelict submarine for, quite honestly, an unknown reason. (Unknown to some, but not all....psst, zombies!) If that is your idea of fun then by all means, stop reading my thoughts and go pick up a copy of Z-Boat by Suzanne Robb.

  • Scott McGlasson
    2018-10-22 19:48

    Since 2006, the zombie genre has caught fire among horror readers. Unfortunately, a hot genre tends to gather quite a bit of the same kindling, so to speak, and many of the offerings are merely carbon copies of one another. Not so Robb's Z-Boat. Here we have a dystopic, rather than apocalyptic, entry into the zombie horror arena. The world isn't overrun with the living dead, it merely sucks. A makeshift crew is thrown together to investigate an SOS from a research vessel deep in the ocean and we're off to the races.Robb manages a hefty cast with ease, making each one real rather than cookie-cutter. Each member of the crew is pursuing their own ends with their own agenda and each event sets off ripples among these competing interests, something that kept the pages turning from start to end.The story unfolds quickly and logically, sending the crew careening from conflict to conflict, crisis to crisis, building to a cacophony of action and viscera that you won't soon be able to forget. Let's face it...this is a smart horror novel, but it's horror novel and you'll not lack for bits and pieces being outside bodies when they shouldn't be :) Robb handles physical descriptions with exceptional skill, not dwelling on the gore and cracking bones for their own sake, as too many crappy zombie novels tend to, but rather making those awful instances relate directly to the characters involved and how they experience what's going on around, and to, them.I'm definitely picking up the next in this series.

  • AudioBookReviewer
    2018-10-18 19:54

    My full Z-Boat audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.If you do not already know this, this is a zombies on a submarine story, makes you think of Snakes on a Plane, right? Also the planet earth has finally been decimated by humans in every imaginable way. Z-Boat had the backbone to be really entertaining and a standalone in the genre. However, it did not come off that way to me. Starting out very slow with character development that I found myself not caring about after awhile. The plot too was very slow to develop into something that was lackluster and left me with a melancholy taste in my mouth. I kept telling myself that it will get better, there will be action, there will be zombies (the title promised it), there will be horror. Well there was some but only after trudging through more than half and realistically, sorry didn't actually keep track, three quarters of the story was gone.I wish there was more emphasis on the destruction of the world. More infected occurrences. More action, more intensity. If you are looking for something to fill your undead craving Z-Boat might quench it. I think Robb has promise and will be looking for more from her.Audiobook purchased by reviewer.

  • David Bernstein
    2018-11-02 21:00

    The prologue had me intrigued. It was creepy. From there, the book only got better. This isnt one of those zombie books where its all about the undead and how ugly they are. This novel is character-driven, and well done at that. There is a mystery that runs throughout the tale that kept me guessing the whole time. This book has zombies in it, but it is a book that any horror fan, thriller fan, zombie fan, or the even the espionage fan can enjoy. Bottom line: this isnt just one heck of a good book, but one heck of an awesome first novel. I look forward to more from Ms. Robb. Highly recommended!

  • Steve Wiggins
    2018-11-14 18:12

    Another interesting contribution to zombie literature. This one is adventure-packed, but the characters are sometimes less than believable. Fun, however, and it's good to see a strong female protagonist. Further comments may be found on my blog: .Sects and Violence in the Ancient World

  • Stewie
    2018-10-30 18:50

    Solid story with ample amounts of action, but not a tremendous amount of zombies. And that's okay.You can read my full review at HorrorTalk.com.