Review: Ship of the Dead by John L Campbell

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

Yay, they finally got Ship of the Dead at the library.  I enjoyed Omega Days, and was eager to meet up with Xavier, Angie, Vlad, and Skye as they continued to navigate the terrifying new world they now shared with the walking dead.  Not place is safe, no one can be trusted, and there’s always a ravenous dead monster ready to chomp you up!  Yes, me, premium chicken sh!t, and enormous fan of zombie fiction.

Like Omega Days, Ship of the Dead is a lightning fast read.  It’s all about the action, action, action, too, which makes it hard to put down.  Told from multiple POVs, I did occasionally become irritated when one of my favorite characters was ignored for a few chapters.  I always wanted Carney’s inmate buddy, TC, and the fallen televangist, Brother Peter, to DIE!  Soon!  Painfully!  Perhaps even many times over.  These guys are just scummy, and didn’t deserve to contaminate the air everyone else was breathing.  Patience is a virtue, or so I’ve been told, but nothing would have been as satisfying as a rotting zombie grabbing one of these guys and biting off an ear.  Or an arm.  Even more fun would have been if Vlad’s Black Hawk had landed on them and smooshed them!  One can only hope, and that hope, unfortunately, was not realized.

All of the splintered groups of human survivors from Omega Days join together on Alameda, and they decide, as a group, to storm the listing USS Nimitz, clear it of zombies, and make it their safe haven.  Easier said than done, right?  Right!  With limited man power, training, and arms, this small group of determined refuges have nothing to lose.  If they stay were they are, the walking dead will just eat them, eventually.  But the ship will have power, medical supplies, food, and water!  How could they not attempt it?  It’s a suicide mission for many, and these are painful losses to a group that is so small to begin with.

I think Ship of the Dead shares many similarities with John Ringo’s Black Tide Rising, but with less (thankfully) military jargon.  Or maybe there are only so many ways to present a zombie apocalypse.  So it’s a good thing that I love my zombies!  This really is one genre of horror that I never get tired of.  I love reading about how people react to the monsters suddenly out to eat them, and more compellingly, how they react to other survivors.  You’d think that everyone would be willing to work together to help everyone survive, because there’s strength in numbers, but nope!  Some people are just evil and are out only for themselves.  Why aren’t they the ones that get taken out early in the book?? 

If you enjoy zombie fiction, give this quick, adrenalin fueled books a try!

What’s your favorite zombie series?

Grade:  B+  because it’s just that much fun!

Review copy obtained at my local library

From Amazon:

Father Xavier Church never wanted to be a leader. Nonetheless, he’s grown attached to his fellow survivors, and he won’t let anyone cause them harm—though he may be the one who inadvertently leads them to destruction…

Ex-con Bill Carnes may crave freedom, but he still prefers sticking with the group rather than fleeing to Mexico with his former cellmate TC. Maybe he’s changing. Or maybe the look in TC’s eyes is more dangerous than the undead…

EMT Rosa Escobedo gave up on hope after she watched the man she loved rise from the dead. But when a patient seems to start getting better, she can’t help but hope for a cure, even if it means risking her life…

As the numbers of the dead swell, the living are running out of safe havens—especially when the biggest threats lie within their own ranks.