I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Ghoul Archipelago by Steven Kozeniewski
Published by Severed Press on October 16, 2013
Genres: Horror, zombies
Source: the author
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After ravenous corpses topple society and consume most of the world’s population, freighter captain Henk Martigan is shocked to receive a distress call. Eighty survivors beg him to whisk them away to the relative safety of the South Pacific. Martigan wants to help, but to rescue anyone he must first pass through the nightmare backwater of the Curien island chain.
A power struggle is brewing in the Curiens. On one side, the billionaire inventor of the mind-control collar seeks to squeeze all the profit he can out of the apocalypse. Opposing him is the charismatic leader of a ghoul-worshipping cargo cult. When a lunatic warlord berths an aircraft carrier off the coast and stakes his own claim on the islands, the stage is set for a bloody showdown.
To save the remnants of humanity (and himself), Captain Martigan must defeat all three of his ruthless new foes and brave the gruesome horrors of...THE GHOUL ARCHIPELAGO.
4.5 Stars for this hilarious and totally different take on the zombie apocalypse. The book is a hodge podge of characters all with different social-economic backgrounds. All with their own motivations, fighting to stay alive despite the fact that people are coming back from the dead.
There is a message in this book, it speaks to the money/thing lover that seems to grip a lot of people, but it’s relayed in a fun and disgusting way. It’s hard not to focus on how amazing the gore factor is in this book, my gag reflex was triggered more than a few times. I also laughed out loud, in public, more than once. It’s so awkward when you start laughing in a library while reading a book.
The book asks of it’s characters, when it all ends what will be important to them. What will keep them living, or will they just merely survive. Hope, money, respect, faith, and family and their places in a dying world are all answers that are pondered throughout the book.
There are several interweaving story lines. I think my favorite was the story of the pirates/smugglers of the Rey Gould. Howling Mad Martigan, Hannibal Mo, Butch, Mr. Kurtz, and eventually Jim were all the characters to whom I grew attached and I definitely wanted all of them to survive and come out on top. All of them were well rounded characters with distinct personalities. Not something easily done, but the fact that more than 24 hours after I finished the book I can recall the names of these characters and in fact, most of the characters speaks to Steve’s ability to build some great protags.
Overall the pace of the book is one that keeps moving along. There are some slow parts, but they seem to fill out some information about the characters, so I wasn’t turned off by them. Once the book really starts moving, it keeps going, and it becomes pretty hard to put it down.
This book filled my prerequisites for a good zombie book.
Lots of dead things.