Deck Z: The Titanic by Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon. Book review

DECK Z: THE TITANIC by Chris Pauls and Matt Solomon, Chronicle Books, s/b, £9.99, www.chroniclebooks.com

Reviewed by Matthew Johns

What if everything we know about the sinking of the unsinkable Titanic isn’t true?  What if it sunk because it was overrun by zombies?

Pauls’ and Solomon’s novel explores this alternate scenario – a German scientist is on the run from the Nazis, having developed “The Toxic”.  Distilled from fluids drawn from the brain of an infected zombie, the scientist Theodor Weiss realises the intended use of his Toxic by the Third Reich and goes on the run.  Aboard the Titanic, he is stalked by a German agent keen to recapture the Toxic.

Once the Toxic is released into the ship, it spreads through the crew and passengers at an exceptional speed.  The brave captain, Edward J Smith brings together a small band of crew and passengers to fight the infection and try to contain the infected in a lower area of the ship.

You can feel the work that Pauls and Solomon have put into researching their topic – reading their rich prose, you can almost picture yourself on the legendary ship.  The tension builds as the infection spreads through Titanic, coming to a thrilling, if inevitable conclusion.  Fans of the undead should definitely seek this one out.