Z-Boat

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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 at for a price no one could refuse. ...
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Overview

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 at 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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Suzanne Robb's debut novel features a cracking cast of characters...SPOILER! SOME OF THEM DIE!!!

Alright, not much of a spoiler...it's a zombie novel set on a submarine. What do you expect?!

What a great concept. Instead of Dirk Pitt we've got Ally, and I prefer her infinitely. I wouldn't want to meet her in a dark alley...maybe I would...I'm conflicted, now I've thought about it. She sounds pretty cute ;)

In Z-Boat you have a disparate group of submariners with their
Stephen A. North
Suzanne Robb's debut novel, Z-Boat, is a convincing, plausible look at what our future may hold: A poisoned earth that would be terrifying enough even without the threat of zombies! Scarse resources and food, combined with a politically fractured planet lead man to explore our planetary frontier: the ocean! Deep beneath the water is our last chance. Follow along with a desperate group of people as they struggle to trust each other, survive, and uncover the secrets of a sunken submarine. The stor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467945745
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne is the author of Z-Boat, a zombie novel of a different kind published by Twisted Library Press. The zombies are smart, strong, and come from the least likely source.

She is currently working on several projects, including a non-fiction collection for Hidden Thoughts Press on Anxiety Disorders, and a apocalyptic fiction collection for Wicked East Press.

Suzanne also has over fifty short stories in current and upcoming anthologies with publishers such as Coscom Entertainment, Post Mortem Press, Library of the Living Dead, Wicked East Press, Norgus Press, Collaboration of the Dead, Living Dead Press, Open Casket Press, Hidden Thoughts Press, Pill Hill Press, May December Publications, Rhymfire - Ebooks, Static Movement, Cruentis Libri, and Panic Press,
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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    From The Aussie Zombie

    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.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    A Gulp of Fresh Air!

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    New deadliest catch, long anticipated and well worth the wait!

    New deadliest catch, long anticipated and well worth the wait!

    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!

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