The Night Boat

The Night Boat

by Robert McCammon

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The Night Boat by Robert McCammon

The Night Boat, Robert McCammon's third published novel, first appeared as a paperback original in 1980. Following on the heels of Baal and Bethany's Sin, it offered further proof that a writer of great narrative power and limitless potential--a writer who would achieve a significant position in modern popular fiction--had arrived.

The story begins with a vividly written prologue in which a German U-boat--sometimes known as an "Iron Coffin"--attacks an unsuspecting merchant vessel, and is itself attacked by a pair of Allied sub chasers. The action then shifts to the present day and to the idyllic Caribbean island of Coquina, where life is about to change in unimaginable ways. David Moore, a young man with a tragic and haunted past, is skin-diving in the waters off Coquina, searching for the salvageable remnants of shipwrecks. He accidentally detonates a long-unexploded depth charge, uncovering and releasing a submarine that has lain beneath those waters, virtually intact, for decades. The battered vessel that rises to the surface contains a bizarre and terrifying cargo that will transform a once peaceful island into a landscape of unrelenting nightmare.

The Night Boat is a story of cannibalism, ancient voodoo curses, and shambling, undead entities filled with a bottomless rage and an equally bottomless hunger. But it is also the story of a past that refuses to die, that lies in wait just beneath the surface of the unsuspecting present. Furiously paced and viscerally frightening, this horrific early gem is both an outstanding entertainment in its own right and a harbinger of the masterpieces to come.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015919431
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 11/03/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 190,006
File size: 748 KB

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The Night Boat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it first came out. There was definitely something creepy about the submarine. Maybe it was the way it was described, or written, but it definitely gave me nightmares. It's a great read. Just leave the lights on while your doing it.
Anonymous 27 days ago
I know this is one of McCammon’s earliest novels and he made no secret of the fact that he wasn’t too fond of it but I just finished it and I have to say I found it exceptional. I guess I’m a sucker for a number of the elements in the story, seemingly disparate, yet connected in a wonderful, synergistic way: the lush Caribbean setting, the U-boat itself and of course, the beautifully “fleshed out” zombies. All of these work together perfectly to build a superb novel, full of suspense and plenty of genuine scares. What a great movie this would make!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true horror classic!
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