OVERVIEW

ITEM REVIEWED: {Review} The Ghoul of Archipelago by Stephen Kozeniewski

AUTHOR: Nikki

SYNOPSIS: 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.

BADGES:

AWARDS: Must Have!

POSITIVES:This is not your average anything. Definitely not an average zombies tale.

S. K. easily balances a multi-layered plot with realistic characters that you’ll root for or wish Sonntag would use as an offering. A conscientious crook with morals, a religiously extreme preacher, a stow-away, and a money-hungry millionaire software creator are just a few of the interesting characters that grace the pages of this ambitious read.

The writing was skillful and clever

NEGATIVES: I don’t know if it was the amount of characters or the jump from point of views, but I found myself a bit confused during the beginning of the book.

There were a few times during the middle of the book that I felt the pacing slow to a crawl. It lasted longer than I would have liked, but then it picked back up.

RATING:

PLOT: 4.5/5

WRITING: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

PACING: 4/5

BELIEVABILITY: 4.5/5

BOTTOM LINE:

The author is immensely talented and dares to inject pirates, politics, porn and so much more into an unpredictable suspense-filled ghoulish tale.

Highly recommended to burned out fans of the un-dead looking for an in-depth, intellectually stimulating read combined with depictions of disturbing horror.

About Stephen Kozeniewski

Stephen Kozeniewski lives with his wife and two cats in Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the modern zombie. He was born to the soothing strains of “Boogie With Stu” even though The Who are far superior to Zep, for reasons that he doesn’t even really want to get into right now.

During his time as a Field Artillery officer he served for three years in Oklahoma and one in Iraq, where, due to what he assumes was a clerical error, he was awarded the Bronze Star. The depiction of addiction in his fiction is strongly informed by the three years he spent working at a substance abuse clinic, an experience which also ensures that he employs strict moderation when enjoying the occasional highball of Old Crow.

He is also a classically trained linguist, which sounds much more impressive than saying his bachelor’s is in German.

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