I received this book for free from 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 Stephen Kozeniewski
Published by Severed Press on October 16th 2013
Genres: Apocalyptic, Horror, Science Fiction, zombie
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.(
This starts off AMAZINGLY! Right away we meet two guys that are on an island and a gal has been (cover your eyes if you’re squeamish) impaled through the eyeball! HELLO! That would hurt. This was the introduction to the book so I just knew I was going to love this one.
Let me start with the downsides then I’ll go on singing Stephen Kozeniewski’s praises. Firstly, there are a ton of characters. This isn’t a really long book but wow… I had to sometimes stop and refresh my thinking as the point of view would change or I would lose who a character was. There’s a lot. Secondly, although this started wonderfully, there were some lulls. For a book with 360 pages I think some of the lulls could have been edited.
Now the awesomeness! I loved the writing. I don’t know what it is about Stephen’s writing but he just drew me in. Even with the lulls the writing was great. There is also a TON going on. There are zombies, and politicians (I don’t know which is worse honestly), and pirates! The plot is engaging and interesting and really made me think. And to make things even better this isn’t just your average run of the mill zombie story. There is a lot in here, twists and things that I just would not have imagined. Stephen Kozeniewski does an amazing job of relying the detail and the horror of what is going on and makes you feel like you’re going to have nightmares! I love it! And to top all of that off this is even satirical, if you can imagine that!
In short; amazing for horror lovers everywhere! Those that are squeamish may want to get ready for nightmares.
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.