Item description for Tomes Of The Dead:Death Hulk (Tomes of the Dead) by Matthew Sprange...
Orders to chase down the French frigate Elita off the Cape of Good Hope came as welcome news to Captain Havelock. Stranded with the rest of the fleet at Spithead while waiting for France to initiate hostilities was an unwelcome duty for any up and coming officer. Here was a chance for glory - and prize money! But there prey is far more than an ordinary ship. Instead it is a foul vessel of the dead, containing an extraordinary secret!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.54" Width: 4.17" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Sep 25, 2006
Publisher Abaddon Books
ISBN 190543703X ISBN13 9781905437030
Availability 0 units.
More About Matthew Sprange
With a history in roleplaying and miniatures game design, Matthew Sprange has written over three dozen gaming books, including the "Babylon 5" and "Judge Dredd" roleplaying games, and has won two Origins Awards for his miniatures games.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tomes Of The Dead:Death Hulk (Tomes of the Dead)?
Zombie and Commander Jun 5, 2007
This was a random pickup at Bookpeople down in Austin. The cover looked interesting, the back blurb promised zombies and sailing ships, two of my favorite things. And it had them. It was a generally good read, had me hooked fairly quick. I only wish it had had the zombies appear faster, but since I like a good sailing story I didn't mind it. If you like both zombies and Age of Sail books, you'll like it...if you only like one genre, this book may be a little too weird for you.
TOO MUCH SAILING...NOT ENOUGH ZOMBIES! Apr 22, 2007
Zombies have been enjoying tremendous popularity in recent years in film, books, and comics as everyone wants to try their hand at giving a new twist to the undead. Death Hulk certainly does give zombies a new twist although it may have twisted a bit too hard. The book is set during the time of Napolean as England is in fear of a full-scale invasion by the French. The crew of the ship Whirlwind is becoming increasingly apprehensive and is itching to go out and fight.
They finally receive their orders and are to set sail for the Cape of Good Hope off the African Coast in search of the French Frigate Elita, a massive ship that has captured or sunk over a dozen ships in recent months. On the surface it looks to be a suicide mission for Captain Havelock and his crew as they are both outmanned and outgunned. Havelock is confident of his ability to take the Elita by surprise and has the full support of his officers. His crew however is not so sure. Talk runs rampant among them of a curse upon the Havelock name and rumors of the French using the undead to aid them have the men troubled.
But another ship is soon spotted in the gloom, a ship which gives off a horrible stench of death and decay. A ship called the Deja which was supposed to have been sunk many years earlier and now nicknamed Death Hulk. The crew of the Whirlwind now has two terrible foes to battle, and one is already dead.
Rather than a period piece about zombies set upon the high seas we get a period piece on the high seas that happens to include zombies. This could easily have been a mere historical adventure novel and in many ways it is. We are nearly halfway through the book before the Whirlwind first encounters the Death Hulk. This unfortunately makes for a story that is a bit short both on action and horror elements. I will give Matthew Sprange credit for knowing a good deal about the sea and nautical terminology. It's certainly historically accurate if nothing else. I'm just not sure if there's enough to really keep horror fans interested for the entire story.
REVIEWED BY TIM JANSON
Pirates of the Caribbean II for Adults Dec 18, 2006
This book was a real page turner - I couldn't put it down! This was like Pirates of the Caribbean II - except good. Real action. Real zombie battles. I can't wait for the next Tomes of the Dead book to come out!