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Death Hulk (Tomes of the Dead) Paperback – 15 Aug 2006

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rebellion; paperback / softback edition (15 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190543703X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905437030
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 10.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Sprange has a solid history in roleplaying design and has written over two dozen gaming books, including work for Babylon 5, Judge Dredd and Starship Troopers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TAFFMANN on 5 Nov. 2009
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The scene. Early 19TH Century Royal Navy Frigate, HMS Whirlwind under Capt Havelock, is tasked from the fleet to engage a French commerce raider that is causing havoc on the British merchant fleet off West Africa. So far very Hornblower or Jack Aubrey, well researched and entertaining to read about navy life in 1805. The book does not skip for cheap thrills. Yet it is a Zombie book, which leads to the four star rating. Why, the reason for the zombies being there. I cannot let on too much in case of a spoiler. The book is still good though and is recommended. It would make a good movie, lets stick with Russell Crowe as Capt Havelock, Sean Pertwee as the Bosun Mr Kennedy and Jack Davenport as First Lieutenant Corbin and plenty more characters to live and die. Good book, enjoy.
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This book is very interesting, while hte zombie side of it only trickles in at the start and is not till the final 3rd of the book that the real gory zombie hack and slahs situations start to happen. All in all this book really makes a good impression and seems to be very historicaly correct on a few things, while not what you may expect from a zombie book it is one you will tresure and keep.
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By ROBERT BLAIR on 26 April 2014
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First time read of this author good story and gentile read always something happening . Would recommend this book and likely look for others.
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By Tim Janson - Published on
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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.

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My first TOMES OF THE DEAD book 19 Jan. 2009
By stony graves - Published on
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I was strangely fascinated by this novel. After the first 80 or 90 pages, I began to wonder if the undead were ever going to make an appearance. The first half of the book reads more like a sailor's adventure novel. The writing was good enough to keep me interested until, finally, the Death Hulk made its debut. Fun times.

The overall storyline was pretty original as far as today's horror goes. I thought the arrival of the Death Hulk could have been handled a little better, a little more tension. Overall, a fun read. Sprange's attention to detail is amazing, he puts you on the frigate from the first paragraph. I think the story would have been MUCH more powerful if it was told from one person's perspective, though.
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Zombie and Commander 5 Jun. 2007
By Vulpine - Published on
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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.
Pretty cool 20 Mar. 2011
By Peter - Published on
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This was a fun title. The portrayal of life on a british ship back in the day is cool, and the storyline keeps you interested. I liked the way the zombies played into the story, and i really liked all the main characters. As a whole, the development was good, and it really made me hope for a sequel. It wouldn't even need to be zombie oriented. The surviving characters would be great in another adventure, wherever that might take them.
Fun Zombie Read! 10 Jan. 2015
By Jonathan B. Smith - Published on
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Wow! Fun book, part Patrick O'Brien, part George Romero. Should be a must read for any fan of genre crossing horror stories. Excellent, well developed characters and setting. Sprange has a genuine knack for the nautical adventure.
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