In the frigid waters off the Arctic Ocean, north of Greenland, the anti-whaling ship The Sentinel, and her crew face off against a harpoon ship in search of Humpback whales. When the two ships collide and a suspicious explosion sends both ships to the bottom, the crews take refuge on what they think is a peninsula attached to the mainland, but is actually an island, recently freed from a glacial ice bridge.
Seeking shelter, the two opposing crews scour the island for resources. Instead, they find Viking artifacts, the preserved remains of an ancient structure and a stone totem warning of horrible creatures buried in the island's caves. Facing violent, frigid storms, a hungry polar bear and the very real possibility that they are stranded without hope of rescue, Jane Harper leads the two crews, who must work together to defend themselves against an ancient evil upon which the modern stories of both zombies and vampires are based.
The original undead are awake and hungry. Beware the Draugar.
Jeremy Bishop, the #1 best-selling Amazon.com horror author is back, and his second novel, like his first, Torment, is full of fast-paced, run-for-your-life terror featuring a new take on the zombie (and vampire) genres. But this time, the story is tinged with sarcastic humor. As a result, The Sentinel is as funny as it is frightening. It is the Yin to Torment's Yang.
©2012 Jeremy Bishop (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I felt like this was two novels rather messily stitched together. It opens with an interesting thriller scenario at sea, with Jane Harper undercover on an anti-whaling ship. The cast of activist characters were craftily drawn and quite intriguing.
After a shipwreck, the survivors are faced with zombie vikings. From this point on, the plotting, the characterization and the writing in general takes a dramatic dive.
Some readers may find Jane Harper endearing. I can't say I every really warmed to her or found her credible. Between her inability to decide whether she wants to get laid, and her constant fat jokes, the only thing I really found admirable about her was her throwing arm.
It's a fast, light read and the mythology of the horror is quite compelling and fresh. I think I would have really enjoyed a setting that could have explored that more fully and meaningfully. As it is, it felt formulaic.
If you are interested in a really chilling piece of horror in the arctic circle, I would highly recommend Dark Matter, by Michelle Paver http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B00480EF4U . Not as much of a light horror romp, but much meatier.
This is a very well written, well-paced horror story. There is no excessive gore and no pointless shocks, but rather the clever unfolding of an unexpected, creepy, scary scenario, like all good horror, in my opinion. It starts as a whalers vs. anti-whaling protestors at sea adventure for a while before it gets into the plot twist that changes everything. In that beginning part, it is actually so well done, the characters and their motivations interesting enough that the reader will have no impatience to get to that plot change that becomes the horror story. Overall, it is a fun, scary, and unique twist on the zombie genre, well written and entertaining - not your typical, done-to-death zombie action-fest, survival story, but rather a scary, sci-fi /horror tale. The ending makes the story feel complete but also leaves the possibility of something coming, a feel of what comes next... And I hope something comes next and there is a second book.
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
Zombie Vikings, polar bears,and other mammals? Yes please. Kick ass heroine? Yes please. Plot holes and stupid main characters? Well, yes. That too. Overall, this book was good fun. The story was different from the usual zombie fare. Lots of action, and no implausible HEA (people die). There are some instances where the plot doesn't jive. Some, "wait, but then how..." type moments. There are also a couple of moments where I rolled my eyes at the characters' thought processes. Sometimes they seemed slow to figure things out. I think the author's goal was to make the characters more human and not omniscient. But they are too stupid. They have epiphanies about things I figured out chapters ago. It's a little frustrating. I like my characters human. I like that they struggle. I just wish the puzzles they struggled with were more complex ones. It did not bother me much in this book. I still enjoyed it very much. But these problems get much worse in the second book. So, if this stuff gets on your nerves, you might not want to get invested. I listened to both books, though, and I am glad I did. They were fun stories.
Say something about yourself!
Pretty much all I'm asking for, hoping for, is to be hooked successfully from start to finish. This is a variant zombie story and at first the locale might seem a bit far fetched. But the story engages you early on, before you have time to reject it altogether. That, to me, makes this story a winner.
I could go on about the story, but there is a fine line between summary and spoilery. The book description, Audible provides, gives you a good idea of what to expect. Jane Harper is a strong female character and lead - courageous, witty, and a sharp sensibility.
It's only 8 hours long, though it felt shorter. Beresford's narration is best when she speaks for 3 of the main female characters and maybe 2 of the men. But then her performance thins out beyond those 5 characters and it becomes a bit distracting.
I do recommend this audiobook. I won't forget this story and some of it's characters any time soon.
I dont think ive been more surprised by a books storyline than this-well done, Jeremy Bishop! And the narrator immersed me with her emotion she kicks a$$...
This story started out as a battle between whalers and whale lovers. The interaction between the characters of each group was quite entertaining. As the story evolved to the island, everything was kicked up several notches. The turn the story took had fast-paced action and amazing characters for our immense enjoyment! Each time I thought I knew where we were headed, the story proved me wrong. I loved this story and have already downloaded The Raven to start on immediately.
The story seemed juvenile to me, and it was not scary. I wanted the heroine to shut up and get over herself. This reader seems inexperienced. I couldn't wait for this story to end, but I was driving to Vegas.
Something by Stephen King
She gave a pedestrian read and her accents were horrible. She had to read mostly male characters and I'm not a fan of women reading for men unless they're super great at it, ie
NOS4A2 Kate Mulgrew.
What a fantastic story. Jane Harper is a great lead character but so are the supporting characters. Extremely well written, I laughed out loud, got freaked out and didn't want it to end. I cannot wait to listen to The Raven.
Emily Beresford does a great job.
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