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.
Having a narrator that could express the different emotions the characters portray.
The story didnt go into many details. everything was a very quick description, i couldn't get the feeling that i was a part of the story. I wasnt able to trully picture what the characters and surroundings looked and felt like.
I am not a fan of any female narrator. She, like others makes ever male voice sound the same. She cant get characters emotions to come through. A male narrator does better female voices than a female narrator doing male voices.
i was disappointed. the summary of the story sounded great. It could have been a longer more detailed story.
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