The story begins with a vividly written prologue in which a German U-boat--sometimes known as an 'Iron Coffin'--attacks an unsuspecting merchant vessel, and is itself attacked by a pair of Allied sub chasers. The action then shifts to the present day and to the idyllic Caribbean island of Coquina, where life is about to change in unimaginable ways. David Moore, a young man with a tragic and haunted past, is skin-diving in the waters off Coquina, searching for the salvageable remnants of shipwrecks. He accidentally detonates a long-unexploded depth charge, uncovering and releasing a submarine that has lain beneath those waters, virtually intact, for decades. The battered vessel that rises to the surface contains a bizarre and terrifying cargo that will transform a once peaceful island into a landscape of unrelenting nightmare.
The Night Boat is a story of cannibalism, ancient voodoo curses, and shambling, undead entities filled with a bottomless rage and an equally bottomless hunger. But it is also the story of a past that refuses to die, that lies in wait just beneath the surface of the unsuspecting present. Furiously paced and viscerally frightening, this horrific early gem is both an outstanding entertainment in its own right and a harbinger of the masterpieces to come.
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By EntertainmentLover on 09-05-14
Mix of John Carpenter's THE FOG & Dawn of the Dead
What made the experience of listening to The Night Boat the most enjoyable?
I read the boat more than 20 years ago & have always had a fondness for it. To hear it was like listening to a movie. First time I read it, I loved it. Reminded me of the 1979 film The Fog by John Carpenter, Then you see the zombie side come out in the story. This novel should be turned into a movie.
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By Scott A. Hiles on 08-02-15
This classic horror novel and was well narrated and quite enjoyable. If you are fan of McCammon, give this a listen.
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