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.
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By Madeleine on 24-06-12
Nice concept, poorly written
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.
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By Sugarpucker on 21-08-14
Fun and Different
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.
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