Ship of the Dead
“Readers who enjoyed The Strain Trilogy, by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, will find plenty to satisfy them here.”—San Francisco Book Review on Omega Days
In the weeks following the Omega Virus outbreak, survivors form desperate clusters, uniting to defend against hordes of the walking dead. But they can only hide for so long…
Father Xavier Church never wanted to be a leader. Nonetheless, he’s grown attached to his fellow survivors, and he won’t let anyone cause them harm—though he may be the one who inadvertently leads them to destruction…
Ex-con Bill Carnes may crave freedom, but he still prefers sticking with the group rather than fleeing to Mexico with his former cellmate TC. Maybe he’s changing. Or maybe the look in TC’s eyes is more dangerous than the undead…
EMT Rosa Escobedo gave up on hope after she watched the man she loved rise from the dead. But when a patient seems to start getting better, she can’t help but hope for a cure, even if it means risking her life…
As the numbers of the dead swell, the living are running out of safe havens—especially when the biggest threats lie within their own ranks.
Survivors fleeing the zombie infestation of Omega Days seek food, electricity, and safety on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in Campbell's somber sequel. Medical student, Navy Reserve petty officer, and former stripper Rosa Escobedo joins heroic priest Xavier Church in leading the group. The reappearances of such depraved characters as ex-cons TC and Carney and sadistic former TV evangelist Peter Dunleavy illustrate the abyss of evil at work, even as universal destruction looms. Yet amid the challenges of wresting control of the ship from the dead, the survivors display inspiring self-sacrifice and dedication to group welfare. Dunleavy yields to his increasingly psychotic inclinations, while Carney draws strength from Church's trusting nature. Campbell pits humane impulses against the dictates of leadership in a struggle between mercy and justice tempered by the threat of annihilation. If the playing-out of individual character themes and conflicts suggests conflicts of good and evil that are too clear-cut, the frequent and chilling zombie encounters highlight both Campbell's competence in presenting horrific gore and his insistence that dedication to humanity is also the strongest definition of faith.