this has all the component that a great zombie novel has. it has the action, the tension and the eeriness that makes you shivver with every turn of the page. He has a well rounded writing style. But what I like the most of this book is that it shows the best example of how characters should be developed. He does not go into detail about all of the characters back story like most stories do. Now most people would say this is a bad thing because of lack of knowing the characters history. He proved you dont need to write a page long description of one character just to know his character. In 'Domain of the Dead' The characters can be seen through their dialogue and their reactions to certain things. Just by the mannerism of speech, you can determine easily which character is which and thats how it should be done. He lets you see the characters from their reactions and their mannerism of speech more than the background description of their life. Ive seen, time and time again, authors writing a page long description of a character, but when I see the dialogue of these well defined characters, they seem monotone and absent of the certain characteristics of those characters. I would read about all these different characters in some story but they would all speak in the same monotone voice with the same predictable reaction. And in 'Domain of the dead' he best exemplifies how characters should be developed through their mannerism of speech and reactions to events, more than detailed description of their previous life.
this is what a zombie novel should be, its a fast paced novel with the fear provoking elements that are just scary to even think about. I mean what scarier than zombies? And whats scarier than being stuck in a confined space with zombies? And what if that confined space was a boat?
Poeple already have a fear when it comes to boats and thats the natural fear of sinking, but when zombies are thrown into the equation it hits right at home. Because the survivors cant escape. It fear of death meets the primal fear of being trapped like an animal in a confined space. Great horrific read and a great addition to the zombie genre.