Ten years after the world was nearly decimated by a zombie virus, there is a desperate race for the antidote. A team of commandos are sent to a remote island populated by zombies to rescue a group of stranded scientists. The commandos come up against the hungry dead, Russian mercenaries, and shady government conspiracies. Dead Island: Operation Zulu is a fun, action packed, blood splattered, horror adventure. Aliens meets Dawn of the Dead.
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OK but the narrator gets wearing after a while.
"Black blood and grey brain matter."
They were told it would be a cakewalk: fly into a small tropical island and extract a doctor and the vaccine he'd developed. They were not happy when they learned that there could be zombies. But the team sent by Strategic Securities could not have guessed just how bad it would be. Zombies yes, hundreds of them. But also another rival team Russians, looking for the same research development and they were determined to get there first. Not a cakewalk then, a bloodbath.
This is an unusual take on the zombie apocalypse genre, well written with believable characters and authentic sounding dialogue for hardened combatants in a danger situation. Each chapter is short and given a snappy title. The story, full of fierce fighting bursts, is filled with visceral violence and graphic pictures. The narrator's text reading is well paced, his voice slightly gravelly as if filled with the dust and debris of the confrontations and his rendering of the speech of each individual protagonist is individual and skilful, encompassing American, Aussie and Russian accents of both male and female. My only dislike of Mr.Salzman's performance was that in longer sections of text, his voice intonation became too downbeat, hard to sustain full concentration. But this was occasional.
Altogether an exciting thriller with very high death rates this is a real treat for all zombie and military action readers alike. My thanks to the rights holder of Dead Island who freely gifted me a copy lot this book, via audio book Boom. Recommended but only if you are prepared for some crude innuendoes and plenty of blood and gore .
- Norma Miles