Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working onboard the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by 30 miles of refuse, the ship and its high-tech systems are plagued by a series of strange malfunctions and the crew is battered by a raging storm.
When the storm fades and the sun rises, the beaten crew awakens to find themselves anchored in the protective cove of a tropical island...and no one knows how they got there. Even worse, the ship has been sabotaged, two crewmen are dead, and a third is missing. Hawkins spots signs of the missing man onshore and leads a small team to bring him back. But they quickly discover evidence of a brutal history left behind by the island’s former occupants: Unit 731, Japan’s ruthless World War II human experimentation program. Mass graves and military fortifications dot the island, along with a decades-old laboratory housing the remains of hideous experiments.
As more crew members start to disappear, Hawkins realizes that they are not alone. In fact, he suspects they were brought to this strange and horrible island. The crew is taken one by one, and while Hawkins fights to save his friends, he learns the horrible truths: Island 731 was never decommissioned and the person taking his crewmates may not be a person at all - not anymore.
©2013 Jeremy Robinson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I agree completely with the reviewer who compared this to a B movie. If you're looking for campy, gruesome, barely plausible, tomb raider meets Dr. Moreau type ride, You, my friend, have found your book.
This is the definition of brain candy, if you're into this type of thing. Nothing literary here. Just a wild ride through someone who may have been on hallucinogens (or something similar) when thinking half of this stuff up. I thought it was rather entertaining and don't regret the time spent listening at all. I had my B-Movie cast in my head as I was listening, which made it all the more enjoyable.
I don't know if I would spend the credit again, but it was certainly consuming on a long drive. Solid three stars.
I picked up Island 731 expecting an action-packed B-Movie that would keep me coming back for more. That's exactly what I got.
I enjoyed this book. The narration is great and well-paced. As some other reviewers have pointed out, the characters aren't especially well-developed, but I wasn't expecting some moving treatise on the human condition--I was looking for thrills & chills. This book has them.
I think if you're someone who read the synopsis of this book and thought, "This sounds interesting," then it's a pretty safe bet Island 731 is for you.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
A research ship is lured to an island run amok with monsterous human experiments, mutants and at least one really mad scientist. The story isn't complex and the "science" is a bit thin but the story will hold your interest with non-stop action.
My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
A sea of trash, Chimeras (an artificially produced individual having tissues of several species), secret island facilities holding human experiments, deception, explosions, a race against complete annihilation and those pesky turtle/scorpion/spider creatures. All of that and more await you in this fantastic novel by Jeremy Robinson. Get ready for so much nail-biting edge of your seat action you wont be able to stop it until your through.
R. C. Bray narrates the novel. When I first started the audiobook, I was not even sure if I could listen the whole way though. But given some time and the will to persevere through the novel, By the end his narrations will end up on your wish list.
5 stars across the board for this amazing novel. If your a fan of Lincoln Child's "Terminal Freeze" I suggest you getting this TODAY. And when your finished, I highly suggest another Jeremy Robinson novel "Second World".
If you are into gruesome descriptions of genetic manipulation, this one is for you. If not, then not so much.
It relies upon gore far too much, and some of the suspension of disbelief required is a true stretch. Dragged on abit as well. So so overall.
There are a number of books in this genre of gruesome fantasy, and this one is not the best, The ideas are there, and overall it's ok, but the devil is always in the details, and I fear this one has been left alone in that area.
Recommended with alot of reservations.
Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.
Less action bit more story
Yes, the book still had good mystery and kept the flow going very well without any filler.
Not a real strong character driven book
Study more on plastic waste
Absolutely. This book had so much action that it kept me awake almost all night. There are very few listens that I have had such a hard time stopping.
Bray, the high school biology teacher, was may favorite character due to his smart remarks and addition of color to the story. I also had a high school teacher by the name of Bray that acted very much like the one in the story.
My favorite scene is the moment when the crew was being chased by the BFS's.
I have listened to 12 books on audio so far, some of them 40+ hours long, and none of them have even come close to the intensity and excitement of this one. At first I wasn't so sure I liked the narration, but it soon grew on me. The narrator clearly distinguishes between voices (this hasn't been the case in many of my listens) and adds excitement to every word. This book as led me to listen to more of this author's works.
This is a dark and strange tale. Enjoyable no doubt but... be warned its full of wierd monster types and there's lots of strange killing. I suppose it's a typical scary si-fi, with mad scientist, bio-logical experiments and genetic mutations all running wild. If that's what you like jump right in. i did and although at first i thought I'd bail out persistence paid off and eventually i was content that i had not wasted a credit...Not in a hurry to read more of Jeremy Robinson but will eventually.
This story had just enough of a wow factor to keep me engaged. I loved the idea of a small ship finding itself at a mysterious island after a rough storm & the island is full of creatures that have been mutated to become horrible monstrous things. For one reason or another the crew keeps going onto the island and they slowly are decimated as they find out about the islands history.
The writing is not horrible, but its not great. I'm not judging this against Raymond Carver but a contemporary genre writer such as Stephen King or Preston/Child. Maybe it had a little to do with RC Bray's narration, but it felt really jagged.
The characters are all very 2 dimensional. Robinson tries to flesh them out but he relies more on action than investigating personalities to move the story along. The main female love interest is gussied up to be a smart leader, but really she is no more than a prop for the protagonist to have a goal.
I am not a hard core science first reader. For example I am a big zombie fiction fan. Zombies have no place in reality. Island 731's science is beyond silly. The idea that WWII scientists created these creatures by combining (for example) a crocodile with a squids mouth and then added the poisonous bite of a kimono dragon to the squid mouth. I couldn't even remotely believe it.
So if you like action, aren't worried about character development, want some fun with a twist, this is the book for you. If you care about plot/characters/and writing styles stay away.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
WEATHER OUT THE WEATHER
Paralyzed solider, bird eating his leg, strapped to a table, lift your arm, that's not my arm!!, shark attack, mutilated turtle, gross autopsy, weird experiment, storm, jungle, pill box, rats, flying lizards, mass grave of mutilated bodies. Well, so much for the first 30 minutes. If you like a lot of action, this is the book for you. It is go, go, go, one danger after another, never ending danger.
I WORK IN A HIGH SCHOOL, I KNOW PINING WHEN I SEE IT.
Okay, I admit that there is a huge sophomore living in me. I love a book, with biological oddities, man made or not. I love a book with mad scientists. I love a book where something new happens every chapter. This book has all of that. You don't want to listen to this all at once, as it would wear you out. Your heart will need a break. Plus this is the first of a series, of which I have already read the third book. I am getting the second book.
I LIKE TO NAME THINGS
R.C. Bray, who you should know from the Mountain Man Omnibus is once again excellent.
"Pinch of sea salt required"
The book started well, you are put into a world of insanity and unpredictability very quickly and almost expect some sickening actions to come out. They do, gradually and you always feel sorry for something or someone. Unit 731 is easy to research, so know what you are getting yourself into. Just when the book gets very good, it starts to get a bit silly and quickly descends from being a disturbed horror experiment to a cheap computer game. Chimeras are one thing, but when they are action figures made from 57 different varieties you imagine super skrull or the x men.
I really enjoyed the book and wanted to keep listening, but it became a victim of its own sillyness with some of the chimeras and became much more comic book than thriller.
Entertaining enough but stick with it.
"We'll read and a good idea"
Got this on a whim as I had a long journey coming up and needed a book to listen to
The story is a novel idea and began well. Later developments were a little shakey but overall an entertaining story! Read well by the narrator
I think this May be the start if a series, but think for me it will remain a stand alone book
the characters Hawkins and Joliet, an interesting twist
the descriptions of the characters and creatures
most of them between Hawkins and Bray
Some parts made me say "F****** RUN" out loud, but over all no
amusing, interesting, a cliche here and there but its all in good fun
The characters are very well written and the creepies are great.
Hawkins was performed brilliantly, as was Bray.
Absolutely, it made me laugh, gasp and occasionally freak out.
Island 731 was an interesting and fun story. The 'creepies' are fantastic and definitely leave an impression, long after hearing about them. R.C.Bray does a great job and I look forward to listening to more from him.
Jeremy Robinson has done it again, he has blurred the lines between fiction and non fiction. This time he has used a gruesome true event that happened in world war two and turned it into a what if it was never stopped and placed it in todays world where it could posibily happen.
Jeremy has brought something I had not known about to my attention. He has made me want to do research to see how in world war two these things went on and why no one was made to pay for it except the victims.
The story has mystery, love interest, friends and twists. I would love to say that this book was a page-turner but as I listened to iti would have to say it was a book I did not want to stop listing too, which did cause problems when going to sleep. Some very strange dreams!!
The narrator R. C. Brey did a great job of bringing accents to the characters, so it was enjoyable and easy to tell who was talking.
This is not the first book that he has narrated for Jeremy Robinson, hopefully not his last.
I do find some male narrators to be hard to listen too, sometimes I find them to have too deep a voice or slow talkers. I had no problem this time.
If I had to recommend this book to some one I would say if you liked Michael Crichton’s work you will love this book.
Highly recomend this book to anyone, you can let your own imagination run wild with this great story.
Hard to compare as the story is a little unique, if you like any other Jeremy Robinson books then you will not be disapointed.
The performance was great, all of the characters had a subtle change that helped bring the story to life.
Yes, just a shame it wasn't the case but a great week of commuting.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys medical thrillers.
There is a good background story based in some truth to this thriller.
The story catches your attention from the start and made you want to listen on to see what happens next. The story is predictable in some parts but very entertaining.
Sounds Very much like Clive Cussler in the historical story first then the current storyline
"Too far fetched"
Such a poor story, too far fetched.
R.C.Bray is an incredible narrotor but story was rubbish.
"Excellent imagination and very well read!!"
This book is so unlike others as it it so creative. What a good book from start to finish! The narration is also excellent.
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