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Island 731 | [Jeremy Robinson]

Island 731

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-15-13
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Beware of your next Pacific cruise"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are into gruesome descriptions of genetic manipulation, this one is for you. If not, then not so much.


    What was most disappointing about Jeremy Robinson’s story?

    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.


    What three words best describe R. C. Bray’s voice?

    Strong
    Authentic
    Consistent


    Was Island 731 worth the listening time?

    50/50.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Norway, MI, United States 03-30-13
    Shane Norway, MI, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Best Listen I Have Ever Had"
    Would you listen to Island 731 again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is the moment when the crew was being chased by the BFS's.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 04-01-13
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 04-01-13 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Action-Packed Science Fiction"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brenden Zapp Lima, Ohio, United States 04-02-13
    Brenden Zapp Lima, Ohio, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2012

    My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!

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    "Follow the goat..."

    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".

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 04-12-13
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Most Likely Exactly What You're Looking For"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 04-11-13
    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 04-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bit creepy"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Justin casper, WY, USA 04-03-13
    Justin casper, WY, USA 04-03-13 Member Since 2006

    Being a heavy equipment operator with long night shifts, good books are essential to me.

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    "Lots of action"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Less action bit more story


    Would you recommend Island 731 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, the book still had good mystery and kept the flow going very well without any filler.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Not a real strong character driven book


    Did Island 731 inspire you to do anything?

    Study more on plastic waste


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 04-10-14
    K. Allenby Grimsby, UK 04-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are very well written and the creepies are great.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Hawkins was performed brilliantly, as was Bray.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Absolutely, it made me laugh, gasp and occasionally freak out.


    Any additional comments?


    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel PEMBROKE PINES, FL, United States 03-08-14
    Daniel PEMBROKE PINES, FL, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Love books!

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    What would have made Island 731 better?

    It's too much wanting the be a high tech thriller like Crichton but instead comes across like a Corman film. I don't see what all the hype was and the good reviews are totally misleading.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not another one of his books.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator did a decent job. He's the only thing they kept me in the story until the end.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Island 731?

    I'm not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the whole story would have done better as a Si Fi channel special and done well in a short format. Think Sharknado but instead it dragged out over 10 hours of painful storyline. It's too hard to hold a suspension of disbelief for that long. I think from listening to the terminology and tech that Robinson uses he wants the story to come across like a techno-thriller like In Jurassic Park but it's more like a bad B movie that lasts for way too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andy North Shore City, New Zealand 10-07-13
    Andy North Shore City, New Zealand 10-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good start to a new author for me"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Island 731 to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Island 731?

    The premise was quite good, esp once they get to the island.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good overall but there were times where the narrater gets stuck on a character voice and continues this into another character so made it hard to follow some dialogue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • K. Allenby
    Grimsby, UK
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    "Fantastic!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are very well written and the creepies are great.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

    Hawkins was performed brilliantly, as was Bray.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Absolutely, it made me laugh, gasp and occasionally freak out.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MICHELLE LOUISE
    NUNEATON, WARWICKSHIRE United Kingdom
    9/28/13
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys medical thrillers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Island 731?

    There is a good background story based in some truth to this thriller.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Smith
    Gibraltar
    5/1/13
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    "Thought provoking"

    Island 731

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • s.m.sutcliffe
    Gaerwen, United Kingdom
    7/15/13
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    "would not play"

    The book would nor play on Windows Media Player or in Winamp. I am able to play all my other Audiobooks and music but not this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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