Dead Island: Operation Zulu

Narrated by: S W Salzman
Series: Operation Zulu, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Allen Gamboa (P)2017 Allen Gamboa

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Solid start!!

10 years ago, the world was nearly decimated by a Zombie virus, but they managed to get control of it and everything went back to normal. Except now it isn't. The Zombie virus has been accidentally unleashed on an Island and a group of commandos are sent to the island to rescue some scientists that are stranded on it. But not everything is like is seems and this "easy" mission turns out to be something a lot more!!

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's action packed, fast paced and had enough twists and turns to give you whiplash! It's well written and developed and read like a great action movie. I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout and listened to this as quick as I could. The characters were all well written as well and I pretty much loved all of them. Don't get too attached though because this is a Zombie book after all, so there will be death!!

In all, this is a solid start to what looks like an amazing series. Enjoyable, entertaining and fun, all the while being a horror story too. It was like a movie playing out and I want more!!!

S W Salzman has an awesome voice for horror! He just gets when to add the tension and when to dial it back. He was clear and concise and read it well. He had a variety of tones and voices that was impressive, though his Aussie accent was a little off. It didn't detract from the story though!!

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Bob @ Platypire Reviews

*I received a comp code for this audio book for an honest review*

Not a dull moment! This book is different in that it doesn't start right before a zombie outbreak, not during, and not immediately. It's further down the road, but while things are still being experimented with and such. There's a lot of politics and money behind the scenes. The only thing I might warn about is the harsh language and crude humor shown by some characters, which honestly made them feel more realistic.

Side note:Did anyone else picture The Smoking Man when Mr. Black was on scene the first couple of times?!

I wasn't sure about the narrator at first, being a bit different from what I've gotten used to, but I warmed up to him quickly. He did voices, accents, and he seemed to actually know the story. I've heard several that it seemed like that it was the reader's first time looking at the book, and that always puts me off. Big points for that not happening here!

Overall: If you like zombies and military action, don't mind blood and guts or an f bomb here and there, I would definitely recommend this!

Bob says: 4 Platypires!

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  • jr
  • 02-20-18

Gamboa and Salzman!

the story is superb and the voice of Salzman bring all these great characters to life! I'll be getting the next book.

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Zombie story

This was a zombie story that takes place years after the outbreak. The story ebs and flows. I did honestly enjoy the ending both in how the story ends and that it actually wrapped up. I received this audiobook for free for an honest review.

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ZOMBIES 👏 ZOMBIES 👏 ZOMBIES 👏

Man, this one was a trip from top to bottom! I've read/listened to an absolute boatload of zombie stories over the years, so it's hard to get me excited about a zombie themed story these days. But 'Dead Island: Operation Zulu' was such a unique take on the genre with a really solid plot that created urgency and tension throughout. It was well written and well narrated by S W Salzman. I'd definitely recommend this story to anyone at all who enjoys horror!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Fantastic!

This is a thrilling, very fast-paced story that has no problem being very graphic and technical. Be prepared for massive carnage (it is a zombie novel after all) and know that no character is guaranteed to make it to the end. There are some fun twists and an extremely satisfying ending, not an annoying cliffhanger. I'm curious to see where the next installment takes this series.

Only someone with a big di... imagination could come up with the chapter headings. They're hilarious and perfect. Gamboa is definitely on my favorite author list now.

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  • KD
  • 11-03-18

Solid start!

There is a great novel in here somewhere, overall it was just a good novel. But i think it can be so much more, I'm excited for a sequel.

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it was ok

the story was ok I like the characters and the humor it was worth reading

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Great Start

The story is about a Zombie virus that almost eradicated the whole world, but they were able to get it under control. The book is full of action and lots of twists and turns. The narrator did a great job.

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Action packed

What did you love best about Dead Island: Operation Zulu?

When the surviving team was at Mr. Blacks house

What about S W Salzman’s performance did you like?

S.W. Salzman doesn't use a dead-pan voice as most narrators I have heard do. He keeps your attention focused on the story and the characters.

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  • Mia Harper
  • 05-15-20

Action packed with plenty of humour!

This book had it all, action, explosions, humour, gore and non stop zombies - shambling and runners! I couldn't leave this book alone once I started it, I was riveted to the end, and the humour had me giggling in places, I'm glad that Mr. Black got a poetic end! I'm sad to day that many great characters met untimely deaths, but some orphans were saved, Mr. salzman's dulcet tones did this book proud! I can't wait to read book 2.

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  • Mick J
  • 08-09-19

Freakin awezome

Loved it.... lots of action and you proper like blowin shit up dude....
Mick from the Dome 😁😁😁

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  • jim.a
  • 09-26-18

Mercenaries and Zombies perfect for relaxation.

A nice immersion into a world where we are not dribbled at OMG what is it, why it’s a outbreak, past that, it’s a zombie, job to do get in the professionals. I liked how the Author got to business. Is someone got bit they bit. Well read and immersed me into the story . My only gripe what the heck “deaders “. Hated the word.

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  • supernooby
  • 06-26-17

OK but the narrator gets wearing after a while.

pretty reasonable Zombie story. nice pace. good cast of characters. the narrator just grates after a while. terrible accents. still an enjoyable listen despite that.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-22-17

"Black blood and grey brain matter."

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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 .