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Dead Island: Operation Zulu Audiobook

Dead Island: Operation Zulu

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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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    Platypire Bob 06-21-17
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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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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 06-12-17 Member Since 2015
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-20-17

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    "Better left buried."
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    I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

    I normally love zombies stories, and really wanted to like this one, but this one just didn't do it for me. The premise is fine, location is great (who doesn't love zombies on a tropical island), but the characters....oh the characters. There are what? 3 or 4 dozen! (or at least that is how it seemed) Now I have no problem with a story having a huge cast, but there is zero character development. They are all little more than cardboard caricatures. Seriously there is no character development. Nothing besides accents differentiates them one from the other. Seriously they all seem like carbon copies of each other. And who exactly is the protagonist supposed to be? Yes, even with massive casts there should be one character that the reader identifies with, sympathies with...not in this book. Who am I supposed to be rooting for? Heck if I know. And don't even get me started on the real 'bad guy'. Talk about cartoony. Creating anything (music, literature, etc) is hard work, and putting it out there to be judge takes a lot of bravery, so I applaud the author for his efforts. And I would also note this only my opinion, and I realize that not everyone likes the same thing and there is a chance that others will enjoy the book.

    Now as for S W Salzman's narration. It seemed solid enough, though I'll be honest and say I had trouble judging it simply because I didn't enjoy the story. Some narrators can elevate a mediocre story, but I'm not sure any narrator could have changed my feeling about the story. Again, no disrespect to the author, it just didn't work for me. I will say Salzman has a very distinct voice, and my first thought when hearing him was Christian Bale's 'Batman voice'.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    audra dryer 06-24-17
    audra dryer 06-24-17 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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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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    Mark 06-26-17
    Mark 06-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Fair to Good overall - room for improvement"
    What did you like best about Dead Island: Operation Zulu? What did you like least?

    Interesting twist (Americans vs. Russians vs. Zombies) on the typical zombie story.This would have been better in print or film.

    Too many characters to follow and as a result you don't get invested in any. I imagine this also makes the narrator's job very difficult.

    Several small (but distracting) issues, for example, don't describe zombies as unfeeling monsters and then talk about putting them out of their misery or ending their suffering.

    Overall, a good background listen while doing other things, but not something I at least got drawn into and wouldn't have been able to put down.

    "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."


    Have you listened to any of S W Salzman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Did a good job with multiple characters - probably too many for anyone to fully handle


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 06-23-17
    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 06-23-17 Member Since 2004

    Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds.

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    "Over the Top Action"
    Do you think Dead Island: Operation Zulu needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't see any reason for another book. There wasn't anything unique or exciting about this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of blood, bad guys and action, but not a lot of depth. This book kind of felt like I was being dropped in the middle of a story and much of the backstory was missing.
    Most of the characters are painted with a pretty broad and stereotyped brush. The bad guys are really bad and the good guys are pretty flat and everyone acts in a very Hollywood movie type of manner.
    The plot is pretty basic and the good guys prevail and the bad guys get what's coming to them. There isn't anything new or original here, just another zombie story.
    The narrator does a decent job with the story and accents.
    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 06-18-17
    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 06-18-17 Member Since 2009

    word man

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    "A couple issues hold it back from goodness."

    The zombies were supposed to be long gone. Ten years have passed since the virus outbreak. So why were there scientists working on an antidote on little Eller Island in the middle of nowhere? Anyway, things go wrong as they usually do and the virus gets away from the scientists causing a brand new outbreak. A team of Special Forces operators are on their way to the island to clean up the mess, after which the island will be “sanitized”. The mission is supposed to be a cakewalk. We all know how that’s going to turn out don’t we? The mysterious Mr. Black may have something to do with the antidote requirement. I wanted to like this story more than I did, but a couple issues got in my way. The humor aspect got old quick and I thought it odd that everyone had the same sense of humor and they all poked at the same thing. My other issue was the lack of background, which would have tied me to the characters more. Otherwise the makings were there, it just couldn’t pull it all together. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • supernooby
    6/26/17
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    "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
    6/22/17
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    ""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 .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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