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Island 731

Island The high adventure of James Rollins meets the gripping suspense of Matthew Reilly in Jeremy Robinson s explosive new thrillerMark Hawkins former park ranger and expert tracker is out of his element

  • Title: Island 731
  • Author: Jeremy Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780312617875
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The high adventure of James Rollins meets the gripping suspense of Matthew Reilly in Jeremy Robinson s explosive new thrillerMark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working on board the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by thirty miles of refuse, the ship aThe high adventure of James Rollins meets the gripping suspense of Matthew Reilly in Jeremy Robinson s explosive new thrillerMark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working on board the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by thirty 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 islandd no one knows how they got there Even worse, the ship has been sabotaged, two crewman are dead and a third is missing Hawkins spots signs of the missing man on shore 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 crew members start to disappear, Hawkins realizes that they are not alone In fact, 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 truth Island 731 was never decommissioned and the person taking his crewmates may not be a person at all not any.

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    1. This book is quite the page turner. A very thrilling, action-packed, suspenseful narrative. As I was reading I was given the distinct impression of survival horror, reminded of Resident Evil and Dino Crisis. Although I have not read it (or seen the film), I imagine the Island of Dr. Moreau would be much like this. I also had a bit of the same feeling as I had felt when I was watching Lost all those years ago, the sense of mystery as to what is actually going on in the story. All of this combined [...]

    2. First the ugly facts: Unit 731 was a Japanese research and development unit during WWII. 731 experimented with human vivisection. Some experiments included removing limbs and transplanting them to other test subjects, sometimes putting them where arms were never meant to go. When the war ended, the US wanted what 731 had learned, so they gave the scientists immunity. If WWII was one long, ugly story, then 731 was one of its ugliest chapters. Now the crazy fiction: Jeremy Robinson’s book Island [...]

    3. I really enjoyed Project Nemesis, but this one fell short. Now, I will happily suspend disbelief when it comes to a monster tale, but I want characters I can depend on. The hero here was too much, and yet too little at the same time. He was a Chuck Norris, but with no brain (possibly a bad example). He was a superman who could apparently do anything, and yet kept forgetting to use his powers when they were most needed. Example: the author dumps a ridiculous backstory to explain the hero's amazin [...]

    4. Jurassic Park style madness, but replace the dinos with horrific mutants and spread a thick layer of WWII biogenetic experimentation in there. It's a tasty recipe. Robinson's imagination is scrumtrulescent!

    5. A research vessel, studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (i.e thirty miles of refuse) is marooned on an unchartered island, when the crew members start dying or disappearing. A former Park ranger (Hawkins) launches a rescue mission and finds himself and his team members facing various genetically hybrid chimeras. Neither the characters nor the story were interesting. 1.5 stars, rounded up just for the creativity of the various hybrid species. Skip this one.

    6. Are you a fan of crazy conspiracy theories? Do you enjoy reading about secret experiments carried out by various governments? Then you should probably get your hands on this book because crazy conspiracy theories and experiments are what it's all about. It's not often that I read adult fiction, but I've been in a weird, conspiracy kind of mood lately (it might have something to do with binge watching Making a Murderer). When I stumbled across this one, I knew I had to make some time for it and I [...]

    7. My general descriptor of this is Lost as written by Nick Cutter. Basically a collection of people wind up on a creepy island. The stuff is more biomedical experiment than straight-up supernatural, but things go wrong pretty quickly. If I wanted to nitpick, I definitely could, but I was just kind of enjoying the plot for what it was. I did figure out some of what was going on but at this point that just doesn't bother me. I'm not sure I'll seek out other books by this author because some of the w [...]

    8. This thriller is a mash up of several genres. It is reminiscent of H.G. Wells cautionary tale, The Island of Doctor Monreau. It has the adventure of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. There is conspiracy theories used as so many dystopian works have. I enjoyed the cliffhanger stops along the way. It did have that old serial feeling as the chapters ended. I liked the humanizing message at the end of the novel. I am fond of the shifting allegiances. I would certainly have given a higher rating if t [...]

    9. Having read SecondWorld by the same author and The Island of Dr Moreau by HG Wells, I was interested in this. I am a sucker for monster stories and thought this would be good, as I enjoyed SecondWorld a lot.But I have to say this story felt week, it was exciting, but also just too unbelievable,, not so much the creatures and the Science as that is a given for the story, but the way they survived the Island. With so any deadly creatures and so many others dying, the central characters just seems [...]

    10. This was my first book by this author and gets 3.5 stars, more closer to 3. The reason is that although it was really absolutely fast-pacing, action-filled and sort of fun, the story was just a bit too crazy/unrealistic. The description had a lot of promise and the story started out awesome, but the farther I read, the more unbelievable it got until even the lowest BS detector would have sounded the alarm. Still, the book showed that the author can write very nicely in terms of adventure, suspen [...]

    11. Loved it!Thx Mark for recommending it to me :)Very happy to find out I've read another book by this author but under the pen name Jeremy Bishop.I have a new favorite author now!

    12. The premise of this book was very intriguing and, for the most part, delivered what it promised. Scenes move very fast and the characters had some depth. While readers definitely need to suspend disbelief for a lot of the outlandish science and the speed of the mutations, the book was entertaining throughout. Although not blown away because so much was predictable, I would be interested in reading more of this author. I was surprised to find a few typos in this book, especially considering it wa [...]

    13. This is a decent summer read. Why? Because it's absolutely ridiculous, in the least-serious part of the year. If you were to combine science fiction, social issues, history, and nonstop action you'd be close to the genre of this book. I stuck with it over five days and had to find out what happens to a shipwrecked crew of scientists on an uncharted island. So without giving too much away, the reader really needs to detach from reality for 350 pages and just go with it!

    14. The story was interesting, though I felt much more could have been done with it. Additionally, Robinson is not actually a great writer. There's lots of unnecessary punctuation and many repetitive phrases. Very little subtlety. A quick read and an interesting enough one, but don't come in with high standards.

    15. I started reading Jeremy Robinson's book for no other reason than I wanted something to fill the void while waiting for the next Matthew Reilly book. I have come to really enjoy that kind of over-the-top action, science based adventure story that James Rollins, David Lynn Golemon, Jeff Long and the aforementioned Matthew Reilly put out. He is also clearly influenced by Michael Crichton. Along the way I came to enjoy his books as much as, and in many cases, more so than some of his colleagues. In [...]

    16. The Magellan a research vessel studying the great Pacific garbage patch is in trouble. In the midst of a storm the ship is troubled by several strange and unexplained malfunctions.The ship finds itself crippled and stuck in a small tropical cove, yet no one knows how they got there.They have dead crewmen as well as one missing.Mark Hawkins former park ranger spots signs on the beach and leads a team off to search for their missing crew members.They find signs left from WWII in the jungle. Pill b [...]

    17. (view spoiler)[Blurbs: 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 [...]

    18. The crew of the research ship, Magellan is out in the Great Pacific. They are researching the Garbage Patch. While there they come across a huge sea turtle. The turtle is dead. They bring it onto the ship. There they discover that the turtle has a deformity. Only it seems that the deformity was human induced. Before they can fully understand the extent of this discovery, the ship and the crew are washed overboard due to a storm. They awake to discover to one of the crew members is missing. A sea [...]

    19. Jeremy Robinson’s Island 731 is a loose prequel to his ‘A Kaiju Thriller’ series, or so I’m lead to believe. His website recommends reading this first, so why not? The review quote on the cover dubs it ‘One of the best Jurassic Park successors’, though comparisons with that book are superficial at best. This is much more like an ultra-pulpy re-imagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau.The best monster stories can evoke various emotions, from exhilaration to awe and wonder to fear of t [...]

    20. Really leaning closer to 2.5 stars. The idea was interesting--a forgotten WWII human-experimentation facility is still churning out lethal chimeras at a prodigious rate--but the writing was just meh. Far from on par with the great storytellers, Robinson adopts the "tell, don't show" style of writing. Maybe it's simply a personal preference on my part, but I really hate it when the antagonist not only explains his motives for performing such heinous acts but does so at unbelievable times--like wh [...]

    21. I was introduced to Jeremy Robinson’s books following a recommendation on , after reading the excellent Greig Beck Alex Hunter books. From the very first Chees book (Pulse) I was hooked. This was my first non Chess related book, so was a bit worried going in, I should not have been. Island 731 is a great suspenseful action thriller mystery, it introduces a new lead character Mark ‘Ranger’ Hawkins, along with Bob Bray and Avril Joliet. The story revolves around the mysterious Island 731 and [...]

    22. At first I thought this was going to be a standard "Haunted Island" book, or maybe a "Science Experiment Gone Wrong." I was wrong, this book is full of unique characters, great plot development, and some awesome action. I'm wondering if there will be a tie in with Project Nemesis. I don't recognize the governmental figures from this book, but that means nothing. This is an author that I need to read more of and see what he is going to do. The potential for creating an interlocking world for his [...]

    23. Some have likened Island 731 favorably to the works of Michael Crichton, and in the realm of speculative medical sci-fi gone bad it’s not impossible. But where Crichton would have delved into the microbiological underpinnings of the story and attempted to explain how these chimera came to be, Robinson brushes off such data with vague allusions. Too often the book feels like fan-fiction; decent fan-fiction but fan-fiction nonetheless. Admirers of Capcom’s Resident Evil franchise will probably [...]

    24. LOST meets JURRASIC PARK, ala Crichton. Creepy horror thriller that would probably best appeal to young adults. Not particularly well written, but completely within the parameters of novels in this genre. Contrived, to say the least, formulaic, with characters having just the right skills to move the story along, with sinister protagonists and deadly adversaries, faced off against the trained hero knight who repeatedly barely escapes each hurdle presented. Really good for maybe a beach read. I c [...]

    25. I just won a copy so i have not read it yet, i am just so excited to win. I would like to say though that i am sure it will be worth 5 stars because i don't think he can write a bad book, there may be some you like better than others but none are bad. My fav so far The Last Hunter: Descent (Antarktos Saga, #1) i guess because it was my first Robinson book. Thanx p.s "I will be back" Back.I received my advanced copy from and want to say thanx again. My first ever advanced copy of a book. Just fi [...]

    26. Robinson has created theater of the absurd in this one. It is based around the secret Japanese biological experiment unit of WWII, Unit 731. This story has the US government taking over one of the unit's outposts to continue the experiments after the war. One of the children of the researcher's there has continued and created hybrid creatures, some of multiple creature's dna. The good old Island of Dr. Moreau was at least reasonably believable, but this is too far out there even with today's tec [...]

    27. Jeremy Robinson has not let me down once again with ISLAND 731. Great characters and plot combine with some interesting creatures to form one fun reading experience. I really enjoyed reading about all the different chimera creatures and how the characters had to deal with them. There was a lot of thought that went into this story.The whole story from beginning to end kept me entertained and the ending was perfect. I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel to this book sometime in the future.Overall a grea [...]

    28. I am a huge fan of Jeremy Robinson. Especially his "Chess Team" adventures. "Island 731", while a good read, is not my favorite. It is below par when compared to the amazing "SecondWorld".I could def. read more about the adventures of lead Mark Hawkins. His backstory of how he was raised to be a tracker was one of the best aspects of this novel.Beyond the Hawkins character, I thought the remaining cast was weak. The concept is a little to Dr. Moreau, but the mixed DNA of some of the islands inha [...]

    29. This book could be called "Lost Meets Aliens"; all it needs is S. Weaver in the role of Joliet and Matthew Fox as the hero. The genetics is silly, the physics are impossible, and the characters are a little over the top. There's a nice family scene near the end of the book, kind of heartwarming in a way as long as you don't mind improbability. Also this gets a 5-splatter rating for gore and guts, literally. My biggest sense of loss came from the senseless destruction of the hero's prized knife a [...]

    30. Modern day Island of Dr. Moreau based off of a real Japanese human experimentation unit from WW2.Chilling story with tons of suspense. If it were a movie, I'd qualify it as a B-movie on the SyFy channel. Very action packed and left the reader wondering what would happen next.The bad guy here makes Dr. Moreau look like he was doing simple arts and crafts.Overall, an enjoyable exciting thriller. 3.5

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