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Dead Island: Operation Zulu Audiobook

Dead Island: Operation Zulu

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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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    supernooby 26/06/2017
    supernooby 26/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Miles 22/06/2017
    Norma Miles 22/06/2017
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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.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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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  • Natalie @ BookLoversLife
    12/06/17
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Platypire Bob
    TX, USA
    21/06/17
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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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lori
    18/07/17
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    "Good start to a series"
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    3.5 stars<br/><br/>Good start to a series. Overall a fun, entertaining and enjoyable listen. Even though you know how this is basically going to play out, it doesn't make the story any less intense, suspenseful or engaging. It plays out like a movie. You can see it in your head as the story is being told. It pulls you in quickly and holds your attention until the end. <br/><br/> Loved the chapter titles. The title of each chapter made sense and gave a little hint as to what was about to happen. <br/><br/> It's fast-paced and full of non-stop action. How else could a story be when you are trying to fight your way off an island full of zombies. <br/><br/>While there are a handful of characters that stand out immediately, the cast of characters is so large that many of them are not really well developed especially in the first half of the story. As the bodies start to fall and more time is spent with the survivors their characters become better developed. You can't help but root for the Commando's and mourn their losses right along with them. By the time it's over your ready to join the team and fight right along beside those who are left.<br/><br/>S.W. Salzman did a great job with the narration. He has a gruff edge to his voice that fit the story and characters perfectly. You wouldn't want your hard as nails commandos sounding like wimps. Clearly spoken with a nice pace. Good character voices. Some of his characters voices were fantastic. The accents, cadence and tone were great. His female voices were good as well. His voice pulled you into the story and made you feel like you were right there in the middle of it all. Very enjoyable.<br/><br/> I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.<br/>

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nomi
    18/07/17
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    "👍🏻"

    This book jumped right in and was fast paced all the way through. Perfect ZA action for any horror fan. Looks like a great start to a series. I'll definitely be following up with this one.

    The narrator was perfect for this book. Great performance.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Christian C.
    North Carolina, USA
    11/07/17
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    "Fun breath of fresh air for zombie genre"

    I got plenty of laughs from Dead Island: Operation Zulu. Author Allen Gamboa displays a shining talent for writing characters so lifelike they could be standing right beside me, carrying on a conversation. The story begins with a group of Aussie and American ex-military hired to travel to an island for what they believe will be a simple rescue mission for survivors and retrieval of a new zombie virus antitode. Unbeknownst to the group, a crew of Russian ex-military unfriendlies had already reached the island with the same MO. The two crews battle the undead and one another, each group trying to escape the island alive with the scientist and his antidote. Who hired these crews, and why? A blindsiding twist tops off this humor-filled zombie/military/action novel that I'm so glad I took a chance on.

    Overall, a really fun read! Top-notch narration by S. W. Salzman elevated Gamboa's realistic characters to even greater heights. Even if you're at saturation with all-things-zombie, do check this one out, as it's a much-needed fresh breath for the genre.

    I was provided a free copy of this audiobook by the narrator in exchange for my unbiased review. Many thanks to the narrator for this opportunity!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    11/07/17
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    "I liked it!"

    You have to know in a zombie book that it is like watching a train wreck, you know what is going to happen, but you can just no look, or in this case, listen.

    "This book was provided at no cost for an unbiased review. "

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler U.
    10/07/17
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    "A decent zombie book"

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    So, I am a huge fan of the zombie genre. This one is pretty solid, over all, but there are so many characters it can be a bit difficult to keep up with them all. For me, the biggest impact this had was on character development. I felt like there just wasn't enough time spent on any group of characters for me to care that much about. That's not saying the story was bad or the writing wasn't good. The book was pretty entertaining and the narrator was good, it just make me care.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steve H. Caldwell
    Tacoma, WA
    09/07/17
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    "Good mix of Zombies and mercs."

    When a Black site island working on a cure for the Zombie virus has a containment breach, a merc team is sent in to get the research and the scientists that created it. They land and see that they arent the first ones there. A Russian team of mercs is there first, and they want the same thing. Its now a race of time to see who can get there first, and survive the zombie hordes infesting the island.To make it worse, there are outside forces who will stop at nothing to get this research, and will silence anyone who knows about it.

    This was a good mix of zombies and mercs. The military aspects rang true, and the worldbuilding is solid. It has a nice mix of characters too. S W Salzman does a good job with the narration, and brings each character to life. All in all, a solid story worth a listen.

    I voluntarily received a review copy of this Audiobook from the Narrator, author or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Newton
    06/07/17
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    "3.5* - held my interest throughout"
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    3.5 stars - I enjoyed this book, even though I wasn't aware that the author had written other stories about events prior to 'Operation Zulu'. The zombie apocalypse had occurred 10 years previously, and we get a sense that at least some of the characters (e.g., Rollie and Lin) had worked together previously. I'm not sure if any of the bad guys made appearances in other stories in this series - if so, it would have been interesting to learn a bit more about them. <br/><br/>As other reviewers mentioned, there were a lot of characters to keep track of. This can be especially challenging with audiobooks, from a narration point of view. So, like others, I wasn't really able to associate a specific voice with a character even though the narrator made an effort to differentiate the voices. I won't hold it against the narrator, though - I thought he did a great job! He has a great voice (in my opinion) for military/mercenary stories. (I suspect he'd do a great job with romance novels as well, with his gravelly voice.)<br/><br/>One of the things I particularly enjoyed about this book was the presence of multiple strong female characters. They weren't sluts and they weren't included for the purpose of introducing a romantic story arc. Nope, there were strong ladies playing roles of 'good guys' as well as 'bad guys' - none of them were wilting flowers. As a female reader, I notice this and I appreciate it. <br/><br/>As for the zombie story and the plot ending, I'm a little more ambivalent. For example, I couldn't understand why some zombies were fast and others were slow, or why some were dumb while others seemed to show intent (namely, a particular female zombie that appeared during a key climactic scene). I also felt that some of the character interactions/decisions and events after the key climactic scene on the island were a bit too convenient - almost as if they were afterthoughts that were included in order to tie up loose ends and end the story. I wasn't compelled to through my headphones against the wall in frustration, though, and I don't regret listening to this story. It's interesting to me, how different authors approach zombie apocalypse stories.<br/><br/>I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • tina
    GREAT MILLS, MD, United States
    28/06/17
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    "ok zombie story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    more character development and more back story about virus/infection.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    the ending was great and everything wrapped up.


    What does S W Salzman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    narrator did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like zombies and military action then you would probably enjoy this book. I prefer to find out how it all came about. this book is about after the infection and the power struggles between groups. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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