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Island 731

(Nemesis Saga #0)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,717 ratings  ·  321 reviews
The high adventure of James Rollins meets the grippingsuspense ofMatthewReilly in Jeremy Robinson's explosive new thriller

Mark 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
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published March 19th 2013)
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Marie Sexton
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Kyle Warner
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
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!
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it

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
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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, ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, horror
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.
Ian Casey
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 the unknown.
Waco Glennon
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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 ...more
Scarlett Sims
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Robert Muller
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
As others have stated, this would be perfect for those terrible SYFY original films.

Bad characters, with an extremely boring main character.

Like “The Island Of Doctor Moreau,” if the doctor was on a bad acid trip. Laughable creatures that just get worse and worse as the story goes on.

This was a struggle to finish...why I finished this at all, is a mystery
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well despite the fact that the author really did push it to the limit, I had fun reading this one. I honestly had no knowledge of Unit 731 in real life and when I looked it up and read about it I was stunned. So much truly horrific stuff done to people that I hadn’t known about. I’m glad that this book made me learn about another terrible part of World War 2. The book was fast paced and although the characters made some dumb choices I still wanted to see where it ended up. It is definitely an ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yet again, Robinson - already one of the greatest authors currently writing - outdoes even himself.

We open in WWII, where we get a sense of what is to transpire throughout the book. After the opener, we find ourselves in the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch aboard the Magellan... about to be eaten by a shark!

It never really lets up from there, though when the crew of the Magellan finds a pillbox inscribed with "731", anyone who has heard of the real-life Unit 731 of the Empire of Japan
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok

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
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!
David Neff
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5 but I finished so 2
William M.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I found this book for a dollar at a local library sale. It claimed to be “one of the best Jurassic Park successors,” so I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. This book is really nothing like Jurassic Park other than it takes place on an island. It is basically a SyFy channel movie disguised as a book. The dialogue drips with cheese and although the plot starts off promising, it quickly moves into ridiculous territory. By the time I got to the last few chapters the only reason I kept ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book started as an introduction to a group of environmental scientists trying to bring attention to vast oceanic pollution. After a terrible storm and a loss of control of their ship, the book lands on a mysterious island. An island that should not be there. From that point forward, there is a mad rush to save companions that are mysteriously taken, survival and, if possible, answers.

I loved this book. I waited to read this one until I had read other books by Jeremy Robinson because it
Mr. Gottshalk
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!
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I chuckled at the reviews that said it was too unrealistic. You have to suspend reality for this kind of thing. With that in mind - the pace was steady, and the action/horror factor was pretty consistent (and would probably translate well to film). The characters were on the weaker side, IMO, compared to some of Robinson's other work....but I'm partial to the author, and that didn't bother me much.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m never going back, no matter what.
Dan Stinton
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Randy Daugherty
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
(view spoiler) ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
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Jeremy Robinson is the international bestselling author of sixty novels and novellas, including Apocalypse Machine, Island 731, and SecondWorld, as well as the Jack Sigler thriller series and Project Nemesis, the highest selling, original (non-licensed) kaiju novel of all time. He’s known for mixing elements of science, history and mythology, which has earned him the #1 spot in Science Fiction and ...more

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Nemesis Saga (5 books)
  • Project Nemesis (Nemesis Saga, #1)
  • Project Maigo (Nemesis Saga, #2)
  • Project 731 (Nemesis Saga #3)
  • Project Hyperion (Nemesis Saga #4)
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