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Dead Island [Paperback]

Mark Morris
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Book Description

8 Sep 2011

What will you do? How far will you go? What will you become?

Welcome to Banoi, a tropical island where you can leave the stresses of the world behind...

Welcome to the Royal Palms Resort - which offers its guests from around the world the ultimate in luxury and relaxation...

Welcome to the holiday paradise where your dreams should come true...but where a nightmare is about to begin....

Because a mysterious epidemic has suddenly, and without warning, broken out across the island. The local islanders, hotel guests and workers alike are struck down - only to rise again, craving the flesh and the blood of the still living. For four of the holidaymakers and a handful of others scattered around Banoi who are seemingly unaffected by the plague, they must face the awful, terrifying reality of a zombie apocalypse. Now there is only one thing left to do: survive.

Welcome to Dead Island... a paradise to die for.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (8 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857501038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857501035
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based on the terrifying new video game, a novel of the zombie apocalypse...

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Welcome to Banoi

A tropical island paradise where you can leave the world behind.

Welcome to the Royal Palms Resort

Offering its guests from around the world the ultimate in luxury and relaxation.

Welcome to the place where your dream holiday is about to become your worst nightmare...

Suddenly, and without warning, a terrifying plague breaks out on Banoi. Resort guests, hotel staff, islanders are infected overnight...and transformed into the ravening, flesh-craving living dead.

For those few who, for some reason, are immune to this apocalypse it becomes a race against time. To survive, to get off the island and warn the world before it's too late. But first they must escape the clutches of the zombie hordes...

Welcome to Dead Island

A paradise to die for...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Island - A good zombie read 3 Oct 2011
By hjacko
Dead Island is a decent book - I haven't played the game as of yet.
I thought the plot was good and kept the reader hooked, the book also leaved room for a sequel.
The characters were well developed if not a little too generic.
The only downside to this book is that the plot and writing are like so many other zombie books so not really anything different.

If you want a good zombie read, go for it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Zombies by Numbers 10 Oct 2011
By Bâki
I have a confession to make: although I am a long time gamer, I have never read a videogame tie-in novel nor have I ever been much inclined to. It's not that I've taken some vow of chastity and forsworn intimacy with the tie-in, it's just that the right opportunity has never really presented itself before now. A state of affairs from which I derived a certain sense of honour. After all, I feel it's important to have standards. Then along comes Dead Island.

There was, I should say, prior acquaintance; I've been happily familiar with Mark Morris' work going way back to his first novel. And so one thing led to another and before I knew it...well, you get the picture. Unfortunately, my brief encounter with Dead Island has left me feeling somewhat sullied. And now my honour is ruined, I fear there is no going back.

Having played some of the game, I can say that the book follows it closely from the outset. In the game you must choose at the beginning from one of four characters to be your player character. The choices are between an Australian Half-Aborigine former cop with a class war attitude, a washed-up one time sports star with a drink problem, a one-hit wonder rapper and a reluctant Chinese Spy. These same four characters are quickly introduced in the novel and together form a posse of survivors when the zombie apocalypse strikes the island paradise of Banoi. They also soon become aware that their being on the island is less of a chance event then they had believed, and that each of them have been seemingly chosen for their immunity to the zombie creating virus. Oh yes, it's zombie virus time again folks!

As the party seek a way to survive the island, their endeavours read like a video game narrative, which is not what I want from a novel whether game tie-in or not.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Linear with no real plot 22 Sep 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
As a huge fan of zombies and bleak situations I was quite looking forward to this, especially after catching the game advert online. The book however fell more than a little flat as whilst the game had the fun of zombie splatting, the book was too linear, had no real surprises and the characters felt more 2D than anything else which left me little to care about other than hoping for a zombie feast to suddenly be provided.

The prose was slack, there was no real change of pace to allow the reader to have a breather (or not as the case may be) and to be honest I felt that it was probably something that would have been better to have been left at just the game as the written medium just didn't come off too well for this title. I'm not casting any aspersions upon Mark's writing here, just that with a book like this there was very little anyone could have done to turn out a decent product. Save your cash and if you have to read it, rent it from the library or wait for it to appear in a discount bookshop near you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 14 April 2013
First off this book is amazing and if you loved the game you will love the book.its story is very similar but has a few noticable diffrences between the two. if you have never played the dead island games then i highly recommend you do so before or after reading the book but its not for everyone.You can obviously note this is a survival horror book so it has a pretty intense story exiting and very emotional i Hope u buy this book if you dont then its fine its entirely up to you but you will miss out on its sheer awesomeness どうもありがとう
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By Aquaboy
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I thought I'd give this book a shot as I'm hugely enjoying the Dead Island game (apart from a glitch where it crashed and lost all my accumulated equipment, weapons, and money!). The story introduces the characters from the game with a little background info to build their worlds up ~ it actually uses the first three chapters to reach the point where you begin gameplay ~ and then it follows them through the narrative with references to recognisable parts of the game.

Unfortunately I feel that it neither adheres faithfully to the 'reality' of the game world, nor steps away enough to create a strong credible novel in its own right. As a game fan I was disappointed that most familiar places have changed in the transfer from game to book. For example the hotel is now right by a main shopping street, the stone-built church is now a dilapidated wooden structure, the geography is completely different, main characters have disappeared, and key game experiences have changed. I don't see why someone would defamiliarise the world like this when the setting is so key to feel of the game world. For me it felt like it was written by someone with a hint of experience of this game world but had nothing of any real depth, and it skims through the game scenario touching just enough to be an 'official' Dead Island tie-in novel. It does give some more depth to the characters, which is interesting, but there doesn't seem to be enough substance to the narrative or storyline. There's plenty of gore, as there is in the game, but not really a whole lot of zombies, and I felt that it lacked a real in-depth experience and certainly the feeling of suspense that Dead Island gameplay gives so generously.

I'm currently on chapter 19 of 24, and heading rapidly towards the end.
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Published 1 month ago by Damon Nicklin
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Condition good good book
Published 1 month ago by BarryToleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Island
Ordered this book for my friends birthday from his Amazon wishlist. This product arrived promptly and in good order and he was very happy with his present.
Published 20 months ago by K. L. Naylor
5.0 out of 5 stars well done
makes alot more sence than the game, and 10 times better in terms of story. a seriously good read, captured the characters well (sam B in particular), i would love a sequel to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by owain ratcliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I loved the game so much, so I decided to buy the book. This made an excellent read. Goes into further detail than the game too!
Published 20 months ago by Mr Sandow
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy for zombie and Dead Island fans!
What a fantastic book. I am not really into reading many books but I thought as a big fan of Dead Island it's worth a shot so I bought it and started reading it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Daggerwin
5.0 out of 5 stars dead island review
i think this book is really good, i've only read the sample on the kindle but i under stand the storyline prety well because i have played the game over and over again. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever
This was truly the best book I have ever read. the gore was fab and so was the story line. A must read for zombie fans. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Dillon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good slice of survival horror
I've been a fan Mark Morris' books for a while and I've enjoyed reading this novelisation a lot. He does wonders to disguise a series of game missions into something that feels... Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2012 by G. Preston
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the game
After playing the game and then reading this the Book was better than the game. The plot of the book really does keep you interested with it's great descriptions of the enviroments... Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2012 by Ciaran Hillock
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