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The Island: Part 1

The Island: Part 1

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by Michael R Stark

The Fever struck hard and fast, rising out of the slums and claiming victim after victim. At first, reports trickled across the wire in small segments relegated to the final seconds of the broadcast news. Lost among stories of failing economies and political bickering, few noticed what proved to be the birth pangs of a monster. Within months, the disease dominated


The Fever struck hard and fast, rising out of the slums and claiming victim after victim. At first, reports trickled across the wire in small segments relegated to the final seconds of the broadcast news. Lost among stories of failing economies and political bickering, few noticed what proved to be the birth pangs of a monster. Within months, the disease dominated the news as thousands died and infection rates soared.

William Hill knew his chances of avoiding the virus sat squarely between slim and none. With experts predicting a global pandemic, his choices boiled down to not if, but where he would die. While the rest of the world built barricades and set up distribution points for food, he chose a simpler end. The island had been one of the last and best times with his father. He couldn’t think of a better place to spend his final days.

He wanted sun and sand, fresh fish on the grill and cool nights by the campfire. He wanted feel-good days filled with oldies on the radio, days when he could hoist the sails and run before the wind. He didn’t set out to make enemies, but he did. He didn’t plan on becoming humanity’s last hope for survival, or watching over an old woman and an eerie little boy either.

To William Hill, the island seemed as good a place as any to die.

He just didn’t realize how good.

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Michael R Stark
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Fallen Earth , #1
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Meet the Author

Trying to figure out when I started writing is like trying to decide when I started walking. The stories have always been there, rummaging around in my mind. Some went on paper. Most didn’t. I wrote my first novel when I was 22. Thankfully, I left it to the dustbin of history where it shall always remain. Imagine the grin, yes, it was that bad. As for influences on my latest story, The Island, that one has been up there banging away in my head for a long time. Parts of it were told at bedtime. Though honestly, those who heard the parts wouldn't recognize them in the story. By the time we get to the second book in this series, they will find some recognizable moments. They'll also probably be upset that the adventure turned into something of a horror story. Ahh, well, most of them are old enough now to read it for what it is. I grew up in North Carolina, which is why part of the story is set there. I’ve been to exotic parts of the world, many countries, and most states. None of them I know as well as the one I called home for most of my life. It makes it easy to write about it, and the people in it. I hope you enjoy the stories. MS

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The Island - Part 1 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 883 reviews.
HopeLangley More than 1 year ago
To be fair, I have read parts 1, 2, and 3 of this series. This part gives a basic background into the characters in the book as a whole. It was a bit slow at times because the author is very descriptive. This is not a bad thing. The layout gives the reader a background to draw from later. I was drawn into this story from the very beginning and I am so glad that I was. I finished this part and flew through the next two, barely able to put it down. If you enjoy a story where you feel like you ARE one of the characters, this is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, it is very detailed which slowed reading somewhat but ultimately gives the reader a rich background on which to pull details from, later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truely enjoyable series of books. I have read all 5 parts now, and suggest it to all that love a good end of the world storyline. A twist in part 3, caught me off guard, in a good way. Characters are well developed and realistic. I look forward eagerly to future installments of this adventure. WOW just WOW. My favorite book of all time is Stephen King's The Stand. I'm ranking this in as number 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts off a little slow, but if you stick with it drags you in and doesnt let go
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has kept me reading since I started. I am already on book 3. The only complaint I have is that the story will end and I'll be left looking for another good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this entire series. Well written and very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I pickedvit up beacause it was free and looked different little did I know what this book had in store. From very acurate statements about our society to a world on the brink on collapse. This had me hooked from the first chapter and im dieing to get my hands on part four and five. This book has the potential to be best seller!! All I can say is I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hoping for some adventure and mystery, and possibly some mythical creatures, this was not a good start for a series. Maybe reading the rest of the books will give me some insight into what the story is about. The author spends a lot of time describing scenary and props. I found myself skimming through several pages to get through the drawn out descriptions. Maybe there is some relevance to them later in the series; however, I found it very difficult to keep myself intrigued in the book. I am not sure if I am going to continue with the series - if part 2 is available in the free book section, I may take another attempt at it, to see if it gets better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree that it is a bit to descriptive and slow. I've actually skipped over parts to get to the meat of the story. But I will continue on the next book because that is where something will happen. It is strange how it just ends. It seems more like the end of a chapter than a true ending to the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Taking myth and revelations and make a book. Just when you think you have figured it out, your wrong. You have to read it in order to get the story line. Eager for the next series, The Rock, to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!!!!! I just finished the first part on book one. I can honestly say it kept me up until 5:00 am reading to see what is going to happen. I loved what I have read. I'm going to read more tomorrow. Thanks for such a great read. J..... :)
TazFrk More than 1 year ago
When I first started this book it was a bit slow, but the more I read the better it got. Don't give up, it's more than worth it. I'm just starting the fourth book and am now having trouble putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has been a jewel of a find for my new nook. The story is well paced and done very well, the writers style allows for character backrounds to blend with the story very smoothly. The events and circumstances that drive this story are intriguing and well laid out through the books. The only negative I have about the series is that they are in need of a editors touch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm glad I did not give up on this book. The time he spends developing the main character pays off at the end and especially in the later parts of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ideas and the plot has a good backup. I enjoyed it.
PHewPD More than 1 year ago
This was so good, I got the 2nd, and the 3rd and the 4th now I'm on to the 5th. Its ok. Try one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I look at all the reviews in a series before I decide to read them, and the reviews remain high all the way through this series. Micheal Stark is an emerging, yet accomplished author. I got all the books after reading part of the first book. Book one is important to establish William's character and story. It may have started off a bit slow to some, but it didn't really affect me as I enjoyed seeing my surroundings and getting to know who William was, and I didn't feel compelled to skip over any of it. The series is about a terrifying, deadly epidemic which spreads quickly, and how one man decides to deal with it. Wanting to spend his remaining days doing something he enjoys until the epidemic catches up with him, he finds himself instead in survival mode, respondsible for others, and defending them and himself from something more terrifying than the epidemic. You won't want to stop reading because you'll have to know what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but I don't get all the glowing reviews. I read quite often and it takes a lot to bore me but this book is doing exactly that. Unnecessary and very lengthy descriptive details that seem to act as fillers more than anything, super slow to pick up, nothing really attention grabbing happening. I'm on chapter V forcing myself to get to the end and hoping it's so spectacular I won't feel like I've just wasted the last few hours of my life! There are far better reads on the free book list
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Have read 1-4 so far. Even google-mapped the area to get a better feel for the story. Turns out to be educational also as i have never ventured far outside southern California. Loved the descriptions, didn't skip any. Really took me out of my California/desert life experience,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
S.......L.......O.......w..........zzzzzzzzzzzzz. I'm all for description. I thrive on it. Thant being said. There is a suchthing as beating a description to death. This book did it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to pay for the last several parts to finish the story. Not bad but wasnt hooked on it enough for the bait and switch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writer tells a good, intelligent story, and the characters seem real. The writer makes you believe the really far-fetched creatures that evolve from the Fever and are destroying human life on earth. "Hill William" is a really nice guy and in the first three installments, the reader is right there with him. So far, the books are clean with only a few places where swearing occurs and the f word is rare in the telling of the story. The only criticism I have is the way Hill William describes the little boy as weird and figured he was probably autistic. It isn't just mentioned once. He is creeped out by the boy and there is emphasis placed on autism. I understand that Hill William is clueless about autism, but I feel the author could have backed off on the issue since we live in a time when we are replacing ignorance with knowledge and trying to bring a little sensitivity back into the collective conscience of the world today. I give the story 5 stars and the author 3 for making the likable Hill William possess a stupid streak that doesn't belong in his humble heroism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a cheapskate. I didn't mind a bit paying the $1.98 I had to spend to read the last two installments of this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anytime something strikes down and destroys society, I'm all for it. This talented author has written a series of five books which do not stand alone in their own right, but continuously build the suspense in each installment that leaves the reader on edge scrambling to find the next chapter in this remarkable tale. The author tells his story in the first person with a voice that is both likable ad believable, even though what is happening is continuosly more bizarre. What starts out as an epidemic called simply the Fever spawns more and more bizarre events that try his resolve. A small group of survivors stranded on an uninhabited island off the coast of North Carolina must learn to survive led by our reluctant hero, our narrator "Hill, Wil-lee-uum". I promise you, as unbelievable as this series is, it will leave you with shivers in the night. I'm told that there will be another series, The Rock, and I will be awaiting it's arivable with bated breath.