Island 731

Island 731

by Jeremy Robinson


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ISBN-13: 9781250162298
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 568,008
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Robinson is the author of bestselling thrillers, including SecondWorld, The Last Hunter: Descent, Project Nemesis, and the Jack Sigler Thrillers including Threshold and Ragnarok. His novels have been translated into ten languages. Born in the coastal town of Beverly, Massachusetts, Robinson grew up on a steady diet of seacoast exploration and science fiction, and began his creative career as a comic book illustrator and screenwriter. He now lives in New Hampshire with his wife and three children.

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Island 731

By Jeremy Robinson

Thomas Dunne Books

Copyright © 2013 Jeremy Robinson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312617875


“Man overboard!”
Mark Hawkins reacted to the words without thought. He hadn’t even seen who’d fallen and couldn’t identify who had shouted the words. But he heard the confirming splash and saw several crewmembers on the main deck look over the port rail.
At a run, Hawkins leapt up onto the port rail and launched himself over the side. But he wasn’t on the main deck, which was just eight feet above the waterline. He was on the second deck, twenty-five feet up and six feet in from the main deck’s rail. As he dove out and looked down he saw an undulating, solid mass of plastic, rope, and wood. He had no idea how thick the layer of garbage was, or how dense, but when he didn’t see a body languishing atop it, he knew the crew member who’d fallen overboard was trapped beneath it. He also knew that his landing would hurt.
He heard a gasp as he fell past the main deck, just missing the rail. His feet struck the layer of trash a moment later, punching through like a blunt spear. The rest of his body followed, slipping through the chunky film, but not before becoming tangled in rope. Stunned by the impact and chilled by the Pacific waters, Hawkins nearly panicked, but the memory of someone in need of help kept him focused.
His eyes stung when he opened them. Visibility was poor thanks to a swirling cloud of small plastic chips churned up by his explosive arrival, and worsened by the noonday sun being filtered through layers of colored plastic, casting the depths in dull, kaleidoscopic shades.
He tried to swim, but something tugged at his ankle, rooting him in place. He leaned forward and pulled his leg in close. His ankle was wrapped in a loop of rope bound to a lump of congealed refuse that floated like a giant buoy. Had he landed on the mass, his rescue effort would have been cut abruptly short. Not that it was going well at the moment.
But Hawkins was not completely unprepared. He unclipped the sheath on his belt and freed his seven-and-a-half-inch San Mai Recon Scout hunting knife. The razor-sharp blade cut through the rope like it wasn’t there. After sheathing the blade, Hawkins pushed off the heavy chunk of garbage and swam deeper. Six feet from the surface, he came free from the lowest traces of floating debris and immediately saw the kicking feet of the fallen crewmember just twenty feet away.
As he swam closer, he saw that the small feet were attached to a pair of smooth, lithe legs. The man overboard was a woman.
Dr. Avril Joliet.
Despite being a genius, or damn near close to one, Joliet didn’t always make the best choices. How she’d earned two Ph.D.s in biology and oceanography without getting lost at sea, eaten by a predator, or hit by a bus was beyond Hawkins. It wasn’t that she was absentminded, just impulsive. Quick. But it was those same qualities that allowed her to learn fast, blow the doors off conventional theories, and make discoveries while her peers spent time wondering if they should bother. But this time, Joliet’s speed might have finally caught up with her.
Her quick, jerky movements confirmed his fears. She was stuck. Hawkins swam up behind her and put a gentle hand on her shoulder. Her white blouse billowed as she spun around, eyes wide with fear. There were a number of predators—large sharks, mostly—that prowled beneath the Garbage Patch, waiting for prey animals to become stuck.
When she saw him, she relaxed, but as she turned, a large, beaked face came into view, startling Hawkins. A burst of bubbles shot from his mouth as he shouted in surprise. When the bubbles cleared, Joliet stared at him with a single eyebrow raised. A second glance over her shoulder revealed the face of a sea turtle, its black eyes staring lifelessly into the abyss.
Confused, Hawkins moved around the oceanographer for a better look. She wasn’t tangled at all!
The turtle, on the other hand, looked like a sacrifice bound to a pillar for some ancient god. Loops of rope around the fins held it tight, the struggle for freedom long since abandoned. The loggerhead sea turtle looked like all the others Hawkins had seen, with one startling exception—the body and shell were pinched at the middle, narrowed to a diameter no thicker than Hawkins’s forearm.
What the hell?
Desperate for air, and confused by Joliet’s actions, he hitched him thumb toward the surface and kicked through the layer of trash. Pushing through the refuse, Hawkins took a breath and craned around, looking for the Magellan. The ship cut through the ocean two hundred feet away, coming around in a wide arc.
Joliet surfaced next to him, sucking in three deep breaths and then saying, “You have to help me!”
“The turtle is dead,” he replied.
“Hawkins. Mark. This is an important find. It’s tangible evidence. Provoking. Something like this will be hard to ignore. Who doesn’t love a sea turtle?”
Hawkins didn’t disagree. The loggerhead turtle was an endangered species and images of the deformed creature would make a compelling photographic addition to the article he was writing, but that didn’t mean she had to dive in after it. “It’s not going anywhere. Drake would have come back for it.”
“There isn’t time!” Her eyes were wide. Frightened.
Hawkins had only known Joliet for a month, but in that time he’d seen her step between two fighting crewmen, go toe-to-toe with Captain Drake, and haul in a thirty-pound bluefish, which became a meal for the crew. She wasn’t a timid person. But something had her spooked. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean that usually meant one thing.
“Please tell me it’s not a great white,” Hawkins said with a frown.
Joliet’s eyes somehow widened a little bit more.
He had no doubt she was rethinking the wisdom of her actions. She’d seen the turtle, and then the shark—probably just the dorsal fin—and leapt in without thinking. Like he did when he gave chase.
Just like he did the first time he found himself in a similar situation. And while he had no desire to relive that particular event, they were already in the water, and she was right about the turtle. He drew his knife and held it above the water for her to see. “I’ll cut it free, you hold it.”
A nod.
Hawkins looked over his shoulder. The Magellan finished its turn and headed back toward them. The crane, which normally lowered submersibles and Zodiacs into the water, rotated out over the water, a line dangling down. If they held on to the wire, the winch would have no trouble plucking them from the ocean. He waved his knife in the air, hoping the glint of sunlight off its blade would alert them to their position. A shark was bad news, but being run over by a two-hundred-seventy-four-foot, three-thousand-ton research vessel could really ruin a guy’s day. “It’s going to be dead weight once it’s free, so we’re going to have to time this right.”
With the Magellan closing in, Hawkins said, “Ready?”
“After you,” she replied.
Hawkins didn’t really understand how he’d become the ring leader of this unauthorized salvage, but he was determined to see it through. He pushed the air from his lungs and descended through the debris.
The turtle, still bound to the lump of plastic detritus, was easy to find, despite the poor conditions. Hawkins kicked over to the loggerhead and began cutting away its bonds. As the first flipper came free, Joliet slipped up next to him and took hold of the turtle. He had no idea if the turtle would be buoyant at all—it might sink like a stone—but he hoped there was enough gas trapped in its deformed body to keep it afloat. If it sank, there was no way he and Joliet could keep it aloft.
He moved to the second of the four bound flippers and began hacking away at the ropes. The lines fell away like overcooked spaghetti. Free from its bonds, the turtle fell forward, but its descent stopped when it leveled out. Hawkins allowed himself a grin. Gas trapped beneath the shell would make the job much easier.
Gripping the cut lines, Hawkins pushed himself down and started on the line binding one of the back flippers to the mass. But the knife had no impact.
Steel cable, Hawkins thought. Damn.
A distorted shout and hard tap on his shoulder brought his eyes around. Joliet clung to the turtle with one hand, but the other stabbed out toward the open ocean.
A shadow slid through the debris like a wraith through fog. Circling. Closing in. Sharks weren’t above scavenging the dead, but the electric impulses of their racing hearts and kicking feet drew the predator toward the promise of a fresh meal. Man-eating sharks, bears, and big cats were often treated as aberrations needing to be hunted and killed, but Hawkins knew his place in the food chain.
With renewed urgency, Hawkins moved the knife up and hacked off the turtle’s rear flipper. The large reptile came loose, but it didn’t sink. Joliet kept it aloft. Hawkins looked for the shark again, but it was lost in the field of debris. That he couldn’t see the hunter didn’t put him at ease. The sharks ampullae of Lorenzini—jelly-filled electroreceptors on the snout—would easily detect the electric field produced by their bodies. While they were blind, the shark would see them with the clarity of a falcon hovering overhead.
A loud rumble through the water announced the presence of the Magellan, reversing its screws and coming to a stop. Hawkins slid over the top of the turtle, took hold of its shell on either side, and kicked for the surface. He felt lumps of hard plastic bounce off his back as he rose. The debris grew bigger as he neared the surface.
Almost there, he thought. But a garbled scream and jarring impact told him he wouldn’t be reaching the surface. He turned to the right and saw the maw of a great white shark open to envelop him.

Copyright © 2013 by Jeremy Robinson


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Island 731 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHY, WHY, WHY do certain people feel the need to go on and on about what they read, and reveal almost every important detail about a book when they are reviewing it? Reviewing is meant for the reader to rate the book and BRIEFLY describe why they did or did not like it. Each book, either hardcover or ebook has a synopsis that we can read ourselves, learning the outline of the plot. To selfishly spoil the story for other readers not only ruins it for them, but for the authors too since some will not purchase the book after knowing so much. I see this happening over and over. PLEASE, SAVE YOUR COMMENTARIES for your friends and stop spoiling it for the rest of us! Barnes & Noble should delete reviews that reveal too much. Click YES if you agree with this!
wandererDE More than 1 year ago
Please People! Too much revealed in a review really takes the wind out of the sails of interest in a book. I'm more interested in a reader's LEVEL OF ENTERTAINMENT AND THOUGHTS than learning exactly what's inside a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot spoilers ruin a book, even when you say you arent big on spoilers. You kind of defeat the purpose there when you have already given away everything. Think about the other ppl and how just maybe we would like to read the book for ourselves, novel idea i know, and be surprised. We dont need you telling us everything that happens. Most of us with a nook can read and i daresay would rather read it for ourselves.
jennilynnJA More than 1 year ago
A really suspenseful and yes, as others have written Gripping tale.  There's no better word for it!!   I had heard of Unit 731 and so I figured the book would be based on that and wow was it ever.  As always,  Jeremy Robinson did not disappoint, I have been a fan for some time, and this new novel is by far one of my  favorites!!  Took me 2 days to read it and stayed up WAY too late last night but it was well worth the lost sleep time!  In a nutshell, Mark Hawkins is on a research ship; trying to help find evidence of biological issues that the trash heap is causing on life in the ocean around it.  the first few chapters are intense, as we are introduced to our main characters and learn a little about Mark, and his intensity.  The ship ends up in a cove, after it won't respond to commands and is sailing really on it's own after a storm.   Several crew to include Mark go ashore to look for a missing crew member that was taken from the ship, and find bodies..old ones but weird ones, and then as they look for their missing member, are attacked by weird creatures.  Back aboard ship, someone mentions that they are Chimera's and then the story unfolds from there.  I won't say more, because you have to read this one for yourself  (and i'm not big on spoilers) but all in all I absolutely loved this book and hope hope hope that there's a series here!! Would love to follow Mark further!!   This is one book I highly recommend!!! 
KGL More than 1 year ago
What can I say---5 STARS! Jeremy Robinson never fails to deliver! This one was a dark, suspenseful, mysterious trip into horror...based on the real history of Unit 731 and the atrocities they performed in WW2...taking it just a little further - what if the experiments had never stopped?????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kinda like telling someone how a movie ends, how would you like it if someone told you the ending when you just started reading! Think before you type,assuming you are capable of thought.
Boatsm3 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the much that I read it in 2 days. To me some of the stuff could really had happened. I would recommend it..
Farley1 More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books so far by Jeremy, I could not put it down action from start to finish. This is a book you must read.
Kelnyg1 More than 1 year ago
Island 731 was an interesting and fun story. The 'creepies' are fantastic and definitely leave an impression, long after hearing about them. I don't know how Jeremy Robinson thinks up these things but I'm grateful he does.
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
Robinson packed this title with so many intense action scenes filled with creatures that I hope someday make it to the big screen, and possibly a toy store ... hint hint :0)
roxygurl More than 1 year ago
First time to try reading a book by this author, starting with SecondWorld (book was soooo predictable i just stopped reading it).  But gave this book a shot and I've really enjoyed reading the book!  It has all the elements of action, science, history, adventure.  It's an excellent summer read.  I'm not really done reading this book, but so far I am enjoying and looking forward to the end of the day when I can continue reading and finishing the book!  M looking forward to reading his next book XOM-B and hope it's as good if not better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An ok book. The first 100 or so pages could have been left out without taking anything away from the story.
Peligrie More than 1 year ago
I know how unlikely a hero that some characters and storylines can be sometimes and if the content was handled by a lesser author, I might not have enjoyed this book as much as I did. I had such a good time with the book that I've re-visited it three times since the first time. It's fun, interesting, and a kick butt creature feature story.  Loved it!
Mattyshack More than 1 year ago
Island 731 is not for the faint of heart. its got great character development and is a very spooky tale of Mark Hawkins and his crew. a research/clean up vessel called, the Magellan, is caught in a storm in the Pacific Ocean and is dumped on a uncharted island where mayhem ensues. if you love science, adventure, history, and just straight-up creepy stuff you will love this novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great author
Repeat_BandN_Customer More than 1 year ago
Excellent plot (5 stars), poor delivery ( 2 stars). This should make a great movie, but the book suffers from numerous distractingly unrealistic elements. The actions presented as admirably brash and impulsive, especially in the opening sequences, in real life would be incredibly stupid. The characterization is shallow, and the interplay doesn't ring true. The author tends to describe or explain events and people's reactions as an aside more than is appropriate instead of letting the story reveal these things. He also made easily avoided technical mistakes about one of the major weapons systems that plays a big part in the climax. The author boasts that he releases 5 or 6 novels a year; I think he should cut his pace and improve his quality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a fantastic read! While some of the imagery was hard to visualize, this book was fast-paced and fun. Definitely beach worthy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice twist on history
dogonit More than 1 year ago
His books never have a dull moment. I found the setting interesting and different. He likes what seemed like constant action. I found myself feeling like I had actually been along for the ride. The ending gave me the odd feeling that it was leading to more in future book/s.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book !!! I would highly recommend this and any books from JeremyRibinson!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action packed from start to finish, make a great movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Non-stop action, imaginative inhabitants, plucky heroine, strong hero. What's not to like. Started reading this book and couldn't put it down. I've just recently discovered Jeremy Robinson and have read only a few of his books. I haven't been disappointed and am definitely going to get more.
BMK More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Another great read from Jeremy Robinson. Don't miss this one. A must read
YummyReader More than 1 year ago
Adventure, scary, awesome book!
howardg More than 1 year ago
It's so nice when one of your very favorite authors publishes more than once every year or two, and this book was no exception! It took a tad longer to get the story going, but once it did, the usual...I think I'll read just one more chapter - oh, it's 2 a.m. already?! Jeremy, if you enjoy writing these books as much as I enjoy reading them - with apologies to Casablanca...I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!