The Island: Part 1 by Michael R Stark

The Island: Part 1

By Michael R Stark

  • Release Date: 2012-06-25
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4
From 226 Ratings
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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.


  • Terrific!

    By Idjster
    I have to confess to being bowled over by this series. The author has a great grasp of language and writing and skill at character development. His main protagonist is a very believable character and though the series veered off in an unexpected direction it was still gripping and believable. I could hardly wait for the series to continue as I read them in order. Really, really well-written, the way a series should be. I’m even satisfied to reread it, at least 3 times now. It really is that good!
  • Loved it

    By T'sipad
    Waiting for the patiently for the rock
  • The island

    By MrsPid
    Good fleshing out of the characters, will definitely want to finish this book and will look for more of this author.
  • Not a bad read, but a bit greedy on the author's part

    By Stewnamie
    The scenario is definitely interesting, although it goes from reasonable and believable to a little silly by the end of the first book. I think the author should have kept to the more believable path he began the novel with, and the story would not have begun to feel a little hollow. The sign of good writing,IMHO, is when you begin to live with the characters or scenario once the book is closed and you've been away from it for an hour or two. This definitely happened for me through a good many parts of books one of this story. However, I couldn't help but feel angry that the author broke the book up into four segments and asked so much for each segment. I could not justify spending that much money to finish a story that I could feel was beginning to get too far away from my ability to willfully suspend my disbelief.
  • The island

    By Myeran
    The premiss sounded intriguing. However, in reality it was Tedious. Uninteresting. disjointed.
  • The Island

    By Spokes81
    Remarkable story telling, truly captivating from beginning to end!
  • Terrible

    By MadMadFlyer
    Talk about a terrible book. I could not finish it. Boring is an understatement.
  • Great Story!

    By Rebdiebold
    As an avid reader, I ran out of books to read and I got this book because it was free but I instantly fell in love with the characters and exciting and interesting plot! After reading the first part in one night I went back and got the next 4 parts the next day. An exciting and often surprising storyline. I could not put this book down and can't wait for the next part of the story! Thanks Michael Stark for the great read!
  • Awesome book

    By Bird bashed
    Only got this as needed something to read and was free, within the first chapter was hooked and downloaded the next 2 parts now waiting for the rest in anticipation, have not put it down at all would recommend this highly to all
  • The Island

    By Geomak
    This book had me from the very first page. Told from the first person POV, the stream of consciousness writing stays fast paced and interesting, and doesn't delve into internal musings. It is written as if it is an around the campfire story (the author says it began as a bedtime story for his children) and keeps that tone all the way through. Having reached the end of the first installment, I want to cry out "What happens next??" An excellent read; I am off to start part two... Nobody better interrupt me!