The Island - Part 1

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The Fever struck hard and fast, rising out of the slums and claiming victim after victim.
William Hill knew his chances of avoiding the virus sat squarely between slim and none. His one option seemed to be not if, but where he would die. The island had been one of the last and best times with his father. It seemed as good a place as any to die.

He just didn’t realize how good. More
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About Michael R Stark

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.


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Review by: vagen39 on July 12, 2015 :
This whole series was very well written and the character development was well done. Was hard to put down and I never once thought that I would not finish the series.
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Review by: Mark Sloan on Dec. 8, 2014 :
This was hard to put down. The character development is wonderful, leading to a wonderful plot. I've read the first three, and will finish them all. Well done.
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Review by: Mary Blackwell on June 14, 2014 :
Overall I have enjoyed reading the first three books and sadly cannot continue through to the others due to personal circumstances. That said, I found the story to be really interesting and different from the usual 'end of the world' story. The main reason I am drawn to this genre is to see how people think and respond to the unknown and unexpected and Michael Stark is good at writing people ... believable characters whose individual idiosyncrasies mean they respond to circumstances in their own ways and of course the 'hero' does not know why unless they explain themselves.

I can see what Tracey (first reviewer) means about the pace and the large descriptive elements, but I disagree with her ... this may be due to having read the first three books. This is an epic story told on a huge scale so the first book is really the first fifth of the story and when taken into account the fact that the action that takes place is not the main bulk of book one is understandable.

All in all, a great read which I enjoyed.
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Review by: Jessica Rachel Mullaney on June 4, 2014 :
Great read. This was very insightful into the thought process behind grieving for one's beloved parent and the regrets and guilt for one's failure to make the most out of a parent's remaining time, all rolled into an apocalyptic nightmare.
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Review by: Riley Hale on May 9, 2014 :
Not going to lie, it's a good read. Wish more happened, but I guess that is also your way of hooking in the reader. Well done chief :)
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Review by: Jaylin Tenfold on Nov. 23, 2013 :
I have read the three parts that are free and am considering paying for the rest, too. This story is definitely captivating and very well-written, though as others have said before me, it can be rather long-winded at times. I'm still giving it five stars because that's not something I personally mind in a book, especially one I didn't have to pay for ... but I'm hoping the remaining volumes will be a little more exciting. It's only to be expected considering how Part 3 went - the plot has finally begun to thicken, so to speak.
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Review by: Chris Noble on Nov. 12, 2013 :
I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 & 2 - currently reading book 3 and cant wait to get to the end. Good read.
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Review by: James Jenkins on July 6, 2013 :
Nothing happens in this book, it is all character development and setting the scene. It is well written, but noting happens for sooo loonngg, I wanted to stop reading, I had actually given up when I noticed that I had also downloaded the next two books, so I made my way to the end. Will at least give the second book a shot, if I can gather the strength to load it to my kindle. Reminds me of "Mission Earth" where a trilogy worth of plot is stretched into 10 novels.
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Review by: Jeff Brownlee on Oct. 25, 2012 :
A great effort I enjoyed it as well as rest of the Island series. Thanks for sharing your hard work Michael.
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