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Dead Island by Mark Morris
Bantam Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780857501035
Date: 08 September 2011 List Price 6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

I'm not a great one for tie-ins, but sometimes reviewers lose sight of two important thing where tie-ins are concerned. Firstly they can provide a great platform for up-and-coming authors, a place for them to cut their teeth. Secondly, they can provide good bread and butter for established and highly respected names - often funding their other creative projects. And, of course, for big, big franchises, the creatives want their projects in the hands of consummate professionals - which is exactly what the folks behind Dead Island, the latest mega-game release got when they hired the British author Mark Morris to pen their tie novel.

Morris is the author of seventeen novels, including four Dr Who books and Nowhere Near An Angel, which I reviewed back in 2005. Dead Island: The Book is out now, as is the game upon which it is based.

"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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