Dead Island:Operation Zulu by Allen Gamboa #zOctober2015

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Dead Island: Operation Zulu
by Allen Gamboa
Series: Dead Island: Operation Zulu #1
Publication date: November 24th 2014
by Phalnax Press
Category: Adult
Genre: Horror, Zombies

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Ten years after the world was nearly decimated by a zombie virus, there is a desperate race for an antidote. A team of commandos are sent to a remote island populated by the undead to rescue a group of stranded scientist. The commandos come up against the hungry dead, Russian mercenaries, and shady government conspiracies. Dead Island: Operation Zulu is a fun, action packed, blood splattered, horror adventure. Dawn of the Dead meets Aliens!

~Guest Post~

WHAT IN THE HELL AM I DOING?
BY ALLEN GAMBOA

1978 I was still in high school and definitely underage for R rated movies. I forget what movie I was watching but I see this preview or ‘trailer’ for some movie called Dawn of the Dead. I sat up in my seat and ravenously devoured every second of the life changing three minutes. Night of the Living Dead had pretty much made my preteen nightmares, well, nightmares. I had to see this Romero guys new movie. I just had to. Now my folks were the kind of parents that when you were a six year old kid that slept with a night light they would pretend they were possessed by monsters and chase you into the safety of a locked bathroom. I would cry as they banged on the door trying to get in to eat me. Eventually they would stop and say everything was fine. They were just playing. Yep. Fun. Of course when I babysat my kid sister I’d go outside and shut off the power box and then bang on the door like a zombie. Hmmm. Pay it forward I say.What’s that thing about the apple falling from the tree? They’re in their seventies and they still laugh about
tormenting me.

Well, it’s 1978 and I gotta see this movie. I sheepishly ask my dad and he says yes! Well that was easy. My awesome pop took my best friend Ron Herrick and me to see the greatest zombie movie ever. Tom Savini’s bloody and blue tinted zombies were the best. I couldn’t wait for the real zombie apocalypse so I could live in a mall and shoot guns. Who needs a running toilet and showers and everything else that makes life comfortable and nice. No give me canned food and the chance of being eaten by a zombie or shot by a gang of pie throwing bikers any day. I wanted the zombie apocalypse now. I must have snuck in to see Dawn of the Dead three more times later that year.

1979- I’m still loving the Romero undead but then I see a ‘trailer’ for ZOMBIE. Well, now I have to see it.This time I don’t ask my dad and Ron and I sneak into the movie. ZOMBIE is a wee bit different than DOD.Being a teenage boy at the time it was a very different kind of zombie movie! Knowing my kids will read this I’ll just hit on the highlights. Zombie vs. Shark. Come on , how cool is that, even if the shark looked like he was drugged up, still cool. Then there was the whole slow, so slow, eyeball being pulled into the big wooden splinter scene. Great concept that still chills me to this day. Not the best flick but for a sixteen year old lover of Fangoria, it hit the spot and then some.

1985- Now I was in my early twenties and could see whatever I wanted without worrying about the usher ID’ing me. Day of the Dead was finally released and I couldn’t wait to see it. The zombies and kills were excellent but you really didn’t care who lived or died. Hell, you wanted them all eaten. Big disappointment. But then there was hope, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD was released. Very fun. Very bloody. Very cool. I hate talking zombies that can’t be killed but this one was so well done I forgave them. A lot of zombie movies have come and gone since my formative years. More bad zombie movies than good and that’s really a shame. Too bad the cinematic zombie verse wasn’t as richly diverse as the literary one is. Speaking of bad zombie movies, The Dead Next Door.I recommend this one to all my friends. If you can get a copy of this or download it , do it. This movie is soooo bad you have to see it to believe it.The opening scene is zombies returning a copy of Dawn of the Dead to a video store. WTF? This movie is a gem and more fun to watch than Day of the Dead. Dubbed in by Bruce Campbell and funded by Sam Raimi this is just a big train wreck that you can’t stop watching. Worst zombie more ever but totally worth the 90 minutes you’ll never get back.

2015-Now I’m neck deep in my own trilogy of zombie splattered goodness. Shades of all the masters and bumblers of the living dead fill my writings. It’s an exciting time in the world of the undead flesh eaters. Movies and Tv shows abound while every week a new zombie book is released. It’s a good time to be a fan. And no I never chased my kids into the bathroom pretending to be a zombie, though maybe I should have. Well, now I guess you know a little about my zombie origins. Tell me about yours?

WHAT STARTED YOUR INTEREST IN ZOMBIES?
LET ME KNOW YOUR FAVORITE ZOMBIE MOVIE AND WHY?
FAVORITE ZOMBIE BOOK OR BOOK SERIES AND WHY?
WORST ZOMBIE MOVIE AND WHY?
CLICHE YOU HATE IN THE ZOMBIE VERSE?
FAVORITE MEMORY FROM A ZOMBIE RELATED EVENT
ANYTHING ZOMBIE RELATED. I’M UP FOR ANY QUESTIONS

Thanks Toni for letting me be a part of this. I know it’s a lot of work for you and I think it’s really awesome that you’re willing to do it.Thanks for letting me be a guest and Happy Halloween to you all!

Thanks for being here, Allen. It’s been a blast getting to know you. I look forward to reading Dead Island: Operation Zulu. Happy zOctober! ~ Toni

Dead Island DOS prequel

DEAD ISLAND : OPERATION ZULU WAS THE END.
NOW READ HOW IT ALL BEGAN IN THE EXCITING
PREQUEL,DEAD ISLAND: DOS!

SERGEANT MORGAN AND ROLLIE HALE LEAD A
TEAM OF SOLDIERS ON A MISSION TO CAPTURE
THE HEAD OF A MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL. IT WILL BE
ANYTHING BUT A CAKEWALK. THE SOLDIERS MUST
BATTLE CARTEL THUGS, GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACIES
AND RAVENOUS ZOMBIES TO SURVIVE.

AND CUTTING A PATH THROUGH IT ALL IS THE EVIL MISTER
BLACK.

DEAD ISLAND: DOS IS FILLED WITH BLOOD, GUTS AND
SPLATTERED BRAINS. THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE BEGINS
IN MEXICO!

~About the Author~

allen gamboa

Allen Gamboa is a retired California State Peace officer with 24 years of law enforcement experience. Allen was also a sergeant in the USAFR specializing in Aircraft Combat Damage Repair. He lives in the uppermost corner of Northern California right next to Bigfoot. He is the author of the Dead Island:Operation Zulu series and several published short stories.

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • Lisa Markson

    Up to date my absolute favorite zombie book would be Contagious by Emily Goodwin

    • Allen Gamboa

      I need to check that one out. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Pam E

    My favourite book/series is hard to say, but the book that got me back into the genre is Zombie Fallout. After many years away from horror it propelled me back into it and has introduced me to many amazing people.

    • Allen Gamboa

      The first zombie book that got my reading the genre was ‘Wet Work ‘by Phillip Nutman. I do like Zombie Fallout alot.

      • Pam E

        I’ve not read that one, I’ll have to check it out.

  • ZombieMomOf4

    Interest started with Day of the Dead, still watch it – campy as it is and love it!
    My favorite movie? Well that’s tough. I love the 2004 Dawn of the Dead, Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead – yep, I’ll watch and rewatch them all 🙂
    Favorite Zombie series? Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne. His writing captured me from the moment I picked up the first book (also odd because all my books are on Kindle and I actually BOUGHT all of this series at the bookstore!) from the shelf. I could not stop reading, burned through the first book in like 4 days (working during the day and reading until I fell asleep at night). My husband and son even picked them up because I raved so much about them – and they don’t like zombies like I do….they loved the books too!
    Worst Zombie movie? Grave Mistake – it was on a collection of 10 zombie movies, which were all equally craptastic!
    Cliché? how fast people “rot” I mean seriously, you were talking to me one mintute, bit the next, die and already look like mush? hmmmmm
    Zombie-related event memory? I watched my nieces compete in a Zombie Run….that was pretty cool and easy to imagine actually be chased by blood thirsty, brain munchers!
    Question for you: how did you end up writing? It sounds like you’ve had an amazing career/life and I just wonder where people come up with the time/effort/decision to give it a try…and the to be successful must be amazing? I cannot wait to grab your book – it looks very good.

    • Allen Gamboa

      The three movies you named are all bloody good fun and I could watch them over and over again. I like JL Bourne, great book series. I always wanted to write since I was a kid. I’m lucky enough to have a great wife that pushes me to follow my dreams. I hope you enjoy my book. Lotta cursing but some chuckles and a whole lot of blood spilling and zombies! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jeremy Hunt

    My favorite zombie movie is Resident Evil. The first.couple are good and the last few have not been very good but I still like watching them all. My favorite series is the first one I read which is I,Zombie,I by Jack Wallen.

    • Allen Gamboa

      Yeah. I agree. The first Resident Evil was the best. I really like Jack Wallens books.

  • Traci

    So many great series out there…Contagium by Emily Goodwin, As the World Dies by Rhiannon Frater, the Grace series by M. Lauryl Lewis and the Broken World series by Mary Kate…movie wise, I love Zombieland..Woody Harrelson just makes the movie!!!

    • Allen Gamboa

      Love Rhianna Frater! Waiting for the Zombieland sequel.

      • Traci

        Me too, on both counts!!

  • Laura Wilson-Farmer

    Night of the Living Dead started my love of zombies ages ago. I just love how they’ve made a comeback in such a huge way!

  • All the exorcist movies including The Exorcism of Emily Rose

  • Jeanine

    My fave movie is WWZ!

  • Michelle Willms

    I’m not sure I have a favorite book, but I love Jonathan Maberry. His Rot & Ruin series got me addicted to zombies (instead of just reading about them). As for movies, I have several I really like, but I loved WWZ.