Yes, I'd recommend this book to a zombie nut.
BT is the best buddy a guy can have. He always has Mike's back, provides comic relief, and a hard dose of common sense when the situation calls for it.
Voices, definitely the voices! At first I was turned off by what I thought was a Family Guy dad voice and almost didn't buy the series, but then I read the reviews. I bought the first book, then the next, and am now waiting for ZFO6. Mr. Runnette plays a huge part in my loyalty. I can't imagine any other reader doing this series justice. Sean Runnette is versatile with voices, every character is distinct and ideally portrayed. Mr. Runnette has exquisite timing for comedy. He delivers the right emotional inflection that makes the series memorable.
Mark Tufo has so many "wow" descriptions that I am stunned. It's hard to pick one moment. Terror, humor and good description makes every part of the book work for me.
You got a solid team here. Tufo + Runnette = success.
The characters are distinctive, constantly giving each other a hard time, and realistically portrayed. The Ranger is intriguing. He catches flack for being loony (he actually wears a mask and thinks the military hospital's mental ward was a hoot), but in the end, no one doubts his skill.
Brannan is unpredictable. I thought I was getting a typical zombie apocalypse story, but there are so many surprising and creative aspects to this novel I was blown away.
This is my first listen to Jonah Cummings. I thought he did a fine job. All the characters are uniquely voiced.
The end choked me up, especially the part about the chain of glow sticks.
I look forward to book two.
I would recommend this book, but only as part of the series. The Morningstar Strain, Book 1, was my first introduction to the zombie genre. It's hard to find that perfect blend of memorable characters (General Francis Sherman and Sergeant Major Thomas were brilliant!), military action, and knuckle-whitening chills in a zombie apocalypse. More so in the first two books than in the third. Only Day By Day Armageddon, by J.L. Borne, is on par with Recht's books. In Survivors, the style is inconsistent, but I understand why and doubt anyone could mirror Z.A.'s unique vision. I am grateful to the family for releasing Z.A. Recht's final volume, and to Thom Brannan for completing the work. Thank you.
Not without first reading the other two books.
Oliver Wyman's voice is normally my audiodrug of choice, but what happened to Brewster and the others? I can't read Morningstar without hearing Wynman's characterization as portrayed in the first two books! Then Survivors happened. Why Wynman?!! Couldn't you have just taken a moment to listen to Brewster from your previous recordings? I'm just saying.
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