When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic. In one fell swoop, the necessities of life become much more basic. Gone are petty everyday concerns. Gone are the amenities of civilized life. Yet a single law of nature remains: Live, or die. Kill, or be killed. On one side of the world, a battle-hardened General surveys the remnants of his command: a young medic, a veteran photographer, a brash Private, and dozens of refugees, all are his responsibility-all thousands of miles from home. Back in the United States, an Army Colonel discovers the darker side of Morningstar virus and begins to collaborate with a well-known journalist to leak the information to the public...The Morningstar Saga has begun.
©2006 Z.A. Recht; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Plague of the dead is just my speed. It's not graphically horrific, and has enough action to make listening to it on the ipod fun. The reader is decent. This reads like a disaster book which it is.. Only the disasters are plague-ridden zombies. I like it. If you like action and a wee bit of horror, this one's for you.
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Finally a Zombie book without a vampire, werewolf, a computer system that becomes self aware
The battle scenes between the horde of dead and the armed forces
No, but truthfully I was not looking for a book about zombies which would 'move me'. I wanted something easy and fun to listen and long enough to fill out the details.
I will buying the next in the series!
Avid Zombie Fiction listener!!! Bring on the living dead.
It was a great story. The first book is a little hard to get through with all the military talk and it seems to drag. But if you get through the first half it's gets really good. This is probably my 2nd favorite series. It's full of z action and you come to like the characters and can't wait to hear what's going to happen next.
It's your typical z fiction with a lot of military and medical knowledge intertwined. Like I said it's a little stiff in the beginning but it gets much better (or I got used to it) throughout.
I felt at times he sounded a little robotic especially when narrating the emails.
No. It did make me anticipate the next book.
If your an avid z fiction listener then it's a must read or listen.. I love love love z fiction and a good series is hard to find.. This knew is worth the credit and there's 4 or 5 books in this series so it will keep you listen to good material for awhile..
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
I was hooked from the beginning, I knew this would be three books and by the end of this part one I knew I just had to do the rest, HAD TO.....
The Zombies where great characters and really were scary. The isolation and loneliness came through very well.
The town.... those who listened will know what I mean. I truly would not want to be chased like that.
This series is worth the time if you love your Zombie stories.
One of the best zombie stories available on Audible. I really enjoyed this whole series. It was a little annoying at the very beginning of this book, with the emails and the way it was all read and the narrator's seeming unfamiliarity with certain acronyms, but once the actual story got going, I couldn't stop listening. I'll definitely listen to this one again. Glad there were two other books after this, because I didn't want it to end!
I grew up with books....not television.
This is your typical zombie story told from a military perspective. It did take me a few chapters to thoroughly get into the story - but then I started to bond with the characters. There isn't a whole lot of interaction with the zombies on a close combat scenario - mostly military tactics and warfare. It was good enough though to check out the 2nd installment. So I will!
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
this series presents a fuller story, from the first cases of the infected and the initial responses to the spread across the globe. the story initially focuses on two groups of survivors- a group of soldiers and a group consisting other survivors. i won't reveal much about them so as to not spoil anything. i've enjoyed the different accounts of survival from the different groups.
1st half of the book is kind of slow as the plot builds and the author develops the characters. there is a good cast of characters. they are believable. the author does a good job of rotating the characters and the action going on around them.
i've read a few different zombie books, and this story has its own, unique zombie slant. imagine a combination of 28 days later and return of the living dead.
i've enjoyed the series. after i finished the 1st book, i was invested enough in the story and characters to want to pick up the second book. i'm on the 3rd book, and they've been a good investment in time. The second book is better than the first and so far book 3 is as good as the second.
i must say there is one thing that annoyed me- how stupid the world's militaries are in the beginning. i can't believe that such a strategic area wasn't better defended. that is the weakest plot point. ah-well, it reminded me of the battle of yonkers from world war z.
if you've already read/listened to day by day armmageddon, the infection, we're alive, world war z, and zombie fallout and you're looking for another zombie series, then this one's pretty good.
I love zombie books and this is my favorite so far . Good story and likable characters makes you laugh and keeps you engaged cant wait for next one
Finished my 4th listening. Such a great story. Every time new details and deeper understanding of whats going on. Plus reader was just great.
"Not very original, exciting none the less"
How do you do an original Zombie story? I don't know and I suspect that the author of Plague Of The Dead doesn't either, as this book is as derivative as they come. It includes aspects from all the zombie films you are likely to have seen over the last 10 years and borrows from other films as well. For example the Private who does most of the truck driving in the early part of the book sounds just like Bill Paxton's character in Aliens.
It includes the same sort of silly view of the American Army employed by so many other films - small groups of soldiers with limited ammo trying to hold out against hordes of undead. When in recent history has this ever been the American approach? Why bother with ground soldiers, when a few carefully placed napalm canisters would easily take out thousands of these undesirable civilians.
So it is an unoriginal and very unrealistic story, but I have found myself hooked just the same. The pace is unrelenting and gets you wondering where it is going next. The narrator is very good as well. I would recommend it to anyone wanting an undemanding bit of grisly entertainment.
"Original no. Good story nonetheless . . . Yes!"
I really enjoyed this book. It was neither original nor ground-breaking but it does the most important thing a good zombie story should and keeps you interested by building decent characters and making you care about them . . . while of course putting them through various stages of hell one earth!
Even then it's not perfect, the early part uses e-mail exchanges to build the background which would be a neat idea if not for the long repetition of the e-mail addresses etc that accompanied each such interlude. I'd also believe that not all stressed American soldiers sound like Shaggy out of Scooby Doo either.
Those things aside though this is a fine audiobook, the narrator does do a good job with it such that characters are easily distinguished for the most part and the story moves long at a good pace.
If you like good stories with zombies then this is as good a book to spend your credits on as most in the genre.
"Does what it says on the tin."
This is essentially written as a zombie-flick on paper and having not read too many in the genre cannot compare how it matches up to other such books. All I can say is that having read the synopsis and purchased it, I was not expecting Tolstoy and in this respect I was not disappointed! It is great fun, with an easy plot, lots of action and predictable characters.
As the first in the Morningstar Trilogy, it leaves the storyline open for the next book (Thunder and Ashes) which I would happily listen to, but have been somewhat put off by the fact the author tragically died in December '09, leaving the final installment of the series incomplete.
"Slow start but stick with it!"
Well after the first 10 minuets it was driving me wild with the repeating of email addresses but after that it was worth the wait. As a fan of the walking dead, this runs on a similar path though with goverment agencies and the military.
Gripping stuff and you dont want it too end.
"Unoriginal, but exciting"
As another reviewer has already mentioned, 'Plague of the Dead' is not exactly original. Put simply, if you've seen any of George Romero's zombie movies, there is nothing in Recht's novel that will surprise you.
That said, what's here is well done. Recht creates some interesting (if cliched) characters, and describes some wonderful scenes of set-piece combat.
This novel outlines the origins of a global pandemic, detailing how the world's military forces attempt - and fail - to contain it. Recht charts the decline of the military, focussing in particular on one American unit commanded by a General Sherman. After losing numerous people at Suez, the unit returns to the States and deserts, preferring to see to their own survival rather than trusting in the chain of command.
Recht does a good job of highlighting their desperate search for supplies, so that rather than just unleashing an endless hail of unlimited bullets at their undead opponents, the soldiers actually have to think more tactically than this. This allows Recht to describe some genuinely tense scenes, in which the soldiers try and sneak around zombies and, when this fails, have to be rather miserly with their bullets.
It's not all action, however. Recht spends quite some time looking at the emotional consequences of the pandemic on the survivors, whose safe and ordered world is disintegrating around them.
I happily award this novel 4 stars - it would have been 5 had Recht just come up with some original new twist on the standard zombie tale. The narration is wonderful and, although nothing in here will surprise you, you will have quite a few happy hours listening to this audiobook. Highly recommended.
I love books like this because you can, work, excersise, have it on in the background and you do not have to listen too hard to follow the plot.
Take your pick of any of the multitude of Zombie novels, this is similar to all but better than most.
I love the opening scenes where the problem is beginning to escalate.
Not that sort of book, imagine a trashy American horror movie and your not far off this book.
To be fair, it does not offer anything different from most Zombie books but the flow of the story is great, the characters and dialogue are poached from Aliens and this somehow makes it more enjoyable. Switch off your brain and enjoy.
"Oliver Wyman narration bring the story to life!"
Plague of the Dead is a good zombie novel, a little over dramatic at times, but has a solid story and likable ( and hate-able ) characters.
Oliver Wyman's narration turns a good book into a great book and is up their with WWZ and We're Alive in my all time favorite zombie listens.
"Standard zombie apocalypse, unoriginal but good."
There's nothing here that's new or original, but it's a good read and I really enjoyed it.
Good audio quality and excellent narration
"Great zombie epic"
This book (and the second and third books in the series (Thunder and Ashes, and Survivors)) is a really great zombie epic, charting the trials and tribulations of a various survivors with interlocking story-lines. Spanning the course of about six months after case 'zero' - the first recorded human infection - this story documents how the world fell apart, and how the survivors worked toward finding a cure. Well worth a listen. It is packed with action, emotion and, of course, zombies! This has a very real feel to it, and is not like others I have listened to which felt amateur. This is clearly written by a pro.
"Couldn't stop listening ! Action packed, !"
This book kept me with earphone's on none stop, great zombie book, tense, nail biting but even funny,
Very sad to hear that the writer died in his earlie 20's, he did a book 2 which I'm looking forward to hearing but not sure of book 3?
I would recommend this audio release.
"O Haa !!" As soilders say
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