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Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1 | [Z. A. Recht]

Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.
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The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth.

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.

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    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 02-06-14
    The Zombie Specialist Secret Fortress 02-06-14 Member Since 2014

    the world's fastest fat man

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    "Return to Good Bad and the Ugly"
    What made the experience of listening to Plague of the Dead the most enjoyable?

    Finally a Zombie book without a vampire, werewolf, a computer system that becomes self aware


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plague of the Dead?

    The battle scenes between the horde of dead and the armed forces


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I will buying the next in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angie the zombie Fan tampa, fl, United States 11-21-13
    Angie the zombie Fan tampa, fl, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2014

    Avid Zombie Fiction listener!!! Bring on the living dead.

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    "Avid z fiction listener. Series is worth credits."
    Where does Plague of the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Plague of the Dead to and why?

    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.


    What aspect of Oliver Wyman’s performance would you have changed?

    I felt at times he sounded a little robotic especially when narrating the emails.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It did make me anticipate the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    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..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cannington, Australia 06-25-13
    Garry Cannington, Australia 06-25-13 Member Since 2014

    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

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    "A great addition to a doomsday scenerio collection"
    What did you love best about Plague of the Dead?

    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.....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plague of the Dead?

    The Zombies where great characters and really were scary. The isolation and loneliness came through very well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The town.... those who listened will know what I mean. I truly would not want to be chased like that.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is worth the time if you love your Zombie stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa 11-10-12 Member Since 2014

    MikeFromMesa

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    "Guilty pleasure"

    I am not a fan of Zombie books. In the past I bought one (“Day By Day Armageddon”) and, although I enjoyed it, there was too much zombie and not enough story for me. There seemed like only so many ways to describe killing a zombie by shooting it in the head and I found I did not really care much about the people involved.

    Given that I am not sure what possessed me to buy “Plague Of The Dead”. I suppose I was browsing and found the rating and reviews of the book to be enough to peak my interest. I ended up buying the book and, much to my surprise, found it difficult to put the book down once I got started. What caught my interest was a book written more like the story of people trying to survive in a world gone mad rather than a sequel of killings of the already sort-of dead. I cared about the people, much of the story line involved the way the world was falling apart and how the characters in the book were trying to survive without the support structures of a normal civilization. It was not just interesting, the story grabbed me from the start and never let go. When I finished the book I immediately bought the next 2 books in the series. I don’t know if the story is a trilogy and hence complete in these 3 books or if there will be more, but I wanted to know what happened to the characters I had met. It is hard to say anything better about a work of fiction than that you become interested in the fate of the characters.

    The narration is first class and I am happily through about half of the second book in the series. It feels sort of like a guilty pleasure. If you don’t mind spending your time on “fluff” and you can live with the language you might enjoy it as well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 09-24-12
    Jennifer 09-24-12
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    "A must-have series for zombie fans!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marla 08-28-12
    Marla 08-28-12

    I grew up with books....not television.

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    "A good "military based" zombie read"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lucas Monroe, WA, United States 04-17-12
    lucas Monroe, WA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-20-12
    Gregory Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    Finished my 4th listening. Such a great story. Every time new details and deeper understanding of whats going on. Plus reader was just great.

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    Josh 03-05-12
    Josh 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "GREAT!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're into Zombies, you will LOVE these books. I can't wait for the 3rd book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    a Dahinda, IL, United States 02-27-12
    a Dahinda, IL, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great listen"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plague of the Dead?

    The fight at the docks as the survivors are trying to find boats to escape.


    Any additional comments?

    Very tense, very quick listen. I listened to the whole thing in a weekend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Trevor
    london, United Kingdom
    11/12/11
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    "Disappointing and overrated"

    I bought this book based on its high rating - big mistake.

    This book was very predictable, and full of scenes which feel like they were lifted right out of a bad hollywood action movie - a man throwing down his gun to have a fist fight with his enemy (the last time I saw that was in Team America!).

    I did not find the story exciting, scary, or even that interesting. This wasn't helped by the narration which was unintentionally amusing more often than not - which kind of defeated any attempt to build tension.

    There are better zombie, and horror stories out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sean
    WREXHAM, United Kingdom
    9/7/11
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    "Brilliant zombie horror."

    Love this audio book. The narration is superb, the writing is superb, I highly recommend anyone who likes a horror novel should download this. The story isn't completely original but it can't be because of the genre. It's the first book in a trilogy and second book is even better. Unfortunately the author died before the third book was released, which is devastating because this guy is super talented. (although there is talk of the third book will get released). R.I.P Z.A. Recht.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kerry
    Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
    11/20/09
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    "Excellent - highly recommend"

    A brilliant follow up to the fist part! This literally is a page turner, I find myself counting down the hours till I can listen again! If you like Zombies this book is for you! Alternatively if you like survival stories this is for you.

    Excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Verwood, Dorset, United Kingdom
    11/7/09
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    "This one is a spinter"

    I downloaded this book on a whim. I had never heard of the author, nor the title but decided to give it a whirl. I must say I am impressed. The story is not too far fetched and have several notes of truth about it. I like the characters and the pace at which they were introduced, although the first 30 minutes were a bit slow. I am delighted to have listened on as I would have missed a treat.

    The narration is clear, well paced and consistent. No speed changes or obvious pauses in the reading. The characters are easy to spot and some of the 'voices' really give a flavour of the character in question.

    I recommend this book and since I have just finished the sequel, suggest you get that one as well. (Thunder & Ashes)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Giles
    Portesham, United Kingdom
    4/21/12
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    "Just Awful"

    I've never read anything as annoyingly awful a this trash. The 1 dimensional characters are so agonizingly cliched and utterly hateful I was just praying for them to be eaten but unfortunately they weren't - roll on sequel - uurrrrggh!
    Do Not Waste A Credit!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    hambledon, surrey, United Kingdom
    7/19/10
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    "Plague of the Dead"

    Excellent want to hear more

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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