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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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    Apocalyptic fiction fanatic tampa, fl, United States 11-21-13
    Apocalyptic fiction fanatic 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 Listener Since 2009
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    "Awesome"

    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
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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.


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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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  • Keith
    Peacehaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    9/7/09
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    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Beulah, United Kingdom
    6/9/10
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    4/16/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Leominster, United Kingdom
    8/1/10
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    2/6/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    2/4/15
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon Arnold
    Portsmouth, UK
    12/4/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peteworrall
    Grimsby, UK
    12/3/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebekah
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    1/7/12
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • james
    ambleside, United Kingdom
    11/20/11
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    "oh zombies"

    first 5 mins is proper boring but as soon as they get into it gripping cant wait till my next credit to get the next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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