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Survivors: The Morningstar Strain, Book 3 | [Z. A. Recht, Thom Brannan]

Survivors: The Morningstar Strain, Book 3

Survivors is the all-new soul-shattering climax to the postapocalyptic trilogy, featuring a deadly virus, military action, global devastation - and zombies. A lot can change in three months: Wars can be decided, nations can be forged...or entire species can be brought to the brink of annihilation. The Morningstar Virus, an incredibly virulent disease, has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. The infected hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected.
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Survivors is the all-new soul-shattering climax to the postapocalyptic trilogy, featuring a deadly virus, military action, global devastation - and zombies.

A lot can change in three months: Wars can be decided, nations can be forged...or entire species can be brought to the brink of annihilation. The Morningstar Virus, an incredibly virulent disease, has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. The infected hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected. Even death can’t stop the virus - its victims become frightening and deadly cannibals. Scattered across the world, embattled groups have persevered. For some, surviving is the pinnacle of achievement. Others hoard goods and weapons. And still others leverage power over the remnants of humanity in the form of a mysterious cure for Morningstar. For the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure goes on....

©2012 Z.A. Recht (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Ben Kellyville, Australia 02-27-13
    Ben Kellyville, Australia 02-27-13
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    "Good. But could have been so much better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As i had already invested time into the first 2 books of this series, it was time i NEEDED to spend to finish.I dont think i would have the same commitment if this was the first in the series.But, to anyone out there that has read the first 2 books, then this is a must read. Just for closure


    What was most disappointing about Z. A. Recht and Thom Brannan ’s story?

    Obviously a hard job for Thom to step up and finish writing this without Z.A. Recht. Overall, i think it was an ok effort, but could have been so much better.For me, then ending felt a little rushed. Especially compared to the rest of the book, and i needed to re-listen to a few passages to get a clear picture of what was happeningI dont know if it was the circumstances that this book was written, or the fact it came to an end, but this book really leaves you wondering what if...


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Oliver Wyman?

    No one.BUT.... It would have been nice if he had have some preparation and matched the accents and voices he used in the first two booksNot enough to be a terrible listen, but enough to be annoying


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but only because of the series. This book alone would not do it for me


    Any additional comments?

    I would be lying if i said i wasnt disappointed in this book. the first two books had me hooked and i found myself looking for any excuse to listen to it. This one, no so much. Obviously, anyone that has read the first books will want to read this, but dont hold high expectations.Still, im glad i completed this story and it is a real shame about the original author. Such a talent lost

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Kingston, ON, Canada 08-08-12
    Mike Kingston, ON, Canada 08-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Thom Brannan dropped the ball"
    Would you try another book from Z. A. Recht and Thom Brannan and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Recht is deceased
    Brannan... not bloody likely.
    Wyman... yes, great job


    What could Z. A. Recht and Thom Brannan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Recht is deceased.
    Brannan could have passed on it - he was in way over his head.


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

    Wyman was fine. But, this book has a big black cloud over it for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    extreme and compounding anger that started early and continued until the end when I was very disappointed...now I'm just sad.


    Any additional comments?

    The 'infected' were pretty much an afterthought and not part of the main story line. It was obvious early on that there was a problem with the course the plot was taking. By the end, I was looking for the answer to "what happen" to the promising start this series had.

    I did not realize until after I finished 'Survivors' that Recht passed away and did not write this book.

    I've listened to a few books, that I didn't care for but, this is the first time I have felt cheated. I am even considering 'returning the book' for a credit. It is appalling to me that Brannan will earn royalties (on Recht's name) from this after so hap-hazardously destroying what Recht created.

    In the end, Brannan even 'forgot' how the morning star strain is transmitted in order to satisfy a small plot dénouement. He must have been reading some of Jonathan Mayberry's work and got confused....sad sad sad. I wish that I never started the series...the first book needs a warning label.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 11-28-12
    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 11-28-12

    MikeFromMesa

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    "The end of guilty pleasures ..."

    I found myself hooked part way through the first volume in this series and, without waiting, bought the second and third volumes. I read the second in about 2 days barely able to put it down and interrupted my reading of another book to start on the third volume of this series. I had (with apologies to Charles Dickens) great expectations for the third but found myself disappointed.

    Perhaps the first thing I should say is that this is not a bad book. It is reasonably well written and follows the characters from the first two volumes through the effort to find a vaccine for the Morningstar Strain. Parts of the book are as good as the first two, but about half way through I began to wonder what had happened to the author and why the tone of the books had changed. Suddenly the characters were taking actions that made no sense, even in the contorted world created by The Morningstar Strain. Characters, who should have known better, were doing truly stupid things and plot curves were coming out of nowhere.

    Why would characters who had proved themselves to be survivors in this violent world and should have known better be taking chances for no particularly good reason? Why would they be lighting campfires out in the open 10 miles from their destination? Why would government agents become terrorists? Why would innocent towns be raided and destroyed by government officials when there was no discernable reason for them to do so? And where did the final zombie come from?

    This volume, on its own, is probably what I would have expected from a "Zombie" book, but the first two volumes were so well written and so gripping that I expected the same from the third. Only after having finishing this volume did I find out that the author, Z. A. Recht, had died and that another author had completed the work. The fact that the concluding volume of a work has been written by a new author does not, by itself, mean that the volume will not be as good as the others (for examples see the latest Spenser book or volume 3 of the Winston Churchill biography by WIlliam Manchester), but this volume did not live up to the high standards of the first two.

    While the author of this volume may have changed, the narrator did not and I think that this book was read as well as the first two. I really cannot fault the narrator for the less than steallar writing he had to work with.

    If you have read the first two volumes of this series you may well want to read this as well to follow the story to its conclusion, but don't expect the same writing quality.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Jamestown, TN, United States 06-28-12
    Angie Jamestown, TN, United States 06-28-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "I Have Never Been So Upset With An Author!"

    When I was around half way through this book, I decided that I was going to give it 3 stars. All 3 stars for effort. As most of you know, a ghost write wrote this book. It is NOT written by Z.A.Recht! (Recht passed away suddenly in 2009 at the terribly young age of 26.) That's why after 3 years, the final installment of the series is finally being released, under another author.
    After listening to Survivors, I firmly believe that Recht left absolutely no notes for the ghost writer to go by. Either that, or Brannon decided to disregard those notes and make this his own book.
    It took me several days to get through this book, when the first 2 books took me only a day each. This first part was super boring. It's mostly just rehashing of scenes from the first 2 books. That's where my idea of a 2.5 rating comes in. Since there's no 2.5 stars, I settled on 3. But when the author starts killing off the characters, I became upset.
    Recht is known to the world as the author of the Morningstrain Strain books. That's what he'll always be known for, except to family and friends. And I had/have so much respect for him because of his age. What a young age to die. The young man had so much talent and was only beginning his career. This series is his legacy. These characters were his life's work. You can tell by the first 2 books that he loves these characters and had plans for them. He spent years building them and writing about them. And then for another writer to come in and kill them like is was nothing, is down right disrespectful. There's scenes where a bad guy comes up, holds a gun to someone's head, kills them and that's that.......beloved characters from the first books, killed with only 5 to 10 seconds spent on their death scene. Characters are brought up, just to be killed suddenly. Why not just leave them alone and let us think that they lived happily ever after? D list new characters were given more time than the old characters.....and they actually got to live. And the "turning" at the end.....where did that come from? Just out of the blue, an important character turns. Weird and completely from left field. The only thing that allowed me to get through this book, was I wanted to see how many of our beloved cast got killed. But at the end, my only question was "Who LIVED?"
    I had waited years for this book. I'd revisited the first 2 several times, the most recent being right before Survivors was released. I'd like to think that I had a good feel for the direction of the story and characters. If this is the best that could be done to the ending, they should have just left the series alone. Let Recht's work be remembered for what it was.

    30 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Twana United States 06-23-12
    Twana United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A disappointment"
    What would have made Survivors better?

    This book would have been better if the character development of the first two books had been followed.


    Has Survivors turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Oliver Wyman narrated the first two books and was consistant in his portrayal of all the characters but in the third book he dropped all of that. For insistance Jack no longer has an Aussie accent and Brewster no longer sounds like the country bumkin we know and love. The passion he had in the first two books is lacking in the third.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    John Cheyenne, WY, United States 07-22-12
    John Cheyenne, WY, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Severely Disappointed"

    I was looking forward to the completion of the series and tried to really like this book but it's almost impossible. The publisher should have chosen someone who was a more seasoned writer. Thom Brannan apparently lost sight of the characters and their motivations. He has them behaving in contradictory actions to what was previously established in the first two books. He apparently mistook schizophrenia for character development. This occurred in so many instances that it completely ruined the book for me. To top this off, Oliver Wyman who narrated the first two books superbly, followed suit by forgetting the character voices that he established in the first two books. He has Brewster changing his accent from sounding like Private Hudson (Aliens) in the first two novels to a weak southern accent, to no accent, back to southern and then finally a pale imitation of his original characterization. Jack goes from Aussie to flat. In the first two books, you could identify who was speaking solely by Wyman's voice acting alone. In this book, half of the characters sound the same and it becomes extremely confusing. Come on Oliver, get your characters straight and stay with them!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cannington, Australia 06-25-13
    Garry Cannington, Australia 06-25-13 Member Since 2011

    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 good continuation of the story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this series is excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    the coming together of characters from the first book to the end, I found myself saddened by some events and joyed by others - as it should be.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Perfect, glad Mr Wyman did all three


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but just could not due to time constraints


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen, the whole series is well worth the time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Centner Washington, DC 04-04-13
    Teri Centner Washington, DC 04-04-13 Member Since 2006

    aka Dory

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    "Problems with the Narrator"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Oliver Wyman?

    I would have cast Oliver Wyman, but I would have asked him to use all the same voices he did in the first two books -- especially his narrator voice. When I first started listening to the book, I thought they had gotten a new narrator to go along with the new author. But no. I was surprised to find out after a quick check of Audible.com that it *is* the same guy.

    There is also the small issue of two lines in Spanish. Mr Wyman pronounced them HORRIBLY. They weren't all that integral to the plot, just banter between Jose, his daughter, and Keaton, but listening to him say the lines so poorly just made me cringe.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David E. Jenkins hueytown,alabama 02-24-13
    David E. Jenkins hueytown,alabama 02-24-13

    fireboss

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    "Author droped the ball,what a waste"
    Any additional comments?

    the narrator forgot the accents of a few characters,and dumb down some of the others..

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 10-18-12
    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I just love this Series!!"

    I listened to the first two books not to long ago. And when the final 3rd book came out on audio, I listened to the first two books again and then capped it off with Survivors. I just loved the entire series. This 3rd book was another listen strait thru kind of book. I thought he was off on Brewster's voice. And I didn't like the Very Very end. But it did have an ending I was ok with. But its a great zombie Series. One of the best.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Shocked to Know the Writter isn`t with us any more"
    What made the experience of listening to Survivors the most enjoyable?

    This Trilogy is excellent!! I loved every printed word. The whole Zombie plague really seems real in this one. Plus the military, means BIG scenes of mass destruction and carnage. A total Holly Wood movie waiting to happen and it would kick World War Z`s Ass.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Survivors?

    Just the dialog between characters made it for me. They felt like living breathing human beings you could identify with trying to survive.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely everthing, the guy can across as all the character. but I feel Brewster was waylaid in the third instalment.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Real Zombocolipse Begins.


    Any additional comments?

    I really miss Z A Recht. He wrote Zombie survival like he was there. I prey for his family and thank their son for bringing me such an enjoyable read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. A. J. H. Jackson
    London, UK.
    5/7/14
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    "Such a shame that Z A Recht died..."
    Any additional comments?

    Such a shame that Z A Recht died so young - only 26. I strongly urge you to read this trilogy. One of the best series in the genre in my opinion...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Piacenza, Italy
    4/7/13
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    "Poor end to a good series"

    Let's face it, if you listened to the other two books in the series, you're guaranteed to get the final part. It only makes sense. You need closure. You want to know what happens to your favourite rag-tag gang of survivors and their potentially immune friend, Right! That's what Recht and Brannan must have been banking on because this final book in the series is a formulaic ending with shoot-outs (come on, they don't work on the printed page, only on TV), sacrifices and killings from the grave (though it's never quite explained how one of the main characters who doesn't appear to get bitten comes back as a zombie to exact revenge) and a good-ol' fist punching ending with the unlikely hero riding off into the sunset. It's listenable and completes the picture, but if this had been the opening book in the series, I would probably not have got the other two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • s
    Hinckley, United Kingdom
    1/23/13
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    "End of an Epic End of the World"

    A great ending to this amazing Zombie epic, characters come and characters go but the story flies along at its pace heading towards its exciting climax. Shamblers, Sprinters and the Re-united states forces all trying to kill the Survivors!! Surprise deaths and tragic attempts to live through the end of the world keep you enthralled, helped with the great story telling ability of Mister Wyman to help keep your excitement on a rolling boil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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