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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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    corey laguna niguel, CA, United States 07-08-12
    corey laguna niguel, CA, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Major Upset"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one who enjoyed the first two books.


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

    Have an ending worth listening too. Or, just not written it at all. The book is not written on the same level as the first two. It is just a slow paced, kill everyone off, without meaning or substance, The End.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The begining. Because I had high hopes and expectations.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    This book does not follow in the spirit of the first two books. Come on, every great character gets killed off without honoring or respecting the people we came to know and love.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Beautiful Tennessee 06-28-12
    Angie Beautiful Tennessee 06-28-12 Listener Since 2009
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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.

    18 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 06-23-12
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 06-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Ok but NOT as good as 1 & 2 - shame really."

    Well, I was SO excited to see the final book available despite Z.A. Recht's untimely death. I thought for sure the family or publisher (or whomever decided) would surely have chosen an author to do the series justice. Boy was I wrong. The first part of book 3 is great and obviously leading up to something. Then Mr. "Brannan" takes over. I'm sure he's a good author but Recht had great insight into the military workings and lingo. It seems the "new" author had to do some research and clearly fell short. It just seemed as if the last part of the book tried to be a quick "resolve" but there was NO resolution, only a continuation of the story which led me wanting more. I don't want to spoil anything but it was full of nonsensical actions that the other two books would have never included. For instance the guy going out to wander around after he should have been monitored for quite some time just to make certain he was "safe". Then there's the group of survivors who have made such an epic heroic journey in the first two books - now they talk too loudly or make huge fires that result in their death. They would have never made those mistakes by Z.A.'s "pen". Another example is the sheriff who was full of common sense toughness is now suddenly super GI Joe (though never being in the military) instead of a down home hero who gets the bad guys with his experience, common sense & wit. Mason, the hero in the past is nothing more than a means to an end in this book. I felt like the story was left hanging and he could have done so much more. I'm really disappointed and had the first two books not been so good I would have given it a 2 star instead of a 3. The narrator was great as usual though some of this spanish american accents could use a little work. It's a Shame really. RIP Z.A Recht your stories will be missed!!!

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Ferndale, WA, United States 11-03-12
    Cynthia Ferndale, WA, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Can it be"
    Would you try another book from Z. A. Recht and Thom Brannan and/or Oliver Wyman?

    I would pay for the notes Thom Brannan used (supposedly) from Recht to finish the book. In fact, I bet a lot of fans would be willing. I just can't believe that the book followed the plotline that Recht envisioned.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It may be a small detail, but one of the characters was from Australia and had an Aussie accent. He carried the accent through the second book. In this book, the character spoke with an American accent. Couldn't Wyman review his earlier work to maintain some of the character's voice?


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I had read several disappointed reviews of this book, but because I enjoyed the first two books, I felt compelled to see it through. Overall, many of the characters did not mesh up. they were lacking something of the original spark. Also, Sawyer made no sense at all. His character could have been shown to have been "the living bad guy," in so many different possible plot twists. In Survivor, it felt contrived. No natural flow.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 07-03-12
    Amanda Abilene, TX, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great job!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Survivors the most enjoyable?

    So the trilogy comes to a long anticipated end. Thank you too the family and friends of Z.A. Recht for contributing to the continuation of the story and finally ending a trilogy that is sure to be a cult classic. Brannan's writing style is similar to Recht.

    I am not going to post any spoilers but just say the book IS as good as the other two. The only downfall is the ending, which I believe could have used a little more time on since there will not a forth installment to follow the vaccines progress.


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

    General Sherman, and Dr. Demilio


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

    Oh yes!!!


    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer GIG HARBOR, WA, United States 09-24-12
    Jennifer GIG HARBOR, WA, United States 09-24-12
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    "Awesome series"

    This was a really enjoyable series overall. The third installment picked up right where 2 left off and delivered a great end. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes zombie stories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Pittsboro, NC, United States 09-11-12
    Andrew Pittsboro, NC, United States 09-11-12
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    "Great, but not as good as the first two. RIP Mr. R"
    What did you like best about Survivors? What did you like least?

    It completed perhaps the best zombie story I've heard yet. I like Z.A. Recht a lot, but he passed away before he could finish this edition. It was clear that it was not written by him. The nemesis was just rediculous, and I felt like it would have added to the plot to keep more people alive till the end.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Zombies!


    Do you think Survivors needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It would've been cool if Recht could've wrote it, but he can't now. Besides, all the main characters that he's spent so much time developing have been carelessly and almost non-shalauntly killed off.


    Any additional comments?

    RIP Z.A. Recht, you were truly a great author. Your death is a loss to the world.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 03-03-14
    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 03-03-14 Member Since 2013

    the world's fastest fat man

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    "Not what I hoped for but still good"
    What made the experience of listening to Survivors the most enjoyable?

    I liked the character development of the main players and the way the author did not go to far down the religious, political or supernatural themes like so many other zombie books.


    What other book might you compare Survivors to and why?

    I would compare it to the 'Day By Day Armageddon' series simply because of the descriptive fight scenes and character development.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without giving too much away... I would say my favorite part of the book was towards the beginning with the gradual introduction of the characters and how they came become interlocked in an attempt to contain the virus


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

    No extreme reaction, which is a good thing. I chose this book because I wanted a bit of escapism. The last thing I wanted was to be stressed! I chuckled at times but not so much that someone would ask 'what so funny?'It is what it is... a zombie story and nothing more!


    Any additional comments?

    I would happily recommend the author and would read another book from the author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Edmonton, Australia 11-27-13
    Katie Edmonton, Australia 11-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "AWESOME FINAL BOOK IN TRILOGY"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely - it's a really good book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were so real, the storyline was great, just enough action vs humour vs scare.


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

    Bruster (sp) was definitely my favourite. I quite liked Sherman too


    Any additional comments?

    Oliver Wyman did an exceptional job with the voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, Canada 09-28-13
    Barbara NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, Canada 09-28-13
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    "I liked it"

    I don't get all the negative reviews on this book. Ok it's not the original author as he passed away. It would have been nice if he had finished the series, but tragedy struck.

    I think Thom did a very good job finishing things up. The story moved along much in the way I think Recht would have written it. Is it perfect no, but I was entertained and looked forward to putting the the headset on to listen to the story. I am glad I stuck the series out. I am a Zombie fan and this one did a great job taking it from the military approach to the rag tag band of survivors. I recommend the series to anyone who likes then genera, you won't be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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