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.
No one who enjoyed the first two books.
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.
The begining. Because I had high hopes and expectations.
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.
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.
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.
General Sherman, and Dr. Demilio
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
RIP Z.A. Recht, you were truly a great author. Your death is a loss to the world.
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!!!
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.
"Shocked to Know the Writter isn`t with us any more"
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.
Just the dialog between characters made it for me. They felt like living breathing human beings you could identify with trying to survive.
Absolutely everthing, the guy can across as all the character. but I feel Brewster was waylaid in the third instalment.
The Real Zombocolipse Begins.
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.
"Ok zombie book"
well read but not as good as the first two books. still it worth listening to.
"Excellent end to an excellent series"
Put simply Thom Brannan finishes off Z.A Recht's series in fine style showing a genuine empathy with the original author's vision and the post apocalyptic world that he created.
If you liked the first two, the choice is clear, just buy it!
"NOTHING NEW HERE BUT....."
Yeah Ive heard it all before..it is yet another zombie book but well written and a great performance. Its not on such an epic scale as the Passage for example but is more realistic.
If you like sci fi or just a good story then get this series of books. Its not heavy listening and dosnt blow your mind with science.
"Such a shame that Z A Recht died..."
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...
"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.
"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.
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