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Thunder and Ashes: The Morningstar Strain, Book 2 | [Z. A. Recht]

Thunder and Ashes: The Morningstar Strain, Book 2

Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio want only a vaccine, but to find it, they must cross a countryside in ruins, dodging not only the infected, but also the lawless living. The bulk of the storm has passed over the world, leaving echoing thunder and softly drifting ashes. But for the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure is just beginning.
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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. Its hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected. Even death can't stop the virus-its victims as cannibalistic shamblers. 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.

Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio want only a vaccine, but to find it, they must cross a countryside in ruins, dodging not only the infected, but also the lawless living. The bulk of the storm has passed over the world, leaving echoing thunder and softly drifting ashes. But for the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure is just beginning...

©2008 Z.A. Recht; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Big Art San Ramon, CA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "SHTF now!! This series keeps getting better!!"

    This book 2 is great! I love how book 1 starts from all these different places around the globe and now they are all on the same journey to the same location. And they have to get thru a new world of survivalist, raiders, hordes of zombies, and a secret goverment agents. (spoiler alerts now)

    From when they have to decide to get off the submarine and march across the US from Oregon to Omaha. The small town of survivors they meet and the special ops mission they go on to save a mechanics daughter in order to get their truck fixed so they can continue on there way to Omaha. That was the best part of this book.

    So go out and get this series. Start with Book 1. Book 3 will be out in June or July!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 10-27-11
    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    "The strain continues, for now."

    The Morningstar trilogy continues with Thunder and Ashes. I found this book to be as good as, if not better than the first. Unfortunately, shortly after finishing this book I learned the author, Z. A. Recht, has passed away. There was some doubt about whether the trilogy would be finished, but his website says a ghost writer was brought in to finish the series. It should be out late 2011. Here's to hoping it is as good as the first two.

    RIP ZA

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 09-08-12
    Mike Naka 09-08-12 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "thank God they finally got off the boat"
    Any additional comments?

    i thought the first book was just ok- a lot of potential, but i almost quit a few times b/c of how stupid the military leaders were and how slow the story was moving. plus, brewster annoyed the h-e-double hockey sticks out of me. however, i picked up the second book b/c i'm a zombie fan and as a zombie fan, i thought i should listen to a series that a lot of other z-fans have referenced, reviewed, and even raved about. all i can say is thank God they finally landed and got off the boat.

    the soldiers leave the u.s.s ramage and begin their trek east, hoping to meet dr. anna demilio at a secret cdc facility in omaha, nebraska. some decide to remain on the u.s.s. ramage to travel up and down the west coast, but the story focuses on the two group's journeys. i kind of liked that format. it kept me listening, wanting to know what was happening with the other group.

    general sherman and his crew of soldiers walk, drive, and battle their way eastward. along the way, they lose men, meet, and rescue survivors. they come across a small town that has barricaded itself against zombies and another group of survivors trying to overrun the town. to get their vehicles fixed, sherman must make a deal with the town's eccentric mechanic that will force him into conflict with the other group of survivors.

    there's nothing new here- a small town improvises and survives thanks to their sheriff. predictable plot choices, but i enjoyed listening to how a small town survives and interacts with other survivors.

    back on the east coast dr. anna demilio, mason, and julie escape westward being pursued by a faction of the u.s. gov't. the u.s. gov't has split into 2 factions. the faction led by mason's former boss wants to catch anna at all costs b/c they think she has finished a vaccine.

    the characters are stereotypical, which makes it easy to keep track of whoo's who. there's no emotional connection to the characters, but that's very rare in this genre. if you want that, listen to hissers. but i'm ok with that. i downloaded this audiobook to see where the plot goes.

    my negative feedback revolves around 2 personal themes i look for in zombie books: gore and danger. there's not a lot of gore. the zombie descriptions are plain. there are no violent death scenes. also, i never felt the survivors were in real danger. there was no sense of impending doom, except for maybe styles. i never felt like, "how the hell are they gonna get out of this?" the zombie hoards weren't that scary or threatening.

    overall, i thought thunder and ashes was much better than the first book, but that's not saying much. unlike the first book, the potential is fulfilled. i enjoyed the story enough to pick up the 3rd installment and listen to it.

    if you listened to the first book and are hesitant about picking up thunder and ashes, i'd say give it a try. i did, and i didn't regret it. if you're new to the zombie genre, then there are other must reads before this and even better reads than this.





    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 06-23-11
    Pedro 800 NW 13 Ave Miami Florida 33125 06-23-11
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    "Loved it"

    Unlike book 1, I found this book exciting. Not that part one was bad, but rather slow. This book was simple fantastic, well written and it kept me on the edge of the chair. It was very easy to follow, even if you don't hear book 1, which I did not finish. You will not make a mistake by listening to this book, you'll feel the blood rush under your skin.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 09-24-12
    Jennifer 09-24-12
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    "Awesome!!"

    Great continuation of the first book! Really engaging story, great narrator, enjoyable listen. A must for zombie fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philo-sophia Northern Virginia, United States 02-13-12
    Philo-sophia Northern Virginia, United States 02-13-12
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    "One of the best in zombie genre"
    If you could sum up Thunder and Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, good, & scary.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't pick between them all, they are all necessary to the story


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

    I have not, but I am impressed by his skill. Other people lack the skill that Mr. Wyman possesses, he does Z. A. Recht justice. More often then not, the person voicing the characters (along with the story) will determine how much the readers will enjoy and tolerate. Mr. Wyman does a phenominal job at giving each character his/her personality and voice throughout the story.


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

    I laughed a few times at the wit and remarks made by Brewster and some others, mainly Brewster though.


    Any additional comments?

    In the past three months I've read about five or six other zombie books (okay, I've listened). Without a doubt The Morning Star Strain series is one of the best. So good, I'm going to post it to my facebook as a recommended read. Once you get past Suez the real fun and danger begins.

    You follow General Sherman and Dr. Dimillio on their race for a vaccination; that's right, not a cure, but a vaccination. As if the dead aren't enough they are plagued by raiders and over-zealous bureaucratic agents. Along the way they meet interesting and courageous people. General Sherman goes so far as to help a small town fight off a horde of infected, as well as raiders who continuously harass the quiet and tired people.

    I’ve read books 1 and 2, eagerly anticipating book 3.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    james lancaster, CA, United States 01-05-12
    james lancaster, CA, United States 01-05-12

    i am a 27 year old male. i got into audible because i love to listen to them at work. I like zombies, survival, and fantasy, game of thrones

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    "Can we get book 3 yet?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thunder and Ashes to be better than the print version?

    i never read the print version but i cant believe it gets much better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thunder and Ashes?

    I can't pick any one part, but if i have to chose i would say the very end when you find out that there is an immune person to morning star, but that parts the best only because it is so fresh in my mind.


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

    i haven't but i would be interested to listen because how well it went.


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

    the death of the reporter. :( broke my heart.


    Any additional comments?

    i think of myself as a zombie elitist and i hate when zombies are portrayed in a poor manner. ( zombies do not talk or want brains in my opinion) but this book series is one of the best that i have herd so far. If you are familiar with the day by day series, then you will like this book series as well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Parks 07-13-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Another Enjoyable Listen!"

    This book was just as good as the first one, in my opinion. This book starts with action and just keeps going. I have some issues with some of the decisions made by some of the characters - such as not having an escape plan during an assault - but overall the book kept my attention and left me wanting for more! I was very happy to find out that the family decide to allow a Ghost Writer to finish off the trilogy. Hopefully Zack had great notes and the writing style won't be drastically different.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Albert Colorado Springs, CO, United States 05-09-10
    Albert Colorado Springs, CO, United States 05-09-10
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    "Love the concept"

    If you can get past his ignorance of the military the book is great. Story line is one of my favorites. after reading the first book, i had to get the second. I hope the third one will be release.

    God rest Z's sole.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    W Marina, CA, United States 01-01-10
    W Marina, CA, United States 01-01-10
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    "Loved it!"

    I really loved this novel. Although its a zombie book, it really is more of an action/suspense story. All the characters like Sherman, Styles, etc. are really entertaining. I particularly like Sherman. The world of Morningstar is very believable. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy action stories featuring military characters and those who like post-apocalyptic fiction. I'm only disappointed it is over.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Christopher
    Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
    6/12/11
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    "Loved it"

    What can I say, absolutely loved it and found myself listening to my Ipod at every oppurtunity I got and was written and narrated wonderfuly. This is the second installment and cant wait for the third and final one to be released 'Survivours'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    Ealing, United Kingdom
    5/21/11
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    "Loved it"

    Gripping, enthralling, fantastic! Narrator really adds to the story and you care so much about the characters. Genuinely scary in parts - pretty much the perfect Zombie book. I was devasted to learn that the author sadly passed away before he could finish the third in the trilogy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ewa
    London, United Kingdom
    10/10/10
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    "zombie gold"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narration was seamless and unobstrusive, building tension gradually. I really hope that the final instalment is published by his family, as all zombie sagas require redemption. It's terribly sad that the author died so young.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mickey
    Edinburgh, Midlothian, United Kingdom
    10/6/10
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    "GreatBookShameThereProbablyWon'tBeANextPart"

    I really enjoyed this book, but it did leave the story open at a crucial time. Problem is that the author has passed away recently. I'm not saying not to get these books, quite the opposite, just that the story will probably remain incomplete.

    My condolences to the mans family and friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    hambledon, surrey, United Kingdom
    7/19/10
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    "Thunder and Ashes"

    Just cannot wait to get the final story in the trilogy. It was brilliantly written and highly imaginative

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kerry
    Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
    11/20/09
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    "Brilliant"

    An excellent story which left me dying for the next part! It was literally killing me wiating for my next credits to arrive!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Verwood, Dorset, United Kingdom
    11/7/09
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    "Another sprinter"

    The sequel to Plague Of The Dead. This book continues right from where the last book ended No gaps in time that the reader has to guess about.

    This is as well written and enjoyable as the original Morningstar Strain book. Again the story focuses in two places and I think the split works just great. You get plenty about each group and lots of action and adventure along the way. I was driving along shouting encouragement or wincing with anticipation.

    As for the ending... well you must listen for yourself.

    I am hoping it won't be too long before Audible has the next part ready for download. Hoo-arr!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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