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When there is an industrial accident, some of the Morningstar Strain is actually released. The doctor who discovered the strain and her assistant will have to fight their way through Sprinters and Shamblers to save themselves, the vaccine, and the base. Then they discover that it wasn't an accident at all - somebody inside the facility did it on purpose. The war with the RSA and the infected is far from over.

©2016 Brad Munson (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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A long time between drinks on this one

It has been a long time between drinks with this series. The last in the series was released in 2012. I am lucky to remember what day it is, let alone the details of a zombie story I listened to 5 years ago. Since then I have listened to 242 other zombie titles. So it was definitely going to be a mighty effort to get back into the swing of things with this one.

I’ll start off with the things I liked about this one. The narration was good and only needed to be sped up to 1.25x speed. This in turn meant that the $/per hour ratio was good. The story in itself is standalone, so if you are worried about it being such a long time between drinks. Don’t worry, it does reveal enough about what has happened for it to make sense. Another factor I enjoyed was the lack of descriptive sex/rape scenes which seem to be in so many end of the world titles these days. In fact not a lot of swearing in this one… well not that I noticed, I am sure there was some, but it wasn’t over the top.

Ok now onto the things which I thought ‘meh’ about (by the way I saying ‘meh’ to appear cool to my kids, so please don’t hold that against me). The character development of some of the newer people injected into the story just seemed strange. I mean if someone who is critical to the story is mad… I want to know why and even the how. Actually, I thought if things were just a little bit more expanded in terms of character development this one could easily have grown into another book in the series. I got the feeling that the author was glad to get this one out and done with. Which in my view was ashamed because I did like it. But after reading my reviews for the previous in the series I suspect I liked those earlier one’s more!

I just read that the original author had died. I’m not sure if that is true, but if it is, it certainly explains a lot.

Would I buy another title by Brad Munson? Yes you bet!
Would I listen to another title narrated by Oliver Wyman? Certainly?
Was this the best conclusion to the series? Probably not. But I enjoyed it nonetheless and you can’t ask for much more than that!

11 of 17 people found this review helpful

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so very worth the wait

I've hoped that this book would be written and made in to an audible and the wyman would continue the narration after the untimely dead of the original author I did not think the story would continue Brad Munson you have done the story proud and I felt like you pick up right were it should and you hit a home run very happy not sure if it goes on from here but would be cool if it did

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Just... couldn't do it

What would have made Healers better?

I loved the first two books, and while the third book had some major flaws (due to the author changing), it was overall OK. When I saw this book pop up on my list, I had really high hopes. Instead, it felt just hollow. A lot of characters come in that I just simply don't care about, the scenes just seem to drag on, and it's moved from a zombie apocalypse story to being more about the conflict between people. I don't want reminders of the real life political issues facing our world today, I want to see people banding together to fight against a zombie plague... I want the human conflicts to be against warlords and rebels, not against organized governments and "we don't believe your science" groups.

I made it about half way through before I just couldn't keep going. I had to stop.

As for the writing, it "literally" felt like a college writing student did it. I say that because of the frequent use of the word "literally" just made me cringe.

Any additional comments?

If you liked the first two, and hoped this one would bring back their charm after the third book, be wary of disappointment.

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  • Rob H
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • 11-17-17

Back on Track… Mostly

The 3rd book was such a disappointment that I hesitated on whether to try this 4th book, but I'm glad I did. Though not as good as the first two books in the series, the writing and plot were more in line with them. Given how much better this 4th book was over the 3rd, I think it would have been better to have rewritten the 3rd book entirely before continuing on to the 4th in the series.

A big part of what was missing were all the characters that made the first 2 books so good. As the ghost writer for the 3rd book killed them off, there was little hope of them returning. Some of the new characters that were decent, but overall the cast lacked the depth the original cast had.

I would probably listen to a 5th book, should there be one, but without a fresh plot and resounding characters, it would suffer from the same as other series, where the story simply drags on, hoping to make a few more bucks from devoted readers/listeners.

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Not worth it

I know it's hard to pick up from the original author but I was very disappointed with this installment.

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disappointed with the last book but still good

things really changed when the main writer died but so enjoyable I definitely had to finish

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Finally!!!!

I've been waiting so long! You did the series and Recht justice Brad. Great work!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful