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Plague of the Dead Audiobook

Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth.

When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic. In one fell swoop, the necessities of life become much more basic. Gone are petty everyday concerns. Gone are the amenities of civilized life. Yet a single law of nature remains: Live, or die. Kill, or be killed. On one side of the world, a battle-hardened General surveys the remnants of his command: a young medic, a veteran photographer, a brash Private, and dozens of refugees, all are his responsibility-all thousands of miles from home. Back in the United States, an Army Colonel discovers the darker side of Morningstar virus and begins to collaborate with a well-known journalist to leak the information to the public...The Morningstar Saga has begun.

©2006 Z.A. Recht; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Marla Balla South Gulf Cove, Florida 08-28-12
    Marla Balla South Gulf Cove, Florida 08-28-12 Member Since 2010

    I grew up with books....not television.

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    "A good "military based" zombie read"

    This is your typical zombie story told from a military perspective. It did take me a few chapters to thoroughly get into the story - but then I started to bond with the characters. There isn't a whole lot of interaction with the zombies on a close combat scenario - mostly military tactics and warfare. It was good enough though to check out the 2nd installment. So I will!

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    Mike Naka 06-30-12
    Mike Naka 06-30-12 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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    "pretty good start to a series"
    Any additional comments?

    this series presents a fuller story, from the first cases of the infected and the initial responses to the spread across the globe. the story initially focuses on two groups of survivors- a group of soldiers and a group consisting other survivors. i won't reveal much about them so as to not spoil anything. i've enjoyed the different accounts of survival from the different groups.<br/><br/>1st half of the book is kind of slow as the plot builds and the author develops the characters. there is a good cast of characters. they are believable. the author does a good job of rotating the characters and the action going on around them. <br/><br/>i've read a few different zombie books, and this story has its own, unique zombie slant. imagine a combination of 28 days later and return of the living dead.<br/><br/>i've enjoyed the series. after i finished the 1st book, i was invested enough in the story and characters to want to pick up the second book. i'm on the 3rd book, and they've been a good investment in time. The second book is better than the first and so far book 3 is as good as the second.<br/><br/>i must say there is one thing that annoyed me- how stupid the world's militaries are in the beginning. i can't believe that such a strategic area wasn't better defended. that is the weakest plot point. ah-well, it reminded me of the battle of yonkers from world war z.<br/><br/>if you've already read/listened to day by day armmageddon, the infection, we're alive, world war z, and zombie fallout and you're looking for another zombie series, then this one's pretty good.<br/>

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    lucas Monroe, WA, United States 04-17-12
    lucas Monroe, WA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book"

    I love zombie books and this is my favorite so far . Good story and likable characters makes you laugh and keeps you engaged cant wait for next one

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    Gregory Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-20-12
    Gregory Brooklyn, NY, United States 03-20-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Awesome"

    Finished my 4th listening. Such a great story. Every time new details and deeper understanding of whats going on. Plus reader was just great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Josh 03-05-12
    Josh 03-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're into Zombies, you will LOVE these books. I can't wait for the 3rd book.


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    a Dahinda, IL, United States 02-27-12
    a Dahinda, IL, United States 02-27-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great listen"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plague of the Dead?

    The fight at the docks as the survivors are trying to find boats to escape.


    Any additional comments?

    Very tense, very quick listen. I listened to the whole thing in a weekend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Bundaberg, Australia 02-18-12
    John Bundaberg, Australia 02-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Top zombie stuff"
    What did you love best about Plague of the Dead?

    Start from first book. Great zombie book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doctor


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very talented.


    If you could take any character from Plague of the Dead out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The immune guy, cause u could save the world, and get to kill heaps of zombies with out risk of infection.


    Any additional comments?

    Top book.

    1 of 1 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 Member Since 2016

    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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    "Perfect for any Zombie fan"
    If you could sum up Plague of the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Please don't end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plague of the Dead?

    the autopsy of the zombies. classic zombie fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    my favorite scene would have to be the big battle scene with the zombies.


    Who was the most memorable character of Plague of the Dead and why?

    every story is unique and amazing. i think i would chose eather agent mason or the general. . . . . im not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    keep um comin

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    Scott Simons Central Ca. 10-27-11
    Scott Simons Central Ca. 10-27-11 Member Since 2008

    Scott S.

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    "Scary and fun."

    Plague Of The Dead is a combo zombie military strategy book with a good story to keep it moving. Having done some time in the army, I enjoyed this books view of the end of the world through the eyes of the soldiers fighting the zombies. I also liked that the zombies could run and displayed at least some sense of intelligence, not just shambling around mindless.

    Good first book of the trilogy. I enjoyed it.

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    Paul United States 10-24-11
    Paul United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved both books"

    This is a well writhen and well delivered book. The characters are likeable and to plot flows smoothly. The only drawback is that book 3 was not completed. The books are good enough to lesson to on there own but I would have loved to hear the completion of the story line.

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  • Darren - UK
    2/4/15
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    "Standard zombie apocalypse, unoriginal but good."

    There's nothing here that's new or original, but it's a good read and I really enjoyed it.

    Good audio quality and excellent narration

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  • Peteworrall
    Grimsby, UK
    12/3/12
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    "Great zombie epic"

    This book (and the second and third books in the series (Thunder and Ashes, and Survivors)) is a really great zombie epic, charting the trials and tribulations of a various survivors with interlocking story-lines. Spanning the course of about six months after case 'zero' - the first recorded human infection - this story documents how the world fell apart, and how the survivors worked toward finding a cure. Well worth a listen. It is packed with action, emotion and, of course, zombies! This has a very real feel to it, and is not like others I have listened to which felt amateur. This is clearly written by a pro.

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  • Holdonfordearlife...
    United Kingdom
    1/7/12
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    "Couldn't stop listening ! Action packed, !"

    This book kept me with earphone's on none stop, great zombie book, tense, nail biting but even funny,
    Very sad to hear that the writer died in his earlie 20's, he did a book 2 which I'm looking forward to hearing but not sure of book 3?
    I would recommend this audio release.
    "O Haa !!" As soilders say

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  • james
    ambleside, United Kingdom
    11/20/11
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    "oh zombies"

    first 5 mins is proper boring but as soon as they get into it gripping cant wait till my next credit to get the next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Trevor
    london, United Kingdom
    11/12/11
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    "Disappointing and overrated"

    I bought this book based on its high rating - big mistake.

    This book was very predictable, and full of scenes which feel like they were lifted right out of a bad hollywood action movie - a man throwing down his gun to have a fist fight with his enemy (the last time I saw that was in Team America!).

    I did not find the story exciting, scary, or even that interesting. This wasn't helped by the narration which was unintentionally amusing more often than not - which kind of defeated any attempt to build tension.

    There are better zombie, and horror stories out there.

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  • sean
    WREXHAM, United Kingdom
    9/7/11
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    "Brilliant zombie horror."

    Love this audio book. The narration is superb, the writing is superb, I highly recommend anyone who likes a horror novel should download this. The story isn't completely original but it can't be because of the genre. It's the first book in a trilogy and second book is even better. Unfortunately the author died before the third book was released, which is devastating because this guy is super talented. (although there is talk of the third book will get released). R.I.P Z.A. Recht.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kerry
    Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
    11/20/09
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    "Excellent - highly recommend"

    A brilliant follow up to the fist part! This literally is a page turner, I find myself counting down the hours till I can listen again! If you like Zombies this book is for you! Alternatively if you like survival stories this is for you.

    Excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Verwood, Dorset, United Kingdom
    11/7/09
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    "This one is a spinter"

    I downloaded this book on a whim. I had never heard of the author, nor the title but decided to give it a whirl. I must say I am impressed. The story is not too far fetched and have several notes of truth about it. I like the characters and the pace at which they were introduced, although the first 30 minutes were a bit slow. I am delighted to have listened on as I would have missed a treat.

    The narration is clear, well paced and consistent. No speed changes or obvious pauses in the reading. The characters are easy to spot and some of the 'voices' really give a flavour of the character in question.

    I recommend this book and since I have just finished the sequel, suggest you get that one as well. (Thunder & Ashes)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Giles
    Portesham, United Kingdom
    4/21/12
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    "Just Awful"

    I've never read anything as annoyingly awful a this trash. The 1 dimensional characters are so agonizingly cliched and utterly hateful I was just praying for them to be eaten but unfortunately they weren't - roll on sequel - uurrrrggh!
    Do Not Waste A Credit!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    hambledon, surrey, United Kingdom
    7/19/10
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    "Plague of the Dead"

    Excellent want to hear more

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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