Recht ,. Bowie V. Ibarra Goodreads Author Introduction. 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. 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 The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. 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.
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Morningstar Strain 1. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Plague of the Dead , please sign up. Is there a main character and if so is the character male or female? Dmoonen Lots of characters.
Several main, both male and female. I didn't feel like anything was implausible. It got my book-snob …more Lots of characters. It got my book-snob mother hooked on the zombie genre. See 1 question about Plague of the Dead…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Thanks to the blue sky I have finished this piece of junk!!! I am so sorry, I just could not like this story as much as I tried; this zombie story fall flat!!! Why are there so many good reviews on this book? I mean here is the main reason: 1.
The characters know that a bite, blood, fluid or scratch would get them infected-but no one thinks to put on leather, extra layers or anything to protect their skin!!! So, they were basically saying- "Look at me zombie; I am a walking fried chicken leg. The characters language, mostly Brewster is so annoying that I had to stop reading several times to relax my jaw muscle from clenching so hard.
This guy is super annoying and should have got killed off soon. He put a lot of people in danger with his stupid ass suggestions to Sherman. And for Sherman to even consider this loser advice is beyond me. The author kills off character that are likable and that you want to live to fight another day.
Why keep making body shoots? When all you have to do is make one good head shot!!! The over use of the military terms and military language is a major turn off. Just think about it, if an outbreak really happened; the 1st place to go would be the areas most crowded and therefore the authors logic of the military lasting as long as it has in this book in illogical.
Therefore, this book in one of the waste books I have ever read View 2 comments. Mar 31, Michelle Morrell rated it it was ok Shelves: i-own , zombies , x-read A military-focused view of the zombie apocalypse. While, were this a real apocalypse, I'd arrow straight for the guys with the military grade weapons, it's not my favorite to read. Lots of machismo and "don't you want to touch my shiny guns?? Jul 08, Doug Lewis rated it it was ok Shelves: zombie-stuff. But unfortunately, not a whole lot else has great merit. The characters are all cookie-cutter. Also - some of the pop-culture references seem very out of place such as "it looked like somewhere OK Also - some of the pop-culture references seem very out of place such as "it looked like somewhere that rejected props from tim burton movies went to die" - Yes, i get what that means..
Also, complicating the issue of under-differentiated characterization is the fact that half of the main characters have very similar-sounding names. Some other things just done mesh either.. And lets not get into under-researched world geography. View all 4 comments. Mar 20, Andy rated it really liked it. I had a discussion with my wife about what constitutes a zombie story. Plague of the Dead seems to be more of a virus story. The strain hits, turns people into mindless, seemingly soulless, infected "carriers", but for all intents and purposes, they are still alive.
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However, when the "carriers" are killed, they turn into the living dead because they rise and continue on in the attempt to get some food, namely you and me. So I would venture a change of the genre to something like infection novels I had a discussion with my wife about what constitutes a zombie story. So I would venture a change of the genre to something like infection novels. A couple of things that Recht does nicely though are these: He distinguishes between the infected and the dead.
The characters refer to the infected as "sprinters", because they are still alive and muscles and what not are functionally normally aside from the fact the attack and try to eat you , and "shamblers" because they are the dead and obviously their muscles have stopped working properly, mostly due to the fact that higher brain functions are obsolete. The other aspect that I really enjoyed was when Stiles had to go into town to seek out equipment from the sporting goods store. That was the most intense scene in the novel. The set up in pretty intriguing and the overall feel of the novel is scary and sort of unnerving as I found myself wondering about the possibilities of something like this really happening.
That would freak me out, but I think I could survive. View 1 comment. This book has all the elements I love in zombie fiction; lots of zombies, great characters and an absorbing storyline. The writing is very smooth - nice and easy to read, great description and imagination. Recht also uses both types of zombie: the fast '28 Days Later' kind, and the shuffling, slow 'Night of the Living Dead' kind.
And there are lots of them, thousands i 3. And there are lots of them, thousands in fact all running and shuffling their way through humanity. There are many characters in this book and it changes point of view numerous times. Normally this would annoy me but I really enjoyed it. It was interesting to see the crumbling world through the eyes of such different people ranging from a soldier and a journalist to a photographer and a doctor.
The other aspect to characterisation I usually have to have is depth, if a character has no back story or substance then I can lose interest pretty quickly, but although the characters in Plague of the Dead weren't written about in any depth, it didn't prevent me from enjoying the book. This is quite unusual, but I felt it was because the story in general is a really fast-paced read and didn't drag. The tension builds as the characters begin to hear snippets of the disease spreading. I also felt the writing was quite sophisticated compared to other zombie fiction I've read in the past and it was actually very refreshing.
There are a lot of the typical tropes found in zombie fiction but Recht was a little different in his approach to his characters, especially the women. The female protagonists are strong, independent and completely capable of their own survival. At one point they were being tortured for information and one of them refused to give it opting to take the torture instead.
I enjoyed reading about them and not once did I roll my eyes in annoyance or frustration. My only complaint is that as with most horror novels I read I find myself knowing what is about to happen, but I'm like that with movies too, I'm very difficult to surprise. Also, this zombie horror didn't affect me as other books have - there were no nightmares, no skin prickling, but it was still a very good read all the same.
Sadly Z. Recht passed away Dec - a great loss to zombie fiction. I've said before that Jonathan Maberry is responsible for my zombie obsession, but what I don't think I have spoken about before is that Z.
Recht's The Morningstar Strain series cemented my love for the undead. As soon as I had finished Maberry's Patient Zero, I went on a hunt for another zombie book, and the first one that I picked up was Plague of the Dead, way back in In preparation of reading the final book in the series, I decided to go back and read the first two books again, even I've said before that Jonathan Maberry is responsible for my zombie obsession, but what I don't think I have spoken about before is that Z.
In preparation of reading the final book in the series, I decided to go back and read the first two books again, even though re-reading makes me nervous as hell. Published before every author and his dog had a stab at writing a zombie book, Plague of the Dead captures every single thing about zombie books that I love - it starts with a bang and doesn't let up all the way through. The plot itself is fairly straightforward, but what I love about this series is the amount of time put into building a plausible cause for the virus - and the fact there are two types of zombies - the carriers who transmit the virus without mercy and the true zombies - those that have died from the virus and re-animated, making for double danger and some pretty gruesome scenes.
There is a huge amount of focus on the collapse of the world - rather than just everything falling apart within a matter of days, the path of the virus is more closely tracked and explained, and although it is a gradual fall, the pace escalates along with the impact. There are a bunch of varied characters, mostly focused around the military, but some civilians and medicos thrown in for good measure, and in Plague of the Dead, a lot of focus is put on the key characters and all of them are individual and realistic. One thing that I particularly enjoyed is that characters make mistakes that had me almost yelling at the book - all too often in apocalyptic stories the characters are either faultless or just plain stupid, whereas in Plague of the Dead the mistakes they make are driven by emotions which makes them very realistic.
I'm very glad I went back and read Plague of the Dead again - I was worried that time had put this book on a pedestal, but it was just as scary, intense and captivating as I remembered it to be - a book that should be a zombie classic. Read more of my reviews at The Aussie Zombie Nov 05, Patrick D'Orazio rated it it was amazing. I am more interested in character development than I am in raw visceral appeal that is related to the horror in horror novels. Give me some folks to root for and I will read with baited breath every last bit of their stories.
Sad when they died, thrilled when they live. Don't get me wrong, the raw fear and emotions, the violence and excitement of a zombie tale are what makes them appealing. It is just that without the first element listed above, the story is nothing more than just a gory bloodba I am more interested in character development than I am in raw visceral appeal that is related to the horror in horror novels.
It is just that without the first element listed above, the story is nothing more than just a gory bloodbath that has little to no meaning to it. This story has a good handle on both areas fortunately and keeps you entertained at every turn. Recht has spun a tale worth reading for both zombie enthusiasts and those who enjoy thrillers in general. Two seperate stories are told here, one of the military troops stationed in Africa and the Middle-East attempting to contain a new strain of virus which has infected millions.
The other part of the story is of a government doctor working desperately to try and understand the virus and hopefully find a cure for it. Morningstar is not your simple zombie virus; the dead do walk, for certain, but the living who are infected are also a menace. The virus and its impact is well thought out, plausible, and quite interesting. Our two main characters, Lt. We return to their correspondence in the early stages of the book to further develop the tale but much of the book is of their actual experiences. General Sherman must face off against the plague with his troops on land and later at sea, trying desperately to get back home to the U.
Anna is fighting her own battles with the government as well as the virus in a laboratory environment. The virus is spreading globally but the government wants to keep the public unaware that it has reached our shores or that any of them are in danger. Both sides of the tale are intriguing and have some good, solid action sequences. Recht did an excellent job of researching viruses-how they spread, past history with them, etc. He also has a solid understanding of the military and the hardware they use. Even more importantly, he gives us compelling characters in a well written story.
This is an excellent first chapter in what I believe will be a trilogy of books on the Morning Star Virus. This book goes on my list as a "must read" for enthusiasts of Zombie fiction. There are plenty of zombie books out there, ranging from some really bad fan fiction to top quality stuff that matches up with any other horror writing. This is one of those top notch ones that I heartily recommend. Jul 28, Evie rated it it was amazing. I'm hesitant to write a review for this book.
I loved the book, but I'm loathe to trip through a review. My reviews tend to either read like book reports which no one wants to read or off target rambling which no one should read. Despite that, I had to drop a few lines of praise into my 5 star review here. This book is incredible.
It's hard to do something new in the zombie apocalypse genre, and this book isn't anything vastly different from what's out there already. However, I do love the wa I'm hesitant to write a review for this book. However, I do love the way the author moves effortlessly between the stories of the survivors. It's rarely this seamless.
And I love that it takes you from the beginning of the outbreak and shows how the government screws the pooch on first controlling the outbreak and then containing it. It's easy to imagine this scenario playing out with our government. Even as the Morningstar virus begins to spread exponentially government officials are hell bent on suppressing information about the outbreak. You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to know, if the zombie apocalypse ever does come shambling along no sprinting, kthx , that's exactly how our government is going to play it.
I really found this book to be a remarkable read, with amazing, well developed characters. I recommend this to anyone who loves horror fiction, zombies, apocalypse fiction or fans of dystopian-type worlds. It really is a fun read and I can't wait to crack the cover on the second in the series Thunder and Ashes I watched the trailer for the new AMC series, "The Walking Dead", and couldn't wait until Halloween night to get my zombie on, so I'm on a bit of a bender.
And now, "Plague of the Dead". This has the most action since "World War Z". The book starts in Setember with a few emails from two of t I watched the trailer for the new AMC series, "The Walking Dead", and couldn't wait until Halloween night to get my zombie on, so I'm on a bit of a bender. The book starts in Setember with a few emails from two of the main characters, Anna Demilio, a military virologist, and General Sherman.
They converse in hypotheticals about this Morningstar virus, and what it could do, how fast it could spread, etc. In December about 40 pages in , is the first real world Morningstar case, and the book covers the next 60 days, at which point the world is in smoking, zombie-filled ruins. If you want good, solid, zombie-killing action - here's your winner. Basic archetype characters, no one to really put on my favorites list, but that's OK. I went in for the zombies anyway. This book has infected, or carriers, like 28 Days Later - meaning they are fast, and the blood is toxic. They are still alive, but not self aware.
They can be killed like any human, but unless you got the head - they reanimate into your classic, shambler, zombie. I complained to my husband about Morningstar being a stupid name for a zombie virus - then he explained like he was speaking to a toddler that a morningstar is a big, pointy mace used for blugeoning a person's brains out. Fast, fun read - and there are more. I could be wrong, but I thought I saw a 7 on the computer screen as I was looking over the shoulder of the gal at the bookstore this book was in the Lit section, just down the row from Nicholas Sparks, can I get a WTF?
This book has much the same feel that The Autumn series by David Moody, but lacks the emotional impact that is delivered by the characters of that series.
We prefer to call him a Deceased ambulatory viral host. No explanations to the virus are 3 Stars Plague of the Dead is a decent book one in a typical post apocalyptic zombie world. No explanations to the virus are given other than it happens in Africa, and monkeys may have been involved. This novel plays out like a military book, where planning and coordinating on how to survive, to rescue, and to move forward are the major plot points. The undead zombies are your typical come in two flavors. One, the classic slow moving shambler, and two the fast paced runner. The line splitting the two has an interesting twist.
In this book the living when infected will succumb to the virus and become "Carriers", they will be runners, and they will technically still be alive. That is why they are so much more coordinated and can run. These carriers can be killed like any normal person, to then only rise again as an undead shuffler. A fast enjoyable zombie book that is good enough for me to recommend and to also move on to book number two. May 08, Patrick rated it did not like it Shelves: zombies.
I wanted to like this book, but was never able to like all, or even most, of it. Between a ton of really obnoxious characters, a general lack of knowledge about the military, and horrible dialogue there is a lot that makes this a below average novel. It starts strong, but the middle is a chore to get through. The characters keep making clueless and stupid choices. No one thinks about saving ammo, or to take heavy equipment with them. They also run around acting like B-grade action movie character I wanted to like this book, but was never able to like all, or even most, of it.
They also run around acting like B-grade action movie characters. At one point a character challenges his former partner into a duel, while zombies and a SWAT team are attacking the house. I mean, really? The military knowledge also seems to come from action movies and Call of Duty.
Every single military character is overwrought and un-military. He gets the weapons, jargon, and just about everything else wrong. It kept grating at me all book. A fairly forgettable book in the slew of zombie books. Mar 22, Joanie rated it did not like it. Possibly the worst zombie book in the entire world. The book is written in an extremely annoying style, consisting of a constant narration of what people said and did.
He said, 'This has to end. He waved. He left the room. Jun 13, C. Bella rated it it was amazing. Obsolutely action packed,engagin,weel-written. What a great story! I grabbed this on a whim at the library. I knew nothing about this book at it was my first ever zombie novel.
A perfect blend of action and survival with a side-serving of zombie horror. A new virus strain has been discovered, called Morningstar. While scientists meddle in making new discoveries, a few people are soon infected. While nothing is amiss at first, the virus slowly works through it's victims. The strain is very contagious. A bite or scratch is guaranteed to infect What a great story! A bite or scratch is guaranteed to infect you. They touch your blood and you are screwed. But their blood and bodily fluid touching your skin can be just as bad This virus will spread through any contact it can.
This book focuses on that spread. How it could travel and effect the whole world. The concept is quite disturbing since it would make sense. Yet when it finally mutates, the infected go a bit attack crazy. Chaos ensues! One thing I loved in this book was the types of infected. You had carriers who have had contact but are otherwise still normal. Once it has gone through it's incubation period, they go crazy are are on virus steroids or something. These are referred to as 'Sprinters. They sound the alarms to other zombies and will chase you down!
Once an infected dies, they rise again. These are referred to as 'shamblers. Can sneak up right behind you but if spotted at a distance you might be okay. My guess it its the rigor mortis kicking in that slows them down. The problems are you have to kill the infected twice! They will track and chase you for miles. While recording the stories of men, women, and children, Brooks reveals what a zombie apocalypse might just do to humanity.
When I first saw this book on the shelves, I wasn't sure what to think. It this yet another cheesy Pride and Prejudice parody that I'll read and be disappointed by? Thankfully, that certainly wasn't the case. If you haven't read this amazing, kickass version of a classic romantic tale , I urge you to fix that immediately.
The women in this story show their independence and willpower by killing off zombies and looking awesome while doing so. It's a fun read, and it also earns a spot as a fantastic zombie story. After curing cancer, the common cold, and many other medical triumphs, humanity is facing something new and terrible, something that can't be stopped.
As the zombie virus spreads, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the hunt to discover where this illness came from, and how to stop it. It's a modern version of the zombie tale , and has an ending that will truly shatter your heart to pieces. When dead teenagers are no longer staying dead, the administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming to students who are no longer breathing. But that doesn't fly with everyone, and the undead certainly aren't acting the way they did while alive.
This YA series has all the high school drama, romance, and zombie struggles you could ever hope for. Angel Crawford doesn't have much going for her, and living with her alcoholic deadbeat of a father isn't helping. But when she overdoses on pain killers and ends up in a hospital, she wakes up as a new person After receiving an odd job invitation at the morgue, she realizes she can't say no, and she begins her life solving crimes and mysteries, all while trying to stay alive but knowing that eating brains is oh-so-wrong.
Andy Warner is a recently deceased human and a sparkling new zombie. His family and friends don't really understand his new existence. When he attends his first Undead Anonymous meeting, things begin to dramatically change for him: he meets a sexy undead women, and he learns the joys of human flesh. This book is full of dark comedy, gory scenes, and surprisingly heartwarming moments. Speaking of gore, Sophie Littlefeild specializes in bloody scenes in her zombie series.
Cass wakes up and realizes that her daughter, Ruthie has vanished along with most people in the world. She sets out to find her daughter in a world inhabited by Beaters, humans turned hungry for human flesh. All of the "developed" nations of the world have collapsed due to a zombie illness, but a group of survivors have managed to hang on to life in the streets of New York City. They think they're prepared for anything, but they have no idea what they're truly up against. Yes, this is a serious zombie novel , and yes, you will love the heck out of it.
Who doesn't love a good zombie love story? But when 'R' meets Julie, a human girl who suddenly brings a palette of color into his dull world, he finds himself changing