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Preview — Plague of the Dead by Z.A. Recht
Plague of the Dead (Morningstar Strain #1)
On one side of the world, thousands of mil ...more
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."
Plague of the Dead is such a fun book - if you can call the downfall of mankind fun, which I can as it's just fiction... 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, a ...more
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 ...more
Plague of the Dead is a decent book one in a typical post apocalyptic zombie world. 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.
""He's a zombie," breathed Julie.
" I suppose by definition he would be," Anna said. "But we at USAMRIID don't use sci-fi terms. We prefer to call him a
Deceased ambulatory viral host."
Hah even in death we have to be PC!
No explanations to the virus are ...more
"Monster Island"...uh, NO (see my review for details).
"Feed" - LOVED IT! (see my review for details).
"Forest of Hands and Teeth" - Did not love, but I am still thinking about it(see my review for details).
And now, "Plague of the Dead".
This has the most action since "World War Z". The book starts in Setember 2006 with a few emails from two of t ...more
The writing is weak ...more
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 ...more
This is pretty standard stuff. A virus code named Morningstar breaks out in Africa and *gasp* brings the dead back to life with a taste for the living. Efforts at containment fail and soon the entire pla ...more
In summary this book is a perfect example of genre exploitation.
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OK, so here's the thing about the zombie apocalypse: I have pretty much decided I am a goner when it happens. I can't shoot a gun, or a bow. I can't change a tire, especially if there were a group of the undead approaching. I don't have more than a few cans of soup and some bottles stored in my basement. (Yowza! I could get by for a week at least!) Heck, I couldn't even survive the R ...more
The late Zachary Recht died in December of 2009 at the age of twenty-six, leaving behind roughly half of the final book in the Morningstar Strain trilogy. Word on the street is that it will eventually be fleshed out by another author and released by Permuted, with the blessings of Recht's family. Good news indeed, as the Morningstar Strain books are quite a surprise, if you're not familiar with Permuted stuff. A number ...more
Is the only way to write a zombie story to have the characters be brain damaged?(not talking about the zombie characters either). is there no other way to get to the zombies taking over?
as an example... (view spoiler)[the military using its satellites, spots a lone truck trying to escape dragging a horde along behind it.
So they wait till the truck ...more
_Plague_ has some strong characters and some pretty awesome moments. You got to love a book where a soldier, already bitten and therefore terminal, hangs on to his grenade unt ...more
Plague of the Dead was the second book I read this summer. The sequel is Thunder and Ashes. This book explains how the zombie virus starts, and how people reacted to it. Major cities were bombed, and America tried to keep the virus out of the country. It all started in Africa, then to Australia and eventually America. That's when the panic started, and major cities were bombed. General Sherman and his surviving group from Africa and partly America were on a boat coming back to America as the pla...more
What a fun read. I love zombie books.
I must say, though, I do NOT like fast zombies. I like my zombies slow and shambling. I don't like a war cry, chase and attack. Let me limp my sorry ass away and hide. I would be too mentally fluffed-up to flat-out, sprint away.
We have 2 groups of survivors to think about in this story, and I really hope they meet up. Each trying to survive and figure out how to stop this plague. I think it is too late for that. Maybe, they should just hope to find a ...more
Plague of the De ...more
(view spoiler)[I seriously wish that authors needing an "all-powerful black ops organization within the US government" would stop using the NSA. The NSA, despite its fearsome name and recent media ...more
Mr. Recht elegantly melds the infamous "fast versus slow" schools of zombie thought into one... and it is glorious. Unfortunately, the good stuff is buried 6 feet under the layers of cliché-ridden characters, uninspired encounters, and glaring plot holes.
Plague of the Dead definitely has enough meat on its bones to get me excited for the second novel in the trilogy. We'll see how it holds up!
Half the story follows a US military company (as in group size, not a corporation) trying to hold the line against the infected while the rest shadows a USAMRID scientist who specializes in the Morningstar strain and the reporter who wants to break the story.