Thunder and Ashes (Morningstar Strain #2)
SCATTERED ACROSS THE WORLD, EMBATTLED GROUPS HAVE PERSEVER ...more
Sherman has new problems not limited to zombies. Supplies are low and hard to come by, and gangs of ...more
The execution is sophomoric. The characters are almost strictly stereotypes, the tension vehicles are overplayed, and there is no worry that the good guys will win out. No sense that this couldn't be a Hollywood script.
Still, I found it easier to finish than Brian Keene's _The Rising_, which reads as the work of a man who wants to hurt women and make money with ...more
Unfortunately I didn't feel the same about Thunder and Ashes. Firstly, Recht's prose came across like a fan-boy describing his Call-of-Duty gameplay. Where Plague had skilful plainspeak, Thunder and Ashes, came across as an early draft of a good manuscript with lots of lazy 'tell' expo ...more
I gave this book five stars because I love it. It has a story ...more
The first group are former soldiers from the U.S.S. Ramage: Krueger, Keaton, Thomas, Wilson, Brewster and former General Sherman. Also with them are Mbutu, Ron, Katie, Rebecca (a nurse), Jack and Mitsui (both former general contractors with the latter speaking Japanese only), and Denton, a photographer.
The second group cons ...more
I read this book over the summer. It is the second book in the Morningstar Strain series. It involves General Sherman's group traveling to Omaha, Nebraska. In this book, the group encounters raiders, other survivors and more zombies then the first book. The second group in the book is Ex-CIA Agent Mason's group, with 3 survivors, a doctor and a news reporter. They plan to meet up in Omaha, and eventually they do.
I really enjoyed this book. I feel it was the best one so far, Recht did a great job...more
Finished it today at the gym (Recht's audio books seem queerly good to work out to) and on the whole I wasn't disappointed.
Firstly, don't get me wrong - I wasn't looking for epic literature listening to these books, and if that's what you're hoping for, well, why are you listening to or reading a zombie novel? "Thunder and Ashes", as with "Plague of ...more
In a different book the pacing might have seemed too frantic, but in this book the frenetic pace is perfect. The world is devastated, and the groups of survivors we are following have what's left of the world to lose so the hurrying fits beautifully to keep the reader on edge.
There are ...more
The first book in the series, Plague of the Dead, is very much about establishing the characters, the virology and the collapse of t ...more
The Plot: This is the second book in the Morningstar Strain trilogy. I haven't read the first one, but I didn't feel lost at all. This book follows a couple different groups of people as they're making their way to a research facility to hopefully find a vaccine for the zombie virus that is taking over the world. The story is very fast-paced with tons of action and fighting scenes. It seems like the author knew his stuff when it comes ...more
This book is the best zombie movie never made. This book introduces a lot more action and a faster pace than the first, but that doesn’t mean it’s just a mindless summer blockbuster of a book. The characters continue to grow on you, and old favorites as well as new friends are fleshed out and developed beyond the two-dimensional cannon fodder so common in the genre.
The Morningstar Strain continues to become one of the best a ...more
Thunder and Ashes is the follow up book to Plague of the Dead. You don’t need to read book one in order to figure out what is going on.
Z.A. Recht was a brilliant author. He gave life to his characters and the story moved smoothly, even though the chapters do jump back & forth between different survivor groups. He was very adept at doing something most zombie & horror writers fail miserably at - his characters (especially his military ones) are real. They aren't just jackbooted thugs out to rape & murder & pillage the world as it dies & r ...more
The book picks up after the first one left off, getting straight to action. In fact, this book does not lack for action at all. It's all fast-paced, suspenseful and well ...more
I am saddened to hear that Z.A. Recht passed away in 2009. This is an author whose intrinsic sense of story telling was spot on. Thunder and Ashes picks up right where Plague of the Dead left off. A small group of survivors continue their pilgrimage to a secret government facility which may h ...more
The only unfortunate thing about it is that Z.A. Recht died before he could finish the 3rd and final book so the story is kinda left in limbo. There has been some talk about other authors that were friends of his finishing it, but as of yet that has not happened.
Even though I loved and would definit ...more