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Thunder and Ashes (Morningstar Strain #2)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  3,484 ratings  ·  110 reviews
A LOT CAN CHANGE IN THREE MONTHS: Wars can be decided, nations can be forged . . . or entire species can be brought to the brink of annihilation. The Morningstar virus has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. Its hosts rampage; its victims don’t die, but are reborn as cannibalistic shamblers.

SCATTERED ACROSS THE WORLD, EMBATTLED GROUPS HAVE PERSEVER
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ebook, 304 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Gallery Books (first published April 21st 2008)
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Trevor
Jun 06, 2008 Trevor rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zombies!
Shelves: zombies
What I learned: that in Recht's books, people are more terrifying than zombies. Not an original idea, but well executed here. This book does not suffer from the "middle book" syndrome that book-two-out-of-three-in-a-trilogy entries do. The fast pace and constant action of the first book is present here as well. Now the wait for #3 begins!
Thee_ron_clark
Aug 13, 2008 Thee_ron_clark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of zombies and horror in general.
Shelves: zombies
After reading the first book of this series, I felt compelled to find out what happened with the plot and the characters. I expected the sequel to be about the same or possibly worse than the first, but I really enjoyed the concept of 28 Days Later style infected who turn into shambling zombies after being killed. I was pleasantly shocked to find the sequel to be a great improvement from the first in the writing style and in the story. If you've read the first, you need to read this. If you have ...more
Kemper
The good times started by the Morningstar virus in Plague of the Dead just keep on coming. Society has almost completely crumbled worldwide. Francis Sherman is leading the ragtag remnants of a group of soldiers and refugees across the U.S. from the west coast to hopefully meet up with friend and Morningstar expert, Anna Demilio, in Omaha at a research facility where they hope to develop a vaccine.

Sherman has new problems not limited to zombies. Supplies are low and hard to come by, and gangs of
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Daniel Black
Succinctly, Z. A. Recht loves the zombie genre, with a military edge. He has developed some interesting twists on the standard elements.

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
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Patrick D'Orazio
Thunder and Ashes starts out where the first book left off in this trilogy. We have the split story, one of General Sherman and his team of army men and civilians making their way from the west coast towards Omaha, hoping to meet up with Anna Demilio and her much smaller group coming in from the east coast. They are racing towards a facility where they hope to hatch a vacine for the Morningstar virus, the plague that has swept over the world creating two forms of plague victims, one still alive, ...more
T. Edmund
I really enjoyed Plague of the Dead. While not particularly original, Recht demonstrated a genuine talent for action and suspense, and created a vivid zombie scorched earth that made his characters' fear seem real.

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
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Meg Day
Jan 10, 2011 Meg Day rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone who loves Zombie novels and doesnt care about plot
Well as i Reviewed the First book "Plague of the Dead" i felt like that book was lacking and it didn't keep my interest as i thought it might..but i read the second one anyway; "Thunder and ashes". I have to say i definitely enjoyed this book much better than the first i thought that the first book was a lot of explaining and people fighting other people and little Z action, However the second book has a really great mix of both People and Zombie action. I enjoyed how they ran into other people ...more
Andrew Etheridge
This book is the sequel to the first book I did. The story follows the same idea of shadowing the different groups trying to survive. The main objective both groups is to get to Omaha, Nebraska, to find a cure for the ravid virus. Each group going through life threatning issues. At the end of the book the groups finally meet up, but the book quickly ends. The suspenseful ending leaves you hanging for the last final book in the seris.
I gave this book five stars because I love it. It has a story
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Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Three bands of survivors, all working their way to the same place - a research facility in Omaha, Nebraska where a vaccine for the Morningstar virus can possibly be developed.


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
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Clay Tilton
It was so good, that I read it in a day, but kept procrastinating to put this book on Goodreads... I really loved the first book of the series, because it involved two things that are very action packed: the army and zombies. I actually had a date planned out on my calender for when the next book would be released and I went to a bookstore, ran right to the shelf where it was and checked out. This book did not let me down. It had three different stories going on at the same time and each story w ...more
Layth Gadoui

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

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Joe
Thunder and Ashes is a good zombie novel. Set several months after the outbreak of the Morningstar Virus and the first novel Plague of the Dead, Thunder and Ashes follows several groups of survivors as they make their way to Omaha where they expect to find a research facility. On the way they encounter the infected "sprinters" (crazed cannibals like in 28 Days Later), and "shamblers" (the undead version of the aforementioned sprinters), and the bandits that would predictably flourish in such a p ...more
Cameron
The quality did not degrade for this sequel to Plague of the Dead. Recht continued to focus on the strong points from his first book; the challenges of survival and getting around after the zombie apocalypse. This novel also includes a pitched battle between raiders and a settlement of survivors. Bonus points for "Shaun of the Dead" and a few other pop/geek culture references. The ending was definitely set up for a third book and I am very hopeful that Permuted Press and Recht's friends can mana ...more
Ann237
Thunder and Ashes by Z.A. Recht I am so glad that I decided to go ahead and read the second book in the series right away. This one was much better,from start to finish. I am very glad that with the first book where I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue or not, but I'm glad I did! the pick up speed made of taking just a little bit more than what I'm used to, but after it did believe me you were in for quite the ride. In the second book as we continue on the journey with a couple of groups on their way to meet the Military sp ...more
Bridget
I love a good zombie read! I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of this book and I couldn't help but hope for a cure. If you're a fan of Dawn of the Dead or other horror movies, you'll enjoy Thunder & Ashes. I give it four stars.
Dawn Peers
I downloaded the Audible audio book for this hot on the heels of finishing "Plague of the Dead", Recht's first book in the Morningstar Strain series.

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
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L (Sniffly Kitty)
This book reads like a video game. The battles seem like Left 4 Dead in story form. Granted I haven't actually played Left 4 Dead only watched it played so I could be a bit off. Regardless, there's a lot of action.

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
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Kat
I'm always a little wary of the second book in a trilogy, but reading Thunder and Ashes was a bit different than normal. Although The Morningstar Strain is a trilogy, this is the last book in the series fully written by Z.A. Recht (the third one is partly ghost-written) and I've read it several years ago, so I was pretty much aware of what I was getting myself into.

The first book in the series, Plague of the Dead, is very much about establishing the characters, the virology and the collapse of t
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Brenda
Why I read it: Received review copy from Gallery Pocket Books
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
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Mike
Wow! I thought the first book was pretty good, but this one was awesome!

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
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Cheryl
The Morningstar Strain has left just a handful of people unaffected by the strain. The few people that are still living are trying to survive. Two of those people are Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio. Francis and Anna hope to find a cure. In order to do so they will have to survive long enough to find one. It won’t be easy in this zombie infested waste land.

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.

Whi
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Phil
This is the second part of Recht's ongoing Morningstar Strain saga. The first book, Plague of the Dead (2006) was the intro to a slavo of imagery and situational drama and horror that any and every zombie fan will love in this series. The third and final installment, "Survivors" will be out (if not already so) and I will enjoy reading what I hope to be an excellent conclusion to this horrific story. The premises is that a filovirus dubbed, "morningstar strain" is unleashed upon the world which t ...more
Rhianna Schoonover
One of the BEST zombie novels I've ever read! Anxiously awaiting book 3!

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
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Malissa
Loved it! Plague of the Dead was left entirely unfinished allowing Thunder and Ashes to pick up all the right pieces. Characters I thought were forgotten return at just the right moment adding more dynamics to the story. The conflicts around every corner leave the reader on edge. Yes, if you've read and seen enough zombie books/movies that I have, some of the spooks may be predictable. But, Z.A> Recht's has created a unique, interesting, emotional, exciting and satisfying zombie apocalypse st ...more
Wt
Feb 21, 2012 Wt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zombie apocalypse enthusiasts
Recommended to Wt by: April
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Olivia R. Burton
May 30, 2009 Olivia R. Burton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: zombie fans, readers of the first "Morningstar Strain" book
I really enjoyed this book, possibly more than the first book. For a large portion of the beginning, there was a lot of background, going back and explaining what had happened in the first book. (I find this tedious and irritating whenever it happens; I understand why the author does it, but I always end up sighing and skimming.)

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
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Mindy Magee
I can't wait for the third in this saga. I've finally found something to compare to The Stand. It took me awhile to get into the characters but now they're like old friends.
Alexis Winning
So I finished this one about a week ago. Thunder and Ashes is incredibly engaging, but a little predictable. What the book lacks in its predictability, it certainly makes up for in plain good story telling.

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
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Susan
Sequels often have a hard time outperforming earlier books but I liked this better than the first book in the trilogy. I'm anxious to find out how the story ends.
Chris Cagle
This book is awesome! Z.A. continues the Morningstar Strain series where Plague of the Dead left off and progresses the story even further and better. I can't say enough good things about this book.

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
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