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Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Saga

by Z.A. Recht

Permuted Press | December 29, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Saga is rated 4.1429 out of 5 by 7.
The “zombie apocalypse,” once on the fringes of horror, has become one of the most buzzworthy genres in popular culture. Now, in Plague of the Dead, Z.A. Recht delivers an intelligent, gripping thriller that will leave both new and die-hard zombie fans breathless.

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 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...and the Morningstar Saga has begun.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 in

Published: December 29, 2009

Publisher: Permuted Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439176736

ISBN - 13: 9781439176733

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horrific and Awesome Seven-year old Raami is a privileged daughter of a Cambodia prince. When the Khmer Rouge comes to power in 1975 her family is uprooted from the capital Phnom Penh and go to live in their summer home with relatives. Soon they are again moved out and what follows is a constant moving around. Raami's story is heart-breaking as her relatives fall victim to the regime. Over the next four years she endures starvation, brutality and forced labour. She meets both the good and bad side of the human race. Raami clings to her father by remembering his legends and fables. This is both a horrific book and an awesome book. Horrific in the fact that the story mirrors the author's true experiences and awesome in the beautiful writing. The reader can not help but fight along side of Raami and cheer her on at every awful turn in her young life. This is a beautifully wrought tale of human resilience.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK but lacking character development I did read all three of the books in the trilogy and had high hopes that they would get better along the way. They didn't. As another reviewer stated, the story was pretty predicable with over long descriptions of fight scenes and shallow characterization ...one character spent most of two books being 'moody and angry' without any follow up on what she was thinking ... you got to the point where you were thinking 'get over it, already!'.
Date published: 2012-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK As the previous reviewer wrote there are no words for me to describe this beautifully written book. All I can say that with this heartbreaking novel it will give you insight into a dark piece of our history of what happened in Cambodia during 1975-1979. I hope that many many people will read the story of Vaddey Ratner for this book will stay with you for a very long time.
Date published: 2012-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS BOOK This astonishing read will leave you not only with a broken heart for the Cambodian people but will give you a gained knowledge of the atrocities that happened between 1975 -1979. I hope that many many people will pick this book up and read it thus ensuring that no one forgets this period of dark history. Beautifully written with evocative prose this book will remain in your heart for a very long time.
Date published: 2012-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenonmeanl Read, it will blow your mind!! Story Description: Simon & Schuster|August 7, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-4516-5770-8 You are about to read an extraordinary story. It will take you to the very depths of despair and show you unspeakable horrors. It will reveal a gorgeously rich culture struggling to survive through a furtive bow, a hidden ankle bracelet, fragments of remembered poetry. It will ensure that the world never forgets the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979, when an estimated two million people lost their lives. It will give you hope, and it will confirm the power of storytelling to lift us up and help us not only survive but transcend suffering, cruelty, and loss. For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours, bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of her childhood – the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival displaying the author’s extraordinary gift for language. In the Shadow of the Banyan is a brilliantly wrought tale of human resilience. My Review: The utter horror Raami lived through is truly heartbreaking, especially for a young girl of seven. Raami is a strong girl who possesses more strength and courage than I’ve seen in kids twice her age and more Raami was only five-years-old when the Khmer Rouge overtook her home in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. She was immediately thrust into a world of cruelty, poverty, hunger, and starvation. Her beloved father, a royal, was imprisoned and she never saw him again. His book of poetry he had written is what she remembers and it helps keep her moving forward. Raami, her mother, and baby sister were able to stay together while her uncle and cousins were sent to die in labour camps and Raami’s baby sister is stricken with malaria. This was truly a heart-wrenching story where it has been estimated that the Cambodian genocide was responsible for the deaths of some 1.7 million people, a huge proportionate of the entire population of the entire country. The story is written in the first person and told through the eyes of Raami. The words are so beautifully written, a real talent for a first time author. An extraordinary story that takes you to the impossible highs and lows of what human beings can do in this life, both on the good side and the bad. This is a story that will reach deep inside your soul and leave you shivering. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and believe it needs to be read for the sake of the people who died and those still living that suffered through this terrible tragedy.
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok This story had a rather simplistic plot. There is only so much you can do with a zombie story, so strong character development is very important. These characters were shallow and the plot was predictable. I realize that it is book one of a trilogy, so maybe the other books will flesh them out more. I won't be reading the other books.
Date published: 2012-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible and heart breakingingly beautiful The Good Stuff Heartbreaking - this story will haunt you long after you have read it The prose is so exquisite and beautifully written, such talent for first time author It is hard for me to express how spectacular this book is, everything I want to say sounds trite when compared to the beauty of the authors words and the horror she lived through Raami is such a strong girl, one to be admired for her strength of character and her ability to transcend the horrific tragedy she lived through and to still find beauty in her world. As the author says in her own words she wants the world to see how beautiful Cambodia was before the genocide & which while reading you come to understand what was lost during the "killing fields" Shows the will that we have to live no matter the circumstance The writing really comes across of that of a young girl, so authentic and haunting Such joy love and hope in such a tragic situation gives a balance to the acts of brutal violence by the Khymer Rouge - shows that the world is full of both good and evil Author mentions on quite a few occasions the power of stories to escape and to give hope (Wonderfully explained on Pg 134 of the ARC) The Not So Good Stuff It is a tough read for someone as sensitive as myself. Reading of the brutality and inhumanity of man sickens me and I cannot even comprehend how or why someone could commit such horrific crimes against their fellow man, especially to innocent children Pages 125 - 127 (ARC) were brutal for me to read, being a mother Favorite Quotes/Passages "But, looking at the murals, I had the feeling the tales had followed us here, moving along with us on our journey, manifesting themselves in all sorts of ways. Knowing comes from learning, finding from seeking. It was clear what the message meant. If I looked hard enough, if I sought, I would find what I was looking for." "I'm certain, though, he remained resolute in his belief that even without him you would live through this nightmare, that life, with all its cruelty and horror, was still worth living. A gift he would've wanted his daughter to embrace." "Bury me and I'll thrive as countless insects I bend neither to your weapon nor will Even as you trample upon my bones I cower not under your soulless tread Or fear your shadow casting upon my grave." "I told you stories to give you wings, Raami, so that you would never be trapped by anything - your name, your title, the limits of your body, this world's suffering." Who Should/Shouldn't Read This is one I would suggest for everyone to read with a warning for those who are sensitve This will be an award winner, so get it now people 4.75 Dewey's I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review - thanks for once again forcing me out of my comfortable reading zone
Date published: 2012-07-31

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Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Saga

by Z.A. Recht

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 in

Published: December 29, 2009

Publisher: Permuted Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439176736

ISBN - 13: 9781439176733

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one W ar entered my childhood world not with the blasts of rockets and bombs but with my father’s footsteps as he walked through the hallway, passing my bedroom toward his. I heard the door open and shut with a soft click. I slid off my bed, careful not to wake Radana in her crib, and snuck out of my room. I pressed my ear to the door and listened. “Are you all right?” Mama sounded concerned. Each day before dawn, Papa would go out for a solitary stroll, and returning an hour or so later, he would bring back with him the sights and sounds of the city, from which would emerge the poems he read aloud to me. This morning, though, it seemed he came back as soon as he’d stepped out, for dawn had just arrived and the feel of night had yet to dissipate. Silence trailed his every step like the remnant of a dream long after waking. I imagined him lying next to Mama now, his eyes closed as he listened to her voice, the comfort it gave him amidst the clamor of his own thoughts. “What happened?” “Nothing, darling,” Papa said. “What is it?” she persisted. A deep, long sigh, then finally he said, “The streets are filled with people, Aana. Homeless, hungry, desperate . . .” He paused, the bed creaked, and I imagined him turning to face her, their cheeks on the same long pillow, as I’d often seen. “The miseries—” “No matter what awfulness is out there,” Mama cut in gently, “I kno
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From the Publisher

The “zombie apocalypse,” once on the fringes of horror, has become one of the most buzzworthy genres in popular culture. Now, in Plague of the Dead, Z.A. Recht delivers an intelligent, gripping thriller that will leave both new and die-hard zombie fans breathless.

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 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...and the Morningstar Saga has begun.

Editorial Reviews

"An action-packed zombie extravaganza." -- Ryan C. Thomas, author of The Summer I Died