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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 2.5 out of 5 by 2.
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 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 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

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Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Saga

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 War 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 know you will take care of us.” A breathless silence. I imagined her lips pressed against his. I blushed. “There!” s
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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