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Plague of the Dead (Morningstar Strain Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Plague of the Dead (Morningstar Strain Series #1)

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439177280
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Series: Morningstar Strain Series , #1
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 87,013
  • File size: 5 MB

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Written By the Undead?

    Arf. I wanted to like this book, but it was resolutely determined to be the worst read of the last ten years. I read lots of zombie and horror genre, and I allow a wide berth when it comes to plot contrivance, etc., but this thing reads like a short story that needs an editor.

    We begin with a hyperbolic introduction. Our heroes are two groups of characters tied to each other on the first page and destined to... never, ever meet for the next 249 exclamation point-riddled pages. Massive plot holes don't even get a cursory explanation. Mood is dictated by punctuation marks. Characters and relations are hinted at and never developed. These are the high points.

    It reads like an earnest creative writing workshop outline/first draft with one sequence roughly fleshed-out. Or, some kind of timed writing excercise with an ending so ridiculously abrupt that it was inspired by nothing more than the classroom bell ringing.

    Skip it.

    12 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Love the series

    I absolutly loved this series. I thought the military presence mixed with the action packed zombie and raider encounters was a great combination. There was tons of suspence and death so it had an emotion wrenching quality to it like no other. Greatly reccomend it. Thanks!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2011

    Tedious, bordering on painful, to read

    **Spoiler Alert**

    I am an avid reader of this genre and have been for some time, but I could hardly make it through this book without cringing.

    Sprinkled with cliches and awkwardly injected profanity, the book has the feel of someone whose vision of military culture is taken from movies, video games, and (bad) books, rather than personal experience or extensive research. For example, no one who has ever served in the Army or Marine Corps would dare refer to a Command Sergeant Major simply as "Sergeant."

    The dialog is weak and so is the story, with many glaring holes, predictable plot twists, and random/bizarre events ("NSA Agents" kidnap an Army scientist and hold her incommunicado in a dungeon for intelligence on fighting the Morningstar Strain?).

    I purchased the first two books at the same time, so I can only hope that the series gets better in the second installment.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    This author really needs to learn how to write before publishing

    This author really needs to learn how to write before publishing any more books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Boring.....wasted money on the trilogy

    Boring.....wasted money on the trilogy

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Fabulous!

    I am a big fan of The Walking Dead and have been looking for good zombie books. I am through with the first in this series and am starting the second now. Recht does a great job beginning the story in Africa and not giving out what is happening in other places around the world until necessary. Like The Walking Dead you never know who is the next to go down with the virus or grabbed by the zombies. Very easy reading and will not want to put the book down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    One of my favorite series in the zombie genre.

    One of my favorite series in the zombie genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

    I liked the book. It was an easy read and the characters were ok

    I liked the book. It was an easy read and the characters were okay. Unfortunately, many of the characters were only 2 dimensional. There were too many times where it seemed that the characters didn't really get the end of the world, even after they'd gone through major trama. The scenario and the implications were done pretty well. I just wish the characters would have been a little less caricatures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Wowy I bet this is better than the resident evil movies!><

    Yay! Lets read it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    All you jerks that spoiled this book!

    Why would you not put *spoiler alert* when you write a review and put the ending of the book in it? Thanks so much for ruining this before I could even read it! :-( Shame on you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Very Engaging

    The story was very engaging and the author's story telling technique is effective. The concept of the Morningstar strain was very well thought out. The action scenes had me hooked. It's not as polished as it probably should be, but I was easily able to forgive the rare typo or repetitive phrase (characters often 'jerking their thumbs over their shoulders') because the story just sucked me in. I caught myself thinking of the characters and the situations they found themselves in often even when I was not reading the book. This series may not be the next Walking Dead, but it is certainly an excellent zombie read. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Great Read

    I really do like this book and the story line describes how the infection would take some time to take over the world. Instead of the turning everyone into zombies over night, you see how it begins in one area and then spreads, rapidly, but not over night like most zombie novels. Then you continue on a journey with a purpose to find a cure/immunity for the infection. I will be getting book #2 of the series and so on to finish the journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Wow

    I love the way he crafts the story with an air of mystery and violence, too bad he died. It qould have bbeen gret if he had finished the 3rd one.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Wow

    This book is well written i could not put it down .non stop action and compeling story . This book pulls you anf makes you feel like youre there the charectrrs are believeable and likeable . It is an edge of your seat ride . It is so sad that the writer took his own life . He had great talent and s great concept of what zombie lovers like to read . Im so sad that i wont get to read his writing again . Rest in peace ZA

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Sonshine Girl

    Good book! Really enjoyed it

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    great book

    I really enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2011

    very entertaining, just like watching a movie only better

    I will surely by the series as soon as I finish reading this one. The cover on the book is kinda lame but the writing is very inticing. Especially for true Zombie fans. Its great fun.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Too bad

    Great series, but the author sadly ended his life, though he left us with some of the best zombie novels available.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    It only took the first line...

    The cover initally caught my attention, but once i read the introduction i just had to get it. This book is really hard to put down. Non-stop action with a lot of blood, gore, and "brain mist". A crazy thriller that I recommend to anyone looking for a good zombie novel. I had to tell all my friend about it, and everyone else. This book is about as contagious as the Morningstar Strain, but with less fatalities.

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