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Audiobook Review

Plague of the Dead

Morningstar Strain, Book 1
Z. A. Recht
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average rating is 5 out of 5
average rating is 5 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Classic pandemic flick Outbreak meets TV’s Fear the Walking Dead.


🧡 I highly recommend this for fans of the zombie genre. It has the slick feel of a zombie TV series, with multiple storylines and a large cast of characters. Everything moves at an exciting, break-neck speed, with tensions and stakes always high. One minute, it’s focused on a journalist in a Washington DC TV studio, the next it smash cuts to a medic in a refugee camp in Cairo.

💚 I liked the incorporation of various professional perspectives. There are soldiers, medics, journalists and government agents, each coming at things from their own specialist angles.

💜 It’s not deep or meaningful, the characters are not complex, but it is entertaining, Plus, if you enjoy it, it’s the first of a series that I thoroughly enjoyed.


🎧 This is one that’ll keep you on your toes. It calls for a certain level of concentration if you want to keep track of what’s going on.

🎧 Staggeringly good performance by Oliver Wyman, who is the sole narrator in a story with so many voices. Somehow, he imbues every single one with distinct characteristics. What’s more, despite his delightfully deep voice, he takes on female roles as seamlessly as the male.

🎧 Wyman is backed by some serious production chops. There’s a whole team behind this and I could tell. It came through in the flawless transitions between voices and scenes. It’s even evident in the chapter listings, which provide a decent map of the book.


No spoilers for this one. Maybe next time!
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Plague of the Dead


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. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth.
When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of 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...The Morningstar Saga has begun.
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