Thunder and Ashes : Morningstar Strain

  • by Z. A. Recht
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • Series: Morningstar Strain
  • 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, an incredibly virulent disease, has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. Its hosts rampage, attacking anything that remains uninfected. Even death can't stop the virus-its victims as cannibalistic shamblers. Scattered across the world, embattled groups have persevered. For some, surviving is the pinnacle of achievement. Others hoard goods and weapons. And still others leverage power over the remnants of humanity in the form of a mysterious cure for Morningstar. Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio want only a vaccine, but to find it, they must cross a countryside in ruins, dodging not only the infected, but also the lawless living. The bulk of the storm has passed over the world, leaving echoing thunder and softly drifting ashes. But for the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure is just beginning...


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Stupidest General on Earth

I shall sum this book up with this plot event (and if you think this is a spoiler, you'll LOVE this book):

A general comes up with a plan to sneak into and destroy an enemy complex; the general's role in this plan is to hide in a tree and shoot flares. After this mission is completed, the general discovers that he is still up in the tree surrounded by zombies (who are attracted to noise and lights, of course) and thinks to himself (no, I'm not exaggerating), "oops, I made this plan so quickly that I never thought of how I was going to escape from this tree."


OMG they behave so freaking stupidly that I can't stand it.

(The story does wrap up nicely though. And the narration is quite good.)
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- crazybatcow "I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)"

Zombies + Infected = Genius

Z.A. I love how you have merged Romero style shamblers with 28 days later Infected, brilliant. I can't wait to read book three: Suvivors hurry. Also i fully expect at least two more books from other survior's p.o.v., and maybe set a few years later. Thanks a ton Recht, and to the rest of you, buy this book.
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- Zack

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios