About the zombies in this one

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Initial post: Jul 3, 2012 4:37:04 PM PDT
G. Kincade says:
Why are the dead who have not been infected coming back to life?

Not gonna say who, but someone who's killed by something other than zombies, comes back as a zombie, with no explanation.

Now that I think about it, there were two characters who were shot dead that came back. What gives?

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 6:16:30 PM PDT
Thom Brannan says:
Two questions in return:

1) Why do you think it's such a big deal that the good doctor only handle Morningstar and sample tissues in a BL4 environment?
2) Have the bullets that shot these people been in nice, sterile cases, or have they, too, trekked halfway across the country, going through the same kind of hell as the titular survivors?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012 4:29:59 AM PDT
G. Kincade says:
1) Never got that impression, at all. It was simply a matter of her being the best trained person for the job.

2) The bullets still have nothing to do with it, it was explained, in both the previous books, that Morningstar had a 'hot' period. It was not known exactly how long the blood itself was 'hot', but it was definitely not for long periods of time.

Still doesn't explain how the uninfected are up and running around. This was a very clear concept of 'virus, the virus spreads this'. It's not Night of the Living Dead, or The Walking Dead, where all forms of the dead come back. It's spread by the virus and virus alone.

Either recht, or yourself forgot this when writing the last book. The last half of the last chapter is incongruent with the rest of the series.

It's still a decent read, but when the mythology is ignored/thrown out in favor of wrapping up a story, it's an anti-climax at best. The wrap up to two of the bigger players in the series is left at a '..wut..' sort of moment. The rest makes up for it, so it's not a complete out of style moment, but still.

Just a bit o'advice Mr Ghost Writer (no snark, this is just for future reference since you seem to be checking out the forums here): If you have to answer a question with another question, you've left way too much to be inferred or guess work rather than something someone could pick up on their own. By directing people to a specific train of thought rather than something that could be figured out, with specific details like the questions you asked, it's way too open ended.

There was no real 'cause for concern' when it came to handling Morningstar in the lab. Hell, at the end, when she's making progress she invites in a crowd of people, untrained irregular types to come on in s'long as they're wearing coats.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 4:52:14 AM PDT
G. Kincade says:
Minor side note: The first book explained how the zombies came about: an infected must have all the symptoms *then* die for it to reanimate the corpse. It takes manual control. If someone is killed, like a handful of people at the end, there is no way the virus could have spread though them to reanimate them. With a dead body, one shot dead, virus or not, there's no way it could have spread through the system to give the virus the ability to take control.
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Survivors (The Morningstar Strain) by Z. A. Recht (Paperback - June 19, 2012)
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