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5.0 out of 5 stars Lesson # 1 - Never Let the Undead see you Sweat, July 11, 2007
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This review is from: Plague of the Dead (The Morningstar Strain) (Paperback)
The MorningStar Virus - a not-So-Friendly strain that has been likened to the next "Eboli" has spread across Africa like an epidemic and shows no signs of slowing. First there were the random reports, then the confirmations of the attacks, and then the footage of people trying to make it to floating salvation only to find themselves eaten alive by "packs" of ravenous carriers on national TV. Making it worse is the hushed tones of the government and their attitude toward the virus, thinking it will never make off a continent placed on lockdown. Seemingly containable at first, the MorningStar Virus nonetheless has a fast incubation rate, rendering its victims raging beasts that seem to press on with insatiable appetites, and it doesn't seem to understand the extent of juristic ional boundaries. Even worse, when a carrier dies they don't stay dead for long.

I have to admit that I've been reluctant to by zombie books as of late. Often they follow a predictable format and, worse still, they end up with predictable endings. Still, in this market flooded with books on the dead coming back to life, Z.A. Recht has more than taken the subject and run with it by adding a little something extra. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you p-l-o-t. Yes, by adding in realistic elements and fundamental questions about the problem, Recht went passed the problems of older books and instilled a genuine feeling of panic in the characters abounding in the book. The writing in the book is done with a great deal of talent, too, and the pace of the book is fantastic and allows the reader to keep a brisk pace while tracking the virus and the efforts to contain it.
By drawing the battlelines this book really does hit on the elements you need to make a complete novel about the undying - it touches on the human element, it mingles some ideology into the fray, and it adds in the ghastly for effect. This gives the book something that newer successes have had; zombie stories with actual teeth.

If you are a fan of zombie books or are a person that is trying to find a new way to look at the zombie question, this book is a good place to play. It has all the elements you need for a great tale, it showcases the overconfidence that humanity has, and it has some of the most adorable flesh-eating cast of characters you'd ever want wrapping their gums around you.
I highly recommend the book, thinking it is a step in the right direction.
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Initial post: Jan 3, 2011, 6:36:43 AM PST
Good review. Bear in mind I'm only teasing you - but what is Eboli? A hybrid mix of Ebola and e-coli? If so, that certainly would be nasty!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2011, 12:42:57 PM PST
That's funny. :) I liked it alot and didn't notice it. eboli must be the thing that gets into my fingers, making them typo a lot.

o god! The horror for zombie writers!

Thanks for the comment - I like having fun on the otherwise "yawn" setups.
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