Book Chat: Plague of the Dead
Once a week I’ll be discussing a Book or Movie/TV Series I love. Or posting a submission from a reader/author about a movie or book in the horror or zombie genre. Sharing the love of a book or movie as if you were talking with a friend.
This zombie book is a top read for me; a recommended must read for fans of zombie lore!
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.
The Morningstar virus starts out in a small village in Africa and quickly spreads through the continent. General Sherman Francis is in charge of operations to try and halt the virus carriers at the Suez Canal. He is a tough old bird but likeable. Although plans for containing the threat were good, no one expected the flood of crazed infected people, and the war was lost to the carriers.
Fighting their way to the coast, the general, his men and civilian survivors board a U.S. destroyer. Heading for home seemed the only choice. Nearing America, Sherman makes a decision to go AWOL and hunt for his friend, Anna, a doctor trying to find a cure for the disease. She is headed to a lab in Oregon. The soldiers with him and some of the civilians decide to go with the General on the journey.
Sherman and Anna were in contact via email before things went to pieces. The email exchanges were interesting and gave the book a very real feeling.
The trek toward Oregon is filled with danger from the infected. Lives were lost and lots of fighting ensued. Also, the reader follows Anna’s journey as she escapes custody of the authorities, after she gives information about the virus to a reporter.
If I could, this book would get a 5 ½ stars. Excellent zombie apocalypse read. The characters were very well-developed so that I cared about them, the story line interesting, and lots of action described in detail.