Book Chat: Thunder & Ashes

Sequel to the amazing novel, Plague of the Dead.






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 has swept the face of the planet, infecting billions. Its hosts rampage; its victims don’t die, but are reborn as cannibalistic shamblers.

SCATTERED ACROSS THE WORLD, EMBATTLED GROUPS HAVE PERSEVERED. For some, survival is the pinnacle of achievement. Others hoard goods and weapons. And still others leverage power over the remnants of humanity with a mysterious cure. Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio want only a vaccine, but to find it they must cross a ravaged landscape of the infected and the lawless living.



This story follows the different groups depicted in the first novel; Anna and her small group and General Sherman, his soldiers plus civilians. Also there is Commander Harris and his group who finally decided to leave the destroyer and to try and meet up with Sherman.

Spoiler: In the first novel, I admired Stiles when he volunteered to lead the zombies away when Sherman’s group wanted to get through the town of Hyattsburg safely. It sure appeared he was done for when he got bitten. Poor guy; ensconced in a comic book store, waiting to turn. I was thrilled when he proved to be immune in the sequel. Some might find this a bit convenient but I loved it. It will definitely make Anna’s job easier in trying to find a cure or vaccine.

As with Plague of the Dead, I loved the fast paced action, with the characters being hounded by the undead, rogue government agents and marauders.  I enjoyed getting involved with the same characters I cared about from book one. The only negative for me was the rehash of some scenes from book one. Good for someone who hasn’t read the first, but a bit boring for someone who has. I suggest the first novel be read first.

If you love survivor, zombie or apocalyptic stories, I highly recommend this series.


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