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Thunder and Ashes [Paperback]

Z. A. Recht
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Book Description

1 Jan 2011
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. 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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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (1 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439198837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439198834
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Z.A. Recht lives in West Virginia where he is hard at work on the next instalment of the Morningstar story. He expects to either finish it soon or die trying (and shortly thereafter reanimate).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continuation of one of the best 29 Jan 2011
This is the second of a trilogy with the final installment yet to be released.
The differentiation here is that infected living become fast moving 'sprinters' while anything other than a brain kill will reduce them to equally murderous but much slower 'shamblers'.

Again, well written to keep the pages turning, reflects another vision of a collapsed society. Militaristic viewpoint and at times the soldiers feel a little too effective/fortunate but the story is non the worse for it.

Very much looking forward to final part.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 25 July 2011
By Jaq
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This is the second book and easily as good if not better than the first. the characters in this are gone into in more depth and that pulls you more into the story. There's plenty of action in this and its more realistic than some zombie novels I've read, the characters in this have to struggle not just against the zombies but against a world in ruin, where other humans are a threat and food and other resources are scarce. It seems to me that there should be a third book in the series as there are some loose ends, however I didn't find the end at all disappointing for that and you are left with a good view of how the things that aren't tied up are going to turn out. If you haven't read the first morningstar strain book you should read that first.
UPDATE - Third book showing on Amazon as coming soon WOOHOO!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!!! 10 April 2009
Z is the king of zombie reads as far as im consurned none of that smart or magic zombie rubbish. it has the clasic slow zombies that get you scared and the sprinters that just make you wish there was more of you with guns. he has come up with a great set of books with the saga and i cant wait for the 3rd book!!

if you like zombie reads and are sick of the rubbish you keep finding pick up the morningstar strain!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zombies? 12 July 2011
By Viljar
This time it is more humans than zombies id say. But it was a good, but very quick, read.
It is still a must for zombie/post apocalypse fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By southcoastreviewer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I downloaded the Audible audio book for this hot on the heels of finishing "Plague of the Dead", Recht's first book in the Morningstar Strain series.

Finished it today at the gym (Recht's audio books seem queerly good to work out to) and on the whole I wasn't disappointed.

Firstly, don't get me wrong - I wasn't looking for epic literature listening to these books, and if that's what you're hoping for, well, why are you listening to or reading a zombie novel? "Thunder and Ashes", as with "Plague of the Dead" gives you simply and straightforward action from the outset.

It carries on the stories of Anna Demilio and Francis Sherman, along with a few other stereotype survivors (journalist, soldier, loner, medic) with some expendable "extras" chucked in for good measure along the way. They are looking to find a way to Omaha to a research institute, in order to find a vaccine to the Morningstar virus which essentially turns its victims into zombies.

The only disappointments in this book were the 'twist' at the end which I unfortunately saw coming a mile off, and the "American Values" played out where Sherman and his survivors spend half the book assisting saving a town they come across. Still, the action therein is written well enough, and I enjoyed the lot from start to finish.

If you're an Audible member, then this book is well worth a credit. Really not sure why the price tag on the book is so high on Amazon - it may be worth waiting for it to come down a tad before purchasing the book itself. Still a good 4 out of 5 read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie liteature at its best 1 April 2011
Z. A. Recht's Morning Star Strain - saga is the best enterteinment that the zombie genre has to offer nowadays,and if you have read the first part of the series, I don't even have to tell you that this sequal is a must have! This is a book that you just simply can't put down when you start reading it, and when you finnish it your hunger for more is even greater. Luckily, even thought Z.A Recht has passed away, he managed to write almost all of third part (and the last) of the saga and it will be released later this year. So, if you consider yourself to be even slightly a Zombie-fan this is a must buy!

Part one of the saga:
Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent next book in the sequence? 26 Dec 2010
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The subject is a question because I don't know if there is to be a book 3. Mind you I haven't actually researched it! Oops. Must do that suffice to say a great read a perfect follow on from the first book. Eagerly waited for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring on part 3! 13 Aug 2009
Great book, well written and a good if basic plot. Definate must for zombie fans
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Brilliant second book in series,once started reading could not put down.looking forward to reading third book,great of the better ones
Published 4 months ago by the reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Fantastic sequel if you like Zombie or action books you will enjoy this one, I cant wait to read the next
Published 5 months ago by Mr M Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars A great continuation to the series.
I'm always a little wary of the second book in a trilogy, but reading Thunder and Ashes was a bit different than normal. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Zombie Sequel
Everything you want in a sequel - continuity and development.

A good blend of action and story, probably better than the first book (read this first). Read more
Published 20 months ago by JFL
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it - Keep them coming
This book was my first purchase on my kindle because I couldn't wait for it to be delivered after I finished the first book. Read more
Published on 12 April 2012 by Ashley Gilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Father and Daughter loved it.
Read this book and thought it was SUPERB,it's you like a locomotive and keeps on going.Loved it that much suggested it to my daughter Lauren who was 12 when she read it,here what... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by I. Dalziel
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreary, farfetched, cliched rubbish
This feels like the author's survival fantasy tortuously put to paper. If you're really really into zombie survival books, and have literally read everything else and you're still... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2010 by R. Spencer
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