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2.0 out of 5 stars Traditional military incompetence, 7 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain (Kindle Edition)
The good part - A virus coming out of the Congo in much the same frame as Ebola or HIV adds a nice touch to the traditional "virus is everywhere" trope. The existence of carriers and Typhoid Mary types allow for the spread of a disease lacking in many other zombie novels.

The bad points - A somewhat American sense of scale. Blockading Africa, seriously? Let alone managing such a feet with the military forces given, it comes across as the author not quite knowing how big Africa is, the diversity of the land and how close it is to other lands.

A 3* General whose command staff is a Navy liaison officer and a senior NCO and who abandons his command post to drive around looking at minor problems himself. He then decides to use his artillery as line of sight weapons and doesn't believe tanks would be much use crushing zombies. In fact the General seems more interested in the young and pretty aid worker shoehorned in as female character than leading troops or doing his job.

All in all the attempt at a grand scale lets the book down, the smaller action scenes make the story enjoyable rather than the big picture approach the author was aiming for.
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