Book Review: Thunder and Ashes (The Morningstar Strain) by Z. A. Recht

Posted September 3, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Finish the Series Reading Challenge, 2016 Horror Reading Challenge, Books, COYER Summer Vacation, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 2 Comments

Book Review: Thunder and Ashes (The Morningstar Strain) by Z. A. RechtThunder and Ashes by Z.A. Recht
Series: The Morningstar Strain #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 23rd 2010
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Thrillers, General
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9781451610147
Reading Challenges: 2016 Horror Reading Challenge, COYER Summer Vacation
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

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.

THE BULK OF THE STORM HAS PASSED, leaving echoing thunder and softly drifting ashes. But for the survivors, the peril remains, and the search for a cure is just beginning. . . .

 Returning to the terrifying vision of his “awesome zombie novel” (David Moody) Plague of the Dead, Z.A. Recht “will once again make you turn your lights on” (J.L. Bourne) with this chilling apocalyptic thriller.

In Thunder and Ashes, the second book in Z. A. Recht’s The Morningstar Strain, readers pick up with the survivors three months later. The Morningstar Strain has swept the globe, and the survivors find themselves divided, but trying to find their way towards each other in an effort to create a vaccine. As Dr. Demilio and her group flee from rogue NSA agents to a research facility in Omaha, General Sherman and his compatriots trek from the west coast towards the good doctor. Along the way, the soldiers must fight their way through Shamblers looking for their next meal.

I found Thunder and Ashes to be even more riveting, because the danger seemed more intense. As the survivors transversed across the United States, every corner seemed to lurk danger. Like the first novel, Recht doesn’t shy away from killing off main characters, which upped the stakes. Also, I found myself more invested in the characters now that I’ve gotten to know them more, and have certain ones I hated to see go. Unlike many books in this genre I read, I find I really like all of the characters and root for their survival.

As I head into the third and final novel, Survivors, I’m worried about the fate of the characters, and wonder if it’s even possible for them to be victorious. Z. A. Recht’s The Morningstar Strain series is a well-written horror series, packed full of action, with complex characters. Even if you aren’t a fan of zombie stories, I still think this series is worth a look, at it really showcases human nature. Besides, I’ve been on a military novel streak this past year, and this series fits fight in. A great war story, a great suspenseful thriller, and a great story about people. I’m going to be sad to see it end 🙁


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2 responses to “Book Review: Thunder and Ashes (The Morningstar Strain) by Z. A. Recht

    • @Angelized_1st

      I read it 5 years ago, and had to re-read it, because I forgot what happened. Plus, I thought I already owned it when I bought the last two books. Turned out I didn’t. Just borrowed it from the library. Hopefully you get around to reading them. They’re pretty good! Have a good week 🙂

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