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The 3rd and final Morningstar Saga book, SURVIVORS, is now available for pre-order here!

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Alright...I had to come back on because the books are better than I even remembered.

Still listening to the first book on audio right now on my way back and forth to work and I am continually amazed at how well it is written.  Everything flows perfect.  From the initial outbreak to Suez to Sharmel Shake to the group coming together to the Ramage and the whole island stop for repairs.

The action is good the characters are perfectly developed the pacing is superb in a zombie story.  The breaks in dialogue to add something of the landscape is timed perfect.  The 'cut scenes' to describing the burning embers from a cigar or the waves hitting the Ramage etc are all timed perfect.

The switching between both stories Sherman and Damillio...the extra added action from Sawyer pursuing Mason.

The explination of how and why the virus acts the way it does...perfect.

The sneaking missions .....Styles going to the gun store and finding the private stash.....the suspense added with it to switch from Styles point of view back to Sherman waiting on him and his delay leaves you wondering....because you are soo excited for them to get all those guns.

The whole damn thing is realistic and damn near perfect.  It has been awhile since I have read the books.  I never went back and re read them after my first read....it has that Jonathon Mayberry type writing with the military perspective and the special agents battling it out etc, but it has way better writing when it comes to the plague itself IMO.

How this has not been picked up as a movie I will never know.  WWZ was real good IMo, but this just has a very realistic feel to it.  I do not think I have one time said in my head while listening (that would never happen).

Nothing ground breaking here as we have all talked about the book alot and in detail, but I had to come back on and give a little more because it has been a few years since I dug my teeth into this story and it is better than I even remember....and I have read ALOT since I first read it so I have a better perspective now.  I may have just assumed that most of the books were as good as Z's...they are not...you guys already know that.

And talk about bang for your buck...Almost 22 hours of audio for the first 2 books.  I am getting close to finishing the first book...looking forward to hearing the second where all the zombie action is to lead me up to the release of Survivors hopefully soon.

You had a lot to offer Z...gone way too soon.

And I have no idea why, but I always sounded out Z's last name in my head like 'Reicht' instead of Recht....like Wrecked.  That is the way the guy on the audio said it.

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Dec 09, 2009 at 10:18 AM
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Reply with quote  #27 
Very nice review/reminder of the excellence of Z's work. I think It's about time to give them another read. 
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I mean really everything about it is perfect.  The imune character, the groups on opposite sides on the country trying to reach one location, the rogue crazy agent after one of the groups, a larger group, a smaller group, the mix of shambler and sprinter, big action scenes, great sneaking scenes...mixed with great writing and BAM.


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"Something my granddad used to tell us. You know Macumba? Voodoo. My granddad was a priest in Trinidad. He used to tell us, "When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."
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I'm gettin pumped! It's nice having an active reading list, so I don't feel like I'm going to stagnate after I finish my current book. 
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