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Morningstar Strain

Plague of the Dead

Written By:Z. A. Recht - 2006

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The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate...


But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth.

When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic. In one fell swoop, the necessities of life become much more basic. Gone are petty everyday concerns. Gone are the amenities of civilized life.

Yet a single law of nature remains: Live, or die. Kill, or be killed.

On one side of the world, a battle-hardened General surveys the remnants of his command: a young medic, a veteran photographer, a brash Private, and dozens of refugees, all are his responsibility—all thousands of miles from home. Back in the United States, an Army Colonel discovers the darker side of Morningstar virus and begins to collaborate with a well-known journalist to leak the information to the public...

The Morningstar Saga has begun.


"Z.A. Recht's Plague of the Dead is an awesome zombie novel. A literal, intelligent thriller filled with a cast of strong, believable and well-drawn characters, this story that will grip you and, at the same time, fill you with an uncomfortable sense of dread." —David Moody, author of the acclaimed Autumn series

"Zombies... military... global devastation... Z.A. Recht has engineered a virus so infectious even die-hard zombie critics will get down with the sickness." —D.L Snell, author of Skin and Bones

"Plague of the Dead is the perfect combination of viral thriller and zombie nightmare, the kind of story Tom Clancy might write if he had the balls to tackle the undead. Thankfully for us, Z.A. Recht has those balls, and he pulls out all the stops in this action-packed zombie extravaganza." —Ryan C. Thomas, author of The Summer I Died

"Hypontically readable... [Plague of the Dead] is one of the most believable zombie stories I've read in quite some time. There's hardly a moment to catch your breath as Recht deftly moves the narrative in directions that seem quite plausible in today's post-9/11 age. I'd like to commend Permuted Press for discovering another fine author!" —R. Thomas Riley, author of Through the Glass Darkly

"Intense and action-packed! Recht aims for the head with this one!" —Geoff Bough, Revenant Magazine

"The MorningStar Strain is a zombiefied Out of the Ashes, a blend of 28 Days Later zombies and Romero zombies, with a climax so intense it literally had me shaking. A FANTASTIC book!" —Travis Adkins, author of Twilight of the Dead

"A truly epic novel that deserves your immediate attention!" —Pain @




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