Monday, 22 November 2010

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Plague of the Dead - Z A Recht

Release Date: 13/05/10


The Morningstar virus. Those infected suffer delerium, fever, violent behaviour ...and a hundred per cent mortality rate. But that's not the worst of it. The victims return from the dead to walk the earth. And when a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead, it escalates into a worldwide pandemic. On one side of the world, thousands of miles from home, a battle-hardened general surveys the remnants of his command: a young medic, a veteran photographer, a rash private, and dozens of refugees -- all of them his responsibility. Meanwhile in the United States, an army colonel discovers the darker side of Morningstar and collaborates with a well-known journalist to leak the information to the public...


Fans of the modern zombie material such as the Walking Dead and the modern remakes of classic Romero’s will have the chance to get to grips with these fear causing monsters of legend in this title. Kicking off with a blistering pace, the reader is thrust straight to the heart of the matter as the author really starts at high octane and keeps it going. Unfortunately without any real change of pace for this title, the reader soon loses the part where they can’t put it down and really wishes for a softer scene where they can get to know the characters which are unfortunately fairly flat. So much so, that you lose any real will for them to live through the tale often confusing one for another.

All in, it is OK and worth a punt if you’re a bit short of something else to read, however I’d suggest waiting for it to appear in a bargain bin as whilst it was brave and the dead did have the plus points of being able to run, think and learn, it sadly didn’t build to the full potential that could have been realised which left me feeling disappointed.

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