on September 13, 2013
Really great zombie book, lots of action and well written. I'd have given it a full five stars except for the simple fact that as an e-book this was priced well in excess of what other comparable books are at. Honestly, if I hadn't enjoyed the first book I'd never have paid $16 for an electronic copy.
on January 11, 2010
For the most part, Plague of the Dead is a great book. Recht comes up with an interesting (and plausible) way to have both fast (sprinters) and slow (shamblers) zombies. To me that alone was worth the price of admission.
The action is quite good and pacing adequate. Characters are fairly well developed and not one-dimensional stereotypical cut-outs like in so many other zombie books (the evil army officer, the criminal seeking redemption, the family man who is the sole survivor, etc). I also really liked the fact that the cast of survivors was international in make-up, which gave it a unique flavour other zombie books lack.
For me, the biggest let down was the battle of Suez. In the book, Recht clearly notes that a force of 500,000 multi-national troops is there to help enforce the quarantine of Africa, yet when the battle for all the marbles happens, only a battalion of troops and a couple of helicopter gunships is sent to prevent a horde numbering in the thousands from crossing the canal and spreading the infection. Pardon? Even an amateur military strategist could see that far more troops and gunships was necessary.
Still, I'm interested in reading the second book in the series (and the third if it was finished before Recht's untimely passing).