" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Peter Clines has a talent for writing interesting books or books with interesting twists to them & he doesn't disappoint in this story. As with many reviewers I was also skeptical about being able to write a 'zombie' book that I would find interesting or 'new', but after reading the many reviews to the contrary & got the book with the predetermined conclusion that Clines did a good job making a popular Dystopia into an interesting & enjoyable read. I think that it was even harder for him to reach my expectations now that I read all the reviews already, very similar to over-hyping a book or movie which can easily be done. I'm sorry to say a typical i.e. was that I walked away only satisfied after reading 'The Hunger Games' due to over-hyping of the book. I enjoyed the book but it was pretty impossible for it to break the hype surrounding it when it was recommended to me.
Ex-Hero's will def. have me getting the trilogy because its not ur standard powerful characters conquer all or even the more powerful characters having better self-esteem. IMO Clines does a great job humanizing a group of hero's that are suppose to be so powerful they are loved for the help, but they obviously couldn't stop the dystopia trope & there is back stories for the major characters that give an interesting POV for the people involved around them & what happens realistically when the world goes FUBAR. Even the antagonists which are not always the infected are believable, Clines is able to make the populace almost part of the 'normal hazards of living'. There is humor, action, & more than the typical story involving 'superhero's', now that I've read this book & since it was written before Sanderson, I look at 'Steelheart' a bit differently, I enjoyed both but I have to give credit where its due, Clines spun it before Sanderson, although 'Steelheart' is still a unique story & worth the read still. I was pleasantly surprised even after the 'hype'. Narration was fine, nothing too special but not bad either.
This is a quick read, u will prob. finish it in a couple days, I was hoping it would go on sale so I didn't have to waste a credit, but it was not to be. Nonetheless, if u don't have a time requirement its worth the cred.
This is a good book. The plot is tight. The characters are intriguing and the premise of a post-infected world being protected by superheroes is engaging.
If you like comics and zombie movies, this is the book for you.
The only thing that saves this audio book is a good performance by the narrators. The material itself is just awful. Full of inconsistencies, bad dialogue and illogical character decisions, Ex Heroes wrecks what could have been a cool world. I really, really enjoyed Peter Clines's "14". Ex Heroes is not up to par.
Here's an example of bad writing that stuck with me: I'm paraphrasing here, but it went something like, "The monster punched him into the air, but only for a minute.' A minute? He hit him so hard he was airborne for 60 seconds? Is he halfway to San Francisco when he lands? That's just poor word choice, but there are many more instances like that through the book.
The poor character logic is probably the worst part. One guy has the power of a small star at his command, but doesn't like to burn zombies because it's "icky." WTF? Get out there and light them up! Why are you not burning zombies 24/7?
Anyway, it is what it is and it's terrible.
I was a Sci-Fi Geek before Big Bang made it cool. Love Mysteries, Fantasy, Horror, Steampunk, and Mash-ups.
Take our world and add Superheroes, then add Zombies. Peter Clines makes us remember Superheros are still human underneath it all. He makes comments on our lives as well and to society as a whole. What would we do? Who would lead us? What if we had Superheroes with us? Fans of The Walking Dead will enjoy this book. Remember if Zombies could be real why not Superheroes as well?
The 1st time I listened to this book I didn't really get in to it. That said, I have since re-listened to it 3 or 4 times and highly recommend picking it up.
I was interested in this book both because of my love for quality zombie stories & because I had read "14" by the same author (also definitely recommend that one). The superhero aspect is a little weird at first, but once you get used to the style and direction of story telling its great.
I've finished all three books and the series and can say that the 3rd by it self makes the entire trilogy worth the credits
A part time Library Assistant and general lover of books and stories.
I love the setup of superheroes fighting zombies after the fall of the country. I love how there is a small community of survivors they are protecting.
It is a tie between the Mighty Dragon and Stealth. Mighty Dragon because he is a hero of strong moral character. Stealth just because she is awesome.
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Contains enough elements to hold anyone's attention. Superheros, villian, zombies and end of the world type events. What else do you really need?
The Good Bad Ugly and Everything Inbetween
In a couple of places some mistakes or shortcomings in the story become obvious. However, there are enough twists and turns in the plot to help you overcome these mistakes.
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I was tired of Zombies so I avoided this book for a long time. However, I finally gave in and read Ex-Hero's and I have to say, in-spite of my own resistance, I got addicted to the series and read all three in the course of a couple of weeks. I love the authors style and the setting this is a gem.
Ton of fun
When you cross two genres like zombie apocalypse and super heroes it is difficult to get all the pieces to fit like a puzzle. Some of it is going to be jammed in for 'best fit'. And I think the author did a very good job of fitting the pieces together enough for the reader to willingly suspend disbelief.
This is a fun story. Great action and tension. Plus there are things that the author sets up in earlier chapters that seem to be random that turn out to be key elements later. But he doesn't belabor them. He keeps the pace moving.
Nothing outstanding about the narration, but it works. You forget that you are being read to at times and that is a good thing (in my opinion).
I love it when Cerebus finally got her power back.
I truly enjoyed this book. I was a bit concerned the amalgamation of the various elements wouldn't work but Peter Clines pulled it off quite well.
The characters are believable as they learn how to combine their strengths to overcome their individual flaws. The science is strong enough that you don't question it too much. The origins of the zombies is truly refreshing... although viral-based it doesn't use the traditional formula.
The book uses a "now" and "then" model to tell the story. At first, it's a bit distracting but after the fourth chapter it a powerful method to build the world and keep the story moving. You don't have to wait until the last couple of chapters to enjoy the action.
This book is a great listen for avid fantasy readers who want something you can read in one sitting that is both mysterious and engaging.