I really enjoyed this sequel to Ex-Heroes. While a big chunk of the plot is stuff we have all heard before, Clines is clearly very aware of this and makes tongue in cheek references the whole time. For the geeky "gee, cool" side of me, this was great. If you don't have a lot of background in sci-fi movies or general geek culture a big chunk of the references will go un-noticed.
While there were a number of derivative aspects to the story, it also felt extremely original and new somehow. Maybe it was the continuing juxtaposition of superheroes and zombies, maybe just the writing style/tone. Regardless, it was extremely entertaining.
I do agree with another reviewer who felt the storyline ended rather abruptly- however since I don't have to wait a year for the next installment, I'm completely OK with this. It would have irritated me in 2012. Clines was clearly setting up book three throughout this installment. I also saw the ending coming from a mile away, but that didn't take away from the entertainment value.
Great narration once more. A highly entertaining listen.
Worth a credit and your time.
This is definitely popcorn entertainment. Superheroes + zombies: it's a novelized comic book, and it reads like one. I thought the first book (Ex-Heroes) was pretty cheesy and mediocre if enjoyable. The second book is also cheesy, maybe just a notch above mediocre. Clines's writing has improved in this sequel, and it particularly shows in the plotting. Instead of a dumb boss fight with a predictable conclusion at the end, there are several fairly clever (if very much conforming to standard superhero tropes) twists, some of which made things that initially had me rolling my eyes suddenly become more credible. The battle at the end is more complex and has more factions and is left a little bit inconclusive (well, in typical genre fashion, you can't ever have a villain decisively killed).
In Ex-Heroes, we were introduced to a gang of superheroes who were defending "The Mount," a fortress inside what was once Paramount Studios in Hollywood, where human survivors have barricaded themselves against the zombie hordes that have overrun the world. In this second book in what is obviously meant to be an ongoing series, we're introduced to a group of "super soldiers" who were engineered by the U.S. Army just before everything went to apocalypse. Led by "Captain Freedom" (yeah, yeah), they discover the Mount when they fly a predator drone overhead. The heroes send out Zzzap, their energy form hero, and soon the superheroes are meeting the super-soldiers, there is the obligatory initial misunderstanding leading to a completely unnecessary hero battle, followed by the two groups deciding to join together, followed by the discovery of sinister secrets, a hidden bad guy, a returning foe, and more "killing dead zombie celebrity" jokes.
I gave the first book 3 stars; I give this one 3.5. I don't think Peter Clines is going to be putting out anything really fantastically well-written or brilliant, but although falling a bit below my usual quality threshold for series I want to keep following, I have enjoyed both books enough that I will probably snap up the next book when it's released. This is very much hardcore zombie-superhero-nerd fantasy, but if that hits your sweet spot, take the time to enjoy the unabashed enthusiastic genre love here.
Very good voice acting here, and with such a large cast, I appreciated having male and female voices to handle different characters.
Regarding my recent review of Cline's "Ex-Heroes," the first novel in this on-the-mark series, I state:
"Clines, who's given us his enjoyable and unpredictable '14' and his recent smaller but worthy "Quatrain" audiobook, just keeps giving us good reading and listening, period."
Well, I have bad news, dear Audible news listeners.
You're going to have to crack open that dusty old wallet, brush away the cobwebs, pull out that precious Audible credit, and get this audiobook!
Look, it's hard enough these days to find a great (or even just good) zombie writer with something to say, and say it well. Clines did it right in "Ex-Heroes,", and in "Ex-Patriots," he's done it again. A great new premise upon an already solid world built by the author, page-turning dialogue goodness, new rich characterization, and an honest-to-god story to tell.
Do the math. Clines has mixed the genres perfectly, and knocked it out of the park yet again. It's an awesome listen.
I'm keeping this one mercifully short. Stop reading this review, and go get "Ex-Patriots."
I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it
Entertaining, Engaging, Energetic
Stealth. She's sexy cool.,beautiful, smart, and pragmatic ... just the way I like my heroines!
Listening to the narration is like hooking cable wires to your brain and having the images projected directly into your head. Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam immerse you in this story like very few narrators can.
I wasn't expecting another book... I don't know why, but because of that I didn't keep the book fresh in my mind. I was surprised to see a second book and afraid I'd be lost and would have to re-listen to the first one. No, I fell right back in with everyone after a few moments of minor confusion. It's done in the same "then" and "now" style as the first, which drives me up the wall. Though I admit it always comes together and makes sense, so I appreciate it at the end. This time it left an OBVIOUS opening for a third book. I'll definely keep an eye out for that. I've always tried to stay away from apocalyptic zombie reads... But alas, I've finally been dragged in.
A perfect fusion of Superheros and Zombie Apocalypse. What others promised and failed to give, this delivers in spades.
I most enjoyed that the world Peter Clines has created seems like a real world with superheroes instead of a comic book world. The dangers of the main characters are exciting and it keeps you on the edge of your headphones to see how it all plays out.
Peter Clines does an excellent job with his transitions between the current timeline and the flashbacks to not only accentuate the drama but it helps with revealing surprises in a very timely manner.
The Mighty Dragon, Stealth, and Sergeant Freedom were my favorite characters.
The end of the world was just the beginning.
I know way to much about nothing.......
I actually enjoyed the second book much more than the first. I thought the concept of super heroes and zombies a little different, but somehow this author managed to bring it all together. Not for everyone, however if you are into the zombie genre I would be that you'll at least enjoy that part of the story line.
This sequel is great. Throughout the book they even point out how cliche this plot line is, but that doesn't matter; the character interaction, the witty build up of jokes, and the just freaky nature of ex's, compel you to listen to more. By the end you are rooting for the heroes and drooling for more, hoping Clines makes this into a Trilogy, if not more. The separation of readers, while in most books breaks up the flow, in this book, really helps drive the character development, and I applaud the talent for being able to do so. If you like comic book heroes, buy this, and the first book and take a listen, you wont be disappointed.
I accidentally missed the first book of this series, but that didn't stop me from totally getting this second installment nor enjoying it thoroughly.
At first I thought it was too comic book-ish with cardboard characters, but the writing definitely won me over. I loved the blend of real and fantasy and especially enjoyed all the Los Angeles locations.
Peter Clines is certainly well-versed in his military, weaponry and especially anatomy with lots and lots of detailed descriptions of blood, guts and exploding heads. But then, that's all part of the zombie world.
I remain undecided about multiple voices, especially with the voice of one character and then and different voice for the "he said, she said". But I got used to it.
Loved all the popular cultural references creating a wonderful reality.
A bit of an abrupt ending despite it being a series.
But overall, very enjoyable.