You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
Overall the second book is better written than the first. There are less superheroes on the scene so there is better character development and some very nice plot twists. You can even learn a thing or two about influence.
But of course there are some things that don't make sense, like the most badass superhero becoming the damsel in distress. I really need to share my thoughts about one scene because I just couldn't believe the logic or lack of:
* Zap is locked inside the nuclear reactor. He manages to cross the glass barrier to reach the adjacent room where the doctor is but is not able to get out of the reactor room out because of the Faraday cage which surrounds the whole reactor?!
* Anyway it does not occur to him to take the doctor as a hostage, maybe vaporize a leg or an arm just to show how serious he is. And besides, a Faraday cage is used for protection against electric currents not against nuclear reactions of stars.
Oh and Captain America appears to save the day.
On summary :
Unexpected plot twists - good
Bad logic - bad
Unrealistic physics - bad
Zombies - good
Cool villains - good
So 3 stars
Great second book in the series. Started off listening to Clines from his book 14. I looked into his other work after I was finished with that book. Still one of my all time favorites. This series is getting better with each book.
Living my life one chapter at a time!
Out of all the Audiobooks I have listened to so far, this is by far at the very top, just above Ready Player One.
Favorite character is Captain Freedom, this guy is just amazing! I really enjoyed his back story and the narration is spot on with what I believe his voice would sound like.
I have listened to the first and third chapter and I truly love the series and the characters narration's. I will look into the narrators other performances.
I wouldn't say move me emotionally but physically! When Captain Freedom and the Mighty Dragon face off you just have to stop what you're doing and squeeze your headphones on tighter to not miss any detail of the fight.
From beginning to end, this chapter in the Ex series is just the best!
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It is even better than Ex-Heroes (the first book in the series). It is suspenseful, and there is a twist (or maybe even two twists) that I did not expect.
It is a rather mature zombie book (i.e. there is more to the story than just zombies eating everyone) and, while some readers have complained about the swearing, I didn't find it excessive at all. There are a couple characters who swear, but they don't show up much.
The heroes just feel like regular people, who have the goal of trying their best to save the remaining people from zombies. We don't really bat an eye at their powers because the powers are seamlessly woven into the story. And the heroes are distinct and we are made to care about them as individuals, not just in how they can save the day.
I think Clines is becoming a better writer the more he writes. I look forward to the next book in the series because I can't wait to see what the heroes do next, and if they can, indeed, save what is left of the world. There is not a cliff-hanger so you don't *have* to go out and buy the next book immediately, but I did anyway.
The narration is very good, there is some swearing but no real gore or graphic content.
I didn't enjoy the second book as much as the others.
Ex Patriots is a continuation of Ex Heroes but outside Los Angeles. We get to learn a little more about the world outside the Mount and get an origin story for two super-villains.
I am in middle of the fourth book. Each Ex book has introduced a unique element to the world, except this one. Still a entertaining book but not as inventive as the others.
I had to force myself to finish this book. So predictable....and lets face it, disappointing. Peter Clines can offer much more. A quick buck appears to be his only motivation with this lackluster series. This is not original, or entertaining, but it is formulaic. I simply cannot identify with any of the 'Heroes'. Sorry...no cigar.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Ex-Patriots continues the story of the survivors from the mount. Written in the same style as the first book in the series, book 2 adds some additional characters and villains as well. The book offers a good amount of action without any character development, essentially when you want to be a mindless reader reading about mindless zombies this is your book.
The multiple narrators made this a great audio book!