I started reading the Ex-Heroes series because I have a geeky affection for zombies and superheroes, but Peter Clines is growing on me. The second book was a little better than the first, and the third book, while more of the same story-wise, continues to improve. It's still just a comic book in novel form, but like any ongoing series, if you stick with it you start to get attached to the characters and conversant with the continuity.
The heroes guarding the walled enclave of Los Angeles, surrounded by several hundred thousand "Exes," or zombies, ended the last book with a new arch-enemy: Legion, a superhuman who has the power to spread his consciousness among an ever-growing number of zombies and control them. In Ex-Communication, Legion continues to try to get at the survivors, but then a new Big Bad appears. St. George, Captain Freedom, Stealth, Cerberus, and Zap have to defeat an honest-to-God demon lord from hell.
The addition of actual magic into the Ex-Heroes' cosmology does it no great damage; it was already a comic book world. St. George continues to be the Superman of the series, and Stealth (now his girlfriend), the Batman. Zap is the Green Lantern, Cerberus is Iron (Wo)Man, and Captain Freedom... well, guess.
Clines spins a fun yarn, and it's about as consistent and coherent as a superhero/zombie novel can be. There are the usual twists, reveals, a little more worldbuilding, and some clever power stunts, but at this point the books are just new installments for fans of the series. Hopefully Clines will expand this universe and stretch out a little before it gets stale.
The audio performance is almost the best part about this book; the multiple narrators give each hero (and villain) a distinct voice, and greatly add to the entertainment value, making it even more like listening to a comic book being roleplayed with perfect earnestness.
The second book fell a little flat for me. Ex Patriots felt like The Empire Strikes Back. It seemed similar to the first book, introduces new characters and didn't have a satisfying conclusion.
In contrast, Ex Communication doesn't introduce anybody new, but it builds upon existing characters. I liked that the scavengers and guards are back in the story. The relationships characters become more realized as the Mount becomes a city. Politics and religion factions start to emerge.
While the Mount is experiencing growing pains, old unresolved threats could destroy humanity.
This book had me hooked, I love the concept, Zombies & Super Heroes!
The first book was not as refined, but Peter is definitely communicating his story much more eloquently now!
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
The rule about trilogies is usually that the first one is decent, the second is a bit weaker and the third fulfills everything the series is about. It applies here. It gathers the best elements of the first two books, acknowledges the events they have gone through, and pulls all the stops.
All the characters in this book were introduced previously in some capacity, whether present or mentioned. The combination of action and humor reaches a new, refined height as Peter Clines flexes his creative muscles.
I am NOT a zombie book/film/story fan. I do enjoy a good super hero movie, but not normally a book. This trilogy intrigues me, and this is book 3. It's an interesting mix of humanization, Armageddon, unnatural abilities.....weird, but it works for me. The cast does a superb job, and different cast members performing the roles really "tells" the story. Indulge yourself, and give it a shot.
Yes, the story is great and I loved the characters.
It explained a few things about the previous story and the story keeps moving forward and doesn't dwell endlessly at any point.
Definitely, every chapter ends and keeps you wanting to hear more. Took me three days since work kept getting in the way.
A great series with wonderful characters that leaves you wanting more.
Top 20. I'm a big fan of the series.
Clines does a good job weaving together story arcs from the other two books to create an intriguing third entry in the series that is every bit as good as the other two books. Just a quick comment on the faulty narration -- I downloaded this audiobook in early September of 2013 and there are several scenes in the book where Jay Snyder "fills in" as the voices of Stealth and Captain Freedom for a few lines (Hvam would do the majority of a chapter, for example, and here and there Snyder [as Stealth] would be dubbed in for a few lines). I don't know how this compares to the original release, but it doesn't occur that often and doesn't throw off the pacing of the book.
Not his best work but a store that needed to be told to allow a more full back storey to be created for some of the hero's
Yes, there was a nice change of voice style and tone
Yes, while not may favourt in the series .... but still worth the read
So far I have listened to the book twice. The choice of vocal talent is one of the main reasons you really get into any particular audiobook and in this release the characters are brought to life in excellent fashion.
The escape of "the character that shall remain nameless." The details as I think of them can't be shared here. Don't wanna create spoilers.
Stealth & the crew have been voiced brilliantly from the first book I listened to. Freedom and every character in the book are "Alive." through the performance of the narrators here.
Laughter and tension as well as a great mystery were found here. Excellent work.
The Ex series has been one of the best finds here and I gladly share the series info to my friends and where to get it too!!!
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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.