Honestly, if Ex-Heroes hadn't been on sale, I probably never would have bothered. I've never been much into superheroes so it really didn't appeal to me. I have to say, I'm very glad I took the chance. Adding in the superhero twist allowed for some fun variation in the zombie genre, and the fact that the story doesn't take itself too seriously was key. Toss in some fun origin stories and you've got a really enjoyable listen. I'll be on the look out for more from this series for sure.
This started out promising, with some funny, self-deprecating commentary on the "prepper" mentality, but quickly went downhill from there. Two things that could have immensely helped the author:
1. An editor
2. A thesaurus
There were many times when the writing's syntax and grammar were questionable at best, and I lost count of how many times he used the phrase "find purchase," among others. The book is written in first person, but a few chapters randomly skip to the first person perspectives of a different character. This would be fine if it happened throughout the book, but it happens once or twice, simply for the sake of telling a different part of the story and it makes the whole thing feel disjointed. If the author wanted to tell those stories, he should either have found a way to do it using the main character's point of view, or not have chosen to write in the first person at all.
Even as a fan of zombie fiction, I cannot recommend this. The writing is amateur, lazy and uninspiring. Avoid it.
A must-listen for Star Wars fans, whether you played the Dark Forces games or not. Great sound design, above-average voice acting and an interesting exploration of the events surrounding the original movies from a different vantage. I wish more of these had been done.
I would recommend it to Cussler fans. If you're not familiar with any of his other books, I would recommend reading an older one which was written without an additional author (i.e. Sahara, Cyclops, etc.)
I don't have anyone in particular in mind, but Brick's narration was probably the biggest reason I didn't enjoy this story very much. He routinely ended sentences with a very "sing-songy" cadence that often betrayed the gravity of the situation.
The banter between Sam and Remi felt seriously forced. These were the "cringe-worthy" moments I mentioned in my headline, and they could probably have been forgiven if they weren't so needlessly frequent. The banter sort of dies down as the story really starts to move (mostly in what I'd consider the third act), but by then the damage is done.
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