"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before. A short story of approximately 9,500 words. The first story of the "Mountain Man" series. Contains language and graphic violence. If you enjoy this, check out the rest of the series.
©2012 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2014 Podium Publishing
I was very lonely as a teen and books were my escape. Thanks to my father who introduced me to the love of reading.
I am sure "The Walking Dead" series came to most peoples mind.
I love it when I get a taste of a book especially just a sample of one like "The Hospital" makes me more inclined to spend my credits or buy it. The narrator R. C. Bray set the tone for the book he keep me mesmerized to the storyline. I like the fact that that the main character of the book is not no super hero but just an ordinary man without any training in weapons or combat just a "plain Joe" that everyone can relate so far. I will get the next in the series after enjoying this sample.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
I got this after listening to the Mountain Man and I get why the reviews for The Hospital are on the average side. In the Hospital you get a taste of who Gus is but just a taste. Do yourself a favor and get The Mountain Man. You'll get to know Gus better and enjoy Mr. Blackmore's fine story telling skills. I really liked that story and I am looking forward to more of the Mountain Man.
Definitely a great short story.
It is explained in detail. I was pleasantly surprised and sad when it ended so soon.
No, I haven't.
Keep up the great work. I loved it.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
If my headline bothers you, stop now, you will hate this book. Augustus Berry is not the most cultured of men. He is fat, balding and loves to drink himself to a stupor. He has no military experience (how unique is that for a Zombie book.), he survives, because he has watched enough horror movies to know the correct way to behave in an apocalypse.
This is gory, scary and smelly. Yea, you will smell things you don't want to smell. It is not just bloody and gory, it is very scary. Watch out for the Stephen King's "Misery" scene, but mostly watch out for the babies!!
At the time I am writing, this is free. Get this in your library before someone changes their mind. This is the best short story I have listened to, Paid for, or otherwise in a long time.
R.C. Bray is one of those narrators that is the tipping point for a book, when you are trying to decide if you should purchase.
the world's fastest fat man
Yes, because it is a nice short and sharp story. With excellent narration and it will leave the listener wanting more!
I like how the main character does a roving commentary of his plans and habits
Another one of Bray's excellent works. I buy books now sorely because of his narration
Attack of the blood sucking babies
Just download it! And you may as well download the followup book. I just wish the author would write the next one!
Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
I'd rewrite it to better suit the tone of book 2. As a standalone story it rates about an 'ok'. It's typical horror and seems to be written primarily for shock-value. Book 2 is almost the opposite of this.
He's fast becoming my favourite narrator. Manages to avoid the 'tough guy with gravelly' voice cliche whilst still making everyone distinct. He also does female voices very well.
I bought book 2.
I'm complaining about something that's free, but I just think book 1 might put some people off reading book 2 which would be a shame.
Probably. It was a little different from typical end of the world zombies.
The guy having to scrounge around for supplies.
Very clear pronunciations and very easy to understand.
I would NOT take any of them out.
It was ok. It kept me interested to see how it ended.
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My only complaint about The Hospital is that its too short. Blackmore introduces us to a world that has been ravaged by some sort of plague, thank you for not getting into it, the type of world that I have become accustomed to. The Mountain Man Augustus Berry, star of the series, reminds me of a character that I know of but cannot for the life of me remember who, there is a reason he is a survivor, let me leave it at that. This is a short account of one of his scavenging run where he decided to scour a hospital for supplies. Here he encounters a demented crazy woman and finds that there are many thing much more frightening that the undead. If you are like me and want another zombie series to listen to, please join me and check out the rest of the series in the very near future.
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Nerve wracking and disturbing
Yes. I've listened to several of his performances. He makes all of these books come to life.
This book was good...good enough to get me to buy the 1st in the series. It was also disturbing...this could be because I'm a new mother. I'm not bothered by gore (which this book has) but shows zombies in a way I've never seen. Definitely worth the read though. Lots of adventure and suspense. And I can't say enough about R.C. Bray.
What wasn't? Ok--narrowing it down, I really liked that crazy lady in the hospital.
His reading brought the characters to life.
yes, and I did--and I plan to listen to it again!
This is a great freebie, with also a free chapter to his book topped on the end... a little gory, but a very gripping short story. Hoped to see more from this chappie, but only 1 other listed :( I shall; be getting that next book shortly!
I thought it was very descriptive, and held my interest even though I wasn't sure what to expect next. It is not a book I should have listened to driving home on my own on a dark wet night. But saying that I then sat up in bed listening to the end because I needed to know what happened.
Can honestly say it was as scarey as Dean Coombes Watchers. They are not my normal read.
It made me hold my breathe in suspense. Makes your heart beat fast. Not good when driving
I needed to Finnish the book but won't be listening to it again, that is just me just not in my comfort zone.
If you just want something to while the hours away then this will do you fine.... It lacks the elegance of others in its genre but the basics are there and it's very easy to get into the main character..
"Dark zombie short story"
This is quite a dark, gory zombie tale.
Darker than the Walking Dead, In my opinion. Some of the aspects of the story seem to be in there just for shock value. Not really my taste, I won't bother with any more in the series.
"Excellent - have already download Mountain Man!"
A very gripping intro to the series introducing the main character and environment. I have already bought Mountain Man before my credits rolled over as I couldn't wait to get stuck in.
"made me buy the 1st mountain man book"
yes. easy enjoyable listen
the encounter with the 'nurse'
set in a hospital
the nurse caring for her kids
not boring. good from start to end
"Introduction to Mountain Nan series"
Free book, I like Bray's narration so gave it a try. Enjoyable listen and I will be looking for other books in series.
What a brilliantly written short story read magnificently, as always, by R.C. Bray. It's a perfect introduction to the Mountain Man series but be warned - it's not for the faint stomached!
"Better to read this yourself"
Well I got this to listen to whilst at work.
I would seriously recommend not bothering.
The narrator has clearly never read a book in his life beyond "Jack and the Big Red Ball" which he probably read in the same style as he did this book.
Most definitely, KC Blackmore has very quickly become my favourite author of Zombie fiction. While RC Brays' narration style suits the tone perfectly.
I wouldn't say it wasn't enjoyable but the quality improves greatly in the full novels. Obviously this is just a taster but i'd highly recommend getting the first 'Mountain Man' book even if you were unsure after this short story.
I think he has an excellent voice for these zombie horror books. His performance adds tension and energy to the plot and characters.
It already has four full books to accompany it but perhaps some novella set in the same world would be good in the future,
If you enjoy zombie fiction you won't be disappointed with Mr Blackmores' offerings.
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