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The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story | [Keith C. Blackmore]

The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

"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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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

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    Ian Frankston South, Australia 05-08-14
    Ian Frankston South, Australia 05-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Kind of Undersells Book 2"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Meeting Gus.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story inspire you to do anything?

    I bought book 2.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DEMPSY 04-16-14
    DEMPSY 04-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great surprise"
    Where does The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely a great short story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is explained in detail. I was pleasantly surprised and sad when it ended so soon.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the great work. I loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah J. Richardson AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 04-11-14
    Deborah J. Richardson AUSTIN, TEXAS, US 04-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably. It was a little different from typical end of the world zombies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The guy having to scrounge around for supplies.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Very clear pronunciations and very easy to understand.


    If you could take any character from The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would NOT take any of them out.


    Any additional comments?

    It was ok. It kept me interested to see how it ended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-02-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "I Need More Mountain Man"

    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.

    Audiobook purchased by me.

    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 05-14-14
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 05-14-14 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "Not Sure About This Series?"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Yuvett Parkville, MO, United States 05-20-14
    Yuvett Parkville, MO, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2011

    I was very lonely as a teen and books were my escape. Thanks to my father who introduced me to the love of reading.

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    "Not Your Usual Last Action Hero"
    What other book might you compare The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story to and why?

    I am sure "The Walking Dead" series came to most peoples mind.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka VA 04-05-14
    Mike Naka VA 04-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "yup, i'd be messed up too"
    Any additional comments?

    yup, i'd be messed up too if what happened to gus happened to me in this short story.

    the hospital is a 60 minute story about the horrors of a hospital after a zombie apocylapse. gus stops by a hospital to scavenge for supplies when he runs into more than he expected.

    if you read mountain man, then this will tell you why gus is the drunk he is. it fills in a little more of his story.

    if i had listened to this before i listened to mountain man, then i may not have liked it as much.

    as a short story, it's filled with violence and horror, and you don't get a sense of gus, except that he's the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time.the scenes are quite graphic!

    the last 45 minutes is a preview of the mountain. it turned out to be a pretty good story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 06-11-14
    Dean Thomas Caloundra, Qld Australia 06-11-14 Member Since 2013

    the world's fastest fat man

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    "Your worse fears about hospitals and then some!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is a nice short and sharp story. With excellent narration and it will leave the listener wanting more!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story?

    I like how the main character does a roving commentary of his plans and habits


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Another one of Bray's excellent works. I buy books now sorely because of his narration


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Attack of the blood sucking babies


    Any additional comments?

    Just download it! And you may as well download the followup book. I just wish the author would write the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wolf's Mommy San Diego, CA 06-05-14
    Wolf's Mommy San Diego, CA 06-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Exciting and disturbing"
    If you could sum up The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story in three words, what would they be?

    Nerve wracking and disturbing


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I've listened to several of his performances. He makes all of these books come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie G. Degroat The Woods of Northern NY 05-30-14
    Julie G. Degroat The Woods of Northern NY 05-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I want more by this guy!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story?

    What wasn't? Ok--narrowing it down, I really liked that crazy lady in the hospital.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading brought the characters to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, and I did--and I plan to listen to it again!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Nay
    Horley, United Kingdom
    4/8/14
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    "Lovely freebie!"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cuckoosuzie
    Uk
    5/26/14
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    "Very discriptive"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story to, and why?

    Can honestly say it was as scarey as Dean Coombes Watchers. They are not my normal read.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me hold my breathe in suspense. Makes your heart beat fast. Not good when driving


    Any additional comments?

    I needed to Finnish the book but won't be listening to it again, that is just me just not in my comfort zone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. A. J. H. Jackson
    London, UK.
    5/7/14
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    "Excellent - have already download Mountain Man!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona R
    5/5/14
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    "Too much blood....."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No it was too graphic for me


    What was most disappointing about Keith C. Blackmore’s story?

    Loopholes... For instance he had diesel for the truck but no toilet rolls??


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was good and clear.


    Was The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A good book if you like blood and violence! Not a taxing storyline.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I 8 Binners
    Market rasen, Lincoln United Kingdom
    7/18/14
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    "A good prequel to the main Mountain Man stories"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story the most enjoyable?

    Story and the voiceover


    What other book might you compare The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story to, and why?

    the rest of the Mountain man books


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    It was just spot on


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No but I did as I was driving


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the kindle books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa M
    7/11/14
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    "A Gory Thriller."
    Where does The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. Listening to this even inspired me to listen to more books by this author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the gritty approach to the way the character sees the new world and the fight for survival.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

    Gus was great and gritty but Alice was awesome and my favourite.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A gritty zombie horror at its best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stephen
    United Kingdom
    6/27/14
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    "Hooked."

    Hooked from the first few words.
    The author and the narrator grab you and immerse you in a very atmospheric story from the off, so much so that I bought the next book immediately and i have not been disappointed.
    I love the genre anyway but there is so much c**p out there that this short story is a breath of fresh air.
    Incredibly it's free! so do yourself a favour and grab is straight away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    COLCHESTER, United Kingdom
    5/13/14
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    "B-Movie kid's stuff"
    Would you try another book written by Keith C. Blackmore or narrated by R. C. Bray?

    Nope


    What could Keith C. Blackmore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written something better. This is standard B-movie zombie rubbish.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He does well despite the poor story-line, poor english and poor characterisation. He could have narrated a good book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Good job it was free.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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