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First, I'll say that like the other two books in the series, Ex-Communication is well acted and a lot of fun. I do recommend it for anyone who enjoyed the first two books and highly recommend the first two books for anyone who hasn't read them. This is a good book and was worth a listen.
Having said that, this is my leas favorite in the series so far for a couple different but related reasons. I wont go into specifics as they would require some spoilers so my explanation is going to be a bit vague. First, Clines made an attempt to develop some of the series characters a bit but his efforts fell a bit flat for me. Rather than making the character(s) in question more interesting, they lost some of what made them so compelling to begin with. Legion, for those who are familiar with the series, makes another appearance but he also takes a step backwards as far as development and takes actions that make absolutely no sense and completely go against his own motivations as we have known them over 2 previous books. These issues left me a bit dissatisfied and confused once it was all said and done.
On the flip side, one character who was a bit of a side note earlier in the series gets some series and well spent development time. A new character is also introduced who gets a lot of good and well spent development time as well.
So, in summary, Ex-Communication is a good read/listen just like the others in the series but does leave me a bit concerned about the direction of the series.
Much better than the first Ex-Heroes book - this one expanded on what was missing in the first: in-depth characterization, with less descriptive action scenes. Lots of fun!
I truly enjoy both the writing of Peter Clines and the reading of Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam and Mark Boyette. I hope this series continues. I appreciate the character development and I love the concept of superheroes!!!!!
I really like the Ex's series for pure thoughtless entertainment value -- superheroes AND zombies, it's a geek dream! -- and the third book proved to be my favorite so far.
However, the audiobook was obviously a rush job as the editing was no where near as good as the previous two. Numorous time during the listen, the wrong character would speak, and at least twice lines were duplicated. The flaws distracted from a cool story enough to be a little irritating.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
It is way up there...great great great!! I hope there is another one!!!!!!!
No comparison...stand alone awesomeness!!!!!!
ALL!!!!! It was flawless and so so so enjoyable!!!
This whole series would be an excellent movie, or tv series.....
I just hope re is another book in this series....I loved all of it...Peter Clines is awesome! If you liked books 1 and 2 you will love this one!!!!
I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.
Peter Clines writes his heroes like Stan Lee. Get the whole series, spend your credits and enjoy!
This would have been a great one and a half movie with CGI. As a book however it is rated "P" for "P"ass. Ghosts and goblins. "14" IMHO is a better effort from Mr. Clines.
First off, I love the "Ex-" books. I love the idea of reluctant, flawed humans who became "heroes." How this happened still hasn't been explained, but, really, who cares? This is up to Clines previous standards, a twist you may not see coming, new characters who are as intriguing as the regulars. I found myself sitting in the car not wanting to get out until a chapter end. Good stuff.
The only criticism I have of this recording is there are some clear re-dubbings where the characters' voices are suddenly different. It's a little jarring since the narrators have given each character very specific vocal pitches and speech patterns, It can be confusing in scenes with several characters - trying to figure out which character is speaking.
I wouldn't let it stop me from recommending this book, but listeners should be aware of this slight flaw.
This is the 3rd installment of Peter Clines' zombie/hero books, and I believe it is the best one so far. The story and plot are well thought out, and the character development in this novel is much better than in the previous two books. The primary antagonist in this story is a powerful demon by the name of Cairax Murrain, who seeks to extract revenge on the Heroes because of his previous enslavement by the former hero Max Haile. The ensuing battle that results is both captivating and entertaining. If you liked Ex-Heroes and Ex-Patriots, you definitely enjoy this worth follow up.
One puzzling point in this story is that one of the main protagonists, a hero by the name of Stealth who is a professed atheist, is very critical of, and antagonistic towards, the "believers" in the story, This is despite the fact that she actually faces and fights against a demon from hell that is described as the brother of Satan. It appears that Stealth has no problem accepting the reality of demons and hell, but refuses to acknowledge the existence of any sort of God or opposing good to the evil that exists in her world. Perhaps this will be explained in upcoming installments.
As far as the narration of the story goes, I was less than impressed. Several male and female narrators were used in the presentation of the story, but there was no chemistry between them and the narration to me was very disjointed. I think I would have preferred a single narration performance in this case.
I thought it was a great story line that took many new twist. The story lines were very interesting.
I like corpse girl, not sure why. I typically don't like "kid" characters, but she added to the group in some way. The character blended very well with the other characters.
Cpt. Freedom is a fun character too.
Zap is still pretty funny.
The voices fit.
I very much enjoyed to trying to figure out what was happening to Maddie. I kind of did figure it out quite early, but not the twist.
Keep it up. I really like these story lines. They aren't getting stale. They've become some of my favorite series and encouraged me to read Peter's other books.
Although, now I'm out of Peter Cline books.
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