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You really should read the first 2 books in this series before you pick up Ex-Communication. Many of the occurrences in this book are tied to the events and actions that took place in the first 2 books and having that context is necessary. Besides, if you like the first 2 books then you’ll be reading/listening to this one in no time at all. All of the Heroes will seem like old friends by the time you get here and you’ll be glad to spend more time with them.
Similar to the start of Book 2, Ex-Communication reveals that the Heroes have been busy in between books. The wall around The Mount has been extended and the relationships between the Heroes have grown as well. Legion is getting smarter and his ability to control the zombie horde is advancing. In addition to adding a new Hero to the mix (Corpse Girl) Peter Clines provides more insight and background to events from the first 2 books. Amongst other things, we learn why Zzzap has been talking to himself and why Dr. Sorensen insisted his daughter wasn’t dead.
It started with Super-Heroes and Zombies, then came the Super-Soldiers, and now Demons and Sorcery emerge to take center stage with a little nano-technology thrown in for good measure. At first I wasn’t thrilled that Clines went in this direction, but after a while I got over it and just went along for the ride. This is more comic book style storytelling delivered in the same “Then” and “Now” format we are used to. The cast of narrators is once again outstanding, so if you are a fan of the series then you will gobble this up quickly.
Let me start out with this: I liked this book a lot. The reason I gave it a 4 rating instead of a 5 is because of the way the narration was done. I know it was the same as all the previous books in the series, but it was seriously distracting the way some of the voices were voiced by different actors. I know what they were trying to achieve, but somehow it missed its mark. Another sticking point for me is that while some of the voices were voiced by different actors, it was not consistent all the way through the book. In some places, the main narrator would read the parts that SHOULD have been voiced by the actors. The effect of this is a jarring distraction to what should be a smooth sail through the story.
I will say that this book had a great storyline and the way a new hero was introduced was very well done. I didn't know what was going on and was actually surprised by the hero and their abilities. I felt like I was learning what was going on right with the characters. This is a difficult thing to successfully pull off and I was impressed.
I am not sure where this series is going, but I have liked it a lot and will continue to read them as they come out!
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
its finally here, i have been waiting for this book for over a year, and was afraid to never get it... but nope, finally its here, this master piece of a zombie series. Super heroes and zombies leads to a great book and a greater series.
Ex-communication had a fast start and a challenging one too, legion is there, and he is out for blood, new relations are made here and new characters come to life here as well.
Let me point this out, this the the 2nd release of this book, the first one was full of recording errors (a character would be narrated by different narrators) . but audible fixed this in less than a week, and i am amazed with you guys for that.. and then this is my 2nd review for the book.
Ex-communication was a bridge between Ex-Patriots and the next Ex book. as its action content was a bit less than the 2nd book but still, it was amazingly written, crafted, and produced. such a fantastic book.
To Peter Clines: please don't be late for the next book, waiting for it from now.
If you're a fan of this series, you may already own this audiobook. If not, or if you're still deciding wether or not to slap those Audible credits on the counter, and get into this series, this third review is for you.
If you've read my previous reviews, you already KNOW my thoughts on this writer and his efforts. This review is going to basically say the same thing, with a few changes.
First, the characters, both existing and new have greater depth. The story now deals with faith and magic in a more intricate method, and are both stronger players in the tone and direction of the story. The storyline is richer, and takes even better advantage of the world Clines has already established. It's fantastic, and the author steps up his game in this third effort. The zombies are badder, the heroes are better, the villain steps up the game, and the conflicts make for great reads, or in this case, listens.
I'm not going to give away any plot points here, as you know. I HATE when a reviewer gives spoilers about the work they review. It's as if the reviewer dips into all that hard work, and steals a small (or sometimes large) part of the spotlight so richly deserved by the author. So, no spoilers.
But I WILL finish by telling you the following:
It's one thing for author to write one good work - It's an ENTIRELY different thing to write THREE subsequent works in a series surrounding a constant theme, and doing so beautifully time after time.
Clines has done this, over and over in this series. If you love the zombie, superhero or modern magic genres, you're going to be satisfied, from the first in the series, to this third in the series.
Personally, I'm thinking this is the best of the three. How often does THAT happen?
Go ahead. Say it. You know the answer. Not very often, if ever.
So, Clines topped the other two books by writing THIS book.
Thanks, Peter. I can't wait to see where you take the series from here.
It continues to up hold the characters and story line very well. The characters keep growing, along with twists & turns to the them. Keeps the storyline very interesting.
The new characters that were introduced in this book and the use of older characters.
They were all very very good. I would have preferred to have only 1 person as narrator.
Gripping story. Peter Clines is one of the best writers I have read\listened to. I would highly recommend this to anyone seeking a good scfi read.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Book one was good, book two was excellent, and this book is back to good. Overall the series was a great read, but individually, this might have been the weakest book of the three.
Why? Because nothing really happened. The book was spent exploring the characters' relationships with each other, more than interacting with the outside world. Also... the bad guys seemed like they were tacked on. We start the book with Legion - ohh... very bad - but then we get the demon appearance and Legion just sorta fades to the background. The reason for Legion's end-story acquiesance doesn't ring true, especially considering how focused on rage he was in the first of the book. And I don't really believe the heroes' naivete that led to the freeing of the demon in the first place.
The existing main characters were still there, and a couple were added, but... some of the previously added heroes (Driver) were just cameos here. There was a little bit of mystery around Corpse girl, but it didn't go anywhere in this story - I am hoping it will be further developed in the next book.
But, even so, it was a great series and now that I see there is another book in the series, I will go get it!
Narration is excellent, there is no gore or significant violence, and any swearing was not excessive.
I used to love reading but now with little time im an Audible Junkie! Audible brings sanity to mindless tasks and drives!
Surprising, Entertaining, Interesting
St. George because of not only he is invulnerable and super strong but he is a genuinely good person. Not cocky.
This holds up to his style. Ive read (listened to) 4 books of his and have loved them all.
Yes but unfortunately it had to be a back and forth to work book.
I wish and hope that there will be more in the series. I wasnt so sure of the theme "Zombies & super heroes" but after giving the first book a chance I am now a fan of the genre (if there is one).
Ex-Communication introduces new challenges for our heroes while also shoring up loose strings from the previous two books.
This book is a bit more predictable than the previous two. The mystery of a sub-plot was much more engaging to me than the main plot. However, the action and adventures don't let up. The super hero team has met a challenge more cunning, more dangerous, and more frightening than the challenges of the previous books.
I'm looking forward to release of the fourth book in the series.
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.
"Entertaining as always"
It is a entertaining relativly short book that keeps your attention through out,, very good for those times you just want to listen to something simple and not to deep
Learning about the demon
Zaps confersations with the demons hosts
Zombies Demons and Super heros
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