Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.
Now, a year later, the Mighty Dragon and his companions must overcome their differences and recover from their own scars to protect the thousands of survivors sheltered in their film studio-turned-fortress, the Mount. The heroes lead teams out to scavenge supplies, keep the peace within the walls of their home, and try to be the symbols the survivors so desperately need. For while the ex-humans walk the streets night and day, they are not the only threat left in the world, and the people of the Mount are not the only survivors left in Los Angeles. Across the city, another group has grown and gained power. And they are not heroes.
©2010 Peter Clines (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
I'm not sure what I was expecting but I just could not get into this. The main character is talking about vomiting up fire, and while I guess some superheros do that I'm not sure it is very entertaining. I just didn't get engrossed in this, which is too bad, I don't mind a good superhero story. It also was odd to have the male narrator narrate and then have the female narrator pitch in. It made the story seem disjointed.
Not my thing I guess.
You wouldn't think this concept would work. it sounds stunt-y and like the cash-in idea of a hack. "Gee these two things are popular, let's crap out some schlock."
But then you read it. And the heroes are human and complicated, the setting unique and creative, the prose fun and alive. The story isn't about superheroes vs zombies. It's about hope vs fear. Highly recommended, can't wait to read this whole series.
I was seduced over to this book by 14 and the Fold, and I was very disappointed. In Ex-Heroes, Peter Clines tries to go for this comic-book-feel motif that involves a lot of graphic sexualization of the female characters. I ended up googling the author to make doubly sure it was the same man who brought us the indomitable Veek, one of my favourite protags of all time. I mean, I hate to hate this book, and I hate that it's turning me into this kind of reviewer, but if I had to hear one more time about the shape of the love interest's various body parts underneath her tightly stretched spandex...
The artistic point he was trying to make was totally lost for me in terms of how alienating it was to read. I'm going to stick to his other books.
Not Guildford! NYC, and damn proud of it. My mother's tongue used to cleave to the roof of her mouth from reading to me, now i pay others.
This is NOT my genre. I bought this book on a whim because I so enjoyed 14 and I needed something to keep my attention. I really, really enjoyed listening to this as much as the author appears to have enjoyed writing it. The characters are wonderful, superhereos novel. All in all very enjoyable and worth a listen. Oh yeah and SO much better than that incredible snoozer Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.
Fun romp that kept up a nice pace. Good enough explanations w/o getting too bogged down. A bit disappointed with main antagonist/Boss.
Considering consuming follow-up books which rarely happens for me.
I wish I had read the reviews before I purchased this audiobook. It kept coming up in "recommended for you" suggestions. Whoever wrote that logarithm does not read the books, clearly.
I have a passing interest in superheroes at best, but I thought this book was shallow in its content. Lots of action, to be sure, but I found that very hard to follow. I grew weary of the randy jibes and bravado. The chapter jumps between "now" and "then" which was also difficult to follow. I found myself being easily distracted. Not my cup of tea.
I'm thinking that if you like graphic novels, "Ex-Heroes" would probably appeal to you.
I absolutely love "The Fold" and "14", but "Ex-Heroes" is not of the same quality, in my opinion. I will just have to wait patiently for Clines' next non-Ex book.
This is good for people who like old comics
Not in this style
Is there a plot in a continous series of fights and explosions? I like guy movies, but this takes it to a B movie straight to video type of endeavor.
All of them that have supernatural powers
loved it. kept me on my the edge of my seat! great voices and story twist. I'm looking forward to another book like it.
"Ex-citing, Ex-traordinary, Ex-tremely entertaining"
If you like the Zombie genre, are open to super heroes and alternative universes this is the book for you.
I loved it, the Super heroes are well thought out and have all the classic powers, and a few that are rather different. The zombie issue has more imagination than most zombie novels making it more realistic and has a great final origin twist.
Ex-Heroes is well paced and full of action with just the right amount of humor. Mr Clines has written a well thought out, entertaining tale, combining two great genres of modern day writing.
Then getting Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam, to take you to Clines besieged Hollywood Lot and infected LA with their remarkable acting and story telling techniques is a stroke of genius. All of Clines exciting characters spring to life from the speaker. St George (Brilliant idea,) is voiced so you know he's a cool hero and a nice guy. With Stealth a sexy mysterious genius leader and Lady Bee leaving a mans blood pressure up. The whole narration of this brilliant novel leaves you with a desire to hear more, more, more.
I am a big fan of the Walking Dead and Science Fiction in general, this is why I was attracted originally. The story is set in L.A the not so distant future, millions are infected by a virus that has turned them into flesh eating Zombies. The heroes battle daily along side the non infected for survival and there are some great heroes in this tale. A gripping story line well narrated with great characters.They could turn this into movie and I would really like a sequel.
"Good and enjoyable"
Granted you like like superheroes and/or zombies you'll like this release. It's quite humorous at times and a nice mixture of genres. The characters have interesting backgrounds (how they got their superpowers etc) and the narrative works really well and the obligatory final battle contains an interesting twist or two.
The two narrators are also doing a very good job. All in all a good buy, if you ask me.
"different take on the zombie world"
As I do do a lot of travelling , audio-books are an essential part of my travel kit. its nice occasionally to hear something a little bit different and slightly off centre . mixing two genres is difficult at best but is done with skill and with obvious affection for the leading characters, enjoyed this and the follow up immensely.
"I hate myself for liking this book"
I certainly would but not it's not for everyone. However if you like super powers zombies and a certain childish but endearing slant on sex and sexuality, this is the book/series for you.
Hmmm I'm not sure. I really wasn't a big fan of having two narrators in this format. Although either would have been fine on their own, the dialogue between the two was obviously recorded at different times so the interplay seems more suited to a bad soap opera.
Absolutely. I made the mistake of listening to the first ten minutes inn a lunch break then spent the rest of the day irritated that I couldn't hear more.
Although the dialogue between the male and female narrators is stilted, it is only a minor annoyance and I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who likes the fantasy/horror/sci-fi genre. If on the other hand you are more fond of the works of Jane Austin, Emily Bronte or indeed anything which requires even the slightest use of the brain or higher emotions, then this may not be the best choice for you.
Peter Clines is my new favourite author, after listening to 14 and now Ex-Heroes. This is the 1st book in a series, and I can't wait to get stuck into the next!
Not only has LA been taken over by zombies, but a while before, people started to discover superpowers. These new superheroes are now helping to protect a group of humans from the zombies, and a nasty gang.
The heroes are all brand new, and well thought out, and as the book progresses we get to know a lot more about them, as well as how the 'zombie invasion' came about.
The writing is clear and easy to follow, and it's so easy to picture this as a film or mini-series. In fact, I'm amazed it's not been snapped up already!
A note about the narration - some of the chapters give the backstory of a female character, and these are read by a female narrator. In other chapters though, the bulk is read by the male narrator, with the female speaking just female line. This is a little unusual at first, but soon sounds quite natural - if you find it off-putting, give it time.
The best thing about this book is the way it combines action and back story.
Sticking with the super hero theme you could compare this to The Watchmen although it's not so bleak.
The story gets better and better so the ending is really good.
There are some great twists.
"A nice take on the zombie apocalypse."
This is one book where the narration adds an extra layer to the story itself. No spoliers from me, just listen to it!
"An interesting take on Zombie Apocalypse"
I have to say, although the subject matter has been done time and time again in books and TV, this version gave it a bit of a twist by introducing Heros - reminding me a bit of "First of the North star" for those of you who know your Manga. I would read another for a bit of fun / mindless entertainment, but not top of the list.
The ending was dramatic and about what you expect from the way the story was set up.
Not listened to any others.
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