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 generally steer away from post-apocalyptic books like the plague, but gave this one a try because I liked the author's books "14" and "The Fold" so much. Although I didn't care for this one as much, I still liked the pacing of the action and the banter between characters. Peter Clines definitely has a great imagination!
Loved it! I admit that in the beginning it was a little bit of a struggle to keep up and get into because it felt like there was not much difference in the voice acting between characters and the story starts right off almost with out any introductions of the characters. However, the voice actors get into the zone and make the characters distinguishable. The attention to detail by the writers was also great as there were a lot of references I could relate to or knew of. These details go so far as having character-intro-flashbacks that make it easier to understand the hero's and help to make them individuals. Only reason I gave 4 stars for performance was because at the beginning it was difficult to keep track of who was speaking. after the first couple chapters, the performances were much improved.
This book hooked my on the series and got me interested in superhero books for adults!
It was great in the characters flaws, how they each had powers but only together could they win, etc. Just a great books and series.
Every female character sounds EXACTLY the same, so understanding who is speaking from the voice queues is nearly impossible. This strongly detracted from the otherwise good-enough story.
Do NOT listen during a meal. I was on business travel, often in restaurants while listening to this book. I am not put off by gore, but much of the dialog is sub-optimal for dinner time listening. Be prepared for gratuitous and detailed descriptions of killing zombies, and the sounds that would come with.
Then...Imagine what it would be like if Superman, Batman, Cat Woman, Dracula, and the Human Torch teamed up to fight against zombies and zombie Frankenstein and a Demon. Sweet action RIGHT!!! I had no idea that was this great story till I really got into it. Now...I can't put the book down and want the next one. Thank you very much Peter for such a wonderful change to the NORM. I am a big fan of zombie books and movies...but this was an original if I have ever seen one. Any idea where I can get a signed original...first edition???
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
Probably. Parts of it just felt so cool and exciting. It is written in such a way that even if you know the resolution its still a fun read.
I have to pick? The tension of the final conflict. It felt so clutch. I genuinely didnt know what was going to happen. It was calculated like a chess game yet brutal like a bar fight. Every bit of it felt like a slow painful crawl.
So much personality to so many characters. I really felt like i knew everyone. Just by their voices and annunciations.
The initial like about Exs. i cant remember but its something like "Ex Cops, Ex Mothers, ...Ex People".
Absolutely perfect pacing. I felt like i could feel the whole situation. The race for answers through detective work and the tactical combat struggle. The excitement and the hopelessness.
The way the origin stories were done should be celebrated. It was enough info to define people but it didnt drag or feel obligatory.
Just cool enough to not feel cheesy.
I also like how everything tied together and gets explained. It all felt so smooth and clever.
There was just enough info to keep you grounded and engaged and the omission of some things actually made it better. If you were in the middle of the situation you couldn't know every little thing about everyone. I really felt like i was there.
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I don't understand why they never corralled the exes onto streets and used cars to block then in, creating safe paths from thier base to foraging areas, and pushing them out from the inside to create a larger safe zone. i feel like a lot of things weren't thought out. still a good story though.
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