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.
Ex-heroes is a book that combines two genres that really should not work together; super heroes and zombies...but Peter Clines makes it happen masterfully.
The story is engaging switching between the start of the apocalypse the present that is about a year after civilization came to an end.
The flashbacks are the key to this tale, providing the reader not only with a logical progression of the apocalypse, but origins and character backgrounds on the superheroes.
Additionally, having the female parts read by a female reader was a touch that I would love to see in more audiobooks. Too often the male readers force a squeaking falsetto or the females an affected bass. Jay and Khristine not only make the parts more believable and sounded immersed in their roles.
Heroes usually fight crime not zombies, which made this story uniquely different. I appreciate how the author created original heroes with original super hero powers. The author did lose me a couple of times and I had to re-listen to some parts. The narrator was fun to listen to and captured each character's personality well.
Better story, a character or two that wasn't two-dimensional
Just wasn't very original.. a hodge-podge mix of ideas
Maybe I should have ranked it 3 out of 5.. but not great.
Every character seemed like a superficial collection of reused ideas.. couldn't' find myself really caring about any of them.. all very 2-dimensional. About as interesting as one of the late night films you see on sci-fi..
The mystery needs to be expanded upon, not much for intellectual stimulation.
I first listened to 14, which inclined me to seek out more by Clines. Ex-Heroes is very far removed from the style of 14 in good and awful ways. To be brief, 14 was more Stephen King and Ex-Heroes was more Stan Lee.
Absolutely, I loved comic books growing up and, as an adult, I love the adult play on comic books that is becoming more and more popular. Hancock, for example, was a very entertaining movie for me. However, not a favorite of mine. Ex-Heroes would be a great, R-rated box-office smash with exceptional special effects and at least one seasoned actor to ease the transition. Far to simplified, though, to ever be a classic.
Definitely a recommended read, but if this isn't your first audiobook (or 20th) then I would steer you towards 14 for a much better representation of what Clines is capable of as an author.
I love zombie books. always looking for the next good one.
man what a waste of money. mixing supper heroes and Zombies could have been a different twist. but it did not work. it felt like they should have written two separate stories. if your a big Zombie Fan you will hate this book.
“Never laugh at live dragons.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam give a great performance. There is such variety to there narration it feels like a full cast. The story itself was nothing special. The story was well written and had great elements, although if I had spent a credit instead of purchasing this title on sale, I would have been disappointed. Not a recommendation from me.
A good ride
Yes , it's a good escape to a world where you must earn your life at each turn you learn to be stand up.
That would be telling
The last men verse zombies, with a little help
St. George, its obivious if you listen to the book.
Good voice acting.
yes and no. I like the story and had to finish once I got started.
This book isn't a milestone of literature, or something that makes you really think hard, in fact I could see bibliophile friends turning their noses up at it. That said it was one of the most entertaining books I have gone through in a long time.
I mean Super Heroes, Zombies, its chocolate and peanut butter gold in terms of fanboy entertainment and this one is done right. Not to mention the edge of your seat action as the story develops you also have all the super hero back-stories that are just as interesting themselves.
Throw in the Los Angeles setting with Celebrity Zombie sightings (and kills) and a good dose of pop culture to boot (to quote hero St. George in the book "Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K" quoting Ted "Theodore" Logan Form 'Bill and Ted's Excellent adventure').
Excellent book, very entertaining, found myself rooting for the Heroes at the end.
BTW, so when is the movie coming out, it has blockbuster written all over it.
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