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 was entertaining enough for me to finish. But barely. '14' was so good that I was hoping for more of the same. Which isn't fair since these two books are not really in the same genre. Where '14' had a mystery that had me hooked from beginning to end, this one was more like an action adventure book with one fairly predictable twist. I'll still look for more from this author but I probably won't pick up the second book from this series.
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
"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.
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.
"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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