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 have listened to some of the wheel of time and some other books narrated by two artists, but this one takes the cake it was done so seamlessly that it enhances the story and does not distract by jarring another artist in.
If your a fan of Superheros and Zombies this book is for you. I was iffy at first to give it a shot but I am glad I did! I will be reading the next installments for sure!
Even tho it's just another post apocalyptic zombie tale the heroes twist sets it apart. It's also nice to have the voice actors be so capable of delivering variations for characters . It is the first story I've listened to that has more then one reader and I found that enjoyable. Really exited to finish the other story's in the series.
Wrong. The characters are irritating and one dimensional. Logic is subservient to plot. The book is riddled with tropes and Mary Janes.
Basically all the things that sorta bugged you in 14 but you were willing to overlook because of the superb pacing and imaginative plot.
The voice acting is good but that's like complimenting the quality of the paint in a mediocre fresco.
Give this one a miss.
I thought the premise was dumb and only tried it because I like Peter Clines' other work. Holy crap was I wrong. This is one of the best books I've ever "read." Going to start number two now.
That's basically all you need. It's not a mystery like Clines' 14, but there are some mystery elements. There's also noir, kinda cool.
Performance was great except for a few technical terms that voice actors wouldn't know (piezoelectric, ASP baton, etc). Can't really blame them, but we do have Google for these things. Sorry, I'm being a pedant now.
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There is nothing I can say here that hasn't already been said by other reviewers. Super heroes vs. zombies sounds stupid, but this is a very entertaining book. I rejected this audio book for a long time, but after listening to 14 and The Fold I just had to try it and I'm glad I did.
I think this is Peter Clines' first novel, and the writing reflects that. It's not as polished as his more recent books, but it still has better writing than a lot of books by more popular novelists.
It took me some time to get used to the duel narrators. Jay Snyder does most of the reading with Khristine Hvam reading the dialogue of the female characters. At first, this was extremely distracting to me. I was wishing the producers would have stuck with one narrator. However, after a few chapters I got used to it and it wasn't a big deal. Both narrator's do a great job.
I'm pretty excited about continuing this series.
Love good super-hero stories. Love an original take on the zombie apocalypse. Ex-Heroes is a fun hybrid. The world's 5 minutes to midnight from going to hell in a hand basket, and only a handful of super-heroes stand in the way. Worth your time and a guilty pleasure.
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