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Ex-Heroes | [Peter Clines]

Ex-Heroes

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    dennis LAMBERTVILLE, MI, United States 11-14-11
    dennis LAMBERTVILLE, MI, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"

    Just to start I'd like to say that I download the majority of zombie novels and I am always on the look for a new one.

    I thought over all the book was excellent and the story reminded me a little of Marvel zombies however they are not the same kind. I don't want to say to much on that but if you are looking for a Marvel zombie carbon copy story line you may be a little disappointed.

    The narration was well done and the fact that they also had a female reading for some of the characters did not lessen the experience for me. The production was top notch as well.

    Sometimes its hard to warm up to new super heroes after all the years of Marvel and DC but the ones in this story I really liked and hopefully they will make at least another book to follow this one up.
    How the zombies outbreak happens is original and adds alot to the story. The book is kinda told in a Pulp Fiction movie style, going from past to present. I had to listen to the story 2 times before I got a better understanding of what was going on, as far as the names of characters, what happened to them and how it applied to the current situation. I usually listen to the books while I'm working in my shop so sometimes I miss some of the critical plot points.
    Overall this is a good listen and worth the credit in my book. If I didn't like it I wouldn't bother writing much of a review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Line oslo, Norway 11-04-11
    Line oslo, Norway 11-04-11
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    "Good listen, I liked it!"

    A different twist in the zombie world, I liked it. A little hard to follow sometimes, but the voices and the stories are good.
    It's worth your time and money, if you like a little "super" in your zombies ;)
    The second part of the book is a 5 star, it's just a little hard to get into in the beginning.

    Jay Snyder was born to tell zombie stories!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher East Point, GA, United States 07-26-11
    Christopher East Point, GA, United States 07-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "There will be more!!!!!!!!!"

    I found this book in the ad they had here on Audible & I have listened to it 2 times so far! Great characters, great story, great narration, great delivery and totally stoked for more. Ex Patriots was great as well, Peter Clines did one helluva job!!!!!!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Don BETHANY, OK, United States 07-15-11
    Don BETHANY, OK, United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A great read if you like heroes or zombies!"


    Ok, I am writing to recomend this book to anyone who can lose themselves in a new world.

    I loved it.

    It has a great mix of superheros, their origins, classic coming of age sections, along with the end of the world. I like the way zombies come to be.

    I have read the second book as well and it only gets better.

    If you are someone who likes to follow characters over more than one book I can reccomend this one for sure.

    Full of realistic dialogue and some great pop culture references, this book says what we all would be thinking if the zombies started taking over.

    I can’t recommend it enough

    The cast gives a great audio performance and never crosses into the dreaded "Acting" that seems to hurt some audio books.

    Great job Mr. Clines.

    32 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Mark bombala, Australia 06-14-11
    Mark bombala, Australia 06-14-11
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    "loved it"

    the thought of zombies and super heroes is awesome!!! well written and loved the story :) ppl that dont like this book are weird..im 25 and enjoyed ever second :)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ginny West Richland, WA, United States 06-10-11
    Ginny West Richland, WA, United States 06-10-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Surprisingly not bad...."

    So, I am not a big zombie fan, don't usually read this kind of book. Having said that I will also add that I was rather pleasantly surprised! A bit gory and the duel narration was not my favorite, but I really liked the Heroes and I liked how the Zombies came into existence. Like I said I have never read a zombie book before so can't and won't compare it to others. But for me it was worth the buy and I think I would buy another book from this author.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-28-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Clines, What Have You Done To Me?"

    As I've stated previously, I LOVE Armageddon and dystopian audiobooks. Let's not forget my predilection for the superhero genre', as well!

    Oh, wait, did I mention zombies? AND good writers?

    Clines is one of my favorite writers in these genre'. Why? The man can WRITE, people. And write quite WELL, thank you.

    Keep in mind that good writing is simple, descriptive, rich, has a destination and moves you toward that destination. No, that's not a dichotomy, It CAN be done, but not by many writers, ESPECIALLY in the zombie genre'. Seems like any and everyone wants to write a good zombie novel or series, but pulling it off? Not so much.

    Clines, who's given us his enjoyable and unpredictable "14" and his recent smaller but worthy "Quatrain" audiobook, just keeps giving us good reading and listening, period.

    When I first cracked open my wallet, pulled out my Audible credit, and purchased this audiobook, I had my doubts. Well, Clines proved himself worthy of the daunting task. I liked this listen so much, that I listened TWICE. Yes, that correct. I did it. Don't judge me! It was that well written.

    Here's what to expect herein:

    Great writing (Already said that!), a conceivable storyline, excellent hero origin stories (especially the zombie origin!), wonderfully descriptive plot lines, and a strong interwoven story that punches forward boldly into the following two novels. The zombie aspect of this novel was descriptive, believable, and in the end, enjoyable. In all, a welcome departure from the recent authors that stumble together into a muddled mess of a novel, and therefore a listen . Believe me, I know, because I'll be review a few of those soon, and I won't be gentle, nor will I be forgiving.

    But back to Ex-Heroes.

    You'll be excited, nervous, thoughtful, sad, mad, and at the end of the listen, satisfied, yet ready for more. I've already purchased and listened to the other two audiobooks in the series, and YES,they are AWESOME listens, if you like these genre'.

    Clines, what have you done to me? You've written three great novels in this series, THAT's what you've done.

    So, hurry up, and get to writing the next one!

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Kendar88 Gilroy, CA United States 03-27-13
    Kendar88 Gilroy, CA United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Played out like a Transformers TV Show"
    What disappointed you about Ex-Heroes?

    shallow.


    Has Ex-Heroes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes - I guess I'm getting tired of the whole zombie thing.


    Any additional comments?

    This story played out like a Transformers animated TV show. Nothing but fluff.I expected a lot more. I really enjoyed "14" by Clines, but this was nothing like "14".

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jess ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 05-12-11
    Jess ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 05-12-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Not Bad"

    This wasn't the greatest zombie book ever, but there wasn't any standout bad parts either. The narration was good, the story interesting, but it wasn't the kind of book you try to find chores to do so you can listen more. I would still rate Day by Day Armageddon and the Morningstar books higher that this one. That being said, this book has action, zombies, and superheroes. What more can I say, other than I am glad I didn't use a credit for it?

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    Mitch Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-02-12
    Mitch Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-02-12 Member Since 2012

    I was first introduced to audiobooks during a summer when I decided to drive a truck in order to pay for college. Listening to books all day, every day was the only thing that made that job bearable.

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    "Like Cookies and Milk"
    Would you listen to Ex-Heroes again? Why?

    Without a doubt. Ex-Heroes is exciting from beginning to end. Not only is this book teeming with action, but Clines separated the story into "Now" and "Then" segments in order to break things up and keep it interesting. There isn't enough time to get bored or even catch your breath while reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stealth. She's the team leader who carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. Because of this she appears cold and distant, but she just takes her job seriously.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Khristine Hvam's portrayal of Banzai really stood out. Banzai is only a minor character with a very small part to play, but Khristine brought a personality to the character that helped me to grow attached to her almost immediately, making her small role much more powerful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The explanation for how the zombie plague began. It was so simple, but Clines wrote it well. I don't know how much I can say without spoiling a major plot reveal, but it fit perfectly within this story and challenged the way I felt about a number of different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Zombies and Super-Heroes just go together. This book works.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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