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.
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?
Two narrators took me a bit to get into, but ended up liking it.
My only issue is with clines in general, he takes an interesting concept/story and heaps as much sci-fi as possible on it. (WARNING PLOT STUFF; not really spoilers) It's a superhero story... with a crazy virus... that makes people into zombies... but a superhero can control the zombies with the crazy virus... and oh yeah there is dark magic... and another realm with creatures that can be brought here by light from an eclipse housed in metal... you get the idea.
Clines is like that in Folds, also.
Solid read, worth your time, just know what you are getting into.
Not Guildford! NYC, and damn proud of it. My mother's tongue used to cleave to the roof of her mouth from reading to me, now i pay others.
This is NOT my genre. I bought this book on a whim because I so enjoyed 14 and I needed something to keep my attention. I really, really enjoyed listening to this as much as the author appears to have enjoyed writing it. The characters are wonderful, superhereos novel. All in all very enjoyable and worth a listen. Oh yeah and SO much better than that incredible snoozer Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.
I'll just admit it I love zombie apocalypse anything and was excited to start this book. I was pretty much through about 1/3 of the way in. I understand the writer is trying to give us Watchmen meets World War Z but shame on someone without even a one-one hundredth of the talent or vision to attempt something that grand.
The characters, the dialogue, the super villain, just bad, worse and worst. Plus, the horrible female characters and the disgusting idea that fucking zombie Jessica Alba is in anyway humorous. All around unforgivable trash and not in the John Waters isn't it fun sense either.
Love a good sci fi or thriller novel, but also enjoy some non fiction too - biographies, marketing and business books.
not if they're narrating at the same time.
if it were 3am on a Saturday night and my choices were this or Robocop 3. then MAYBE.
At first glance, this seemed like a book that would be right up my alley. Zombies, superheroes, giant mechs, etc. Combine all that stuff together and it should be a definite winner, right?
Well, not really. While this book does have all of the fore-mentioned elements, the one thing its missing is some characters that you can relate to. Turns out character development is pretty important - without that, action scenes are nothing more than meaningless battles.
I would agree with some other reviewers who thought the writing was juvenile; all the characters could have fallen out of a high school comic book. These are rough sketches - very little depth. The way the story was told was kind of cool - the then and now style - but I longed for something that could connect me to anyone...it never happened.
Lastly, the narration....ugh. What were they thinking?! Both the male and female narrators were adequate, but the transition between them jarred me out of the listening experience when they went back and forth. They clearly were not recorded at the same time and the sound difference, while minimal, was definitely noticeable. Would have been much better with a single narrator, well...maybe a little better - much is pushing it.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I am not now, nor have I ever been a super hero fan. I always kind of liked Batman, cause he did not have super powers, he used his brain. Even though Zombie movies and books kind of creep me out, I am a fan of well written Zombie books and Movies. So, I was a little hesitant to get this book, due to the super hero stuff, but since I really liked 14, by Clines, I gave it a shot.
There are lots of bad Zombie books and I sure was glad this did not fall into that category. I especially liked the A+B+C theory. The book keeps flipping back and forth in time in order to give you a back ground story on each Super Hero. I normally don't like books to flip in time like that, but Clines handled it well and I enjoyed getting the back stories. I will admit that even though it was explained how the dragon got his super powers, either it was not explained or it went right over my head, but I was never real sure how the others got their powers. This was entertaining and kept my attention on a really long trip. I was glad to have it to listen to.
I will not continue this series in the near future. It missed getting a five star rating from me and I am trying to be more particular in what I listen to, since time listening to a good book could be time listening to a great book. On the other hand I like to be loyal to good authors and it seems other then 14, Clines is writing in this Ex-Heroes universe only. Hopefully he will write more books similar to 14.
Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
The book was a real enjoyable diversion. Loved the morality play presented in the guise of super heroes and zombies. Mr. Clines doesn't take himself to seriously - but very much respects his readers. Well worth your time!
The audio production values were terrible - see my comments below about the actors performance. Better production values would have kept me listening long enough to maybe give it a higher star rating
I really disliked the voice actors. It sounded like the female parts had been recorded via telephone, and every time it switched from one actor to another there was a jarring pause , and change of sound (one voice recorded in a studio, the other over a phone)
I am NOT a zombie book/film/story fan. I do enjoy a good super hero movie, but not normally a book. This trilogy intrigues me, and this is book 1. It's an interesting mix of humanization, Armageddon, unnatural abilities.....weird, but it works for me. The cast does a superb job, and different cast members performing the roles really "tells" the story. Indulge yourself, and give it a shot.
This was a pretty unique combination of superheroes and zombies. Despite the occasional situation/remark that was not suitable for children, I had a blast listening to this with my middle school-age son! We took it on a road trip and the miles zoomed by without notice.
The background on Cerberus and her introduction through a military mission.
Nothing extreme, but high entertainment if you suspend disbelief and simply enjoy the story.
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