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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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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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    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-28-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-28-13 Member Since 2006
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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!

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-30-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "A+B+C+D..."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Arlington, TX 11-29-12
    Phillip Arlington, TX 11-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Superheroes vs. Zombies...but it's really good"

    I kept seeing this book under the "We thought you'd like..." section after listening to I Am Legend but couldn't imagine a book like this being even remotely good. I have been a comic book fan since I was 8-years-old, so I have no problem with superheroes. The oversaturation of the marketplace with Zombie literature has made me leery to purchase any books in this genre.

    After reading many positive reviews though, I finally gave in and made the purchase and it was well worth the credit. Ex Heroes is one of the more original spins on the zombie tale I have seen/read/listened to. Its the freshest take on zombies I've read since Pontypool Changes Everything. Peter Clines does an excellent job of building a seemingly realistic post-zombie apocalypse world and creating a surprisingly believable cast of characters, though they are superheroes inhabiting an America that is constantly fighting to keep the zombie masses from overrunning the last outposts of civilization.

    I recommend this book to anyone. Like I said, I am not a zombie fan but I could not put this book down. Its sequel, Ex Patriots, is equally as good. And the term "Ex Heroes" doesn't mean former heroes. "Ex" is the term they use for the zombies...as in ex-human.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 06-16-12
    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 06-16-12

    I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it

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    "Ex-Heroes is a pleasure well worth the guilt"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I didn't hold out much hope that this would be anything other than a marginally okay book. I was happy to be wrong about Ex-Heroes. This campy zombocalyptic tale will suck you in when you least expect it. I was a huge fan of comics when I was younger so I suppose that has a lot to do with my love of this story. I would recommend this to any fan of the horror and comic genres!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Floyds Knobs, IN, United States 04-25-12
    Steve Floyds Knobs, IN, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2003

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    "If you're tired of zombies, this is a great reboot"

    The dialogue between characters is very smart and realistic, given that they're super heroes. There's nothing corny about this novel at all, which was my greatest fear when I purchased it. However, to enjoy this book, you must suspend all belief in well-grounded universal physics, even for a fictitious world. There isn't an author-designed ecosystem that explains these supernatural occurrences; the book is simply too brief for that. The focus is on the character interactions and action, so it's a quick, easy, entertaining listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 03-14-12
    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Ex-tremely listenable"

    Zombies v. Super Herpes - what more could you want?

    This was a good, fun listen. I liked the back story, and although at first the multiple narrators through me, I was able to get used to it quickly. It would make a great film, I don't know if some less-imaginative types might struggle with the action scenes.

    A nice change from the disappointing rubbish I've been downloading!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 02-20-12
    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 02-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Pretty good"
    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I absolutely love Khristine Hvam. The last few books I have listened to have been by her, coincidentally. Usually I avoid doing that because you don't want to think of two books with the same sounding characters... Distracting. But not with her. I am amazed by that. And I've enjoyed her readings so much I consider books read by her higher because she always narrates good books. Jay was great also. That sounds so trite after my praise for Hvam. But I really did like him a lot. W


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

    Eh, I don't know about a particular moment. I just really enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it. Worth the credit.


    Any additional comments?

    Im a huge scifi urban fantasy fan, don't usually care one way or another for zombies. But this was done well, not just apocalyptic crap. Overall good book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Elk Grove, CA, United States 02-16-12
    Kenneth Elk Grove, CA, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Super Heroes and Zombies, what's not to love?"
    Where does Ex-Heroes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It rates among my top 20 but I've listened to a lot of audiobooks by the greats.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the author combined the two genres without the story feeling forced. It felt like both a comic book and a horror movie. The literary device of breaking the story into current and past time lines works well and helps to develop the heroes. Like any good comic book you need an origin story and this audiobook does a great job of including the heroes origins alongside a compelling story.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I really enjoyed having two voice actors for the reading. It worked to set the female characters apart from the male characters and make each one their own.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    For these superheroes the end of the world was just the beginning of their story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like comic books and enjoy a good zombie apocalypse yarn then you will really enjoy this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 01-14-12
    David 01-14-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Zombie/Superhero mashup: expect no more"

    Superheroes and zombie novels appeal to the fourteen-year-old boy in me, and when I read one, I am usually disappointed because I am no longer a fourteen-year-old boy. Ex-Heroes is the ultimate superheroes+zombies mashup, with the Earth's surviving superheroes (okay, Los Angeles's surviving superheroes) protecting what remains of the living human population from the undead hordes after the zombie apocalypse.

    This very "high concept" premise makes for a fun story that would make a pretty entertaining comic series, and Clines delivers plenty of gonzo superheroic action combined with gonzo zombie gore. You can really see he is trying to describe multi-panel superhero slugfests and gut-ripping zombie action in full four-color spectacle just as it would appear on the pages of a comic book, which is why the fight scenes are prolonged and detailed and full of roars and screams and sound effects and people getting knocked through walls and blasted about, interspersed with hero/villain banter and the occasional monologue. So Clines has the feel of the genre for sure.

    But that's all this book is: a novelized comic book. The characters are interesting insofar as we get flashbacks to their origins, a description of their powers and major personality quirks, and then their current doings in post-zombie-apocalypse LA, but no one really comes alive as more than a comic book illustration accompanied by a list of vitals. Cerberus is the chick in the mecha suit, Stealth is the emotionally detached mastermind who dresses in leather lingerie, Gorgon is the guy whose underage girlfriend got zombified and now he is muchly angsted, the Mighty Dragon is Superman with fire-breath, etc. The Big Bad, when he finally appears, is only mildly threatening since we're pretty much told he's an idiot, which means he'll rack up a few casualties and then be defeated.

    Clines delivers servicable action, but his writing is not great and his characterization is about par for a comic book. This is a fun but eminently forgettable romp, though I might listen to book two the next time I need some entertainment only slightly less mindless than a zombie movie.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Airdrie, AB, Canada 01-12-12
    Robert Airdrie, AB, Canada 01-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun Fun Fun Superheros & Zombies !!"

    Like the header says ..... the author must have been sitting around with friends discussing a zombacolyse world when someone must have piped up " well... if i'm going to be in a zombie apocolypse I want to have super powers" and the storey line must of taken off from there...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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