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.
The story is fantastic, the characters are intriguing, and the story tellers were wonderful. Having men for male characters and women for female characters made all the difference in the world. I wish every audio book would do that.
If you like Ex-Heroes you'll like the second book Ex-Patriots.
Nope. Superheroes and zombies are not as cool as you'd think. What's awesome about zombies is the terror of conversion or of being eaten alive. If you're impervious, it's rather less interesting. Additionally, it's full of comic book stereotypes, but not self-aware enough to make it a celebration of those tropes instead of just displaying a distinct lack of originality. There's very little depth here, and if I'm going to read a comic book, I'd at least like to be able to look at the pretty pictures.
I don't think I would. Plot holes drive me crazy, and Clines is not very good at avoiding them.
I don't recall previously listening to a book read by either of them, but I think that they mostly did a good job. I did find that Kristine Hvam's higher-pitched terror voice was a little too shrill for my ears. I winced a few times.
Maybe. I didn't hate it, but I think I wanted it to deliver a lot more solidly than it did.
I did hate how utterly interchangeable the humans were. He really could have named them Human 1 through Human 7, and it wouldn't have made a difference in their treatment or personalities. They were the superhero book equivalent of red shirts, just there for violence fodder.
I am undecided at this point, I ended up not disliking this book, but I can't say I liked it enough to try another
Depends on who I would be recommending this to. I have some friends that love zombie apocalypse, and they would really like this one, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. Just too many plot holes in my opinion.
Hard to say, I know there is one, and I am still very undecided about it. kinda dissipointing when you get to the finish, but there are still questions that could be answered in another book.
unless you are a fan of zombies, and superheroes, might want to think twice about this one. If you like reading about zombies, and superheroes, then by all means this book is pretty good; when you get past the confusion of jumping around in time to tell the story. Might have been better if one time arc was stuck to, instead of telling the characters backstories in fits and starts interspersed with action in the 'present' against zombies.
I grew up with books....not television.
I wouldn't list this in my top 5 favorite zombie fiction titles but it was interesting. The way the author developed the characters throughout the story was a little disjointed and sometimes hard to follow; this did little to add to the overall enjoyment of the story. I expected a little more butt kicking from the heroes - but I believe the goal was to humanize them. Overall, the book didn't give you that feeling of the seriousness and helplessness of an apocalypse which is what I love about post apocalyptic fiction. My opinion, wait until it goes on sale - I wouldn't spend an entire credit on it.
loved the story, liked the paceing, it was all great, except there was lot's of swearing.
Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.
I was just lukewarm over this book, not sure it would be my first recommendation
It was just "good". I couldnt really get into all of the super hero type characters with all of thier "powers".
I love a good story, regardless of the genre. Anything from 'Pride and Prejudice' to 'The Shining'.
Funny, scary and sad.
My favorite parts were the back stories of the heroes and how their beginnings formed the perspective they used in the now.
So many scenes stand out. The confrontation of the heroes and the Seventeens, the celebrity exes point standings, the final confrontation with Josh, The Regenerator.
I would have, definitely.
Few books create characters that appeal so much that you want to know more about them and to continue watching their exploits. This is definitely one of those kinds of books.
I may try another book by Clines, the two readers brought nothing special to the book.
The book was a fun, summer popcorn movie in text (spoken) form. Generic but enjoyable.
Nothing special, adequate
Sure, it was not very long.
sure why not
am i the only person who is annoyed by this new format of review writing?
sure why not
I swore i would never buy another stupid zombie book, but this one had the added bonus of super heroes. Oh boy! I think that was what saved it for me,
The desperation of living in a post apocalyptic world was not there, character development was too simple.
It was a really cool concept but it just didnt taka advantage of it enough.
Jay Snyder is very monoton, Khristine was good.
a little bit of boredom, it was tough to get through.
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