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.
Im some guy in Oshkosh, WI that walks to work and has found the joy of listening to good books and values good narrators :).
This series is just plain fun! The characters are likable, even the bad guys are a blast, I laughed out loud occasionally. Most people I think can find someone to relate to. The choice to use a female and male narrator for the different characters works very well and I quickly become immersed in the story. The author, Peter Clines uses a clever technique to let you know when your listening to the backstory by beginning each chapter with the narrator saying "Then" or "Now" so you know the timeframe your listening too. Clines does an excellent job of writing about a variety of different superpowers so if your a superhero fan you will most likely love this book. If your a comic book fan you will most likely love this book. If you are a fan of good solid strong female characters you will mostly likely love this book.
Its one of the few books (along with the Harry Dresden series) that I have a hard time finding any fault with and have listened to it a couple of times while waiting for the next one to be completed.
Its a cheap book to pick up and get started with, give it a chance it takes 2 genres and blends them together beautifully.
There's definite potential here. You can't really go wrong mixing super-heroes with zombies - one might say the author is a bit of an opportunist. But, the characters are very compelling and the story interesting. Where it failed was overly-long action scenes and a bit of a slow start. Still worth a read and I am moving on to Book 2, Ex-Patriots.
I was looking for popcorn entertainment here, but I just kept rolling my eyes. Cline brings nothing new to either the superhero genre or the zombie genre, he just puts the two of them in the same story.
And honestly, the plotholes... for one thing, these people have obviously not learned the first lesson of The Walking Dead: STAY AWAY FROM CITIES. In the face of a zombie apocalypse, our fearless heroes hole up in a movie studio and go on dangerous raiding missions throughout L.A. to get supplies, when it's fairly obvious that if they just packed up and moved out to a farm somewhere, there would be many fewer zombies around and lots more land on which to grow food, etcetera.
Also, one of the superheroes can literally kill any and all zombies (or bad guys) by frying them with his electric power, but he doesn't, because he doesn't like the way it feels. Cry me a river... he could literally go fly around and kill all the zombies but of course, then there would be no plot.
And the characters were pretty boring. You get your all-american good-guy superhero, a couple brooding, damaged superheroes, and a couple hot girl superheroes. The girls, of course, wear inexplicably tight/skimpy clothing, even the one who wears a helmet so that people won't know how beautiful she is. Ultimately, it was entertaining enough that I made it through, but I'll have to be pretty bored to pick up the sequels.
Not the best reviewer but I try
I love zombies and superheroes. Well this was perfect for more.
Just a great baseline for the series.
This book had a slow start. It drops you right into the middle of things, and fills in some details with flashbacks. Unfortunately, that makes it hard to be invested in the world and the story at the very beginning, where you have very little to work with.
If you give it two or three chapters, though, it turns out to be a pretty good story. The concept of zombies in a world with super-heroes is a good twist. The characters have enough depth to be interesting, but not so much that you get bogged down and lose the cool story.
Picked this up because I was surprised (in a good way) by Peter Clines "14". Well I am not sure if this was a kids book or something, but I found all the superhero characters completely indistinguishable from each other, and the dialog super lame and cheesy. Non-stop mentioning of zombie teeth clicking together, or skull crushing, became stale real fast. No interesting plot or story to be found here. The narrators were not bad, but they had nothing to work with and couldn't save this mess. If you think the premise of superheros fighting zombies sounds lame, well this book does nothing to change that. If you think that sounds awesome, maybe you will like this.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Peter Clines has a talent for writing interesting books or books with interesting twists to them & he doesn't disappoint in this story. As with many reviewers I was also skeptical about being able to write a 'zombie' book that I would find interesting or 'new', but after reading the many reviews to the contrary & got the book with the predetermined conclusion that Clines did a good job making a popular Dystopia into an interesting & enjoyable read. I think that it was even harder for him to reach my expectations now that I read all the reviews already, very similar to over-hyping a book or movie which can easily be done. I'm sorry to say a typical i.e. was that I walked away only satisfied after reading 'The Hunger Games' due to over-hyping of the book. I enjoyed the book but it was pretty impossible for it to break the hype surrounding it when it was recommended to me.
Ex-Hero's will def. have me getting the trilogy because its not ur standard powerful characters conquer all or even the more powerful characters having better self-esteem. IMO Clines does a great job humanizing a group of hero's that are suppose to be so powerful they are loved for the help, but they obviously couldn't stop the dystopia trope & there is back stories for the major characters that give an interesting POV for the people involved around them & what happens realistically when the world goes FUBAR. Even the antagonists which are not always the infected are believable, Clines is able to make the populace almost part of the 'normal hazards of living'. There is humor, action, & more than the typical story involving 'superhero's', now that I've read this book & since it was written before Sanderson, I look at 'Steelheart' a bit differently, I enjoyed both but I have to give credit where its due, Clines spun it before Sanderson, although 'Steelheart' is still a unique story & worth the read still. I was pleasantly surprised even after the 'hype'. Narration was fine, nothing too special but not bad either.
This is a quick read, u will prob. finish it in a couple days, I was hoping it would go on sale so I didn't have to waste a credit, but it was not to be. Nonetheless, if u don't have a time requirement its worth the cred.
This is a good book. The plot is tight. The characters are intriguing and the premise of a post-infected world being protected by superheroes is engaging.
If you like comics and zombie movies, this is the book for you.
I was a Sci-Fi Geek before Big Bang made it cool. Love Mysteries, Fantasy, Horror, Steampunk, and Mash-ups.
Take our world and add Superheroes, then add Zombies. Peter Clines makes us remember Superheros are still human underneath it all. He makes comments on our lives as well and to society as a whole. What would we do? Who would lead us? What if we had Superheroes with us? Fans of The Walking Dead will enjoy this book. Remember if Zombies could be real why not Superheroes as well?
The 1st time I listened to this book I didn't really get in to it. That said, I have since re-listened to it 3 or 4 times and highly recommend picking it up.
I was interested in this book both because of my love for quality zombie stories & because I had read "14" by the same author (also definitely recommend that one). The superhero aspect is a little weird at first, but once you get used to the style and direction of story telling its great.
I've finished all three books and the series and can say that the 3rd by it self makes the entire trilogy worth the credits
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