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.
Wrong. The characters are irritating and one dimensional. Logic is subservient to plot. The book is riddled with tropes and Mary Janes.
Basically all the things that sorta bugged you in 14 but you were willing to overlook because of the superb pacing and imaginative plot.
The voice acting is good but that's like complimenting the quality of the paint in a mediocre fresco.
Give this one a miss.
I thought the premise was dumb and only tried it because I like Peter Clines' other work. Holy crap was I wrong. This is one of the best books I've ever "read." Going to start number two now.
That's basically all you need. It's not a mystery like Clines' 14, but there are some mystery elements. There's also noir, kinda cool.
Performance was great except for a few technical terms that voice actors wouldn't know (piezoelectric, ASP baton, etc). Can't really blame them, but we do have Google for these things. Sorry, I'm being a pedant now.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
There is nothing I can say here that hasn't already been said by other reviewers. Super heroes vs. zombies sounds stupid, but this is a very entertaining book. I rejected this audio book for a long time, but after listening to 14 and The Fold I just had to try it and I'm glad I did.
I think this is Peter Clines' first novel, and the writing reflects that. It's not as polished as his more recent books, but it still has better writing than a lot of books by more popular novelists.
It took me some time to get used to the duel narrators. Jay Snyder does most of the reading with Khristine Hvam reading the dialogue of the female characters. At first, this was extremely distracting to me. I was wishing the producers would have stuck with one narrator. However, after a few chapters I got used to it and it wasn't a big deal. Both narrator's do a great job.
I'm pretty excited about continuing this series.
Love good super-hero stories. Love an original take on the zombie apocalypse. Ex-Heroes is a fun hybrid. The world's 5 minutes to midnight from going to hell in a hand basket, and only a handful of super-heroes stand in the way. Worth your time and a guilty pleasure.
The Characters in this book are in "connectable". The story is so shallow and disjointed.
If you can endure the swearing and barrage of smashing zombie heads, you may muddle thru.
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I was pretty entertained by this book, enough so that I just got the rest of the series. It was a little less impressive for me than "14" and The Fold" but it was still really good I liked the way he introduced the heroes. The narration was good too. I liked having two voices.
If you like zombies and superheroes this book and this series is for you. There is strong character development throughout. Clines also manages to fill the book with an insider's insight into L.A. that lends a nice regional authenticity.
Clines' world building is sound. He asks and answers all the right questions about how super heroes would function before and after zombie doomsday.
I have read 14 and Fold. Loved them! Most people will disagree with me about this review. Thought I would give Ex-Heroes a try. Felt like a bad screenplay. Characters that I could not relate to. I really didn't even like them. Two dimensional; immature banter; hopeless plot line; over done zombie violence.
Not a fun listen. At. All.
"Ex-citing, Ex-traordinary, Ex-tremely entertaining"
If you like the Zombie genre, are open to super heroes and alternative universes this is the book for you.
I loved it, the Super heroes are well thought out and have all the classic powers, and a few that are rather different. The zombie issue has more imagination than most zombie novels making it more realistic and has a great final origin twist.
Ex-Heroes is well paced and full of action with just the right amount of humor. Mr Clines has written a well thought out, entertaining tale, combining two great genres of modern day writing.
Then getting Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam, to take you to Clines besieged Hollywood Lot and infected LA with their remarkable acting and story telling techniques is a stroke of genius. All of Clines exciting characters spring to life from the speaker. St George (Brilliant idea,) is voiced so you know he's a cool hero and a nice guy. With Stealth a sexy mysterious genius leader and Lady Bee leaving a mans blood pressure up. The whole narration of this brilliant novel leaves you with a desire to hear more, more, more.
I am a big fan of the Walking Dead and Science Fiction in general, this is why I was attracted originally. The story is set in L.A the not so distant future, millions are infected by a virus that has turned them into flesh eating Zombies. The heroes battle daily along side the non infected for survival and there are some great heroes in this tale. A gripping story line well narrated with great characters.They could turn this into movie and I would really like a sequel.
"Good and enjoyable"
Granted you like like superheroes and/or zombies you'll like this release. It's quite humorous at times and a nice mixture of genres. The characters have interesting backgrounds (how they got their superpowers etc) and the narrative works really well and the obligatory final battle contains an interesting twist or two.
The two narrators are also doing a very good job. All in all a good buy, if you ask me.
"different take on the zombie world"
As I do do a lot of travelling , audio-books are an essential part of my travel kit. its nice occasionally to hear something a little bit different and slightly off centre . mixing two genres is difficult at best but is done with skill and with obvious affection for the leading characters, enjoyed this and the follow up immensely.
Peter Clines is my new favourite author, after listening to 14 and now Ex-Heroes. This is the 1st book in a series, and I can't wait to get stuck into the next!
Not only has LA been taken over by zombies, but a while before, people started to discover superpowers. These new superheroes are now helping to protect a group of humans from the zombies, and a nasty gang.
The heroes are all brand new, and well thought out, and as the book progresses we get to know a lot more about them, as well as how the 'zombie invasion' came about.
The writing is clear and easy to follow, and it's so easy to picture this as a film or mini-series. In fact, I'm amazed it's not been snapped up already!
A note about the narration - some of the chapters give the backstory of a female character, and these are read by a female narrator. In other chapters though, the bulk is read by the male narrator, with the female speaking just female line. This is a little unusual at first, but soon sounds quite natural - if you find it off-putting, give it time.
"I hate myself for liking this book"
I certainly would but not it's not for everyone. However if you like super powers zombies and a certain childish but endearing slant on sex and sexuality, this is the book/series for you.
Hmmm I'm not sure. I really wasn't a big fan of having two narrators in this format. Although either would have been fine on their own, the dialogue between the two was obviously recorded at different times so the interplay seems more suited to a bad soap opera.
Absolutely. I made the mistake of listening to the first ten minutes inn a lunch break then spent the rest of the day irritated that I couldn't hear more.
Although the dialogue between the male and female narrators is stilted, it is only a minor annoyance and I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who likes the fantasy/horror/sci-fi genre. If on the other hand you are more fond of the works of Jane Austin, Emily Bronte or indeed anything which requires even the slightest use of the brain or higher emotions, then this may not be the best choice for you.
"A nice take on the zombie apocalypse."
This is one book where the narration adds an extra layer to the story itself. No spoliers from me, just listen to it!
"An interesting take on Zombie Apocalypse"
I have to say, although the subject matter has been done time and time again in books and TV, this version gave it a bit of a twist by introducing Heros - reminding me a bit of "First of the North star" for those of you who know your Manga. I would read another for a bit of fun / mindless entertainment, but not top of the list.
The ending was dramatic and about what you expect from the way the story was set up.
Not listened to any others.
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