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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 NORWOOD, MA, United States 09-10-12
    Michael NORWOOD, MA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved every second"
    What made the experience of listening to Ex-Heroes the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Ex-Heroes to and why?

    If you like Ex-Heroes you'll like the second book Ex-Patriots.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emily WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 09-06-12
    Emily WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Comic Book Seeks Illustrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    I don't think I would. Plot holes drive me crazy, and Clines is not very good at avoiding them.


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

    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.


    Was Ex-Heroes worth the listening time?

    Maybe. I didn't hate it, but I think I wanted it to deliver a lot more solidly than it did.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Sumner 08-15-12
    R. Sumner 08-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting, I will give it that"
    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ?

    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


    Would you recommend Ex-Heroes to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Do you think Ex-Heroes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marla 04-30-12
    Marla 04-30-12

    I grew up with books....not television.

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    "Superheros vs. Zombies?"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    theresa United States 04-22-12
    theresa United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "cool story, too much swearing."
    Any additional comments?

    loved the story, liked the paceing, it was all great, except there was lot's of swearing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    valarie hollister, ca, United States 04-18-12
    valarie hollister, ca, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "It was....just "good""
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was just lukewarm over this book, not sure it would be my first recommendation


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Lukewarm


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Was Ex-Heroes worth the listening time?

    It was just "good". I couldnt really get into all of the super hero type characters with all of thier "powers".


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 04-02-12
    Amazon Customer United States 04-02-12

    I love a good story, regardless of the genre. Anything from 'Pride and Prejudice' to 'The Shining'.

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    "Very nice blend of two favorite genres"
    If you could sum up Ex-Heroes in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, scary and sad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite parts were the back stories of the heroes and how their beginnings formed the perspective they used in the now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Bard Medicine 03-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but nothing special"
    Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ?

    I may try another book by Clines, the two readers brought nothing special to the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The book was a fun, summer popcorn movie in text (spoken) form. Generic but enjoyable.


    What three words best describe Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s voice?

    Nothing special, adequate


    Was Ex-Heroes worth the listening time?

    Sure, it was not very long.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 02-26-12
    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 02-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Different"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    sure why not


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    am i the only person who is annoyed by this new format of review writing?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ?

    sure why not


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    definitely


    Any additional comments?

    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,

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel San Francisco, CA, United States 02-22-12
    Joel San Francisco, CA, United States 02-22-12
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    "Did not stand out"
    What disappointed you about Ex-Heroes?

    The desperation of living in a post apocalyptic world was not there, character development was too simple.


    What was most disappointing about Peter Clines’s story?

    It was a really cool concept but it just didnt taka advantage of it enough.


    What didn’t you like about Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s performance?

    Jay Snyder is very monoton, Khristine was good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    a little bit of boredom, it was tough to get through.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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