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 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.
I do not think this book is as good as "14" or "The Fold," but it is still worth a listen. I was not sucked in as quickly as Clines other books, but if you have already listened to those, give this one a chance as once it started rolling, I was engulfed in the plot and characters.
The double narrator (male and female) bothered me a little at first as most of the books I have listened to have only one narrator, but after the first chapter I hardly noticed as it was well read.
Now I need to get book two.
The action, suspense and desire to find out what happens next.
Saint George, a big character that has a big heart in a heartless world.
A middle of the street battle between two factions, it was intense.
Yes, a big reveal about the EX's behavior.
I purchased this book after reading "14" & then "The fold". I figured I would give my new favorite author some more of my money. This book is not written in the same style as "14" & "The fold", so at the start I was a little disappointed, artists must write as they feel I get that. Which is why it doesn't take long to realize again that Peter Clines is a great story writer who has the ability to see ahead of his writing and story.
The narration is fantastically delivered by two seasoned professionals who perform multiple characters and accents. The production is equally fantastic, not a harsh breath or noise in the production.
Overall the story sets the stage for things to come.
If you like the idea of fighting a Zombie Apocalypse with Super Heroes than this is the book for you.
The main character is likable, but the others are so hard to care about that it that parts of it were a little hard to get through. Luckily, the concept and the backdrop of the story is compelling enough that I was able to overlook it. Realizing that this is a series, I'm hoping the characters develop into something a little more relatable. The least likable character is the leader of the group - even a Vulcan would find her cold, calculating, and emotionless - to the point that's it's really hard to understand why anyone else defers to her.
The super power hero vs walking dead was a new twist on a very well trodden genre. Once I got through the first few chapters I stuck with it but I had a hell of a time getting started.
I tried listening to this book several times but I was put off by something about it. Maybe it was the voice performance. I'm not a big fan of multiple voices in an audio book. Some can carry it off but I found it distracting here.
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