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.
I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
Okay, so the zombie genre has gotten a bit bloated as of late, with everyone having a crack at it and employing the poor undead corpse as a vehicle for everything from pointed social commentary to gritty military science fiction. What we have here, I am happy to say, is something more in line with zombie entertainments of yesteryear, something you can and really should just take in as light entertainment. Don't get me wrong, I loved Day by Day Armageddon, and zombie apocalypse as medium for social expression is all well and good, but sometimes you just want a story in which people fight hordes of the undead and live to tell the tale. And there are superheroes? What? This should be good for a laugh or two, right? And it is.
I'm blind, so the primary media for superhero fiction (comic books, summer blockbusters, etc) are a bit beyond my easy reach. So the story of person learns to employ superhuman powers, meets naturally or artificially imposed limitations, circumvents same, repeat, is not as tired for me as it may be for some. And the same goes for the entertainment had when the good guys get to cut loose and finally save the day, inevitable as that turn in fortune might be. There are some rather big gaps in this plot, to which you must just nod and go, "Okay, well I guess that's what they have to deal with," and move on. If you're like me and just want to be entertained, these qualifications shouldn't matter all that much, as you just enjoy the ride to its conclusion.
I was very excited by the use of two narrators at the outset, then a little concerned as the editing of some conversations and mismatch of tone occasionally suggested to me that the presentation would have been cleaner and more coherent with just one. But in the end, when asking myself if having both made the experience better, I'd say the choice was a good one.
I did wonder whether the reduced price I paid for this book during a sale played a part in my opinnion of the experience. I have to conclude that it did, given that on sale it was about half its typical member price. All the same, what I think was a great short listen at the price I paid would more than satisfy in exchange for a credit.
Ok, I am writing to recomend this book to anyone who can lose themselves in a new world.
I loved it.
It has a great mix of superheros, their origins, classic coming of age sections, along with the end of the world. I like the way zombies come to be.
I have read the second book as well and it only gets better.
If you are someone who likes to follow characters over more than one book I can reccomend this one for sure.
Full of realistic dialogue and some great pop culture references, this book says what we all would be thinking if the zombies started taking over.
I can’t recommend it enough
The cast gives a great audio performance and never crosses into the dreaded "Acting" that seems to hurt some audio books.
Great job Mr. Clines.
Normally the books I listen to are 20+ hours long and I definitely prefer longer stories; however, I decided to give Ex-Heroes a try for a change of pace and I am very glad I did. Combining zombies with super heroes didn't really seem like something I would get into but Peter Clines does so masterfully. I felt like I was listening to a comic book and enjoyed every minute of it.
In any post-apocalyptic story I am a stickler for details about the events that led to the collapse of civilization and I always have a real desire to know why it happened. Ex-Heroes does not disappoint on this front and I found the explanation to be perfect for the material. It added some decent depth to the overall story and good background to some of the characters.
This story has plenty of action, lots of zombies and zombie-killing, and some interesting super heroes with a sense of humor. Combine that with two narrators who do a great job with the characters they voice and you have a winning combination.
So I needed a quick book for a trip I had coming up. This was on my recommend page, and being a 'hero' fan I read the description. 'Super Heroes... blah blah blah... Zombie Apocalypse... blah blah...' I finished reading the summary and thought this book sounded dumb... very dumb. But I listened to the preview and was very impressed by the both the readers, and thought that its a small price for a couple of hours, besides the reviews were high. While the story plot is over the top cliche, which is even mentioned by the characters in the book, but this only helps drive the story. The character development and interaction makes this book totally worth it. You find yourself laughing, and rooting for the characters every step of the way. Clines does a great job of just plopping you into the story with no real idea whats going on, and letting it unfold around you with the 'Then' and 'Now' chapters. Its worth the listen if you are any type of comic book hero fan.
I read the plot summary for this book and thought "CRAP". Later I downloaded it just to have something in my ear while I did yard work. BAM! This book was great! It turned a refreshing corner in the genre. I was like "superheroes, really?" Yes really! It was somehow...feasible! It was like the X Men trying to hold it together after the planet got its ass kicked by the undead. Then to make matters worse, we have a gang problem. The only thing I didn't like about this book was its length (too short) and the fact there isn't a sequel on Audible. If you are looking for a life altering classic treatise on the human condition... keep moving. If you want to have fun, look no further.
I found this book in the ad they had here on Audible & I have listened to it 2 times so far! Great characters, great story, great narration, great delivery and totally stoked for more. Ex Patriots was great as well, Peter Clines did one helluva job!!!!!!
Entertaining, fast moving story with really well done characters. It's a unique take on zombie stories, combining the fun of a variety of superheros and their varying super powers with a zombie apocolypse. Loads of fun! The next novel in the series is pretty good too, so if you enjoy this, I recommend that as well... Hope they keep coming!
Past, Presence, Zombies
Excellent blending of 2 genres that normally don't go together.
The flashback of the demon's last moments before turning
It takes the best and the worst of us to survive.
As I've stated previously, I LOVE Armageddon and dystopian audiobooks. Let's not forget my predilection for the superhero genre', as well!
Oh, wait, did I mention zombies? AND good writers?
Clines is one of my favorite writers in these genre'. Why? The man can WRITE, people. And write quite WELL, thank you.
Keep in mind that good writing is simple, descriptive, rich, has a destination and moves you toward that destination. No, that's not a dichotomy, It CAN be done, but not by many writers, ESPECIALLY in the zombie genre'. Seems like any and everyone wants to write a good zombie novel or series, but pulling it off? Not so much.
Clines, who's given us his enjoyable and unpredictable "14" and his recent smaller but worthy "Quatrain" audiobook, just keeps giving us good reading and listening, period.
When I first cracked open my wallet, pulled out my Audible credit, and purchased this audiobook, I had my doubts. Well, Clines proved himself worthy of the daunting task. I liked this listen so much, that I listened TWICE. Yes, that correct. I did it. Don't judge me! It was that well written.
Here's what to expect herein:
Great writing (Already said that!), a conceivable storyline, excellent hero origin stories (especially the zombie origin!), wonderfully descriptive plot lines, and a strong interwoven story that punches forward boldly into the following two novels. The zombie aspect of this novel was descriptive, believable, and in the end, enjoyable. In all, a welcome departure from the recent authors that stumble together into a muddled mess of a novel, and therefore a listen . Believe me, I know, because I'll be review a few of those soon, and I won't be gentle, nor will I be forgiving.
But back to Ex-Heroes.
You'll be excited, nervous, thoughtful, sad, mad, and at the end of the listen, satisfied, yet ready for more. I've already purchased and listened to the other two audiobooks in the series, and YES,they are AWESOME listens, if you like these genre'.
Clines, what have you done to me? You've written three great novels in this series, THAT's what you've done.
So, hurry up, and get to writing the next one!
This wasn't the greatest zombie book ever, but there wasn't any standout bad parts either. The narration was good, the story interesting, but it wasn't the kind of book you try to find chores to do so you can listen more. I would still rate Day by Day Armageddon and the Morningstar books higher that this one. That being said, this book has action, zombies, and superheroes. What more can I say, other than I am glad I didn't use a credit for it?
"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.
"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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