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Ex-Patriots | [Peter Clines]

Ex-Patriots

It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes, he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain....
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Publisher's Summary

It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes - Cerberus, Zzzap, and Stealth - he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain, and the heroes are feeling the pressure.

Hope arrives in the form of a United States Army battalion, based in a complex a few hundred miles away in Arizona. This is not just any base, however. The men and women of Project Krypton are super-soldiers, designed and created before the outbreak to be better, stronger, and faster than normal humans. They want the heroes and all the people of The Mount to rejoin America and have normal lives again.

But can the military be trusted? And is there even a country left to rejoin? There is a secret at the heart of Project Krypton, and those behind it have an awesome power that will help them keep that secret hidden. The power of Freedom.

BONUS SHORT STORY: Ex-Patriots includes "Codependent", one of four interlocking stories from The Junkie Quatrain by Peter Clines.

Apocalypse now: Also listen to the first book, Ex-Heroes.

©2011 Peter Clines (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Anyone who says there's nothing new in the world of zombie fiction hasn't read Peter Clines. Ex-Patriots is even better than its predecessor. This is a series that's going places." (Mira Grant, author of Feed and Deadline)

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    Charles Tulsa, Oklahoma 06-28-15
    Charles Tulsa, Oklahoma 06-28-15 Member Since 2012

    No Plot Spoilers.

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    "Great Once More"

    I really enjoyed this sequel to Ex-Heroes. While a big chunk of the plot is stuff we have all heard before, Clines is clearly very aware of this and makes tongue in cheek references the whole time. For the geeky "gee, cool" side of me, this was great. If you don't have a lot of background in sci-fi movies or general geek culture a big chunk of the references will go un-noticed.

    While there were a number of derivative aspects to the story, it also felt extremely original and new somehow. Maybe it was the continuing juxtaposition of superheroes and zombies, maybe just the writing style/tone. Regardless, it was extremely entertaining.

    I do agree with another reviewer who felt the storyline ended rather abruptly- however since I don't have to wait a year for the next installment, I'm completely OK with this. It would have irritated me in 2012. Clines was clearly setting up book three throughout this installment. I also saw the ending coming from a mile away, but that didn't take away from the entertainment value.

    Great narration once more. A highly entertaining listen.

    Worth a credit and your time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David 02-18-12
    David 02-18-12 Member Since 2012

    Indiscriminate Reader

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    "The superheroes+zombies mashup gets a little bette"

    This is definitely popcorn entertainment. Superheroes + zombies: it's a novelized comic book, and it reads like one. I thought the first book (Ex-Heroes) was pretty cheesy and mediocre if enjoyable. The second book is also cheesy, maybe just a notch above mediocre. Clines's writing has improved in this sequel, and it particularly shows in the plotting. Instead of a dumb boss fight with a predictable conclusion at the end, there are several fairly clever (if very much conforming to standard superhero tropes) twists, some of which made things that initially had me rolling my eyes suddenly become more credible. The battle at the end is more complex and has more factions and is left a little bit inconclusive (well, in typical genre fashion, you can't ever have a villain decisively killed).

    In Ex-Heroes, we were introduced to a gang of superheroes who were defending "The Mount," a fortress inside what was once Paramount Studios in Hollywood, where human survivors have barricaded themselves against the zombie hordes that have overrun the world. In this second book in what is obviously meant to be an ongoing series, we're introduced to a group of "super soldiers" who were engineered by the U.S. Army just before everything went to apocalypse. Led by "Captain Freedom" (yeah, yeah), they discover the Mount when they fly a predator drone overhead. The heroes send out Zzzap, their energy form hero, and soon the superheroes are meeting the super-soldiers, there is the obligatory initial misunderstanding leading to a completely unnecessary hero battle, followed by the two groups deciding to join together, followed by the discovery of sinister secrets, a hidden bad guy, a returning foe, and more "killing dead zombie celebrity" jokes.

    I gave the first book 3 stars; I give this one 3.5. I don't think Peter Clines is going to be putting out anything really fantastically well-written or brilliant, but although falling a bit below my usual quality threshold for series I want to keep following, I have enjoyed both books enough that I will probably snap up the next book when it's released. This is very much hardcore zombie-superhero-nerd fantasy, but if that hits your sweet spot, take the time to enjoy the unabashed enthusiastic genre love here.

    Very good voice acting here, and with such a large cast, I appreciated having male and female voices to handle different characters.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Martha 07-20-12
    Martha 07-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The super heroes vs zombie battle continues."

    Read ExHeroes first to better understand what is going on. I enjoyed it so much I couldn't put down my iPod. I'm really looking forward to the final book. Can't wait to see what happens next.

    The narrators did a great job. Love that the guy reads the guy parts and the woman reads the women parts. Nice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Mathewson 06-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Super Heroes and Zombies"
    What made the experience of listening to Ex-Patriots the most enjoyable?

    It's a fun story that's interesting and has you trying to piece together everything thats happening to figure out where its leading. It really had me thinking everytime i shut off the book as to where it was leading and what clues it was giving me. It's also just plain entertaining this world of super heroes and zombies. I am definitively looking forward to his next book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew CAMILLUS, NY, United States 06-03-12
    Matthew CAMILLUS, NY, United States 06-03-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Super heros and zombie... get out of here!"
    Where does Ex-Patriots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this series! It has a nice mesh of super hero bravodo and zombie slaying. I like that the villian from the last book was brought back, stronger and more demented.


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

    It's hard for me to get anymore interested in zombie novels, sort of a big fan. The super hero was a nice twist.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing, I think it is read well. Not too dramatic and lets you focus on the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Pete Cline has made a fan of me with both of his books and I am looking forward to the next installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan David Bedford Mooresville, NC United States 04-24-12
    Ryan David Bedford Mooresville, NC United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Best worst book ever!"
    Any additional comments?

    This sequel is great. Throughout the book they even point out how cliche this plot line is, but that doesn't matter; the character interaction, the witty build up of jokes, and the just freaky nature of ex's, compel you to listen to more. By the end you are rooting for the heroes and drooling for more, hoping Clines makes this into a Trilogy, if not more. The separation of readers, while in most books breaks up the flow, in this book, really helps drive the character development, and I applaud the talent for being able to do so. If you like comic book heroes, buy this, and the first book and take a listen, you wont be disappointed.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Elk Grove, CA, United States 04-13-12
    Kenneth Elk Grove, CA, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Even better than the first one."
    What made the experience of listening to Ex-Patriots the most enjoyable?

    I most enjoyed that the world Peter Clines has created seems like a real world with superheroes instead of a comic book world. The dangers of the main characters are exciting and it keeps you on the edge of your headphones to see how it all plays out.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Peter Clines does an excellent job with his transitions between the current timeline and the flashbacks to not only accentuate the drama but it helps with revealing surprises in a very timely manner.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    The Mighty Dragon, Stealth, and Sergeant Freedom were my favorite characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The end of the world was just the beginning.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Spokane, WA, United States 02-28-12
    Anthony Spokane, WA, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2013

    Life is too short not to listen to Audible.

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    "Armageddon, Superheroes and Zombies of my..."

    Entertaining, nonstop action and outside of the box story writing makes this an excellent listen. I completed the first book and could not wait to start the next one. I was a little worried that the second book would be a watered down version of the first, but wonderfully this was not the case. I could not stop listening to it and lost some sleep due to wanting to hear just a little bit more. I would recommend this book as it is well written and makes many unique and entertaining twists to what is often expected from other such books in the genera.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony WA 02-28-12
    Anthony WA 02-28-12 Member Since 2013

    Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!

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    "Armageddon, Superheroes and Zombies of my..."

    Entertaining, nonstop action and outside of the box story writing makes this an excellent listen. I completed the first book and could not wait to start the next one. I was a little worried that the second book would be a watered down version of the first, but wonderfully this was not the case. I could not stop listening to it and lost some sleep due to wanting to hear just a little bit more. I would recommend this book as it is well written and makes many unique and entertaining twists to what is often expected from other such books in the genera.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Don BETHANY, OK, United States 07-22-11
    Don BETHANY, OK, United States 07-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "2nd better than the first and the first one rocked"

    I was hoping for a 2nd book after buying "Ex-Heros".

    Have to say the second book is better than the first.
    Audio production is great and the story takes my loved Heros into what could be a cliche' ridden direction, but instead it takes all I love about heros and zombies and gives them both a great new lease on life. It was awesome.

    I may sound like a fool but after hard syfi, history, and bios,... this is all just great fun for me
    I have listened to these books several times and keep enjoying them. Give this one a try. It stands alone if you have not read the first but if you hear this on you will have to read the first.

    Thx again Mr. Clines

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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  • Wictor
    Kallered, Sweden
    12/23/12
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    "Quite nice"

    In my opinion the story isn't as interesting as in the prequel (Ex-Heroes). The recipe is the pretty much same, though a new element of power is introduced. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one too. The mix of superheroes, zombies and the third element works very well, at least if you like me enjoy these things in general.

    Once again the narrators are doing a great job.



    At the end there's a standalone short story by the author which I really enjoyed. The take on zombies was quite interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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