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Ex-Patriots Audiobook

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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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 USA 06-28-15
    Charles USA 06-28-15 Member Since 2015

    Lawyer. Musician. Geek.

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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.

    21 of 26 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.

    20 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 08-04-13
    Michael New Orleans, LA 08-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Zombies+Superheroes+Magic = Awesome...Do The Math!"

    Regarding my recent review of Cline's "Ex-Heroes," the first novel in this on-the-mark series, I state:

    "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."

    Well, I have bad news, dear Audible news listeners.

    You're going to have to crack open that dusty old wallet, brush away the cobwebs, pull out that precious Audible credit, and get this audiobook!

    Look, it's hard enough these days to find a great (or even just good) zombie writer with something to say, and say it well. Clines did it right in "Ex-Heroes,", and in "Ex-Patriots," he's done it again. A great new premise upon an already solid world built by the author, page-turning dialogue goodness, new rich characterization, and an honest-to-god story to tell.

    Do the math. Clines has mixed the genres perfectly, and knocked it out of the park yet again. It's an awesome listen.

    I'm keeping this one mercifully short. Stop reading this review, and go get "Ex-Patriots."

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 09-17-12
    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2015

    I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it

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    "Peter Clines turns in another zombie classic"
    If you could sum up Ex-Patriots in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Engaging, Energetic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stealth. She's sexy cool.,beautiful, smart, and pragmatic ... just the way I like my heroines!


    What does Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening to the narration is like hooking cable wires to your brain and having the images projected directly into your head. Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam immerse you in this story like very few narrators can.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 06-08-12
    A. Hogue Birmingham, AL 06-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great follow up"

    I wasn't expecting another book... I don't know why, but because of that I didn't keep the book fresh in my mind. I was surprised to see a second book and afraid I'd be lost and would have to re-listen to the first one. No, I fell right back in with everyone after a few moments of minor confusion. It's done in the same "then" and "now" style as the first, which drives me up the wall. Though I admit it always comes together and makes sense, so I appreciate it at the end. This time it left an OBVIOUS opening for a third book. I'll definely keep an eye out for that. I've always tried to stay away from apocalyptic zombie reads... But alas, I've finally been dragged in.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lewisville, TX, United States 05-16-12
    Brian Lewisville, TX, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    A perfect fusion of Superheros and Zombie Apocalypse. What others promised and failed to give, this delivers in spades.

    4 of 5 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
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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.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor Parts Unknown 08-04-11
    Trevor Parts Unknown 08-04-11 Listener Since 2010

    I know way to much about nothing.......

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    "Worth the Credit"

    I actually enjoyed the second book much more than the first. I thought the concept of super heroes and zombies a little different, but somehow this author managed to bring it all together. Not for everyone, however if you are into the zombie genre I would be that you'll at least enjoy that part of the story line.

    10 of 14 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.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-04-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 07-04-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "THE FAULT IS MINE"

    PEOPLE BELIEVE A LOT OF THINGS WHEN THINGS GO BAD.
    I have to admit a weakness of mine. I have trouble controlling myself during a book sale. I love Clines' books, 14 and The Junkie Quantriun and will be getting The Fold. I was not a huge fan of the first book, thought it was so-so. I have never been a Super Hero fan, but I am a huge Zombie fan. The only super hero I ever cared about was Batman, cause he used his brains and invented gadgets. The soap opera that plays out between the super heroes and the regular people may be indicative of what would really happen, but I don't really care. I could not get it into my head to care about any of these characters. This whole book is cartoonish and would seem to appeal to fans of DragonBallz or Pokeman.

    I also get annoyed at Zombie books that pretend to be different. Several of them like to invent different names for Zombies, as if they have to pay a royalty to Romero every time they use the name Zombies. The reader is never going to think EX or Stalkers or what ever other cute name a writer gives them to try and make them his own. We are always going to think Zombie, so use the term.

    The narrators are okay. One of them does make mature females sound like anime characters, HEHE. The main narrator has one of those movie trailer voices, which is cool at first, but over time grows just as monotone as a quiet voice.

    If you were a big fan of book one, ignore me, you should love this. If you are not a fan of book one or not a fan of comic books, no matter what the sale price, stay away.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "different listen"

    different spin on zombies but really good. it is a strange mix of super hero's and zombies. couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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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