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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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    Ryan David Bedford Mooresville, NC United States 04-24-12
    Ryan David Bedford Mooresville, NC United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2011
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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 11 people found this review helpful
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    David 02-18-12
    David 02-18-12 Member Since 2010

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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 20 people found this review helpful
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    Scott frisco, TX, United States 09-23-11
    Scott frisco, TX, United States 09-23-11
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    "Great Book"
    Where does Ex-Patriots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is easily a top 10 book. Very interesting concept and well defined characters. You are suddenly immersed into a world that is teaming with Super Hero's and Zombies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The flow of the story and the character development. At times you don't know which side to cheer for.


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

    They really enhance the experience. The good characters are really good and the bad characters are really bad, but you can relate to all of them.


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

    Yes


    6 of 6 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 2011
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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Renee L Williams Harrison, AR 12-21-11
    Renee L Williams Harrison, AR 12-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Another great book for zombie fans."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Although some of the plot was a little far-fetched with super heros AND a zombie appocolypse but it certainly made for an interesting twist in the story. The character parts are all well narrated. This bookcontains an especially good cast of narrators.


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

    It goes along with Ex-Heros which was a great listen as well. I'd compare it to Day by Day Armageddon and Beyond Excile, which is the sequel to Day by Day.


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

    Definetely Stealth, narrated by Khristine Hvam. Stealth is a great character and Khristine absolutely does her justice, along with all the other female parts. But St. George isn't bad either. Jay Snyder has a wonderful story-telling voice. I could listen to him for hours. Let's not forget to mention Khristine's Cerberous character. I loved that a woman actually played an armored warrior, where it's usually the man who fulfills this role.


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

    Zombies verses the new Apocoliptic Super Heros


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor Parts Unknown 08-04-11
    Trevor Parts Unknown 08-04-11 Member 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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 11-05-12
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Super soldiers enter the post-apocalyptic fray."

    Peter Clines does an excellent job picking up the story 2 years after the events of Ex-Heroes and introduces a new ingredient to his post-apocalyptic world: the super soldier. Of course little goes smoothly in a world full of zombies, super heroes, super villains, and now super soldiers.

    When the military reaches out to the survivors at the Mount, Stealth and St. George are faced with some difficult decisions to make regarding the society they have worked so hard to build and protect. The inhabitants of the Mount never really planned for the option of being re-integrated into society and some question the validity of these government representatives. Others are eager for things to change and see this as a way to make that happen. The story moves forward at a rapid pace and the book flies by faster than Zzzap on a scouting mission.

    That is until it ends all too quickly. I enjoyed most of the story but didn't feel a real sense of closure at the end. I wanted more of the threads that were started to be tied off but I guess I will just have to wait for the next book. The third book is slated to come out in 2013 and Peter Clines has begun to work on the 4th, so there will be more comic style fun to enjoy in the future.

    There are actually 4 narrators of this book and they all do an excellent job. Although not listed by Audible, Mark Boyett is one of the additional narrators along with Elizabeth Rogers.

    If you enjoyed Ex-Heroes then this is more of the same. This is an action packed book worth listening to but don't expect it all to be tied up for you neatly at the end.

    3 of 3 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

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Huntington Beach, CA, United States 02-07-12
    Brian Huntington Beach, CA, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Awesome Writing, Awesome Reading"
    Would you listen to Ex-Patriots again? Why?

    It has a comic-book feel, and flows really nicely. There is only detail where it needs to be, so there is no overly flowery language. Since the reading is light, it has replay value.


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

    I really DO hope they make a film from this, it's such a unique concept done well.


    Any additional comments?

    If there were 10 of these books, I'd buy all of them right now. I only hope Clines continues to maintain the quality and pace of the first two books.
    Who would have ever thought of putting Comicbook heroes against zombies, and it actually working? Honestly, I thought it was a dumb idea, until I saw all the reviews. I'm SO glad I gave the first book a chance. I bought the second, after listening to only 30 minutes of the first.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Mt Royal, NJ, United States 10-24-11
    Jamie Mt Royal, NJ, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2011

    Sleeplady: lover of dogs, zombies and superheroes.

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    "A must read for any lover of comics and zombies"

    How could I not love a book that combines Superheroes and Zombies?!! This book has strong characters, an interesting plot and is well written. The narrator has a pleasant voice and delivery. I very worthwhile read. **Note**This book is a sequel to Ex-Heros and I think if you haven't read/listened to that first you may not get the full effect of the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

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