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Ex-Purgatory | [Peter Clines]

Ex-Purgatory

When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.
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Publisher's Summary

The fourth novel in Peter Clines' best-selling Ex series.

When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more. George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

Then one day as he’s walking from one fix-it job to the next, a pale girl in a wheelchair tells George of another world, one in which civilization fell to a plague that animates the dead…and in which George is no longer a glorified janitor, but one of humanity’s last heroes. Her tale sounds like madness, of course. But as George’s dreams and his waking life begin bleeding together, he starts to wonder - which is the real world, and which is just fantasy?

©2014 Peter Clines (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 01-15-14
    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Didn't Expect This!!"

    If you here you know how these books usually start, there is a Then and Now through the book and you get to know one of the heroes' past. But here its different.

    When you start this book you will be a bit confused, I certainly was, and I couldn't understand what was happening (which is great, its boring when you figure it out early in the book) and when i got to the point where all looked clear... well.. you still get shocked afterwards.

    Ex-Purgatory was written in a different approach and actually that was one of its pros, its ending was good and twists are always there...

    Cons: Narrator.. Jay Snyder is a good narrator, and he did a good job as always.... But where are the others?? I liked the combo of narrators as in the past books... it doesn't always work when you have different narrators for a single book, but in this series it works well... so ya guys, bring them back in the next book.

    So go ahead, change is good, and you will like this addition!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Laura CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MS, United States 01-16-14
    Laura CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MS, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "a little different - BUT I LOVED IT!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Based on the previous books, I don't really know where else Clines could have gone with the story and in typical fashion, there are assumptions you make early on that are .... assumptions! I would say stick with it, but if you are like me, Clines writing makes it impossible to do anything else.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Gretna, LA, USA 01-15-14
    Michael Gretna, LA, USA 01-15-14 Member Since 2006

    Commodities broker, father, husband, and avid scifi/fantasy/self help fan.

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    "Jumping into the Abyss without a net!"

    If you follow my reviews, it's no secret that I'm a Clines fan. Hands down, this author is the real deal when it comes to his genre, and he manages to take the series to new levels with each writing.

    But does he do it again in "Ex-Purgatory?" Is he firing on all cylinders? Has he still got game?

    You bet.

    Look, if Clines stumbles in his writing, you'll hear from me first. Just look at my last two reviews on sub-par work from lesser authors. I'm not afraid of readers putting dislikes on my audiobook reviews. It's my review, and good or bad, the truth will out.

    But, I'm happy to say, Clines is growing as an author. This time out, he's twisting both the storyline and perspective. It's got a prequel opening for a particular hero that I always felt was lost in in the backdrop at the beginning of the series. Now we have the opportunity to see this , and it spins into a LOST feel. Think flashbacks, twists, and a few reality shifts. Still, he manages to balance his dystopian superhero apocalypse in the listener's favor.

    This is a departure from his typical writing. Authors, and especially their publishers, are apprehensive to change style and direction mid-stream in a series, because the old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." becomes the rule of the day. However, if done right, such a departure can make a series better for the journey. Such a move can be dicey - It's a leap into the abyss without a net, and a halfway attempt can ruin a series just as easily as a strong effort can strengthen it.

    Clines jumps into the abyss, and it looks like the net wasn't needed. He still offers solid characterization, good story lines, and an enjoyable journey. Now, is this his best in the series? No, I don't think so, and this is due to the changes. Also, the narrator is okay, but I wanted a bit more. This is a departure from the multiple host of narrators previously used in this series, which I particularly prefer. But should you miss out on this audiobook? Definitely not, dear Audible listener. It's still worth your cherished Audible credit.

    Am I going to provide spoilers, or giveaway what happens? If you think so, then you DEFINITELY haven't read my reviews. And I KNOW my reviews gets dislikes because of this. Still, I have to go with my gut in favor of the author. Why spoil it for you?

    So, just like Clines, leap out into the Abyss without a net. Acquire this good next audiobook in the series.

    And like Clines, you won't need the net.




    35 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    rich san jose, CA, United States 01-16-14
    rich san jose, CA, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2011

    klotzen, nicht klekern!

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    ""St. George, the Mighty""
    Where does Ex-Purgatory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    No less than 9.5 out of ten. This is a quality audiobook, narrated by a top shelf pro.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ex-Purgatory?

    St. George and Stealth, the ravishing runway model and avenging ninja, are at a bar waiting for that scientist to show up. After throwing down the wadded up tissue in his nose .... you will know why when you start listening .... St. George opened up a family sized can of woop ass in the most one sided show of sack since Darth Vader, from the comfort of his personal planet crusher - the Death Star - telepathically vice gripped across the galaxy and fatally choked out that incompetent, rat faced Imperial vice admiral guy live on view screen.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Jay Snyder is a narrator of the first water. Peter Clines made the narrator's job a lot easier by writing a book with a bunch of great lines. I lost count of how many different ways Clines described what happened when St. George's fist impacted a zombie's rib cage or skull. His pacing kept the story flowing very well. He hit the right notes throughout. A solid audiobook got great very quickly because of Jay Synder.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A moment that particularly moved me was when St. George, after smashing two deadun's heads together, "like two pinballs...." brushed another post-living fool's teeth fragments out of his shirt sleeve and then drove his fist through the gummer's face, his knuckles breaking out the back of the skull. The cherry on top was Clines' post impact statement, "the sound could only be described as pulpy." I could go on and on retelling other particularly moving moments, but this one somehow stood out.


    Any additional comments?

    I bet 1.5 bazillion people will purchase this audiobook. In my humble opinion, I think this one is tops in the series, with the others close behind. Hey Peter Clines, I know you have at least 7 - 8 more books for this series in that brilliantly f....ked up dome of yours. Keep them coming!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charles BOERNE, TX, United States 01-18-14
    Charles BOERNE, TX, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great change of pace!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved it! Yes I would recommend.


    Any additional comments?

    Only thing I missed was the additional voice actors. I missed hearing Captain Freedom and Stealth. Don't get me wrong Jay Snyder is good, but we were spoiled before with the othe audio presentations.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Shams elgin, il, United States 01-23-14
    Shams elgin, il, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome story, but loss of voice actors jarring"

    This was a great addition to the Ex world. The story is top notch, and fits great into the series. My only complaint is the loss of the other voice actors. I really enjoyed the different actors in the previous 3 and so losing them was very disheartening. Jay Snyder does a good job, but I wish they kept the rest of the cast. Freedom and Stealth don't have the same feel without their original voice actors. Hopefully they return in the next iterations.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Dublin, Ireland 01-30-14
    Edward Dublin, Ireland 01-30-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Need more of this Series ASAP!"
    Where does Ex-Purgatory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to all the books in this series so far and they have all exceeded my expectations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ex-Purgatory?

    When the reader finally gets shown the entire "mystery". I had about 80% of it figured out, but the final reveal was unexpected.


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

    Jay is a great narrator, and initially, I did miss the additional supporting cast, but after a while I just got used to it. I would still like to see future EX series books with the full cast though


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

    not really, but for me, the mark of a good audio book is one that I want to keep on listening to until it's finished. this has only happened a few times with me, and the Ex Series is one of these.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent Book, Excellent Performance, Excellent Value. This is a good continuation of the development of the characters. I will definitely be getting the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 01-23-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Solid but could have been set anywhere"

    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

    In this fourth book to his successful Ex-Heroes series Clines changes things up from what we have become used to from this ragtag bunch of super heroes. Clines strays from the “Now” and “Then” perspectives to give us a fully fluid story. He also strays from the action packed hold on to your seats super power thrill ride and moved to a story that is more of a mystery thriller that just happens to take place to super heroes and during the zombie apocalypse. It says a lot about an author who is confident enough in his base story and his writing skills to change everything mid-series. Clines was able to pull me in, keep my interest high, connection strong with all the characters and made me ready for book five that I will buy without question or thinking twice, even with all the change ups.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Oregon City, OR, United States 01-21-14
    Ron Oregon City, OR, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2006
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    "A wonderful twist on a great series."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ex-Purgatory to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unique nature of this chapter in the EX series. I really can't say much without spoiling the story, however Peter Clines has taken we readers for a new "ride".


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jay is one of the very best narrators, however this chapter in the series would have been better with the original cast of narrators. Please bring back the full cast for the next book.


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

    It made me think, which is rare these days.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Mr. Clines for another brilliant chapter in your EX series. Can't wait for the next EX.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Bentley United States 01-18-14
    M. Bentley United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2012

    A part time Library Assistant and general lover of books and stories.

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    "Another Excellent Entry in the Ex-Heroes Series"
    What did you love best about Ex-Purgatory?

    I loved how Peter Clines told this interesting tale of the Ex-Heroes. It showed there was plenty of life left in this series and I hope for many more entries.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ex-Purgatory?

    Unfortunately saying my most memorable moments would be spoilers.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Not quite as action packed as previously"
    Where does Ex-Purgatory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is good mind bending perspective with the whole agent Smith reveal. But felt like an infiller episode to me compared to the usual Heroes exploits. It has been my experience that female writers tend to hold onto characters long past there due date and are reluctant to kill them off. But with male writers they go out in a blaze of glory and their death has meaning or saves another with purpose. I would always expect any of these Heroes deaths to save many or protect another from certain DOOM.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ST George is the mighty Dragon. Who else rules the mount?


    What does Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Again, the voice of power and deep resonation that breaths life into these mighty characters.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Minds shifted, reality altered the heroes battle on.


    Any additional comments?

    Bring the robot back and give Captain Freedom more honor. Make the next installment more on the ground with plenty of worth to the corpse girl to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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