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?
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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= :'(
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!
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.
I loved it! Yes I would recommend.
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.
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?
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.
I've never read the print version.
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".
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.
It made me think, which is rare these days.
Thank you Mr. Clines for another brilliant chapter in your EX series. Can't wait for the next EX.
The fourth book in Peter Clines's superhero/zombie apocalypse series at first made me think he'd run out of ideas and so was writing a prequel novel. George Bailey, formerly known as the Mighty Dragon and then Saint George, is now a mundane janitor in a pre-zombie apocalypse L.A.?
Things are not what they seem. It may be a bit spoilery, but we've already seen supervillains in this series who can mess with your head, so just think of movies like the Matrix and Inception. Barry (aka "Zap"), the resident SF geek, is quick to make that comparison explicitly once the heroes get together and start figuring it out. The plot was fairly clever, and so with several red herrings, there are multiple layers to unravel, enough to make the reader as well as the characters begin to doubt what's real.
Captain Freedom, Saint George, Stealth, Corpse Girl, Zap, and Cerberus all feature prominently in this latest book in a series that doesn't look like it's ending any time soon. I've enjoyed all the Ex-Heroes books as the rather silly entertainment they are; Clines's writing is still not spectacular (the battles are getting really repetitive, I'm sick of Stealth always "crossing her arms," and I'm actually just sick of Stealth and her grimdark Batman-with-boobs schtick in general) but so far he has not exhausted the story potential of his world. I do hope, however, that he actually takes the series somewhere with a resolution, rather than just continuing it as long as the well can be pumped.
I have listened to all the books in this series so far and they have all exceeded my expectations.
When the reader finally gets shown the entire "mystery". I had about 80% of it figured out, but the final reveal was unexpected.
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
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.
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.
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
No less than 9.5 out of ten. This is a quality audiobook, narrated by a top shelf pro.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Im some guy in Oshkosh, WI that walks to work and has found the joy of listening to good books and values good narrators :).
TV, Comic Books and other media that take their characters and start messing with their minds generally annoy me. Every scifi show (at least that I've watched or read) has at least one storyline where the main character you've come to know has their memory wiped by some mechanism. They then they go about acting in ways that is against what you know about their motivations and behavior. Or worse, the whole thing plays out in dream sequence where everything you have come to learn about the world is wiped away to be replaced with your hero in a mental institution for the duration of the story.
This is what I worried about when I read the description of the book. But I need not have worried. The characters while not remembering who they were don't act differently. They don't all of a sudden hate each other and start fighting until some bizarre event sets things right. The pacing is perfect. As the story progresses slowly and you get to spend time trying to puzzle out the problem. The characters have time to find out for themselves whats going on and have to work together as a team to solve the problem. The teamwork is what I think I loved about the book. By the end of the book I was left feeling very satisfied.
If you like the previous books you'll like this one as well.
"good narration story weakest so far"
Explored some more of the back stories and silk retained the same humour throughout
stealth and it was good to hear more about her background
spoiler alert meeting stealhs dad
"Story not bad but solo-narration lets it down."
The idea to do a "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" type back-story/alternative story focused on St. George is good and for the most part works (not as strong as the other books but still a good read) the fact that it's only narrated by Jay Snyder (who, as usual, does an excellent job of course) really detracts from the listen. I can understand why the decision was taken to only voice with Snyder as the St. George narration takes up 80% of the book so why would you pay for 4 voice actors when you're only going to use a fraction of the time of 3 of them. But that other 20% (as a listener) suffers greatly by not having that rich cast of voices from the other books. Put another way, if this book was the first I'd listened to in the series I don't know that it would have captured me enough to bring me back for the others. As a fan who's listened to the other 3 books and loved them, this book was a serious let-down as a consequence. I'd almost have preferred to read it and imagine the voices as they've been played out in the other books. Please, please, please don't skimp on the voice actor budget next time and get the whole crew back together otherwise I'm pretty confident you'll kill the interest of the fan base (or me at least).
Insufficient for All
"A great series. Just not on par though!"
The story line lacks action compared to the previous books in the series. Jay Snyder is an outstanding narrator and I would recommend most books he is featured in.
Yes I have listened to all of this series of books and they are great. I can recommend them all. This book is still worth a listen or read but it is just not quite as good as the others in the series.
Jay Snyder is outstanding. My favourite narrator by far. The day by day Armageddon series is insane. He brings tension and the ability to immerse yourself in the story.
Unfortunately disappointment. It just didn't have enough action in it. Great idea but lacked something the other books had. I think the title gave it away to much.
Highly recommend the rest of the series and any book by jay Snyder. The second book in the series is by far my favourite.
"Different,but good different"
St George centric
85% of this story involves St George, and thats no bad thing, but you do miss Zzzzaps witty, almost sidekick role. Although St George as a character easily carries the story along.
Jay Snyder IS St George, I'd feel cheated if anyone else other than he took on this role
The first third was a little slow going, but after this it canters along at a fair pace
Jay Snyders narration is excellent, although id have liked to have the additional narrators of the first 3 books to have continued their roles, you just get used to certain voices for certain characters
"Not quite as action packed as previously"
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.
ST George is the mighty Dragon. Who else rules the mount?
Again, the voice of power and deep resonation that breaths life into these mighty characters.
Minds shifted, reality altered the heroes battle on.
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.
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