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.
Another great listen from Clines. I am a self-confessed massive fan of his work, but I do like to think that I am capable of writing an unbiased review. Fortunately that isn't necessary here.
Some may find it horrifying, but I actually enjoyed this installment more than the previous ones. It shows growth as an author and, quite frankly, a better command of plot. It wasn't nearly as predictable either; in the past that was something that needed to be overcome to fully enjoy the listen.
I know some folks were sad that it was just Snyder narrating, but I felt he did a great job. It just wasn't what we have been used to with the series. Happy to report they return to the multi-narrator method in the next book.
In any case, a great listen once more. Well worth your time and credit.
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!
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.
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'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.
I have enjoyed many urban fantasy series and this one, with all the elements I love---zombies (Ex's) with zombie gore, superheroes, really bad guys, and especially a location of Los Angeles that's totally realistic, replete with inside pop culture references.
I got so caught up with the characters---the descriptive writing fleshed out what could have been just cardboard superheroes. Loved all the mysteries of time and reality woven into a very exciting story.
At first, I was a bit disappointed by only one narrator, but Jay Snyder does a terrific job, nevertheless.
Really, really sorry there's only one more book in this series!
This book does not feel to be part of the series. The storyline wanders away from the zombie reality into a dream world.
I am ready to start a new series.
This was read very nice. Probably better than the others.
This story would have played out nicely in a hour long TV episode. But as a stand-along chapter of a greater series, this did not work. This should have been a short story, not a book.
Apparently, Mr Clines really enjoyed the last year of the television series Lost. This storyline IS the Sideways Universe. Well, I was let-down with that tactic then- as I am now.
I loved the continuing story of the superhero-types in zombie'd out L.A. The story bumps up against the absurd from time to time but then again we're talking about superpowers vs. undead. So I tell myself to get something sciencey if I want a read like that. The book does exactly what readers expect it to do: continuity of characters; gradual revelations about their backgrounds; engaging narrative style; focused conflict. Not exactly Booker Prize material but who the f*** cares? We got superheroes fighting hordes of exes over here!
Revelations about Stealth's background. No spoilers here but that comes up in the novel.
By now, Jay seems to have a good feel for the different characters and he can distinguish them by subtle changes in voice.
Not as such, but I did kinda go "oooh" when yet another brain-hop happened. Seriously, guy, you gotta explain what's up with all the brain hopping. Give us something to hang on to here.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
YES YES YES!! This was a brilliant story line...different than the others and so entertaining!!!
I liked the concept of this story..it was really well played out!!
I have..he is good...I like his narration in everything he does...he is great!
I laughed a lot...and felt sorry for Madeline a bit...but it all came together in the end!!!
I absolutely loved this Ex installment, and I like the way Peter Clines responds tao his fans...anytime I have commented about his books on FB or anywhere I h ave gotten a response....this book is clever and brilliant and I can not wait to read the next one...he is definitely my favorite male author...2 huge thumbs up!!!
"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
"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.
"Bit Different To Rest Of Series"
I absolutely enjoyed this book it is a bit different in narration style and story to the rest of the series.
I found myself taking the long way home so I could listen to what happened next!!
"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
"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.
"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
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