Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.
Not only does he face a corpse-infested urban hell, human scavengers, and unending loneliness, but now a new mystery has risen.... The undead are disappearing from the streets. A force is gathering, beyond the mountain man's wildest nightmares, even more relentless and terrifying than the roaming tides of dead flesh. And it's preparing to hunt. Mountain Man has been optioned for film. Contains graphic language and scenes of violence.
©2012 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2014 Podium Publishing
I liked that it was a story more about survival, than just bashing in the heads of the dead, ie: the dead heads.
Not wanting to give anything away, I'd say the betrayal towards the end of the story is very memorable.
I enjoyed Mr. Bray's abilitly to make each character recognizable by his changes of voice.
There's more to fear than the undead.
I really hated the ending; not that I disliked the end of the story, but that the book was over. I knew there had to be a sequel. You just can't leave a story ending like that unless you have an evil streak running through your brain.
I'm an avid listener, a disabled Navy veteran, & a wife & mother of 4 children. I have an M.B.A. & I'm currently earning a Vet Assist Cert.
This book held me captivated the entire time! The story is solid, character development is decent, and the narrator does a bang-up job! I'm actually listening to the series for the 2nd time to prepare myself for "Well Fed". This series is on my top 20 favorites, which says a lot considering I have over 400 audible books in my library! Don't hesitate, just go ahead and spend the credit! You won't regret it!
I love zombie books. always looking for the next good one.
wow one of the best books i have listen to in a while. very gritty realistic and a little sad all at the same time. not what i was expecting from the tittle. excessive alcohol us but what else would most people do with the fall of man kind and the death of there loved ones. you will cringe,laugh and find your self cheering on Scott threw this story the other books in this series are also well worth the credit.
Quite a few nail biting moments. Listened doing household chores and time flew. I will be getting the next installment. Narrator was perfect. So good I forgot it was a man doing the female voice.
Loved the story, truly a screwed up trip. I just wish someone would have proofed the reading. The constant mispronunciation of toque as toke was highly annoying.
If you like Zombie books, this is a good story. Characters are well developed, plot is excellent, and I liked the idea of the missing zombies...now, I need to know where they went!
I have not read the print version, but there is no way it could be as good as this audible version. The audible version really brings the story to life. And the book version could not possible convey the admiration in Gus' voice when he talks about toilet paper!
It is not like any book I have ever read, though I have never read any zombie books before.
RC Bray's narration brings every scene to life. The excitement, suspense, urgency, and shear horror would not grip you as tightly without Bray's flawless narration.
Mountain Man, 80 proof zombie annihilation!!
Technically, Mountain Man is the sequel to The Hospital, even though The Hospital was only a short story. Unlike the majority of sequels, Mountain Man does not drop the ball. Keith Blackmore not only keeps up the tone and pace of The Hospital, but he tightens and intensifies it in Mountain Man. We get a chance to learn more about Gus, although not so much as to deflate him from being an edgy, determined, character. Gus pulls no punches but he is not the beefed-up, cliché spouting, rippling-jawed hero that often makes these types of books so tiresome. Blackmore gives us more opportunities to see Gus as he really is -- brave, sympathetic, relatable and, yes, always up for a round of zombie blasting.This installment also introduces a couple of new characters who will have a huge impact on future plotlines. So grab your Captain Morgan and your toilet paper and settle in for a good Mountain Man read.... and don't be stupid!
Living in Northern NJ. Addicted to that spine-tingling rush of fear.
I'm a fan of the zombie genre, as long as it's almost believable. This does the dead justice. The main character is believable so much that you buy into the situation without hesitation. Read the series, waiting for more.
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All of the euphemisms for toilet paper in this audiobook stuck out to me: Crap Wrap, Ass Wipe, TP, Apocalypse Gold and Anal Gold. These names I’ve never heard of had me rolling around laughing in my work chair and almost made my Asian noodles shoot out my nose.
Augustus "Gus" Berry is back for a full-length adventure. Remember, we first met him in The Hospital, and some time has passed since this debauch. For a moment early on, I thought this was going to be a story of one man's quest, in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, to find all the remaining pillowy softness a guy could want. Now we get to really know what Gus is all about.
When you break this story down, it’s really all about survival. One man's struggle to be comfortable while at home. Yes, this does take a considerable amount of work for Gus to keep the food, water, crap wrap, oh and don't forget his booze supplies, to their maximum.
We get to follow Gus on several of these supply runs and experience the close calls, the elation and the terror as he does. Then the inevitable day comes when he encounters actual living people, something that hasn't happened for a while. Now there are two.
The secondary story of the Mountain Man is one of love, and not romance, but rather the kind of wordless brotherly love that I have only seen between two men. Until a third person enters the story.
Blackmore wasn't able to fool me with his plot twists, as I saw most of them coming, but that did not take away at all from the great survival story with zombies. This was not about, mainly anyways, how cruel and brutal humans can be in a zombie apocalypse, like most in this genre.
I was sucked in almost immediately and couldn't stop listening. I want more Mountain Man!
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"Great follow on from The hospital"
This is a great zombie type book, I loved it ! ONE BIG problem though - I need the next one! it has left me hanging by a thread!!!!
It would be great if Audiable could e-mail when the next book from a series comes out - I am worried I may miss it !?
This author hasn't got any other books here, which is a shame, as I would take a look!
"Awesome Zombie Survival Story"
R. C. Bray again gives an excellent performance, narrating Mountain Man. Great characters inhabit this detailed world. Highly recommended for zombie survival fans!
awesome absolutely awsesome. an exellent first book, ive read many many zombie books and this is among the best. a great story brought to life by a simply brilliant narator. im going streight for book 2..
"I'm not a Zombiephile, but......."
I read this after downloading and enjoying the free prequel 'the hospital'. I usually give Zombie books and films a wide birth, but I'm glad a bought this. This book has good plots and storylines besides the ubiquitous gathering & marching of the undead. There is plenty of human interest and you get to care about two of the characters, while hoping the undead eat two of the others alive. I did a lot of my listening in bed before going to sleep, and a couple of times, I wished I hadn't :-) Nearing the end of the book, you know something is going to go badly wrong (the author clearly understands the male brain :-) but what that is, comes as a surprise. The end is not a disappointment as it either leaves things in a place where you can comfortably stop reading, or equally, you can read the next volume, which is what I intend to do soon.
Excellently narrated! I was on tenterhooks as I listened. Very good descriptive writing. I couldn't wait to listen every time I drove to and from work. Great lead character.
"came for RC Bray..."
I cannot not say enough good things about rc brays performance of this book. he takes a book that by right is abit rushed full of needless details and at times repetitiv and makes it a book I couldn't stop listening too.
"if you love zombies you'll love this."
loved it. great story and really well read. best audio book I've heard for a while!
"Great start to the series..."
I'm all about the feels when it comes to reading so sometimes I don't even know why I like something, I just know that I do. This is one of those times...
I listened to the prequel of this series last year when it was free on audible (might still be free) and really liked it. 'The Hospital' was a short story set before Mountain man and was creepy and chilling and exactly the sort of zombie apocalypse book I like to read...survivors scavenging about. I dove right into this one straight after.
Anyway, the narrator R.C Bray did a great job and the hour long short story made me go and get the next part, Mountain Man as soon as I'd finished it.
I did like Mountain Man. I liked the characters and the scene setting and the dialogue but the action scenes were a bit much to take in. Might have been better reading it but listening to it just went too fast to catch it all. It was a bit like the difference between watching a ninja fight scene and having someone write down all the moves for you at the speed the take place. It just all moves too fast to take in. "He put this arm there and that leg here and the knife cut over there while he spun back to here and grabbed this other thing which he used to smack that other guy....." Too much for me to take in when the narrator has quite a fast reading pace. I just couldn't visualize it fast enough.
Good story though and very well told. I really like Gus the lead character and have already bought the next one in the series. I think this next one is about Gus' friend Scott so I'll see how that goes. I like Scott well enough but I like Gus more.
Narration was very good, enjoyed the story but felt the author could of explained what became of Gus rather than setting up the next book.
Definitely worth a 2nd listen.
Would recommend to friends.
"The best of the Zombie genre"
Gus the lead character is a normal(ish) person, rather than an ex special forces superhero try to survive the zombie apocalypse. The story is fast paced and well narrated; it really is a story that leaves you wanting more…. Hurry up Mountain Man book 4 !!!!
It is a zombie book so many of the components are common across the genre, but I don’t have a direct comparison
The pace of narration is very good and he gives the characters a depth. He also manages to convey the excitement and tension of parts of the story without shouting or getting hysterical.
If you have doubts about this book being for you check out Keith C Blackmore's free Mountan Man short story first - The Hospital
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