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Mountain Man | [Keith C. Blackmore]

Mountain Man

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.
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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

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    Colleen Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-13-15
    Colleen Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-13-15 Member Since 2012

    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”- Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

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    "So flippin' awesome!"

    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!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Pine 01-31-15
    JoAnn Pine 01-31-15

    JoAnn Pine

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    "What?? Its over.......Already??? I want more."
    What did you love best about Mountain Man?

    I liked that it was a story more about survival, than just bashing in the heads of the dead, ie: the dead heads.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mountain Man?

    Not wanting to give anything away, I'd say the betrayal towards the end of the story is very memorable.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed Mr. Bray's abilitly to make each character recognizable by his changes of voice.


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

    There's more to fear than the undead.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-23-14
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Hilarious, Serious, Heartfelt Zombie Survival"

    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!

    Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.

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

    24 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-11-15
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    "Wonderful combination"

    The combination of Blackmore and Bray is amazing!
    The story keeps your attention, especially if you enjoy zombie apocalypse and the narration brings it to life. I've enjoyed every story I've listened to by RC Bray. I can actually get my husband to listen when he narrates. The entire series was great.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tilo 01-06-15
    Tilo 01-06-15 Member Since 2012

    Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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    "Great story!"

    Gus is trying to survive the apocalypse and is so lucky as to do it in style because he has found an isolated mansion with solar panels and a well. I think he was a painter, and doesn't know much about guns, medicines or any other things you'd think you would need to know to survive the apocalypse.

    The story is a lot about his daily scavenging runs, usually fairly mundane but the story line is punctuated every so often by something very dramatic, ending with a big climax. He meets up with another survivor (who also isn't particularly skilled) and much of the story is about their male bonding experience coupled with a heck of a lot of drinking, so female readers my be a little disinterested in this story. Apart from that, there a whole lot of things going on this story that kept me interested. There is one part of the story I thought was a little thin and I really didn't buy into what was going on with the female in the story. Could've worked it a bit more to make her plot line a little more credible.

    I read the short story "the hospital" (its free) before this and I think you should too because this event takes place in the middle of this book and Gus mentions it, but doesn't go into the details and you won't find it funny when he mentions it nonchalantly the first time.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    blake Fort Lee, NJ, United States 12-13-14
    blake Fort Lee, NJ, United States 12-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Zombies beware! Gus is back!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mountain Man to be better than the print version?

    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!


    What other book might you compare Mountain Man to and why?

    It is not like any book I have ever read, though I have never read any zombie books before.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    Mountain Man, 80 proof zombie annihilation!!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 12-14-14
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 12-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Zombie thriller that is more about living"

    In this post apocalyptic settings, book start with describing that world has overrun by zombies. Life for living is very difficult to near impossible that even toothbrush is a luxury. Book mainly described by main character (Gus)'s POV. Gus got lucky and ended up with an empty property that has a very comfortable setup. He has electricity as well as hot running water along with secure walls and food reserve reserves. The property is on a mountain hence the name 'mountain man'.

    First half the book describes the world and day to day activities of Gus. Even with his comfortable settings, what precaution he must take to survive. Along with precaution he pro actively look to keep his food reserves and everyday supplies (such as toilet papers). The details which shows like 'walking dead' look over are discussed, and things are described in very funny manners. Eventually, Gus meets other people and story start to move forward, and even though zombies are in backdrop, book is about living. How good and evil living within people may come out in such settings that when there is no law enforcement. When one can do whatever he/she desires, what people might do to survive. Book discusses the good and worst of humanity.

    Start of the book sounded very much like 'The Martian', but it story moved along beyond that initial similarities. Narration is great and very funny. I got several good laughs out of Gus' inner dialogues.

    I recommend this book and I will be reading the next two book in the trilogy.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    snehring 03-09-15
    snehring 03-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVE THIS GUY!"
    What did you love best about Mountain Man?

    Realistic, enjoyable, kept me wanting more! Great Characters!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mountain Man?

    love the toilet paper idea, never would I have thought of that!


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I wouldn't get to hear the way Gus sounds, it really helps me imagine it all and brings the characters to life. love it, love it.


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

    Just scary, freaked me out, kept me on edge, love it!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thomas boise, ID, United States 03-01-15
    thomas boise, ID, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2013

    I love zombie books. always looking for the next good one.

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    "I want more"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Avid Listener and Reader 02-18-15
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    "Enthralling"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Nay
    Horley, United Kingdom
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    "Great follow on from The hospital"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
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    "Best zombie apocalypse series ever!"

    The best zombie apocalypse story I've ever heard.

    I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a gritty survival story.

    Gus is a tough man!

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  • Joan
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    "Good easy listening. Like walking dead"

    I enjoyed this. The narrators voice fits the story. I Will look out for the next story if is one.

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  • Richard Miles
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    "Smashing!"

    its been a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud and this one did. It also made me cringe and squirm in pain out of sympathy for the characters. Bloody brilliant.

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  • Dazbisk
    4/28/15
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mountain Man to be better than the print version?

    The audio version has the benefit of RC Bray himself. The book is read very well and the voice acting is superb.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mountain Man?

    The ending was quite satisfying. I thought it was maybe a little over the top for how realistic and gritty the rest of the book was but it was definitely entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

    There are a handful of characters in this book but Gus is a very well fleshed out character in comparison to the rest. It's clear from the get go he's dealing with an alcohol addiction and although he tries to come across tough he breaks sometimes. RC Bray has voiced him how I would have pictured, if not better.


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

    There wasn't wasn't any part that moved me. If you're looking for some deep psychological analysis of the characters you aren't going to get much of that. The story focuses on how Gus has been surviving, his daily routine and how he deals with zombies and other survivors.


    Any additional comments?

    Like anything zombie related, the story consists of the usual zombie apocalypse material. Looting and gathering supplies, learning how to survive and how to fight, who to trust and not to trust. It's almost a necessity before a story can venture into a deeper more meaningful narrative.It's also very descriptive, right down to the decay of the zombies, to how many much ammo he is carrying/using and the areas ventured through etc. etc.Overall, thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • E. Robinson
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    "Addictive."

    It's never going to win any literary prize, but it's a great story performed, as always impeccably by R.C. If you want to piss your wife off by ignoring her for a day or so, this will sure do it. It's a bit of a slowish repetative begining but once into gear it keeps its momentum up by introducing new story elements just at the right moment. How it would read as a book I'm not sure, but it's perfect for an audio book. If you listen with headphones that cut the world out, it makes you feel as though you've been drawn into the dystopian world of Gus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cameron
    3/30/15
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    "Grumpy gus..."

    A decent little zombie story, without giving to much away, about a guy living out his days in the middle of a zombie apocalypse drinking and scrounging around for supplies the best he can. His whole world gets turned up side down with the arrival of Scott and later on, for a short while, Roxanne. Well worth a listen and I'll be getting the follow ups to see how the story pans out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlene
    3/22/15
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/13/15
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    "mountain man"

    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..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    3/9/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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