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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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    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.

    2 of 2 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

    16 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 05-14-14 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "You Will Not Regret a Trip Up this Mountain"

    If you are a fan of the Walking Dead, you should not hesitate to get this. Everything you like about the WD is condensed in this well written story. The main character is no superhero or ex-military know-it all. He’s an every-man, trying to stay alive and sane in the aftermath. The overall tone of the story is neither too dark nor too light although there are moments of both.

    Even if you don’t like zombie stories I think you will find this a pleasurable listen.

    As another reviewer said, it’s better to read this before The Hospital even though the events in The Hospital precede The Mountain Man. You’ll understand the main character, Gus better. Keith Blackmore is a very good writer and I look forward to more from him. And R.C. Bray did a superb job narrating, especially with the voices. I hope they team up again for another trip up the mountain.

    13 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 08-03-14
    Charles TULSA, OK, United States 08-03-14
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    "Boring"

    I'm a fan of zombie fiction. I'm a fan of post apocalyptic. I wanted to be a fan of this book. But it's boring and predictable. Poorly written. The narration was good, but honestly I fell asleep while listening, twice. Gave up after 2 hours... I wish I could return those two hours to my life. I'll have to settle for returning the Book.

    Avoid if you have a brain in your head.

    15 of 29 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 2013
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DONNA 11-26-14
    DONNA 11-26-14 Listener Since 2002
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    "Great read for Zombie lovers"
    Where does Mountain Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5 for sure


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book brings the gore, it doesn't skimp on the details so it paints a very clear picture, but it isn't too excessive. Also, Gus' character is well written, he reads like a real person dealing with realistic issues in a way an average joe would, without being too predictable. The chapters aren't too long and the story progresses quickly, Mountain Man is an effortless read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scott's Bathroom scene. I like to read before bed, but I could not put it down, I was in a full panic it was so intense. When it did finally die down a bit, I still couldn't stop thinking about it. I had to go watch TV so that I could get my mind off of it and go to sleep with out having horrible zombie nightmares. Which is amazing!


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

    There were several, Gus is very relatable.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is perfect for anyone who is in withdrawals for "The Walking Dead"!

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    Doris 10-22-14
    Doris 10-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Living in Northern NJ. Addicted to that spine-tingling rush of fear.

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    "Despite being a zombie story,pretty darn funny"

    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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    Mike Naka 04-04-14
    Mike Naka 04-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "a good listen"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    sad but hopeful


    Any additional comments?


    as the story opens, gus is waking up from a bender. he's been alone for 2 years since the world ended. he lives in a house, up on the mountain. gus passes his time by watching movies, drinking, and going on scavenging runs into the city below. gus has become an alcoholic b/c of the horrors he's lived through. booze is his mental armor.

    gus has been fine with his loneliness, but a run in with another survivor spurs his interest in companionship. the story starts out as a study in loneliness during a zombie apocylapse then blooms into a story of companionship.

    the story is kind of slow, but i enjoyed it. there are a few tense scenes interspersed throughout the story. i liked it b/c it exposed what it's like to be alone for a long time and then suddenly have company. by the end of the novel, i definitely bonded with gus.

    the zombies are mostly slow shamblers with fresh ones being faster. there is some good zombie action as gus dons his leathers, neck brace, and motorcycle helmet and bashes them with his steel baseball bat.

    the writing is good, and there are some really funny lines! a few times, i had to rewind b/c i thought, "did he just say what i thought he did!?" there is a lot of graphic language in the book.

    overall, i liked the story b/c of its uniqueness.

    NOTE: if you like this story and want to know why gus is the way he is, then pick up the free short story.

    10 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14
    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Predictable"

    The story became boring, the narration was real good but the story droned on and on

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    Amazon Customer USA 04-01-14
    Amazon Customer USA 04-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd

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    "What a great surprise!"

    I ordered the preview short story for this book and was interested. I purchased the book immediately after listening to the short. So glad I did. Great story, characters and perfect performance from the narrator! I listened to the book straight through. I'll be looking for more from this author :) Well worth the credit, or price if you choose to pay.

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
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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
  • Robert B.
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    "The best of the Zombie genre"
    What did you like most about Mountain Man?

    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 !!!!


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

    It is a zombie book so many of the components are common across the genre, but I don’t have a direct comparison


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

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    If you have doubts about this book being for you check out Keith C Blackmore's free Mountan Man short story first - The Hospital

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    Llanyre, United Kingdom
    10/18/14
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    "Brought in error Glad I Did :)"
    What made the experience of listening to Mountain Man the most enjoyable?

    The hero is normal man whom is just has a reasonable moral standing but has his flaws like all of us.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gus, just a flawed man down the right thing


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

    Narration was good the story came across well.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book in error and boredom waiting for ZF8 but i was happy i did, this is a good story really nothing deep but the book whizzes by as you just get engrossed following the characters along........ Not sure i got humour in Scott messing himself but only low point in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stephen
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    "Loved it."

    I love the genre, I suppose because it's the ultimate fantasy and I know it won't happen, but, in places the book had me concerned for the characters welfare.
    I read the freebie "The Hospital" first a short story and recommended reading before you read this book.
    I thoroughly enjoyed it and I haven't been disappointed by this one either.
    Unusually for me I'm stealing time to listen to it.
    The only downside for me is that "The Hospital" and "Mountain Man" are the only two books in the series available at the moment on audio.
    If this type of book is your thing then I thoroughly recommend listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Auld Reekie
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    "Loved this more then I thought I would"
    What did you like most about Mountain Man?

    It wasn't just about the zombies. Really enjoyed the plot twists and turns, even if I did manage to guess at some, it was a great listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was just a story about an ordinary guy and some extraordinary circumstances .The story was captivating enough that once I had started I had to listen to the end.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Other then the free mountain man short "The hospital" I hadn't listened to him before. It took me a bit of time to get used to him, but I enjoyed his performance. I think he was a good choice for this book and the characters


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

    Scott!


    Any additional comments?

    It's a unique take on the zombie genre, it has some nice character building. And sucked me in enough for that just another chapter moment, a thoroughly enjoyable listen looking forward to the next part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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