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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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    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 24 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 28 people found this review helpful
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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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    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

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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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.

    9 of 21 people found this review helpful
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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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    Stephen Guyer 05-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "This isn't a zombie story, it's a human story!"

    To some the idea of yet another zombie book might be a bit daunting. I mean, how many ways can you tell a story about emotionless and unreasonable corpse(s) trying to kill you? That's why I'm happy to say that Mountain Man isn't a zombie story, but more a human story with zombies as supporting players. I really didn't care much for the scenes where the zombies were attacking...but the scenes between characters and the motivations and interactions amongst them was quite riveting, even during the slower paced moments of the book. Sadly the audiobooks ended after this publication. We need to lean on Mr. Blackmore to hire R.C. Bray to finish up the next two books. I know he went Indie, but I'm sure there is something we as fans can do to encourage this endeavor.

    I suggest using Twitter to get their attention
    @KeithCB1 @RCBray12 @PodiumAudio

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    John 05-07-14
    John 05-07-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Surprisingly Good!"
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the free short story first and it grabbed my interest. I hesitated to purchase the full book as it is so short. I went for it anyway and have no regrets. Found it to be an interesting zombie story. The subtle/dry humor helps the book from getting too dark. I flew through this first installment of the series. There are two more books and I can't wait for them to come to Audible.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Wolf's Mommy San Diego, CA 06-05-14
    Wolf's Mommy San Diego, CA 06-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    ""Realistic" zombie adventure"
    What did you love best about Mountain Man?

    The real feel of it. It almost felt like what would really happen if a zombie apocalypse occurred.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the book. Not a huge fan of the way it ended. Sets up nicely for a next book in the series but I felt that it was a bit rushed...not in pace with the entire book. I was kind of left frustrated but this only ensures that I'll buy the next book to see how it resolves. Hope he makes it soon!

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    "Great follow on from The hospital"
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    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
  • 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
    5/3/14
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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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