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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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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There are few things better than a good story well told!
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.
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.
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
sad but hopeful
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.
The reader R.C. Bray has an awesome voice and makes the characters come to life.The character Gus is a great character which seems like I think I would be like if zobmies happened occured.
The scene where they were attacked and cornered by the zombies and had to hide in the attic for 4 days.
Killed the 1st book in less than a week. Bought book 2 right after finishing book 1.
Gripping story that I did not want to quit listening to.
Yes, the thing that really I really picked up on was the main character was so full of human flaws. He makes human mistakes and lets emotion get in the way but always pulls through, not for some super human feat or well time miraculous coincidence. He just perseveres by just chugging along and doing more right than wrong.
The climatic gun fight, and the empty bottle of captain morgan.
Gus of course... unlike some other zombie apocalypse stories. Gus is a true everyman. a bald overweight tradsman, a blue collar guy. survives the first 2 years of the rise of the dead by simple and common sense means, and lives long enough to learn the skills that a lot of zombie book have the main character magically learn in the first few chapters or circumvents that by making the main character some DELTA, Ranger ninja that was on seal team 6... All of his back story is told in past tense, the book begins two years after the rise of the undead and Gus starts out as a capable person in the story, so you need not worry about long drawn out chapters of him transitioning from a fat painter to a cunning survivor.
Its not a "moving" book per say... but you do feel his heart break at the end by the betrayal he faced by someone her really cared about.
Good book, doesn't commit the cardinal sin of taking its self to serious. I have already ordered the sequel and have high hopes for it.
Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd
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.
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
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.
"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!
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.
"Loved this more then I thought I would"
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
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.
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
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.
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