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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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
top 5 for sure
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.
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!
There were several, Gus is very relatable.
This book is perfect for anyone who is in withdrawals for "The Walking Dead"!
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!
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.
"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!
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.
"Best zombie action yet"
I have listened to it 3 times already. The story is so compelling and RC Bray just draws you in
Arisen series. The only other zombie series I rate even close to this
This is the one that introduced me to the big man. It is probably his best work too
"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
"Brought in error Glad I Did :)"
The hero is normal man whom is just has a reasonable moral standing but has his flaws like all of us.
Gus, just a flawed man down the right thing
Narration was good the story came across well.
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.
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.
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