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 since the demise of civilization, Gus knows that his next visit to 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 darkest nightmares, even more relentless and terrifying than the roaming tides of dead flesh. And it’s preparing to hunt.
©2012 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2014 Podium Publishing
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
safari picks up right where the mountain man left off. gus has just fought off roxanne and her boyfriend's gang. his house is trashed and full of dead bodies, but there's no rest for gus. even though he has had the crap beat out of him by roxie, he has to attend to things, and the first being his shattered teeth. roxie's knee to his face has broken some of his teeth, and in one grisly scene, gus has to play dentist.
gus is haunted by his betrayal and the loss of his friend, scott. he drowns his demons with booze and killing zombies. safari is darker than the mountain man as gus' loneliness causes him to hallucinate and to start losing some of his humanity. reminiscent of the movie, cast away, gus has an imaginary friend in the form of a captain morgan's bottle. their banter is funny and touching at times.
there is tension throughout the story, and you wonder when gus' boozing is going to catch up with him, especially since he's solo. there are a few holy $hit scenes, where you're definitely thinking how in the heck is gus gonna get out of this hornets nest.
i think safari is faster paced than mountain man, but the plot does not feel rushed. there is a lot of zombie bashing as gus dons his nomex suit, neck brace, and helmet.
the mystery to the disappearing bodies is revealed, and i have to say it's quite shocking. it's definitely unique, and something you won't be expecting! no, i'm not going to tell you!
once again, rc bray does a great job narrating the story. he is definitely one of my favorite narrators.
overall, an excellent follow-up to the mountain man. if you liked that story, then you'll really like this one.
I know way to much about nothing.......
If you read the first book of this series then you have to read book 2. The writing for book 2 was just as funny and unique as the first book.
Any book that incorporates a talking Captain Morgan Bottle that urges the protagonists to go out for Zombie Hunting Season is a can't miss book. I forget how many times I laughed out loud at the dialogue between Gus and Captain Morgan.
My only disappointment with this book was that it contained no information about Scott and his pursuit of the sociopathic serial killer Tennor? Hopefully that will be addressed in a third book because that story line has a lot of potential not to get any follow up on.
I'm sure anyone who reads this book will have one or two favorite lines, for me without doubt my favorite line in this book was near the end when Gus asked Adam what kind of shape he was in when they found him. Adams reply, "You looked like a piece of steak flipped off someones barbecue and rolled around in S#!T."... Hahaha.
This is a great book no doubt about it.
the world's fastest fat man
Up until recently Keith Blackmore's first two zombie books 'The Hospital' And 'Mountain Man' had been one of my all-time favourite zombie stories. So I had been eagerly awaiting this one for some time. I pre-purchased ‘Safari: Mountain Man 2’ on the strength of those first two. But unfortunately for Mountain Man 2 I had just finished listening to several other zombie books which were really very entertaining. The opposition for this one had certainly stepped up a notch or two. Those other books were Chris Philbrook’s “Adrian’s Undead Diary”, Timothy Long’s “Z-Risen” and Eloise J Knapp’s “The Undead Situation”.
I suspect I suffered from having built this one up too much over the time. But nevertheless it was very entertaining. I pretty much listened to this one in one sitting. All of the things I liked about the first one are still here in book two. Gus, the crazy man who speaks to his bottle of grog and calls it ‘uncle Jack”. The comic book style action… which makes me feel young at heart!
The main character, well pretty much the only character ‘Gus’ is once again the sort of bloke that I feel I would like to get to know!
The story is further developed by introduction of other enemies for our lovable character Gus. Don’t worry, I won’t give it away, but I can tell you the new enemies are not all human!
Once again the narrator does a brilliant job with matching up the voice to Gus. R C Bray’s narration now has a major impact on my purchasing decision… he is that good!
In summary, I loved it. Not as much as the first, but it is funny, entertaining and the narrator’s voice is pleasant. I have already pre-purchased the next in the series. If you like zombie stories, or want to give one spin. Then I would highly recommend this series. Keith Blackmore’s first “The Hospital” is a short story and is only 2 hours long (very cheap on audible) and will give you a good taste for the ‘Mountain Man” series.
A well told story. Well acted with the ideal narrater. I'm looking forward to more of this series. Well done.
Yes. I am not one to repeat listen, usually, but the Gus-isms in the Mountain Man series are epic. I'm sure I may have missed one or two.
No real comparisons, which is a credit to the author.
The exuberant defiance, surprising angst and ultimate affability that is Augustus Berry.
Hey, there's no crying on the mountain - but I laughed a lot. Like a lot a lot. I will admit to more than a few really close calls that made me hold my breath. And want to projectile vomit.
Zombie apocalypse fiction (is that redundant?) at its finest. Two rotten thumbs up.
Weakest of the three books in the series (so far). A lot of the best parts of the other books have been the interpersonal relationships. This book has none of that unless you count having a friendship with a duct taped bottle of Jack D. This should have been the first book in the series (albeit with a different ending).
This book amounts to the same trick over and over. Zombies and or rats, lots of rats. It's like a comedian with one joke. It got very redundant over time. The same thing happened a bit in the beginning of the third book with Scott but then that book started to get better over time. You reach a point where you say, "I get it. There are a lot of rats."
As usual, RC Bray is awesome. His range is incredible and he makes excellent decisions as far as his delivery goes.
Not a terrible listen but not "edge of your seat."
Drunk Zombie Killer!
yes these are such great books and safari is no exception.
Gus is such a badass!
Gus on his own goes slightly mad, self destructive and city destructive. Not nearly as good as the first book.
Yes - RC Bray was great.
This is a very good series. It's basically just an every guy who got lucky and found a well supplied hideout after the apocalypse and then has been smart and careful enough to stay alive. There are some very creepy action scenes - very skin crawly - but most of the series is a slow build exploring the daily life and mind of a man who is surviving - mostly alone - alternating between extreme stress and monotony and slowly getting a bit nutty. My other favorite authors are JL Bourne and DJ Molles. If you are a fan of either or both of their series I think you will like this one as well.
Say something about yourself!
I enjoy that it literally starts where book one ended. Please take time to read/listen to book one first, this book will not be known as a stand alone story. Book 1 and 1a? ("Hospital" Novella) do a good job setting up how an average man (Gus the house painter) might survive a world taken over by the living dead. Physically and mentally. Be warned language and bodily functions tend to be quite descriptive so if you are easily offended.... what the heck are you reading books like this for? Back on point, Mr. Blackmore had the "the Mountain Man' ended on a massive battle followed by a "cliffhanger," Book Two starts just as Gus hits the metaphorical ground. Continuity is not a problem!
Memorable moments. Since it has quite a few, this is a tough one...I will go with a funny one.. When the Captain gets to go along for the ride.. properly outfitted for zombie killing of course. Shame what happens to him. You have to read the books to understand this answer. Mr. Blackmore manages to throw in humor during the bad times. An important defensive trick which real people do tend to do, nice touch.
Just like any professional narrator Mr.Bray brings his take on how the characters might sound. Since he has a well modulated voice (his women's voices don't all sound like alcoholic, chain smokers or valley girls) this is not a problem for me. True some people want a monotone reader, which is fine for a radio news broadcast, but when it comes to fictional books I enjoy a reader who can bring characters to life without overpowering the story. Mr. Bray has done a wonderful job on all of the "Mountain Man" books to date, I hope he stays with the series.
Since I am doing this review less than twenty-four hours after I purchased it, you could say that. Actually I was up all night anyway, but Mr. Blackmore's book and Mr. Bray's performance made the hours much less boring. Thanks, Gentlemen.
This book is part of a Horror Fiction Series. It is full of cussing, drinking and men scratching their..... umm. Pretty much real things that have been known to happen out in real life. It also has a bunch of Zombies, not quite so common in real life. It continues the story of how average human beings without special skills or training might survive. For those of you who have already started the series... we finally find out what happened to the corpses.
Final warning the series is rather addictive but (at this writing) it is so new that is rather frustrating waiting for the next book to get published...Drat!!. Wow, cussing is "contagious", zombie pun intended. If you are an die hard Zombie Fan, you should enjoy this series.
"A split performance"
Well, i really love R.C. Brays reading so i liked this book alot more than if i had read it physically.
The first book was rather great. There was human interaction and believable action. This one however features Gus as Tom Hanks in "Cast Away" with his very own Wilson to talk to.
I found it rather boring at times and my mind driftet off elsewhere while R.C. Bray so excellently read the words out loud.
The ending was abit confusing as well. Did Gus die, since book 3 does not involve him, or do we get more Gus in book 4? I really didnt like the Scott character so i dont feel like listening to book 3 either. Currently busy with the Survival series from A. American, and was very pleased with "The Second After" amongst other good listens.
First book left me wanting more, second book just dull and boring. Shame, don't think I will bother with third.
what a great story i love all the books in this series. Thank you very much.
"Strange follow on from first book..."
Ok to be honest was a bit weird story line but i suppose after 2 years pretty much on own and then betrayed and bit abused you will go cabin fever crazy...... For such an unlucky man he gets very lucky..... Overall if you just go with the flow it is quite funny in places, the end was building up well and then seemed to whimp out, think over did the damage to Gus so really where was it to go i suppose. Overall enjoyable just not great.
"Zombie addict? come get your fix."
Been waiting a while for this one to come out on audible, I have been needing my Gus fix :)
The story continues right from where the last one finished of. and once again follows our intrepid hero on his day to day mission to survive zombies,depression and loneliness.
RC Bray's narration once again brings Gus to life in all his hard drinking, crotch scratching best, I love Keith Blackmores depiction of Gus not your unusual hero but a very credible one. And even amidst the blood,gore and Gus's mental descent he still manages to bring humour to the situation.
Won't say much more, but if you read the first one and enjoyed.You won't be disappointed with this one.
Now onto book 3 for me.
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