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
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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.
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SPOILER ALERT. If you have not read “Mountain Man book 1″ better read it before this one. Otherwise you will not know how everything went down.
Gus was badly hurt, between Roxann and the bikers he has sustained broken teeth, cracked ribs and other injuries. To ease his pain he found his best friend, Captain Morgan, and had a drink, or two, or three.
At the start of a cold winter Gus is hurt and alone, again. This is how book 2 starts as we continue to follow Gus’s will to survive. Through the coming months he slowly heals. During this time he drops down the well of despair and loneliness. He has long conversations with a bottle of Captain Morgan rum. Still needing supplies he makes trips to town in the truck the bikers left at his gate.
Except for Scott, every “normal” human he meets has tried to kill him. Now he doesn’t think twice about killing in self-defense. As his sanity spirals down he makes plans to get rid of all the zombies in Annapolis.
To his horror it is not only the zombies that are a threat, a new, even more deadly terror has risen.
I listened to this book straight through. Well, almost, straight through. The pace was fairly fast and the action was vicious. More problems and plot twists. The characters in this part of the story were what we could expect when the basic rules of humanity are gone. I found this part very believable and well developed.
Mr. Bray did a splendid job of bringing this book to life. I didn’t have a problem with his voices and liked the tone of his telling. Everything was clear and easy to understand. The book cover gives you the jist of this book. Audio production was without fault. Very well done. Book 3 here I come.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Safari is a good listen. I just find it hard to believe that there is no mention of the whereabouts of, or what's going on with his friend from the first book. Ok, I know it's so you'll get the next in the series, but it loses continuity. Still, a very good listen!
"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.
"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.
First book left me wanting more, second book just dull and boring. Shame, don't think I will bother with third.
"Poor old Gus..."
When book 1 finished, (spoiler) "Mountain Man"... Gus' pal Scott goes off in search of, well, stuff, and we are left with the hint of action to come from reunion of Tenner, Scott's nemesis. This does not happen (at least in this book: I have book 3 & 4 already downloaded ready to read) in book 2, which left me feeling a little disappointed and I kept thinking "but what about Scott?"
Still, it's enjoyable throw away stuff. I'm not sure I'll listen again to them, maybe, maybe not. Some good dialogue and stories though.
"Lost It's Way"
After loving both the short story and Book 1 I couldn't wait to get into this one. Book 1 ended with Scott leaving to find a pyscopath that killed his friends while Gus defended his house on the hill from a group of bandits and barely making it out alive.
This book, however, has no direction, the events are incredibly unrealistic in comparison to that of the first book, and worst of all it's insanely repetitive.
None of the over-the-top events had any impact on me and I found myself feeling disappointed and losing concentration throughout.
Not repeated himself so much. Yes he's an alcoholic and he's drinking constantly, yes the pistol is in his boot, his knife in the other, his bat and shotgun in a sheath on his back, he's wearing a fireman's jacket with a bike helmet, stop saying "he racked the slide", I get it. And why does he seem to find everything he needs (even a snow mobile)?!
I liked his slight dissent into madness but I didn't like that he had many conversations with a Captain Morgans bottle.
I also hated the whole zombie rats thing. Like I've said previously, the book moves from the more realistic events of the first book to almost comical. I found myself shaking my head a lot while listening.
With a big focus on authenticity in the first book this one just seemed really comical.
Not only did I hate the whole rats situation but I also hated how Gus single handedly blows up the city in an attempt to get rid of the rats. Then they find their way to his safehouse in ridiculous numbers and he ends up having to blow up his house too. He sets himself alight in an attempt to take himself with the house but he stumbles outside off the cliff. And survives!
I actually thought he was going to die, and was happy to see him go. He's become very self pitying for no real reason and doesn't have any motives that make for an interesting character.
It's sad to say that there wasn't anything that stood out to me. It felt monotonous a lot of the time and the character was just doing the same thing over and over again. Monotony may be something to deal with in real life but it doesn't make for an interesting read/listen.
I wanted to finish the book so that I could move onto the third which focuses on the people of Hallifax and follows Scott on his hunt for Tanner. Already listening to the third and I can safely say it's a definite improvement.
Could you skip this one? Nothing of real significance happens until the end and you could read a synopsis somewhere and move straight to the third. But personally I don't think you should.
"not so sure"
While it started well, for me it lost its way into an improbable storyline. If it were a book I am sure it would have become a DNF. Too much repetition of the same or similar action repeated several times over. It has put me off the remaining two books in the series.
"A nice continuation of the MM world"
Whilst slow at some points, R. C. Bray brings to life the main character's struggle for survival and slow decent into madness. I recommend it for people who really enjoyed the first MM.
I couldn't stop listening to this book. It was gripping and well written with a great narrator's voice.
The author's dry sense of humour was a great light relief in comparison to the dark, hopeless situation Gus often found himself in.
I cant wait to listen to the next book to find out if his life gets any easier!
"Gritty yet humorous"
Great narration, great story, couldn't take my earphones out. Can't wait to listen to the next one. Where's my shotgun?
what a great story i love all the books in this series. Thank you very much.
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