Mountain Man, book 1: 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. Contains graphic language and scenes of violence.
Safari, book 2: A new mystery has risen for Gus - 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.
Hellifax, book 3: A serial killer stalks the ice-glazed streets. Half-frozen deadheads choke the avenues. Infected vermin rise from the labyrinth of sewer systems, hungry for warm flesh. And a handful of survivors struggle to escape and find someplace safe. In his hunt for Tenner, Scott discovers he must contend with all of this before things truly get worse. Welcome to Hellifax.
©2011 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2015 Podium Publishing
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
One Credit, Three Great Books
First, let me say these are great Zombie books at regular price, the fact that two of them are basically free is a great deal. You can spend three credits or three times the money, for the price of this one omnibus. Even if you did not like the first book, you would only be out one credit. The even greater thing about this series, is that you can get, The Hospital, for free. Get that and if you don't love it, don't buy the omnibus. If you like The Hospital, you will like these three books.
Gus is the star of the first two books. He is a regular guy, no solider, no special training, everything he knows he learned watching movies from the Seventies and Eighties. He scratches his junk, worries about his bowel movements and does a lot of drinking. A lot of drinking. EVERY MORNING I SQUEEZE PIPE. I enjoyed the second book, Safari the most. Gus is pretty much the only character. We kind of watch him go mad. He has lived alone for a long time and his best friend his a bottle of Captain Morgan. It is kind of like Tom Hanks in Castaway and his soccer ball. There is a lot of language and a lot of gore.
The third book is great, but not as good as the first two. Scott is the main character and he is just not as interesting as Gus. There are some slow parts or some shoot-em up parts that bored me, but not many. This book is grosser then the first two and has some well written scenes. When Scott takes a walk with the Zombies and starts to panic, I almost had a panic attack with him. Very well written. The third book especially, you want to listen in as large as chunks as possible. The longer you listen the more you become part of the characters. Anytime you quit and come back, it takes a little while to get that involved again. I actually missed an exit once, I was so into the story.
Bray is perfect, perfect, perfect.
Yes. It's a great read if you're into zombie books. I found reasons to have alone time or take long drives because I wanted to hear how it turned out.
I was interested in the characters and their development; made me root for certain characters and despise others (oh, and the action wasn't bad either!). It was like watching a great mini series where you really can't wait for the next episode to see what happens next.
As usual, amazing. I've started choosing books solely because he's the narrator.
It's a zombie book...so no. :-)
Good read if you want to take a mental break and hear a great action story.
I don't have time to read... So I listen.
At first I found it hard to relate to Gus. After a few near death encounters, you really start to get the guy. Same with Scott. As you progress through the story, each character is developed nicely. Until you know the whole crowd pretty well. The good guys have it tough, but justice prevails...there are worse things than zombies in this book and they get what's coming to them.
After realizing this story was set in Canada, and not Maryland, I settled in for the ride. The story of a drunk, with a zombie problem, is entertaining, and thrilling enough, for a veteran reader, of the genre.
Mountain Man was a great addition to the genre because of the detail and full realization of the story. A lot of novels in the zombie biz have to short some areas to fit within the confines of a quick read. the Mountain Man series gets away from this by having a long view of the story. There are just as many descriptions of boring, do nothing days, as there are of quick intense action! I love that balance and full enjoy the series.
Fun, Gory, Easy
Mountain man has good characters who aren't too deep but you still care about them.
I hate film adaptations so I would never make this into a film.
The mountain man series has been a part of my life for all of 2015. I have read the series once and listened to it once. I have suggested it to friends. I have brought the ebooks along with me on backpacking trips deep in the heart of canyonlands where I have read the book while resting under trees or preparing to fall asleep in my tent. I have read the books in the glow of a christmas tree and on the night of Halloween. I have been thankful, almost daily, that I found this series.
I am a person who reads about 50 (or so) books a year. I like to read fun things and serious things. I lean more towards natural resource minded books and scary stories. I am the type of person who likes to shoot guns for fun and bake my own bread. I wonder how I would do in a zombie apocalypse and these books put me there.
Blackmore is a great author who knows when to drop the "F Bomb" or explain just why toilet paper is a luxury. His books are not only fun but they are semi-experiential.
I cannot recommend this book enough to people. Whether you read 1 or 100 books a year. This is a great choice.
I am not a fan of the Walking Dead so I have no idea how this book stacks up to that series. I do enjoy the original Romero night of the living dead but I am not exclusively into zombies.
I will shut up now... by these books!!!
I drive a lot of large landscaping equipment at work and have quite the abundance of listening time on my hands. Drowning out diesel engines
Yes I would read this again and recommend it to friends.
When The Captain comes to life. Hands down the funniest and most well adapted embodiment of a character I have had the pleasure of reading.
The man is excellent. His drunk voice for Gus hits the nail on the head.
Sometimes. The action parts are fantastic, and the slow parts are sometimes longer than they should be. However, that is what you expect from a zombie novel of this caliber. It's realistic to how these events would feel in real life. I would have enjoyed listening to this book all in one sitting, but it's almost 28 hours long, so it would be improbable Amazon. Come on man.
What do you do with a drunken sailor in the throws of a zombie apocalypse? This epic tale of Augustus Berry's life sure will tell you. I can't believe how awesome this book was. I loved Gus so much, because he perfectly embodies how I imagine myself living 2 years into a zombie apocalypse. NOT your traditional zombie novel and that's a good thing. Think Trailer Park Boys crossed with The Walking Dead.
I listened to this series while driving from NC to MO for thanksgiving. At times I found myself cringing at the vivid descriptions of the intense scenes and LOLing at the ever common humor. A must read.
"Good, but take a break between each!"
The mountain man is a good zombie story but doesn't really offer anything new. The narration is OK, although the characters were all delivered in a very similar way. Definitely take a break between each book otherwise it's a struggle!
"Only so far you can go with a zombie story"
This book is repetitive to say the least. Fella gets drunk, trapped by zombies, gets away, repeat with slight variation.
If it was shorter it would have been ok. But it is easy writing and not the most interesting listening.
R C Bray did the best he could with this story.
"Getting drunk and killing dead heads"
Great reads really enjoyed that last book with tenor... Will say no more good books
"Love these books"
I think this is the best I've listened to so far.
He brings it to life, great narrator.
"Absolutely loved this series!"
Engaging, funny, scary
It really pulled me in. Well written and well narrated, however there was something more. Something intangible. Wish I could start again!
It had to be Gus - Tenner was a great character too.
The overall feeling of isolation at times
Can't say enough good things. Loved the whole series. Highly recommend! Fantastic author and RC Bray is great too.
loved every second of this book. R.C.Bray is awesome read brilliantly can't wait to read more
"Kept me going from start to finish"
Great characters and good angle on the threat from other survivors in apocalypse really gives it a thriller edge
There are many, Zombie survival story's out at the present. This is up there as one of the best. New heroes evolve as does the story, it would be interesting to see if there's a forth book in the series to catch up with Gus!
A really interesting read, with the twist of serial killers and canables thrown into the mix!
"Gripping Zombie Story"
I loved this omnibus edition of the first 3 Mountain Man stories.
Great narration and a gripping, suspense filled story meant I listed daily until finished.
Author does a great job of describing (sometimes too great!) Gus and Scott's quest for survival.
First audiobook that I could describe as "can't switch off"
Anyone who likes zombie stories would enjoy this story, as it's told from a single viewpoint. You get in close with the characters, their thoughts and worries and almost feel like your're in the room with them.
Gus, is your average bloke, but you warm to him straight away. He makes the mistakes we would all make, even though there are a number of times your screaming at him not to take the risk. The first book covers his isolation and the problems he encounters in his local town. He makes some bad judgements, based on drinking too much. I love Gus though, he always pulls through.
RC Bray is perfect for this story, he is the Mountain man. His gruff voice portrays the character well and puts you in Gus' mind. I would listen to stories read by him again.
Finding Scott and their time together, also when the two parted suddenly, i didn't want that to happen.
This is a brilliant story told from the more personal viewpoint. Gus is alone and isolated, but still has to travel to town and search everywhere for stores for the winter, i loved it and i've listened to alot of zombie stories ! I think the story description doesn't do it justice, it's more than a man with a baseball bat and motorcycle helmet, he's the man, the Mountain man. One of the best stories i've listened to.Get the Hospital for free .
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