The only reason I listened to this book is because I stumbled across '14', one of Clines' more recent works. I absolutely adored that. Then I read t..Show More »he summary here and was... disheartened. I love superheroes. I love zombies. I couldn't imagine the two mixed. So I put this on the way, way, waaaaay back burner until I listened to The Fold, his most recent book, and became an official Clines fan boy. So, I waded into Ex-Heroes with an open mind and heart.
I was not disappointed. Action from start to finish. Brilliant pace. Insanely believable reactions and actions, factoring in the book's setting. Beautifully developed characters that I can't wait to see grow even further in the future books (thank god for three more in my queue).
I'm also not a huge fan of multi-narrator books, but it worked really well in this situation. Great performances by both, though Snyder took the primary and did most of the narration.
For those of you reading these reviews and seeing a bunch of us who, probably like you, were very hesitant to listen because of the implausible plot devices... just trust us. If you want great writing and story, mixed in with just the right amount of adult content and "oh wow, that's cool" factor; this is the book for you. Don't get me wrong, it's entertainment, not literature... but boy is it entertaining. Better than a movie (though I can't believe this hasn't been made yet).
I really enjoyed this sequel to Ex-Heroes. While a big chunk of the plot is stuff we have all heard before, Clines is clearly very aware of this and ..Show More »makes tongue in cheek references the whole time. For the geeky "gee, cool" side of me, this was great. If you don't have a lot of background in sci-fi movies or general geek culture a big chunk of the references will go un-noticed.
While there were a number of derivative aspects to the story, it also felt extremely original and new somehow. Maybe it was the continuing juxtaposition of superheroes and zombies, maybe just the writing style/tone. Regardless, it was extremely entertaining.
I do agree with another reviewer who felt the storyline ended rather abruptly- however since I don't have to wait a year for the next installment, I'm completely OK with this. It would have irritated me in 2012. Clines was clearly setting up book three throughout this installment. I also saw the ending coming from a mile away, but that didn't take away from the entertainment value.
Great narration once more. A highly entertaining listen.
First of all,thank you for bringing Jay Snyder back. Great narrator.
This was a great book full of a couple twists that will really entertain..Show More » the EX books fans. One i totally knew was going to happen! Another twist i never saw coming. All im going to say is that Peter Clines and BV Larson need to write a series together after reading this.
Buy this audio book and sit back for some great story telling. Another home run Mr. Clines.
Another great listen from Clines. I am a self-confessed massive fan of his work, but I do like to think that I am capable of writing an unbiased revi..Show More »ew. Fortunately that isn't necessary here.
Some may find it horrifying, but I actually enjoyed this installment more than the previous ones. It shows growth as an author and, quite frankly, a better command of plot. It wasn't nearly as predictable either; in the past that was something that needed to be overcome to fully enjoy the listen.
I know some folks were sad that it was just Snyder narrating, but I felt he did a great job. It just wasn't what we have been used to with the series. Happy to report they return to the multi-narrator method in the next book.
In any case, a great listen once more. Well worth your time and credit.
Book 5 of the Ex-Heroes series sees Peter Clines return the series to something a bit more traditional than the last book. In fact, if this was a TV s..Show More »eries this book would be considered a filler episode with only some minor character development going on. The larger story arc doesn't move forward all that much but since all your favorite characters from the series return it is still quite enjoyable. Book 4 was weird enough that fans of the series like me will find that a nice solid "back to reality" story really hits the spot.
There are two main story threads going on throughout this book. The first is a good will mission to a man-made island in the Pacific known as Lumeria. Zzzap, St. George, and Corpse Girl are sent off to make contact with the island's survivors see if there is a way they can establish some kind of relationship or help out. The second story line revolves around setting up a new remote base known as Eden where Danielle, Cesar and the Cerberus suit are sent with some super soldiers to help establish a sustainable food source.
Of course nothing is easy in a zombie apocalypse and each story thread is full of complications and dire situations. Both threads are enjoyable but mostly because of the super hero characters and their personalities. Zzzap and his penchant for geek trivia makes for some excellent interactions with Corpse Girl who has a limited ability to remember anything. Danielle is suffering from a crisis of self doubt since she has been without the Cerberus suit for so long and her rebuild of the suit is not quite ready when it gets called into duty to help at Eden. This means it will be Cesar in control of the Cerberus suit and not Danielle and that exposes her psyche to further doubt and fear.
Despite the fact that I called this filler earlier I still enjoyed it. All of the narrators once again do excellent jobs and really bring each of the characters to life. I continue to look forward to where Peter Clines will take this series in the future.