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After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

But as Gus and his fellow painters soon discover, the much-anticipated zombie apocalypse doesn’t start with a bang. It starts on a Monday. And barricading themselves inside a megastore isn’t the end.

It’s just the beginning.

©2017 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Gus is Back!!!!

Keith C. Blackmore is Back
R. C. Bray is Back
And Yes Gus is Back
Need one say more

28 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Thank you!!!

I loved the Mountain Man series, have listened to it a few times now. The story and narrator are great and it is easy to relate to Gus and the challenges he faces.
When I read online that there would be no more books in the Mountain Man series I was quite disappointed. Then I saw this book was released and I quickly bought it and listened to it in one day. it didn't let me down, it closed the loop on a lot of back stories and provided the zombie fighting action that I enjoy.

Thank you for writing this book! Please think about writing another Mountain Man book in the future.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Keith and R C team up for another heart stopper

Great book with the best narrator on this planet!! I had always wondered how Gus got to where we was, now we know. We also get a look at the type of man Gus was before the SHTF. Great writing I was hooked from the start and having R C Bray narrate for you doesn't hurt either!!

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Confessions of a zombie apocalypse painter

The perfect beginning to a awesome zombie apocalypse story. I got to know who Gus was in the books before this one but I always wanted to know how he survived the outbrake, what happened to his girlfriend and how he came across some of his, what I would call, his signature 'tools'.

This book is the ribbon on top of the pile of Corpses you've been waiting for. Viva La Gus!

Oh, and RC Bray is still awesome- Duh!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Finally!!!!!!!!!!

I've been waiting for this!!! Didn't care if it was a sequel or prequel, but, def needed more Gus in my life. The stuff that vomits from his mouth is literary gold. Start here, and move through the rest of the books. You will not be disappointed

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A great addition to the story

A perfect prelude to an excellent story. Narrator was excellent as always. If you enjoyed the other books, you'll enjoy this one..

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Man o man

What a great prequel!! I’ve loved the rest of the series so much that I’ve actually listened to it twice and this truly was one of the best prequels I’ve ever read/listened to. Interesting back stories, intense action, and a lot of answered questions. Well done!

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Loved it.

I have now listened to the whole Mountain Man series. Heading back to start over again. Great story line and narration!

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GUS IS BACK!

I just never wanted it to end. It was amazing and incredibly sad to hear how Gus ended up by himself and assumed the role of Mountian Man!

Loved every part of it and wished there was more!

Mr. Blackmoore please keep writing about our Hero!

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Disappointed, never!

I actually love this series so much that I have developed the habit of starting each new book with a shred of anxiety. I worry that the endearing characters will fall into the stereotypical whirlpool of predictability or have their rawness dulled. I am in awe of this author and his ability to deliver each and every time. Thank you for your sense of humor, writing style, and story line.

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  • Simon
  • 04-17-18

Another Chance to Walk With the Mountain Man!

When I reached the end of the Mountain Man series it was a bittersweet moment. I'd reached the end of the story of one of the most real-feeling characters of this rather crowded genre. I'd walked with the Mountain Man and his companions through many adventures and like most I felt like I had a friend in Gus. For the most part he was just an ordinary guy doing his kind of best to cope with his world being torn apart and infested with zombies with all the horror that brings.

The slightly odd thing about the original series was that by the time we start with Gus the zombie apocalypse has done its worst and we meet a character who is already through the shock phase and is well into the longer term mental and physical effects of being one of the few survivors.

This new book gives us a chance to walk with Gus again. A slightly younger and less jaundiced Gus but still very much Gus! We get a healthy helping of great Gusisms and lots of Blackmore's trademark zombie horror and pointed dialogue. Gus treats us frequently to his own brand of the coarse male crudeness that we all love him for and naturally with the voice of RC Bray (who else?) bringing it to us all feels right in Gus's dystopian world.

It's a chance to walk with the Mountain Man once more and fill in some of the blanks from the original series. Thanks Mr Blackmore!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Gilly
  • 04-18-18

Great Addition To The Series!

Any additional comments?

I loved the Mountain Man book series and this is certainly not a let down.

Once i had finished the original books i was guttered that it had finished so had to buy the prequel straight away. It is a great insight into life before the mountain man and how it all started going wrong for gus. The story line wasn't as great as the original but if your a fan, it really wont matter.

RC bray is also a phenomenal audio book narrator, top draw!

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  • MR
  • 05-15-18

Amazing

Great listen and ties the story in well. Some shocks in the book too. Nic job.

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  • Vanessa
  • 04-19-18

As Good as it Gets!

I thoroughly enjoyed the Mountain Man series published before this prequel and am pleased to say that it is equally as good.
I have to say a big thank you to Simon who reviewed this book first - I wouldn’t have know it was available otherwise.

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  • MPB
  • 05-27-18

Great prequel

Thoroughly enjoyed the story, have read all in the series. Shame the series has finished, would like have read a few more Gus adventures!

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  • Richard B
  • 05-24-18

Great prequel. R C Bray awesome as always

Great prequel to the excellent Mountain Man series. Great that R C Bray was asked to narrate again.

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  • Peter Taylor
  • 05-20-18

shit

What happened Keith, thoroughly enjoyed the first 4 books . Was very disappointed with this 1 😑

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  • Ruth Smith
  • 05-19-18

Fantastic!

A fantastic addition to the Mountain Man series!!
Loved it! Fits perfect with the other books!

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  • Mrs K.
  • 05-18-18

I've listen to all mountain man book, i love them.

After Wellfed we were led to believe there may be no more Mountain Man books. This book was a welcome joy! making me realise i need more of gus!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-17-18

Awesome

For fans of the mountain man series, this was a much welcome trip down memory lane! Highly recommend.

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  • ben seymore
  • 05-24-18

Gus is back!

great prequal to a great series with an amazing narrator! only wish there were more

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  • Daniel
  • 05-15-18

Here we go again

I just love this series I hope Keith can squeeze another one out :) Now I have to listen to the rest of them- AGAIN!!

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  • Mark
  • 05-12-18

How it happened ...The Mountain Man

Great prequel: Thank you so much Keith C. Blackmore for providing another in this fantastic series, this book did not disappoint. Your collaboration with RC Bray brought Gus back to us thanks to both of you. I drive a lot in my job often in remote areas of Australia listening to this book had me checking the rear vision mirrors as I was so enthralled (scared me) it gives great insight into Gus and his coping mechanism later with Captain Morgan. This is PTSD on steroids how any one could keep it together is amazing great prequel to a fantastic series. 4.5 out of 5

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  • Darren
  • 05-08-18

Great Book

This is my favourite book in the series ,great writing with a wicked sense of humour.
Sad to finish it, I really enjoyed the story.

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  • Daniel
  • 05-07-18

fantastic as per usual

The mountain man series is easily the best post apocalyptic books ive listened to so far, R. C. Brays performance was outstanding.
my only complaint is that it wasn't long enough.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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  • P. Morley
  • 05-04-18

Enjoyable but maybe an opportunity missed

Great performance from Bray as usual but some scenes were over dwelled upon and seemed to wind up in s bit of a rush. could habe been 2 good books

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  • David
  • 04-26-18

Still leaves me wanting to hear more from Gus

Listened to this prequel after after all of the other books and it was just as good.