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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. Mountain Man has been optioned for film. Contains graphic language and scenes of violence.

©2012 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2014 Podium Publishing

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THE HUMANS SCARED ME MORE THAN THE ZOMBIES!

How disturbing to listen to all the life threatening risks Gus and Scott took to set up a phenomenal safe house for most of the book and then have to hear the devastation as this zombie safe-house utopia is completely overturned, and not because of the zombies! How tragic to think extending a helping hand to another human in dire straights could turn so diabolical!
The zombies have no consciousness and know not what they do. Whereas, just when the humans should be pulling together to fight for humankind and its future existence, greed, selfishness, desire, and violence are caused at their own hands! How generally sad this was to hear.
Since I am a late comer to this series, The first book I actually heard was the free download of "The Hospital." As a result, I had the advantage of having a unique perspective and opportunity to know about "Alice the nurse" and what she did to Gus prior to listening to "Mountain Man." From the reviews I read, it seems most listeners heard "Mountain Man" first because "The Hospital" was not available on audible until relatively recently. It was helpful for me (as a listener) to know about Gus's experience with Alice at the hospital, and exactly what happened to him before this book, as it explained a lot about why he is approaching life during the apocalypse as he has (alcohol abuse, isolationist) and why he may be coping and adapting in a manner which is concerning, to say the least.
This book not only provides exceptionally well written, gruesome, nonstop zombie action which I love, it has the added bonus of providing us with a realistic, thought provoking message on human nature. There are good people and self-serving ones, and who we fundamentally are as individuals does not change during good times or horrific ones. This book reiterates that sentiment perfectly in my opinion.
In addition, the narration by R.C. Bray is beyond stellar! He especially shined after Gus experienced an unexpected event, causing to him to speak much differently for most of the book. He did such a phenomenal job I could almost feel how it must have been for poor Gus. Mr. Bray is so incredibly talented, and the perfect narrator for complimenting the above par level of sapience Mr. Blackmore always delivers!

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Intense

very intense book, guess we'll keep you on the edge of your seat the narrating is awesome the characters are captivating can't wait till the next one.

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I think I found my new favorite narrator...

looking forward to the rest of the series. OMG the hospital scene... I won't spoil it for you but CREEPY!

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gritty end of the world novel

great story and performed well as always by R.C. Bray. I encourage everyone to pick It up.

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"Smile from cheek to cheek"!<br />Greatest undead story

Gus is the man, no doubt about it.
This is the best zombie storyline I have ever heard.
There's enough humor and character relatablility to balance out the gore that is necessary to write in this genre.
Laughing and cringing throught the entire series!

Over 200 books in my library, and I have still listened to this entire series many times.

8 out of 5 stars!!

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AWESOME!!

I am so happy to have found this series! Keith Blackmore is awesome! He develops his characters in such an interesting way.

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Awesome characters, awesome story

This series was my first experience with Audible books. I always thought I needed to hold the book in my hand in order to enjoy it, but the combination of Keith C. Blackmore’s characters and RC Bray bringing the story to life was a knockout combination. Whenever I’m in need of something to listen to, I start this series over and listen again! I keep finding little things that I missed the first time...or two. I highly recommend it- but try to get the whole series at once because the withdrawal when you finish one is rough!

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Great listen!

R.C.Bray makes this book come alive! All the other books he has narrated are excellent! But he is only as good as the author.

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Heart Pounding

Keith Blackmore made a great one. Look out and move over Stephen King. A tense thriller and a little comedy thrown in to balance the story. Really nice blend. Loved every page.

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Great book...ready for number 2

Favorite narrorator book was awesome..on to number 2 and more binge listening. Need more time in the car!

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  • Richard Miles
  • 05-01-15

Smashing!

its been a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud and this one did. It also made me cringe and squirm in pain out of sympathy for the characters. Bloody brilliant.

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  • NC
  • 04-11-14

Great follow on from The hospital

Any additional comments?

This is a great zombie type book, I loved it ! ONE BIG problem though - I need the next one! it has left me hanging by a thread!!!!

It would be great if Audiable could e-mail when the next book from a series comes out - I am worried I may miss it !?
This author hasn't got any other books here, which is a shame, as I would take a look!

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  • Simon
  • 06-08-16

Straight In at the Deep End

There’s no messing about building up the tension of the zombie apocalypse here, no creepy beginnings, no stories of panic spreading across the globe. Some of that presumably occurs in the free prequel “The Hospital” which I shall read soon. Mountain Man drops you straight into Gus’s world, a decent enough bloke that just happens to still be surviving, in relative comfort, two years after the dead have made a mess of civilisation. As a result this probably isn’t the best book to choose if you haven’t read a book of this genre before.

For those who have followed the genre this gets straight in there to follow Gus through his drink haze as he tries to maintain what by post apocalypse standards is a pretty impressive lifestyle. As usual the living pose as much of a threat as the dead and both types of danger feature heavily. There are some quite funny moments, this isn’t entirely serious and that’s probably a good thing to prepare the reader for what is a quite spectacular ending where Gus suddenly produces an elite special forces like performance.

The narration. R.C Bray. I think the guy would have my pulse quickening if he read me a railway timetable. Somehow he manages to put a level of authority and meaning into even the most mundane of sentences. I’m not sure if this story with its less serious nature suits him quite as much as say the Arisen series but he is still a supreme narrator for this kind of fiction.

Mountain Man sets us up nicely for the rest of the series with some engaging characters both good and bad. It leans heavily on standard zombie lore and doesn’t pretend to be anything that it’s not. The only reason that I wouldn’t recommend this edition of the book to a fan of the genre is that you can now get an Omnibus of this plus the next two books all in one for a single credit!

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  • Mr
  • 06-03-15

loved every minute of this. Great story

loved this story. well written and has everything a good zombie story should have. I liked the fact that it concentrated very much on the lives if the two main survivors in the story Gus and Scott . Also like the way the story was left wanting you to download the next book. The book was also really very well read the author did not make attempts to put on different accents and silly voices which is something that could really annoy me in an audiobook. if you like the zombie genre download this series I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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  • E. Robinson
  • 04-07-15

Addictive.

It's never going to win any literary prize, but it's a great story performed, as always impeccably by R.C. If you want to piss your wife off by ignoring her for a day or so, this will sure do it. It's a bit of a slowish repetative begining but once into gear it keeps its momentum up by introducing new story elements just at the right moment. How it would read as a book I'm not sure, but it's perfect for an audio book. If you listen with headphones that cut the world out, it makes you feel as though you've been drawn into the dystopian world of Gus.

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  • Steven
  • 05-20-15

Best zombie apocalypse series ever!

The best zombie apocalypse story I've ever heard.

I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a gritty survival story.

Gus is a tough man!

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  • Joan
  • 05-04-15

Good easy listening. Like walking dead

I enjoyed this. The narrators voice fits the story. I Will look out for the next story if is one.

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  • Dazbisk
  • 04-28-15

Couldn't Stop Listening

Would you consider the audio edition of Mountain Man to be better than the print version?

The audio version has the benefit of RC Bray himself. The book is read very well and the voice acting is superb.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mountain Man?

The ending was quite satisfying. I thought it was maybe a little over the top for how realistic and gritty the rest of the book was but it was definitely entertaining.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

There are a handful of characters in this book but Gus is a very well fleshed out character in comparison to the rest. It's clear from the get go he's dealing with an alcohol addiction and although he tries to come across tough he breaks sometimes. RC Bray has voiced him how I would have pictured, if not better.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There wasn't wasn't any part that moved me. If you're looking for some deep psychological analysis of the characters you aren't going to get much of that. The story focuses on how Gus has been surviving, his daily routine and how he deals with zombies and other survivors.

Any additional comments?

Like anything zombie related, the story consists of the usual zombie apocalypse material. Looting and gathering supplies, learning how to survive and how to fight, who to trust and not to trust. It's almost a necessity before a story can venture into a deeper more meaningful narrative.It's also very descriptive, right down to the decay of the zombies, to how many much ammo he is carrying/using and the areas ventured through etc. etc.Overall, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Cameron
  • 03-30-15

Grumpy gus...

A decent little zombie story, without giving to much away, about a guy living out his days in the middle of a zombie apocalypse drinking and scrounging around for supplies the best he can. His whole world gets turned up side down with the arrival of Scott and later on, for a short while, Roxanne. Well worth a listen and I'll be getting the follow ups to see how the story pans out.

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  • Charlene
  • 03-22-15

Awesome Zombie Survival Story

R. C. Bray again gives an excellent performance, narrating Mountain Man. Great characters inhabit this detailed world. Highly recommended for zombie survival fans!

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  • Brenden
  • 01-18-17

I knew your brother

loved from start to finish gus is the man. I want more . best ive heard on audible so far

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  • ben dangerfield
  • 12-20-14

wpic

this book really gets into gruesome details of a zombie apocalypse great read wouls recommend

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  • major
  • 10-01-16

Nice

Really really enjoyable . Will be providing to my friends to listen to . Hope there is more books

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  • bradmccormack
  • 01-18-16

Rawsome !

Fast, action packed , gore infested gruesome awesomeness. I loved it ! The narrator was spectacular and painted a picture so captivating and evocative it felt like I was right there part of the action !

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  • Megan
  • 05-19-15

Zombie story with bite!

Great story with great characters, humor, suspense and plenty of gore! Loved it! Really great narration too giving life to the characters.