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Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

Now, a year later, the Mighty Dragon and his companions must overcome their differences and recover from their own scars to protect the thousands of survivors sheltered in their film studio-turned-fortress, the Mount. The heroes lead teams out to scavenge supplies, keep the peace within the walls of their home, and try to be the symbols the survivors so desperately need. For while the ex-humans walk the streets night and day, they are not the only threat left in the world, and the people of the Mount are not the only survivors left in Los Angeles. Across the city, another group has grown and gained power. And they are not heroes.

©2010 Peter Clines (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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Zombie book to Try ***NOT*** !!!

What would have made Ex-Heroes better?

Just not my genre. Not being a Zombie story fan to start and with high marks on reviews I gave it try, after 6 hours I just kept waiting for the drop and it never came, From the reviews of persons stating they were pleasantly surprised I dont see what. Blah Blah Blah same same old boring Zombie killing. I found it a complete 10 hours of wasted time. I usually will quit listening to a lousy book but stuck it out. I am the fool.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not a zombie book.

What about Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s performance did you like?

I thought they did a good job.

Any additional comments?

IF your not a Zombie fan this will just reassure you to continue that way. Blah Blah Blah same same old boring Zombie killing.

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Ok

Didn't get interesting until close to the end of the book. But the reading is good, and it has God a solid back story for zombies.

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  • NK
  • Flagstaff, AZ
  • 03-09-16

Not the Clines I Like

Like a bad movie pitch. Superheroes and zombies! Too many gimmicks and no main character.

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These "super heroes" deserve to die

The so-called heroes did a terrible job protecting themselves and the world during the zombie apocalypse. Sadly, they're so incredibly poor at any kind of planning or mental cognition that I found myself yelling at the book. I could never recommend a book about a group of people this....dumb.

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A decent zombie and superhero story

The narrators sold the story. The depictions of origins and events really develop the world.

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Cool idea and plot. Mediocre writing.

I listened all the way through and like the idea, setting and plot. The characters were a bit too cartoonish and the writing mediocre. will not listen to any of the sequels.

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Decent story, but lacks character development.

only problem I had with it was a lack of character development for people that have been suffering through the loss of many friends and the apocalypse basically.

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The entire series is Worth it.

I have "read"/listened to the series and will be getting the next, just released book and am now coming back to write up a review. I'm not sure how long it has been since listening to this first in the series. It is hard to review a book in a series and not the series as a whole but for this one its easy as they get the same great marks.

I started this book because "Super powers and Zombies? Ya sure lets try it." and that was all I knew about book. The author does a great job guiding you into the premise of some people developed super powers... Why? don't know, just go with it. It's not as important right now as what they started doing with these powers and then what they did when faced with a zombie apocalypses. Character development was natural. They had personality and not just as an archetype or unfailing whit. There are times of doubt and stress mixed well with defense mechanism humor when faced with the world effectively ending.

I felt very satisfied when the book was over and it did not try to hook me into the next book with a cheap cliff hanger. I wanted the next book because "Yay, more story".

And here is were the series starts bleeding into the review. The books are semi modular. Each one takes a different scenario element and adds it into the mix without rehashing old problems. You can read any one of them on its own and leave it at that, but you shouldn't. The characters build and grow throughout the series and you feel the appreciable sadness when some of them fall. And that is the other great and difficult challenge in a series. It's a zombie apocalypse. Central characters are going to die. We look fondly on our memory of them, but being gone is what makes it impact-full. Sure one character may com back through an interesting devise to further the story (not a spoiler, foreshadowing), but they are not resurrecting characters (get it? zombie joke.) just because we want a full staff for the next book. The consequences of the last book care over to the next and make the story continuous without being drawn out.

As for the narration, all my markers for good voice acting were met.
The characters were distinct.
The tempo was in line with the tone of the moment.
The reading was fluid.

The A grade is when you forget that someone is reading to you and it is just the story and the characters. The narrators here pull that off for the whole series.

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Very uneven story, but a fun listen

Fun story to listen when the plot wasn't interrupted and when it didn't jump around.

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Buggy

Awesome book, but a couple spots have sound glitches. May try reloading to see if that fixes the issue.