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Ex-Heroes Audiobook

Ex-Heroes

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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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    Ryan CA, United States 07-04-13
    Ryan CA, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Give this a listen if you enjoy Graphic Novels!"

    If you've read and loved graphic novels like 'Ex Machina', 'Y: The Last Man', 'Watchmen', or 'The Walking Dead', then this is a pipe-full of tobacco cured, aged and toasted with your palate in mind, my friend.

    If you haven't read any of those, go check them out immediately; they're fantastic!

    Seriously though, this is a great novel for enthusiasts of sci-fi, action, adventure and superheroes. It's also got a bit of grit, a bit of depth, but not so much that the story isn't fun.

    Finally, I like the author, Peter Cline's style. I dig the way he expresses himself in narrative exposition and dialogue of the protagonists. There's a sense of rapport - like spending time with a brother or a life-long friend. It's the same in Cline's two other novels and it makes me hopeful the guy keeps writing!

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    David Pavlicko 05-19-14 Member Since 2014

    Love a good sci fi or thriller novel, but also enjoy some non fiction too - biographies, marketing and business books.

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    "A book rendition of a mediocre action movie"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ?

    not if they're narrating at the same time.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    if it were 3am on a Saturday night and my choices were this or Robocop 3. then MAYBE.


    Any additional comments?

    At first glance, this seemed like a book that would be right up my alley. Zombies, superheroes, giant mechs, etc. Combine all that stuff together and it should be a definite winner, right?

    Well, not really. While this book does have all of the fore-mentioned elements, the one thing its missing is some characters that you can relate to. Turns out character development is pretty important - without that, action scenes are nothing more than meaningless battles.

    I would agree with some other reviewers who thought the writing was juvenile; all the characters could have fallen out of a high school comic book. These are rough sketches - very little depth. The way the story was told was kind of cool - the then and now style - but I longed for something that could connect me to anyone...it never happened.

    Lastly, the narration....ugh. What were they thinking?! Both the male and female narrators were adequate, but the transition between them jarred me out of the listening experience when they went back and forth. They clearly were not recorded at the same time and the sound difference, while minimal, was definitely noticeable. Would have been much better with a single narrator, well...maybe a little better - much is pushing it.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    S. McCormick 09-04-15
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    "Not his best work"

    This is clearly an early novel and doesn't measure up to 14 or the fold. Disappointing.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jess ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 05-12-11
    Jess ELLSWORTH, ME, United States 05-12-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Not Bad"

    This wasn't the greatest zombie book ever, but there wasn't any standout bad parts either. The narration was good, the story interesting, but it wasn't the kind of book you try to find chores to do so you can listen more. I would still rate Day by Day Armageddon and the Morningstar books higher that this one. That being said, this book has action, zombies, and superheroes. What more can I say, other than I am glad I didn't use a credit for it?

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 09-22-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 09-22-12 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Not nearly as unbelievable as it *should* be..."

    Hmmm... sounds silly, doesn't it... Superheroes versus Zombies. Isn't it bad enough that we have to suspend disbelief to acknowledge the existence of one of these groups, let alone both??

    Surprisingly, the answer is no. Both the zombies and the superheroes are believably written, and I found myself not even batting an eye when each new superheroes' powers were revealed... a guy who is a living sun, sure, a guy who is a light-sink, sure, a guy who is possessed by an alien demon, why not...

    Yes, I'm serious, all these and more were in the story, and they were all believable within their own skill sets, and each was distinctly written (so you could tell which superhero was which when they spoke, not just when flexing their superpowers).

    I liked how the source of the zombies was explained - also quite believably - and even the struggle with the "bad guy" makes sense if you think about how valuable superheroes would be in a post-apocalyptic world, particularly when they can be used as a power source, or an invincible supply-scouter.

    I already have bought the next in the series. The narration is very good.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I kinda enjoyed it."

    I can see where this would appeal to people with different taste than mine. Generally speaking, I found it cruder than what I like and without a sense of God.. I did listen to most of the book as I could find nothing else at the time. I have no interest in continuing the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Divalalake 09-15-16
    Divalalake 09-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "This wasn't what I expected"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've read two other books by Peter Clines and was excited to see him in this genre since it's not what I would have expected. I'm sad to say, this wasn't his best work. I love zombie fiction. I love the intricacies of how to survive in a world that's turned against you. But this was quite frankly, a hot mess. The characters were wooden, and despite him trying to build some type of back story, trying to draw you in, there were times multiple times when I almost stopped listening. Especially when he spent time describing a "fight scene" where the character basically listed every flip, kick, etc. they were doing like explaining a floor routine at the Olympics. I can only suspend belief for so long and there were so many different things that pulled me out of the story.


    Has Ex-Heroes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'll probably never be turned off of the genre of zombie novels. But I"ll proceed with caution if someone brings up the concept of Super Heroes being involved.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s performances?

    Honestly, I'm not sure. The narration style may have been a result of the type of story line they had to work with, but I felt like I was listening to someone read an over the top comic book to me. Overly enunciated words, strangely emphasized sentences. I was attracted to the fact that there were two narrators one male, one female, but honestly, most of the voices sounded the same to me. There wasn't a huge difference in how each character sounded.


    Do you think Ex-Heroes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Dear God, no! I would strongly suggest leaving this alone and moving on to a different type of project. This wasn't good at all.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 06-14-16
    John 06-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Dumb zombie apocalypse book."

    You will never believe that the author of 14 and The Fold could write such a thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terrance Ferguson 10-28-15 Member Since 2014

    I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.

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    "SOOOOO Clutch. A true joy to experience."
    Would you listen to Ex-Heroes again? Why?

    Probably. Parts of it just felt so cool and exciting. It is written in such a way that even if you know the resolution its still a fun read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have to pick? The tension of the final conflict. It felt so clutch. I genuinely didnt know what was going to happen. It was calculated like a chess game yet brutal like a bar fight. Every bit of it felt like a slow painful crawl.


    What does Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    So much personality to so many characters. I really felt like i knew everyone. Just by their voices and annunciations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The initial like about Exs. i cant remember but its something like "Ex Cops, Ex Mothers, ...Ex People".


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely perfect pacing. I felt like i could feel the whole situation. The race for answers through detective work and the tactical combat struggle. The excitement and the hopelessness.

    The way the origin stories were done should be celebrated. It was enough info to define people but it didnt drag or feel obligatory.

    Just cool enough to not feel cheesy.

    I also like how everything tied together and gets explained. It all felt so smooth and clever.

    There was just enough info to keep you grounded and engaged and the omission of some things actually made it better. If you were in the middle of the situation you couldn't know every little thing about everyone. I really felt like i was there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 03-11-14
    Kevin 03-11-14 Member Since 2010

    Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,

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    "A fun listen"

    The book was a real enjoyable diversion. Loved the morality play presented in the guise of super heroes and zombies. Mr. Clines doesn't take himself to seriously - but very much respects his readers. Well worth your time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hinckley, United Kingdom
    6/2/12
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    "Ex-citing, Ex-traordinary, Ex-tremely entertaining"

    If you like the Zombie genre, are open to super heroes and alternative universes this is the book for you.
    I loved it, the Super heroes are well thought out and have all the classic powers, and a few that are rather different. The zombie issue has more imagination than most zombie novels making it more realistic and has a great final origin twist.
    Ex-Heroes is well paced and full of action with just the right amount of humor. Mr Clines has written a well thought out, entertaining tale, combining two great genres of modern day writing.
    Then getting Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam, to take you to Clines besieged Hollywood Lot and infected LA with their remarkable acting and story telling techniques is a stroke of genius. All of Clines exciting characters spring to life from the speaker. St George (Brilliant idea,) is voiced so you know he's a cool hero and a nice guy. With Stealth a sexy mysterious genius leader and Lady Bee leaving a mans blood pressure up. The whole narration of this brilliant novel leaves you with a desire to hear more, more, more.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    10/12/12
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    "Really Enjoyable"

    I am a big fan of the Walking Dead and Science Fiction in general, this is why I was attracted originally. The story is set in L.A the not so distant future, millions are infected by a virus that has turned them into flesh eating Zombies. The heroes battle daily along side the non infected for survival and there are some great heroes in this tale. A gripping story line well narrated with great characters.They could turn this into movie and I would really like a sequel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wictor
    Kallered, Sweden
    12/23/12
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    "Good and enjoyable"

    Granted you like like superheroes and/or zombies you'll like this release. It's quite humorous at times and a nice mixture of genres. The characters have interesting backgrounds (how they got their superpowers etc) and the narrative works really well and the obligatory final battle contains an interesting twist or two.

    The two narrators are also doing a very good job. All in all a good buy, if you ask me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Garner
    Bristol UK
    12/23/12
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    "different take on the zombie world"

    As I do do a lot of travelling , audio-books are an essential part of my travel kit. its nice occasionally to hear something a little bit different and slightly off centre . mixing two genres is difficult at best but is done with skill and with obvious affection for the leading characters, enjoyed this and the follow up immensely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Godstone, United Kingdom
    1/11/16
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    "I hate myself for liking this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I certainly would but not it's not for everyone. However if you like super powers zombies and a certain childish but endearing slant on sex and sexuality, this is the book/series for you.


    What three words best describe Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s voice?

    Hmmm I'm not sure. I really wasn't a big fan of having two narrators in this format. Although either would have been fine on their own, the dialogue between the two was obviously recorded at different times so the interplay seems more suited to a bad soap opera.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. I made the mistake of listening to the first ten minutes inn a lunch break then spent the rest of the day irritated that I couldn't hear more.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the dialogue between the male and female narrators is stilted, it is only a minor annoyance and I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who likes the fantasy/horror/sci-fi genre. If on the other hand you are more fond of the works of Jane Austin, Emily Bronte or indeed anything which requires even the slightest use of the brain or higher emotions, then this may not be the best choice for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle Moore
    Dartford, United Kingdom
    5/4/14
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    "Loved it!"

    Peter Clines is my new favourite author, after listening to 14 and now Ex-Heroes. This is the 1st book in a series, and I can't wait to get stuck into the next!

    Not only has LA been taken over by zombies, but a while before, people started to discover superpowers. These new superheroes are now helping to protect a group of humans from the zombies, and a nasty gang.

    The heroes are all brand new, and well thought out, and as the book progresses we get to know a lot more about them, as well as how the 'zombie invasion' came about.

    The writing is clear and easy to follow, and it's so easy to picture this as a film or mini-series. In fact, I'm amazed it's not been snapped up already!

    A note about the narration - some of the chapters give the backstory of a female character, and these are read by a female narrator. In other chapters though, the bulk is read by the male narrator, with the female speaking just female line. This is a little unusual at first, but soon sounds quite natural - if you find it off-putting, give it time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    4/18/17
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    "Cracking!"

    Good story and great performance. Looking forward to the next instalment in the story. Peter Clines character development with the heroes and villains brings both the story and the action alive. Great action sequences too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brenhden
    Bristol, UK
    12/28/16
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    "Great book."
    What made the experience of listening to Ex-Heroes the most enjoyable?

    The best thing about this book is the way it combines action and back story.


    What other book might you compare Ex-Heroes to, and why?

    Sticking with the super hero theme you could compare this to The Watchmen although it's not so bleak.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The story gets better and better so the ending is really good.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some great twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stefan
    Hisings-Backa, Sweden
    2/3/15
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    "A nice take on the zombie apocalypse."

    This is one book where the narration adds an extra layer to the story itself. No spoliers from me, just listen to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. M. Hughes
    Bristol, UK
    12/12/14
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    "An interesting take on Zombie Apocalypse"
    Would you try another book written by Peter Clines or narrated by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ?

    I have to say, although the subject matter has been done time and time again in books and TV, this version gave it a bit of a twist by introducing Heros - reminding me a bit of "First of the North star" for those of you who know your Manga. I would read another for a bit of fun / mindless entertainment, but not top of the list.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was dramatic and about what you expect from the way the story was set up.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not listened to any others.


    Did Ex-Heroes inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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