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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press (September 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781934861875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934861875
  • ASIN: 1934861871
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Ex-Heroes:

“Bound to appeal to fans of zombies and superheroes alike… If ever a book had the potential for a Hollywood blockbuster, this is it.” —SF Signal

“I was completely floored by this book’s ingenuity and charm...exemplifies the real meaning of a page-turner.” —Fantasy Book Critic

“I loved this pop culture-infused tale of shamed superheroes struggling to survive a zombie apocalypse in the ruins of Hollywood. It's The Avengers meets The Walking Dead with a large order of epic served on the side.”
—Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One 
 
“Zombies? Check. Superheroes? Check. Awesome? Check. Ex-Heroes has it all. You’re in for a treat!”
—Mira Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Feed

“A novel that will take you on a wild and heart-warming ride...[A] creative zombie story, with in-depth characters, and filled with humor, action, and gruesome fight scenes…the final clash made my heart race in ways seldom accomplished by a book.”
Wired.com

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

PETER CLINES has published several pieces of short fiction and countless articles on the film and television industries, as well as the novels Ex-Heroes, Ex-Communication, Ex-Purgatory, and 14.  He lives and writes in southern California.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Peter Clines grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and--inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons--started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, LIZARD MEN FROM THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.

He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper, and at the age of nineteen he completed his quadruple-PhD studies in English literature, archaeology, quantum physics, and interpretive dance. In 2008, while surfing Hawaii's Keauwaula Beach, he thought up a viable way to maintain cold fusion that would also solve world hunger, but forgot all about it when he ran into actress Yvonne Strahvorski back on the beach and she offered to buy him a drink. He was the inspiration for both the epic poem "Beowulf" and the motion picture -Raiders of the Lost Ark-, and is single-handedly responsible for repelling the Martian Invasion of 1938 that occurred in Grovers Mills, New Jersey. Eleven sonnets he wrote to impress a girl in high school were all later found and attributed to Shakespeare. He is the author of numerous short stories, EX-HEROES, EX-PATRIOTS, --14--, THE EERIE ADVENTURES OF THE LYCANTHROPE ROBINSON CRUSOE, and an as-yet-undiscovered Dead Sea Scroll.

There is compelling evidence that he is, in fact, the Lindbergh baby.

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Great plot twists and lots of zambie smashing action.
Cartmanking68
I'm usually a slow reader, but these books are just that good...I HAD to keep reading...Couldn't put them down, because I had to find out what happened next!
Bard
It is every bit as well written as the first book and introduces several new characters, both heroes and villains.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By HeadshotHeather on September 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Ex-Patriots by Peter Clines was calling my name after having just finished reading Ex-Heroes and, boy howdy, did it deliver. Packed with every bit as much action as it's predecessor, Ex-Patriots introduces us to the Unbreakables, a group of super soldiers led by Freedom a true American patriot, Dr Sorensen, the doctor who figured out how to create the super soldiers and Mr. Smith, the man who is behind the notion of having super soldiers. There are other new characters, including a new Hero and, of course Zzzap, St George, Stealth and Cerberus are back to entertain us. (YAY for a Buffy reference and a special 'cameo' of a Whedonverse alum)

Initially I thought the plot of Ex-Patriots was going to be extremely cliche and was not necessarily going to give up hope, but was not going to hold my breath that Ex-Patriots would be nearly as good as Ex-Heroes. I was wrong...in my opinion, it was better. It would be best for a reader to read the books in order, as there is not a lot of character development for the Heroes we were introduced to in the first book. I do not want to say much more about the book, because I don't want to chance any type of spoiler...as I said there was an element of predictability to the plot, but then all of a sudden KERPOW! I was hit with a HOLY GUACAMOLE, BATMAN moment, thus not wanting to chance spoilers.

Fast paced, full of action, humor and heroism, Ex-Patriots is a zombie/superhero book for true American readers (and anyone out of States, too).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Peter Clines took the zombie/post-apocalyptic world by storm with his debut novel Ex-Heroes, which chronicled the zombie apocalypse through the eyes of a fascinating cast of superheroes. Now Clines is back with Ex-Patriots, the highly anticipated sequel to Ex-Heroes.

St. George, Stealth, Cerberus and Zzzap have largely established a safe zone in the part of L.A. they control, with the zombies - sorry, ex-humans - kept at a distance from the living. They're soon taken out of that safe zone when a military plane makes contact. The heroes find out that they're not the only super-powered beings to survive the apocalypse. At a secret military installation, the government has been creating their own super-soldiers, plus a few other disturbing projects.

Ex-Heroes was a very effective novel, giving us realistic and unforgettable characters, both good, evil and points in-between, not to mention sharp dialogue, plenty of unexpected twists, and a truly epic final confrontation. With Ex-Patriots, Clines delivers all of that and more, adding government intrigue, secret plots, and even more powerful characters. The book hooks you from the very first page, and is one of those rare novels that you feel completely compelled to barrel through to the end. Encountering St. George and company was like catching up with old friends, and new characters like Captain Freedom and his team are instant favorites.

Once again Clines delivers the perfect mix of action, super-heroics, intrigue and of course all-out zombie mayhem. If you were a fan of Ex-Heroes, Ex-Patriots is an absolute must-have.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Collins on September 25, 2011
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I have to admit I gave the first book 4 stars- it was good, well written (and to the nitpickers, its fiction. okay?) and the pop culture references were a lot of fun. Never been a huge zombie fan, but Clines mythology is fascating (esp the 'how they came to be' explanation is startling).

Now to 'ex-patriots' .... the plotting was good/interesting/basic...until HOLY SMOKE! Did Clines just do what I THINK he did? DANG. Talk about a writer who can pull it together. I was torn between dragging out reading this book to make it last or sitting down and chewing threw in one big GULP. Really nice work on existing characters- I really like how he is....humanizing Stealth- more than what you think there, showing a wacky human-er side to Zzzap (love the pop culture references (to someone who watches movies all day (Zzzap, not me)...and some of the newer characters. The alternating then/now takes takes some getting used to, but Clines does a nice job of feeding us bits and character pieces that really enhance our knowledge fascinatingly. Captain Freedom being a nice example- instead of a stock character we get some really interesting shading on this 'hero'. Ditto Dr Sorensen, we are never quite sure if he is 'mad/angry', 'mad/looney' or 'mad/scary' or just flat out nuts...or is he?

If you remotely liked the first book, this is a MUST read. Please read in order. The plot twist is a true hum-dinger, one of those 'glad I wasn't in a diner so no one could hear me exclaim "Damnnnnnnn, didn't see that one coming" (for the record I am writing this review having read 89% of the book).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hannibal0020 on April 7, 2012
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When it comes to writing fiction, Peter Clines is an abstract artist. A brand new author who dares to defy the conventional in order to find his own unique style of writing. His debut Ex-Heroes was anything but ordinary, it combined the traditional zombie splatter-fest with superhero fiction, it was the kind of story you'd expect to come from a graphic novel. No, it technically wasn't original, but Clines was the first I've seen to truly do the concept justice, and now he's back with a sequel, Ex-Patriots. Despite some missteps, fans of Ex-Heroes should be satisfied.

With communication established with a U.S. Army, it would seem it's time for the superheroes to hang up their coats and let them take over as the guardians of Los Angeles's survivors, yet appearances can be deceiving. The creation of super-soldiers is merely the beginning, what's really going on at Project Krypton? Can the United States Army be trusted? And are they the real enemy?

A personal criticism I had for Ex-Heroes was its run-of-the-mill storyline. It found its own identity towards the latter half, but for the most part Ex-Heroes was a very strong character driven story instead of a plot-driven one. Ex-Patriots on the other hand doesn't suffer from a typical zombie apocalypse plot that you've probably already seen a million times already. The story this time is definitely strong enough to stand on its own without the added awesome factor of superheroes fighting zombies. That being said, there's a bizarre story-arc that's completely dropped without giving any further exposition or closure. The book's synopsis describes the inhabitants of the Mount growing irrationally dissatisfied with living under the heroes' leadership.
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