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Absolutely fantastic genre-crossing novel,
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This review is from: Ex-Heroes (Paperback)
Ex-Heroes, the debut novel from Peter Clines, offers a new spin on the typical zombie story. Set in modern times, a zombie outbreak has ravaged the earth and only a handful of superheroes have kept the situation in Los Angeles from deteriorating into total chaos. Reeling from losses in their own community, a band of heroes has established a fortified safe zone in Hollywood to help whatever survivors they find. Unfortunately so has a much larger group of gang members, who have some deadly tricks up their sleeves.
Now, mixing superheroes and zombies isn't an entirely new concept, but unlike Marvel Zombies, Ex-Heroes takes the idea seriously and is a story you can actually believe. Ex-Heroes reads like a mix of Watchmen (or maybe Heroes) and Land of the Dead. It's more of a big screen movie type story than the typical tale of survival horror, but I mean that in the best possible way. Clines's story of very human, very flawed heroes trying to maintain order in a post-apocalyptic situation seems very realistic and would make a terrific movie. I love how the book is split between "then" and "now" chapters, with the "then" chapters told from the perspective of a different hero and chronicling the developing crisis.
Clines has come up with a fascinating cast of characters who, despite being superheroes, all seem like real people. I also loved the pace of the book, the believable dialogue, the black humor (a running contest to see who bagged the most famous zombie, for example), and the unexpected plot twists that never seemed forced or clichéd. I'm already anxious for a sequel.
Ex-Heroes is a fantastic superhero novel, a fantastic zombie novel, and just a great story altogether. You know those books where you're only a few pages in and you realize "oh yeah, this author knows what s/he's doing"? They're few and far between, but Ex-Heroes is definitely one of them. If you're a fan of superheroes or zombies (or better yet, both), Ex-Heroes is a must-read.
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Initial post: May 4, 2012 2:26:57 PM PDT
Question: I got the impression the Dragon has supersight. Why does he need to use a monocular?
Posted on Oct 15, 2012 4:56:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 15, 2012 4:56:35 PM PDT
John Hesse says:
Thanks for the review.
I came here from Audible.com as the Amazon reviews are much richer and more informative. Reading lots of reviews for this and other of his books I went to Wikipedia for more info about Peter Clines himself -- and got this very unexpected result:
"The page "Peter clines" does not exist. You can ask for it to be created ..."
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2012 6:53:17 PM PDT
Justin G. says:
Interesting. I'm guessing Crown will get around to setting a page up since they've just picked up this series.
Posted on Dec 4, 2013 1:36:41 PM PST
Steven Mcreynolds says:
Like Land of the Dead, but without the hamfisted politics and characters who handle guns like they've at least SEEN one fired before, maybe. Your line at the end of the review, about getting a few pages into a novel and realizing the author knows what they're doing is akin to the epiphany I had within two pages of starting the book. This was especially refreshing since, about fifteen minutes earlier I'd noticed the Permuted Press emblem on the back and thought "Oh God, here we go again."
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2013 1:37:17 PM PST
Steven Mcreynolds says:
I was under the impression that was Stealth using the monocular.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2013 1:22:41 PM PST
Brad Seagal says:
He has one as well in his backpack.
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