- File Size: 3727 KB
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006MV7I6U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book and the rest of the series which I purchased within two days of each other were pure action set on greased wheels. I loved going into the stores,
going through abandoned homes, killing zombies, and Gus was so down to earth, loved the guy. Writer kept me very entertained and I hope to see more in this
series after Hellifax which I picked up this evening. GREAT BOOK KEITH add more to the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The book is definitely a character driven book, not an action book, but we do have times of action to deal with. It starts in the middle of his life where he has sunk to new lows. We see he still has the capacity, despite his drunkenness, to plan, and execute both an immediate and a long term plan. Some have commented that he wouldn't have the capacity to function with his drinking, but I've been around enough heavy drinkers to understand that he could be fully functional. However, we do see him drinking heavily at first, but as he meets and befriends someone, his drinking drops off, and relationship, friendship and the power of human communication becomes a much more effective balm against all that has happened.
While some have not liked the description of many trips to scavenge, I found it fascinating and insightful. It truly was necessary to the story as the main character was able to overcome so much of his fear through his exploits. We see him growing bolder, and seemingly becoming more alert to what's happening around him, teaching and training his new friend in the things he's had to learn the hard way. It was fascinating to look at the things that they found, and what they would leave behind, including their reasons for it. Enlightening, for sure.
While it is a character book, it is also violent and yes, gory at times. However, this lent realism to it. It definitely wasn't unanticipated violence, as this is a zombie book, but the author also didn't go into intimate details of the things zombies do to their victims as some books and TV series, like "The Walking Dead".
The addition of the surprise element at the end was not sprung on us, but was hinted, foreshadowed, and it actually had me wondering right up to the end, what all was happening. The final scenes were eloquently written and I felt like I was there, rooting him on, as he battled for his life. Loved the almost human friendship he allotted to his drinking buddies when he found himself, once again, bereft of the relational elements he had come to enjoy. The book ended on a question mark for me, though it could be a stand alone book. With two or three threads left hanging, it would work itself into a great sequel, and I so hope Mr. Blackmore will provide one for us.
Excellent book. Flawed, maybe, but I think it had to be written in a drawn out expose in order to really help us understand our main character, and help him find the redemption he sought. Mountain Man was a great read and I highly recommend it, but don't expect to feel touchy/feely good about it, or expect to laugh. It's a hard hitting, hard drinking, heavy language type of book, but it's also well written and speaks volumes to the type of thing we might all experience at the zombie apocalypse.
Speaking of zombies, these are good old school Romero-style zombies. There's some good zombie-fighting action in this story.
I don't like to get into spoilers about the story line so I'm not going to get into that. I'll just say that it's a good story with well-written characters that you get involved with. I liked it well enough that I just bought the second book in the series.