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" The Avengers meets The Walking Dead with a large order of epic served on the side. . . . I loved it!"--Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One

The first novel in Peter Clines' bestselling Ex series.

Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes, using their superhuman abilities to make Los Angeles a better place.

Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Billions died, civilization fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland.

Now, a year later, the Mighty Dragon and his companions protect a last few thousand survivors in their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount. Scarred and traumatized by the horrors they've endured, the heroes fight the armies of ravenous ex-humans at their citadel's gates, lead teams out to scavenge for supplies--and struggle to be the symbols of strength and hope the survivors so desperately need.

But the hungry ex-humans aren't the only threats the heroes face. Former allies, their powers and psyches hideously twisted, lurk in the city's ruins. And just a few miles away, another group is slowly amassing power . . . led by an enemy with the most terrifying ability of all.

"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
Publisher: New York : Broadway Paperbacks, c2010.
ISBN: 9780804136570
Characteristics: 330 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jan 01, 2017

I hated this book simply because it was STUPID. The author apparently became enamored of the idea of the villain and couldn't be bothered to think about the actual story. SPOILER ALERT: The villain can control zombies, including the heroes turned into zombies which is why he has any chance at all in the big showdown. While the villain is no genius it is the heroes that are the real morons.

For most of the book the heroes don't know that the zombies can be controlled by the bad guys. They know, however, that there are zombies and there is no hope of a cure. There are at least three superheroes who could virtually wipe out all the zombies in the area by themselves, but, of course, they don't. So, in other words, the heroes can't be bothered to be actively protect the people they've sworn to protect even though, in a flash back near the end of the book, St. George (a/k/a the Dragon) was doing just that before deciding to stop and hole-up in a studio with everyone else.

FYI the main heroes are:
1) a weaker version of Superman but still pretty impressive and bulletproof so no fear of zombie bites (St. George)
2) a version of the human torch only think more lightning and electricity (Zzzap)
3) a clunkier and bigger version of Ironman (Cereberus)
4) a female ninja genius with guns, so a Batman type (Stealth) and
5) Gorgon who temporarily drains strength from people who look into his eyes (becoming stronger himself) but his power doesn't work on zombies.

What is REALLY STUPID about all this is that it is completely unnecessary for the heroes to be stupid. The Superheroes could have been smart, wiped the local zombies out and began rebuilding the way any normal person would have and the bad guy could have just called in zombies from outside the area. That would have been a good book. As it is, this is now the worst book I have read all the way through.

PS- I didn't make a point of noting the timeline but at one point it becomes clear that the zombie apocalypse is 2 years old. So, even though the heroes are led by a genius, and have been holed up for something like 18 months they have NOT prepared any fall back positions even though the need for them should be obvious. As a result the heroes have no choice but subdue the people they are supposed to be protecting when word of the bad guy's impeding attack arrives. Otherwise those morons were going to go running out of their walled compound to make it even easier for the zombies to eat them. This author just loves writing about stupid people way too much for me.

Jan 12, 2016

“Its super heroes versus zombies. Super-heroes versus zombies! Who thinks this stuff up?! Ahh, Peter Clines wrote it. That explains it. Hmm, Peter Clines wrote it. Well, 14 was good. The Fold was decent. This could either be better, or worse. Gaaahh, decisions, decisions, decisions!”*Prays to Google for a bibliography*“Written before 14 or the Fold? Hmm… Screw it, its Super-Heroes versus Zombies,(and I can return the book if it sucks!)”

Luckily, it didn’t suck. Ex-Heroes is a fun romp through the zombie apocalypse (well, part of it anyways) with Clines’ own version of the Avengers. He never really goes into detail on how each of the super-heroes gained their abilities, which I actually liked, because I don’t need a ton of backstory. The flashbacks he does give you are needed parts of the story to make you understand the characters relationships to each other. But… best of all?

Lots of action! You get everything from your minor “Ba-ha. Ba-ha. Ba-ha-ha-ha-ha! You call yourself a criminal? Pffffffffft” scenes to your most epic of “DIE DIE DIE! No. Don’t you DIE! YOU DIE! Oi! Joo dirrrty rat, joo kilt my – ” fight scenes. Awesomeness abounds.

Plus, there’s basically zero kissy-face. Oh, there’s hormones, unrequited love, and love lost, and bumping uglies is definitely referenced… but no dramatic love story being played out in the middle of the apocalypse. Thank. you. sweet. little. baby. drama. llama. …Well, I guess you could say it was a dr… NOPE! No spoilers here!

The only criticism I have is about the narration. They should have got one really talented male narrator versus a guy and a girl both doing it. The splits were jarring in a lot of cases.

Overall, Ex-Heroes is a fantastic book by Peter Clines, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Super Heroes OR zombies!!

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