❮Reading❯ ➵ Ex-Heroes ➭ Author Peter Clines – Moncler2018.co

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

10 thoughts on “Ex-Heroes

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    superheroes zombies should equal neverending delight for undiscriminating nerds such as myself admittedly there was a little bit of delight the action sequences were pretty well done the author can write action, check and one hero in particular a fellow by the name of Gorgon was pretty nifty he wears cool goggles that when dilated open allows his gorgony eyes to drain energy from anyone who looks at him, increasing his strength and martial ability to higher levels, depending on how many people are looking his way cool super hero, check Clines has a bit of fun with gender see below , which i appreciate he also has a couple situations that had me feeling a wee bit tense check and check unfortunately the debits outweigh the credits in Ex Heroes sub par cheeky dialogue is one problem another is the delusion that celebrities in Los Angeles are so plentiful that various characters can joke about taking out a dozen or so of the subspecies not only did this running joke become annoying, it is entirely unrealistic okay, i understand that saying something is unrealistic within a novel about superheroes protecting normals from zombie hordes in after the fall america is a bit laughable but come on already, author from Maine i ve lived in So Cal for a good number of years celebrities can be relatively commonplace relatively but not so commonplace that random characters will be able to take down dozens of them at times i felt like i was back traveling in Turkey and being asked yet again if i actually knew or had at least seen this or that celebrity because L.A must be such a small town, right just too naively goofy a supposition.but the problem that actually offended me is that the good L.A of this novel is overwhelmingly, ridiculously WHITE AND NORMAL perhaps it is actually based on Maine all the normals are white, except for one repulsively characterized asian bitch all of the superheroes are white, except for one dead asian superhero a Korean who takes on a Japanese moniker for chrissakes and another superhero who is black and everyone is straight ahead normal normal normal on the other hand, the villains are characterized by their crazy hair, tattoos, oh and they are all LATINO gangbangers the dearth of imagination when it came to race really aggravated me hey Clines, having crazy hair and being inked AND BEING LATINO doesn t mean you re a bad person who wants to cause trouble has the author actually ever been to L.A for all of its flaws, it is a racially diverse city full of people who pride themselves on looking different as a once non normal looking person and as an asian who is often confused with being latino, i was triply taken aback on behalf of all three demographics boo offensive lack of imagination the Superhero Novel is a gutter subgenre only slightly enlivened by the likes of Chabon and Soon I Will Be Invincible this novel is not helping matters.____________________ Super Template Action Superman St George formerly known as The Mighty Dragon not as clever an idea as it thinks it is Batman Stealth a chick i like Iron Man Cerberus another chick i doubly like Captain Atom or perhaps Firestorm Zzzap The Demon Cairosand a few who seem like original creations, which was nice Gorgon, Regenerator healing powers that are at the root of a surprisingly effective plot reveal , and Midknight he has an EMP field interesting.

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    Ex Heroes, or a novel about a graphic novel about a comic soon to be a movie coming to a theater near you I have only two problems with Ex Heroes.Characterization and theme I understand that this is a book about superheroes, which lend themselves to stereotypes Except in a genre full of them, Cline seems determined to use them all There is the Boy Scout, who is working for the greater good the Anti hero, who is the bad boy that flaunts authority the Radioactive, who developed powers after being exposed to radiation actually, Cline explains a couple superheroes this way the Gifted Female, whose sexuality is her dominant image the Demon, who has bonded with evil the Teenager, the normal kid who develops superpowers the Bestial, who has part animal in his nature In a nod to Ironman, there is a female engineer in an iron suit Whoops I almost forgot the Woman in Refrigerator character the dead woman that moves the superhero s plot forward through grief guilt etc 1 Oh, and for those who are aggravated by such things, at least two Supers are Mary Sues.Extra negative points for stereotypes first, the bitchy Asian council woman second, transforming a Korean girl into a Japanese hero and third, making a Latino gang into the antagonists What, you couldn t find any Nazis or Russians from 1960 Oh wait the nickname of the Latino gang was abbreviated S.S., which almost counts For mark s insightful commentary, see 2 Faint attempt to give cookie cutter superheroes depth by giving introducing a past and a present narrative were insufficient Nuff said The zombie apocalypse is about a loss of organized society as the individual struggles against the horrific they become about survival, transformation and the meaning of humanity The best apocalypse stories focus on rebuilding order out of chaos while struggling to survive Ex Heroes is pretty much the exact opposite After retreating to a movie studio, the supers essentially form their own oligarchy, or perhaps dictatorship, since Stealth makes all the decisions The supers don t call it that, of course But they are the ones strategizing, setting goals, deciding, protecting, and leading Sure, normal humans help in some of these roles But you don t hear humans participating in the process, except to fulfill the stereotypical role of antagonistic suspicion of well intentioned superhero The humans are the mirrors for the heroes, the pets, the sheep to lead and direct the only agency they have is that of poor decision making Ultimately, while that may be a prevalent theme in superhero mediums, it is the antithesis of zombie apocalypse fiction What did I like It was quick and readable While the language was not ornate, it was coherent and focused The Then narratives that gave background on the heroes were interesting and told well, even if they weren t particularly unique stories ah, to be a beautiful genius the troubles I would have The section I enjoyed the most is the one few zombie books concentrate on recognizing the outbreak and attempting to curtail the viral invasion Cline s analysis was likely spot on in the official reaction, and was creative when Stealth was sending Zzzap out on a mission to locate the living dead Although some of the explanation of the virus was eye rolling pseudo science, but at the end it was combined with an impressive twist that made it worth the effort.On the borderlands of my normal reading material, I appreciated the challenge In regards to rating, it hits squarely in my 2.5 zone, but I imagine it is decently done for its genre Interesting but spelling challenged analysis of superheroes 1 monday s thoughtful review 2

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    Sale Alert Kindle Daily deal 26Jul19 1.993.5 Stars It seems to be my default rating It doesn t matter I don t care what you believe in The Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, faked moon landings, the 2000 election results you can believe in whatever fairy tale you want. Before you read this book you have to ask yourself 1 Do I like Books that read like summer blockbuster movies 2 Do I like Flawed Superheroes that aren t completely altruistic 3 Do I like Zombie Books 4 Do I like dark humor that also includes pop culture references 5 If Joss Whedon and J.J Abrams had a son that only wrote books would he be Peter Clines If you said yes three or of the above questions then Ex Heroes is probably right up your alley.I really enjoyed how this book took two genres and really combined them together seamlessly It could have become extra cheesy with Superheroes and Zombies but I really enjoyed the moments that were serious and the others that made fun of the zombie apocalypse itself I alternated between the Audio which is fantastic and I totally recommend if you listen to Audiobooks at all and the ebook.The story is set around a group of Superheroes who have come together Avenger style to protect a group of people inside a former movie studio The story is revealed in a past present multiple POV telling much in the style of LOST From the POV of the Superheroes there are a few chapters in the present and then a chapter from the past and the beginning of the zombie apocalypse In the collapse of society it isn t just the Zombies that our Heroes have to face They are also in a turf war with a gang from LA who wants the guns and ammunition the Heroes have stockpiled People could say a lot of negative things about the apocalypse, but there was no arguing the air quality in Los Angeles had really improved. With the way the story is told the reader gets a sense of the decay of society and how it all went downhill so fast Plus Peter Clines did something that no other Zombie book I ve read to date has done He actually showed us how the Zombie virus got start and who was Patient Zero It was done in such a great way that I thought it blended in with the story perfectly, so bravo on that.There are plenty of times to be serious throughout the book and well not everyone makes it out alive it s a zombie book I don t think anyone should be surprised by that there is enough dark humor to keep me engaged in the story Clines even included a game of your top 5 celebrity kills to kind of show how in the aftermath people are trying to keep spirits up What an interesting take on the fall of society and there is even the new additional problems of former superheroes as Zombies.Peter Clines gave every POV a very distinctive feel and even changed the way the story was told in a few chapters to really change the voice of each The way the chapter on Cairax was written in particular was my favorite There were only a few things I struggled with There are a lot of characters and all the Superheroes have their secret identity name and then their Superhero name I got a little confused keeping them all straight for a little while sorta like a George RR Martin Book I needed a character tree But by the end I totally had the hang of it I hope Because there are so many characters it was hard to get a really in depth look at any But since this is a series I m sure that will be ultimately remedied.The only other issue I had was with the action sequences getting a little bit repetitive that I lost focus But I m totally a girl and that would happen for me in a blockbuster movie as well There are great moments in the action sequences too, like using one zombie to knock around others and such but I only have a limited attention span for fight scenes.All and all this was a lot of fun and as I didn t know anything about this book other than I liked a different Peter Clines book called 14 I wasn t sure what to expect I will just say that I m pleasantly surprised and can t wait to see what the next installment brings.

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    Need a break from

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    How kickass is this book I am currently sitting on toilet but not going to the bathroom at work just to try and get my thoughts out I figure that if anyone does read this, enjoys the hell out of this book, and comes to thank me because of my review they won t mind Deal with it pSeriously I love the imagery of the entire thing You would think that it s all just blood, guts, and load of undead and in one way it totally is but there is so much Epic This book is totally epic The way Clines tells the story with his then and nows is very well developed It s like he s a master juggler putting on his best act just asking you to keep on watching He s good So good I m starting the next part as soon as I m done here And after that I m pretty sure I m a fan and will read his other works ASAP Update I am a HUGE fan No hesitation to speak of Clines is a genius Seriously though in an uncoordinated hand this story would be all over the place He takes you wherever you think you want to go, keeps the story moving along in real time, knowing where it s going shows you just a sliver to make sure you re paying attention all while the juggling act keeps going you didn t even see he s go the grand finale unloading on another part of the stage You just can t believe there s fire, and gasoline and a tiger and the Titanic how did he get the Titanic on stage you may ask, YOU DON T CARE AND YOU RE GOING TO BE OK WITH IT all seemly like it s not big deal the fireworks are not going off indoors to blow the roof off over your head One moment you re hearing exposition and you think to yourself ok I have a grasp of what s going on and then he shows you a new trick, taking you to a different time or place like it s meant to happen that way and you re left there just staring Not trying to make sense of it but to wonder how did you get sucked in so deep, so quickly Love it Yes I know the act may seem like a bit much at times but when you get home later and your house has pimped out by Clines cause he got bored with his magic act you thank him That s what I m trying to tell you right now I thank you Mr Clines I thank you for sharing your awesome with us.Also I ve had a couple of delusions of grandeur while reading this One, making it into a blockbuster movie is inevitable and two, while I really liked the heroes portrayed I actually had a few favorites not just one and a bunch of sidekicks I want them to all have their own films I m a fan Just saying Its actually taking me a bit longer than I thought to get all this down on my phone and so without rising any suspicion in here I m going to pause it.Seriously though, have I mentioned how sweet this book is It honestly felt like someone pumped some adrenaline into my veins Work has moved quick with some books lately don t get me wrong but this one hot damn the night was over almost as soon as it started AND we re in mandatory overtime Yeah yeah I m clearly out of the bathroom now I m recommending this to anyone who s a fan of the genre, anyone curious, anyone with a pulse really I mean it s a totally different feel than Hold Me Closer, Necromancer was that really last week already but it s just as worth it Honest.

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    The concept for this is really cool I certainly have never read anything with superheroes AND zombies before and thia book definitely surprised me However, I find it kind of confusing to keep track of the characters and order of events and so I never really got into the story I am not going to continue the series but if you want a superhero and zombie book, I would give this a shot

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    I hate this I gave 14 a 4now I m giving this a 4, but 14 is better It s just that I think this is better than a 3 Curse you 5 star rating system We ll have to call this one 3.5 as, like I said 14 is better, but this one is good I think this is first Zombie Apocalypse book I ve ever made it all the way through though I could be wrong Anyway as ubiquitous as these booksand movies and video games and short stories and so onare you might be temped to think, ayah another zombie book What s the big deal Well yeahbut this is zombies vs superheroesand even some zombie superheroes or would that automatically be a super villain Oh well I meancome on you ve got to admit that s just coolness on wheels Sowhat s the story here What do you mean what s the story here Zombies have over run the earth, they always do that There s nobody inconsiderate that a bunch of undead flesh crunchers I mean these things are so predictable No matter what anyone else wants their only interested in one thingfood And you re food.Then you re one of them and all you re interested in is eating other people Well, that and keeping your rotting parts from falling off So, kinda fun if a story that assumes the death of the majority of humanity can be called fun lots of action, smash bang super folks and monstrously powerful undeadthings.Any down side maybe a couple but since this is pure unadulterated brain candy that doesn t try for any depth or redeeming value what do you want Okay I ll put the one thing that annoyed me under a spoiler warning below Still, while I wasn t enthralled and my mind wandered off a few times it s still a good book, enjoy view spoiler So what annoyed me Well it was something the writer went for so I assume it won t annoy some of you as much as it did me The character St George is written like some people picture paladins like in RPGs He s so reticent to take a life he endangers the people he s supposed to be protecting AND when he comes across zombie X superheroes he takes them and drops them off somewhereleaving them to continue killing and infecting others Not a really Good Guy Lawful Good thing to do I mean he can t bring himself to putdown the undead versions of super people he used to know The zombies are dead whether you knew them before or not I thought he got a bit annoying, and my friends here will probably think I d identify with a guy named Saint George than any of the other heroes I probably would have if he d only shown a little common sense I mean you can t kill something that s already dead hide spoiler

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    3.5 star ratingI borrowed this book from another Kindler because someone chose it as our horror group read on Shelfari and to be honest, I didn t want to buy it It s not the type of book that I would normally read I like superheroes and whatnot but a couple of hundred pages worth YeahI was wary.I have to admit that I was surprised at how much I ended up enjoying this book There were several superheroes, all original creations At least I think they were because I have never heard of them As the story progressed, there where chapters labeled Now and Then Each Then segment spent a bit of time with a superhero and filled in the gaps about them as far as how they were created and how they came to be in LA fighting zombies.Yes, superheroes fighting zombiesI know it sounds silly and it was a little bit silly , but it was also well written, gory, bloody and just good fun I will be buying the second book, just to see what happens.

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    This zombie apocalypse superhero mashup isn t bad, but it just isn t grabbing me I could power through and finish it but I don t really see the point Maybe if I were into zombie tales DNF at 22%.

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    Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic Overall rating 4 1 2 Stars FORMAT INFO Ex Heroes is 261 pages long divided over a prologue, twenty six numbered titled chapters, and an epilogue All chapters are either divided into Then or Now sections Narration is in the first person for all Then chapters and in third person for all the Now sections The POV s both first person and third person are via Stealth, Gorgon, Cairax, Regenerator, Cerberus, Zzzap, The Mighty Dragon, Lady Bee, Banzai, St George and a few minor characters Ex Heroes is self contained and is the first book in the Ex Trilogy.February 25, 2010 marked the paperback and e book publication of Ex Heroes via Permuted press Cover art is provided by Garret DeChellis CLASSIFICATION Mixing zombies with superheroes in a desolate Los Angeles Peter Clines s world of Ex Heroes is George Romero s Dawn of the Dead meets David Gemmell s Legend meets The X Men ANALYSIS I had been noticing Ex Heroes since last year however it kind of got lost in my Books to be checked list However s recommendations made sure that it was never really out of my mind, as it always used to pop up every now and then After the release of Ex Patriots the sequel to this book, I contacted the publisher for review copies and they graciously sent both the books over promptly I was hugely excited to see that it was focusing on superheroes coupled with zombies and I was hoping that it would not disappoint.The author has quite cleverly divided the book into the past then and present now sections and thereby maintaining the tension in the story while going forward as well giving us the crucial back story The now begins in the current where a sizeable portion of humanity is holed up in Paramount Studios which has now been renamed The Mount The humans within are surviving from the horror outside wherein zombies freely roam and look for fresh human meat, the zombies in this world are called Exes as in Ex humans The human population though has an upper hand with the super heroes who are protecting them.Stealth, Gorgon, Regenerator, Cerberus, Zzzap, Lady Bee, St George and a few others have shepherded humanity and are doing their best defeat the zombies while also searching for a cure The then sections focus on each superhero separately and we are given a clear look into their beginnings, this leads to a very precise picture about each of them while differentiating their personas in the reader s minds The story then begins as the heroes forage on almost a daily basis and try to retrieve as many tangible goods as they can with a few normal volunteers however they have been noticing that some one is competing with them and also leaving booby traps which creates further problems The story then escalates as the people of the Mount find out who it is that has been hindering their survival and what do they want which leads to the question what will they do to survive I completely loved this book and while it was a debut book, it didn t feel so at all With a very clever but not wholly original premise, the author unleashes a very exciting story which grabs the reader s attention and then proceeds to charm the reader in a variety of ways Firstly the plot is a great one as the story begins with a scenario which should appeal to most zombie apocalypse enthusiasts From then on the author keeps the story moving forward with some great twists as well as the past recollections of each superhero This tactic keeps the twin story strands the past and the present constantly entwined while delivering the clues about the enemy and also illuminating the mistakes of the past I was thrilled with the way the story was presented and how in the end the author managed to pull it off by coalescing all the threads and resolving all the questions arising in the readers minds.The author has also aced the characterization department as we are given access to many characters and all of them have vastly different personalities and agendas This was what differentiated the characters from being comic book clones And even though most of heroes have their own issues a la the X men, the author has conveniently provided the back stories which clue the reader in to these issues Another tremendously exciting point was the humor which is present in all forms through out the story, from the black humor laced conversations to the celebrity zombie hunts the author manages to make the darkness of the situation a little lighter There also tons of references to various comic book characters, movies, SFF shows, books etc making it an interesting read in addition to all the previous plus points.Lastly this book s climax draws parallels with David Gemmell s classic debut Legend, in the sense, the reader gets a sense of claustrophobia as the holed up survivors try to defeat an enemy who has massive strength in numbers while also facing problems from within Granted that David Gemmell s book was built on that single premise whereas over here the book s climax is a one long drawn out fight which will have the readers flipping pages to see who survives who doesn t and what is the final outcome For me I got that overall Legend like vibe and kudos to the author for making the climax that much exciting.I really loved this book for all of its good points which made it such a fun read, however the parts combined together make it an excellent book all together I would have point that I really couldn t find any deficiencies or things to nitpick One can point out that the author utilizes various tropes among the superheroes like the all invincible hero with the heart of gold, the secretive hero who stays alone even among the hero ken, etc But with all the tropes being utilized Peter has still managed to put his own spin to these characters and the story thereby making it his own and one which can stand all amongst other wonderful debuts After all almost all SFF novels utilize tropes in one form or the other and it is up to the writer to make them seem seamless within the confines of the plot To his credit Peter Clines passes with flying colors in his debut by giving the readers a tale which they can cherish for a long time to come CONCLUSION An excellent debut which spans many sub genres and has a little bit of everything to satisfy most of its readers Ex Heroes is a standout debut in the superhero and zombie genre Simply put I was completely floored by this book s ingenuity and charm I definitely hope that Hollywood never ruins this one by making it into a movie Heartily recommended for all fantasy, thriller, horror fans who would want to read a book which best exemplifies the real meaning of a page turner Peter Clines s debut easily makes him the most under appreciated author of 2010 and now I can t wait to read what he has done next in Ex Patriots.