Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ex-Heroes: By Peter Clines



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. 


I don’t usually like zombie books, but I had heard a lot of good things about Peter Clines’ Ex-Heroes.

Wow is all I have to say.

Ex-Heroes may have made me change my mind on zombie books. Clines’ does a fantastic job creating strong interesting characters that are fun to read about, and even more fun to watch kick ass.

That’s one of the first things I have to say, if you enjoy a lot of cool action, battle scenes with different super powers, and just zombie’s getting beaten to a bloody pulp, then this book is for you hands down. The action will suck you in and not let go until the last page of the book.

Of course, while there are a lot of fights, the thing that takes this book to the next level in my opinion is the unique story and the way it’s presented. Clines does an awesome job of jumping back and forth between accelerating past and present storylines, filling in gaps in the readers knowledge while at the same time, keeping them sucked into the action. Not only was this a great way to paint a broader picture of the way of things as they stand, but it also was a great way to create back stories and show first person narratives to expand character development, making the book fuller and better overall.

To be honest, I loved Ex-Heroes. I can’t believe I waited this long to read it. The only good thing about my wait is that it allowed Clines to release Ex-Patriots, the sequel, and work on Ex-Communication, the third in the series. All in all everyone, even people who are not fans of zombie books, should try Ex-Heroes, as Peter Clines has crafted a truly fantastic book and I personally can’t wait to read his other books now. 


Publisher: Broadway

Published: February 26, 2013

Price: $14.00

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