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Book 5 of the Ex-Heroes series sees Peter Clines return the series to something a bit more traditional than the last book. In fact, if this was a TV series this book would be considered a filler episode with only some minor character development going on. The larger story arc doesn't move forward all that much but since all your favorite characters from the series return it is still quite enjoyable. Book 4 was weird enough that fans of the series like me will find that a nice solid "back to reality" story really hits the spot.
There are two main story threads going on throughout this book. The first is a good will mission to a man-made island in the Pacific known as Lumeria. Zzzap, St. George, and Corpse Girl are sent off to make contact with the island's survivors see if there is a way they can establish some kind of relationship or help out. The second story line revolves around setting up a new remote base known as Eden where Danielle, Cesar and the Cerberus suit are sent with some super soldiers to help establish a sustainable food source.
Of course nothing is easy in a zombie apocalypse and each story thread is full of complications and dire situations. Both threads are enjoyable but mostly because of the super hero characters and their personalities. Zzzap and his penchant for geek trivia makes for some excellent interactions with Corpse Girl who has a limited ability to remember anything. Danielle is suffering from a crisis of self doubt since she has been without the Cerberus suit for so long and her rebuild of the suit is not quite ready when it gets called into duty to help at Eden. This means it will be Cesar in control of the Cerberus suit and not Danielle and that exposes her psyche to further doubt and fear.
Despite the fact that I called this filler earlier I still enjoyed it. All of the narrators once again do excellent jobs and really bring each of the characters to life. I continue to look forward to where Peter Clines will take this series in the future.
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I listened to this book in a single sitting feeling that they are to short, maybe they are but the continuation of the story is fun and worthy of its place in the books story line.
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The Ex-heroes books are generally excellent, and Clines' writing is usually exceptionally well plotted.
This just seemed to spin its wheels for most of the book and then end. The flashbacks didn't really fit in or add anything - it feels like half a book with the conclusion omitted.
So, not his best book (that would be 14) but still better than The Walking Dead.
Peter Clines is a story telling genius.
The characters and plot never fail to impress or surprise me and the narrators are so impressive in what they do, I can actually hear their distinct voices during character dialogue while reading the book and not listening to the audio-book
Over all this was an amazing book and series and as I hope for another instalment, I think I'll start the reading/listening to them all over again.
Yet another great addition to a brilliant series. I can't wait for the next Ex.
i love this series. always great action. and really great characters. peter clines always knows how to write a great book