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Up until recently Keith Blackmore's first two zombie books 'The Hospital' And 'Mountain Man' had been one of my all-time favourite zombie stories. So I had been eagerly awaiting this one for some time. I pre-purchased ‘Safari: Mountain Man 2’ on the strength of those first two. But unfortunately for Mountain Man 2 I had just finished listening to several other zombie books which were really very entertaining. The opposition for this one had certainly stepped up a notch or two. Those other books were Chris Philbrook’s “Adrian’s Undead Diary”, Timothy Long’s “Z-Risen” and Eloise J Knapp’s “The Undead Situation”.
I suspect I suffered from having built this one up too much over the time. But nevertheless it was very entertaining. I pretty much listened to this one in one sitting. All of the things I liked about the first one are still here in book two. Gus, the crazy man who speaks to his bottle of grog and calls it ‘uncle Jack”. The comic book style action… which makes me feel young at heart!
The main character, well pretty much the only character ‘Gus’ is once again the sort of bloke that I feel I would like to get to know!
The story is further developed by introduction of other enemies for our lovable character Gus. Don’t worry, I won’t give it away, but I can tell you the new enemies are not all human!
Once again the narrator does a brilliant job with matching up the voice to Gus. R C Bray’s narration now has a major impact on my purchasing decision… he is that good!
In summary, I loved it. Not as much as the first, but it is funny, entertaining and the narrator’s voice is pleasant. I have already pre-purchased the next in the series. If you like zombie stories, or want to give one spin. Then I would highly recommend this series. Keith Blackmore’s first “The Hospital” is a short story and is only 2 hours long (very cheap on audible) and will give you a good taste for the ‘Mountain Man” series.
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safari picks up right where the mountain man left off. gus has just fought off roxanne and her boyfriend's gang. his house is trashed and full of dead bodies, but there's no rest for gus. even though he has had the crap beat out of him by roxie, he has to attend to things, and the first being his shattered teeth. roxie's knee to his face has broken some of his teeth, and in one grisly scene, gus has to play dentist.
gus is haunted by his betrayal and the loss of his friend, scott. he drowns his demons with booze and killing zombies. safari is darker than the mountain man as gus' loneliness causes him to hallucinate and to start losing some of his humanity. reminiscent of the movie, cast away, gus has an imaginary friend in the form of a captain morgan's bottle. their banter is funny and touching at times.
there is tension throughout the story, and you wonder when gus' boozing is going to catch up with him, especially since he's solo. there are a few holy $hit scenes, where you're definitely thinking how in the heck is gus gonna get out of this hornets nest.
i think safari is faster paced than mountain man, but the plot does not feel rushed. there is a lot of zombie bashing as gus dons his nomex suit, neck brace, and helmet.
the mystery to the disappearing bodies is revealed, and i have to say it's quite shocking. it's definitely unique, and something you won't be expecting! no, i'm not going to tell you!
once again, rc bray does a great job narrating the story. he is definitely one of my favorite narrators.
overall, an excellent follow-up to the mountain man. if you liked that story, then you'll really like this one.
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Well, i really love R.C. Brays reading so i liked this book alot more than if i had read it physically.
The first book was rather great. There was human interaction and believable action. This one however features Gus as Tom Hanks in "Cast Away" with his very own Wilson to talk to.
I found it rather boring at times and my mind driftet off elsewhere while R.C. Bray so excellently read the words out loud.
The ending was abit confusing as well. Did Gus die, since book 3 does not involve him, or do we get more Gus in book 4? I really didnt like the Scott character so i dont feel like listening to book 3 either. Currently busy with the Survival series from A. American, and was very pleased with "The Second After" amongst other good listens.
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Been waiting a while for this one to come out on audible, I have been needing my Gus fix :)
The story continues right from where the last one finished of. and once again follows our intrepid hero on his day to day mission to survive zombies,depression and loneliness.
RC Bray's narration once again brings Gus to life in all his hard drinking, crotch scratching best, I love Keith Blackmores depiction of Gus not your unusual hero but a very credible one. And even amidst the blood,gore and Gus's mental descent he still manages to bring humour to the situation.
Won't say much more, but if you read the first one and enjoyed.You won't be disappointed with this one.
Now onto book 3 for me.
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Gus is one of my favourite post-apocalypse heroes. Flawed yet brilliant. This story further explores his psyche and attempt to survive the fall of man. Outstanding reading by the exceptional RC.
continuation from book one. story more of the same goodness but a little less interesting maybe too much drinking.