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One Credit, Three Great Books
First, let me say these are great Zombie books at regular price, the fact that two of them are basically free is a great deal. You can spend three credits or three times the money, for the price of this one omnibus. Even if you did not like the first book, you would only be out one credit. The even greater thing about this series, is that you can get, The Hospital, for free. Get that and if you don't love it, don't buy the omnibus. If you like The Hospital, you will like these three books.
Gus is the star of the first two books. He is a regular guy, no solider, no special training, everything he knows he learned watching movies from the Seventies and Eighties. He scratches his junk, worries about his bowel movements and does a lot of drinking. A lot of drinking. EVERY MORNING I SQUEEZE PIPE. I enjoyed the second book, Safari the most. Gus is pretty much the only character. We kind of watch him go mad. He has lived alone for a long time and his best friend his a bottle of Captain Morgan. It is kind of like Tom Hanks in Castaway and his soccer ball. There is a lot of language and a lot of gore.
The third book is great, but not as good as the first two. Scott is the main character and he is just not as interesting as Gus. There are some slow parts or some shoot-em up parts that bored me, but not many. This book is grosser then the first two and has some well written scenes. When Scott takes a walk with the Zombies and starts to panic, I almost had a panic attack with him. Very well written. The third book especially, you want to listen in as large as chunks as possible. The longer you listen the more you become part of the characters. Anytime you quit and come back, it takes a little while to get that involved again. I actually missed an exit once, I was so into the story.
Bray is perfect, perfect, perfect.
129 of 134 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. It's a great read if you're into zombie books. I found reasons to have alone time or take long drives because I wanted to hear how it turned out.
What did you like best about this story?
I was interested in the characters and their development; made me root for certain characters and despise others (oh, and the action wasn't bad either!). It was like watching a great mini series where you really can't wait for the next episode to see what happens next.
What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?
As usual, amazing. I've started choosing books solely because he's the narrator.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It's a zombie book...so no. :-)
Any additional comments?
Good read if you want to take a mental break and hear a great action story.
26 of 28 people found this review helpful
This really is good value, three books for one credit and the best part of thirty hours audio. Mountain Man takes a fairly laid back approach to the zombie genre and pitches you straight into the post-apocalypse. No creepy prologue, no building of the tension, no panic as the zombies gradually take over the world. Instead we join Gus, the Mountain Man, who has managed a life of relative luxury for himself by post-apocalyptic standards thanks to finding a fortunate location to hole up in. He spends most of his time drunk and isn’t exactly the sophisticated socialite around town . . . so naturally I loved him! There’s very little new here for fans of the genre except perhaps the often more laid back approach to the whole situation.
Don’t be fooled though, these books don’t exactly hold back many punches when it comes to the horror sides of either zombies or the residual humanity. The genuinely evil Tenner will put paid to any doubts about that. You can if you want do a check on horror levels and some of the style of the books by listening to “The Hospital” which is a free, short prequel which goes rather further than I had imagined it would in the maternity ward. If you are okay with that then you should be okay with the rest but note it is as gruesome as most books of this kind. Gus’s attempts at self-dentistry at one point did have me genuinely wincing . . .
The series gets criticised a lot for being repetitive and I can see that. There’s a lot of fight zombies, get drunk, wake up with a hangover in the first couple of books and when a new undead terror emerges it almost seems like the groups of characters take turns to have the same battle against them. That said, the three books included here have very distinctive characters. The first introduces the two main protagonists in Gus and Scott as well as the evil Tenner. The second sees Gus alone doing his “Castaway” thing trying to survive alone and it gets pretty claustrophobic at times in that addled mind of his. The third and longest follows Scott’s story on his mission of revenge. It’s much more a standard post-apocalyptic zombie story with one or two human and added undead horrors thrown in.
The narration, the great RC Bray, possibly not quite as at home with these as say the Arisen series but still excellent nonetheless. In all, three books in one, check out the free short in The Hospital if you have doubts and if you like that these three books for one credit represent a high value proposition. It’s a mix of black humour and plenty of horror / violence. If that’s your thing, these are worth checking out.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
loved every second of this book. R.C.Bray is awesome read brilliantly can't wait to read more
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Highly recommend audio book , really enjoyed this one. I found the narrative engaging. Overall a very enjoyable zombie tale.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Loved it, finished it in a week. Good flow to story, usually read a book and pick holes in the story, but not with this book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful