Ex-Purgatory by Peter Clines

by Peter Clines

Genre: Zombies

There are certain series that I will continue to buy because they have toughed me somewhere that is impossible to put into words. Ex-Heroes is one of those series that I have really enjoyed the previous books in this series, a perfect marriage of zombie apocalypse and science fiction super heroes. Each doing what they do best, zombies are eating and shambling and killing while the heroes are saving and protecting the regular folk that got caught up in the spread of the virus. The last book had many audio production issues that I really hope have been sorted out for this one.

In this fourth book to his successful Ex-Heroes series Clines changes things up from what we have become used to from this ragtag bunch of super heroes. Clines strays from the "Now" and "Then" perspectives to give us a fully fluid story. He also strays from the action packed hold on to your seats super power thrill ride and moved to a story that is more of a mystery thriller that just happens to take place to super heroes and during the zombie apocalypse. It says a lot about an author who is confident enough in his base story and his writing skills to change everything mid-series. Clines was able to pull me in, keep my interest high, connection strong with all the characters and made me ready for book five that I will buy without question or thinking twice, even with all the change ups.

There were a few audio production issues that almost went by unnoticed however they need to be mentioned only because of the debacle that happened with the third book in this series. There was on "Then" scene opening that was really out of place, and at first made me think that Clines was reverting half way through the story. Then there was a point where all of the audio changed pitch or tone, not sure what you call it, but everything changed. It was corrected and not sure how long it lasted. I have to mention these thing because audiobooks have many different parts that all need to be judged on their own. I am curious if it was the previous books issues that they decided to have Jay Snyder be the sole narrator. I am not complaining because Snyder delivered, he always surprises me with his range of voices, especially for the female characters. I will continue to be attracted to Synder and be on the lookout for new and exciting works.

Review originally published at Audiobook Reviewer.

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The fourth novel in Peter Clines' bestselling Ex series.

When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. 

But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more.

George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.

Then one day as he’s walking from one fix-it job to the next, a pale girl in a wheelchair tells George of another world, one in which civilization fell to a plague that animates the dead…and in which George is no longer a glorified janitor, but one of humanity’s last heroes.  

Her tale sounds like madness, of course. But as George’s dreams and his waking life begin bleeding together, he starts to wonder—which is the real world, and which is just fantasy?

Peter Clines grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and--inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons--started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, LIZARD MEN FROM THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.

He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper, and at the age of nineteen he completed his quadruple-PhD studies in English literature, archaeology, quantum physics, and interpretive dance. In 2008, while surfing Hawaii's Keauwaula Beach, he thought up a viable way to maintain cold fusion that would also solve world hunger, but forgot all about it when he ran into actress Yvonne Strahvorski back on the beach and she offered to buy him a drink. He was the inspiration for both the epic poem "Beowulf" and the motion picture -Raiders of the Lost Ark-, and is single-handedly responsible for repelling the Martian Invasion of 1938 that occurred in Grovers Mills, New Jersey. Eleven sonnets he wrote to impress a girl in high school were all later found and attributed to Shakespeare. He is the author of numerous short stories, EX-HEROES, EX-PATRIOTS, --14--, THE EERIE ADVENTURES OF THE LYCANTHROPE ROBINSON CRUSOE, and an as-yet-undiscovered Dead Sea Scroll.

There is compelling evidence that he is, in fact, the Lindbergh baby.

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Website: http://thoth-amon.blogspot.com/
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
Published by: Audible Frontiers
Publication Date: 01-14-14

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