Reading Level: Adult
Size: 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in the Ex-Heroes series
Source: Copy through Librarything’s Early Reviewer Program
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the third book in the Ex-Heroes series by Peter Clines. While nothing incredibly new happens in this book, it was still a fun read about the superheroes we love and know taking on new challenges and protecting humanity in a zombie infested world. There is a fourth book scheduled for this series called Ex Purgatory and it’s scheduled to release in January 2014.
I listened to this on audiobook and it was really well done. There are two narrators again, one for the male and one for the female voices. They do a great job of telling the story.
St. George the Dragon, Stealth, Zap and crew are still running the Mount. They have been joined by Captain Freedom and his men as well. The Mount is getting so big that pressure starts to build within it. To make matters worse Legion has increased his attacks on the Mount using his possessed zombies and even equipping them with armor of sorts. All of these problems get even worse when Zap starts acting erratically and talking to himself. Soon the Mount and its superheroes may face an enemy more powerful than any they have ever known.
All of our favorite superheroes are back in the story and it was fun to read about them all. Legion is getting more and more aggressive and creative with his attacks on the Mount. Even aside from all of the tensions that are rising within the Mount; the residents have to go farther and farther out to amass supplies.
As with previous book the story switches between “Now” and “Then”. The “Then” portions give us some insight into the superheroes’ past and what happened before things go to where they are today.
St. George and Stealth feature for much of the story. They’ve become an item and it is nice to see them have some happiness after all they’ve been through. We also spend quite a bit of time with Zap/Barry as the heroes try to figure out what’s going on with him.
Captain Freedom is a great addition to the story as well. He is such an upstanding and tough citizen and can fight like well…only Captain Freedom can. There is a new addition to the story in the character of Corpse Girl, she is a mystery at first but ends up adding a lot of fun and interest to the story.
There is a lot of wonderful action, a lot of zombie killing, and all in all it makes for a very fun read. I love reading about superheroes and zombies so the combination of the two make for a fun read for me.
Overall a fun addition to this series. It you liked the previous books in this series I think you will enjoy this one There isn’t a ton new here, but we meet a new character and get to see lots of zombie butt-kicking, so it was fun. I recommend to those who like action-packed reads about zombies and superheroes. I will definitely be reading Ex-Purgatory when it releases. Honestly although I enjoy this series, I enjoyed Peter Clines’ book 14 even more….so I recommend checking out 14 if you haven’t.