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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie Genre Has Been Expanded Again
As the zombie genre spreads exponentially into the literature community, infusing other sub-genres with the new varieties of undead or living infected, so do the point-of-views in the storylines. In the past few years, POVs include stories told by soldiers, the zombies themselves, and even the Grim Reaper. Ex-Heroes, written by Peter Clines, further mutates the genre with...
Published on 2 April 2011 by Ursula K. Raphael

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3.0 out of 5 stars Zombie overload
If you like zombies, you'll like this book. If you like super heroes, you'll like this book. If you like tightly plotted, thrill a minute, plot twisting action with varied and insightful characters - maybe not so much. Super heroes are a mainly visual phenomenon and although the author handles the transition from pictures to the written word with some skill, the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zombie Genre Has Been Expanded Again, 2 April 2011
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Ursula K. Raphael "AstraDaemon of The Zombiep... (USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ex-Heroes: 1 (Paperback)
As the zombie genre spreads exponentially into the literature community, infusing other sub-genres with the new varieties of undead or living infected, so do the point-of-views in the storylines. In the past few years, POVs include stories told by soldiers, the zombies themselves, and even the Grim Reaper. Ex-Heroes, written by Peter Clines, further mutates the genre with a zombie apocalypse tale told through the eyes of super-heroes.

Readers find out right away that in this world, zombies are known as "exes," as in ex-living. The exes also include super-hero zombies, making self-defense even more complicated. Throw in a gang called The Seventeens - basically the "bad guy" survivors, and Clines has an apocalyptic drama that unites geeks from the comic & horror fan bases.

The storyline is broken up in segments marked "Then," and "Now." "Then" chapters are flashbacks that include how the heroes came to possess their special abilities, as well as the initial virus outbreak, and the downfall of society. "Now" chapters update us on the remaining survivors, struggling to exist in a converted Hollywood movie studio lot.

"People could say a lot of negative things about the apocalypse, but there was no arguing the air quality in Los Angeles had really improved."

Clines pours an incredible amount of detail into the dialogues, character thoughts, and setting descriptions, and yet maintains a fast-pace that flows smoothly between the time changes from beginning to end...graphic, horrifying...need I say more?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 15 Feb 2014
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I bought this for my partner after he read the Myke Cole Shadow Ops series. He really likes it and is now deeply embedded in this series too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent light super fun!, 11 Feb 2014
All things considered a great and light read excelling not so much in the characters but in the excellent action sequences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant !!!, 10 Feb 2014
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This book is everything I wanted and more. I loved the characters, the story, and the description of the settings and set pieces were fantastic. If you are a comic book and horror movie fan, like myself, you will hopefully enjoy this book as much as I did. Can't wait to read the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ex-Heroes -Quite Excellent!, 30 Jan 2014
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Really enjoyed this book! Slow start but what an ending! Looking forward to reading number 2 as soon as possible!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Zombie overload, 24 Feb 2012
This review is from: Ex-Heroes: 1 (Paperback)
If you like zombies, you'll like this book. If you like super heroes, you'll like this book. If you like tightly plotted, thrill a minute, plot twisting action with varied and insightful characters - maybe not so much. Super heroes are a mainly visual phenomenon and although the author handles the transition from pictures to the written word with some skill, the characters are pretty standard fare. The action revolves around one zonbie battle after another which ultimately gets boring. The actual look of the book with its numerous typos doesn't help and the plot just meanders along with no satisfying conclusion. A good attempt but not a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superheroes versus zombies, 13 Oct 2010
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With "World War Z" (brilliant, I thought) and "Passage" (ok) zombies are all the rage (although I don't suppose they can ever be as photogenic as vampires, so their film career is maybe limited). This is a novel about "superheroes versus zombies". As they say in the US, "what's not to like?". The varied superheroes are (sometimes) troubled Spiderman-types, sometimes more insouciant. The novel has moments of electric suspense, and geniune wonder, as well as an interesting interplay between (some of) the characters. An excellent genre cross-over, and a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars zombies + superheros = WIN, 17 Mar 2010
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Possibly the best zombie-superhero cross-over story of recent times. Fast-paced, wonderfully written, smart, full of awesome characters (plus added bitey undead), and genuine good fun to read. Steals from the best and laughs while doing so. Robert Kirkman wishes he was this cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superheroes vs zombies, 10 April 2014
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D. J. Ketchin "living in books" (Edinburgh Uk) - See all my reviews
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it used to be said you cna find anythign on the internet.
I submit that you can now find anything on Amazon.

A friend recommended this for nearly a year as I blithely ignored his pleas to read it.
Eventually I read it out of poiteness , and immediatly bought the rest. This sounds silly. Its Superheroes vs zombies.
The superheoes came first then the zombies. and some zombies are zombie superheroes.
Its all very well brought togehter - theres no haphazard weldign of genres here - its a coherent excellent storyline bringing togther one of the best written zombie and superheroe stories together.

If you could only read one superhero or one zombie story ever again - you better make it this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read, excellent and refreshing concept, 25 Mar 2014
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Bought this, burned through it pretty quick as it was so good. Loved the concept of the Then and Now chapters as it fills in the back story as you go. On this book alone I bought 2 3 and 4. Desperately hoping for a 5 and more!
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