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Mountain Man by [Blackmore, Keith C]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3727 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MV7I6U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Terry Tyler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2016
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Well, I wanted a new zombie apocalypse series to get stuck into, and I saw this one mentioned in a review for one of The Walking Dead books (the reviewer thought the TWD book was rubbish and suggested Mountain Man as something much better). So I tried it, and loved it.

I wasn't sure at first, because the first few pages included much talk of bodily functions and too many sentences starting with 'He'; I thought it was going to be grisly realism for the sake of it and not very good writing, but within a few pages I changed my mind. The story is set in Canada and starts over two years after the zombie virus hit the world. Gus has found himself a house up a mountain which he has made safe, and got the scavenging for supplies thing down to an art. Only trouble is, he's got an alcohol problem (which he doesn't see as a problem) that needs constant feeding, and doesn't realise how much he's missed other people, until he saves someone who becomes his companion. Later, another new friend is not all she seems, and lurking in the background is a danger more sinister than the walking dead....

One of the things I love about this genre is reading about how the characters survive, on a day to day basis, and there's plenty of that, but also lots of thrilling and well-written human and zombie showdowns. It's quite a brutal sort of book, not for the faint-hearted, but the characterisation is great (I really liked Gus's friend Scott), and the characters' thoughts on their present situation versus the old world, versus just dying, are interesting. I read it over a period of a couple of days, definitely recommend it if you like this genre, and am looking forward to starting book two.
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I enjoyed this more than I expected, in fact it was very good,this is not a world I would like to live in I'd prob try and drink myself to oblivion as well, just like the main character here.This is set in the future, and mankind has gone to hell in the shape of the walking dead and the live ones are not much better most of the time.This is a tale of survival and friendship and there are plenty of scary moments and unexpected twists.I look forward to reading the next book in the series,if its as good as this one I'm in for a treat.
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I really enjoyed this first book in the mountain man series. Zombie fiction has really taken off and I've read a fair amount but this one really pulled me in. It isn't full of the undead, the focus is more on one man's struggle to survive on his own. There is enough horror and suspense to keep you turning the pages and there was only one character I thought was predictable (no spoilers) - there were a few genuine surprises and those are hard to come by. I've just bought the second installment and can't wait to get started
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Imagine it - you're stuck in a mountain cabin, the world is over-run by zombies and you've got nothing for company but movies, books and a massive stockpile of alcohol. Yeah I admit it; I'd be taking up the offer of some company in a bottle. So Gus' reaction is completely human, and understandable. Alcohol is his friend, his escape and his sleeping pill.

Set sometime after 2026, in a world devastated by the zombapocalypse with humans few and far between, Gus awakes with a killer hangover most mornings and is systematically clearing the nearby city of anything useful to stock up his mountain retreat. As he moves through the city, encountering zombie after zombie he avoids signs of other humans in the area and focuses on his own survival and comfort.

Mountain Man is either non-stop action or heavily focused on character building, both of which are done very well and are perfectly balanced. As a character Gus is flawed, but those flawed parts of his personality are completely understandable given the circumstances of isolation and stress under which he has lived for so long. After finding a seriously injured man named Scott on one of his foraging runs, his character develops further and in fact shows that of a shy, insecure man who is really very kind at heart despite outward appearances and is desperate to block out the horror and fear he suffers every time he leaves his oasis on the mountain.

I particularly enjoyed the uniqueness of this story - Gus is not your typical zombie-killing hero, but his determination and loyalty are extremely admirable qualities. The horror of the undead, the uncertainty of daily living and the friendship that Gus forges with Scott under the most stressful of circumstances are all very well written.
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There’s no messing about building up the tension of the zombie apocalypse here, no creepy beginnings, no stories of panic spreading across the globe. Some of that presumably occurs in the free prequel “The Hospital” which I shall read soon. Mountain Man drops you straight into Gus’s world, a decent enough bloke that just happens to still be surviving, in relative comfort, two years after the dead have made a mess of civilisation. As a result this probably isn’t the best book to choose if you haven’t read a book of this genre before.

For those who have followed the genre this gets straight in there to follow Gus through his drink haze as he tries to maintain what by post apocalypse standards is a pretty impressive lifestyle. As usual the living pose as much of a threat as the dead and both types of danger feature heavily. There are some quite funny moments, this isn’t entirely serious and that’s probably a good thing to prepare the reader for what is a quite spectacular ending where Gus suddenly produces an elite special forces like performance.

The narration. R.C Bray. I think the guy would have my pulse quickening if he read me a railway timetable. Somehow he manages to put a level of authority and meaning into even the most mundane of sentences. I’m not sure if this story with its less serious nature suits him quite as much as say the Arisen series but he is still a supreme narrator for this kind of fiction.

Mountain Man sets us up nicely for the rest of the series with some engaging characters both good and bad. It leans heavily on standard zombie lore and doesn’t pretend to be anything that it’s not. The only reason that I wouldn’t recommend this edition of the book to a fan of the genre is that you can now get an Omnibus of this plus the next two books all in one for a single credit!
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