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- Print Length: 400 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006MV7I6U
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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.
With a serial killer, mysterious disappearing bodies and an action-packed ending, I have an awesome feeling book two is going to be even better!
If you like zombies, off-the-wall characters and a good balanced story, I highly recommend Mountain Man - this one will be sticking with me for a long time.
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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