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- Print Length: 400 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006MV7I6U
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- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am not a huge fan of zombies, but I absolutely Love this series, especially book one. Gus is such a wholly human character and is easy to relate to, I couldn't help but be behind... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Benobeone
I hope that Gus,and scott meet again in the future.the book was very good and I read it in a very short yimePublished 5 months ago by sandy
This is rather a gritty apocalyptic tale and certainly is not backward in coming forward with the practicalities of bodily functions in a world where running water is a thing of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Trebor12
All I can say is WOW! I consider myself a veteran of the zombie genre, having read 40+ books on the flesh eating apocalypse premise. Read morePublished 8 months ago by dethbunny
For much too long did I have this book on my watched list. Possibly the best book I've read in a decade. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JackStaynes
Good story and probably the same thing I'd do if I ever found myself in this situation... Drink to forget! But you still care for this American degenerate, roll on book 2.Published 12 months ago by Patrick Murray
Cracking read, exceptionally well written, I loved the way the characters are developed, I have always maintained that if I can form an image in my mind of a character or place... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Boldero
Excellent books. Could not put them down. Very well writtenPublished on 24 May 2015 by Karen griffin