Friday, October 19, 2012

Audiobook Review: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

The world is changing fast. Some people have developed special abilities that turn them into superheroes almost overnight. But all in all, that's not too bad, right? These new heroes are helping to fight crime and generally, they're making the world a safer place. Unfortunately, there are other changes also taking place.

In Peter Clines' novel, Ex-Heroes, we're introduced to a super league of heroes of sort, including Stealth, Gorgon, Cerberus, Zzzap, Regenerator, and the Mighty Dragon. For a while, they are doing just great, becoming familiar and more comfortable with their new found powers. But, before long, the dead start rising and they're no longer dealing with everyday gang bangers and thieves; our heroes find themselves in an all-out war against the undead!

Peter Clines (and friend)
Ex-Heroes jumps out of the gate and doesn't let up until the final, earth-shattering reveal. Clines takes the reader, or in this case listener, on a thrilling journey in which the heroes battle the zombie hordes while trying to figure out what the hell caused the collapse of civilization. But, don't think that just because this is a book about superheroes that you're getting cardboard-copies of Marvel or DC's finest. These are damaged, tortured, and altogether human heroes who fight and curse and get a little horny from time to time. This is gritty superheroism and probably a lot more realistic in its approach to caped crusaders than what many may be used to.

In terms of performance, the audiobook is read by Jay Snyder (who narrates and handles the male roles) and Khristine Hvam (who handles the female roles). Each actor portray their characters with incredible skill and depth and Snyder's voice is absolutely perfect for the story's narration.

I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook adaptation of Peter Clines' Ex-Heroes, which by the way, happens to the first in a newly-landed four-book series for the author. Ex-Patriots and Ex-Communication are the second and third in the series and the author is currently at work on part four. Ex-Heroes gets **** out of *****.

Check out the book trailer for Ex-Heroes below, and pick up a copy of this excellent novel on audiobook or in paperback or e-book today!

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