"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice... until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before. A short story of approximately 9500 words. The first story of the "Mountain Man" series. Contains language and graphic violence. If you enjoy this, check out the rest of the series.
©2012 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2014 Podium Publishing
This is a great freebie, with also a free chapter to his book topped on the end... a little gory, but a very gripping short story. Hoped to see more from this chappie, but only 1 other listed :( I shall; be getting that next book shortly!
If you just want something to while the hours away then this will do you fine.... It lacks the elegance of others in its genre but the basics are there and it's very easy to get into the main character..
This is quite a dark, gory zombie tale.
Darker than the Walking Dead, In my opinion. Some of the aspects of the story seem to be in there just for shock value. Not really my taste, I won't bother with any more in the series.
I am a Film Making Teddy Bear Collecting Eccentric with a loving husband and a great sense of humour.
I thought it was very descriptive, and held my interest even though I wasn't sure what to expect next. It is not a book I should have listened to driving home on my own on a dark wet night. But saying that I then sat up in bed listening to the end because I needed to know what happened.
Can honestly say it was as scarey as Dean Coombes Watchers. They are not my normal read.
It made me hold my breathe in suspense. Makes your heart beat fast. Not good when driving
I needed to Finnish the book but won't be listening to it again, that is just me just not in my comfort zone.
A very gripping intro to the series introducing the main character and environment. I have already bought Mountain Man before my credits rolled over as I couldn't wait to get stuck in.
Philosophical Anarchist Anti-Feminist and an MRA Anti-war-Pacifist Psychologist & Gestalt-therapist And a happy secular Atheist Vegan.
This was so f****** scary. It gave me the extended TWD episodes (you remember that one of the special short's with the nurse, right?), kinda vibe, but it was original in a completely different way. The sense of urgency and terror was very well written and enjoyable to read, it was both relatable and terrifying, and the characters were well fleshed out too. I was very lucky that this story was a free one, because I immediately bought the whole series, it looks like it will be quite a read, so will keep you posted!
If you want to try and see if this style of writing and exposition is your cup of tea, give it a go! You will not regret it.
A man with a child in his ears.
As a brief into to the Mountain Man series this isn't bad at all, I've read the first of the Mountain Man books and it's a series I intend to complete in time. The narration is of course top notch from R.C. Bray on what I see as his home turf.
Compared to that first book what I would say this is this is actually the most horrific part I have read so far! It does cross a line most other zombie stories have not. It's partly set in the maternity ward to give you a clue.
I think it steers well though and for a free hour's worth of audio I would struggle to think of anything much better if you like the genre. Gus is a character I am happy to invest time in.
Great short story to listen to, when unwinding for bed. Started to listen and very quickly (unlike some books) I was well and truly hooked !!!!. Even continued on once the story was over, to listen to the next mountain man saga, again hooked before the end of chapter one !.
I love zombie apocalypse/outbreak films so this was pretty much like every one of those types of films. It was dark, atmospheric and I felt on edge listening to the description of the hospital. The bit I liked the least was some of the gore; at least on film this is over and done fairly quickly and you can look away but some of the detailed descriptions were a bit overwhelming for me.
I liked that for ONCE, the central character actually has some brains and has made themselves a bite-proof outfit that particularly guards the neck and limbs. My god, after all the zombie films I've seen over the years, mountain man gets it right. It gets taken off him at one point but the fact is, he had it. I also liked that he's built his house in the tree tops in a totally remote area far away from the zombie infected city. This guy is serious about survival.
I liked the narration, I thought it was well-suited to this type of novella.
It inspired me to think about my zombie apocalypse survival plan.
This was a decent offering for free. It's just over an hour long and it gives you a very very generous look in to the next book in the series. It's very different to my normal reading fare but I enjoyed it.
Its a story that takes you into a nowhere land of a post apocalyptic knightmare of one mans struggle against insurmountable odds. Maniac nurses, zombie babies and zombie's . I enjoyed evey minute of the journey in this mans company. I felt his fear and frustration of being the only sane person in this chaotic post apocalyptic world. I can't wait to read or listen to the rest of the story.
"40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS"
If my headline bothers you, stop now, you will hate this book. Augustus Berry is not the most cultured of men. He is fat, balding and loves to drink himself to a stupor. He has no military experience (how unique is that for a Zombie book.), he survives, because he has watched enough horror movies to know the correct way to behave in an apocalypse.
This is gory, scary and smelly. Yea, you will smell things you don't want to smell. It is not just bloody and gory, it is very scary. Watch out for the Stephen King's "Misery" scene, but mostly watch out for the babies!!
At the time I am writing, this is free. Get this in your library before someone changes their mind. This is the best short story I have listened to, Paid for, or otherwise in a long time.
R.C. Bray is one of those narrators that is the tipping point for a book, when you are trying to decide if you should purchase.
"Not Sure About This Series?"
I got this after listening to the Mountain Man and I get why the reviews for The Hospital are on the average side. In the Hospital you get a taste of who Gus is but just a taste. Do yourself a favor and get The Mountain Man. You'll get to know Gus better and enjoy Mr. Blackmore's fine story telling skills. I really liked that story and I am looking forward to more of the Mountain Man.
"Not Your Usual Last Action Hero"
I am sure "The Walking Dead" series came to most peoples mind.
I love it when I get a taste of a book especially just a sample of one like "The Hospital" makes me more inclined to spend my credits or buy it. The narrator R. C. Bray set the tone for the book he keep me mesmerized to the storyline. I like the fact that that the main character of the book is not no super hero but just an ordinary man without any training in weapons or combat just a "plain Joe" that everyone can relate so far. I will get the next in the series after enjoying this sample.
Pretty good short story. Great for a quick read. This story was well written and kind of creepy I would recommend.
"Your worse fears about hospitals and then some!"
Yes, because it is a nice short and sharp story. With excellent narration and it will leave the listener wanting more!
I like how the main character does a roving commentary of his plans and habits
Another one of Bray's excellent works. I buy books now sorely because of his narration
Attack of the blood sucking babies
Just download it! And you may as well download the followup book. I just wish the author would write the next one!
"I Need More Mountain Man"
My only complaint about The Hospital is that its too short. Blackmore introduces us to a world that has been ravaged by some sort of plague, thank you for not getting into it, the type of world that I have become accustomed to. The Mountain Man Augustus Berry, star of the series, reminds me of a character that I know of but cannot for the life of me remember who, there is a reason he is a survivor, let me leave it at that. This is a short account of one of his scavenging run where he decided to scour a hospital for supplies. Here he encounters a demented crazy woman and finds that there are many thing much more frightening that the undead. If you are like me and want another zombie series to listen to, please join me and check out the rest of the series in the very near future.
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"R.C. Bray's narration makes this one almost..."
...good. I'm not usually into profane paranormal post-apocalyptic horror sci-fi, but decided to listen because RC Bray was narrating and the short story was free. Bray is one of 8 narrators that are always worth listening to. He does not disappoint! It's worth listening to.
Definitely a great short story.
It is explained in detail. I was pleasantly surprised and sad when it ended so soon.
No, I haven't.
Keep up the great work. I loved it.
"Kind of Undersells Book 2"
I'd rewrite it to better suit the tone of book 2. As a standalone story it rates about an 'ok'. It's typical horror and seems to be written primarily for shock-value. Book 2 is almost the opposite of this.
He's fast becoming my favourite narrator. Manages to avoid the 'tough guy with gravelly' voice cliche whilst still making everyone distinct. He also does female voices very well.
I bought book 2.
I'm complaining about something that's free, but I just think book 1 might put some people off reading book 2 which would be a shame.
I liked this book it had my attention from beginning to end couldn't stop listening to it.
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