Mountain Man, book 1: Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.
Not only does he face a corpse-infested urban hell, human scavengers, and unending loneliness, but now a new mystery has risen.... The undead are disappearing from the streets. A force is gathering, beyond the mountain man's wildest nightmares, even more relentless and terrifying than the roaming tides of dead flesh. And it's preparing to hunt. Contains graphic language and scenes of violence.
Safari, book 2: A new mystery has risen for Gus - the undead are disappearing from the streets. A force is gathering, beyond the mountain man's darkest nightmares, even more relentless and terrifying than the roaming tides of dead flesh. And it's preparing to hunt.
Hellifax, book 3: A serial killer stalks the ice-glazed streets. Half-frozen deadheads choke the avenues. Infected vermin rise from the labyrinth of sewer systems, hungry for warm flesh. And a handful of survivors struggle to escape and find someplace safe. In his hunt for Tenner, Scott discovers he must contend with all of this, before things truly get worse. Welcome to Hellifax.
©2011 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2015 Podium Publishing
The mountain man is a good zombie story but doesn't really offer anything new. The narration is OK, although the characters were all delivered in a very similar way. Definitely take a break between each book otherwise it's a struggle!
This book is repetitive to say the least. Fella gets drunk, trapped by zombies, gets away, repeat with slight variation.
If it was shorter it would have been ok. But it is easy writing and not the most interesting listening.
R C Bray did the best he could with this story.
I think this is the best I've listened to so far.
He brings it to life, great narrator.
I drive a lot and a good book can help the miles fly by!
Engaging, funny, scary
It really pulled me in. Well written and well narrated, however there was something more. Something intangible. Wish I could start again!
It had to be Gus - Tenner was a great character too.
The overall feeling of isolation at times
Can't say enough good things. Loved the whole series. Highly recommend! Fantastic author and RC Bray is great too.
Ex NHS manager,always had something to read, which was usually a form of fiction. Loved to be told stories when a child, so keep listening
There are many, Zombie survival story's out at the present. This is up there as one of the best. New heroes evolve as does the story, it would be interesting to see if there's a forth book in the series to catch up with Gus!
A really interesting read, with the twist of serial killers and canables thrown into the mix!
I loved this omnibus edition of the first 3 Mountain Man stories.
Great narration and a gripping, suspense filled story meant I listed daily until finished.
Author does a great job of describing (sometimes too great!) Gus and Scott's quest for survival.
First audiobook that I could describe as "can't switch off"
Anyone who likes zombie stories would enjoy this story, as it's told from a single viewpoint. You get in close with the characters, their thoughts and worries and almost feel like your're in the room with them.
Gus, is your average bloke, but you warm to him straight away. He makes the mistakes we would all make, even though there are a number of times your screaming at him not to take the risk. The first book covers his isolation and the problems he encounters in his local town. He makes some bad judgements, based on drinking too much. I love Gus though, he always pulls through.
RC Bray is perfect for this story, he is the Mountain man. His gruff voice portrays the character well and puts you in Gus' mind. I would listen to stories read by him again.
Finding Scott and their time together, also when the two parted suddenly, i didn't want that to happen.
This is a brilliant story told from the more personal viewpoint. Gus is alone and isolated, but still has to travel to town and search everywhere for stores for the winter, i loved it and i've listened to alot of zombie stories ! I think the story description doesn't do it justice, it's more than a man with a baseball bat and motorcycle helmet, he's the man, the Mountain man. One of the best stories i've listened to.Get the Hospital for free .
One Credit, Three Great Books
First, let me say these are great Zombie books at regular price, the fact that two of them are basically free is a great deal. You can spend three credits or three times the money, for the price of this one omnibus. Even if you did not like the first book, you would only be out one credit. The even greater thing about this series, is that you can get, The Hospital, for free. Get that and if you don't love it, don't buy the omnibus. If you like The Hospital, you will like these three books.
Gus is the star of the first two books. He is a regular guy, no solider, no special training, everything he knows he learned watching movies from the Seventies and Eighties. He scratches his junk, worries about his bowel movements and does a lot of drinking. A lot of drinking. EVERY MORNING I SQUEEZE PIPE. I enjoyed the second book, Safari the most. Gus is pretty much the only character. We kind of watch him go mad. He has lived alone for a long time and his best friend his a bottle of Captain Morgan. It is kind of like Tom Hanks in Castaway and his soccer ball. There is a lot of language and a lot of gore.
The third book is great, but not as good as the first two. Scott is the main character and he is just not as interesting as Gus. There are some slow parts or some shoot-em up parts that bored me, but not many. This book is grosser then the first two and has some well written scenes. When Scott takes a walk with the Zombies and starts to panic, I almost had a panic attack with him. Very well written. The third book especially, you want to listen in as large as chunks as possible. The longer you listen the more you become part of the characters. Anytime you quit and come back, it takes a little while to get that involved again. I actually missed an exit once, I was so into the story.
Bray is perfect, perfect, perfect.
"Get it, read it and don't look back."
One of the freshest takes on zpoc fiction without cheesy characters and mugging one liners. Can't wait to get into book 4!!
"A break from the same old zombie fiction."
At first I found it hard to relate to Gus. After a few near death encounters, you really start to get the guy. Same with Scott. As you progress through the story, each character is developed nicely. Until you know the whole crowd pretty well. The good guys have it tough, but justice prevails...there are worse things than zombies in this book and they get what's coming to them.
"Great read, keeps you engaged"
Yes. It's a great read if you're into zombie books. I found reasons to have alone time or take long drives because I wanted to hear how it turned out.
I was interested in the characters and their development; made me root for certain characters and despise others (oh, and the action wasn't bad either!). It was like watching a great mini series where you really can't wait for the next episode to see what happens next.
As usual, amazing. I've started choosing books solely because he's the narrator.
It's a zombie book...so no. :-)
Good read if you want to take a mental break and hear a great action story.
I'm new to audible but R. C. Bray is awesome. I find myself looking for other books he narrates.
"Love A Good Zombie Romp!"
After realizing this story was set in Canada, and not Maryland, I settled in for the ride. The story of a drunk, with a zombie problem, is entertaining, and thrilling enough, for a veteran reader, of the genre.
Mountain Man was a great addition to the genre because of the detail and full realization of the story. A lot of novels in the zombie biz have to short some areas to fit within the confines of a quick read. the Mountain Man series gets away from this by having a long view of the story. There are just as many descriptions of boring, do nothing days, as there are of quick intense action! I love that balance and full enjoy the series.
Reviewing all three books here.
Book one: 4stars. Enjoyable read. Well written for a zombie genre book. Good characters. Not the most original story.
Book two: 2 stars. Long tedious plod. I felt like what was written here could have been done in a couple of paragraphs.
Book three: 4 stars. The developments here pick up again. Nice suspenseful stories.
"Not a Zombie fan but LOVED this series!"
I, like many audiophiles, follow narrators just as much as authors. I discovered RC Bray after listening to The Martian and just fell in love with his voice. Enter the Mountain Man series. I'm not a fan of zombie science fiction but this book was a real treat. I loved how he made the day-to day struggle to survive so real. (I don't watch the Walking Dead often but I don't know if they've ever discussed the joy of finding TP.) The fact that I was able to get the full story with one credit was just icing on the cake.
"Impressed and surprised"
I am not a big survivalist or zombie fan. My prefs usually run to sci-fi space opera.
I listened to the free title and was not overly impressed. But wanted a long title for my commutes and took a chance that it wold be mildly entertaining based on the reviews.
Turns out it's a good listen. The characters are generally the Everyman sort, no excessively over the top types.
I would say that some of the characters live through things they probably shouldn't have, but I know some people in RL that lived through worse, so I didn't have to keep a perpetual state of disbeliefe going, though some part did stretch credulity a bit.
If you can get into underdog against the odds type stories you might like this one.
Voice acting fit the genera and was well performed
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