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Ex-Isle

Ex-Heroes, Book 5
Series: Ex-Heroes, Book 5
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
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The spectacular fifth adventure in the genre-busting Ex-Heroes series.

The heroes are overjoyed when they discover another group of survivors living on a manmade island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But there's something very, very wrong with this isolated community and its mysterious leader - a secret that could put every survivor in the world at risk.

©2016 Peter Clines (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Lacking something

The Ex-heroes books are generally excellent, and Clines' writing is usually exceptionally well plotted.
This just seemed to spin its wheels for most of the book and then end. The flashbacks didn't really fit in or add anything - it feels like half a book with the conclusion omitted.

So, not his best book (that would be 14) but still better than The Walking Dead.

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Hmm did I miss something

So I was expecting a little more closure from this book, instead, more characters were introduced and no closure

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  • 22-01-18

fun addition to the series

like the voice performances, they bring the characters alive for me. I like the way this series balances hero antics with heroics from ordinary people too. good fun superhero story

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Peter Clines is a story telling genius.

Peter Clines is a story telling genius.
The characters and plot never fail to impress or surprise me and the narrators are so impressive in what they do, I can actually hear their distinct voices during character dialogue while reading the book and not listening to the audio-book
Over all this was an amazing book and series and as I hope for another instalment, I think I'll start the reading/listening to them all over again.

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  • Lore
  • 09-04-16

The superheroes head out to sea.

Book 5 of the Ex-Heroes series sees Peter Clines return the series to something a bit more traditional than the last book. In fact, if this was a TV series this book would be considered a filler episode with only some minor character development going on. The larger story arc doesn't move forward all that much but since all your favorite characters from the series return it is still quite enjoyable. Book 4 was weird enough that fans of the series like me will find that a nice solid "back to reality" story really hits the spot.

There are two main story threads going on throughout this book. The first is a good will mission to a man-made island in the Pacific known as Lumeria. Zzzap, St. George, and Corpse Girl are sent off to make contact with the island's survivors see if there is a way they can establish some kind of relationship or help out. The second story line revolves around setting up a new remote base known as Eden where Danielle, Cesar and the Cerberus suit are sent with some super soldiers to help establish a sustainable food source.

Of course nothing is easy in a zombie apocalypse and each story thread is full of complications and dire situations. Both threads are enjoyable but mostly because of the super hero characters and their personalities. Zzzap and his penchant for geek trivia makes for some excellent interactions with Corpse Girl who has a limited ability to remember anything. Danielle is suffering from a crisis of self doubt since she has been without the Cerberus suit for so long and her rebuild of the suit is not quite ready when it gets called into duty to help at Eden. This means it will be Cesar in control of the Cerberus suit and not Danielle and that exposes her psyche to further doubt and fear.

Despite the fact that I called this filler earlier I still enjoyed it. All of the narrators once again do excellent jobs and really bring each of the characters to life. I continue to look forward to where Peter Clines will take this series in the future.

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  • Suzi
  • 11-09-17

Performance wasn't up to usual standards

The story was good, but the performance was not great. Most of the female voices sounded exactly the same, even when there were multiple women in the same scene. There were also some editing/production errors where the male voice for a particular character changed in the middle of the scene, as though that line of dialogue was recorded by a different person, which was distracting. For example, in one scene, the voice of Cesar sounded like the voice for Gibbs for a couple lines, even though Cesar was alone and talking/thinking to himself. In another scene the voice of St George sounded exactly like the voice of Zap, even though St George's voice is usually done by a different actor.

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  • RelicKnight
  • 17-03-16

great continuation of the story!

I listened to this book in a single sitting feeling that they are to short, maybe they are but the continuation of the story is fun and worthy of its place in the books story line.

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  • William Woodrow
  • 14-03-16

Very clever theme of good overcoming evil

The storyline and narrators make this series rock. The compulsion to survive takes many forms...it builds character or it exposes the lack there of. I hope this series continues as a new world evolves out of an apocalyptic ongoing event/events

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  • Kate Sweet
  • 07-03-16

The team is back together again!!!!

Yes!!!! Having both male and female voices to act this out is IMPORTANT and it was amazing to hear the team back together! I have no idea where this group of tales is going to go but heaven help me I love this series! Peter Clines don't stop - revisit this world as much as you can!!!

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  • Tan
  • 05-03-16

More Ex!

Peter Clines' Ex series continues with Ex-Isle. While we don't get much of my favorite character, Stealth, in this installment, the story is still a great listen. One wonders why the Ex-Heroes keep trying to make friends with others when it always ends in misery for everyone.

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  • Terrance Ferguson
  • 09-04-17

Another solid entry.

It is important to note that Clines has a knack for writing a compelling and enthralling story. Superheroes and Zombies are rarely the focus in these books. The focus is a fantastic story. Some how he always manages to make these people feel real. There's always complex problems that are realistic and believable instead of happenstance and bs. Its incredible how efficient and well paced it is. It dwells long enough to let you think and become invested but it moves fast enough to stop it from being stale. I missed a lot of my favorite characters but it still feels like returning to family with each entry.

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  • Drew (@drewsant)
  • 26-01-17

A fun time

Another great addition to the Ex-Heroes series, ‘Ex-Isle’ is full of zombies, superheroes and action. If you like that kind of thing you should jump right in, if you’re looking for deep meaning this probably isn’t the book for you. Well written with a great story which really adds to the overall tale I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just wished that the next books in the series would come out faster to keep the story fresh in my mind. Guess you can’t have both good and fast right?

The cast of narrators does a great job bringing the characters and stories to life.

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  • Duke Freed
  • 23-05-16

Setting up the future

I like how this book sets up how the world can look like in the future, and I'm now really excited to see how the future books will be.

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  • Allens
  • 14-05-16

A Worthy Addition

New and old villians, new and old heroes, and still a whole lot of zombies.

We get some glimpses of the early days of the settlement. All in all it is good to be reminded not only of what everyone is trying to do, but also how far they've come.

Most folks probably focus on the superhero aspect of this series, and rightly so. But I'm always struck at how the environment, I.E. the zombies, is the real, constant threat.

I'm noticing some narrative drift. It's minor, but I'm not feeling a sense of progress within the mount yet. They are making progress, but I'm feeling a sense of stagnation within the mount itself. Civilizations usually go through such things, so I don't think it's major. However I'm hoping for a breakthrough by the society itself. I feel like it is a payoff that we've been waiting on the story to deliver. I don't think the author is unaware of it, and I may be getting impatient.

It feels like the characters are still largely reacting to their circumstances. This installment tries to address this with a sense of philanthropy toward other survivors. I'm still left wanting more of...something. Safety? Rebuilding? I'm not sure. Something that feels like they're heading toward a permanent resolution to their circumstances. An Ex-virus vaccine would fit the bill, but that may just be wish fulfillment.

I have faith in Clines to deliver, though. He has every single time so far. :)

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