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Summary

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

But as Gus and his fellow painters soon discover, the much-anticipated zombie apocalypse doesn’t start with a bang. It starts on a Monday. And barricading themselves inside a megastore isn’t the end.

It’s just the beginning.

©2017 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Another Chance to Walk With the Mountain Man!

When I reached the end of the Mountain Man series it was a bittersweet moment. I'd reached the end of the story of one of the most real-feeling characters of this rather crowded genre. I'd walked with the Mountain Man and his companions through many adventures and like most I felt like I had a friend in Gus. For the most part he was just an ordinary guy doing his kind of best to cope with his world being torn apart and infested with zombies with all the horror that brings.

The slightly odd thing about the original series was that by the time we start with Gus the zombie apocalypse has done its worst and we meet a character who is already through the shock phase and is well into the longer term mental and physical effects of being one of the few survivors.

This new book gives us a chance to walk with Gus again. A slightly younger and less jaundiced Gus but still very much Gus! We get a healthy helping of great Gusisms and lots of Blackmore's trademark zombie horror and pointed dialogue. Gus treats us frequently to his own brand of the coarse male crudeness that we all love him for and naturally with the voice of RC Bray (who else?) bringing it to us all feels right in Gus's dystopian world.

It's a chance to walk with the Mountain Man once more and fill in some of the blanks from the original series. Thanks Mr Blackmore!

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Great Addition To The Series!

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I loved the Mountain Man book series and this is certainly not a let down.

Once i had finished the original books i was guttered that it had finished so had to buy the prequel straight away. It is a great insight into life before the mountain man and how it all started going wrong for gus. The story line wasn't as great as the original but if your a fan, it really wont matter.

RC bray is also a phenomenal audio book narrator, top draw!

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Where the hell is the special 6 star button?

This is what it's all about. This is Grade A, Top Shelf, Holy Grail, Diamond Encrusted, Baddest, of the Bad Ass Zombie Apocalypse stories ever. Damn i wish i could swear in this review!!
This is the Flipping, best Flipping, Zombie story i have ever Flipping listened to.
R. C. Bray at the helm, and holy sheet its an undead blast of epic proportions.
I've never heard dialogue, and story so utterly believable, and the terrifying pace is frantic, but absolutely hilarious in places.
This truly is perfection in my opinion.
The post apocalypse genre is swamp of total crap, with a few diamonds floating on the surface.
If you are looking for a hero who is an ex-Navy Seal \ Prepper \ Doctor \ al-round super human killer with good ole Christian values, then move along. You're in the wrong place.
No-one here can hot wire a car, or skin a baboon at 200 metres with just a toothbrush.
Gus is a normal, everyday guy, thrown in to the unimaginable.
Keith C. Blackmore is a true storyteller, and has created an absolute masterpiece.

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  • MR
  • 15-05-18

Amazing

Great listen and ties the story in well. Some shocks in the book too. Nic job.

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As Good as it Gets!

I thoroughly enjoyed the Mountain Man series published before this prequel and am pleased to say that it is equally as good.
I have to say a big thank you to Simon who reviewed this book first - I wouldn’t have know it was available otherwise.

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love them all.

My favourite audiobook series. Strange but true. You end up getting attached to the main character. fantastic.

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A 'realistic' zombie tale and great fun.

Loved it. Excellent depiction of the downfall and it's a normal person surviving for once.

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The origins of the outbreak!

Great book and a welcome addition to one of my favourite series. The story starts off a bit slow for my taste but once it gets going it is great. I would of liked to see more of the Gus we know earlier on in the story but there are some really cracking moments and winks to what is to follow.

I would have given a higher rating for the story but I found a few things out of character and brushed over at parts- without giving away any spoilers.

Overall a really good book. Get stuck in.

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great book

another great mountain man book by Amazon if first time reading mountain man would advise to read this one first

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A wonderful prequel to a favourite series

It's great finally see Gus in this survivor prequel. It might be good to see his brothers road to badassery next. Fantastic narration as ever. Keep up the winning recipe. Thanks

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  • Andrew McD
  • 23-04-18

Finally!!!!!!!!!!

I've been waiting for this!!! Didn't care if it was a sequel or prequel, but, def needed more Gus in my life. The stuff that vomits from his mouth is literary gold. Start here, and move through the rest of the books. You will not be disappointed

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  • Jeremy S. Thomson
  • 19-04-18

Confessions of a zombie apocalypse painter

The perfect beginning to a awesome zombie apocalypse story. I got to know who Gus was in the books before this one but I always wanted to know how he survived the outbrake, what happened to his girlfriend and how he came across some of his, what I would call, his signature 'tools'.

This book is the ribbon on top of the pile of Corpses you've been waiting for. Viva La Gus!

Oh, and RC Bray is still awesome- Duh!

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  • Brian
  • 20-04-18

Thank you!!!

I loved the Mountain Man series, have listened to it a few times now. The story and narrator are great and it is easy to relate to Gus and the challenges he faces.
When I read online that there would be no more books in the Mountain Man series I was quite disappointed. Then I saw this book was released and I quickly bought it and listened to it in one day. it didn't let me down, it closed the loop on a lot of back stories and provided the zombie fighting action that I enjoy.

Thank you for writing this book! Please think about writing another Mountain Man book in the future.

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  • Ethan C Soliday
  • 18-04-18

Keith and R C team up for another heart stopper

Great book with the best narrator on this planet!! I had always wondered how Gus got to where we was, now we know. We also get a look at the type of man Gus was before the SHTF. Great writing I was hooked from the start and having R C Bray narrate for you doesn't hurt either!!

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  • Kyle R. Bemis
  • 10-05-18

Man o man

What a great prequel!! I’ve loved the rest of the series so much that I’ve actually listened to it twice and this truly was one of the best prequels I’ve ever read/listened to. Interesting back stories, intense action, and a lot of answered questions. Well done!

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  • Jeffrey Lynch
  • 20-04-18

GUS IS BACK!

I just never wanted it to end. It was amazing and incredibly sad to hear how Gus ended up by himself and assumed the role of Mountian Man!

Loved every part of it and wished there was more!

Mr. Blackmoore please keep writing about our Hero!

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  • Cindy Palmatier
  • 19-04-18

A great addition to the story

A perfect prelude to an excellent story. Narrator was excellent as always. If you enjoyed the other books, you'll enjoy this one..

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  • Steve Sauer
  • 17-04-18

Gus is Back!!!!

Keith C. Blackmore is Back
R. C. Bray is Back
And Yes Gus is Back
Need one say more

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  • Lori Jantzi
  • 20-04-18

Loved it.

I have now listened to the whole Mountain Man series. Heading back to start over again. Great story line and narration!

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  • Basil
  • 28-05-18

Blackmore has no idea

How awesome this series is and how awesome Gus is. Netflix, please make this into a series. I hope there is a second prequel between this one and book 1.. there seems to be room for one... about 1+ years worth before meeting Scott. I loved it... just when there was nothing out there I see this one and I couldn't be happier. RC Bray didn't skip a beat.. one of the best narrators out there.

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