Monday, May 5, 2014

Books - Ex-Patriots by Peter Clines

This sequel to Ex-Heroes continues the story of a group of Los Angeles superheroes and civilians vs. zombies. I know, I know, but it was fun, what can I say? The book is well-written, as the action changes from downtown LA (where snipers vie in a point system to take out celebrity zombies) to the desert, where the heroes discover a military base with surviving army personnel. The base contains enhanced soldiers that may or may not be the psycho-military from most zombie movies. An intriguing set of heroes are featured, mainly St. George, the fire-breathing "Superman" of the group, Stealth, a female Batman, and Zzap, a hero with electric-based powers. The book had a fun plot, thrills, and the constant sense of doom that most zombie stories have, but still manages to be a solid adventure/superhero tale and ends on an up note. This and the previous book are recommended, if you like this sort of thing.
Rating: *** 1/2 out of 5 stars


  1. I've read the first two books in the series and they are some of the best examples of Hero Lit around. The characters have some depth and there isn't a single "doing good for the sake of doing good" one in the bunch. I know. I know. I loves me the Man of Steel with the best of them but I hate when heroes are written as just clear cut do-gooders. No one. No one, I say! No one is that one dimensional.

    On the flip side, the characters in the two Heroes books are horribly scared either. Yeah, there in a Zombie world but they still find the dark humor in their day. It's called a survival mechanism for a reason.

    Good story (not literature but a heck of ride) well told. Can't wait for more.

  2. Agreed! This is well-done escapism, pure and simple. And Clines is a quality writer, not usually found in this sub-sub-sub genre. Looking forward to raiding the library for the next in the series.