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After the apocalypse, the world’s most valuable resource is the people that remain. And the knowledge and skills they possess.

On the island of Big Tancook, Collie Jones is making plans. She informs the islanders that it’s time to resume her original mission - to find other survivors, screen them, and return them to the island. Every survivor she brings back is one more valuable addition to the skill and gene pool.

But first, she must return to the place whence she came.

She must secure the elaborate government bunker called Whitecap and its vast stores of munitions within.

With a small group accompanying her - including Gus Berry, the Mountain Man - the islanders will once again return to the mainland and confront a new enemy.

An enemy who has the very same goal of locating survivors, but for a different purpose.

To build an empire.

Contains coarse language and violence.

©2019 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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  • Claudia
  • 06-03-20

Gus gets Woke

Is this Mountain Man aka Gus or Mountain Woman Collie???? Just like the zombie apocalypse, Wokeness has taken over all media. Gus is just along for the ride while the sassy Collie is always smarter, stronger and tougher than our main character. Give Collie her own series and give us back the old Gus!!!

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  • Brutis
  • 12-03-20

Disappointing

This started as a good series but now is just a disappointment. The hereo is second fiddle now. An the crazy plot holes They start from the get go from shooting the guys with the slaves. Only they didn't know they had slaves or anything about them. So we are left with the idea our heroes were killing people for kicks. Crossbows that reach people using snipper rifles and on and on.

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  • J. Clark
  • 08-04-20

Should have stopped at 4!

OK, I know everyone has their own likes and dislikes. I'm really not sure what it is about this one, but I really just did NOT like it! I went back and listened to the entire series again ... and I think I had my closure with the ending of Well Fed.

I love Mr. Blackmore's writing ... I love RC's narration ... I love the Mountain Man series. I just did NOT care for this addition.

Updated: 4-24-2020 -- OK ... minor update, but I'm not changing my rating. I've tried going back and re-listened to the entire series. I actually like this book up until The Leather was heavily involved. From this point on, I just did not care for the interaction.

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  • Jeffrey and Melissa
  • 19-02-20

FAN-FRACKING-TASTIC!!!!

Blackmore just opened up a whole new can of whoopass, expanded the Mountain man universe with this incredible story. RC Bray bright back old friends, and introduced us to New ones, and of course new ball-breaking bad guys, peppered with monsters. this series is my favorite in the genre, and podium audio is a top notch outfit, never disappoints me. Kieth is a genius at stringing words together and Bob brings it all to life, I can't recommend this series enough. at the end of this story, Bray asks the reader to visit them in social media, so come join the fan group 50 shades of Bray on Facebook, a group of fans who Geek out on all of these great stories in the Bray universe!!

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  • V-Tail
  • 29-06-20

Poor - Gus sidelined - 2019 strikes again!

I've read the previous books, and enjoyed them. RC Bray is one of my favorite narrators, and did his usual superb job.

However this book was a huge disappointment. I rarely stop reading any book half way through, but couldn't keep enough interest to do so here. So to be fair, maybe the book improved by half way, but I was completely done by then.

This installment is disappointing because of it's over the top focus on Collie. OMG... Blackmore blows soo much sunshine up this "operators" butt, she needs to be tied down lest she float away. Strong female characters (just like a strong male character) are great "if" written well, and if so let's have them. If writen in the way Blackmore writes Collie, they become WOKE tropes and it's all over but the eye rolling. Star Wars anyone? :P

if you want more of "Gus" in his dystopian future, don't read this. Maybe the next will be better?

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  • Aj
  • 02-03-20

A struggle - so far

The series has been really good so far, but for some reason this one is really hard to get into. I honestly feel - 4 hours into the book - the series could have ended with the last book. I’ll update the review when I can get to the end of the book...sorry.

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  • Aaron M.
  • 20-09-20

Plagiarism from underground

This book has nearly singlehandedly ruined an excellent series! First, the story’s bones is almost exactly the same as the Road Warrior movie. Second, I almost called it quits in chapter 38, when Gus committed every horror movie cliché in a matter of minutes. Does anybody really think that a guy who survived this long into the apocalypse would not take the time to confirm the controls and function of a newly acquired firearm? Or the oh so tired, ‘He bumped the rifle with his fingers and it FLEW five feet out of his reach.’? Or the equally, appallingly exhausted, ‘As he passed through the door, the barrel smacked the frame and flew from his grasp.’? This is lazy, lame, rehashed, garbage. Either for the sake of extending page count or the entire book was nothing more than half an idea that was made to fulfill a contract or to squeeze money out of fans’ pockets.
I absolutely loved this series, but this book is my last, freshest memory of it and has left a bad taste in mouth. Now I’ll have to reread the first ones to remember what this book should have been.

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  • Shae
  • 21-02-20

best yet

Blackmore's best writing yet. When you combine this with R.C. Bray's narration you get an instant classic. Most series get watered down over time but the mountain man series continue to just get better. Highly recommend this series.

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  • jt crisp
  • 08-09-20

Not up to par.

I love the series in general, the character Gus is the main reason for continued following. This book lacked the previously enthralling plot. Very dry story telling,like the author was struggling or just trying to complete the work.

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  • Wargolem
  • 26-02-20

One of my favorite storylines.

Not your normal zombie faire. It is a good storyline with some serious twists and turns.

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  • Simon
  • 20-02-20

Welcome Back Old Friend!

Ah of all the post apocalyptic characters you've ever wanted to spend more time with surely Gus, The Mountain Man has to be right up there among the very best. And he's back! But of course this isn't quite the same Gus that we first fell in love with, he's sober for a start. Who knew as those brilliant people at the AA set up their programs and their meetings that all you really needed to do was to survive a few years of a zombie apocalypse? That's as designed by Keith C Blackmore of course, ordinary zombie apocalypses need not apply! He's also a slightly more banged up Gus but the brilliant news is that while he has changed a bit he's still that flawed mound of human being that we've come to love.

Being out walking, driving, running and falling over with The Mountain Man again has been a real highlight of my listening year so far. This book takes the series in a whole new direction, with added weirdness. Yes, I know a series that has brought us playpens full of gnashing heads and even that maternity ward nightmare has found new ways to be weird, you have been warned! Most of the time it's been very much about how the day to day is transformed with ordinary people in extreme situations but the series took on a gradually grander scale as the enemies became increasingly human. This one propels us even further along that line with more sci-fi elements tagging into it and after a reasonably Gus-paced opening the action starts coming thick and fast with a feeling more akin to something like the Arisen series than The Mountain Man by the end.

But never fear there is plenty of that special brand of humanity that only Gus can bring and when he's teamed up with Collie Jones, a woman as scary as the apocalypse itself, his heart is just as much at risk as his miserable skin. Blackmore is a clever writer and while the story behind the apocalypse is explored a little more he finds ever new inventive ways to torture his long-suffering hero and drag at his heartstrings. You really are going to want to sit poor Gus down and pour some of the Captain's remedy down him on more than one occasion during this one.

The performance, I really don't need to say anything other than it would have been a crime if Podium had chosen anyone else and I would have done a Collie Jones on them if they had!

So, a bit different in character, a bit more Sci-fi in nature but it's still Gus and Blackmore is still throwing every kind of viscera at him that you can imagine with Gus actually ending up smellier than he has ever been before at times as hard as that is to believe.

Just wonderful.

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  • Dawn M C
  • 16-06-20

Need the next one.

Completely captivating, can't wait for the next book. I have enjoyed everyone so far.

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  • Ka Livingstone
  • 10-04-20

make me king

Just a great book, fast paced. KC Blackmore.
please hurry and write the next one!!!

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  • Chuck stuff
  • 24-01-21

Brilliant

Honestly probably the best of the series. Great mix of action and story telling.

The small love story helped the story along without dominanting or ruining it and I honestly couldn't stop listening the last 2 hours as had to finish it.

Fully recommended.

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  • Tom Porritt
  • 21-01-21

Another Blackmore RC Bray Belter

Along for the ride with Gus. If you’ve made it this far then the reviews are irrelevant. Another great book and another great performance.

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  • Bruce Forbes
  • 14-01-21

Superb!

Class writing, witty, sharp and riveting. Looking forward to the next instalment. Can’t they bring it out sooner?

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  • Cynical Wench
  • 13-01-21

Another fantastic book from this series

I have loved all of this series. Even 5 books in there is no repetition or clichés. KCB is always a brilliant writer (I have read several of his now), and RCB is the best narrator I have heard, I can't imagine Gus with any voice except Bray's. If you like a zombie romp but with much more going on and plenty of humour then this series is for you.

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  • Lewis Tod
  • 22-12-20

Loved it!

Fantastic series of books, and RC Bray's narration is so good!! Really glad I took a chance on them.

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  • Calum
  • 14-12-20

Brilliant

Absolutely fantastic books for apocalypse fans from start to finish you are gripped on what could possibly happen next amazing author amazing books amazing narrator.

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  • R. J. Nichol
  • 27-11-20

I can't wait to start my next

I've listened to all of the books so far they're absolutely wonderful and he has actually a really good sense of humour behind it

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