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Publisher's Summary

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. Mountain Man has been optioned for film. Contains graphic language and scenes of violence.

©2012 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2014 Podium Publishing

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  • Midwestbonsai
  • 23-04-14

Hilarious, Serious, Heartfelt Zombie Survival

All of the euphemisms for toilet paper in this audiobook stuck out to me: Crap Wrap, Ass Wipe, TP, Apocalypse Gold and Anal Gold. These names I’ve never heard of had me rolling around laughing in my work chair and almost made my Asian noodles shoot out my nose.

Augustus "Gus" Berry is back for a full-length adventure. Remember, we first met him in The Hospital, and some time has passed since this debauch. For a moment early on, I thought this was going to be a story of one man's quest, in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, to find all the remaining pillowy softness a guy could want. Now we get to really know what Gus is all about.

When you break this story down, it’s really all about survival. One man's struggle to be comfortable while at home. Yes, this does take a considerable amount of work for Gus to keep the food, water, crap wrap, oh and don't forget his booze supplies, to their maximum.

We get to follow Gus on several of these supply runs and experience the close calls, the elation and the terror as he does. Then the inevitable day comes when he encounters actual living people, something that hasn't happened for a while. Now there are two.

The secondary story of the Mountain Man is one of love, and not romance, but rather the kind of wordless brotherly love that I have only seen between two men. Until a third person enters the story.

Blackmore wasn't able to fool me with his plot twists, as I saw most of them coming, but that did not take away at all from the great survival story with zombies. This was not about, mainly anyways, how cruel and brutal humans can be in a zombie apocalypse, like most in this genre.

I was sucked in almost immediately and couldn't stop listening. I want more Mountain Man!

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  • Tracy P.
  • 05-07-18

Caught Me. . . Hook, Line, and Sinker!

Gus and Scott set up a safe house during this episode, feeling the safest and most hopeful for a possible future since the beginning of the apocalypse. Will it last. . .?

Being a late comer to this series, I actually heard the free download of "The Hospital" first. It was helpful for me to know about Gus's prior experience with Alice the nurse and what exactly happened to him before this book, as it explained a lot of pivotal information about his character development.

The narration by R.C. Bray is beyond stellar! He especially shined after Gus experienced an unexpected event, causing to him to speak much differently for most of the book. He did such a phenomenal job I could almost feel how it must have been for poor Gus. Mr. Bray is so incredibly talented, and the perfect narrator for complimenting the above par level of sapience Mr. Blackmore always delivers!

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  • Kim Venatries
  • 14-05-14

You Will Not Regret a Trip Up this Mountain

If you are a fan of the Walking Dead, you should not hesitate to get this. Everything you like about the WD is condensed in this well written story. The main character is no superhero or ex-military know-it all. He’s an every-man, trying to stay alive and sane in the aftermath. The overall tone of the story is neither too dark nor too light although there are moments of both.

Even if you don’t like zombie stories I think you will find this a pleasurable listen.

As another reviewer said, it’s better to read this before The Hospital even though the events in The Hospital precede The Mountain Man. You’ll understand the main character, Gus better. Keith Blackmore is a very good writer and I look forward to more from him. And R.C. Bray did a superb job narrating, especially with the voices. I hope they team up again for another trip up the mountain.

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  • Alex Donovan
  • 24-07-19

My asscheeks are smiling cheek to cheek

Horror, Comedy, Twists, and lots of toilet paper and booze. Thank you Captain morgan. Godspeed.

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  • Mike Naka
  • 04-04-14

a good listen

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

sad but hopeful

Any additional comments?


as the story opens, gus is waking up from a bender. he's been alone for 2 years since the world ended. he lives in a house, up on the mountain. gus passes his time by watching movies, drinking, and going on scavenging runs into the city below. gus has become an alcoholic b/c of the horrors he's lived through. booze is his mental armor.

gus has been fine with his loneliness, but a run in with another survivor spurs his interest in companionship. the story starts out as a study in loneliness during a zombie apocylapse then blooms into a story of companionship.

the story is kind of slow, but i enjoyed it. there are a few tense scenes interspersed throughout the story. i liked it b/c it exposed what it's like to be alone for a long time and then suddenly have company. by the end of the novel, i definitely bonded with gus.

the zombies are mostly slow shamblers with fresh ones being faster. there is some good zombie action as gus dons his leathers, neck brace, and motorcycle helmet and bashes them with his steel baseball bat.

the writing is good, and there are some really funny lines! a few times, i had to rewind b/c i thought, "did he just say what i thought he did!?" there is a lot of graphic language in the book.

overall, i liked the story b/c of its uniqueness.

NOTE: if you like this story and want to know why gus is the way he is, then pick up the free short story.

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  • As happy as a monkey with two bananas in his hands
  • 19-05-14

Awesome, I want more

What made the experience of listening to Mountain Man the most enjoyable?

I loved the humour and some of the great one liners. The well meaning but flawed character of the 'Gus' really brings a ago old story and well used plot to life!

The narrator is brillant. In fact I will buy stories now simply because of R C Bray's narration!

What did you like best about this story?

The drunken humour and one liners

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

Gus

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed several times, and wished I could sit down with the main characters and share a drink with them :-)

Any additional comments?

please write a follow up please please please

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  • Tracy64
  • 01-04-14

What a great surprise!

I ordered the preview short story for this book and was interested. I purchased the book immediately after listening to the short. So glad I did. Great story, characters and perfect performance from the narrator! I listened to the book straight through. I'll be looking for more from this author :) Well worth the credit, or price if you choose to pay.

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  • Colleen
  • 13-02-15

So flippin' awesome!

This book held me captivated the entire time! The story is solid, character development is decent, and the narrator does a bang-up job! I'm actually listening to the series for the 2nd time to prepare myself for "Well Fed". This series is on my top 20 favorites, which says a lot considering I have over 400 audible books in my library! Don't hesitate, just go ahead and spend the credit! You won't regret it!

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  • KingChar1es
  • 25-08-15

The Best Series

Love the Mountain Man books!!! R.C. Bray can do no wrong narrating!!!! He just sucks you into the book whether he's voicing a man, or a woman...he's the best narrater audible has to offer!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-20

An OK book

The start is slow. Pretty hard to empathize with the main character in the beginning of the book. Would make more sense to first explain his abuse. Now he comes across not giving a s. But he does clearly care from the get go. It's a pretty short book. 8hours and the story really starts to pick up only half way in. So it feels like it would be better to bundle more of the series in one title. I felt a bit ripped off. Won't be reading the rest of the series.

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  • Simon
  • 08-06-16

Straight In at the Deep End

There’s no messing about building up the tension of the zombie apocalypse here, no creepy beginnings, no stories of panic spreading across the globe. Some of that presumably occurs in the free prequel “The Hospital” which I shall read soon. Mountain Man drops you straight into Gus’s world, a decent enough bloke that just happens to still be surviving, in relative comfort, two years after the dead have made a mess of civilisation. As a result this probably isn’t the best book to choose if you haven’t read a book of this genre before.

For those who have followed the genre this gets straight in there to follow Gus through his drink haze as he tries to maintain what by post apocalypse standards is a pretty impressive lifestyle. As usual the living pose as much of a threat as the dead and both types of danger feature heavily. There are some quite funny moments, this isn’t entirely serious and that’s probably a good thing to prepare the reader for what is a quite spectacular ending where Gus suddenly produces an elite special forces like performance.

The narration. R.C Bray. I think the guy would have my pulse quickening if he read me a railway timetable. Somehow he manages to put a level of authority and meaning into even the most mundane of sentences. I’m not sure if this story with its less serious nature suits him quite as much as say the Arisen series but he is still a supreme narrator for this kind of fiction.

Mountain Man sets us up nicely for the rest of the series with some engaging characters both good and bad. It leans heavily on standard zombie lore and doesn’t pretend to be anything that it’s not. The only reason that I wouldn’t recommend this edition of the book to a fan of the genre is that you can now get an Omnibus of this plus the next two books all in one for a single credit!

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  • NC
  • 11-04-14

Great follow on from The hospital

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This is a great zombie type book, I loved it ! ONE BIG problem though - I need the next one! it has left me hanging by a thread!!!!

It would be great if Audiable could e-mail when the next book from a series comes out - I am worried I may miss it !?
This author hasn't got any other books here, which is a shame, as I would take a look!

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  • Richard Miles
  • 01-05-15

Smashing!

its been a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud and this one did. It also made me cringe and squirm in pain out of sympathy for the characters. Bloody brilliant.

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  • Steven
  • 20-05-15

Best zombie apocalypse series ever!

The best zombie apocalypse story I've ever heard.

I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a gritty survival story.

Gus is a tough man!

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  • E. Robinson
  • 07-04-15

Addictive.

It's never going to win any literary prize, but it's a great story performed, as always impeccably by R.C. If you want to piss your wife off by ignoring her for a day or so, this will sure do it. It's a bit of a slowish repetative begining but once into gear it keeps its momentum up by introducing new story elements just at the right moment. How it would read as a book I'm not sure, but it's perfect for an audio book. If you listen with headphones that cut the world out, it makes you feel as though you've been drawn into the dystopian world of Gus.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-21

Tedious and predictable

Gus shot the zombie, then another zombie, then another etc, etc. 1 and 1/2 hours in and it doesn’t get better.
I tried to be patient but no confidence it will get better - poor.

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  • Rob
  • 03-06-15

loved every minute of this. Great story

loved this story. well written and has everything a good zombie story should have. I liked the fact that it concentrated very much on the lives if the two main survivors in the story Gus and Scott . Also like the way the story was left wanting you to download the next book. The book was also really very well read the author did not make attempts to put on different accents and silly voices which is something that could really annoy me in an audiobook. if you like the zombie genre download this series I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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  • Joan
  • 04-05-15

Good easy listening. Like walking dead

I enjoyed this. The narrators voice fits the story. I Will look out for the next story if is one.

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  • Dburchett
  • 28-04-15

Couldn't Stop Listening

Would you consider the audio edition of Mountain Man to be better than the print version?

The audio version has the benefit of RC Bray himself. The book is read very well and the voice acting is superb.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mountain Man?

The ending was quite satisfying. I thought it was maybe a little over the top for how realistic and gritty the rest of the book was but it was definitely entertaining.

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

There are a handful of characters in this book but Gus is a very well fleshed out character in comparison to the rest. It's clear from the get go he's dealing with an alcohol addiction and although he tries to come across tough he breaks sometimes. RC Bray has voiced him how I would have pictured, if not better.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There wasn't wasn't any part that moved me. If you're looking for some deep psychological analysis of the characters you aren't going to get much of that. The story focuses on how Gus has been surviving, his daily routine and how he deals with zombies and other survivors.

Any additional comments?

Like anything zombie related, the story consists of the usual zombie apocalypse material. Looting and gathering supplies, learning how to survive and how to fight, who to trust and not to trust. It's almost a necessity before a story can venture into a deeper more meaningful narrative.It's also very descriptive, right down to the decay of the zombies, to how many much ammo he is carrying/using and the areas ventured through etc. etc.Overall, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Cameron
  • 30-03-15

Grumpy gus...

A decent little zombie story, without giving to much away, about a guy living out his days in the middle of a zombie apocalypse drinking and scrounging around for supplies the best he can. His whole world gets turned up side down with the arrival of Scott and later on, for a short while, Roxanne. Well worth a listen and I'll be getting the follow ups to see how the story pans out.

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  • Brenden
  • 18-01-17

I knew your brother

loved from start to finish gus is the man. I want more . best ive heard on audible so far

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  • Brad Mccormack
  • 18-01-16

Rawsome !

Fast, action packed , gore infested gruesome awesomeness. I loved it ! The narrator was spectacular and painted a picture so captivating and evocative it felt like I was right there part of the action !

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  • Megan
  • 19-05-15

Zombie story with bite!

Great story with great characters, humor, suspense and plenty of gore! Loved it! Really great narration too giving life to the characters.

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  • ben dangerfield
  • 20-12-14

wpic

this book really gets into gruesome details of a zombie apocalypse great read wouls recommend

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  • Greed
  • 26-07-22

Drunk bloody fun

Lots of drinking, lots of blood lots of fun.

It is what it is, if you want a bloody zombie story that has some great characters and a decent story then sit back and enjoy

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  • Howerd
  • 08-04-22

Another zombie tale?

When I realised that this was a story about zombies, I almost quit listening but I stuck with it and really enjoyed the tale. The characters are believable even if the situation isn’t . I’m looking forward to the next instalment

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  • The Grim Reader
  • 19-09-21

Dead good!

Excellent narration and a grim storyline bolstered by a likeable if flawed protagonist. Mountain Man is a solid zombie novel and well worth your time if you're a fan of the genre. The narrator is outstanding.

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  • major
  • 01-10-16

Nice

Really really enjoyable . Will be providing to my friends to listen to . Hope there is more books