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Mountain Man

(Mountain Man #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  3,847 ratings  ·  312 reviews
Samurai bat.
Motorcycle leather.
And the will to live amongst 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 civilizati
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published December 15th 2011
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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4 Stars

I was completely entertained by this audiobook. I am giving it 4 stars based completely on the entertainment value of the story. I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead and love a good zombie story. I stumbled upon the short prequel to this series on audible as a freebie,The Hospital: The First Mountain Man Story, and really enjoyed it so I decided to jump right into this book.

Gus has it pretty good during this apocalyptic time. He has a h
Timothy Ward
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I didn't realize when I picked up Mountain Man that it would be exactly the kind of zombie book I was looking for. One of my favorite aspects to zombie stories is the survival nature and how the apocalypse allows those who can make it past the first wave to go out and collect supplies. There is enough in here about scavenging houses and building a fortress to whet my whistle, and in perfect pacing, we get new characters to add to the one I already en
Tanja Berg
Okay, I'm done with zombies for a good while now. With the exception of "the Walking Dead" series, possibly.

"Mountain Man" was an absolutely mediocre, testosterone filled take on the post zombie apocalyptic world, adding nothing of interest. The main character Gus has barricaded himself in a house on a hillside outside a small town and lived alone there for two years, since the world zombified. He drinks and hoards supplies.

During one of Gus's hoarding sessions, he saves Scott, who was left fo
David P Forsyth
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those rare books that keeps the reader guessing at what will happen next with a knot in your stomach. That is the feeling you have while reading it and the same feeling remains when you finish the last page. Although it is a story in itself, and a great one, you just know that there MUST be a sequel. Other than being open ended, it reminds me of I am Legend in many ways, but this is a modernized and Canadiafied version with a punch. It hits you in the gut and then twists your entr ...more
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Loved the hell out of this book!

I'm a big fan of zombie and post apocalyptic type stories anyway and this was for me an interesting twist on a genre that has really (let's face it) been beaten to death.

I think a part of me really liked the main character in the book as well as his mountain house that he has built in to a fortress. There were some other items in the book that resonated with me as well, namely: (semi spoilers ahead)

- someone shits themselves. I think that might be the first time
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you can't do original, do predictable, but do it well. That seems to make sense, particularly when it comes to the overdone to death (pun possibly intended) zombie genre. So instead of throwing some sort of a game changing plot device at the readers, Blackmore just does a solid survivor story. And does it well. At first it took a while to get going (solo alcoholism and solo scavenging are only so much fun to read about), but then it picked up nicely and turned into a very compelling character ...more
Joey LaBelle
Oct 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
This one was painful...

I'll tell you why, and I'm not going to use a spoiler tag because spoiling this book for you would be doing you a favor. Here's a pretty accurate timeline used in this book:

Get up in the morning.
Drink rum.
Go scavenging for supplies.
Fight a few zombies.
Go back home.
Take a few celebratory shots of Captain Morgan's.
Get drunk and play Scrabble.
Go to bed.
Repeat 10x.
The end.

Some really, really stupid things that drove me crazy while reading:
1. There's a billboard with a
Silver Thistle
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not really a review exactly, more like, "This is a summary of my review" sort of thing. I'm all about the feels when it comes to reading so sometimes I don't even know why I like something, I just know that I do. This is one of those times...

I listened to the prequel of this series when it was free on audible (might still be free) and really liked it. The Hospital: The First Mountain Man Story was creepy and chilling and exactly the sort of zombie apocalypse book I like to read...survivors scave
Brian Jarrett
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Keith Blackmore is one of those indie writers Big Publishing let slip through their fingers. This guy can write. The characters are well-developed and very unique; I really grew to care about them. As a unique zombie book, this story focuses more on the human condition than on the zombies themselves. Don't worry; there's more than enough crowded, stinking masses of the undead to go around. And plenty of guns. This is still a zombie novel, after all.

With "Mountain Man" Blackmore masterfully weave
11811 (Eleven)
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I was expecting mediocrity from "just another zombie story" and that's really all this was but it was damn good at what it was. It could have easily been a chapter from one of the high points of The Walking Dead. Nothing new here but everything it did it did right. ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent zombie novel. Plot is cliche, but well executed.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on The Aussie Zombie

Imagine it – you’re stuck in a mountain cabin, the world is over-run by zombies and you’ve got nothing for company but movies, books and a massive stockpile of alcohol. Yeah I admit it; I’d be taking up the offer of some company in a bottle. So Gus’ reaction is completely human, and understandable. Alcohol is his friend, his escape and his sleeping pill.

Set sometime after 2026, in a world devastated by the zombapocalypse
William M.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, apocolyptic
I'm glad I started this series late, because I read the prequel first, which gave me a greater appreciation to what the main character, Gus, had to go through. Author Blackmore's writing is very clean and his descriptions and vivid details are some of the best I have read. I did find the writing in the prequel to be at a slightly higher level, which I suspect naturally came from more experience since book one was written first and the prequel years later. The narrative is nicely balanced between ...more
Glinda Harrison
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombie, apocalyptic
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Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
I hate to say this, but this is just one book I cannot finish. There is only so much swearing and ball scratching a girl can take. When the author approached me to read this one I jumped at it, knowing its about zombies. But unfortunately it's just not for me. Mountain Man seems to be more geared to men. Oh and I am not a fan of taking the Lord's name in vain. I told myself when I saw it take place one more time I was done, and it finally got to me come around Chap 5.

Now I will say that the scen
Randy Harmelink
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
Loved it!

So what would you do if you came across the perfect hideout for the zombie apocalypse? Solar power and hot water even. Stock it up. Sure. Try to make it more secure. Sure. But who, if anyone, could you trust to bring back to it? Or how long could you live there alone, without going crazy?

And add to that mix a good bit of zombie action, and you have the perfect zombie apocalypse book.

The writing is very good, and the pages practically turned themselves. It's been a while since I breezed
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think Gus could've scratched his balls a few more times in the beginning of the book. No really, just one more scratch. If you can get past the repetitious scratching without wondering if Gus has VD in the apocalypse or wondering how often the author might be scratching their own junk, you're in for a very entertaining post apocalyptic zombie story, I couldn't wait to read the next books in the series(which also have a fair amount of scratching, but more evenly spaced out to be a normal occurr ...more
Brett Myers
Jun 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Two hours into the audiobook and still no sign of a story. Protagonist gets drunk, scratches his balls, scavenges for supplies, passes out drunk. This repeats. Bad guy is a walking stereotype. Finally had enough when it looked like bad guy was about to rape the first female character we meet (after shooting both her male companions, one of whom thinks of nothing other than eventually getting to have sex with her, himself). Garbage waste of time. Returned.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Moutain Man is an interesting post-ap zombie book in many ways: rhythmic narration, ordinary middle aged heroes, realistic PTSD medicine (booze). What a pity that the story did not pass into the hands of a good publisher, who could have corrected some logical dumplings and some technical approximations.
But it is a very pleasant book to read, I will read the following with pleasure.
OK I was doing ok with all the blood and gore and alcoholism until we got to the real bad guy of this book. It didn't take long before I just had to stop the audiobook and delete it. RC Bray is fantastic, but I can't take unmitigated evil for evil's sake. Nope. Moving on. ...more
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first thing that catches the eye about the series are the gorgeous covers which show the area that our anti-hero lives in. And Gus is certainly an anti-hero! I first encountered him in a novella prequel called The Hospital, and I certainly enjoyed that enough to grab the main books in the series though I haven't read them all yet. If you get the chance, grab The Hospital which sets the scene for the life that Gus is living.

Gus is basically an overweight, unfit, anti-social alcoholic who talk
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

I was provided a copy of this E-book by the Author Keith C. Blackmore in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.


Gus is a middle aged man living on a mountain trying to keep himself alive and safe after a zombie epidemic sweeps the globe. After spending two years in remote isolation, Gus comes across a badly injured man while on one of his routine scavenging missions. While the man heals the two become friends and with winter fast appro
Alexis Winning
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
Mountain Man is an everyman story. This engaging book tells the story of our troubled hero Gus who is just trying to survive in a world destroyed by the zombie apocalypse.

Keith Blackmore captures the personalities of his characters in an organic and believable way through dialogue and banter that is not forced, and is at times even funny.

Any good zombie book is not about zombies per say, but about the people who are trying to survive and re-establish their humanity, or forget it. Although I do
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended story of post-apocalyptic zombie survival that is well-written with engaging, likeable characters, and horrific and terrifying scenes at the same time. Gus is our likeable hero, fortunate enough (depending on your viewpoint here) to have survived the initial outbreak, he finds a modernly-equipped cabin on the side of the mountain and fortifies it against any zombies that might come shambling up the road. His days are spent driving the Beast around the dead town Annapolis, sear ...more
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading the prequel The Hospital: The First Mountain Man Story I already liked Gus and after reading this book I like him even more. He might be rough around the edges, drinks way too much but he also has a good heart and it was sad to see how someone took advantage of that goodness and fucked him over big time.

I hope Gus recovers from all what happened near the end of the book! It's not only the zombies you have to cope with but also some living people who'll stop at nothing to take what
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Liked this enough to add books two and three to wish list....main characters are hapless alcoholic totally endearing very lucky Gus...and Scott the sole survivor of a group of three attacked by a soulless living human..meeting up through pure luck and circumstances,detailing their struggles to survive in the zombie infested area...a steadily paced book with masses of attention paid to detail and bog roll..if you are like me you kind of like a steadier pace sometimes and a creeping sense of somet ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
Enjoyed it more this time around!

Pretty good zombie tale. It took some getting used to the coarse language and descriptions at first (this coming from a potty mouth). It took me a while to care about Gus, but once some other characters and things start happening, I was on board. The final scenes were fantabulous. Gus is a bad ass and I definitely want to know what happens next.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Nothing new here. Major flaw in the use of gasoline, and how it never expires in this world. I would overlook it if the characters and story were well written. Every chapter includes dialog about getting drunk and/or taking a dump, seriously (toilet paper is called "anal gold"). I gave up at the 90% mark. ...more
Carolyn F.

Very good audiobook. R.C. Bray did a wonderful job. It was gripping and realistic. Very unwanted ending (view spoiler). I'm planning on listening to the rest of the series.
Michael Flores
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is pretty well written. Keith C. Blackmore does a good job portraying a survivalist in a world affected by Zombies. It was a bit slow in some parts but it doesn’t detract from the story. The ending was expected, but it was still riveting. Also, high praise for the editor's work on this. ...more
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