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(Ex-Heroes #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  9,134 ratings  ·  521 reviews
It's been two years since the plague of ex-humans decimated mankind. Two years since the superheroes St. George, Cerberus, Zzzap, and Stealth gathered Los Angeles’s survivors behind the walls of their fortress, the Mount.
Since then, the heroes have been fighting to give the Mount’s citizens hope, and something like a real life. But now supplies are growing scarce, the zo
Paperback, 405 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Broadway Books (first published 2011)
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Paul O’Neill
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A comic book-esque slobberknocker!

The story picks up two years on from the events of the previous book, as the US army arrives at the superheroes base, the Mount. The story centres on the mysterious Project Krypton, which I can’t really talk about in any way for fear of spoiling the story.

The previous book, Ex-Heroes was a little too zombie-riffic in my view. This book still features zombies, but does so in a much better and original way.

To me, this is the closest you can get to a great novel
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Whenever you have an issue with a tiny aspect of something you read or watch, there often comes a fear that the follow-up book/movie/whatever will spend more time on that aspect and, therefore, infuriate you. This was the case with my reading Ex-Patriots. In my review of the first book, Ex-Heroes, I noted that the racial dynamics of the characters were bothersome. There was so much time spent introducing readers to the heroes that this wasn’t a really big issue. This time around, however, I coul ...more
(Does anyone remember Happy Feet?) Ramone: Let me tell something to you.

Because of the length of the audiobook and the fact that I need sleep somewhere during the night to do the annoying things in my day like work I had time to put down some of my thoughts. At the time I was seriously considering dropping down to at least 4 stars due to my feelings on having such a predictable plot. Cliche some would call it. There were even moments when lines from the book that had quoted movies were about how
Ash Wednesday

On the heels of reading Red Rising... So. Much. Testosterone. In one week. Has anyone seen my ovaries? I think I misplaced them somewhere and spontaneously grew balls and maybe a beard while reading these two books.
“An ex latched onto his wrist and tried to bury its teeth in his bicep. He flexed and cracked its jaw, then swung his elbow up to send it sprawling. Another one fell onto his back and he shrugged it off.”

How to Hero. Step One: Flex.

Also, did you see the quote o
C.T. Phipps
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing


EX-PATRIOTS is a worthy sequel to Ex-Heroes and continues the story in an enjoyable fashion that not only progresses the story but also has some nice social satire that works surprisingly well. To get the obvious comparison out of the way before the book begins, Ex-Patriots seems inspired (at least partially) by George Romero's third zombie film Day of the Dead. Peter Clines is well aware of this and nicely acknowledges his inspiration in the text. At
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
just like the first book this was excellent. zombies superheroes supervillains what's not to like. ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Ex-heroes was survivors against each other and zombies. Ex-Patriots is superheroes with super soldiers and the left over government. Now, I don’t know about you but the one thing that I have learned, from every zombie movie ever, is in a zombacalypse never trust the United States Government. But, let’s see how that works out for our superhereos.

“The real supervillians wear business suits and paisley ties with full Windsor knots.”

This has a great blend again of a story told in the past and t
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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The saga, and misogyny, continue. Le sigh.

In Ex-Patriots, we pick up our hero vs. zombie story two years from when we ended Ex-Heroes. The heroes are holding down The Mount in L.A., but they soon discover they are not the only survivors in The States when they encounter a drone while on a supply run. And you know what drones mean…military.

I’m disappointed in how disappointing this series is turning out to be. The action scenes are a little boring a
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 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
I read this to my husband, it was a fun read. An eerie thought, how the sound of hundreds or more clacking teeth would be a nightmare for the ears. It would be awful I imagine, since they have constant numerous zombies at the gates doing this nonstop.

The superheroes are very cool, they are unique in their abilities. We liked Zzzap the most, he has an awesome power and the funniest lines. What's not to love about an ultra super hero with a witty sense of humor?

Ex-Heroes is the 1st, and Ex-Commun
Andrea McDowell
Jun 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
I gave up at p. 160.

Clines is trying so, so hard to make characters that are Diverse and Representative, but in so doing is only highlighting his own internal biases all the more.

So we have Stealth, Female Character #1, incredibly beautiful, sick of being objectified--so she spends all of her time in a mask not using her real name because she's sick of men just falling in love with her all over the place. Yeah. OK. Do you know an incredibly beautiful woman in real life who is sick of being obj
This is definitely popcorn entertainment. Superheroes + zombies: it's a novelized comic book, and it reads like one. I thought the first book (Ex-Heroes) was pretty cheesy and mediocre if enjoyable. The second book is also cheesy, maybe just a notch above mediocre. Clines's writing has improved in this sequel, and it particularly shows in the plotting. Instead of a dumb boss fight with a predictable conclusion at the end, there are several fairly clever (if very much conforming to standard super ...more
Thomas Taylor
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ExPatriots is a sequel to the book ExHeroes, which I loved, and previously reviewed accordingly. The book is about some very realistically written super heroes (and the few thousand normal people they protect) trying to manage after the zombie apocalypse in Hollywood. They come into contact with some US military agents, and fun ensues.

The first book focused more on the survivors in LA, and surviving in general. This 2nd book is more about an adventure at a military base in Arizona where strange
Heather Faville
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ex-Patriots by Peter Clines was calling my name after having just finished reading Ex-Heroes and, boy howdy, did it deliver. Packed with every bit as much action as it's predecessor, Ex-Patriots introduces us to the Unbreakables, a group of super soldiers led by Freedom a true American patriot, Dr Sorensen, the doctor who figured out how to create the super soldiers and Mr. Smith, the man who is behind the notion of having super soldiers. There are other new characters, including a new Hero and, ...more
T.L. Barrett
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The perfect superhero book. My son and I are addicted to this series. This sequel is even better than the original. The Valiant St. George, Cerebus, Zzap, and Stealth are all back. With great characterization and suspensful plotting, Clines tells the story of the Los Angeles Superheroes as they make contact with a military base outside of Yuma. The zombie-apocalyptic action is all still here along with fiendishly clever villains and supersoldiers to boot. This series needs so badly to get screen ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
A follow-up just as fun and fluffy as the first book. I kinda liked how it was deliberately cliched and even poked fun at itself for it ("The Army in zombie movies is always evil!") and all the satirical references to superheroes. Lots of very humorous pop culture references, though it will probably date this book and put a limit on its shelf life. ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Originally posted at: http://thebookplank.blogspot.com/2013/09/ex-patriots.html

Ex-Patriots is the second book in the Ex-Heroes series written by Peter Clines. The first book in the series, Ex-Heroes, introduced us to quite some cool stuff. The first being superheroes, the second being zombies and not to forget chock-full of action! In Ex-Heroes, Peter Clines had created a interesting view upon both genres and his envisioned superheroes weren't cliche at all, he gave each one of them a bit of twi
Horror DNA
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: james-ferguson
Super heroes and zombies are two great tastes that go great together. They're not unlike chocolate and peanut butter, only I wouldn't want to put either of them in my mouth (the super heroes and the zombies). Peter Clines is in the middle of a trilogy of books exploring the mash up between these two. He introduced us to this world in his debut novel, Ex-Heroes and continues the adventures of the heroes protecting Los Angeles from the undead in Ex-Patriots.

When we last left our heroes, they h
Gareth Howells
Loved it - much better than the first book, which I did like. This one had a much more interesting plot, with several threads weaving nicely together and much clearer characterisation throughout the book.
The first one was enjoyable mainly for the concept and the light tone.
This was extremely enjoyable and fun for many reasons - the plot, the warring factions, the likability in the characters becoming much stronger and the "Then" and "Now" structure in the story timeline being used really well.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Quality cheese and a twist. Who can ask for more?
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Review originally over at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: After reading Peter Clines excellent debut Ex-Heroes, I was very excited to see where he would take the characters and the world he had written about, in the next book. As is the case with most successful debuts, the sequels come up high anticipation and therein lies the quandary for the author as to come with a story which will resonate with the readers and give them something from the previous book and also at the same time head the char
Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those who have read Ex-Heroes know the scoop from the first book. Peter Clines has created a world with his own flavor of superheroes, led by The Dragon (St. George), Zzzap, Stealth, and Cerberus, who reside in "The Mount", a barricaded movie studio in L.A. They live there protecting the bulk of survivors in the city from Ex's, aka zombies that have taken over the world. I felt that the author created a wonderful and highly detailed group of heroes and villains, using the writing technique of go ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I wasn’t sure I’d ever read another in this series. The zombie mayhem & superhero mash-up was ok but didn’t inspire me. And it seemed like most of the first book was taken up with St George pining after (to put it politely) Stealth. But I just picked this up on a whim & went through it fast. It was a nice break from the more hard sci-fi I’ve been reading: light, breezy and fun. Limited pining and no hint of upcoming consummation yet.
I really love this series, so far. This is book two in the "Ex-heroes" series. I know I read one review about it that gave the book a low star rating and the entire review ranted about the racism in the book, and how it was worse than the first book. There isn't any. Some people just like to find reasons to complain or get offended for no reason.

I really enjoyed this book. It opens up to a celebration that had you proud of both the heroes and the people of The Mount, that they have survived and
Jason Edwards
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Full disclosure: I forgot I had read Ex-Heroes, the first novel in the Ex- series, until I was informed that someone had “liked” my review of it. So I went back and re-read what I had written, and thought to myself “I should read the next book if I liked it so much.” I was waiting for the library to send my several reserves anyway, so why not: did the on-line thing, and started in.

Not much in the way of praise, I know, but that’s what you get with books that are sequels and genre fiction to boot
Richard Guion
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to review this as an audiobook, I listened to it and never cracked open the Kindle. The audiobook production is 5 stars, and it has 5 narrators taking on various male / female characters. Some notable ones: a British scientist, a super-powered soldier named Freedom (the accent / delivery alone of this character is worthy of an award), a Latino named Hector with a very unique super power (which helped him steal cars). Very enjoyable and time will fly by while driving or doing chores listen ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Won in a Goodreads Giveaway.

Wow. Just. Wow.

You know how in a lot of movie franchises, the sequel is better than the original? That's the case here. This was better than Ex-Heroes. And makes me jones for Ex-Communication.

The superheros are still super, still trying to save what they can. Then they meet up with a military group led by John Smith. Things go wild real quick.

What I loved was that the sentient zombies were explained in a manner than makes sense. It wasn't a demon, like the last zombie
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I loved this book. Loved every single moment of reading it. It picks up roughly eight or nine months after the ending of the first book, Ex-Heroes, and just like that book the story is laid out in chapters labeled "THEN" and "NOW". We meet some new characters and the action and tension just keep building. I hated having to put the book down to go to work or to sleep because I just HAD to know what happened next. The plot twists caught me completely by surprise...again. I have no idea if an ...more
Enjoyable addition to the Ex-Heroes series. In addition to the zombies vs. superheroes from Ex-Heroes, we now are introduced to members of the US super-soldier program (and this universe's version of Captain America). A new enemy reappears (with some background revealed) and a new enemy (with an interesting spin on mind-control powers) appears. As in the previous novel, chapters are split between NOW (the current action) and THEN (individual POV backstories). Not brilliant literature, but a fun ...more
Bad Cookie
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this and I look forward to reading other books in the series. I wish my local library carried books by Peter Clines, especially from the Ex-Heroes series. I really want to read Ex-Communication. Luckily, there's a little thing called interlibrary loan and my sister has requested it for me. I would have requested it myself, but the thing about interlibrary loans is you tend to not be able to renew and more importantly your request might be denied. I was trying to avoid po ...more
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Peter Clines is the author of the genre-blending -14- and the Ex-Heroes series.

He grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and--inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons--started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, Lizard Men From The Center of The Earth(unreleased).

He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper,

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Ex-Heroes (5 books)
  • Ex-Heroes (Ex-Heroes, #1)
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