February 21st, 2012


Book Review: Ex-Patriots, by Peter Clines

The zombies + superheroes mashup adds super-soldiers, mad scientists, and a Transformer, and it actually improves the whole.


Permuted Press , 2011, 310 pages

It’s been two years since the world ended. Two years since the dead rose and the plague of ex-humanity decimated mankind. For most of that time, the superhero called St. George, formerly known to the world as the Mighty Dragon, has protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, The Mount. Together with his fellow heroes - Cerberus, Zzzap, and Stealth - he’s tried to give the survivors hope and something like a real life. But the swollen population of The Mount is becoming harder and harder to sustain, and the heroes are feeling the pressure.

Hope arrives in the form of a United States Army battalion, based in a complex a few hundred miles away in Arizona. This is not just any base, however. The men and women of Project Krypton are super-soldiers, designed and created before the outbreak to be better, stronger, and faster than normal humans. They want the heroes and all the people of The Mount to rejoin America and have normal lives again.

But can the military be trusted? And is there even a country left to rejoin? There is a secret at the heart of Project Krypton, and those behind it have an awesome power that will help them keep that secret hidden. The power of Freedom.

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Verdict: Superheroes plus zombies. If that concept alone is enough to interest you, then read these books, they're fun, light fare. They aren't the best superhero novels I've ever read, but they're not the worst, and the author does show enough signs of improvement to make me hope that in book three I might actually start caring about the characters instead of just wanting to read dumbfun superhero/zombie action.

Also by Peter Clines: My review of Ex-Heroes.

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