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Boomstick.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 civilizatiBoomstick.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 civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.A novel of the zombie apocalypse. *First book of a completed 4-book series.* Contains graphic language and scenes of violence. Complete series order:Book 1: Mountain ManBook 2: SafariBook 3: HellifaxBook 4: Well FedAlso :The Hospital (a single short story, also part of the collection "CauldronGristle." This story happens six months before the events of "MountainMan." )...

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  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2019-04-06 02:40

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.4 StarsI 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 house in the mountains that is really almost a fortress. The house he lives in would be the perfect place to find when the world falls apart. He has electricity from the solar panels on the house. He has a well with a working pump. He even has an extensive video collection as well as a quite a few books. Gus is very focused on making sure he has enough supplies to get through the winter. Every few days or so, he heads into town in his van to look for supplies. Apparently, there has not been a huge rush on alcohol once the zombies came around because he has not had any trouble finding enough booze to spend many evenings passed out drunk. This story was really episodic in the way that it was told. There would be an immediate problem that needed to be dealt with and it would be addressed. I kind of liked the way this story was told because I tended to listen to this audiobook in short bursts. This story was really just a story survival during the zombie apocalypse with a lot of drinking and swearing. I listened to the audible audiobook and thought that the narrator did a wonderful job with the story. Each character had his own voice and the narration kept me very focused on the story. I would recommend this book to others who are looking for a zombie story. This book has everything you would need in a zombie story - action, humor, likable characters, toilet paper, and enough booze to make a fraternity happy. There is a lot of cussing in this story that may bother some readers. I found it to be a rather enjoyable novel. I would probably suggest to anyone who isn't sure about this series to try the prequel, The Hospital, before jumping into this story just to get a feel for the storytelling and the world.

  • Timothy Ward
    2019-03-24 22:38

    #8 - Top Ten Reads of 2015 at timothycward.comI 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 enjoyed. I don't want to spoil anything about these characters, so I'll just say I loved it from start to finish and am loving the sequel just as much.I'm listening to the superb audiobook edition of books 1-3, produced by Podium Publishing and narrated by R.C. Bray, (one of my favorite narrators). Strongly recommend picking up this audiobook for 1 credit on Audible. It's been one of my best uses of an Audible credit since...actually, it may be my best in buck per hours of awesome.Reviewed Mountain Man Omnibus edition (Books 1-3) at timothycward.com

  • Hudson
    2019-04-11 23:37

    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 I have read that and this makes sense to me as the first thing I think I would do if faced with an undead hoard would be to shit myself as quickly as possible. - firemen gear. Again, new one to me and it made a lot of sense, the heavy jacket boots and gloves would be great in post apocalyptic zombie world! - main character is a hopeless alcoholic. Well wouldn't you be one too???Plus pretty good writing, lot of "shoot em up" zombie battles and some plot twists along the way. Solid horror read for any fan of the genre and a lot of fun!I already bought the sequel and started it last night, can't wait to get back to it and see what happens.

  • David P Forsyth
    2019-04-19 22:28

    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 entrails. Be sure to have a stiff drink on the nightstand when you delve into this zombiefest of fear and seemingly hopeless survival in a world of the undead. If all the zombie apocalypse books written these days were as good as this one, I never would have felt the need to write my own. It seems that Mr. Blackmore and I are creating parallel worlds, even using the same names for some of our characters and many of the same survival tactics and tools, but on opposite ends of the same continent. How could I not simply love this story?David P. Forsyth

  • Tanja Berg
    2019-03-25 01:42

    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 for dead by a serial killer. They now drink, hoard, are occasionally literally scared shitless, and kill zombies together. Until one day a woman enters the picture and changes everything. I could not care less. There were some attempts at making Scott and Gus less cardboard manly and more appealing, but I wasn't convinced. This left me cold.

  • Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI.Oh, and accronyms :P}
    2019-04-12 23:45

    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 scavenging about.Anyway, the narrator R.C Bray did a great job and the hour long short story made me buy the next part, Mountain Man as soon as I'd finished it.I did like Mountain Man. I liked the characters and the scene setting and the dialogue but the action scenes were a bit much to take in. Might have been better reading it but listening to it just went too fast to catch it all. It was a bit like the difference between watching a ninja fight scene and having someone write down all the moves for you at the speed the take place. It just all moves too fast to take in. "He put this arm there and that leg here and the knife cut over there while he spun back to here and grabbed this other thing which he used to smack that other guy on that bit....." Too much for me to take in when the narrator has quite a fast reading pace. I just couldn't visualize it fast enough. Good story though and very well told. I really like Gus the lead character but I think this next one is about Gus' friend Scott so I'll see how that goes. I like Scott well enough but I like Gus more.I may come back and re-do this when I collect my thoughts. Maybe.

  • Bandit
    2019-03-26 22:28

    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 driven story with plenty of zombie action for fans. The main thing about these type of stories is how much the author makes you care, it's why The Walking Dead works so excellently in every form. And so here, the reader comes to care. It's very manly (it's in the title, so should be expected), but testosterone here doesn't overwhelm, although it looked like it might. Basically in the near future of late 2020s the world goes to zombies for reasons unknown and zombies are not even the most dangerous things out there, the remaining humans are quite frightening as well. Alas, there is plenty of booze, old movies and books to pass the time. Simple life...until it isn't. This is part one of trilogy. Not my normal preference, but this works nicely as a stand alone that leaves the reader wanting to know more. At least it isn't a series. Trilogies are much more manageable. Entertaining well written book. Recommended.

  • 11811 (Eleven)
    2019-03-25 22:38

    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.

  • Kat
    2019-04-19 18:49

    Originally posted on The Aussie Zombie http://theaussiezombie.blogspot.comImagine 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 with humans few and far between, Gus awakes with a killer hangover most mornings and is systematically clearing the nearby city of anything useful to stock up his mountain retreat. As he moves through the city, encountering zombie after zombie he avoids signs of other humans in the area and focuses on his own survival and comfort. Mountain Man is either non-stop action or heavily focused on character building, both of which are done very well and are perfectly balanced. As a character Gus is flawed, but those flawed parts of his personality are completely understandable given the circumstances of isolation and stress under which he has lived for so long. After finding a seriously injured man named Scott on one of his foraging runs, his character develops further and in fact shows that of a shy, insecure man who is really very kind at heart despite outward appearances and is desperate to block out the horror and fear he suffers every time he leaves his oasis on the mountain. I particularly enjoyed the uniqueness of this story – Gus is not your typical zombie-killing hero, but his determination and loyalty are extremely admirable qualities. The horror of the undead, the uncertainty of daily living and the friendship that Gus forges with Scott under the most stressful of circumstances are all very well written. With a serial killer, mysterious disappearing bodies and an action-packed ending, I have an awesome feeling book two is going to be even better! If you like zombies, off-the-wall characters and a good balanced story, I highly recommend Mountain Man – this one will be sticking with me for a long time.

  • Brian Jarrett
    2019-04-07 02:29

    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 weaves survival, brutality, friendship, fear, hope and deception together into a very engaging and entertaining yarn. This book is part of a series, so the abrupt ending is really just a pause before the next book. I know I'm looking forward to it.This book is as well-edited as it is well-written. No glaring errors and typos to distract from the story. The formatting and cover art are fantastic. It's a quality release all-around.So if you like zombie and/or post-apocalyptic fiction then I think you'll enjoy "Mountain Man". I really think this book takes the zombie fiction genre to the next level.

  • Glinda Harrison
    2019-03-29 00:22

    I originally read (and rated) this before I was aware that Mountain Man was to have a sequel/second part/third part. The concerns mentioned in the first review were addressed in knowing that there was going to be a continuation to the story. (The author was nice enough to email and address my concern over the ending- a nice guy!)This book is a well-written, engaging story that’s a cut above your typical zombie story. I really came to care about the characters of Scott and Gus and was anxious to read the rest of the story. My original review:4 Stars** spoiler alert ** Good book until the end. Events got a bit predictable. This book has an ending that leaves you hanging. I think I would have been okay with that if the author stated that there was going to be a sequel. As it is, I don't know if I wasted my time or not. Somewhat frustrating.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-18 01:28

    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 occurrence).

  • Randy Harmelink
    2019-04-15 23:36

    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 through a book as quickly as this one. I didn't want to set it down.Enjoy!

  • Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
    2019-03-30 20:40

    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.Review: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 approaching they are left with no choice but to return to the city below the mountain to look for more supplies. What they find waiting for them is much worse than just the dead mouths eagerly wanting to feast on their flesh.When the Author contacted me asking if I would like to review his book of course I jumped at the chance. I am always looking for new Zombie reads and had read so many favorable reviews that I went into reading this with fairly high hopes. While the book was certainly enjoyable and written extremely well it was still rather predictable by the end.Scott and Gus the two main characters were both well written, fleshed out Characters. I think the two men played well against each other and their age differences made for enjoyable banter even under stressful circumstances.On the other hand here we have Tenner. He was introduced no doubt to show that there are still things scarier than The Walking Dead in the world, but I just felt he didn't really fit into the story well. The time jumps to show his arrival did nothing for me. While I feel he will be a big part in later books I think his role in Gus's story wasn't necessary.We also have the character Roxanne introduced right at the end. I knew as soon as she showed up that things wouldn't end well. I won't give it away but it definitely lessened all the buildup from the first half of the book. It's not like the Author even hid the ruse well. I could clearly see how things would end the moment she stepped in the house, right down to the "weapon" she carried.The Clear Winner in this Book is the Zombies themselves. I found them to be menacing and loved all the scenes involving them. I think the Characters also played well off of them. I am curious where the bodies keep going of those put down. I hope this is touched upon more in the next book.Overall is this book worth your time to read? Absolutely, if your a fan of Zombies you should check this out. Is it unique and fresh? Not really, but what is nowadays lol. In the end I am Rating this Book ★★★ Stars. Worth a read, worth your time, but fairly predictable.

  • Alexis Winning
    2019-03-28 23:37

    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 don't believe the author intended any deep social commentary, Mountain Man inadvertently examines personal and social psychology in times of extreme stress. How does one deal with this on a daily basis? routine? keeping oneself busy? substance abuse? What does friendship mean in this world? Do the same social rules apply? These ideas are all staples of what makes a good zombie book - what makes us human juxtaposed by the mechanical emptiness of zombies. Mr. Blackmore captures these ideas through our journey with Gus. There is action, introspection, and details of what our lives may be like in such a situation. Those of you always on the lookout for zombie plan ideas may gain headway with this book as well. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for an inexpensive and engaging read, and I do believe this is the first in a series. Looking forward to the next installment!

  • Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
    2019-03-24 21:23

    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 scenes the guy had with the zombies were really intense. And I believe that is what kept me reading as far as I did. So while this book may not be for me, I know it will be for others. I do not feel comfortable rating this book so will leave it unrated. But hope others will take time to read it and determine for themselves if they like it or not.

  • Netanella
    2019-04-05 02:24

    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, searching for supplies in abandoned houses and stores. His nights are spent sterilizing his memories with excessive amounts of alcohol. And Gus has been doing this for two years. The book really kicks off when Gus runs into survivors. I really enjoyed this book and read it as part of a group-read on this website. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in this series.

  • Sara
    2019-03-24 00:39

    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 something is going to happen slowly building under a pretense of normality...lot of reading in one book and a slow burn story that still manages to shock!!

  • Carolyn F.
    2019-03-25 20:38

    AudiobookVery good audiobook. R.C. Bray did a wonderful job. It was gripping and realistic. Very unwanted ending (view spoiler)[why the girl didn't just stay with the nice guy and give up on the jerks I have no idea (hide spoiler)]. I'm planning on listening to the rest of the series.

  • Michael Flores
    2019-04-16 23:42

    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.

  • Robin Smith
    2019-04-16 19:46

    An end-of-the-world zombie story. This one does have a different take in that the loner survivor isn't a competent survivalist kind a guy. He's an alcoholic who doesn't understand the technology he has come to possess in his mountain fortress. He lives almost week to week by raiding houses in the nearby town but puts little effort into doing anything to ensure long-term survival, such as planting crops or figuring out the solar power system in the house.

  • Tiffany
    2019-04-08 02:49

    When I was first approached by the author to review this book, I almost declined. Not because of anything I had read about him or his books, but because of this one reason: zombies scare the hell out of me. I can't watch zombie movies because my overactive brain loves to play cruel tricks on my while I sleep. I have never read a zombie book before in fear of that very same reason. But instead of being a scaredy-cat and declining, I decided I had to start somewhere and this might as well be that start. That, and I'm really loving this cover! So, I happily agreed to give it a go, nightmares and all.I made a very, very good choice. Mountain Man was far more than what I expected. In fact, I read this over two days, ignoring all attempts by my husband to get me to put the book down and pay attention to him. The story starts after the world has fallen victim to a horrible virus, leaving only a small amount of humans left to scavenge for survival. Gus, our main character, has been lucky enough to come across somewhat of a fortress in the side of a mountain that the owners had abandoned. It has almost everything he needs, including solar panels for electricity, and a wall surrounding it. Unfortunately, Gus still has to make many trips into the city to scavenge for food, water and other supplies.On each of these trips, Gus is forced to battle the undead, and there are a ton of them. No trip goes easily for him, but he does manage to survive for two years on his own without being eaten or catching the virus himself. On one of these trips, he comes across Scott, another survivor out scavenging to survive. Scott has been through quite a nightmare of his own and is almost dead when Gus finds him. After recuperating at the mountain side home, Scott and Gus team up and learn that working together is far better than going at it alone. And also much safer.The banter between Gus and Scott is hilarious. I don't know if I'd be able to keep up such a great attitude after going through what they went through, but I'm sure the fact that they love to drink has something to do with it. I had no trouble connecting with either Gus or Scott and could see myself in their place or even sitting around playing drunken Scrabble with them. Even though these are just two people who just happened to come across each other in a horrible way, you can tell that they start to care about each other and look out for one another. Even with the bickering and constant picking on each other, they know that they are all each other has and they are willing to fight an onslaught of undead to keep the other safe.Aside from the comedy, the writing style is also something I loved. Not overdone with unnecessary descriptions, the story flows nicely and is straight to the point. Blackmore tells you how it is and that is that. Even so, you are still able to get a very clear image in your mind about the characters, surroundings and even those very creepy undead.Overall, I only had one issue with Mountain Man: I wanted more! I didn't know this was the beginning of a series, so unfortunately I was pretty bummed when it ended. However, according to the author's website, there will be two more books! This makes me a very happy reader. There were some plot points left unfinished so I am extremely excited to read the next two books and see where this story goes.I can't recommend this book enough. It was something completely out of my comfort zone and I was truly amazed by it. If you love a good scary story, zombies, a good survival story or are just looking for a great new read, please don't pass this one up.Oh yes, one more thing: no nightmares! This makes me extremely happy and now I can go back and pick up all those awesome looking zombie books that I didn't dare read before :)

  • Derrick Iverson
    2019-04-19 01:31

    This author is refreshing. This is the first review I have written on Goodreads and for that reason I will keep it short, lest I ramble and lose all sense of the point I want to make. Blackmore truly surprised me, from randomly stumbling upon this book to finishing it in just a few days (which is pretty good considering I only have time to read during my commute and office bathroom breaks). Coming from a Stephen King fan, who is in my opinion one of the best character developers, Blackmore is best sold by his subtle ability to paint a picture of his cast's thoughts, reactions to situations, and overall growth. I am a geek for well established characters and seeing them cope with the adventure they have wittingly or unwittingly found themselves in. I won't write a synopsis of this book because I loathe spoilers. I want to come into a good story as fresh as possible, so the plot twist(s) will actually surprise me. But give this indie author a shot, even if you aren't particularly a zed fan like me. He may just make you a fan of the genre, if not simply just a fan of his work.

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-03-28 01:19

    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 talks to empty bottles of alcohol when he isn't grabbing supplies and killing zombies. He is so far removed from a hero but that is what I like about him. He is a man who has survived two years in the mountains in a world knee-deep in zombies by a mixture of planning and luck, and when he gets it wrong, it goes bad quickly. He is not the smartest of guys, and is obviously under mental strain which I can understand, and can be downright dumb at times but it makes him more of a real character.Scott and his friends are also scavenging in town and are about to fall foul of a gleeful serial killer who is using the zombie apocalypse to kill as many survivors as possible on his road trip. Scott is about to get in his way which leads him to Gus. Scott is then torn between helping Gus and living in safety as his assistant or going after the killer to get his revenge. I liked Scott and it certainly livened the book up when his story began to intersect with Gus. With him around, Gus starts to look a bit more normal.Now there are a couple of things about this book that did detract from my enjoyment of it. There was way too much about Gus getting drunk in his house on a daily basis. I get that he is mentally damaged from the stress of living in this world, mostly on his own, but it did get a bit wearing to hear about every drink he took and every hangover he has. Frankly if he was this drunk all the time he would've been eaten by zombies a long time ago. I certainly hope the drinking thing reduces as the series goes on as it wasn't greatly interesting to read about all the time.The other thing that I really disliked was Roxanne being introduced to ruin the team dynamic. I never liked or trusted her from page one and I was suspicious of her motives. To be fair to the author, Roxanne was put there for a specific plot purpose and I liked the way that bit of plot played out into a near disaster for Gus, and into a Scarface style 'say hello to my little friend' finale! That was actually the best bit of the book and was very well written and exciting. So as much as Roxanne annoyed me, she was crucial to the plot and it did turn out to be a very satisfying storyline to read.The scenes where Gus encounters the zombies, the bad guys and Scott encounters the serial killers are all very well written. The author does a good job of bringing action and tension into the plot and keeping the reader interested in Gus and his life. It does get a little slow in places but it is worth it to read to the end as it finishes with a serious bang. Overall I'm in two minds about whether to give it 3 or 4 stars and I keep changing my mind about it so until I reread it I will split the difference and give it 3.5.

  • Jonathan
    2019-04-17 22:34

    Yet Another end of the world, apocalyptic, zombies taking over, novel, Mountain Man is the first in a series (currently up to 4 books) set in a bleak, post-outbreak world, where Augustus Berry is just trying to get by. An interesting take on the well worn path of a zombie apocalypse, Blackmore does a pretty good job of setting the world up and moving the story right along.The best thing about Augustus Berry is that he isn't some kind of superman. Just a regular joe who stumbled upon a perfect hideaway - a house up in the hills, readied for the apocalypse by some now long gone previous owner. He has done a good job of settling in, especially when it comes to booze. He and his pal Captain Morgan are just trying to get by, heading down into the city to scavenge when necessary, avoiding the hordes of mindless dead.He has had no contact with any other survivors, although he does sometimes hear them down in the valley when he comes across Scott, a survivor from yet another horrible scene, a serial killer. Yup, Blackmore felt like the zombie apocalypse wasn't grim enough, so he throws in a psychopath, who just tracks down survivors and tortures them. Yikes!So Scott hangs with Gus, and they form up a pretty good team. Scavenge during the day and get blind drunk at night. Until they come across another survivor, this time a female one, who upsets the careful balance. So Scott heads out on a quest for the psychopath, leaving Gus to face up with an uncertain future and a crazy battle alone.I liked it a lot. The writing wasn't anything special, but the story zipped right along, and I liked how much of a normal nutter Gus was. I could relate to his surviving mostly by holing up and getting drunk - seems like a reasonable response to the end of the world if you ask me. Gus sometimes goes off his rocker and takes on dozens of the zombies, but again, something I could believe. Blackmore doesn't waste much time explaining the zombie disease, which is fine by me. It probably wouldn't make any sense anyway.So I'm onto book 2, Safari, to see what happens with Scott in his quest for the psychopath and Gus in the aftermath of a crazy paroxysm of violence. And to see what the psychopath is up to, although it's pretty grim.

  • Terry Tyler
    2019-03-21 19:49

    Well, I wanted a new zombie apocalypse series to get stuck into, and I saw this one mentioned in a review for one of The Walking Dead books (the reviewer thought the TWD book was rubbish and suggested Mountain Man as something much better). So I tried it, and loved it. I wasn't sure at first, because the first few pages included much talk of bodily functions and too many sentences starting with 'He'; I thought it was going to be grisly realism for the sake of it and not very good writing, but within a few pages I changed my mind. The story is set in Canada and starts over two years after the zombie virus hit the world. Gus has found himself a house up a mountain which he has made safe, and got the scavenging for supplies thing down to an art. Only trouble is, he's got an alcohol problem (which he doesn't see as a problem) that needs constant feeding, and doesn't realise how much he's missed other people, until he saves someone who becomes his companion. Later, another new friend is not all she seems, and lurking in the background is a danger more sinister than the walking dead....One of the things I love about this genre is reading about how the characters survive, on a day to day basis, and there's plenty of that, but also lots of thrilling and well-written human and zombie showdowns. It's quite a brutal sort of book, not for the faint-hearted, but the characterisation is great (I really liked Gus's friend Scott), and the characters' thoughts on their present situation versus the old world, versus just dying, are interesting. I read it over a period of a couple of days, definitely recommend it if you like this genre, and am looking forward to starting book two.

  • Kat (Kindred Dreamheart)
    2019-04-08 21:28

    Thanks to the author for trusting me with an honest review.After a 48 hour book binge of fairytale love @ 1st sight YA bliss, I began this novel. This was my first real horror novel. I mean, once upon a time, I watched the fright moves and used to LOVE them. Then I got girly, and sort of turned my back on the world of gore. Welcome to the Zombie apocalyptic world, where Gus, the mountain man, is living on borrowed time, but has out lived the rest of society because he’s smarter then you’d give him credit for. He recognized the importance of toilet paper and booze. I had such an array of emotions reading this book. I could hardly contain the giggles at times, of the graphic surreal depiction of mountain man. Not at all a turn off but a pleasant relief. It was a welcome back to the real world of sorts. Needless to say, Gus is a manly man; but it’s not just about him. There are the zombies! The encounter scenes are nail biting, heart pumping,” Oh my Lord” swearing…… so scary you could s!*% yourself, and then someone in the story does, and it’s freaking hilarious!If you making me break out the old albuterol …you literally take my breath away. This book did it. It was funny, scary, a little sad, and will have you cheering for this mountain man to live just one more day.( 5 star EPIC)More Fan Girl Ramblings

  • Sarah
    2019-04-07 22:35

    Gus has lived in this home in the mountain near a cliff since all hell broke loose two years ago. He is lonely but well stocked in food, water, solar panel, defense mechanism around the house, etc...Oh! and toooo much booze, but he still goes to town to scavenge what he can. While house picking, he finally meet a real person name Scott. Gus and Scott become a team. A short while later, they meet other person who Scott doesn't trust but Gus seem to be more accepting of. It isn't the Zombies Gus and Scott has to worry about but the type of people that are left in this world.The author writes very well but the story wasn't captivating enough for me. The book is read as a third person, mainly Gus and Scott also briefly Tanner and Teddy. Isn't focus on Zombies and more on the mental state the characters during this apocalypse. The majority of the time is spend "House Picking", extensive descriptions of unnecessary events, scrotum scratching(Gus) and lots, lots of drinking. Though the Zombie encounter were OK, they didn't stood out to me. Scott's decision near the end was somewhat questionable and a reason for a second book. I do not feel compel to pick up the next one as of now.

  • Lon Casler Bixby
    2019-04-11 19:40

    If you’re going to read only one Zombie book – This is it!Ok, what to say? First of all I’m not a huge Zombie Fan, kinda over the Zombie craze. BUT I loved this book! I first read the teaser “The Hospital” and I liked it, it enthralled me, and made me want to read book one - “Mountain Man” - Which I could not put it down – I finished it in just a couple of nights. It is well written, the characters are highly developed (and I cared about them), the action scenes (killing zombies) are good, and the book has suspense, tension, and a good dose of humor at just the right times – actually made me laugh out loud while I was reading in the middle of the night – which I’m sure my downstairs neighbors didn’t appreciate very much. A few things are very typical post-apocalyptic zombie – but hey, it’s a zombie story – what do ya expect?Yup, I’m giving this book 5 stars, recommending it, and as soon as I finish typing this review, I am purchasing book two “Safari”.

  • Allan
    2019-04-15 22:19

    I read a heck of a lot of books. I have to say that this is one of the best I have ever read. Talk about a end of the world book that is realistic if any could be. It's amazing. This copy has the first 2 eBooks in it as one complete volume. You will care for the characters and be shocked and surprised at what they have to go through. This is not just a zombie book by any means and has many twists and turns.It basically follows 2 men and the trial and tribulations they go through, both when they satay together and what happens when they part. Lets just say neither has a good life in this waste of the USA after the virus crisis. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am about half of the way through book 2 Hellifax. I have even bought book 3 Well fed. I can hardly wait to start it, I love this series.