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Ation fell to a plague that animates the deadand in which George is no longer a glorified janitor but one of humanity’s last heroes Her tale sounds like madness of course But as George’s dreams and his waking life begin bleeding together he starts to wonder which is the real world and which is just fanta. is the fourth novel in the popular Ex Heroes series It s been fun watching the survivors of a comic book universe deal with a zombie apocalypse and try to slowly rebuild civilization Likewise it s been nice seeing a lot of classic comic book plots reinterpreted for a post apocalyptic zombie filled world The premiseis a reinterpretation of the classic Superman plot by Alan Moore For The Man Who Has Everything Basically that superheroes are trapped in a dream like state and live lives where they don t have to deal with the responsibilities of being a superhero or at least its downsideThis plot has been re interpreted numerous times most recently the House of M crossover event for Marvel I also feel there s influence from the movie Inception and The Matrix with an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation name checked for good measure It s a good plot that changes every time it s used with different players Why Because it s a good plot and a great way to show off characterizationEx Purgatory begins with Saint George aka the Mighty Dragon working as a janitor at a local university He is haunted by strange dreams but the world hasn t been destroyed so he s reasonably content The mystery of what s going on occupies roughly 75% of the novel with the villain responsible revealed early but not the how Ultimately the book ends with an effective twistThe book increases the role of Madelyn aka Corpse Girl dramatically Introduced in the previous volume we get some insights into her personality and ideas Sadly we don t get to know much about her past What sort of life did Madelyn live before things went to hell What would she have preferred to do We do get insights into just about everyone else however with Stealth s backstory being the most fleshed out I m not sure I cared for it but I trust Peter Clines knows what he s doingIf I have any regrets it s the fact Ex Purgatory is a little too safe Ex Heroes and Ex Patriots introduced most of the concepts that have been used in this book and its predecessor I m eager to see something new and exciting Unfortunately this feels very self contained and a little bit like a reunion special The plot isn t moving forward and I d very much like to see something radical happen like the discovery of another survivor settlement or a trip to the futureWe get some insight into the backstory of Stealth that reveals she s the daughter of a prominent Somali terrorist but this tantalizing bit of backstory is not something that gets much insight I would have liked a lot discussion of this as it helps change the character s Doc Savage esue origin to something darker How she was trained by her father and what purpose before she became a model as well as genius would have made a fascinating story on its own even without the brainwashing elementThere s also the fact for a zombie novel it doesn t have that much in the way of zombies The Exes make an appearance in the book at critical moments but feel almost like an afterthought Despite the critical threat they posed in previous books they re treated barely as a threat in Ex Purgatory While I wouldn t recommend going Walking Dead on the cast I d like to see them take center stage The Exes are what separate this series from other superhero comicsFans of Ex Heroes will continue to enjoy this new volume in the series but those who are looking to pick up the series should start earlier Ex Purgatory is a very continuity reliant book and would be almost incomprehensible to a new reader Still I enjoyed it The humor is sharp the characters are likable and the story allows them to show new sides of themselves Unfortunately this book suffers from the fact that not much progress is made in the storyline It feels like the characters and the world are in the same place at the end of the book that they were at the beginning of it This is also the penultimate volume of the series with the final volume leaving many uestions

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Ex Purgatory

The fourth novel in Peter Clines' best selling Ex seriesWhen he’s awake George Bailey is just an ordinary man Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life curses the Los Angeles traffic and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college But when he sleeps George dreams of something George dr. This was another fun outing in Peter Clines Ex Heroes series I like the fact that we get a nice blend of action and humor The cool superhero stuff and the chronic threat of the Ex Humans zombies also keep things interestingThe story had the feel of a standalone episode in a fun TV show Our superheroes found themselves trapped in an alternate world where they had no powers and the Ex Human epidemic had never occurred Only MadeleineCorpse Girl is aware that all is not as it should be and she is determined to convince the others that something is wrong It was all uite entertaining It was fun to see the heroes leading normal lives and it made for some hilarious moments as Madeleine tried to convince them that they were really superheroes and that zombies had taken over the world As with most Clines books the story did not end as strong as it started but on the whole I still liked it a lotRating 4 starsAudio Note Jay Snyder was flying solo on this instalment as I think he did a good job as I did not overly miss the other narrators

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Eams of flying He dreams of fighting monsters He dreams of a man made of pure lightning an ard robot a giant in an army uniform a beautiful woman who moves like a ninjaThen one day as he’s walking from one fix it job to the next a pale girl in a wheelchair tells George of another world one in which civiliz. Ex Purgatory is different from the other Ex Heroes series in that this is the first book that is of a mystery than zombieapocalypsebad guy book It takes dip in the Twilight Zone and the Tales from the Crypt Pool and I hate to keep saying LOST in my review of Peter Clines but really there is no other better comparison except perhaps the Matrix How is it that no matter what s happening you can relate it to the Matrix asked St George Because it is the greatest movie ever made said Barry At the end of Ex Communication our heroes were at the mount and getting close to electing a mayor and starting a new phase of post apocalyptic civilization but in the beginning of Ex Purgatory it is as if that never happened George Harrison Bailey haha love the It s a Wonderful LifeStar Wars reference is working at the college as a maintenance man He is having crazy dreams about being strong flying and fighting monsters When Madelyn shows up in a wheel chair as a new freshman at the university and tells him his dreams are real and this world isn t he starts to wonder who is crazier him or the girl who thinks she s deadI had no idea how Peter Clines could put a new spin on this series after the supernatural aspect from Ex Communication but he has done it again and seriously has taken a whole new approach in this installment Sure there is still some zombie fighting and I pretty much thought I knew who the bad guy was most of the time But I couldn t for the life of me figure out what was going on with the worlds they were in and how the story all added up until Peter hit me smack dab between the eyes with it and I wentOH of Coarse why didn t I see thatI ll just mention that I really like the down played romance between Stealth and St George We know that they are together in the previous book it was introduced but extremely minimally When they actually meet up in this book it was sweet Stealth isn t normally sweet so I enjoyed seeing a slightly softer side to her in the alternate world Corpse Girl is still one of my favorite characters and she was really the driving force of the story for awhile I love how her character decides to kick start St George into remembering who he is I m still shipping her and Freedom even though it seems she might have a little crush on St GeorgeBarry still gets the best lines between movie references and just being the comic relief that helps everyone relax a little Your voice is familiar said Barry I couldn t place it and then I realized you sound like the guy in my dreams Which sounds very different than I intended out loud Danielle didn t do much in the story until later on except worry about the Cerberus Suit that got a little annoying but perhaps she will work through her agoraphobia now that she had been out of it awhile I loved the story went a whole new direction again I can see how this will possibly start to loose steam if there is no end game plan I have no idea what new dilemmas Peter has in store for the superheroes but at some point it seems like the story will have to wrap up There isn t really an underlying story arc so it is hard to tell if these will just continue on like a comic book story of sorts or if eventually he ll bring this world to a natural closing Either way I m still very much enjoying the series and the chances the author is taking with the characters This still reads like a summer blockbuster and is great when you need a little action in your literary diet ARC provided by Crown Publishing Broadway Books thru NetGalley in exchange for an honest unbiased review


10 thoughts on “Ex Purgatory

  1. says:

    This one's going to sound really weird 3 STARS And because this is a Peter Clines book Barry ualifies this as first season LOST level weirdness when if I'm being strict about it the accurate analogy would be season 3 I was actually en

  2. says:

    This was another fun outing in Peter Clines Ex Heroes series I like the fact that we get a nice blend of action and humor The cool superhero stuff and the chronic threat of the Ex Humans' zombies also keep things interestingThe story had the feel of a standalone episode in a fun TV show Our superheroes found th

  3. says:

    i havnt read this book when i rated it five stars but neither did the guy who rated it 1 and I thought I should try to even it out

  4. says:

    Ex Purgatory is different from the other Ex Heroes series in that this is the first book that is of a mystery than zombieapocalypsebad guy book It takes dip in the Twilight Zone and the Tales from the Crypt Pool and I hate to keep s

  5. says:

    Really kind of disappointed in this one Barely two or three days temporal advancement in overall plot and nothing conseuential resulted from the story Also has anyone ever heard of earplugs?

  6. says:

    Time to start wrapping this series up Don't get me wrong I've enjoyed this series and have burned through every book in the series Part of the reason is my love of the superhero mythos coupled with the current zombie craze But you can only drag out a series so long before it begins to get a bit stale Ex purgatory is an example of thisIt's than slightly derivative and even compares itself to the bookstv showsmov

  7. says:

    Full review over at Fantasy Book CriticANALYSIS Peter Clines has to be admired after three titles in the Ex series he still knows how to keep this series fresh I was a little skeptical as to how he would go ahead with this

  8. says:

    is the fourth novel in the popular Ex Heroes series It's been fun watching the survivors of a comic book universe deal with a zombie apocalypse and try to slowly rebuild civilization Likewise it's been nice seeing a lot of classic comic book plots reinterpreted for a post apocalyptic zombie filled world The premiseis a reinterpretation of the classic Superman plot by Alan Moore For The Man Who Has Everything Basically that superheroes are

  9. says:

    I received my giveaway copy on 12413 and finished the same day I could not put that thing down At first the book is a little loopy throwing you off But then like the characters things start to piece themselves together and you come up with your own still developing theories For me though things just escalated uickly on page 94 and that's al

  10. says:

    I haven't read yet either 1 star review guy irritated me I've rated the previous books 4 or 5 so I'm pretty confidant I'll like #4

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