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Mountain Man: Prequel

Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Series: Mountain Man, Book 0
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (211 ratings)

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After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

But as Gus and his fellow painters soon discover, the much-anticipated zombie apocalypse doesn’t start with a bang. It starts on a Monday. And barricading themselves inside a megastore isn’t the end.

It’s just the beginning.

©2017 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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A perfect addition to the Mountain Man Series

yet again this book was captivating from the very start... great pacing and a must for anyone who has ever listens to the series

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Gus is back!

great prequal to a great series with an amazing narrator! only wish there were more

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story was nothing special

the story was OKAY, but very cliche. spent a lot of time building characters and then just cuts them out of the story in an instant. the continuity is fairly good, but could have more depth in story. felt short for a 10hr book. the language is irritating and four most of the time, which suggest a lack of imagination on how to describe conversations but that seems to be what the author was going for. clearly written by a blokey bloke, and no-way near enough suspense...same old zombie story we've heard a thousand times. no real climax or resolution or anything just on the toes the whole time.

the reader did and excellent job reading, and it was interesting enough for me to want to continue, in the hope that his character builds complexity somewhat.

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Really good, wish it were longer (as usual)

I listened to books 1-3 and then the prequel (don't forget the hospital - it fits anywhere, but I think it was great after book 3). The prequel did a great job of covering the back story. Had some shocks and some laughs. ou could easily listen to this first if you wanted to.

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R.C. Bray

as ALWAYS R.C. Bray is a bloody legend narrator and really knows how to tell a story.
Not to take away from the author Keith. C.Blackmore, of course who really knows how to write it. can't wait to see if you have another book in you for this series. 👍👍👍

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Awesome fun for the genre.

The hype was worth it. Hadn’t read any of the other books now hooked. Great fun, with humour and scares. Ordinary folk as the protagonists not super soldiers or nut survivalists a nice change for a apocalypse/ zombie book.

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Mountain Man: Prequel

Narration by R.C. Bray
Need I say more… ?
The Dulcet tones of MR Bray could make his narration of the telephone book come to life!
Alas, instead, we have been given this fantastic new insight into how Gus ‘became’ the “Mountain Man” of Keith Blackmore’s brilliant Zombie Apocalypse Series.
We have been so spoiled already, dare we be like Oliver, and ask for more?

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Loved the start and build up

It was awesome to read about how it all started. I just wish the part with the 'turn' happened a bit slower and it wasn't so abrupt. We only realise experience the turn through one character.

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I yearn for more of this story! love this book!

I loved it, please continue to bring out more! :) I love the characters and story

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No sleep

I loved this book and could not wait for more. Downloaded the next 3 books strait away and started listening. While listening to these books it feels like your watching a movie in your mind. Love love love

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  • Tracy P.
  • 24-10-2018

Gus... Redefining the ‘Everyman!'

I thought I got to know what shaped Gus in the short story “The Hospital.” "The Mountain Man Prequel" provides information never before mentioned about his past. What a treat to learn about his pre-apocalypse job, friends and girlfriend. Each had a profound impact on his identity and how he looked at the world during that time. This information answers a lot of questions about why he (most likely) coped and developed as he did during the rest of the series.

Gus's self-deprecation is just so endearing, and love his what you see is what you get mentality... epitomizing the reluctant hero, who always mans-up when the chips are down. I would want him in my corner during an apocalypse, that is for sure.

The dry humor which came out of Gus's mouth was infectious. The type of guy that would be fun to hang out with, and loyal to a fault... Proving this in his selfless actions and the lengths he went to find his girlfriend,Tammy. Nuff said!

Much thanks to both Mr. Blackmore and Mr. Bray, for providing yet another (much appreciated) opportunity to venture back into one of my favorite places to visit... Gus’s world! Here's to hoping we have not heard the last from him. :- )

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  • Jeremy S. Thomson
  • 19-04-2018

love it!

Makes me want to listen to the whole series over again. Its really awsome to see how the story starts for Gus!

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  • Cindy Palmatier
  • 19-04-2018

A great addition to the story

A perfect prelude to an excellent story. Narrator was excellent as always. If you enjoyed the other books, you'll enjoy this one..

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  • Basil
  • 28-05-2018

Blackmore has no idea

How awesome this series is and how awesome Gus is. Netflix, please make this into a series. I hope there is a second prequel between this one and book 1.. there seems to be room for one... about 1+ years worth before meeting Scott. I loved it... just when there was nothing out there I see this one and I couldn't be happier. RC Bray didn't skip a beat.. one of the best narrators out there.

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  • Ethan C Soliday
  • 18-04-2018

Keith and R C team up for another heart stopper

Great book with the best narrator on this planet!! I had always wondered how Gus got to where we was, now we know. We also get a look at the type of man Gus was before the SHTF. Great writing I was hooked from the start and having R C Bray narrate for you doesn't hurt either!!

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  • Lori Jantzi
  • 20-04-2018

Loved it.

I have now listened to the whole Mountain Man series. Heading back to start over again. Great story line and narration!

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  • Brian
  • 20-04-2018

Thank you!!!

I loved the Mountain Man series, have listened to it a few times now. The story and narrator are great and it is easy to relate to Gus and the challenges he faces.
When I read online that there would be no more books in the Mountain Man series I was quite disappointed. Then I saw this book was released and I quickly bought it and listened to it in one day. it didn't let me down, it closed the loop on a lot of back stories and provided the zombie fighting action that I enjoy.

Thank you for writing this book! Please think about writing another Mountain Man book in the future.

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  • SLewis
  • 20-06-2018

Amazing!

I have not listened to any of the Mountain Man series so this is the beginning for me, not a prequel. This was such an exciting, scary, anxious, soul wretching and inspiring story I can't wait for this next; which I purchased well before finishing this one.
And once again, I think I could sit through R. C. Bray reading the IRS Tax Regulation Code in its entirety. I've listened to several series read by Mr. Bray and don't think I have heard a duplicated voice yet! Thank you sir.

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  • JJ
  • 24-05-2018

Pre-Mountain Man Gus

Bottom line, if you like the Mountain Man series you will like this book.

You get the pre-story we fans have always wanted of how Gus goes from overweight painter to hard-bitten survivor. Keith Blackmore does a great job tying the originals back into this prequel and he's thankfully not sloppy about it. After listening to this one, I restarted the series and it was every bit as satisfying with round number 5 or 6.

I think I'd almost be interested to hear how someone would process the whole arc with this as a starting point rather than a flash back.

And, of course, you can't go wrong with RC Bray. He nails it once again, bringing a softer, gentler and scared-er Gus to us. Although this is probably the end of the line with this story, fans can always hope and against hope that Blackmore will be back with more Gus in the future.

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  • Andrew McD
  • 23-04-2018

Finally!!!!!!!!!!

I've been waiting for this!!! Didn't care if it was a sequel or prequel, but, def needed more Gus in my life. The stuff that vomits from his mouth is literary gold. Start here, and move through the rest of the books. You will not be disappointed

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  • Simon
  • 17-04-2018

Another Chance to Walk With the Mountain Man!

When I reached the end of the Mountain Man series it was a bittersweet moment. I'd reached the end of the story of one of the most real-feeling characters of this rather crowded genre. I'd walked with the Mountain Man and his companions through many adventures and like most I felt like I had a friend in Gus. For the most part he was just an ordinary guy doing his kind of best to cope with his world being torn apart and infested with zombies with all the horror that brings.

The slightly odd thing about the original series was that by the time we start with Gus the zombie apocalypse has done its worst and we meet a character who is already through the shock phase and is well into the longer term mental and physical effects of being one of the few survivors.

This new book gives us a chance to walk with Gus again. A slightly younger and less jaundiced Gus but still very much Gus! We get a healthy helping of great Gusisms and lots of Blackmore's trademark zombie horror and pointed dialogue. Gus treats us frequently to his own brand of the coarse male crudeness that we all love him for and naturally with the voice of RC Bray (who else?) bringing it to us all feels right in Gus's dystopian world.

It's a chance to walk with the Mountain Man once more and fill in some of the blanks from the original series. Thanks Mr Blackmore!

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  • Gilly
  • 18-04-2018

Great Addition To The Series!

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I loved the Mountain Man book series and this is certainly not a let down.

Once i had finished the original books i was guttered that it had finished so had to buy the prequel straight away. It is a great insight into life before the mountain man and how it all started going wrong for gus. The story line wasn't as great as the original but if your a fan, it really wont matter.

RC bray is also a phenomenal audio book narrator, top draw!

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  • Darren-ZombieKebab-Dilnott
  • 31-05-2018

Where the hell is the special 6 star button?

This is what it's all about. This is Grade A, Top Shelf, Holy Grail, Diamond Encrusted, Baddest, of the Bad Ass Zombie Apocalypse stories ever. Damn i wish i could swear in this review!!
This is the Flipping, best Flipping, Zombie story i have ever Flipping listened to.
R. C. Bray at the helm, and holy sheet its an undead blast of epic proportions.
I've never heard dialogue, and story so utterly believable, and the terrifying pace is frantic, but absolutely hilarious in places.
This truly is perfection in my opinion.
The post apocalypse genre is swamp of total crap, with a few diamonds floating on the surface.
If you are looking for a hero who is an ex-Navy Seal \ Prepper \ Doctor \ al-round super human killer with good ole Christian values, then move along. You're in the wrong place.
No-one here can hot wire a car, or skin a baboon at 200 metres with just a toothbrush.
Gus is a normal, everyday guy, thrown in to the unimaginable.
Keith C. Blackmore is a true storyteller, and has created an absolute masterpiece.

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  • MR
  • 15-05-2018

Amazing

Great listen and ties the story in well. Some shocks in the book too. Nic job.

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  • VJ
  • 19-04-2018

As Good as it Gets!

I thoroughly enjoyed the Mountain Man series published before this prequel and am pleased to say that it is equally as good.
I have to say a big thank you to Simon who reviewed this book first - I wouldn’t have know it was available otherwise.

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  • Ben
  • 08-07-2018

Wow, amazing.

My only problem with this book was how fast I finished it. Never had a book so difficult to put down. Provides the much needed prelude to Gus’s journey, if you like the other books; this is an absolute must have. Wickedly funny and beautifully performed.

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  • Terri
  • 03-07-2018

Brilliant

Extremely good series, I would love for it to go on but unfortunately I realise it can't. R.C. Brady is an excellent narrator and the books would be nowhere near as good without him.

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  • Sparding
  • 26-06-2018

Welcome addition

Welcome addition to the series. As easy a listen as anything, which says a lot considering the setting. Unfortunately it ends all too soon ...

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  • ben85
  • 22-06-2018

love them all.

My favourite audiobook series. Strange but true. You end up getting attached to the main character. fantastic.

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  • Elmamaria
  • 26-09-2018

Very happy to hear more Mountain Man!

Having finished Mountain Man ages ago and devoured many other books read by R.C. Bray I was VERY happy to come across this prequel. Finished it in two days. Had to drop doing anything else of course. Loved it. Great well written and fabulously read characters. Thanks for giving us more Mountain Man. Makes me want to listen to the series all over again.

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