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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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Gus is back!

great prequal to a great series with an amazing narrator! only wish there were 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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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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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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Outstanding series.. savour it.

What we have here may be the best series of audio books ever to be penned and voiced. certainly the best of this genre.

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Great lead in to a great series

Loved the introduction to the flashbacks that Gus had. Ties the story up for me.

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Disappointing

In my opinion this book was not anywhere near as enjoyable as the rest of the series, at some points it was almost a struggle to get through and I think this book adds very little to the series. R C Bray was excellent as usual with the delivery but it's just a shame the content let it down.

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Here we go again

I just love this series I hope Keith can squeeze another one out :) Now I have to listen to the rest of them- AGAIN!!

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How it happened ...The Mountain Man

Great prequel: Thank you so much Keith C. Blackmore for providing another in this fantastic series, this book did not disappoint. Your collaboration with RC Bray brought Gus back to us thanks to both of you. I drive a lot in my job often in remote areas of Australia listening to this book had me checking the rear vision mirrors as I was so enthralled (scared me) it gives great insight into Gus and his coping mechanism later with Captain Morgan. This is PTSD on steroids how any one could keep it together is amazing great prequel to a fantastic series. 4.5 out of 5

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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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  • 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!

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Kyle R. Bemis
  • 10-05-2018

Man o man

What a great prequel!! I’ve loved the rest of the series so much that I’ve actually listened to it twice and this truly was one of the best prequels I’ve ever read/listened to. Interesting back stories, intense action, and a lot of answered questions. Well done!

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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

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Jeffrey Lynch
  • 20-04-2018

GUS IS BACK!

I just never wanted it to end. It was amazing and incredibly sad to hear how Gus ended up by himself and assumed the role of Mountian Man!

Loved every part of it and wished there was more!

Mr. Blackmoore please keep writing about our Hero!

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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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  • 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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  • Steve Sauer
  • 17-04-2018

Gus is Back!!!!

Keith C. Blackmore is Back
R. C. Bray is Back
And Yes Gus is Back
Need one say more

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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!

Any additional comments?

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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  • Vanessa
  • 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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  • Gez
  • 02-07-2018

Loved it

After reading the short story of the hospital I decided to get this. Enjoyable zombie horror

1 of 1 people found this review helpful