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Electric wheels. Axes and leather. And the long road into madness.

After securing the vast government bunker of Whitecap and learning of her affliction, Collie decides to head west to challenge the sinister road clan known as the Leather and kill its leader, the Dog Tongue.

Along for the ride is Gus Berry, who knows full well the very thing that is killing Collie is also keeping her alive. His growing affection for the operator is only matched by his dislike of the one called Milo, the very man who shot her, who Collie insists on bringing along on their mission. Gus won’t allow her to venture alone into the Leather-ruled westlands, yet he also knows that to go with her means to die inside.

Together, the special operator, the reluctant survivalist, and the unleashed prisoner will have to depend on each other as they tread into the unknown. There, they will face an ominous new order. An order bent on creating a medieval empire upon the broken wills and spines of their minions, all the while weaponizing the very thing that destroyed civilization in the first place.

Behind Collie and Gus is a pocket of humanity struggling to survive. Ahead of them, an insane army. And to save their people, Collie and Gus will have to kill the one called the Dog Tongue.

What they intend to do is dangerous. Hopeless. Mindless.

©2021 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Blackmore Needs a New Editor or a Break

I have bought and listened to every Mountain Man book to date, but this one really falls short. I have enjoyed 'Gus' world' but it's no longer engaging and all the little issues that bothered me in every book culminated as a massive annoyance in this edition.

For the love of my sanity STOP with the similies! The gross overuse is mind numbing. Blackmore desperately needs to find a better editor/publisher who can expand his vocabulary and smack him with a rolled newspaper when he tries to add similies and analogies as prime content.

Gus as a character is turning into a pouty, man-baby making poor decisions again and again. The main protagonists all speak exactly the same. Cheesy one liners, out-dated references, and petty observations dominate the entirety of this story. I don't think I've rolled my eyes so many times while listening to an audio book.

The only thing that saved this mediocrity is the fantastic narrative ability of RC Bray. He is able to take almost any mess and morph it into something that could be in the running for a Pulitzer Prize... almost.

This Mountain Man fan is sorely disappointed.

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Weak Entry in Best Series in the Genre

Don't believe me that it's the best? Download the free episode "The Hospital" and give it a listen. Heart-pounding tension, genuinely harrowing scenarios, vividly described battles, and gut-wrenching gore are accompanied by relatable expletive-laced dialogue, thought-provoking philosophical questions, and laugh-out-loud commentary. Keith C. Blackmore clearly understands just how ludicrous this apocalyptic premise is and revels in it. You could legitimately picture Graham Chapman (of Monty Python) walking in at some point: "STOP THAT! STOP THAT!  - TOO SILLY!!"
..but that doesn't happen. Instead - if you can suspend disbelief - you can immerse yourself in genuine entertainment. Blackmore's violent but rollercoaster-fun approach makes that effortless.
(Note: This is still an immature offering.. don't expect "literature". Besides being purely adrenaline-fuelled, some of the writing is pretty weak. Blackmore's imagination of children in particular - constantly farting, scratching and sniffing bums, picking their noses - is laughably bad.)

This episode is more a quest-oriented human v human story than other entries, but survival is still the focus. This *is* a zombie book, after all. Masses of single-minded rotting cannibals exist but are nearly all rotted away. Psychopathic humans are the main challenge in Blackmore's evolving post-apocalyptic Canada. But the undead make a gloriously violent appearance.

R.C. Bray is simply the best narrator in the business (*NB: unless forced to do accents).
I have purchased a number of audiobooks merely because his name was attached to the project. Bray's tone is easy to listen to for hours. His instinct for emphasis and sense of cadence/pacing is unparalleled. And there are no accents here. Bray is masterful.

This isn't close to the best installment in the series (not enough zombies), but it’s still worthy of 3.5 stars. Yes, it's cringeworthy silliness.. but buy it, stow your reservations, and enjoy!

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Amazing Keith and RC have done it again

I sometimes get worried around book 6 in a series because the original ideas go away and the author loses the flow of a series, Well that has not happened here. I enjoyed this book so much I was sad it was over. Some would have pieced this book in to multiple books to make more but this was not done here and makes you feel like you get your money worth. If this isn't my favorite in the mountain Man series then it is in the top three for sure.
The Narrator, RC Bray has nailed it once again, when he is reading Gus it makes me feel like Gus is telling me the story and I love that. Mountain Man is the series that introduced me to Bob and he has ruined pretty much every other book not performed by him, thanks a lot lol
Keith and Bob you guys do amazing work together and please keep it up for many years to come

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Good ride

I enjoyed this series quite a bit. The narrator makes this series happen. Wouldn’t mind one more book to complete the series.

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Great story, Great performance

Big fan of the series and R.C. Bray. My only complaint is that our old friend Captain Morgan didn't make an appearance inplace of Uncle Jack. The Limo is a good addition but far fetched. Now I'm stuck never wanted the series to end, looking for a new series. You will enjoy this series.

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Love this series

I have read the mountain man series over and over. Always hope there will be more. Im glad Ken M told me about mountain man years ago!! Great reading!

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I really tried

I have loved the Mountain Man series from the beginning.
KCB should have stopped after the third book. They've just gone down hill. I realize when you've got fans clamoring for more, you indulge them. Just stop, please.
I had to stop listening, Bad guys that are SO BAD, they carry around a spider in their mouth? Seriously? I got eye strain, rolling my eyes. That was the final straw.
I will gladly relisten to MM, up to the third book, the 1rst prequel, the hospital. (All fantastic books)
RC Bray is great, as usual but even he can't save this stinker.

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Not as Good

If you read the last book I would suggest you stop there and not get into this one. The story and character development is only a downhill continuation. I done feel it's fair to give a book a 1 with out explanation so spoilers below. The short version of feedback is that it feels like the author got lazy or just wanted another book out without putting in the effort.

Spoilers - You have been advised

1) There is a hostage situation where they leave a leather alive, spider. Considering Milo is a trained soldier and they were killing leather by the hundreds by now it made zero sense. Gap in character development and just plain story.

2) Milo and Guss get out of rhe vehicle to save a kid. Once again a big gap in logic and story. Gus had probably 40 pages dedicated to him mulling and thinking he would never willingly be take prisoner yet he does so. To save a kid who is screwed anyways. Milo is a soldier and also goes along who had experienced first hand the torture. No rational person who do such a thing because that action wouldn't save the kid.

3) When the leather are unconscious they have a great opportunity to crack a windo and shoot a few more. Yet don't. Pretty dumb.

4) Gus breaks without torture and then Milo just let's him stay behind??? To what... risk being captured again? He is a liability to the mission and whitecap. No way would he not let Colleen know. Gus staying behind was ridiculous a 2nd time based upon this. Sure enough he gets captured again...

Much like the walking dead this series seems to be going past its expiration date.

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Excellent

Another great book in the series. Emotional and exciting. Fast paced and gripping. Loved every word.

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One word: MORE!!

The non-stop ride-along with Gus Berry continues. Another excellent story by Keith C. Blackmore that is matched by the usual level of awesome narration by RC Bray.

The MM story must continue - my vote is for MM7!!

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  • Jesse
  • 2021-03-11

We need book 7 and we need it now!

Keith and R.C. did it again! Guss has to be one of the best characters out there! This needs to be made into a tv series, screw the walking dead we want Guss!

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  • Jeremy Dorminy
  • 2021-03-09

Thank you Keith and R.C.!

I'm so excited about this book. I keep hitting the back button to make sure I hear every word. I love this series! I didn't think there would be another book but here we are!

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  • Shanon
  • 2021-03-12

ONE DESPERATE SITUATION TO THE NEXT, AGAIN & AGAIN!!!

OMG!!! What is with this author?? Ruining a perfectly good story with OVERLY DRAMATIC scenarios every other chapter! It is flat out annoying. I love this genre, the zombie, eotw fantasies and most supernatural styled worlds. What gets under the skin is good authors making beginners mistakes. Mistakes like trying to keep a full length run of suspense throughout the entire book. I have to skip chapters or jump to the end in order to make story worth listening too because it feels like it will never end for find a satisfactory conclusion. Also, mistakes like ignoring basic human psychology and disregarding common sense. This author tries but fails miserably. He also drops the ball when it comes to military tactics while writing in main characters that are supposed to former special forces or high speed low drag soldiers and Marines. They do things and perform ridiculous actions that NO trained military personnel would ever consider! It is highly frustrating. The only saving grace for this book is RC Bray. He is an excellent narrator and brings the book to life. This series is not worth the cost of the credits required to purchase it.

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  • Brutis
  • 2021-03-16

One To Far For The Series

I preordered this book because I have read the whole series. That made this a giant disappointment when I started reading it and there was not only anything new but the zombies had turned into friendly chums to have as pals. I gave it my best try to force through but only made four of sixteen-hour book.

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  • melonie burton
  • 2021-03-10

I am in love with this series.

I've listened to the whole series now about 5 or 6 times. I hope Mr. Blackmore keeps writing them. I'm anxious to find out more about the Mountianeer that's in Banth.

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  • A. Longano
  • 2021-04-19

Did IQs suddenly drop?

RC Bray still brings a phenomenal performance but unlike the previous books in this chapter there are many uncharacteristic logic mistakes with characters not making sound decisions. examples: a super scifi limo that Collie never tells anyone how to operate?, why mention that the little girl may be special and never deal with it again, wouldn't someone have just killed the Spider about 3 times, why would Collie not just shoot the tires out when he escapes in a regular pick-up, would have been nice to have the big bad suffer more in their death scene, not giving a gun to Top Gun gets ridiculous, etc. Also we the series continues to get more and more littered with homophobic slurs, unnecessary. Still, there is good humor sprinkled about and the action is nonstop. Hopefully the next in the series will fix some of these opportunities and be as awesome as the rest of the books.

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  • Marlon
  • 2021-05-17

Well this is for me

Well this is it for me. I'm done with this nonsense, once they were willing to give up the limousine for a child that was already dead this far in the apocalypse I was done. Tell me what justification they could give to get out the car. NONE, all it does is makes them look like none of them should be alive this far in. I can't believe it, I really can't believe the crazy of how they tried to justify that. If they were going to have it go this way, Gus should've just let that chick kill him at the house because him killing his Brother who was the most successful of the new world warlords would have been better alive. He could've saved human kind.

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  • joel whitaker
  • 2021-04-03

waiting for the next part

I like that these books come out every so often so you can get back to the story. I find I miss the mountain man saga then. this book perfectly sets up another book. I really liked that another bottle showed up that was perfect and unexpected!

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  • Mr Dangerous
  • 2021-03-16

Buddy cop movie...

There was too much action, not enough story. The actual story was pretty thin. The buddy cop relationship was obvious and nothing new. Very surface. All this being said, I still enjoyed it.

Bray always gives a good read. He's perfect for this series.

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  • Margaret C.
  • 2021-04-28

I need more of Gus!

I honestly didn’t think I’d like these books, but I really really do!!! I ripped through all 6 books in about a week in a half! Absolutely awesome!

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