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Mountain Man: Prequel

Written by: Keith C. Blackmore
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Mountain Man, Book 0.4
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 great prequel

awesome prequel to a great series. after finishing the series it left me wanting. this added great back story to Gus.

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love the mountain man series

loved it... just like the rest of the series..I hope we someday get another installment..

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best..ever!

was amazing ! if there was a story that gave the most realistic zombie, this was it!. Being Canada also got me hooked, and all the events literally could imagine as it unfolded. R. C. Bray has got to be one of the best narrators I have ever listened too.. hope for more!

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Worthy Prequel. Read it Fourth.

If you are a fan of the series, this book takes us back to when Zombies first showed up in all their full-speed, homicidal glory. They have inhuman ferocity and strength initially, gradually turning into the slower, vicious mindless cannibals we all know and love. Blackmore writes fantastically vivid, descriptive, and horrifying scenes. Then he adds flat-out funny dialogue. Best line: "Her boobs were perked up like two puppies smelling barbecue". Describing Zombie brains as "Head-Cheese and Bad Jam" is gloriously repulsive, but somehow humorous. It's clear Blackmore understands how silly this premise really is, and doesn’t take himself TOO seriously. Gus, an obese house-painter, makes you realistically ask the question "What Would ^I^ do if this crazy sh*t happenned?" It's not 'Shaun of the Dead' parody, but attains a nice balance of scary and ludicrous. Later books in the series shift from Zombie threats to Undead Animal threats to Human threats. This one is a good refresher...straight-up Zombie menace. It breaks up the plot progression in the 'Mountain Man' series nicely. R.C. Bray is...well...R.C. Bray This is a 5 out of 5 production from one of the best collections in the genre.

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Amazing

Another awesome listen. Favourite series so far on Audible. Now that I’ve finished them, I’ll be starting all over again. Have also followed narrator R.C Bray on to other books due to his performance. A pleasure to listen too. Can’t recommended enough.

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A horrific Zombie thrill ride!

Blackmore once again proves his apocalyptic genius. Edge of your seat Horde-culture reading, everytime. RC Bray brings this literal world to life with sheer perfection.

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good listening

love it , great story telling , some funny humor , zombies really what's not to love.

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WOW!! GENIUSLY FUNNY

This audiobook manage to force you in grasping suspensfull state of shock, and at that right moment, kicks you in the face with a SOLIDE joke. dont get pass this one, trust me. its everything that an audiobook should be, and more

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love this series

A great zombie/apocalypse book series, very well amd descriptive writing and the unmistakable voice of R.C. Bray just makes it that much more epic !!!

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Zombies...in Nova Scotia!

I have to admit, I've never watched a zombie anything, or read a zombie anything, but while looking for my next read, I stumbled upon this jewel. This was SUCH a fun book to listen to, because I'm a Nova Scotian. The writer's taken some (big) liberties with the Annapolis Valley (where there is no city, nothing even remotely like a city), but it was still really fun, and only those of us who actually live here would understand it. Appreciate R.C Bray for not slaughtering the name of Antigonish. Doubt he'd get Musquodoboit right on the first go, though. Maybe we'll see. ;) I also appreciate that he didn't try to give us terrible accents, though a subtle Scotish lilt is fine. (Anna) What caught my attention was the name of the 3rd book Hellifax. I thought...no, not my Halifax. But it was. So, I decided to listen in order, and started here. Turns out I really like the writer so far. He's quite funny, and doesn't use childish grade 7 terminology, which makes me happy. It's always nice when a writer can actually write. Made me buy the Omnibus, and if I enjoy it I'll finish the series. I have almost 1/2 this book to go, but I'll finish it tonight. We're going to have some problems with firearms in later books I know, because in Canada most of us do not have a gun, we are not a gun society here like our Southern neighbours. I have a rifle because we have livestock but without an FAC, you can't buy ammunition. No semi autos, handguns must be registered, and we don't permit silencers here at all. But I'm sure he's writing for the wider US market, who do love their guns.

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  • Tracy P.
  • 2018-10-24

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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  • Basil
  • 2018-05-28

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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  • Jeremy S. Thomson
  • 2018-04-19

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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  • Thomas
  • 2018-10-23

Gus Berry begingings expertly told by RC Bray

Man, Keith C Blackmore did not disappoint with the prequel for the Mountain Man book series. RC Bray who is my absolute favorite narrator made Gus Berry come alive again. The Book has some laughs, chills, and terror all wrapped in one neat package. I would listen to the store while going on my early morning walks and more than once would look over my shoulder thinking a zombie was coming out between a house to come eat me. Well Done Keith C. Blackmore and RC Bray! Bravo...Wish we could keep the Gus Berry stories going, but only if RC Bray keeps narrating the stories.

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  • Brian
  • 2018-04-20

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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  • Kyle R. Bemis
  • 2018-05-10

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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  • Cindy Palmatier
  • 2018-04-19

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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  • Andrew McD
  • 2018-04-23

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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  • Ethan C Soliday
  • 2018-04-18

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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  • Steve Sauer
  • 2018-04-17

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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