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The Mountain Man Omnibus

Books 1-3
Written by: Keith C. Blackmore
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 27 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (85 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Mountain Man, book 1: Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

Not only does he face a corpse-infested urban hell, human scavengers, and unending loneliness, but now a new mystery has risen.... The undead are disappearing from the streets. A force is gathering beyond the mountain man's wildest nightmares, even more relentless and terrifying than the roaming tides of dead flesh. And it's preparing to hunt. Contains graphic language and scenes of violence.

Safari, book 2: A new mystery has risen for Gus - the undead are disappearing from the streets. A force is gathering beyond the mountain man's darkest nightmares, even more relentless and terrifying than the roaming tides of dead flesh. And it's preparing to hunt.

Hellifax, book 3: A serial killer stalks the ice-glazed streets. Half-frozen deadheads choke the avenues. Infected vermin rise from the labyrinth of sewer systems, hungry for warm flesh. And a handful of survivors struggle to escape and find someplace safe. In his hunt for Tenner, Scott discovers he must contend with all of this before things truly get worse. Welcome to Hellifax.

©2011 Keith C. Blackmore (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Different

I really liked this book and as my first foray into the zombie genre, I was impressed. 3 books for the price of one was also a very good deal.
R.C. Bray aces the narration as usual. I chose books that I normally wouldn't be interested in, based on the fact that he's the narrator, hence first zombie book.
I found Gus intriguing and as slow as the book seemed at times, it kept drawing me in and I could hardly wait to listen to it.
I recommend taking a chance on this book. Action, character growth and a few unexpected twists and turns kept me listening.
I could almost smell the zombies

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An entertaining story and fantastic performance

I am a big fan of this author and this narrator. They are a perfect pairing. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories of the mountain man, a unique survival story in a saturated genre. I highly recommend this collection. Every once and a while when absorbed in the story I would be right there with Gus and the Captain sipping on some Scotch. #Audible1

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great story 1 to 3

enjoyed the beginning then it book 2 got a little redundant but book 3 brought it back. overall very satisfied. narrator does a good job.

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Simply a amazing horror book!

It had everything from small romance to dramaticly graphic horror signs that will make your skin crawl!

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The book to get me hooked on Audio Books!

After listening to the Hospital written by Kieth C. Blackmore and Narrated by R.C. Bray to test Audiobooks to see if I liked them I was completely and utterly hooked. I've listened to over 50 of them now, R.C. Bray still being my most favorite narrator.

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Wow

All 3 books had me hooked but you need to listen to the hospital first to understand the first book. Without listening to the hospital first it would be still great but it made it so much better. Best audio book series ever.

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GREAT

What a great story and performance by one of the top three best narrators !! Wow

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Great listen

If you enjoy post apocalypse, this is for you i really enjoyed it.
Great ending

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Annoyingly predictable

these books are so predictable and the author seems to forget about half of the things that he's already said. and when I say predictable I mean very predictable, I understand it's supposed to be a thriller, action even horror, but most of, if not everything, is boring, eye rolling and unnecessary.

but like in every other book that he does R.C Bray does a great job regardless of the story and the mispronunciations

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Do I have to write one of these novels myself?

Characters: uninspired/ mostly annoying/ unlikely to survive a stubbed toe
Story: tired, poorly executed
Writing: highschool graduate quality

Side note: If you know nothing about firearms (or firearms law in Canada) maybe just avoid writing about them.

I can not for the life of me understand why this sort of writing is being reviewed so highly in audible?

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  • Steve
  • 2015-07-30

Great read, keeps you engaged

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a great read if you're into zombie books. I found reasons to have alone time or take long drives because I wanted to hear how it turned out.

What did you like best about this story?

I was interested in the characters and their development; made me root for certain characters and despise others (oh, and the action wasn't bad either!). It was like watching a great mini series where you really can't wait for the next episode to see what happens next.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

As usual, amazing. I've started choosing books solely because he's the narrator.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's a zombie book...so no. :-)

Any additional comments?

Good read if you want to take a mental break and hear a great action story.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2015-10-06

Got Ominbus?

One Credit, Three Great Books
First, let me say these are great Zombie books at regular price, the fact that two of them are basically free is a great deal. You can spend three credits or three times the money, for the price of this one omnibus. Even if you did not like the first book, you would only be out one credit. The even greater thing about this series, is that you can get, The Hospital, for free. Get that and if you don't love it, don't buy the omnibus. If you like The Hospital, you will like these three books.

Gus is the star of the first two books. He is a regular guy, no solider, no special training, everything he knows he learned watching movies from the Seventies and Eighties. He scratches his junk, worries about his bowel movements and does a lot of drinking. A lot of drinking. EVERY MORNING I SQUEEZE PIPE. I enjoyed the second book, Safari the most. Gus is pretty much the only character. We kind of watch him go mad. He has lived alone for a long time and his best friend his a bottle of Captain Morgan. It is kind of like Tom Hanks in Castaway and his soccer ball. There is a lot of language and a lot of gore.

The third book is great, but not as good as the first two. Scott is the main character and he is just not as interesting as Gus. There are some slow parts or some shoot-em up parts that bored me, but not many. This book is grosser then the first two and has some well written scenes. When Scott takes a walk with the Zombies and starts to panic, I almost had a panic attack with him. Very well written. The third book especially, you want to listen in as large as chunks as possible. The longer you listen the more you become part of the characters. Anytime you quit and come back, it takes a little while to get that involved again. I actually missed an exit once, I was so into the story.

Bray is perfect, perfect, perfect.

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  • L. Anderson
  • 2015-10-22

unexpected!!

If you could sum up The Mountain Man Omnibus in three words, what would they be?

Did not think I would enjoy these books as zombies are not my thing... However, these books are wonderful!

I downloaded the free copy of the hospital and was hooked from there!

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  • Espanolish
  • 2017-01-11

The Earth Abides

My opinion may get lost in the hordes other reviews already swarming around this three-in-one book. Still, I'll pitch a tiny squeak into the clamoring accolades because, other than serving my ego, it might be worth it to anyone who is familiar with the classic novel Earth Abides, which is a 1949 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by George R. Steward.

There is strong parallelism between Blackmore's Mountain Man Omnibus: Books 1-3 and Steward's Earth Abides. While Earth Abides has nothing to do with zombies, the main character is a force of nature or force of something other than a person. In the Mountain Man Omnibus series, an apocalyptic event is also the character. Steward is asserted to be the father of this approach/sub-genre. Certainly, Steward he created and opened a portal that a select few like Blackmore have skillfully, impressively stepped through. More pointedly though, is Blackmore's adept characterization of a very specific sub-event that takes place, with recognizable similarity, in Steward's Earth Abides' world. My intent is not to give anything away so I'll swerve miles clear of that and stop right there.

Also, I do not mean my comment as a criticism of Blackmore as he gave renewed life and fresh identity to work that, while precious and classic, is very likely now under-read and under-appreciated. Blackmore proffers plenty of never-before exposed (perhaps that phrase is too strong but you know what I mean) terrain to keep the Omnibus journey feeling garden fresh, and he certain brings a unique voice to the genre. I compliment him on being well-read and for evidently holding George R. Steward's work in high regard. The best form of flattery is imitation...

As for me, I hold them both in high regard. Blackmore is certainly smart by avoiding reinvention of Steward's wheel, and instead making it shimmer anew in brilliant light.

The narration was superb. R. C. Bray kept it personal and read as if the story were his own.

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  • LTC R.
  • 2017-06-11

I actually liked the main character

What did you love best about The Mountain Man Omnibus?

I liked this book series. The main character reminded me of an actual person vs some super zombie killer.

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  • Dogs & Horses
  • 2018-06-20

Lots of fun with an interesting twist to the genre

First let me say that when I see RC Bray as the narrator, I know I will get the best narration possible. He makes each character stand apart from the others and his voice submerges you into the story.

This collection is a bit different from other zombie books. First, it's set in Canada and that creates an entirely new feel for the environment and the cultural reactions of the characters. Secondly, the story starts two years after the world changed and the dead rose. The characters are accustomed to the circumstances and requirements for basic survival from page one. This means we get right to the heart of the story without any thing else clogging up the first few chapters. Then the author throws us loop and a twist that I haven't seen before in this genre. No spoilers, but he definitely raises the ick factor by ten fold!

The action is steady and makes logical sense as the story progresses. My one complaint is the obessesion with liquor page after page after page. The constant boozing and resulting foolish decisions began to really irritate me by the middle of book two. So much common sense before that and then the alcohol fused stupidity began to tear the story apart for me. However, book three takes a different turn and I was hooked again. Definitely worth the time.

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  • N. Kerr
  • 2015-08-26

Love A Good Zombie Romp!

After realizing this story was set in Canada, and not Maryland, I settled in for the ride. The story of a drunk, with a zombie problem, is entertaining, and thrilling enough, for a veteran reader, of the genre.

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  • Kurt Schwoppe
  • 2017-04-15

Canadian Walking Dead - Eh

If you like the Walking Dead and don't mind 27 hours of one dimensional story telling, this Omnibus is for you. Don't get me wrong, the books are entertaining and the writing is reasonable, but zombie skull crushing and endless "kill or be killed" situations, can only go so far. Best thing about this book is the Credit to Entertainment ratio, which is actually very high. As far as the performance goes, in these types of genres, RC Bray is always the best. So go ahead and indulge - even though I rate it 3 stars, you definitely get your credit's worth. Just don't expect to go around saying "I listened to this amazing book".

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Erin
  • 2015-08-11

A break from the same old zombie fiction.

At first I found it hard to relate to Gus. After a few near death encounters, you really start to get the guy. Same with Scott. As you progress through the story, each character is developed nicely. Until you know the whole crowd pretty well. The good guys have it tough, but justice prevails...there are worse things than zombies in this book and they get what's coming to them.

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  • scott
  • 2015-08-01

Get it, read it and don't look back.

One of the freshest takes on zpoc fiction without cheesy characters and mugging one liners. Can't wait to get into book 4!!

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