By: Peter Clines

Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book to review. As is my policy with books that I receive for review, if I don’t like it, I don’t review it.

It wasn’t that awful long ago that I was reviewing the first novel in this series, Ex-Heroes.  In my review of the first one, I told you that it was a terribly fun read.  So, I jumped at the chance to read Ex-Patriots in hopes that it too would be a whole lot of fun to read.

Ex-Patriots picks up shortly after Ex-Heroes leaves off, rejoining the heroes and their group of survivors in the city of L.A., and their fortress they’ve dubbed “The Mount.”  Once again, Clines uses the alternating chapters structure, where we have one chapter in the now, and one in the past.  Because of the recency of my having read Ex-Heroes, it took me no time at all to get right back into the style.  Each of the past chapters lends a little bit into the story, and sets up the events that happen in the now chapters.

Ex-Patriots is just as well written as Ex-Heroes was, and just as fun to read.  He managed to find a way to bring the story along, develop the characters, and not make it seem like more of the same old situation.  After all, in a world where the super majority of the population have turned into zombies, how many major plots can be gained?  The ending clearly sets up another novel in the series, but does it in a way that also clearly ends the novel and the plot lines that carried us through the novel.

Once again, the book is full of fun superhero and zombie action, with plenty of other fun stuff thrown in to keep it lively.  I’ll be looking forward to reading the next one soon.