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Ex-Heroes, #4

Agent Smith isn’t the only one playing head games in this story. Peter Cline starts off in normalcy which isn’t what readers of this series are used to in the least. In fact, I wasn’t sure if I was reading the same series or whether the fourth book was a prequel. However, continuing to read enlightened me, and I discovered a unique twist unveiling how the mind can play tricks on you. Eventually, the story returns to the familiar exes and the fight for survival but don’t expect the mind games to stop, because they don’t. Though initially off-putting, this book is actually quite brilliant. Stealth and St George become more human and less superhero, though they are still definitely superheroes. The fights, solutions and the will to live are well-portrayed. And, as usual, upon finishing this book, I look forward to the next. Is there a way for this small group of survivors to hold on and flourish? Are there any more pockets of survivors out there?

George Bailey has a normal life; get up, go to work, come home, but something doesn’t seem quite right. When a young girl in a wheelchair shows up on the college campus where he works, stating that she knows him, George is even more confused. He’s sure he’s never seen her before. Then, when his car breaks down near an Army recruiting station, George is sure that Lt Freedom should be a CPT. What is going on? Eventually, flashes of what seems to be horror movies slip in. Now, George is really worried. Is he losing his mind?

Book Blurb for Ex-Purgatory

When he’s awake, George Bailey is just an ordinary man. Five days a week he coaxes his old Hyundai to life, curses the Los Angeles traffic, and clocks in at his job as a handyman at the local college. 

But when he sleeps, George dreams of something more.

George dreams of flying. He dreams of fighting monsters. He dreams of a man made of pure lightning, an armored robot, a giant in an army uniform, a beautiful woman who moves like a ninja.   

Then one day as he’s walking from one fix-it job to the next, a pale girl in a wheelchair tells George of another world, one in which civilization fell to a plague that animates the dead…and in which George is no longer a glorified janitor, but one of humanity’s last heroes.

Her tale sounds like madness, of course. But as George’s dreams and his waking life begin bleeding together, he starts to wonder—which is the real world, and which is just fantasy?

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2014 4.00