By Peter Clines
The first novel in Peter Clines' bestselling Ex series.
Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The effective Dragon. They have been heroes, utilizing their superhuman skills to make l. a. a greater position.
Then the plague of residing dying unfold all over the world. Billions died, civilization fell, and the town of angels was once left a desolate zombie wasteland.
Now, a 12 months later, the effective Dragon and his partners safeguard a final few thousand survivors of their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount. Scarred and traumatized by means of the horrors they’ve persevered, the heroes struggle the armies of starving ex-humans at their citadel’s gates, lead groups out to scavenge for supplies—and fight to be the symbols of energy and desire the survivors so desperately desire.
But the hungry ex-humans aren’t the single threats the heroes face. Former allies, their powers and psyches hideously twisted, lurk within the city’s ruins. And quite a few miles away, one other team is slowly gathering energy . . . led through an enemy with the main terrifying skill of all.
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The form of his head twisted to indicate at her. i'll, he nodded, yet I’d relatively no longer. “Why no longer? ” It feels … creepy whilst issues burn on me. She tilted her head. “How so? ” Did you ever see Carrie? “No. ” The sparkling wraith made a humming noise, and Lynne learned it used to be a sigh. ok, he acknowledged, think what it'd be prefer to have somebody unload a number of gallons of chilly, rotted pig blood full of maggots in all places you. Her face knotted up. “That’s disgusting. ” Yep. Cerberus glanced up at him. “Wuss. ” Lynne regarded among the 2 heroes. “Is that what exes consider like? ” That’s what every little thing stable sounds like while I’m like this. Exes are worse simply because i need to take into consideration what they're. The sparkling define shuddered within the air. I’ll do it to avoid wasting lives, don’t get me fallacious. yet I’d fairly wait until eventually that second if we will. “Switch lines,” known as out Bee. “Let’s no longer get drained earlier than we need to. ” Lynne gave them a brief nod and ran to the gate. The pikemen stepped again and passed off their guns. She improved with a brand new line and one other rating of exes twitched and dropped. Cerberus glanced up on the amazing determine. “That relatively what it sounds like? ” No, he acknowledged. It’s truly much worse. I’m simply now not first-class with phrases. The Bronson gate have been barricaded for over a yr. either side was once blocked with a big truck pressed opposed to the gates. one other set of vans were sponsored opposed to them and their tires slashed, growing an alley for any exes that slipped via. Stair devices and ladders opposed to the fallen autos enable patrols stand on most sensible and watch the crowds of exes. St. George dropped down out of the evening sky and landed on a truck with a noisy thump. He’d pulled on a few heavy boots, gloves, and a leather-based jacket coated with sew paintings and patches. He checked out the annoying faces and trembling guns. “How’s every person doing? ” The click-clack of numerous enamel rose from outdoors the gate to fill the air. Makana gave him a thumbs-up. “We’re peachy,” he stated. “You men have it easy,” he acknowledged. “No pike paintings. ” “Rather be spearing ’em than sitting here,” acknowledged a heavy guy with brief blond dreadlocks. The hero appeared out over the Bronson front. the fast driveway used to be filled with the lifeless. They beat on the vehicles throughout the gate, and the affects shook underneath their toes. a minimum of 400 exes packed the realm among the gate and the road. past them, they mobbed the road, a crowd that unfold off into the darkness in both path. “Don’t provide in to fear,” St. George acknowledged. A muffled cough at the back of his throat despatched a couple of curls of smoke out of his nostrils. “If you’re scared, that’s general. It’s been a hell of an afternoon. but when you enable worry take over, you’re pretty much as good as useless. make sure that you do your activity they usually can’t get in. ” A rail-thin lady shook her head. “What concerning the SS? ” “We’ll look after them, don’t fear. ” “But how? We can’t shoot at humans. We can’t—” “I said,” he interrupted, “we’ll look after them. You don’t have to fear approximately it. ” “No element being concerned besides, correct?