01 March 2012

Review: Mountain Man by Keith C. Blackmore

Mountain Man by Keith C. Blackmore

Published: 15 December 2011

Pages: 514 (paperback)

Genre/s: Zombie

Source: author for review

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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. 

My Thoughts

Imagine it – you’re stuck in a mountain cabin, the world is over-run by zombies and you’ve got nothing for company but movies, books and a massive stockpile of alcohol. Yeah I admit it; I’d be taking up the offer of some company in a bottle. So Gus’ reaction is completely human, and understandable. Alcohol is his friend, his escape and his sleeping pill.

Set sometime after 2026, in a world devastated by the zombapocalypse with humans few and far between, Gus awakes with a killer hangover most mornings and is systematically clearing the nearby city of anything useful to stock up his mountain retreat. As he moves through the city, encountering zombie after zombie he avoids signs of other humans in the area and focuses on his own survival and comfort.

Mountain Man is either non-stop action or heavily focused on character building, both of which are done very well and are perfectly balanced. As a character Gus is flawed, but those flawed parts of his personality are completely understandable given the circumstances of isolation and stress under which he has lived for so long. After finding a seriously injured man named Scott on one of his foraging runs, his character develops further and in fact shows that of a shy, insecure man who is really very kind at heart despite outward appearances and is desperate to block out the horror and fear he suffers every time he leaves his oasis on the mountain.

I particularly enjoyed the uniqueness of this story – Gus is not your typical zombie-killing hero, but his determination and loyalty are extremely admirable qualities. The horror of the undead, the uncertainty of daily living and the friendship that Gus forges with Scott under the most stressful of circumstances are all very well written.

With a serial killer, mysterious disappearing bodies and an action-packed ending, I have an awesome feeling book two is going to be even better!

If you like zombies, off-the-wall characters and a good balanced story, I highly recommend Mountain Man – this one will be sticking with me for a long time.


  1. I just received this book to review today. I can't wait to read it, especially after reading your awesome review!

    1. K, you need to read to read this asap - this is ultimate zombie survival!



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