Third book in a series about superheroes after the zombie Apocalypse.

Publication year: 2013
Format: Audio
Narrator: Mark Boyett, Jay Snyder, and Khristine Hvam
Running Time: 10 hrs, 20 m

The zombie Apocalypse has overrun the world but there’s one spot of resistance where humans still survive. A group of superheroes is defending a fortified part of Los Angeles they call the Mount. They’ve battled not only exes, as the zombies are called, but sometimes also other humans, and a super villain who can control the exes, Legion.

The book starts thirty months after the apocalypse and almost a year after the end of the previous book, Ex-Patriots. There’s not much recapping of previous events, so I strongly recommend reading both Ex-Heroes and Ex-Patriots first. The book also deals with some characters and plot lines which were introduced in the first book. As in the previous books, this book is divided between flashbacks which are titled “Then” and chapters set in the current time, “Now.”

The Ex-Communication starts with a bang; Legion is attacking the Mount with the exes and he has made them wear helmets. This upsets the defenders and makes them unsure about themselves. However, the heroes are able to turn back the tide, but it’s obvious that Legion has upped the ante.

Then we get a first person POV “Then” chapter with Max who died in the first book. He was able to change into a demon form known as Cairax Murrain. However, it seems that he was a sorcerer and is able to cheat death. And Zzzap is willing to help him and persuade the other heroes to help, too. Unfortunately, they don’t tell much about it all to the normal humans and they draw the wrong conclusions, namely, that humans can return from being an ex.

In an other “Then” chapter we get a journal from a young woman who is trying to run away from the zombies. At first, the entries feel quite repetitive (in fact, I was starting to wonder if there was something wrong with the audio file) but that’s intentional. The girl is a interesting new character.

This book deals a little with how the normal people are dealing. The ones we see the most often are the ones defending the Mount and going on raids into the city. In this book, some have found religion and are (rather desperately) trying to find passages in the Bible which would give instructions about zombie apocalypse. Some of them want to think that being an ex is just a disease and people can recover from it. They are also going to elect a mayor to the Mount. None of the heroes want to be a candidate.

Most of the characters are familiar from the previous books. The main POV is from St. George, a Superman-type hero who is mainly concerned with defending the people and the Mount. The other POV is from Captain Freedom, a soldier who is was made into a super soldier. Both are experienced fighters.

This was a good continuation to the series and the heroes have to deal with a problem they haven’t yet met: magic. It might feel a bit out of place to some people in a series based on science, or at least science as known in comics, but plenty of comics have also magic so I didn’t have a problem with it.

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