Summary

An epidemic has killed off most humans, turning the rest into beasts with sharp nails, keen senses and an insatiable hunger. Now, years later, a solitary survivor hides in a trailer above a dead city. This is life with the door and windows taped shut, where survival comes down to two, simple rules: stay quiet, and protect the air.
One day, a visitor comes up the mountain. It's a meeting that leads to a fateful decision, and a sacrifice that will change everything.
Collected here for the first time, The Mountain and The City is a post-apocalyptic serial that has kept its faithful listeners on the edge of their seats time and time again.
©2012 Brian Martinez (P)2013 Brian Martinez
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Oberhardt on 24-01-14

A Touching Single Book Post-Apocalypse Novel

The Mountain and the City is dreamy, poignant novel of a young lady in a post apocalypse world. she has lived in isolation for a number of years, since the collapse, but leaves her isolation for an unexpected reason, to readers and I expect the character.

The world itself described was unique. We aren't talking standard template slow zombies, fast zombies, etc, but a world of new ideas. It was a touching story of humanity. When being an uninfected human doesn't make you human, nor an infected inhuman.

I liked how the book wrapped up with part zero, which covered the collapse and the girl.

Both endings (the main story, and part zero) were on the sad side, I do admit.

On a technical note, I found the audio volume level a bit low. It was OK on headphones, but when using my phone speaker I was unable to listen to the book, as opposed to most other books I listen to. The narrator speed was a little slow as well, but the audiobook speed adjustments handle that.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Howard on 25-09-17

After burning myself out on Zombie books (most of

them utter trash) I found myself looking for a dystopic novel to listen to. I finally purchased TM&TC... after it lay languishing in my wish list for well nigh on a year.

I am SO glad I purchased it. The story and premise are unique to the zombie genre- it is well constructed world but the author is "John LeCarre like" in his lack of "telling you how it all happened" but letting the reader deduce, through scattered and dissonant clues, what is really going on.
i found the child like language of the protagonist poignant and the use of phrase (which the author should copy-rite) "for that is what life is" provoking on so many levels.

Push on past zero- I beg you. The conclusion is every bit as good as the prologue- which is not to say that the novel (or novels- not sure which) is not outstanding.

Well written, disturbing and, as all good novels are, a reflection of the fears and desires of our current age!

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