Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Post for the Week of August 25th. We share the 10 books from this week that caught our eye featuring Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thrillers, and more. Enjoy!
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Vox by Christina Dalcher
Narrated by Julia Whelan
Publisher Penguin Audio
One of Entertainment Weekly’s and SheReads’ books to read after The Handmaid’s Tale
One of Good Morning America’s “Best Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer”
Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, Vox is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.
On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial – this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.
This is just the beginning.
Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke 16,000 words a day, but now women have only 100 to make themselves heard.
But this is not the end.
For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.
The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal
Publisher Audible Studios
Mary Robinette Kowal continues the grand sweep of alternate history begun in The Calculating Stars. The Fated Sky looks forward to 1961, when mankind is well established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonizing, Mars.
Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there’s a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic – but potentially very dangerous – mission. Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the civil rights movement taking hold all over Earth, will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women of all races be treated equitably when they get there?
This gripping look at the real conflicts behind a fantastical space race will put a new spin on our visions of what might have been.
Insurgent by Basil Sands
Narrated by Basil Sands
Publisher Permuted Press
“Basil Sands’s Ice Hammer is a gripping, can’t-put-it-down series that works at every level. It’s got it all: love, war, treachery, and heroism. A home run!” (John Gilstrap, USA Today best-selling author of the Jonathan Grave thriller series)
“The action is fast, the characters are amazing, and there is plenty to keep the reader engaged. This is every bit as good as Jeff Edwards, Tom Clancy, or Dale Brown; fans of those authors will gobble this up… Highly recommended!” (Military Writers Society of America)
Following the invasion of the previous year, Brad Stone has become the figurehead of Alaska’s resistance movement. He’s now head of the largest militia in the former state, including the Chiknik Rangers, making him enemy number one to the Chinese leadership based in Anchorage. At the same time his sons, Ben and Ian, find themselves waging a bloody guerrilla operation against Russian troops in the east. Unknown to any of them, Youngmi – whose mangled, dead body haunts Brad’s dreams – has become the mistress of General Zhang, head of the Chinese forces in Alaska…and a major player in the resistance movement, passing on information that could mean her real death if she’s caught.
Confess, Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald
Narrated by Dan John Miller
Publisher Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The flight from Rome had been pleasant enough, even if the business he was on wasn’t exactly. His Italian fiancee’s father had been kidnapped and presumably murdered, and Fletch is on the trail of a stolen art collection that is her only patrimony. But when he arrives in his apartment to find a dead body, things start to get complicated.
Inspector Flynn found him a little glib for someone who seemed to be the only likely suspect in a pretty clear case of homicide. He wasn’t exactly uncooperative, but it wasn’t like he was entirely forthcoming either. And Flynn wasn’t entirely convinced that the 19th-century Western artist Edgar Arthur Tharp really occupied most of Fletch’s thoughts.
With the police on his tail and a few other things to do beside prove his own innocence, Fletch makes himself at home in Boston, renting a van, painting it black, and breaking into a private art gallery – that is, when he’s not “entertaining” his future mother-in-law and visiting with the good Inspector Flynn and his family.
Existential by Ryan W. Aslesen
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
Publisher Podium Publishing
It was supposed to be just another mission.
Buried deep in the rugged Alaskan wilderness lies a secret that could alter the future of mankind – a secret that billionaire Elizabeth Grey has invested millions in solving. But when the dig goes silent and all attempts at making contact fail, an elite team of battle-hardened military contractors is brought in led by former Marine Max Ahlgren, a warrior haunted by his past.
While the mission to make contact and rescue a team of scientists and engineers working on an “archeological” project seems like an easy payday, once on ground, the team discovers the grizzly truth that this is no ordinary rescue. Max and his men find themselves in the fight of their lives against a nightmarish enemy like nothing they have ever seen. In what quickly becomes a struggle for survival, the world’s greatest soldiers will encounter the universe’s ultimate terror in a battle that puts all of humanity at stake.
No backup. No escape. No hope.
Warning: This book contains intense scenes of violence and horror. It isn’t for the faint of heart. Listener discretion is advised.
The Maw by Taylor Zajonc
Narrated by Neil Hellegers
Publisher Tantor Audio
For fans of Clive Cussler and Michael Crichton, a thrilling tale of an underground expedition to the deep…and the ultimate struggle for survival.
Milo Luttrell never expected to step inside the mouth of an ancient cave in rural Tanzania. After all, he’s a historian – not an archaeologist. Summoned under the guise of a mysterious life-changing opportunity, Milo suddenly finds himself in the midst of an expedition into the largest underground system in Africa, helmed by a brash billionaire turned exploration guru and his elite team of cavers. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to finally solve a century-old disappearance of the famed explorer Lord Riley DeWar, an enigmatic figure who both made – and nearly ruined – Milo’s fledgling career.
Determined to make the most of his second chance, Milo joins the team and begins a harrowing descent into one of Earth’s last secrets: a dangerous, pitch-black realm of twisting passages and ancient fossils nearly 2,000 feet underground. But when a storm hits the surface base camp, stranding the cavers and washing away supplies, all communication to the outside world is lost.
As the remaining resources dwindle and members of the team begin to exhibit strange and terrifying abilities, Milo must brave the encroaching darkness to unearth the truth behind DeWar’s fascination with the deep – and why he never left.
The Unsung Frame by Greg Dragon
Narrated by Tucker McDougall
Publisher Thirsty Bird Productions
A war between humans and synthetics…
In a futuristic Tampa Bay, Skiptracer Dhata Mays and his sidekick, Lur Diaz, are on a job investigating a cheating lowlife. But after a deadly explosion and the woman who hired them disappears, nobody is safe. Suddenly, everyone is under suspicion, and the police are no longer there “to serve and to protect”.
Now, it’s up to Dhata to take matters into his own hands and uncover a deep-rooted plot to escalate the tension between the humans and synths. He must stop the battle before it’s too late.
But is the truth too big for a small-time skiptracer to handle alone?
Trust No One by Anthony Mosawi
Narrated by Katie Leung
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Trust No One by Anthony Mosawi, read by Katie Leung.
My name is Sara Eden. My name is Sara Eden. My name is Sara Eden. My name is Sara Eden.
This is all Sara Eden knows about herself. She was found at the age of 10, abandoned in a vat of water – a homemade sensory-deprivation chamber. Someone had placed her there – trapped for days in the dark, with only a cassette player taped to her head repeating again and again, ‘My name is Sara Eden’.
There were a handful clues: a battered cassette player, a cheap necklace, a few scraps of paper. And a Polaroid of a stranger with a handwritten note: ‘Don’t trust this man’.
Now an adult, Sara knows a few more things about herself. That the there are government agents pursuing her. That she knows something they want. And that they will never stop. But there’s something else in Sara’s past that is more dangerous, more deadly, than her pursuers can even imagine. And the only thing she knows for certain is that she must…trust no one.
Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey
Narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Claudia Dey, MacLeod Andrews
Publisher Random House Audio
The love between a daughter and her mother – and the dark secrets they keep from each other – are at the heart of this wildly imaginative novel that combines elements of The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, and Twin Peaks.
An isolated town.
The remains of a mysterious cult.
And a woman who disappears.
It’s 1985. Pony Darlene Fontaine has lived all her 15 years in “the territory,” a settlement founded decades ago by a charismatic cult leader. In this strange town run on a sinister economic resource, the women crimp their hair and wear shoulder pads, and the teenagers listen to Nazareth and Whitesnake on their Walkmans. Pony’s family lives in the bungalow at the farthest edge of town, where the territory borders the rest of the wider world – a place none of the townspeople have ever been.
Except for Billie Jean Fontaine, Pony’s mother. When Billie Jean arrived in the territory 17 years prior – falling from the open door of a stolen car – the residents took her in and made her one of their own. She was the first outsider they had ever laid eyes on. Pony adores and idolizes her mother, but like everyone else in the territory she is mystified by her. Billie Jean refuses to describe the world she came from.
One night, Billie Jean grabs her truck keys, bolts barefoot into the cold October darkness – and vanishes. Beautiful, beloved, and secretive, Billie Jean was the first person to be welcomed into the territory. Now, with a frantic search under way for her missing mother, Pony fears: Will she be the first person to leave it too?
Told from the three unforgettable perspectives of a daughter, a killer dog, and a teenage boy named Supernatural, this novel is startling in its humor and wrenching in its wisdom about the powers, limits, and dangers of love. Heartbreaker is an electrifying pause-resister about a woman reinventing herself in order to survive – and a daughter who must race against the clock to untangle the mysteries left in her mother’s wake.
“Girl” section, read by Jorjeana Marie
“Dog” section, read by Claudia Dey
“Boy” section, read by MacLeod Andrews
The Sam Reilly Collection, Volume 4 by Christopher Cartwright
Narrated by David Gilmore
Publisher Ashton Publishing Group
Three complete novels in the Sam Reilly series!
The Ironclad Covenant
On May 18th, 1863 – the day the siege of the Confederate stronghold at Vicksburg began – a secret war chest was removed by an ironclad and taken away along the Mississippi River. It contained a Covenant capable of altering the entire course of the Civil War. Its destination was Washington, D.C.
A place it never reached.
In the present day, Minnesotan senator Arthur Perry has enlisted the help of Sam Reilly to track down his son, who went missing while following a strange lead in the centuries old search for the fabled Meskwaki Gold Spring within Lake Superior. No one could have suspected that these two events, separated by more than 150 years, were inextricably linked….
The Heisenberg Legacy
On January the 22nd, 1945, a secret weapon of unimaginable power was brought from the quiet town of Haigerloch in Germany’s southwest, and loaded onto a plane waiting at Stuttgart. Less than a dozen people knew of the weapon’s existence, and even less knew where it was being taken. The aircraft, its crew, and its remarkable cargo were never seen again.
When the wreckage of the aircraft is located in present day Washington, D.C., with no sign of its deadly cargo on board, Sam Reilly is called in to investigate. But the situation soon erupts into something much more dangerous than a simple recovery mission….
Name: USS Omega Deep
Cost: 30 billion dollars
Noise Emissions: Undetectable by current sound monitoring capabilities
Current Status: Unknown. Last contact 96 days ago. Presumed sunk. 192 souls lost.
The US Navy’s most advanced nuclear attack submarine, the USS Omega Deep was the first to disappear. It was followed swiftly by the loss of the Russian spy vessel Vostok, and then the Feng Jian, a Chinese Aircraft Carrier.
Sam Reilly and his unique team of troubleshooters are requested at the express order of the president of the United States of America to locate the Omega Deep and determine the cause of these unexplained tragedies, before they lead to World War III.