Here are this week’s (Week of March 17th) new and notable audiobooks featuring Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Thrillers, and more from Brian’s Book Blog.
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Looking Glass by Andrew Mayne
Narrated by Will Damron
Professor Theo Cray caught one of the most prolific serial killers in history using revolutionary scientific methods. Cut off from university research because of the shroud of suspicion around him after the death of his former student and the aftermath of catching his quarry, Cray tries to rebuild his life but finds himself drawn into another unsolved case.
The desperate father of a missing child, ignored by the authorities and abandoned by his community, turns to Theo for help. The only clues are children’s drawings and an inner-city urban legend about someone called the Toy Man.
To unravel the mystery behind the Toy Man, Theo must set aside his scientific preconceptions and embrace a world where dreams and nightmares carry just as much weight as reality. As he becomes immersed in the case, he discovers a far-reaching conspiracy – one that hasn’t yet claimed its last victim.
The City Where We Once Lived by Eric Barnes
Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
In a near future where climate change has severely affected weather and agriculture, the North End of an unnamed city has long been abandoned in favor of the neighboring South End. Aside from the scavengers steadily stripping the empty city to its bones, only a few thousand people remain, content to live quietly among the crumbling metropolis. Many, like the narrator, are there to try to escape the demons of their past. He spends his time observing and recording the decay around him, attempting to bury memories of what he has lost.
But it eventually becomes clear that things are unraveling elsewhere as well, as strangers, violent and desperate alike, begin to appear in the North End, spreading word of social and political deterioration in the South End and beyond. Faced with a growing disruption to his isolated life, the narrator discovers within himself a surprising need to resist losing the home he has created in this empty place. He and the rest of the citizens of the North End must choose whether to face outsiders as invaders or welcome them as neighbors.
The City Where We Once Lived is a haunting novel of the near future that combines a prescient look at how climate change and industrial flight will shape our world with a deeply personal story of one man running from his past. With glowing prose, Eric Barnes brings into sharp focus questions of how we come to call a place home and what is our capacity for violence when that home becomes threatened.
Legacy by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
She’s small. She’s quiet. She’s deadly.
Lou survived the plague that killed her mother. As her father sheltered her from the evil that consumed the world, he taught her how to survive. After an ambush leaves her orphaned, the young, unassuming girl put her skills to the test. A wanderer every bit as brilliant as she is deadly, she forges a new path in the wilderness once known as Texas. But can she do it alone?
Legacy is a stand-alone novel within The Traveler Series world.
Fire and Forget (Thomas Caine #3) by Andrew Warren
Narrated by Jonathan Davis
A betrayed assassin. A bloodthirsty warlord. Millions of lives hang in the balance….
Thomas Caine is a wanted man.
Framed for treason and on the run, the rogue assassin will stop at nothing to clear his name and avenge his partner’s death. As he races to keep the CIA and FBI off his tail, an agency insider offers to hide his tracks if he accepts one more black ops mission. All he needs to do is hunt down a stolen biological weapon in Africa, and save millions of people from annihilation….
With the help of a beautiful doctor, Caine links the deadly virus to a sadistic rebel leader he was once ordered to protect. This time, the assassin is determined to do what he should have done years ago…cut off the snake’s head!
In the heart of South Sudan’s brutal civil war, Caine’s mission uncovers shocking secrets that could solve the mystery of his betrayal, and expose the men who set him up.
Assuming he makes it back alive….
Kept by Theresa Jacobs
Narrated by Zachary Dylan Brown
Twelve massive ships leave the dying Earth, heading into the great unknown, seeking new life among the stars.
One of the ships, GIA, crashes on Kepler, which is already inhabited. Now at the mercy of the alien race, the humans are held in an underground cavern.
Would they still have gone knowing that they would be stripped of all humanity?
Under the constant eye of the aliens, a few men discover there may be a way out of the cavern.
But to where?
How will they escape, and what will they encounter if they succeed?
Yesterday’s Gone (Season Five) by Sean Platt & David Wright
Narrated by Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Cassandra Campbell, Scott Aiello, Johnny Heller, Khristine Hvam, Sean Runnette, Chris Patton, Tamara Marston, Brian Holsopple, Christopher Gebauer, and Luci Christian Bell
Time is running out.
Eleven alien vials hold the fate of humanity, but who can be trusted with them?
In their race to save the world, the Black Island Guardsmen must put Paola in a danger unlike anything she’s ever faced.
How far will the Guardsmen go to get the vials? Can Mary protect her daughter from an insidious alien who’s caused too much destruction?
The Darkness has already consumed two of their own.
Will Luca be mankind’s savior or its final judge? Can Boricio overcome his past, or will he succumb to his single weakness – an infected Rose?
Will the world fall prey to The Darkness, or is there still time for The Light to triumph?
Find out in season five of Yesterday’s Gone, the penultimate game-changing season of Sean Platt and David W. Wright’s best-selling postapocalyptic thriller series.
Warning: This book is intended for mature audiences and contains disturbing and potentially offensive material.
The full cast includes Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Cassandra Campbell, Scott Aiello, Johnny Heller, Khristine Hvam, Sean Runnette, Chris Patton, Tamara Marston, Brian Holsopple, Christopher Gebauer, and Luci Christian Bell.
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo
Narrated by Clare Corbett, Nick Clark Windo
Set in a post-apocalyptic world as unique and vividly imagined as those of Station Eleven and The Girl with All the Gifts, a startling and timely debut that explores what it is to be human and what it truly means to be connected in the digital age.
IT MAKES US. IT DESTROYS US. NOW WE MUST LEARN TO LIVE WITHOUT IT.
The Feed is accessible everywhere, by everyone, at any time. It instantaneously links us to all information and global events as they break. Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it; it is the essential tool everyone relies on to know and understand the thoughts and feelings of partners, parents, friends, children, colleagues, bosses, employees…in fact, of anyone and everyone else in the world.
Tom and Kate use the Feed, but Tom has resisted its addiction, which makes him suspect to his family. After all, his father created it. But that opposition to constant connection serves Tom and Kate well when the Feed collapses after a horrific tragedy shatters the world as they know it.
The Feed’s collapse, taking modern society with it, leaves people scavenging to survive. Finding food is truly a matter of life and death. Minor ailments, previously treatable, now kill. And while the collapse has demolished the trappings of the modern world, it has also eroded trust. In a world where survival of the fittest is a way of life, there is no one to depend upon except yourself…and maybe even that is no longer true.
Tom and Kate have managed to protect themselves and their family. But then their six-year-old daughter, Bea, goes missing. Who has taken her? How do you begin to look for someone in a world without technology? And what happens when you can no longer even be certain that the people you love are really who they claim to be?
Generation Z by Peter Meredith
Narrated by Brian Callanan
It’s been twelve years since the undead hordes swept over the earth forcing mankind to the brink of extinction. We now live like rats, scavenging in the ruins of our fallen civilization as the dead hunt us night and day. There is little left to scavenge, however. Grocery stores were emptied ages ago, gas tanks have long been dry and bullets are so precious that a man is lucky to have two to his name. Still, we survive. But for how much longer? Instinct and love have combined to turn Darwin’s theory on its head. The strongest didn’t survive in this world. They were the first to die, leaving behind a generation of orphans. It’s a generation that’s never had a full belly. It’s a generation that has no idea what an Xbox did, or what algebra is for. It’s a generation of children who never laugh out loud, and who have learned to cry softly because the dead are always near and the dead are always so very, very hungry.
American Survivor by AJ Newman
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
The North Koreans launch a surprise Nuclear EMP attack on the USA. Our hero, Joe doesn’t care about politics or what happened, he just knows his world went to Hell. Planes fell out of the sky, people went nuts looting and killing as he scrambled to hide from all of the craziness.
Joe had a cabin and land in Southern Oregon when TSHTF and retreated to the cabin to survive the massive die-off that was always predicted for an apocalypse. The weeks before the Grid went down weren’t much better for Joe because his best friend, his fiancé, and his beloved Grandma all died during the weeks leading up to lights out.
Joe was a young auto mechanic whose only stress in life was from a domineering girlfriend, and now he has to learn how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world without military or survival training.
To make matters worse, others look to him for support and guidance. Listen to American Survivor to find out how a regular guy survives in a post-apocalyptic world.
Rip Crew by Sebastian Rotella
Narrated by Sebastian Rotella
Maverick agent Valentine Pescatore investigates a brutal killing that leads him across borders and reveals a vast conspiracy of wealth and power terrifyingly close to home.
Valentine Pescatore, the dashing ex-US Border Patrol agent, finds himself back on American soil, investigating the merciless killing of a group of women in a motel room. At first, the crime seems to be a straightforward case of gangsters battling for territory. Soon, however, the motive is revealed to be much deeper and more sinister: a single witness who knows too much is being hunted, at any cost.
From an author who has been praised for his “pounding action scenes [and] ferocious prose style” (Marilyn Stasio, NYTBR), Rip Crew races at breakneck speed as Pescatore finds himself face-to-face with his most terrifying assignment yet.
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