Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Post for the Week of March 2nd, 2019.
We share the 12 books from this week that caught our eye featuring Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thrillers, and more. Enjoy!
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Winter World by A. G. Riddle
Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, Amanda Leigh Cobb
This novel is described as “The Martian meets Interstellar”.
Earth is cooling when climate scientists expect it to get warmer. When probes are launched into space to discover why, “they find something no one expected: a mysterious object floating in space” that might provide the answer.
No Way by S. J. Morden
Narrated by William Hope
In the sequel to the terrifying science fiction thriller, One Way, returning home from Mars may mean striking a deal with the very people who abandoned him.
They were sent to build a utopia, but all they found on Mars was death.
Frank Kitteridge has been abandoned. But XO, the greedy – and ultimately murderous – corporate architects of humanity’s first Mars base made a costly mistake when they left him there: they left him alive. Using his skills and his wits, he’s going to find a way back home even if it kills him.
Little does he know that Mars isn’t completely empty. Just over the mountain, there’s another XO base where things are going terribly, catastrophically wrong. And when the survivors of that mission find Frank, they’re going to want to take even the little he has away from him.
If there’s anything in Frank’s favor, it’s this: he’s always been prepared to go to the extremes to get the job done. That’s how he ended up on Mars in the first place. It just might be his ticket back.
The Catalyst by Boyd Morrison
Narrated by Jeff Harding
Chemistry grad student Kevin Hamilton is sure his advisor Michael Ward’s death in a suspicious fire was no accident. The young PhD candidate received a cryptic message from Ward just before the fatal blaze – a warning that their recent collaboration on a supposedly failed experiment had actually brought about one of the most important discoveries of the century: Adamas, a chemical process worth billions, and one with the potential to topple entire industries. Now on the run with his girlfriend, Erica, Kevin must elude relentless assassins long enough to protect the top-secret information, thwart a global conspiracy, and save their lives before time runs out.
Entanglement by Gerald M. Kilby
Narrated by Steven Jay Cohen
You can run, but you can’t hide – not even in space.
Commander Scott McNabb, of the science vessel Hermes, is three years into a five-year-long survey of the asteroid belt. It’s an excruciatingly dull mission, yet it keeps him far away from the agencies that are chasing him down. However, his fortunes change, along with the other four crew members, when they discover a derelict spaceship in orbit around a binary asteroid. Scott’s share of the salvage would be enough to clear his name and start a new life.
But the ship contains an experimental quantum device, lost while en route to Europa, and ownership of this technology could fundamentally change the balance of power within the solar system. Now that word is out of its discovery, the Hermes finds itself being hunted down by the very people from whom Scott has spent so much time and effort hiding.
If Scott wants any hope of a new life, then he’s going to have to fight for it. Yet, after a lifetime of running and hiding, he’s not sure if he has what it takes – maybe he really is just one of life’s losers. Then again, there is a deep river of rage welling up inside him, born out of a lifetime of countless accumulated injustices, each one inching him ever closer to the edge – and this could be the one that finally makes him snap.
The Five Pillars by Adrian J. Smith
Narrated by Raphael Corkhill
Can anything or anyone stop the evil?
Lost. Trapped. Chased by monsters and sent on a crazy mission. Not exactly what Jack Gee had in mind when he used to daydream about the apocalypse.
Seven months after the Hemorrhage virus swept across the world, Jack, his wife, Dee, his friend Boss, and the Renegades, a ragtag collection of civilian and military personnel, have been sent on two missions. Jack likes the first: recon. The second is insane: reenter the laboratory they barely escaped from a few months back and retrieve a logbook, a logbook that could provide the cure to end the madness.
Through the chaos, old friendships are tested and new alliances are formed, but new and dangerous enemies emerge in the fight for the future of New Zealand.
Dark Island by Matt James
Narrated by Michael Lesley
Like the “Dark Continent” of Africa, the dark island of Madagascar holds many chilling secrets. One of them is a long-thought extinct species of dinosaurs living at the country’s core.
A massive earthquake rocks the mountain range within the Andringitra National Park. The splitting Earth reveals a network of tunnels, hidden away for millennia. Responding to the series of violent upheavals, a pack of hypersensitive predators flee their subterranean home; frenzied and hungry, they head for the surface.
Former Navy SEAL Ian Hunt begrudgingly accepts an offer to lead an exploratory team. What they uncover is the find of a lifetime… if they survive long enough to tell anyone.
Dinosaurs are alive and well at the heart of the dark island.
Convergence: The Far Side of Hell by AJ Powers, Phalanx Press
Narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen
“An action packed tale of love, betrayal and retribution.” (J.L. Bourne)
Even in death, life rarely goes as planned.
Having nothing left to live for, Malcom is given a shot at redemption when a woman named Tessa needs his help. With death looming, Malcom, Tessa, and her children flee Cincinnati with their sights set on El Paso. They know the trip won’t be easy, but nothing could prepare them for the nightmares ahead.
Follow these new characters in the Five Roads to Texas series as they set sail on a harrowing journey to what might be the last bastion of hope in America.
Showdown at Chimney Rock: Sarah’s Run by Rich Baker, Phalanx Press
Narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen
A global pandemic burns through the population leaving America in shambles.
Sarah Washburn and her crew are forced to go on the run from an indefensible horde.
Isolated in the Colorado high country, they’re pursued at every turn by mercenaries who want something they have.
An impossible situation with low odds of survival, and their luck running out, they have one shot.
A final chance to take a stand in a showdown that will alter the fate of the new world.
Undone: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller by A. R. Shaw
Narrated by Tracey Rooney
In Dawn of Deception, author A. R. Shaw delivers another far-too-plausible post-apocalyptic scenario challenging human survival.
Though she prepared, her most precious commodity is taken from her.
With pure will, Sloane Delaney finds a way to fight back.
Kent finds, despite his lack of skills, he’ll do anything to save those he’s come to love.
Wren lives through a horror no one imagined.
In the middle of it all is a…oh, no spoilers. Then there’s also the…then again, we don’t want to ruin that for you, too.
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Junk by Les Bohem
Narrated by John Waters
Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem – the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken – the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project. The aliens who have invaded us have no planet. No spaceship is coming. Instead, a small advance force comes, breeds, and dies – thus becoming an anomaly in our DNA that can’t be explained. In Junk, seers for centuries have had visions that turned out to be messages from our alien DNA. The time for the takeover is now. The aliens are ready, and they are starting to bloom.
This title contains explicit language and depictions of physical and sexual violence that may be upsetting to some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
Revenant by Raymond Bayly
Narrated by Rhys David
When a small group of humans are abducted from Earth, they find themselves thrust into a battle for the fate of the known universe. They are forced to put their trust in a mysterious artificial intelligence who has its own secret agenda.
Banding together with beings from across the universe, the band of misfits must overcome an empire bent on the subjugation of Earth. Can the small band of allies overcome an ancient evil while unlocking the very secret of humanities origins?
The Border by Don Winslow
Narrated by Ray Porter
The explosive, highly anticipated conclusion to the epic Cartel trilogy from the New York Times best-selling author of The Force
For over 40 years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America’s longest conflict: the War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world’s most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin – the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera – has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul.
Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster, he has created 30 more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico. But not just there.
Barrera’s final legacy is the heroin epidemic scourging America. Throwing himself into the gap to stem the deadly flow, Keller finds himself surrounded by enemies – men that want to kill him, politicians that want to destroy him, and worse, the unimaginable – an incoming administration that’s in bed with the very drug traffickers that Keller is trying to bring down.
Art Keller is at war with not only the cartels, but with his own government. And the long fight has taught him more than he ever imagined. Now, he learns the final lesson – there are no borders.
In a story that moves from deserts south of the border to Wall Street, from the slums of Guatemala to the marbled corridors of Washington, DC, Winslow follows a new generation of narcos, the cops that fight them, the street traffickers, the addicts, the politicians, money-launderers, real estate moguls, and mere children fleeing the violence for the chance of a life in a new country.
This last novel in Don Winslow’s magnificent, award-winning, internationally best-selling trilogy is packed with unforgettable, drawn-from-the-headlines scenes. Shocking in its brutality, raw in its humanity, The Border is an unflinching portrait of modern America, a story of – and for – our time.
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