New & Notable Audiobooks Week of February 17th

Here are this week’s (Week of February 17th) new and notable audiobooks featuring Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Thrillers, and more from Brian’s Book Blog.


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The Storm Before the Storm by Joe Russell
Narrated by Kevin Pierce

As a prepper, Dave Galanos has always made an effort to do what he can to prepare for the unexpected. But when something goes terribly wrong halfway through a backpacking trip with his wife and family, his world is turned upside down, and he is tested in a way he had never planned for.

The trip into the Alleghenys of West Virginia starts off well enough but takes an unexpected turn when the two women, Sandra and her sister, Jen, leave camp and don’t return from a nearby stream. Dave and Mike, Jen’s new boyfriend, go looking for them and find evidence that the women may have been kidnapped. Miles from civilization and with no working cell phones, Dave and Mike will set off to find Sandra and Jen, unconnected and unconcerned about what is happening in the world around them.

Dave has been hardened by real-world self-defense scenarios in the past and has naturally equipped himself with tools that may be required for an unexpected circumstance. He will have to work together with Mike, who he sees as more of an annoyance and a liability than a useful ally. They will have to work together to beat the clock, the elements, and a group of dangerous locals in order to rescue their companions in this realistic, rugged, and action-packed story of preparedness and survival.

The storm is just beginning. Will Dave and his companions have what it takes to survive?

The Storm Before the Storm is the premier novel by postapocalyptic author Joe Russell and the first installment in the American Sundown series.


Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer

A realistic and chilling vision of life on the moon, where dust kills as easily as the vacuum of space…but murder is even quicker – a fast-paced, cinematic science fiction thriller, this debut novel combines the inventiveness of The Martian, the intrigue of The Expanse, and the thrills of Red Rising.

The moon smells like gunpowder. Every lunar walker since Apollo 11 has noticed it: a burnt-metal scent that reminds them of war. Caden Dechert, the chief of the US mining operation on the edge of the Sea of Serenity, thinks the smell is just a trick of the mind – a reminder of his harrowing days as a marine in the war-torn Middle East back on Earth.

It’s 2072, and lunar helium-3 mining is powering the fusion reactors that are bringing Earth back from environmental disaster. But competing for the richest prize in the history of the world has destroyed the oldest rule in space: Safety for All. When a bomb kills one of Dechert’s diggers on Mare Serenitatis, the haunted veteran goes on the hunt to expose the culprit before more blood is spilled.

But as Dechert races to solve the first murder in the history of the moon, he gets caught in the crosshairs of two global powers spoiling for a fight. Reluctant to be the match that lights this powder keg, Dechert knows his life and the lives of his crew are meaningless to the politicians. Even worse, he knows the killer is still out there, hunting.

In his desperate attempts to save his crew and prevent the catastrophe he sees coming, the former marine uncovers a dangerous conspiracy that, with one spark, can ignite a full lunar war, wipe out his team…and perhaps plunge the Earth back into darkness.


The After War by Brandon Zenner
Narrated by James Romick

Two years have passed since humankind faced extinction: Cousins Brian and Steven are leaving the protection of their underground bunker for the first time, after a cataclysmic war and unrelenting disease ravaged the earth. On the other side of North America, a young survivalist is leaving the seclusion of his cabin deep in the woods, traveling with his aging canine companion, Winston. For individual reasons, these men are traveling east, where the fragmented lives of a small number of survivors will soon be decided by the choices of a corrupt few. Simon Kalispell and Brian Rhodes are not yet aware, but the strength that resides inside them will soon be tested, and destiny will call for their fates to be forever intertwined.

Part I: To Alice was a semi-finalist in the 2016 BookLife Prize for Fiction, run by Publishers Weekly. Finalist in the 2017 Eric Hoffer First Horizon award. Winner of the PitchPerfect Award from Underground Book Reviews. Gold Quality Mark recipient from BooksGoSocial, their highest award level.


Desert Born by Dawn Chapman
Narrated by Andrea Parsneau

With her charge, Alex, safely delivered, Maddie drowns her pain in a local bar, leaving later that night only to discover Alex has been beaten and robbed, his own quest failed. Politics and cash aside, she aids him. Once more they cross the desert, this time where Tromoal and enemies are born.


Life After by Katie Ganshert
Narrated by Joe Hempel & Stacey Glemboski

It could have been me.

Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later, a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.

A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing, and she is tormented by grief – by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest.

Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his 12-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.

In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.


The Devil Dog Omnibus: Out of the Dark by Boyd Craven
Narrated by Kevin Pierce

A reluctant hero.

Devil Dog, book one:

Dick aka Devil Dog’s world changes drastically when the EMP takes out the power grid. The loss of electricity brings out the darker side of human nature across the city. A homeless Marine veteran living in the abandoned tunnels beneath Chicago, he’s far better prepared than most people. Good folk have survived, but they are often outnumbered and outgunned. Only the tunnels provide the safety he needs.

Devil Dog becomes the reluctant savior of women and children from the worst of the gangs that now rule topside. Doing the right thing makes him new enemies, driving him ever deeper into the tunnels that keep his charges safe – until he runs across a young woman who might be his daughter.

The Devil’s Road, book two:

With the horrors of Chicago put down hard, Dick aka Devil Dog, Jamie, Mel, Luis, and Courtney head west, where they are hoping to reunite with family. There are only a few problems along the way…. Only a few.

Rabid Cannibals, hunted by psychotic raiders, and a town that’s forcing a “tithe” on travelers and a government gone wild…all before the main event….

If you like a good old-fashioned “good guys vs. bad guys” fast-action and a post-apocalyptic thriller, you’re going to love the Devil Dog Saga.

The Devil’s Due, book three:

Live like the dead, or sleep like the dead? Dick makes his choice….

Dick is finally clean – mind and body – from his poisonous addiction, only to be sent reeling again upon awakening and discovering Steve and Jamie have startling secrets of their own. It will take every ounce of focus and resolve to shake off his new reality and make a trek to Arkansas to reunite with his wife and daughter, especially with the other challenges he faces along the way. He thought he was ready to face the world anew, until he realized the world was out to get him first.

Devil Dog III is the ending to the action-packed prepper thriller trilogy, filled with real-life gut-wrenching decisions, and a twist so sharp it may snap your neck


Epic by Conor Kostick
Narrated by Samuel E. Hoke

Welcome to a society governed through computer games!

On New Earth, society is governed and conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. If you win, you have the chance to fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life both in and out of the game is worth nothing. When teenage Erik dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends must face the Committee. If Erik and his friends win, they may have the key to destroying the Committee’s tyranny. But if they lose….


Pushing On by Ryan Westerfield
Narrated by Kevin Pierce

What would you do to survive?

Weeks after the EMP, society is collapsing. Food is scarce and violence prevails. Surviving has never been harder.

Max’s group is heading west, trying to find a home away from the chaos. They’ll need more supplies for their trip, so they go scavenging in a seemingly abandoned town. But is Albion really as safe as it seems?

Chad thought he had it together. He’d been pulling his own weight. But the stress is getting to him. Does he have the strength to resist a path back to his old habits? One wrong move and he could put everyone’s life in danger.

Holed up in the farmhouse, John and Cynthia try to figure out their next move. The militia is closing in. Each passing minute means more danger. But where else can they go?

Pushing On is book three of The EMP, a post-apocalyptic survival thriller series. It deals with real people fighting for their survival every inch of the way.


Surviving The Collapse: Omnibus by James Hunt
Narrated by Mikela Drew

What happens when all means of transportation and communication suddenly vanish? What happens when you can’t call for help? What happens when the only person you can rely on is yourself? Captain Kate Hillman is about to discover those answers after an EMP sends New York City, and its nine million residents, back into the Stone Age.


Life in the North by Tao Wong
Narrated by Nick Podehl

All John wanted to do was get away for his life in Kluane National Park for a weekend. Hike, camp, and chill. Instead, the world comes to an end in a series of blue boxes, animals start evolving, and monsters start spawning. Now, he has to survive the apocalypse, get back to civilization, and not lose his mind. Life in the North is book one of the System Apocalypse, a litRPG apocalypse series that combines modern day life, science fiction, and fantasy elements along with game mechanics.

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