Here are this week’s (Week of February 24th) new and notable audiobooks featuring Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Thrillers, and more from Brian’s Book Blog.
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Axis of Evil by Bobby Akart
Narrated by Sean Runnette
Once again, political suspense collides with post-apocalyptic thriller fiction as sixteen-time bestselling author, Bobby Akart (The Blackout Series, The Pandemic Series, The Boston Brahmin Series and the Prepping for Tomorrow Series) intertwines historical fact with plausible fiction in The Lone Star Series.
For decades, American administrations have forced our military to be neutered in many respects – hampered by restrained rules of engagement, passed in strength by Russia and China, and tested by rogue nations like North Korea and Iran. As a result, nuclear Armageddon hangs over us like a mighty sword.
Military analysts agree that the United States can’t start World War III. Why? We might lose. Sabers are rattling and the war of words escalate between America and her enemies, but the rhetoric has done little to stop the nuclear proliferation of North Korea and Iran. When the deep state, a close-knit group of powerful, influential people within our government challenges a new, untested President, things go awry.
The decisions made in the darkened rooms of Washington have a profound impact on ordinary Americans like the Armstrong family, Texas ranchers who spend their time making a living, but also preparing for the worst. As most of the family lives their life in Texas, one of them will unknowingly be the catalyst for World War III.
Stinger by Robert R. McCammon
Narrated by Nick Sullivan
A relentless alien bounty hunter encloses a Texas town under a dome to isolate, hunt, and kill its prey in “the ultimate horror novel” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
Ever since the copper mine closed, the West Texas desert hellholes of Inferno and Bordertown have been slowly dying. Snake River isn’t the only thing that divides them. Racism, gang wars, and anti-Mexican sentiment have turned the sun-scorched flatlands into a powder keg. If anything can unite them for now, at least in awe and wonder, it’s the UFO that comes soaring out of the clouds like a flaming locomotive.
In the wake of the crash, a young alien named Daufin has arrived, too. A fugitive who has taken the form of a human, she knows the terror that awaits the inhabitants of this planet – because it is looking for her.
When Stinger, the monstrous alien bounty hunter, arrives, it’s with a destructive fury and a devious plan to find Daufin – by entombing the residents in an impenetrable and inescapable dome. A relentless killing machine, Stinger has an infinite capacity for death and destruction. And over the next twenty-four hours, this town is going to bleed and burn. Now, the few remaining survivors must come together to protect Daufin, themselves, and the world beyond from total annihilation.
From the New York Times best-selling and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Swan Song, Stingerwas called “one of the best suspense novels of recent years” by the Science Fiction Chronicle.
Galaxy’s Edge by Jason Anspach & Nick Cole
Narrated by R.C. Bray
On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come.
In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father’s murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounter hunter lies in wait.
Galaxy’s Edge combines sleek starfighters, exotic aliens, loyal bots, blasters, scoundrels, heroes, and powerful enemies in a thrilling adventure that will take you back to that magic place from a long time ago.
Desert Storm by Dawn Chapman
Narrated by Andrea Parsneau
Forging a new quest, Maddie and Alex unite the desert runners in order to find enough food to feed the Tromoal through their birthing. But there’s descent into chaos at the mayor’s farm on the discovery of a stolen Tromoal egg and the fact he’s hoarding zombie cattle. Maddie’s choices are limited, but her fight isn’t.
Ember by Brock Adams
Narrated by Angele Masters, Casey Holloway, and Nicholas Tecosky
Three years ago, the sun began to die. In a desperate attempt to reignite the failing star, the United States joined the rest of the planet in unloading its nuclear arsenal at the flickering ember. The missiles burst from silos in Wyoming and Bangladesh, cocooning the Earth in tendrils of smoke as they began their two-and-a-half year journey into space. When they finally reach their target, it’s 30 degrees in July and getting colder. Lisa and her husband, Guy, sit shivering on a South Carolina hilltop, watching as humanity’s best hope at survival shimmers faintly…then disappears below the horizon.
A group of militant rebels called the Minutemen take advantage of the ensuing chaos to knock out power grids, cloaking the freezing Earth in near darkness. Seizing control. To escape this ruthless new world order, Lisa and Guy join a reluctant band of refugees crossing the snow-covered South in search of shelter and answers. From an icy parking lot in Atlanta to the Minutemen’s makeshift headquarters at Asheville’s Biltmore Estate, only one thing is certain: In a world with little light, nothing is guaranteed – least of all survival.
The Deceased by Tom Piccirilli
Narrated by J. Scott Bennett
Something is calling Jacob Maelstrom back to the isolated home of his childhood – to the scene of a living nightmare that almost cost him his life. Ten years ago his sister slaughtered their brother and parents, locked Jacob in a closet…then committed a hideous suicide. Now, as the anniversary of that dark night approaches, Jacob is drawn back to a house where the line between the living and the dead is constantly shifting.
But there’s more than awful memories waiting for Jacob at the Maelstrom mansion. There are depraved secrets, evil legacies, and family ghosts that are all too real. There’s the long-dead writer, whose mad fantasies continue to shape reality. And in the woods there are nameless creatures who patiently await the return of their creator.
Days of Panic by Jack Hunt
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
When the power grid fails, what will you do to survive?
After an EMP obliterates the nation’s electrical grid on New Year’s Eve, it’s not long before society unravels and panic ensues. As the lights go out and silence spreads over the city that never sleeps, four ordinary strangers – a bike messenger, a homeless person, a support rep, and an ex-convict – must forge a connection in order to stay alive.
When they realize the danger is far greater than they expected, they must embark on a perilous journey out of the city.
Days of Panic is book one of an EMP post-apocalyptic survival thriller series. It’s a powerful, action-packed story about the ones we leave behind and the risks we must take to survive.
Redeemer of the Dead by Tao Wong
Narrated by Nick Podehl
Four months ago, the world changed as electronics failed and blue screens started appearing, gifting humanity with abilities, classes, and skills straight from a game. Caught in Klondike National Park during the apocalypse, John manages to fight his way free and reach Whitehorse. Unfortunately, the System hasn’t finished with humanity yet, and dungeons begin to appear, bringing with them more powerful, stronger, and smarter monsters. Can John and his friends survive and level up?
Redeemer of the Dead is book two of the System Apocalypse, a litRPG/game-lit apocalypse series that combines modern day life, science fiction, and fantasy elements along with game mechanics.
Found in Time by J.K. Kelly
Narrated by Troy Duran
Two extraordinary warriors take on the challenge of battling their country’s enemies in today’s complex world. Why do they believe they will succeed where others have failed? They possess a new top-secret weapon – the ability to travel back in time.
Major J. J. Jackson, a highly decorated Marine whose focus in life is to seek and destroy terrorists, is tasked by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to test the revolutionary technology that promises the US a military and political edge over foreign and domestic threats. When JJ goes rogue and asks a higher power to save the woman he loves, everyone’s lives will be changed forever.
General Dick Stewart, Chairman of JCS, oversees the program they are hiding from a contentious White House and the CIA. As a supporter of JJ’s career since the death of the younger man’s parents, Stewart must watch his own back as he tries to look after the Major and his eclectic group of patriots.
For JJ’s team of six men and women, time travel becomes their magic bullet. But when a new American President comes under siege, those who were Found in Time must lock and load. The team will need to ratchet up their aggression to defeat the most dangerous enemies the country has ever seen, and this time, it will be on American soil.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Narrated by Richard Armitage
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.
There have been many books about the Holocaust – and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov’s incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive – not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also – almost unbelievably – a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight, and he determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story – their story – will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.
Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story.
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