Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Post for the Week of November 17th.
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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Commune: Book Three by Joshua Gayou
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Blue Heron Audio
Having been bolstered with the supplies sufficient to carry them through the winter, the survivors of the Jackson commune must now hunker down and endure the bitter Wyoming snows, while to the south, factions are beginning to form, coalescing from the ashes of the dead world.
Out in Arizona, the leftovers of the US Military encamped in the last known surviving tent city: the Elysium Fields.
In Nevada, a clan of scavengers grows ever larger, each day bringing them a step closer to collapsing under their own weight.
Resources are becoming scarcer by the day as the world trudges on, and as it so happens, the folks up in Wyoming appear to be sitting on prime real estate….
You’re Going to Mars! by Rob Dircks
Narrated by Khristine Hvam
Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers’ wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger.
I’m going to Mars.
Well, I’m only going to Mars if I can find a winning Red Scarab to get on Zach Larson’s crazy reality show. And then I’ll have to figure out how to escape this hellhole. And then compete on live television for three months. And somehow win a spot on the crew of the very first manned mission to Mars. Oh, and one more slight obstacle? There might be a reason that by 2085 a human still hasn’t set foot on the Red Planet. A dangerous reason. A reason worth killing for.
In You’re Going to Mars! Rob Dircks, Audible best-selling author of Where the Hell Is Tesla?, creates a near-future filled with family (the good kind and the insufferable kind), pop divas, mobsters, and the world’s first trillionaire – and sends them all on a science fiction odyssey/comedy/love story/adventure that will change their world forever.
Signal by Tony Peak
Narrated by Allyson Johnson, Natasha Soudek, Fred Berman, Raphael Corkhill
They were sent to investigate the first extraterrestrial signal. What they found was beyond anything they could have imagined – or feared.
On a voyage to a mysterious moon in the Alpha Centauri system, the UEA Centaurus meets with disaster. Only the quick thinking of the flight engineer, Rachel Terman, saves some of the crew. Crash-landing on the moon, trillions of kilometers from Earth, they struggle to carry out their mission and try to survive.
But nothing has prepared them for what they will face. False readings on sensors. Bizarre nightmares. Crew members vanishing.
Then, Rachel discovers a blue, glassy lake.
And everything changes. If the signal abides – will humankind fall?
Signal is the latest gripping science-fiction thriller from rising star Tony Peak.
Terran Tomorrow by Nancy Kress
Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Nancy Kress returns with Terran Tomorrow, the final book in the thrilling hard science-fiction trilogy based on the Nebula Award-winning novella Yesterday’s Kin.
The diplomatic mission from Earth to World ended in disaster, as the Earth scientists discovered that the Worlders were not the scientifically advanced culture they believed. Though they brought a limited quantity of the vaccine against the deadly spore cloud, there was no way to make enough to vaccinate more than a few dozen. The Earth scientists, and surviving diplomats, fled back to Earth.
But once home, after the 28-year gap caused by the spaceship transit, they find an Earth changed almost beyond recognition. In the aftermath of the spore cloud plague, the human race has been reduced to only a few million isolated survivors. The knowledge brought back by Marianne Jenner and her staff may not be enough to turn the tide of ongoing biological warfare.
Cold Comfort by Scott Medbury
Narrated by Adam Barr
Anscot Publishing PTY LTD
No mazes, no zombies, no games
Against the odds and despite the carnage of an unstoppable disease and relentless enemy, Isaac Race has delivered his group to safety…or has he?
Something is not quite right about the Drake Mountain facility, and it has nothing to do with the black bags over their heads or guns at their backs when they arrived. Now in the safe haven they fought so hard to reach, they should feel secure, but all of them sense something is amiss. Each question answered only raises another. Especially the question of why their friend Sonny was separated from them and locked up. They’re about to get some answers they won’t like.
Whatever you do, don’t miss Cold Comfort, the heart-stopping third story of America Falls.
Manuscript 512 by Rick Chesler
Narrated by David Loving
For centuries, would-be explorers have examined a document written in 1753 rumored to hold the key to locating the so-called Lost City of Z, a fortified settlement containing many treasures and built entirely of gold. Thought to be buried somewhere within the Mato Grosso region of the Amazon rain forest, the lure of the vanished riches has long proven deadly to treasure seekers who brave the forbidding wilderness and mysterious creatures in search of it.
Disgraced historian Dr. Hunter Winslow, fired from a lucrative professorship for stealing rare documents in order to gain a competitive edge over his colleagues, thinks the key to Manuscript 512 lies not in its words, but in its paper itself. The only problem is that to confirm his hypothesis means to destroy the document, something the Brazil National Library in Rio de Janeiro will never allow. But old habits die hard, and Hunter knows his way around a special collections room. After a brazen theft that triggers an international manhunt, the rogue historian is able to reveal the document’s secrets in a way no one else can or ever will be able to again – by using its physical properties to reveal missing sections that had supposedly been irreversibly damaged.
Armed with this new information, Hunter embarks on an expedition to the deepest Amazon to put to rest the mystery of the lost city once and for all. But while Hunter is looking for the fabled treasure, the long arm of the law is looking for him. Will they catch up to him before he can locate the treasure of a thousand lifetimes, or will he become as lost as the city he seeks?
Night Shift (Fiction Without Frontiers) by Robin Triggs
Narrated by Adam Sims
Flame Tree Audio
Antarctica. A mining base at the edge of the world. Anders Nordvelt, last-minute replacement as head of security, has no time to integrate himself into the crew before an act of sabotage threatens the project. He must untangle a complex web of relationships from his position as prime suspect.
Then a body is found in the ice. Systems fail as the long night falls. Now Anders must do more than find a murderer: He must find a way to survive. Will anyone endure the night shift, or will ice and frozen corpses be all that remains?
Flame Tree Press is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018, the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
1/2986: Publisher’s Pack by Annelie Wendeberg
Narrated by Emma Galvin
1/2986: Publisher’s Pack contains Cut and Fog, books one and two of the 1/2986 series.
I’ve reached my expiration date. Not that it matters. We’re all going to die.
To 16-year-old Micka, all words have flavors. Her emotions come with such force that she can’t help but carve them into her skin. The night she decides to kill herself, she meets Runner – a mysterious stranger who makes her question everything she’s learned about the end of the world.
His message is terrifying: It wasn’t some mysterious disease that killed 10 billion people. We did this. Humanity sleepwalked into climate disaster and ecocide, just to butcher and rape until blood stained the seas.
Micka is sure Runner is lying. Her instincts urge her to stay far away from him. But he makes her an offer she finds hard to resist. There are only two rules she must follow: kill. Survive.
Because the final wars were never meant to end.
Warning: Contains violence and other content which may be triggering to listeners.
Ghost Virus by Graham Masterton
Narrated by Mark Meadows
Whole Story Audiobooks
The girl had been staring into her mirror all morning before she picked up the small bottle of sulphuric acid and poured it over her forehead. Samira was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. What could have brought her to this?
DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel of Tooting Police suspect it’s suicide. But then a meek husband kills his wife, and the headteacher of the local school throws her pupils out of a window. It’s no longer a random outbreak of horrific crimes. It’s a deadly virus. And it’s spreading. Somehow, ordinary Londoners are being infected with an insatiable lust to murder. All of the killers were wearing secondhand clothes.
Could these garments be possessed by some supernatural force?
The death count is multiplying. Now Jerry and Jamila must defeat the ghost virus before they are all infected…
Limetown by Cote Smith, Zack Akers, Skip Bronkie
Narrated by Candace Thaxton, Jacques Roy
Simon & Schuster Audio
From the creators of the number one podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over 300 people have disappeared – including her uncle – with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.
On a seemingly ordinary day, 17-year-old Lia Haddock hears news that will change her life forever: 300 men, women, and children living at a research facility in Limetown, Tennessee, have disappeared without a trace. Among the missing is Emile Haddock, Lia’s uncle.
What happened to the people of Limetown? It’s all anyone can talk about. Except Lia’s parents, who refuse to discuss what might have happened there. They refuse, even, to discuss anything to do with Emile.
As a student journalist, Lia begins an investigation that will take her far from her home, discovering clues about Emile’s past that lead to a shocking secret – one with unimaginable implications not only for the people of Limetown, but for Lia and her family. The only problem is…she’s not the only one looking for answers.
Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie are first-rate storytellers in every medium. Critics called their podcast Limetown “creepy and otherworldly” (The New York Times) and “endlessly fun” (Vox), and their novel goes back to where it all began. Working with Cote Smith, a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize finalist, they’ve crafted an exhilarating mystery that asks big questions about what we owe to our families and what we owe to ourselves, about loss, discovery, and growth. Threaded throughout is Emile’s story – told here for the first time ever.