Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Post for the Week of October 13th. 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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Black Rain by Graham Brown
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
From Graham Brown, co-author of the New York Times best-selling thriller Devil’s Gate with Clive Cussler, comes Black Rain….
Covert government operative Danielle Laidlaw leads an expedition into the deepest reaches of the Amazon in search of a legendary Mayan city. Assisted by a renowned university professor and protected by a mercenary named Hawker, her team journeys into the tangled rain forest – unaware that they are replacements for a group that vanished weeks before, and that the treasure they are seeking is no mere artifact but a breakthrough discovery that could transform the world.
Shadowed by a ruthless billionaire, threatened by a violent indigenous tribe, and stalked by an unseen enemy that leaves battered corpses in its wake, the group desperately seeks the connection between the deadly reality of the Mayan legend, the nomadic tribe that haunts them, and the chilling secret buried beneath the ancient ruins.
Watcher by AJ Eversley
Narrated by Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell
“First came the Bots. They were meant to serve us, but they turned and thousands died. Then the Carbons arrived and we were left with only a few hundred humans. After ten years of war, I’m one of the few survivors. I’m a Watcher, and I won’t give up the fight.”
As a Watcher, Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect her fellow humans. But the Bots and Carbons that overran her city are evolving, and are picking off her comrades one by one.
Embarking on a desperate mission to save humanity from extinction, Sawyer discovers that the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn when one of her own betrays them. Faced with a choice between fulfilling her vow and avenging those who have fallen, she must ultimately decide who can be saved…and who can’t.
Divergent meets Terminator in this epic YA Trilogy.
Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
Narrated by Graham Halstead
A monstrous apparatus has been found on the surface of the moon. It devours and destroys in ways so incomprehensible to humans that a new language must be invented to describe it and a new kind of thinking to understand it. So far, the human guinea pigs sent there in hopes of unraveling the murderous maze have all died terrible deaths – except the last, now on suicide watch. The ideal candidate won’t go insane, even as he feels the end approaching. And now they think they’ve found their man.
Al Barker has already stared into the face of death – he can handle it again. But Barker won’t merely have to endure the trauma of dying: he will have to endure it over and over again – mentally linked to an ongoing series of duplicates of himself created and sent to the Moon by matter transmission – until the artifact reveals its secret.
With a cast of fascinating characters taking center stage, Rogue Moon is a rare thriller that doesn’t just make you sweat – it makes you think.
Abyss by Greig Beck
Narrated by Sean Mangan
Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
The explosive sequel to the Greig Beck blockbuster Fathomless.
Cate Granger is chasing ghosts.
The monster shark she once encountered was a remnant of the ancient world – one that had escaped an underwater lair previously sealed off for millions of years. At great cost, Cate and her allies had killed the beast. So, no more ghosts, no more shadows. All gone.
Or so Cate thought.
A research ship is sound-blasting the deep seabed looking for petroleum signatures. But in doing so they disturb something that has been hiding in the trenches for countless millennia.
What Cate thought was dead rises from the cold depths of hell. She, Jack Monroe, a Russian billionaire, and her team of marine biologists are forced once more to enter the abyssal zone of the deepest ocean trenches, to confront a creature from the Earth’s distant past.
100 Fathoms Below by Steven L. Kent, Nicholas Kaufmann
Narrated by Shawn Compton
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
100 fathoms below….
The depth at which sunlight no longer penetrates the ocean.
1983. The US nuclear submarine USS Roanoke embarks on a classified spy mission into Soviet waters. Their goal: to find evidence of a new, faster, and deadlier Soviet submarine that could tip the balance of the Cold War. But the Roanoke crew isn’t alone. Something is on board with them. Something cunning and malevolent.
Trapped in enemy territory and hunted by Soviet submarines, tensions escalate and crew members turn on each other. When the lights go out and horror fills the corridors, it will take everything the crew has to survive the menace coming from outside and inside the submarine.
In the dark.
Combining Tom Clancy’s eye for international intrigue with Stephen King’s sense of the macabre, 100 Fathoms Below takes listeners into depths from which there is no escape.
A Publishers Weekly Editors’ Choice for Fall in Science Fiction & Horror.
Power Failure by Ben Bova
Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Award-winning writer Ben Bova returns with another tense political thriller starring Jake Ross, science advisor to Senator Frank Tomlinson, as they continue their complex power maneuvers they began in Power Play and Power Surge.
Dr. Jake Ross came to Washington to try to make a difference, but he’s learned the only way to get something done in Washington, assuming your ideals survive the corrosive atmosphere, is to gather power. Ross has gathered a great deal riding in the wake of Frank Tomlinson. But now Tomlinson has decided to shoot for the moon. If they win, they get it all. If they lose, the game is over for Jake Ross.
The Power trilogy combines the political thriller with nuts-and-bolts near-future science fiction. Bova’s vision of a future powered by solar satellite transmission is tantalizingly within reach.
The Markov Encryption by David N. Robinson
Narrated by David N. Robinson
Ben Lewis. Blackmailed by a dead man. Hunted by armed killers. All because of Gunter Markov, a gifted North Korean hacker. Someone who has posted encrypted secrets online – supposedly the hack to end all hacks. Deadly secrets. The sort many seem suddenly only too willing to kill for. Lewis finds himself unexpectedly the one person alive able to decrypt Markov’s coded hack. As a nationwide manhunt is launched to find Lewis, his former girlfriend, Holly, goes missing, presumed kidnapped. Will Lewis be able to find Holly before it is too late? Or will others get to Lewis – and the encryption key – first? Especially those increasingly desperate to ensure that Markov’s encrypted secrets remain buried forever.
The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah
Narrated by Colleen Prendergast
The Murder Wall is Maria Hannah’s first gripping crime novel featuring DCI Kate Daniels.
Eleven months after discovering a brutal double murder in a sleepy Northumbrian town, Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels is still haunted by her failure to solve the case. Then the brutal killing of a man on Newcastle’s Quayside gives Daniels another chance to get it right, and her first case as Senior Investigating Officer. When Daniels recognises the corpse but fails to disclose the fact, her personal life swerves dangerously into her professional life. But much worse, she is now being watched.
As Daniels steps closer to finding a killer, a killer is only a breath away from claiming his next victim…
Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein, Beverly Johnson – illustrator
Narrated by Andrea Emmes
What Harry Potter did for magic, Max Einstein does for kids’ imaginations!
Number-one best-selling author James Patterson has written the first and only children’s adventure novel officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives. “If you’re interested in science, mysteries or courageous heroines, this is a must-read!” (Chelsea Clinton)
Max Einstein is not your typical genius. She…
Hacks the computer system at NYU to attend classes
Builds inventions to help the homeless
And talks to Albert Einstein! (Okay, that’s just in her imagination)
But everything changes when Max is recruited by a mysterious organization! Their mission: solve some of the world’s toughest problems using science. She’s helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet. But that’s only if the sinister outfit known only as The Corporation doesn’t get to her first….
Max Einstein is a heroine for the modern age and will be looked up to by kids for generations to come.
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My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper
Narrated by Ellie Kemper
Simon & Schuster Audio
Comedian and star of The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper delivers a hilarious and uplifting collection of essays about one pale woman’s journey from Midwestern naïf to Hollywood semi-celebrity to outrageously reasonable New Yorker.
There comes a time in every sitcom actress’ life when she is faced with the prospect of writing a book. When Ellie Kemper’s number was up, she was ready. Contagiously cheerful, predictably wholesome, and mostly inspiring except for one essay about her husband’s feet, My Squirrel Days is a funny, freewheeling tour of Ellie’s life – from growing up in suburban St. Louis with a vivid imagination and a crush on David Letterman to moving to Los Angeles and accidentally falling on Doris Kearns Goodwin.
But those are not the only famous names dropped in this synopsis. Ellie will also share stories of inadvertently insulting Ricky Gervais at the Emmy Awards, telling Tina Fey that she has “great hair – really strong and thick”, and offering a maxi pad to Steve Carell. She will take you back to her childhood as a nature lover determined to commune with squirrels, to her college career as a benchwarming field hockey player with no assigned position, and to her young professional days writing radio commercials for McDonald’s but never getting paid. Ellie will guide you along her journey through adulthood, from unorganized bride to impatient wife to anxious mother who – as recently observed by a sassy hairstylist – “dresses like a mom”. Well, sassy hairstylist, Ellie Kemper is a mom. And she has been dressing like it since she was four.
Ellie has written for GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and The Onion. Her voice is the perfect antidote to the chaos of modern life. In short, she will tell you nothing you need to know about making it in show business and everything you need to know about discreetly changing a diaper at a Cibo Express.