Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Post for the Week of October 20th. 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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The Trackers Series Box Set by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The entire four-book Trackers series in one box set: over 30 hours of postapocalyptic survival fiction and action.
Ripped from the headlines, the explosive Trackers saga is a realistic depiction of what an EMP attack and the aftermath might look like from one of the genre’s leading voices, USA Today best-selling author and former Homeland Security Disaster Mitigation Officer, Nicholas Sansbury Smith (author of the Extinction Cycle series, Hell Divers series, and Orbs series).
The end of the world is just the beginning of the hunt….
Five days ago, North Korea detonated three strategically placed nuclear warheads over the United States, triggering an electromagnetic pulse that crippled the country. A second attack destroyed the nerve center of America in a nuclear blast that flattened the nation’s capital. As the government falls apart in the aftermath, the survivors must decide how far they will go to save the ones they love.
In this lawless new world where the most ruthless thrive while innocents suffer, a sheriff, a retired marine, a nurse, and a senator turned secretary of defense are faced with keeping their communities and families safe. One thing is certain – they won’t be able to save everyone. Not with their humanity still intact.
The entire four-book series includes:
- Trackers 2: The Hunted
- Trackers 3: The Storm
- Trackers 4: The Damned
Machine City by Scott J. Holliday
Narrated by J D Jackson
In this unputdownable thriller set in the new future, a detective enters the mind of a killer to find a missing child.
To ex-detective John Barnes, the machine is a dangerous and abhorrent addiction. The criminal thoughts it embedded in his brain helped him stop a serial killer, but they left him dazed – with pounding, murderous impulses. Having turned in his badge to salvage what’s left of his psyche, Barnes must return to the darkness at the request of his former partner. A little girl has gone missing. So has Adrian Flaherty, the detective in the kidnapper’s shadow.
And only Barnes can hear the clues.
But the trail is more dizzying and more personal than he feared. The voices are revealing a secret only Flaherty could have known. They’re also telling Barnes that he doesn’t have long to live. To find the girl, he must listen closely. Because the clock is ticking…and Barnes’s mind is going fast.
Shell Game by Sara Paretsky
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
Sara Paretsky follows her instant New York Times best seller Fallout – her most widely read novel in years – with an extraordinary adventure that pits her acclaimed detective, V.I. Warshawski, against some of today’s most powerful figures.
Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In Shell Game, nothing and no one are what they seem, except for the detective herself, who loses sleep, money, and blood, but remains indomitable in her quest for justice.
The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States by Jeffrey Lewis
Narrated by Neil Hellegers
HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States is an exciting piece of “speculative fiction.” The novel posits that there was a nuclear attack against the US on March 21, 2020 by North Korea, and that a national bipartisan commission was created to investigate what and how it happened. It’s pretty scary stuff.
The Priest by David Beers
Narrated by Joe Hempel
Are you ready for confession?
Christian Windsor’s odd genius brought him and his FBI unit fame when he stopped the sadistic murderer called The Surgeon. Christian’s genius couldn’t reveal the sociopath working right next to him, though: the world-renowned psychiatrist, Luke Titan.
Dead bodies begin showing up again, but this time, Christian knows them. The killer doesn’t want other people: He wants Christian. A delusional psychopath thinks Christian can bring God’s return…which gives Luke Titan the perfect opportunity to continue his own sick purpose.
The Priest has arrived. Can Christian save those he loves before they end up as sacrificial lambs? Can he do it before Titan’s psychological games destroy his own humanity?
I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
Dan Wells’s debut audiobook, I Am Not a Serial Killer, is the first installment in a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.
John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.
He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.
He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.
Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat – and to appreciate what that difference means.
Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.
“The beauty of the prose, mixed with the depth of characterization, gives the haunting, first-person narrative a human touch. regardless of your age or your genre preferences, you will find this story both profound and enthralling.” (Brandon Sanderson, New York Times best-selling author)
“Brilliant! full of unforgettable characters, creepy thrills, and dangerous twists you won’t see coming.” (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author)
The Last Sword Maker by Brian Nelson
Narrated by Bradford Hastings
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
In the high mountains of Tibet, rumors are spreading. People whisper of an outbreak, of thousands of dead, of bodies pushed into mass graves. It is some strange new disease…a disease, they say, that can kill in minutes.
The Chinese government says the rumors aren’t true, but no one is allowed in or out of Tibet.
At the Pentagon, admiral James Curtiss is called to an emergency meeting. Satellite images prove that a massive genocide is underway, and an American spy has made a startling discovery. This is no disease. It’s a weapons test. Chinese scientists have developed a way to kill based on a person’s genetic traits. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. The success of their new weapon proves that the Chinese are nearing “Replication” – a revolutionary breakthrough that will tip the global balance of power and change the way wars are waged.
Now the US must scramble to catch up before it is too late. Admiral Curtiss gathers the nation’s top scientists, including a promising young graduate student named Eric Hill who just might hold the missing piece to the replication puzzle. Soon Hill and his colleague Jane Hunter are caught up in a deadly game of sabotage as the two nations strive to be the first to reach the coveted goal. But in their headlong race, they create something unexpected…something the world has never seen and something more powerful than they had ever imagined.
The Last Sword Maker is an exciting globe-trotting thriller with unforgettable characters that depicts a haunting vision of the future of warfare.
A Publishers Weekly pick of 2018’s Mysteries and Thrillers’ “Not the Usual Suspects”.
Baja Blood by Jake Bible
Narrated by Neil Hellegers
Team Grendel is back, and this time, they have double the monster sharks and double the trouble as a drug cartel and the Mexican Navy are both ready to blow the Beowulf III out of the water!
When a top secret, undercover mission goes wrong for one of the company’s operatives, Ballantine must call on Team Grendel and the crew of the Beowulf III to take down a drug lord and stop Southern California from being overrun by a new substance more addictive and deadly than any drug on the planet. But things are never that simple as Team Grendel find they are under siege by cloned Megalodon sharks that developed a taste for the new substance, sending the monsters on a drug fueled rampage of bloody violence along the Baja Mexico coastline!
Blood is in the water, and the feeding frenzy is on!
Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs
Narrated by Christine Lakin, Taylor Meskimen, James Shippy
The digital apocalypse has arrived, and the future is here in this addictive technological thriller full of twists and turns. Perfect for fans of Nerve!
Being recruited by the CIA to join a top-secret intelligence program should be the opportunity of a lifetime. For Issa, it’s a shot at creating a new and better life for herself and her siblings. For clever con artist Harper, it’s a chance to bury the secrets of her troubled past and make sure those secrets stay buried. But for Owen – honor student, star quarterback, and computer-hacking genius – it sounds like a trap.
Owen discovers that instead of auditioning for the CIA, they’ve all been tricked by a multibillion-dollar tech company into creating the ultimate computer virus. It’s called Phantom Wheel, and it’s capable of hacking anyone on Earth, anywhere, at any time. And thanks to six teenagers, it’s virtually unstoppable.
Horrified by what they’ve done, the hackers must team up to stop the virus before the world descends into chaos. But working together is easier said than done, especially as the lines start to blur between teammate, friend, and more than friend. Because how do you learn to trust someone when you’ve spent your entire life exploiting that same trust in others?
Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Random House Audio
From the creator and star of Hamilton comes an audiobook of affirmations to inspire listeners at the beginning and end of each day.
Good morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things. Let others tussle it out. Vamos!
Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda’s audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a collection. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.