Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Post for the Week of March 9th, 2019.
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 Traveler Series by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
The first three books in the Traveler series in one bundle!
Book One: Home
He thought he was prepared. He thought his family was safe. He was wrong.
Five years after a pneumonic plague killed two-thirds of the world’s population, army veteran Marcus Battle is isolated. He’s alone with his guns, his food, and the graves of his wife and child.
Unaware of the chaos that’s befallen everything outside of his central Texas ranch land, Marcus lives a Spartan life. If anyone steps onto his property he shoots first and never ask questions.
But when a woman in distress, chased by marauders, seeks asylum, Marcus has a decision to make.
Does he throw her to the wolves to protect himself, or does he help her and leave the shelter and protection of home?
Book Two: Canyon
He’s homeless. He’s on the run. and he wants revenge.
Marcus Battle has left behind his home.
Now he’s on a seemingly impossible mission to find a missing child. But can he balance that responsibility with his deep, primal desire to exact revenge on the men who destroyed his solitary existence?
The world he discovers on his journey isn’t the one he remembers before a pneumonic plague called the Scourge killed two-thirds of the world’s population. It is lawless, depraved, and far deadlier than the disease which created it.
Battle made a promise to find that child. It’s a promise he regrets more acutely with every step of the journey where he is as much the hunter as he is the hunted.
Book Three: Wall
He survived the scourge. He escaped the cartel. Now he faces the wall.
In the chaos of a global plague, evil took hold. Governments fell, the good became servants, and the Cartel rose to power.
A wall was built to contain the wasteland and keep the evil at bay. Now an organized resistance wants change. They’re willing to fight for it and they’ve asked Marcus Battle to help.
The last thing Battle wants is another war. But if that’s what it takes to gain freedom and safe passage to the other side of the wall, he’ll take aim and fire.
Titan’s Son by Rhett C. Bruno
Narrated by R.C. Bray
Titan’s revolution is coming. All it needs is one final spark.
Kale Drayton knows his place. As a Ringer born on Titan, he’s used to keeping his head down and his mouth shut – no matter how much the Earthers abuse him or his own kind berate him. So, when he’s caught stealing from a wealthy merchant, he’s lucky to be sentenced to low-paying maintenance work on a gas-harvesting ship instead of life in a cell… or worse.
But when his mother is quarantined, Kale finds himself backed into a corner. To pay for her medicine, he needs money – the kind of money he’ll never make sweeping floors and cleaning ships. When he receives a mysterious offer asking him to do a simple job in exchange for his mother’s treatment, Kale takes a chance once more. All he must do is upload a program onto his employer’s ship and all of his problems will disappear.
What starts as a straightforward smuggling gig soon reveals its shattering repercussions. The people who hired Kale are more dangerous than he suspected – and he’s more important to them than he ever could have imagined.
Grab the exciting sequel to Titanborn, which will transport you to the other side of the conflict on Titan, and the Ringers’ fight for independence.
The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian J. Walker
Narrated by Jonathan Aris, David John
A flawed man, a mute girl, and a spirited dog could be humanity’s last hope – or its doom.
It’s the end of the world, but Reg won’t mind the peace and quiet – after all, he’s always lived a solitary life. And his happy-go-lucky dog, Lineker, is ecstatic to spend more time with his beloved owner. Together, they plan to wait out the impending doom in their second-floor apartment, hiding themselves away from the riots outside.
But when an abandoned orphan shows up in the stairwell of their building, Reg and Lineker must leave their place of safety and accompany her into the ruins of a fallen city. In their desire to rescue the child, both man and dog must face the guilt of the past and discover a hope for the future….
In Darkness by Ambrose Ibsen
Narrated by Joe Hempel
It’s Julian’s turn to search for answers. Recent events have convinced him there’s something wrong with the Beacon estate after all, but is it too late for him to put his skepticism aside?
The horrific history of the Beacon estate is revealed in this chilling final volume of Ambrose Ibsen’s Black Acres serial. In Darkness is the fourth and final novella in the Black Acres serial by Ambrose Ibsen.
The Folded Land: A Relics Novel by Tim Lebbon
Narrated by Esther Wane
In the dark underbelly of our world, there’s a black market in arcane things – living and dead. Angela Gough has been pulled into this world, making her a criminal on the run.
In London she encountered the Kin-satyrs and centaurs, Nephilim and wraiths, hunted and slaughtered for their body parts. Fleeing back to the United States, Angela discovers that the Kin are everywhere, and they are tired of being prey.
When her niece Sammi is struck by lightning, she is drawn toward the mysterious Folded Land and its powerful and deadly ruler. Helped by her lover Vince, caught in the midst of a Kin uprising, Angela must locate Sammi before the girl is lost forever.
The Widening Gyre by Michael R. Johnston
Narrated by Christopher Ragland
Eight hundred years ago, the Zhen Empire discovered a broken human colony ship drifting in the fringes of their space. The Zhen gave the humans a place to live and folded them into their Empire as a client state. But it hasn’t been easy. Not all Zhen were eager to welcome another species into their Empire, and humans have faced persecution. For hundreds of years, human languages and history were outlawed subjects, as the Zhen tried to mold humans into their image. Earth and the cultures it nourished for millennia are forgotten, little more than legends.
One of the first humans to be allowed to serve in the Zhen military, Tajen Hunt became a war hero at the Battle of Elkari, the only human to be named an official Hero of the Empire. He was given command of a task force, and sent to do the Empire’s bidding in their war with the enigmatic Tabrans. But when he failed in a crucial mission, causing the deaths of millions of people, he resigned in disgrace and faded into life on the fringes as a lone independent pilot.
When Tajen discovers his brother, Daav, has been killed by agents of the Empire, he, his niece, and their newly-hired crew set out to finish his brother’s quest: to find Earth, the legendary homeworld of humanity. What they discover will shatter 800 years of peace in the Empire, and start a war that could be the end of the human race.
Feast of the Locusts: A Post-Apocalyptic Techno-Thriller (Cyber Armageddon) by Mark Goodwin
Narrated by Stacey Glemboski
The first wave of computer malware, known as the Locust Virus, destroyed the American financial system. But the worst is yet to come!
Kate has managed to survive a massive cyber attack that annihilated the US banking system. The societal collapse that followed in the wake of the attack has already claimed the lives of millions, including members of Kate’s own family.
The government has instituted a temporary solution, but another wave of computer viruses has just been found. This time, the malware is targeting America’s power grid. To make matters worse, Kate inadvertently killed the leader of a violent local gang, and there’s a price on her head. Trouble and peril await her at every turn. Plunged into a world ruled by chaos and destruction, her chances of survival aren’t good.
As with all works by Mark Goodwin, this book contains no profanity and no embarrassing sex scenes. However, if you’re offended by conservative principles and references to Scripture, this book might not be for you.
Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster by Liza Palmer
Narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen
Carol Danvers kicks off her US Air Force career with her first year at flight school, where she’ll be tested in ways she never thought possible – and make a lifelong friend, Maria Rambeau, in the process – in this atmospheric and exciting prelude to the upcoming Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel!
Focusing on Carol Danvers and Maria Rambeau as they wend their way through a space that was still very much a “boys’ club” in the ’80s, the important sociocultural themes explored in this novel are sure to draw in not only fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but listeners of social-issue-focused YA who gravitate toward relatable protagonists learning to navigate the world around them and to succeed in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity.
Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
Narrated by Xe Sands, Vivienne Leheny, Paul Fox
A devoted wife, a loving husband, and a chilling murder that no one saw coming.
Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry…. That something is really, really wrong with me.
Maddie and Ian’s love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army, and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now, almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.
From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, 16 years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in the day of the killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.
Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant
Narrated by James Patrick Cronin
When Transom Shultz goes missing shortly after returning to his sleepy hometown of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, his secrets are not the only secrets that threaten to emerge. Red, the sheriff, is haunted by the possibility that a crime Transom was involved in 17 years earlier – a crime Red secretly helped cover up – may somehow be linked to his disappearance.
Possum, the victim of that crime, wants revenge. Laney will do anything to keep Transom quiet about the careless mistake they made that could jeopardize her budding relationship. And Chase, once a close friend, reels from Transom’s betrayal of buying his family’s farm under false pretenses and ruthlessly logging it and leasing the mineral rights to Marcellus shale frackers.
As the search for Transom Shultz heats up and the inhabitants’ dark and tangled histories unfold, each one must decide whether to live under the brutal weight of the past or try to move beyond it.