Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Post for the Week of March 30th.
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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100 Miles and Vampin’ by C. T. Phipps
Narrated by Cary Hite
From the Best-Selling Author of the Supervillainy Saga
Peter Stone is a poor black vampire who has found undeath isn’t all it was promised to be. There’s no vast riches, innate cool, or super-sex appeal. No, instead, there’s working the graveyard shift at a gas station alongside the highway to Detroit. Oh, and the blood thing sucks, too.
Working a second job as the sheriff of the undead, Peter is asked to serve as bodyguard to a famous vampire romance novelist visiting the city. He doesn’t go 24 hours before she’s dead and he’s the primary suspect. There’s also evidence it was one of the most powerful vampires in the world.
Some days just hit you like a stake through the heart.
Set in the same world as the Bright Falls Mysteries.
“A fangtastic sequel!” (The Bookwyrm Speaks)
They Feed by Jason Parent
Narrated by Joe Hempel
The night uncovers all we wish not to see.
A troubled man enters a dusky park before sunset. A young woman follows, hidden in shadow. Both have returned to the park to take back something the past has stolen from them, to make right six long years of suffering, and to find justice or perhaps redemption – or maybe they’ll settle for some old-fashioned revenge.
But something evil is alive and awake in those woods, creatures that care nothing for human motivations. They’re driven by their own insatiable need: a ravenous, bottomless hunger. The campgrounds are full tonight, and the creatures are starving. Before the night is over, they will feed.
An unrelenting tale of terror from Jason Parent, acclaimed author of People of the Sun and What Hides Within.
10,000 Bones by Joe Ollinger
Narrated by Khristine Hvam
When a planet’s currency is made of calcium, a Collections Agent not only follows the money…but also the murder.
On the planet Brink, calcium is cash. The element’s scarcity led the world’s government to declare it the official currency. In the decades since, the governments of other colonized worlds have suppressed shipments of calcium in order to maintain favorable exchange rates, while Brink’s Commerce Board has struggled to negotiate importation quotas to keep the population alive and growing.
Taryn Dare is a Collections Agent, a specialized detective tasked with finding black-market calcium and recovering it, so that the Commerce Board can recycle it and distribute it as currency. Taryn is fueled by one goal: to save up enough currency units for a one-way ticket to a better world. But when a job recovering a human corpse uncovers a deadly conspiracy in the system, Taryn is drawn into an investigation that may threaten her life, and the very fabric of her society.
Original cover art © Diversion Publishing Corp
Life After E.L.E. by JC Morrows
Narrated by Lindsey McKelvy
Forty-five years after a rogue moon smashed into our world…30 years after humanity emerged from the caves where they took refuge…one teen discovers there is more to the story….
A frozen world…where rule number one is to be inside the gates before they close at night – or die.
Eve watched the gates close – with her father on the outside – so that should be the easiest thing in the world for her to remember. But life is not always simple. Life does not always go as planned.
Now Eve is in a race against time, discovery, and danger around every corner – to find a truth that has been hidden…for years. A truth Eve’s father forfeit his life to protect her from.
Audiences have compared Life After E.L.E. to The Day After Tomorrow, The Hunger Games, and The Divergent series.
Convergence by Michael Patrick Hicks
Narrated by Travis Baldree
Memories are the most dangerous drug.
Jonah Everitt is a killer, an addict, and a memory thief. After being hired to kill a ranking officer of the Pacific Rim Coalition and download his memories, Everitt finds himself caught in the crosshairs of a terror cell, a rogue military squadron, and a Chinese gangster named Alice Xie. Xie is a profiteer of street drugs, primarily DRMR, a powerful narcotic made from the memories of the dead. With his daughter, Mesa, missing in post-war Los Angeles, Everitt is forced into an uneasy alliance with Alice to find her.
Mesa’s abduction is wrapped up in the secrets of a brutal murder during the war’s early days, a murder that Alice Xie wants revenged. In order to find her, Jonah will have to sift through the memories of dead men that could destroy what little he has left.
In a city where peace is tenuous and loyalties are ever shifting, the past and the present are about to converge.
The Enigma Broker by Charles V. Breakfield, Roxanne E. Burkey
Narrated by Derek Shoales
Inexplicable drops in world markets for oil, copper, coal, and other commodities are destabilizing nations to the point of economic collapse. A conspicuous increase in production numbers for primary oil producing companies results in a call for help from governments and a large oil distributor. The R-Group quietly engages amid fears that further drops in value could devastate multiple economies of first world countries.
Jacob Michaels is called by ePetro’s Mike Patrick, CEO of the multinational oil broker, due to some prior data and network security engagement work. This prompts early investigation into the production numbers by Jacob. With support from Petra, they suspect the problem is a result of hacking by an unidentified dark matter organization. In tracing back all the available threads, they find it impossible to determine where this organization is operating, who is at the helm – driving commodity prices down, and how are the profits being taken without detection. They realize early on that a single misstep places not only Jacob and Petra but also other members of R-Group directly into the path of mortal danger!
This cyber terror organization is fierce and lethal when it comes to protecting itself and the plans made to take control of global commodity markets. The lieutenants of this agenda are quick to execute orders without question. Failure does not get a second chance with these enforcers. R-Group’s advantage of leading technology resources, brilliant technologists, and years of experience may not be enough to locate the genius source bent on commodity market domination. Has this insidious cyber evil from the dark net become a challenge the R-Group simply cannot defeat?
The Enigma Broker, is the eighth book in The Enigma Series by the award-winning authors Breakfield and Burkey. It uses relevant technology layered with travel, intrigue, humor, mystery, and romance from the affluence of London to the extreme poverty of Argentina, the train yards of Fort Worth Texas, and places in between. The layers of planning and conspiracy by the cruel dark matter organization supplies suspense and intrigue to the very end.
Join us in this chilling journey into a dangerous digital underworld that raises troubling questions about our dependence on technology and our current obsession with social media avenues for communication.
The Watermight Thief by Jordan Rivet
Narrated by Caitlin Kelly
Welcome to Pendark, a city of murky canals, brutal gladiator fights, and sorcerers who feud over access to the silvery magical substance known as Watermight.
Tamri is a scrappy magic thief who’s trying to get her grandmother out of this festering swamp of a city. But when a quick score involving a dragon goes wrong, she’s shipped off to a distant mountaintop kingdom where the legendary Fire Queen is starting a school for magic wielders.
Tamri’s not just going there to learn. The King of Pendark suspects the Fire Queen is up to something more dangerous than training young wielders, and he orders Tamri to find out the truth. If she fails, neither she nor her grandmother will survive the school year.
Melt by J. J. Pike, Mike Kraus
Narrated by Chris Abernathy
A new, frighteningly realistic series from number one best-selling post-apocalyptic author Mike Kraus
A bold scientific breakthrough? Or an end to modern society as we know it?
It was supposed to be a groundbreaking demonstration: Melt, a newly created compound, promised to revolutionize waste processing. When things don’t go as planned and the city begins to implode, Bill and Alice Everlee are caught on opposite sides of the divide. Stuck at ground zero as the city begins to sink around her, Alice races to discover what is causing the disaster and how to stop it – if she even can.
Meanwhile, having received a frightening message from his wife, Bill hurries to pack everyone up at home before racing to a remote cottage in upstate New York to begin preparing for the coming storm.
Freedom’s Fire Box Set, Books 1-6 by Bobby Adair
Narrated by Greg Tremblay
The best-selling, epic space adventure, Freedom’s Fire: the complete series of six audiobooks, in one bundle.
It was never a question of if the aliens would come, it was only ever when.
The first interstellar war, a generation ago, left humanity enslaved. Now, humans fight in the armies of their masters to save themselves from annihilation.
At least, that’s what the propaganda insists is true. What the layers of lies keep hidden is how badly the new war is going for the people of earth.
Now, it’s Dylan Kane’s turn to blast into the heavens and join the battle, but what his masters don’t know is that, by putting a weapon in his hands, they’re giving him the key to unlocking his hopes of freedom.
When the rail-gun slugs are tearing through his ship and the vacuum is sucking the life out of his wounded friends, will Dylan’s years of repressed rage turn into enough bravery to make his dream come true?
The Freedom’s Fire series in this special edition includes:
Prequel: Freedom’s Siege
Audiobook one: Freedom’s Fire
Audiobook two: Freedom’s Fury
Audiobook three: Freedom’s Fray
Audiobook four: Freedom’s Fist
Audiobook five: Freedom’s Fall
Audiobook six: Freedom’s Fate
A number one Amazon.com best seller in space marine science fiction.
The Last Survivors Box Set by Bobby Adair, T.W. Piperbrook
Narrated by Sean Runnette
The best-selling post-apocalyptic epic adventure the Last Survivors – the complete series of six audiobooks in one bundle.
Survival in man’s second Dark Age.
Three hundred years after the fall of society, the last fragments of civilization are clinging to life, living in the ruins of the ancient cities in medieval conditions. Technology has been reduced to legend, monsters roam the forests, and fear reigns supreme. But that is just the beginning.
The wind-borne spores are spreading, disfiguring men and twisting their minds, turning them into creatures who threaten to destroy the townships. Among the townsfolk, political and the religious, dissension is spreading. Through it all, a mother must protect her son.
The complete six-audiobook Last Survivors series.
Renegades by Craig Alanson
Narrated by R.C. Bray
The battle-scarred star carrier Flying Dutchman is finally on her way back to Earth, after an exceptionally successful series of missions that have once again saved the world. The ship needs a serious refit, and her exhausted crew just wants a break from constant clandestine warfare against a vicious and superior enemy. Wishes come true, right? Not for the Merry Band of Pirates.
Includes special bonus note from the author.
The Road to Hell by Brian Parker, Phalanx Press
Narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen
Winter has never been so hot, nor the world so dangerous.
Sidney Bannister has been lucky so far. With no survival training and no real skills besides her street smarts, she realizes that must learn to fight so she can protect her newborn baby from the infected that plague the United States.
Enemies from her former life arise to bring the AWOL Lieutenant Jake Murphy to justice. The hunt intensifies as the remnants of Jake’s old unit close in around him and his group of survivors.
In the middle of the chaos, Iranian aircraft fill the skies of Kansas, forcing the Americans to make decisions that will impact all of their lives. How much is Sidney’s small group willing to sacrifice to stay together?
Follow the action that began in the Phalanx Press collaborative novel Five Roads to Texas as the series continues to grow.
Hole in the World by Brian Keene
Narrated by Doug Greene
Apex Book Company is proud to present Hole in the World – a weird fantasy prequel to Brian Keene’s popular The Lost Level series.
An hour ago, they were 19 strangers on an airport shuttle, braving travel delays and a freak blizzard. Then they fell through a hole in the world. Now, they are 19 strangers trapped in a dangerous dimension filled with prehistoric monsters, futuristic technology, and otherworldly mysteries. They’ll have to learn to work together if they want to survive and return home…but will any of them be left alive by then?
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