Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Post for the Week of September 29th. 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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Torrent by Tom Abrahams
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
Piton Press LLC
The pumps fail. The walls break. The city drowns.
The Alt Apocalypse is the newest groundbreaking series from Tom Abrahams. It explores survival under the most extreme circumstances, but with a twist (and no cliff-hangers). This series, which can be listened to in any order, features the same core characters in each complete story. But every audiobook dunks them into a new, alternate apocalypse: a nuclear holocaust, an earthquake, a flood, a wildfire, a hurricane, a plague, and even zombies.
Different heroes will emerge in each novel. Different characters will survive and perish. Your favorite character dies in one audiobook? He or she will be back in the next. In the end, you’ll unwind the loose thread that connects every character and every stand-alone story.
In Torrent, Abrahams plunges his characters into an unforgiving flood. College students on vacation, a family trapped and unable to swim, a journalist out of his depth, and a doctor prepared but overwhelmed all face the rising water. The beginnings of a conspiracy begin to surface, possibly connecting strangers and their roles in catastrophes they only vaguely recall.
Some live. Some die. All struggle.
Subterrestrial by Michael McBride
Narrated by Joel Richards
An accident during the construction of a tunnel beneath the Bering Strait leads to the discovery of a network of caverns and evidence that hints at the survival of a primitive human species. Led by DARPA technologist Reinhard Thyssen, a team of experts from around the globe is dispatched into the subterranean maze to discover all they can before the caves completely flood.
Something lurks in the darkness, though…a creature that has evolved into a predator unlike any the world has ever known, and it’s up to the scientists to make sure that it never reaches the surface. If they can survive that long.
Solomon Key by David Wood
Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
The legacy of a kidnapped African warrior turned pirate sets Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake on a collision course with a deadly organization that will stop at nothing to claim the greatest treasure in history.
But more than riches are at stake. Enemies old and new and even old friends stand in Maddock’s way in a struggle to control the mysterious power unlocked by the Solomon Key.
Mega by Jake Bible
Narrated by Neil Hellegers
There is something in the deep. Something large. Something hungry. Something prehistoric. And Team Grendel must find it, fight it, and kill it.
Kinsey Thorne, the first female US Navy SEAL candidate has hit rock bottom. Having washed out of the Navy, she turned to every drink and drug she could get her hands on. Until her father and cousins, all ex-Navy SEALS themselves, offer her a way back into the life: as part of a private, elite combat team being put together to find and hunt down an impossible monster in the Indian Ocean. Kinsey has a second chance, but can she live through it?
Masquerade by Adam Nicholls
Narrated by Andrew Tell
Ignorance is bliss. Revenge is better.
It’s been one year since the Lullaby Killer was punished for his crimes, and Mason Black’s life has already improved. His PI business is thriving, his family life is stronger than ever, and after years of misery he’s finally happy. It’s a shame it has to end.
Three bodies have been discovered with accusing messages carved into the skin. Hiding below the police radar, Mason flees across San Francisco in search for answers, desperate to find his tormentor before the SFPD arrest him. His only clue? Somebody wants revenge, and they’ll stop at nothing to take it.
Trust is broken, friendships are damaged, and the fate of Mason Black is uncertain. The plot unravels at a truly exciting pace in this shocking new detective thriller from Adam Nicholls.
Dark Water: A Dan Roy Thriller by Mick Bose
Narrated by John McLain
Dan Roy is back. So is a bullet with his name on it.
Dan is back home to settle his affairs. Then, he is free. Free to roam the world. But when an innocent woman is abducted in broad daylight, Dan responds to her call for help. His actions leads him into the dangerous vortex of a global plot. A plot designed to cripple America. Maybe for good.
Deep under the blue waters of the Eastern Seaboard hides a deadly secret, and the enemy knows about it. They have arrived and will stop at nothing to unleash mayhem. Only Dan Roy, ex-Black Ops warrior, stands in their way. This time, even Dan might have taken on more than he can handle….
But Dan is a survivor, and come hell or high water, he will fight till his last breath.
As We Fall: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller by Jack Hunt
Narrated by Kevin Pierce
When the system fails, will you fight to survive?
Sam Wade is on a trip to reconnect with his estranged daughter studying in Boston when the interconnected US infrastructure is crippled by an unknown attacker. As the Internet, communication networks, and power grid go down, the world is soon thrown into turmoil and danger. Faced with no other choice than to battle their way home through a country on the verge of collapse, Sam and his daughter will have to face more than a troubled past – the future is deadly.
December 2015 – The Ukraine experiences a devastating cyber attack on its power grid that leads to widespread power outages.
July 2016 – Hackers bombard the aviation sector with over 1,000 attacks per month and remotely control and paralyze a Jeep on the highway.
August 2017 – The Irish power grid, US energy companies, and a nuclear power plant are digitally assaulted, and the US government accuses Russia.
March, 2018 – Atlanta is hobbled for five days, a troubling precursor to a larger attack that would tear a hole in the infrastructure and bring the country to its knees.
Today – The internet, communication network, and power grid go down, and silence and darkness dominate the nation.
As We Fall is book 1 of a postapocalyptic survival thriller series. It’s a pause-resisting story about human connection and fighting to survive when the grid goes down.
Mavericks by Craig Alanson
Narrated by R. C. Bray
The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet “Paradise” get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first….
Red War by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
Narrated by George Guidall
Simon & Schuster Audio
The number-one New York Times best-selling series returns with Mitch Rapp racing against the clock to take down Russia’s ailing leader before he invades the Baltics.
When Max Krupin – Russia’s leader – discovers that his kidney cancer has spread to his brain, he’s determined to hide his diagnosis. He begins by getting rid of anyone threatening to him – as well as creating chaos in the region to keep the world’s attention diverted. Soon, Krupin’s illness becomes serious enough that he needs a more dramatic diversion, prompting him to invade the Baltics.
Desperate to understand what’s causing Krupin’s uncharacteristically erratic behavior and Russia’s aggressive moves in the region, America begins working with Russia’s disgraced prime minister to stage a coup. Its success relies on Mitch Rapp’s ability to successfully find and quietly get rid of the ailing president before Europe is drawn into a war with a man who has nothing to lose.
For fans of “black-ops thrillers, Mitch Rapp continues to be among the best of the best” (Booklist, starred review).
Handcrafted by Clint Harp
Narrated by Clint Harp
Simon & Schuster Audio
Clint Harp, maverick carpenter on HGTV’s smash hit Fixer Upper and the star of Wood Work on the DIY Network, presents his inspirational memoir that celebrates meaningful work, turning your craft into a career, and recognizing the importance of the journey itself.
While Clint Harp is now known as Chip and Joanna Gaines’s go-to table maker on Fixer Upper and a nationally acclaimed artisan, his life has not always been the DIY dream we see on the show. Ten years ago, he played the role of what he thought was a good husband, father, and provider, dutifully working at a sales job that came with a healthy paycheck. Yet he kept coming back to his unfilled dream of building furniture. With the support of his wife, the encouragement of a mentor, and a life full of lessons, he finally took the leap, quit his job, and set out on a quest to become a carpenter. Without formal training, financing, workspace, or customers, the Harps were quickly on the edge of financial collapse. Then Clint met Chip Gaines at a gas station – a chance encounter that marked the next chapter on a wild ride Clint and his wife, Kelly, wouldn’t have imagined possible.
Spanning Clint’s remarkable journey – from a childhood learning carpentry and hard work at his grandfather’s knee, through his struggles to balance pursuing his dreams with supporting his family, to his partnership with Chip and Joanna Gaines and the many adventures and misadventures of filming Fixer Upper – Handcrafted is part memoir and part manual for dreamers. Clint provides unvarnished, thoughtful reflections on a path that is possible for anyone bold enough to pursue it.
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