Welcome to Brian’s Book Blog’s weekly New and Notable Post for the Week of September 8th. 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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Daughters of Forgotten Light by Sean Grigsby
Narrated by Morgan Hallett
A floating prison is home to Earth’s unwanted people, where they are forgotten…but not yet dead, in this wild science-fiction adventure.
Deep-space penal colony Oubliette, population: scum. Lena “Horror” Horowitz leads the Daughters of Forgotten Light, one of three vicious gangs fighting for survival on Oubliette. Their fragile truce is shaken when a new shipment arrives from Earth carrying a fresh batch of prisoners and supplies to squabble over. But the delivery includes two new surprises: a drone and a baby.
Earth Senator Linda Dolfuse wants evidence of the bloodthirsty gangs to justify the government finally eradicating the wasters dumped on Oubliette. There’s only one problem: The baby in the drone’s video may be hers.
Wired In by Toby Neal
Narrated by Sonja Field
Paradise has no protection from a hacker with a hidden agenda.
Special agent Sophie Ang’s emotions are battered by a child kidnapping case that goes badly wrong. In tracking the criminal ring, her rogue data analysis program D.A.V.I.D. identifies an anomaly that leads her into a cat-and-mouse game Online with a deadly enemy whose motives are unclear. The chase lures her through dark corridors of cyberspace into a confrontation with the violence from her past that sent her fleeing to the United States. She’ll need every skill she’s learned to defeat her worst nightmare – and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
The Hercules Text by Jack McDevitt
Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
The classic first-contact science fiction novel that launched the career of Jack McDevitt, the nationally best-selling author of Coming Home – now revised from the original edition, and featuring a new foreword.
From a remote corner of the galaxy, a message is being sent. The continuous beats of a pulsar have become odd, irregular…artificial. It can only be a code.
Frantically, a research team struggles to decipher the alien communication. And what the scientists discover is destined to shake the foundations of empires around this world – from Wall Street to the Vatican….
The Chrysalis by Brendan Deneen
Narrated by Will Damron
Spawned by Brendan Deneen’s own experiences relocating to a New Jersey suburb with his young family, The Chrysalis combines chills, thrills, and a literal monster in the basement with commentary on love, marriage, and impending parenthood.
Welcome to the dark side of suburbia.
Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving “the city” is hard, but the blow is softened when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in the suburbs.
For Tom, the bills, the mortgage, and Jenny’s unexpected pregnancy add up to terror. He’s not ready for this kind of responsibility.
Then he finds the thing in the basement. It makes him feel like a winner even as it scrambles his senses. A new job soon has him raking in the big bucks – enough that Jenny can start making her entrepreneurial dreams come true.
The Deckers’ dream home conceals more than one deadly secret. As Tom’s obsession with the basement grows, Jenny realizes that to save her family, she must expose everything. Before it destroys them all.
No one ever really wants to grow up…but sometimes behaving like an adult is the only way to survive.
“Creepy, powerful, wonderfully twisted.” (New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry)
The Atlantis Cipher by David Leadbeater
Narrated by Pete Simonelli
A lost world. An ancient code. A deadly chase.
Five ancient statues have been unearthed in South America, each containing a mysterious coded message hinting at an origin many thought impossible: the mythical world of Atlantis. As word of their discovery spreads, the prized figurines become a treasure bounty hunters will kill for.
CIA agent Heidi Moneymaker calls in the only team for the job: Guy Bodie and his posse of relic-hunting thieves. If they are to find the ancient civilization, Bodie and his team must decode a series of clues – starting with the cipher on the statues themselves – that will take them across the world and to the deepest depths of the ocean. But they are not alone in their mission.
Pursued by mysterious forces intent on keeping the legendary empire hidden, hunted by Chinese special forces and the relic hunters’ lethal foe, the Bratva, the team races to find the lost land – and Bodie’s enemies will stop at nothing to be the first to discover Atlantis’s secrets.
The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner
Narrated by John Moraitis
Flame Tree Audio
Jayce’s 20-year-old daughter, Emory, is missing, lost in a dark, dangerous realm called Shadow that exists alongside our own reality. An enigmatic woman named Nicola guides Jayce through this bizarre world, and together, they search for Emory, facing deadly dog-eaters, crazed killers, homicidal sex toys, and – worst of all – a monstrous being known as the Harvest Man.
But no matter what Shadow throws at him, Jayce won’t stop. He’ll do whatever it takes to find his daughter, even if it means becoming a worse monster than the things that are trying to stop him.
Flame Tree Press is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018, the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners and exciting, original voices.
Max Rage by Jake Bible
Narrated by Troy Duran
Genetically Engineered. Physically enhanced. Mentally conditioned. Master Chief Sergeant Major Max Rage was the top dog in an elite fighting force that no one in the galaxy could stop. Until, one day, someone did.
The lone survivor, Rage was blamed for the mission failure and court-martialed. With a serious chip on his shoulder, Rage finds himself as a bouncer at the top dive bar in Greenville, South Carolina. And, man, is he bored with his job. At least until he gets a job offer he can’t refuse.
Now, Rage is headed halfway across the galaxy to the den of corruption known as Horloc Station. With this job, Max Rage may have a chance to get back to what he was: an unstoppable Intergalactic Badass!
Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah
Narrated by Deepti Gupta, Lameece Issaq, Soneela Nankani, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Allyson Johnson
“A haunting dystopian thriller” from the acclaimed author of A Season for Martyrs
“Fans of The Handmaid’s Tale won’t want to miss this one.” (Publishers Weekly)
In modern, beautiful Green City, the capital of Southwest Asia, gender selection, war, and disease have brought the ratio of men to women to alarmingly low levels. The government uses terror and technology to control its people, and now females must take multiple husbands to have children as quickly as possible.
Yet there are some who resist, women who live in an underground collective and refuse to be part of the system. Secretly protected by the highest echelons of power, they emerge only at night to provide the rich and elite of Green City a type of commodity no one can buy: intimacy without sex. As it turns out, not even the most influential men can shield them from discovery and the dangers of ruthless punishment.
This dystopian novel from one of Pakistan’s most talented writers is a modern-day parable, The Handmaid’s Tale for repressed women in Muslim countries everywhere. Before She Sleeps takes the patriarchal practices of female seclusion and veiling, gender selection, and control over women’s bodies, amplifying and distorting them in a truly terrifying way to imagine a world of post-religious authoritarianism.
Flight or Fright by Stephen King, Bev Vincent
Narrated by Norbert Leo Butz, Christian Coulson, Santino Fontana, Simon Jones, Graeme Malcolm, Elizabeth Marvel, David Morse, Corey Stoll, Stephen King, Bev Vincent
Simon & Schuster Audio
INCLUDES A CONVERSATION WITH STEPHEN KING AND BEV VINCENT!
Stephen King hates to fly. Now he and coeditor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you. Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you’re suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like – gulp! – a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we’ll bet you’ve never thought of before…but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.
Featuring brand-new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King as well as 14 classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, and Dan Simmons, Flight or Fright is, as King says, “ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents… Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight”. Book a flight with this terrifying new anthology that will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination.
The Inheritance by Rick Hull
Narrated by Rick Hull
A major discovery at a geothermal drilling site in Iceland is the beginning of an astonishing story that began 15,000 years ago on earth. A story that has been debated by our holy men for the millennia: Is there life after death, or do we just disappear? Billionaire Baron Bradford wants to know for sure. He wants to find a way to take his vast wealth with him to his next life.
If you were a billionaire, would you want to leave it all behind and start over again with nothing? What if you really could take it all with you…but how?
The Inheritance is a vivid thriller that could change the way you look at life. A powerful mystery full of action, conflict, and astonishing disclosure. A tightly crafted plot by Emmy Award-winning journalist and author Rick Hull. The Inheritance will show you that history as we know it is woefully incomplete!
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