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The Blood Will Dry

Narrated by: Natalie Duke
Length: 10 hrs
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Summary

Five years after an alien invasion, the Earth is unrecognizable. The human race has been decimated and the sun completely blotted out by dark clouds that bring constant rain. All indigenous plant life has been killed off and replaced by vegetation that has proven to be as deadly as it is invasive, and the aliens that have taken over the planet are seemingly invincible. 

Living in a crowded building with other survivors, Diana Foster wants nothing more than to forget what she lost the day the aliens arrived. But an incoming platoon brings a familiar face, one that not only opens old wounds, but also forces her to deal with the painful memories she's worked hard to forget. Bryan may not be the same cocky kid he was before the invasion, but his sudden appearance still turns Diana's world upside down in ways she never expected. When he showed up she knew it would mean finally facing her past, but she never thought she’d find a future that was actually worth living. 

After years of struggling to find a weakness in the aliens' defenses, Diana stumbles upon a solution just as a new and more deadly threat surfaces. Faced with an attraction she never expected and a battle that most believe can't be won, Diana must work through her painful past as the survivors mount a battle that may determine the fate of mankind. If her plan fails it very well could be the end of humanity, but if works it will mean having a real future, and a chance to allow the blood to dry once and for all.  

©2017 Kate L. Mary (P)2018 Kate L. Mary

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  • Sharon
  • Bournemouth/Poole
  • 06-06-18

great listen!

I listened in one sitting. No house work, cooking or adulting was to be do... the storyline grabbed me from chapter one. The characters grabbed me and took me on an emotional roller coaster ride of action, drama, loyalty and love of each other, mankind, earth and life! This is a must listen. I’m a zombie girl and don't usually do the alien genre but K. L .Mary writings could literally get me reading/listening to all headings as I’m finding the lady can't write wrong. 5☆

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  • Christine Newton
  • 09-07-18

3.5* - decent story, well narrated

This is a straightforward romance-in-the-midst-of-an-alien-invasion story. The narration was well done, with the voice believable and authentic-sounding for the heroine of the story. The aliens and the setting were well described; I could easily imagine what the author was describing. The only reasons why I didn't give the story more stars were because: 1) I didn't find the insta-attraction storyline believable, given the previous history of the two main characters (although it may be more believable for the age the heroine is?); 2) for an enemy that basically walked over humanity for the previous five years, the alien hive was almost too easy to defeat; and 3) it was hard for me to believe that after five years there wasn't a more structured communication system in place across the region - things like ham radios, information couriers, and so on. The resistance seemed to me to be somewhat scattered and I guess I figure something would have been established by the time the story took place. As other reviewers have mentioned, the main character's sidekick sounded like a really interesting person; it's too bad we didn't get to spend more time learning about her story and the development of her romance. I'm not necessarily a huge fan of multi-series romance novels, but I think that if this story had been developed into a duology or trilogy, the author would have easily been able to address each of the points that I've made here (and I think she would have done a great job with it, given her style of writing.).

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 20-06-18

very nice

a very nice well written story .. I loved it .
It was very good and even intense in parts
the narrator did a good job as well
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • JaxJournalist
  • 15-06-18

A slow start for this fan

I've been following this author since I discovered her Broken World zombie PA series, which I would rate 5-stars. I was excited to start a new series....but just could not get hooked on the plot or connect with the lead character, Diana Foster.

I'll admit I enjoy a plot-driven story more than a character-driven story, and the first several chapters and scenes are character-driven. Five years after Diana has lost her husband and infant daughter in the alien attack that devastated Earth, she is a loner still grieving her loss. For this reader, Diana's suffering came across as unsympathetic and contrived since virtually everyone on Earth has suffered this same devastating loss. There are several scenes in which Diana avoids her brother-in-law because she's nursing a five-year grudge about how he and his parents treated her and because she can't bear to re-open her painful heartbreak (although IMO Diana is clinging to this grief, making her appear to be a martyr.) When she runs into her dead husband's brother, there is also an insta-attraction which doesn't work for me, given the premise she's still not over her husband. Diana does not genuinely seem invested in fighting the aliens or battling for mankind's future, given the lengthy buildup that casts her as a loner, introvert, withdrawn individual who shares very little with her remaining compatriots.

There was also a significant delay before the author explained the exact nature of the cataclysmic event. It was hard to engage in the story when I was wondering about "what happened".

I'll continue to read this author, but this book wasn't a favorite.

The narrator was professional in her delivery - tone and inflection varied and the pacing was appropriate. She did a nice job differentiating between the characters. I felt she sounded a bit older than I imagined the character to be.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Natalia Martinez
  • 31-10-18

A must read!!

I love all of her books and can't get enough. Her stories are hard to put down once you start.

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  • Tina Kelso
  • 12-10-18

Another Kate L. Mary book to love

I love all the books by Kate L. Mary!!! I am so glad I started listening to and reading her bonds. She's my favorite author by far!!!!!!

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  • sheryl beauchemin
  • 10-07-18

Had it’s flaws, but sill an intense ride!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Diana suffers from survivor guilt when her world is gone in minutes. She carries it with her like an albatross, stubbornly denying anyone access to her pain, or realizing she isn’t the only one that suffers. She has one friend, Daisy, who becomes her only lifeline as she trudges on. Her world again makes a sharp turn when their enemy has to faced. Now the story becomes the dystopian struggle it’s meant to be.

It’s unfortunate that the story skips through 5 years in a nano second, never building her past world or giving us a glimpse into the relationships she had with her husband’s family. That could have helped rationalize the attraction felt when coming face to face with her brother in law Bryan. Instant attraction can be real but not here. All we know is that he was contemptuous toward her in their one and only meeting. So, accept it anyway. There is romance amidst the horror.

Natalie Duke was a very believable and talented voice for Caroline. Well done narrative!

Missing background aside, I still give it Two Thumb Up!

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  • ReadinAlways
  • 31-07-18

life is too short to read mediocre books

I have read the broken world series, I just couldn't get into it. I gave this one a shot.i think it's the writing. The way she writes makes the characters unrelatable and I just don't like them. they "move on" or "get over" something devastating and it's always with a new man that they can really trust. BLAH! I am so sick of damsels in distress being saved by a guy. every now and then the main character will do something brave, but only because she "has found new hope to overcome her situation". UGH!

AND WHY do the main characters always find a reprieve from what's happening in the world long enough for a 2 day sex fest. ugh!!! it's pretty sad that I would rather the main characters just die than be together.

this will be my last book I read from this author. the stories aren't terrible, but had they been written differently and with a stronger female main character maybe I would like it more. I find the characters unrelatable and i instantly disconnect with the story. Also the stories done over and over again just in a different "world/disaster". all of her stories are the same. the women are "strong" but yet weak and need a man to complete their life or give it meaning.

life is too short to read/listen to mediocre books. her future books no matter how pretty the covers are or how much they sound good will be a HARD pass for me.

to the author: I would dig further into the emotions of the characters and the world building and forget about the sex and the" insta Love ". making relatable characters is a must. in the beginning before Brian shows up I almost liked her. Then he shows up and just ruins all of her credit. POOF! GONE! all because of a man. SMH.



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