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The Blood Will Dry

Narrated by: Natalie Duke
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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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  • Helen
  • Paignton Devon
  • 31-08-19

amazing book

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
amazing book could not stop listening did not get any work done till I finished the book in 1 sitting

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

Great listen

Couldn't put it down. This is a must listen. The narrator does a good job of keeping it real. Great Storyline.

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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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  • Annie The Audible Addict!!!
  • 07-07-19

I REALLY LIKED THIS, AND HOPE WE GET MORE!!

I thought this was a very well crafted world, with good characters...a little sexy time and a whole lot of alien weirdness!! Diana an her husband are young parents, then one day their world literally explodes...Diana is left alone in an alien invaded world and is just doing her best to survive...her and her best friend Daisy are in a secure location...surviving...and a troop of the resistance come through to rest and get cleaned up...he sees him,...her husbands brother and she has to relive that painful day again...but she also finds love!!! I hope we get a book 2!!!

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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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  • KaitlinT
  • 16-09-19

**Another Great Post-Apocalypse By Kate L. Mary**

Kate L. Mary was once again able to deliver a unique post-apocalypse book. I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. We start this book at the beginning of the end of everything. Diana loses everything dear to her in a blink of an eye. The book then hops forward 5 years after aliens have not only taken over earth but also terraformed it to a unrecognizable and dangerous place. Diana still has not dealt with her tremendous loss and is pretty closed off to everyone including her best friend. She is forced to confront her past when one day a person from her past walks in the front door and needs answers.

This story has it all action, adventure, love and loss. I really liked the narration and definitely suggest you try this book out!

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 14-09-19

Very different story.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this author. Overall, I’ve liked both stories (both were post-apocalyptic but different).

The narrator did a great job. It was easy to tell who was who when talking. I would definitely listen to her again.

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What was going on in the outside world? Given there were groups of soldiers/people going from group to group, how was there nothing about the government mentioned? Like the higher up people in the world, in the US?

A questionable phrase: “The next word came out sounding like a plea, ‘please.’” Um…that’s because it was?! Or “It had nothing to do with the past. It had to do with keeping the past where it was.” So…it did have to do with the past…

One area in any story that really screams gross to me is when characters have sex or make out and haven’t showered, washed/cleaned up in any way. Barf! The fact that Brian and Diana had sex and hadn’t showered in a week (at least), then oral sex (on her part) a few days later (still no cleaning up) was disgusting! Would any female feel confident enough to let another person go downstairs when they haven’t cleaned themselves in over a week and have had sex during that time (with no cleaning!)? Seriously. I don’t think so.

Speaking of sex, why was the fact she let him cum inside her, which could lead to pregnancy, never brought up? All the pregnancy talk was saved for her friend.

Still speaking of sex, they do it in the café, wait a bit, then move to the apt building where they have sex again. There was a sentence in which the author put, “Unlike yesterday, he moved slow and steady, drew out his strokes.” Meaning they stayed overnight. Did I miss something? Did they stay overnight at the café? Unless I’m mistaken, they left not too long after having relations, got dressed, and left because water was leaking in. I could be wrong…

In the beginning, how did they not specifically look for an apt building to live in as opposed to an office building?

How were the flowers that the aliens essentially brought with them deadly to them also? That was kind of strange and didn’t really make sense to me.

When Diana and Brian were at his house, there was a part when she compared Michael’s baby picture to Cassidy and was surprised that his parents hadn’t thrown his pictures away. The last time she was in their house was during Brian’s party (or so I believe), either way, I don’t think his parents ever knew that they’d had a child. Did they? I mean Michael never knew.

Why was it that just about every time they had sex, it wasn’t about lust…? It was about needing to be with another person. It was about needing to feel a connection with someone else.
Brain and a guy from Oakwood were fighting a beetle. For some reason, Diana thought that was a great time to throw one of her grenades…at that beetle, in hopes of killing it and some others. “Even if they got hit with shrapnel, that was a chance they’d have to take.” Um…

I was surprised when Diana thought of Anderson as an idiot because he didn’t want to go back for more people, prior to them heading to the queen. Was anyone else surprised? I mean, had they gone back, who knew if they would have made it back to the queen area or not.

Okay, so the queen had been totally focused on Anderson. Then she spots another guy and heads toward him and, apparently, she was able to catch up to him (as he hadn’t been able to take a single step) and she was able to kill him as well. I just thought that was a weird scene.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Blackeagle
  • 12-09-19

Survival

The Blood Will Dry is a very descriptive book that sucked me from the first chapter. I could almost picture the book play out in front of me like as movie as the narrator read the story. I loved the storyline and the strength within the characters. I loved listening to the history of the characters and watching them grow as the story goes on. The story is phenomenal and even my husband sat down to listen to it with me. I highly recommend this book.
I received this audio book upon my request and I voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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  • Donna
  • 18-08-19

Read and listened-Good!

I love this story. I read it and now have listened to it.
I have to say it brought me to tears when she talks about her child and losing her.
The hives were an exciting adventure!
There is excitement, adventure and romance.

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  • Jmbeitz
  • 31-07-19

Great story

I really enjoyed this book. There were a few small mistakes that I noticed, but the story was strong enough that I didn't care. I do recommend this one.

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  • Daniel Delgado
  • 24-06-19

Grief vs. Rebirth of Self

This story is part Starship Troopers, Falling Skies, and a large portion of Legends of the Fall. The primary element of this story surrounds Diana, the protagonist, overcoming the grief of the death of her daughter and husband during the opening salvo of the alien attack.

There is a primary controversial element to this story. Personally, I find myself on the other side of where it goes. However, the reasons for the story’s direction are clearly stated and understandable. It just seems wrong, and if you’ve ever seen Legends of the Fall you will recognize the situation. It also arises in Falling Skies, though differently (and worse).

For an alien attack story there is not all that much action, focusing instead on the human nature element. That is by no means a shortcoming, just an observation. And in regards to the human element, things are portrayed well, if a bit more positively than other post-apocalyptic stories and shows.

Overall I enjoyed this story, though I didn’t love it. Mira Grant is known as one of the best horror/sci-fi women writers, and I would put Kate L. Mary’s book on par with Grant, who takes a similar approach of humanity/emotion over action.

Natalie Duke’s performance is fluid and engaging. She does a wonderful job of storytelling and delivering believable dialogue. She is a narrator with great skill who should be sought for more hours of pleasant listening.