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Summary

Zabat's Comet promises a stunning astronomical display as it narrowly passes our planet. Then a solar flare nudges it hurtling toward Earth. Humanity crumbles during the countdown to doomsday.

But Zabat is more than just a comet. The impact brings not swift extinction but a massive cloud of dust that appears to have a mind of its own. A sinister intelligence. A force that threatens to change what's left of humanity.

Jack, Colleen, Lara, and Dan survived the violent chaos of the countdown. They survived the threat of extinction. Now, they're about to find out that after doomsday, there are horrors even worse than death.

"The Dust of Dawn is a suffocating thriller that will keep you turning the pages and wondering what's going to happen next. An apocalypse unlike any I’ve read." (Nicholas Sansbury Smith, USA Today best-selling author of the Hell Divers series)

“Eloise Knapp once again shows her ability to look at the most overused ideas with sharp, fresh eyes and deliver amazing stories. Eerie and thought provoking in a way few post-apocalyptic thrillers manage. A wonderfully disturbing book.” (Peter Clines, NYT best-selling author of Paradox Bound and Dead Moon)

©2018 Eloise J. Knapp (P)2019 Eloise J. Knapp

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Totally different take on the end of the wotld

This story starts out with a bang literally. A huge comet hits the earth, everybody is supposed to die but doesn't. This is a good story with several twists and turns. I enjoyed how the characters interact with each others. There should be a sequel and I want it soon.

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A surprising enjoyable slice of apocalyptic Sci-Fi

Occasionally it's good to pick up a title that isn't in your normal group of favoured Sci-Fi likes and here, with Dust of Dawn (Book 1) by Eloise Knapp, I'm glad I did.

Eloise delivers so well enough of a 'confined' apocalyptic Sci-Fi mystery and keeps you chasing the bait, wondering what is on the end on the hook. So much so when the book came to a close, it was fair to say I was left a bit frustrated as I never had Book 2 lined up to continue on with the series.

If there is any negative, and this is extremely minor, on occasion Andrew Wehren's narration can be a bit to fast, to the point were I did have to see if I'd accidentally knocked the speed of my Audible player up a notch or two. However, this isn't all the time and as said is a very minor negative in what is a highly enjoyable story.

I'd truly recommend buying Dust of Dawn Book 1 as it's rather excellent.

N.B. This title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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An amazing take on the post-apocalypse gen

The world that the author has crafted is truly great. I love where we join the story in terms of societies break down and the impact of the comet on the immediate area and also wider world. The story runs with this premise really well. It's a grungy sort of world with absolutely amazing characters. It's well paced keeping you really engaged throughout. There's plenty of action and tension to the plot that keeps you wanting more. Jack is a great character and he is really well developed. I thought the author did a great job with their knowledge of science, giving things a realistic edge to the story.

The narration was excellent. Andrew B. Wehrlen does a brilliant job in adding to the sense of pace and giving a feeling for this post-apocalyptic world as well as distinguishing well between the characters. Excellent all round.

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

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Cant wait for the next one

This was a really nice set up to what I'm hoping will be a great series. A nice sci-fi jaunt that was well worth a listen. There's a word from the author at the end asking saying she hopes there's an audience for here work - well, you gained a fan today.

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A cruel fate to wish upon anyone.

When a 3 miles wide comet is knocked from it's pathway to head straight for Earth, it's people realize they have only three months to live. Society begins to rapidly break down and we follow five people living out the end of their days in different ways, counting down to the collision. But the expected world disintegrating explosion doesn't happen. Instead, a thick yellow dust coats the area of impact and, for many, a fate worse than death awaits them.
Unfortunately, the brilliant opening premise of how to live on after three months of societal breakdown on both the personal and worldwide level is not then pursued. Instead, the reader continues to follow the survival attempts of the original protagonists in the area now filled with lethal dust and - something. It is still a fresh picture of the apocalypse but with many of the usual scenarios.

The Dust of Dawn is the first of a new series, soon (I hope) to be followed by The Dust of Day. It is an easy, if sometimes graphically uncomfortable, read, the world building and initial discovery of the effects of the dust better than that of the character development. Narrator, Andrew Wehrlen, helps to overcome this deficiency with his excellent performance, breathing life into the characters as well as driving forward the story with his fine, fast paced delivery.

My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom. This is certainly a series that I am curious to continue.

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  • 21-02-19

Long Slow Invasion

This is a long and dusty slog through a apocalyptic event that is parts meteor strike, zombie and then alien invasion.
There are a variety of overlapping characters that have some kind of connection, but don't interact (yet). There just seems to be too much going on with slow progress in the story. It seemed to take a long time to get to the point or a concrete plot, then leaves you hanging. It is part of a series, but I don't know that I have the patience to try the next installment.
Generally the writing is good, but the story needs some paring.
Andrew B. Wehrlen narrates a variety of characters and scenes with great style.
I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • stephanie p
  • 09-03-19

good thinker. surprise. good book.

good book. I really hated one of the characters and that's a sign of a good writer. when you hate a fictional character

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  • 19-02-19

Interesting take

Not about survival really, more about an alien invasion and how the characters react. I’m more into books where characters react and then survive a world ending event.

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  • timj26
  • 18-02-19

Fresh take

With many apocalypse Books on the market Eloise does a great job giving a fresh take on it
A dark sci-fi novel with horror elements I would recommend This to fans of the mist by Stephen king and of her zombie novels
Andrew does a great job with The narration looking forward to book 2 in 2019
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  • Neesie315
  • 18-02-21

Is it a comet or is it aliens?

I love reading post-apocalyptic books and enjoy those that have a unique twist to them. And, this one definitely had a different twist! The world is bracing for impact with Zabat's Comet, which is supposed to hit around the Seattle area and wipe out the human race. The author shows how several people are approaching this event. Without giving away the story, let's just say that hedonism is raging, crimes that can never be punished are being committed and people are preparing their own deaths before the comet hits.

But, then things change and people don't die with the impact. Instead, a thick yellow dust covers everything and kills those who are exposed to it. This book follows several people in the aftermath. You have a grieving father, an alcoholic scientist who is called upon to figure things out, a drug addict, a therapist, and a couple with two young girls. You have the obligatory Raiders, the trying-to-be helpful government/Army, a FEMA camp from Hell, and the need to find a safe place to stay with food and water.

I think my main problem with this book was that there were so many characters that were somehow connected that were introduced at a fast pace. Then, there was the too naive to be believed woman that trusts everybody and another who is one of the most unlikable and horrid characters that I had read in a long, long time. There were some interesting aspects to the book and those were the most enjoyable parts to me. Maybe I have read too many books in this genre, but I kept being reminded of others that did the same type of story so much better.

The narrator, Andrew Wehrlen, is one of my favorites and kept me listening to this otherwise unremarkable book. The book ended with an obvious nod to sequels, but I'm not sure that I care enough about any of the characters to continue the series. I was given the chance to listen to this audiobook by the author/narrator/publisher and chose to review it.

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  • Lee W. Young
  • 13-11-20

WTH?

I go all the way to the end and....there IS no end. It's just a tease for her next book, which isn't on Audible.

What a ripoff!

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  • Regina
  • 12-11-20

It's ok I guess

I really liked how a few of the main charecters were Black or a poc. Which I don't come across very often in this genre or similar genres. However, many of the charecters were kind of boring. Overall the book is underwhelming. I don't think it's worth it to continue the seris.

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  • Keith LaDue
  • 14-04-19

A very fine story.

I liked this book very much. It holds it's own within its genre. I do recommend this book. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • TU
  • 15-03-19

A great start of a series

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

Part survival story, part alien invasion. I thought it was a new approach to the genre and I liked it quite a bit. The narration is very well done. I'll definitely look for the next books in the series when they come out.

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  • Jessica
  • 21-02-19

A very interesting take on the genre.

A very interesting take on the post-apocalypse genre. I enjoyed the story and the characters but it was the world building that really drew me in. The grungy background to the plot kept me asking questions and getting excited when my questions were answers. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending though.

Andrew B. Wehrlen did a great job narrating. I really enjoyed his characterizations and pacing.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**