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The Dust of Dawn

The Dust Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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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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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.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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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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  • S A
  • 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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  • Deborah Mak
  • 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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  • 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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  • Rayc
  • 14-03-19

Somewhat messy

The Dust of Dawn: The Dust Series, Book 1... I really like to give glowing reviews, not to seems like I've chosen the book badly.
There is nothing wrong with this book, it is slow and at times the plot seems confused. It could have been great it starts with a really good premise, the promise of annilation from an asteroid the world is partying the party to end all, then the asteroid doesn't fully collide with the earth. Then the story line just seems to wander without real purpose. Too verbose.
The narrator does an excellent job and held my attention till the last page.
I won't be reading/listening to the next in the series.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave 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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  • tearai
  • 08-03-19

Enjoyable, but didn't give me the buzz I expected

I enjoyed this story, thought it was very well narrated by Andrew Wehrlen, but it didn't evoke strong emotions in me as I progressed through it.

The book is well written and I related to a number of the characters, but at the end found that the one character that appeared least seems to be the key to the second installment, which makes me wonder how some of the initial characters will carry through.

Obviously an interesting take on the alien invasion story and if I see the second installment at a reasonable price, would definitely purchase it.

I want to thank the author/narrator/publisher for providing me this book in return for this unbiased review.

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  • RJ
  • 25-02-19

Unique twist on an old standard!

We are presented with the first volume of a new series. Perhaps this is a new trend; since this is the second or third book I have come across with aliens behind the apocalypse. The tale starts off with the typical comet hurtling towards earth scenario. Instead of hitting earth, causing human extinction, the comet breaks apart into a massive cloud enveloping earth. From here we begin to learn what the cloud is, what effect it has upon earth, and who or what is behind the cloud. With three months advance warning, earth’s population decline into one huge last party only to find out that the party isn’t over. It is a fairly interesting tale with a unique twist, only quite long-winded in my opinion. I will submit four stars believing the next volume will pick up the pace. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • K. Mary
  • 23-02-19

Unique Story Line

This was a very different take on the end of the world genre, which I appreciated.

A meteor is hurtling toward Earth that should end all human life, but when it finally hits, the unexpected happens. Life doesn't end, but it does change, and as the people in infected area struggle to survive, the government scrambles to understand what's happening and what they can expect to happen next.

Like I said, it was a nice twist on an old story, but for me it was just an okay ride. A lot of that has to do with personal preference, though. Unless the author is a VERY strong writer, I have a difficult time connecting with characters in a third person story, and much prefer first person. I realize first person wouldn't have worked for this particular story - too many jumping around from character to character - but I just had a very difficult time connecting with the people struggling to survive.

I really appreciate the author's attention to detail, and she obviously did a lot of research (I'm going to go ahead and assume her science is accurate), but there was an awful lot of telling in the story, which made me feel very detached from the characters and events going on around them.

The ending wrapped things up a little, but also left it open so that readers might be compelled to tune in for the next book. Unfortunately, I just wasn't pulled in enough. But again, that was more personal preference than anything to do with the story.

Considering the quality narration and the uniqueness of the story, I'd urge listeners to give it a try. Everyone is different, and the issues I had might not bother you at all.

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

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  • Delta Stet
  • 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.**

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  • Robert
  • 21-02-19

Liked the story

Overall I enjoyed this story. I like the way the author takes a worldwide event and takes it down to a regional area and focuses the story in that area. Knapp does a very good job in working the characters and tying them together thru different tragedies.

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