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The Longest Night

Enter Darkness, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

With humanity on the brink of extinction, they activated the EMP. Now, the world enters darkness.  

It started with bright lights; a new medical technology, promising to eradicate all human ills. History of blood clots? Cholesterol clogging up the old ticker? There was a nanobot for that. It wasn’t cheap of course, and everyone knew that new technology had bugs in it. But hey, why not let the rich be the guinea pigs for once?  

Fast-forward a year, and the one percent began dying en masse. The nanobots had evolved to view aging as a virus and were reacting by shutting down the host. Swathes of the population were infected before the government rolled out a treatment program in the midst of riots and mass unrest. 

Meanwhile, the nanomachines spread like wildfire, infecting and killing millions. The remains of the government had no choice but to detonate a series of experimental weapons in the atmosphere, producing an EMP effect that rendered almost all electronic devices on earth useless.  

Bradley is one of the survivors. A former veterinarian, he decides to escape his burning city and trek deep into the Maine wilderness, aiming to find his estranged father’s old lake house. Remembering lessons learned and long-forgotten, Bradley endeavors to survive on his own terms and be self-sufficient in a new and altogether darker world.  

But his struggle has only just begun.  

This is the first audiobook in K. M. Fawkes’ Enter Darkness series, a post-apocalyptic EMP series of audiobooks.

©2018 KM Fawkes (P)2018 KM Fawkes

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If things go wrong.

2025, and an American biomedical facility had achieved the dream: a simple, if expensive, treatment that not only cures everything from cancer to the common cold but also reverses aging. At first, only the very wealthy could afford it but prices were beginning to come down when disaster struck. Turning on their hosts the nanotechnology created a new killer virus that wiped out 90% of the population. In a desperate attempt to halt the death toll, several EMPs were released, Marshall law was imposed and virus free survivors were evacuated to save houses. Several seeks later, they were running out of food and veterinarian, Brad, leaves the shelter of the apartment block assigned to him and 49 other people to try to find much needed supplies.

The Longest Night is, obviously, a book of attempted survival in a changed world. No zombies, just other people are the unknown danger. The setting is atmospheric, Brad's fear palpable. He is no alpha male able and willing to take on the world, just the opposite, in fact. He abhors violence, tries to steer clear of any trouble: he is just an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation forced to go against what he believes is right to survive. Although not written in the first pefson, the majority of the book is seen from Brad's perspective and narrator, Andrew Wehrlen, further enhances the character development with his fine performance, Brad's fear and discomfort showing through the fast delivery.

My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom. Different from many of the usual apocalyptic stories, The Longest Night is both thought provoking and frightening, a worthy first episode of what promises to be an excellent series and I'm looking forward to book two.

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Great story, well worth a listen

I have read a number of these apocalypse stories and this is one of the best. The story is believable and very entertaining and it leads in to the series very nicely.

I have listened to books performed by this narrator before and that was some of the reason for choosing this as he is very easy to listen to.

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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  • Scott R
  • Falkirk,Scotland, UK
  • 19-01-19

Surprisingly Good

As a bit of a take it or leave it with Post Apocalyptic stories i wasn't too sure about this one but decided to give it a go.
And it was surprisingly good , the backstory about a self immolation event to stop a rampage of Nano killing the nation was surprisingly well thought out and executed.
Our main character Brad is fleshed out nicely with a convincing backstory and skill set with some great self doubt moments giving some appealing tension and thrills as he tries to survive in this new world.
Narration is the usual good work from ABW but i will be keeping an eye out for more audios on this series and perhaps even the books as well after this foray.
I requested this audio and have left my thoughts on this for you to peruse.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 29-01-19

a wonderful post apocalyptic story

the book was so good ... I loved it... the world as gone dark ... and the survival is..... I don't want to write the story or any spoiler I just want to say I loved the book so much ... it was a good book with a great story line... the narrator was awesome as well
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 15-02-19

Great Post-Apocalyptic Series

I don't want to give anything away so I will keep my review brief. This story starts out after the EMP's went off, they explain why they had to kill all the electronics with the EMP's and it's actually a pretty believable tale. I felt the author did a fantastic job of showing what life would like after the apocalypse takes place. Overall it was a fairly clean story, there was some strong language in a few scenes but they fit the situation and weren't overused. There are no sex scenes but there are a few graphic scenes with some violence and the main character coming across dead victims. The narrator did a great job and was fun to listen to.

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

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  • Michelle K
  • 13-02-19

Great base, just needed more....

It started out so strong, with great hope.... but went flat, and kept deflating to the point that at the end of the story, I didn't even crave for it to continue.... Nor will I be reading any possible books in this series

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  • Fuzbunny
  • 06-02-19

A more realistic post-apocalyptic story

I loved this book because the scenario is possible. An EMP in this situation would indeed mean the end of life as we know it. How would our society act if we had to resort to life without electronics? I was able to connect with the characters and felt myself taking their actions personally (they either ticked me off or I was relieved when they did something I approved of). There are lots of surprises, both good and bad. The book is the perfect length to cover the plot, so I did not get bored at all.

My only issue is that I HATE cliffhangers, and it ended abruptly. About ten minutes before it ended I was thinking, "how is the author going to wrap this up?". Which was funny, because I didn't check to see how long I had left in the book. I wasn't happy about how the end was done, but I still look forward to the next book in the series.

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-19

Solid survival.

I had a hard time deciding how to rate The Longest Night. I absolutely loved the premise of the story. The story starts after the world has collapsed and we are only given a brief summary of what caused it. I would have loved if this first book had just focused on that aspect, showing us the collapse would have been great, but as I said the book starts after the collapse and I must admit for the first third of the book I didn't even really like the main character. Mostly because he was such a loner. Thankfully that all changed, he grew on me and once a few other characters entered the picture I even started to like him. In the end The Longest Night is a solid post apocalyptic survival story and I am definitely interested to see where the story goes from here. Good characters, solid action, and an interesting story, but I would still love a prequel that really explored the original outbreak and the collapse.

As always, Andrew B. Wehrlen does a great job with the narration.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Catrina P
  • 02-02-19

The Longest Night

An eerily realistic look at what could happen. The use of technology to cure the ills of society is flawed and ends up being the cause of the end of the world as we know it. Bradley is a survivor, and this is his story.

I absolutely loved this story. The writing and narration were both very well done. I’m looking forward to seeing where this series goes!

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

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  • willee
  • 31-01-19

EMP with Nanobots

I did enjoy this different but too short apocalyptic book about a nanobot causing havoc with people who received the shot and people around them. I loved the characters of Bradley who travels to his father’s (a prepper) cabin to escape the spread and survive, also liked Anna and her son Sammy. Great narration, but abrupt ending as is a series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU!

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  • timj26
  • 26-01-19

Zombie free

A fresh take on the end of the world that seems more like premonition Then fiction
Can’t wait for books 2 and 3
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  • TinkerMel
  • 24-01-19

It was missing something

To me the story was missing something. maybe it was action? there was not a lot of it. I do really wish it went more into the nano bots going crazy. I was kind of hoping for more of story on that before the SHTF started. Not just a chapter.

Andrew B. Wehrlen did a great job reading the story.
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-19

Survival could be just like this

I really enjoyed this story. It seems like a realistic storyline after an apocalyptic event.

Andrew Wehrlen performed very well....as usual.

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