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"Read it before the end of the world!" (Kevin J. Anderson, international best-selling author of the Dune Prequels)

When Temple wakes up in a filthy hotel, he doesn't remember a thing. Not how he got here. Not even his name. Temple just happened to be the first word he read on the bible sitting on the dusty nightstand.

When he discovers that he and all those around him are caught in the apocalyptic hellscape of a collapsing metropolis, he must carefully weigh the balance between charity and self-sacrifice as he sets out into this strange new world.

Grasping at a chance for purpose, he befriends young Nina. Someone to protect from the enumerable dangers and a glimmer of hope in his daunting quest for identity. He quickly learns protection is one of the few things he's made for, demonstrating vicious brutality against savages who seek to prey upon the weak.

Together, they search for anywhere truly safe to call home. A task made all the more impossible as they are chased at every turn by a plague of the shambling, silver-eyed undead.

The Walking Dead meets The Road in this dark post-apocalyptic tale with a supernatural twist, perfect for fans of Michael Crichton and Stephen King.

Now on Audible, narrated by the award-winning Steve West (Scythe, Interstellar Caveman). This book was formerly published under the title Immortal.

©2014 Aethon Books (P)2020 Aethon Audio

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Fantastic, creepy, perfectly narrated

I started reading this book under it's original title, Immortal and got to about 80% before children and life got in the way. So once it was re-released, I knew I was going to do the audio and start again from the beginning. The new title and cover are a perfect representation of this story. Steven Savile is known for getting my emotions and swear meter going and this book is no different. I went through the spectrum of emotions. I felt for Temple, he endured so much loss throughout his travels and watching him form friendships was just heartwarming, no matter how doomed they were. I know, I know, it's a dark post-apocalyptic story, how could I find it heartwarming, but I did. There is something just so compelling about the relationships and reactions that Temple has as he tries to find his way. There were funny moments and creepy moments and heartbreaking moments. They all blend together to bring this amazing story to fruition. It is written in such a way that will keep you guessing throughout, wondering who Temple is and why things are happening. For some, it may be confusing but that is also part of the allure, not knowing what or why things are happening and like any good story that sucks you in, there is the big reveal that brings everything together and gives you that final puzzle piece so you have the full picture and can sit back and fully comprehend the awesomeness of what you’ve just experienced and how little nuggets of info we're dropped along the way, making you sit up and go, ’oh, wow. That's what that meant or what that was about’ some more sad than others. This might have been one of my favourite Steve West performances. His ability to give each character their own voice is pure excellence. Steve brings so much to the character of Temple and his confusion and the trials and tribulations he endures. And that last chapter, insert all the tears. Talk about heartbreaking. Not to mention, he does creepy so well. Seriously, some of these characters were creepy AF. Having read a good portion before doing the audio, I can safely tell you, it's a great book that is even better when listened to. Hearing these characters just gave it a whole new depth. A must listen for sure.

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Stay with it

Very dark, and very weird. Stick with it though and it'll prove itself worth the effort. The story starts well, but some scenes are handled in a very long drawn-out fashion, and I must admit to losing concentration about halfway through. Then there's a big event and you think surely the whole story is now over. How is the author going to handle the final third of the story? Keep on listening and you'll be rewarded; as the story plays out you start to feel yourself being dragged in and it all becomes not only clear, but compelling. The narrator holds the whole book together well. Recommended

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Life isn't fair, little one.

A man wakes up in an hotel room without any memories. Outside, poverty, desperation and a plague with blank silver eyed people. A little girl asks his help... And the man, who calls himself Temp!e, gives what little help he can and they trzvel, together, through countries, all filled with victims, seemingly aimlessly but there is purpose, somewhere. I do not wish to rehearse any more of the subject matter of this amazingly we!l written book as to do so would in part destroy the discovery of the terrible journey on which Temple and his young friend have embarked. Not for the squeamish, but still it reads more like poetry in it's ghastly beauty. As Temple tries to find out who and what he is, the reader also learns with him until, by the conclusion, all has been revea. The story text does suffer sometimes from repetition, but it doesn't matter. This is a must read. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely me with a complimentary copy of The Silver Dead, via Aethon. Especially with the virus currently disrupting our world, this is both a topical and terrible book to read at the moment. But with the excellent narration of Steve Wesr, it is a book I commend to anyone who likes to read post apocalyptic stories with a near mystical twist.

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A dark dystopian tale

I wasn't sure if I would like this book, it's a very dark and gory tale of a future world destroyed by a plague, but the story is very well written with an inventive plot line and excellent narration. I recommend it if you like your stories darker.

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Thought provoking and brilliant twist!

I really liked this Audible book provided by Aethon Books. It was not what i had expected and I am really glad for it. It was dark and funny at times and I thought it was going one way then it took me down a different route and the ending was not what I had expected. The narration was especially good with good detail and attention to the feeling that the storyline should be at any time. Overall I would recommend this book! Really Good.

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Not my cup of tea

I couldn't quite get on with this book, The premise was good enough but the characters seemed a bit 2 dimensional and the fight scenes rather long winded for me. I don't like leaving books unfinished because I always wonder about the characters but I found it hard to empathise with them as the story just didn't grab my attention

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a bit of a slow burner but if you persevere the story gets better and better just a few inconsistencies but they don't spoil the story

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Great

I enjoyed this book it was dark and gripping with great story to follow recommend it to listen to

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did not see the end coming

Just finished The Silver Dead. Really not what I expected when I started and not my normal type of audio book. If you a looking for a book that you can't see where it is going until the end take look at this one. Sadly I now need to find an new audio book, will be hard to follow this one.

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Great book and story and narration it is a bit on the dark side.but a thumbs up for me

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  • Timothy Goonan
  • 27-02-20

Deliciously Dark

This caught me by surprise. A very dark Post Apocalyptic story, but in all the best ways! Definitely worth listening to. Steve West brings a certain gravitas to the authors twisted imagination, and it's a perfect combo.

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  • Willis Burns
  • 27-02-20

Dark. Haunting. Solid

Savile, I’ve come to realize, is a demented individual that creates harrowing art in his writing. If you’re looking for something Stephen King-esk, you’ve found it. Temple is a great character, but not for any of the reasons I usually think of characters as great. I would highly recommend this for Steve West’s performance alone!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-02-20

An Interesting Story

I was given the book by the publisher. Narrator made this story very enjoyable. Characters were distinct and relatable. Post-Apocalyptic is not generally the type of story that I enjoy. This story captured my attention from the first paragraph and held it all the way through the end. At times I thought I was able to predict the way it was going, but I was wrong. I will definitely be looking for more titles from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-20

Fantastic narration of impressive writing.

I do not like apocalyptic, end of the world, dystopian stories, I don't like all the pain, suffering, torture, murder, and worse. They're just not for me. I only got this book because Aetheon Books gave me a code for a free copy and I have really enjoyed all of the other Aetheon books that I have listened to. And now I am a big fan of author Steven Savile and narrator Steve West. Steven Savile's writing is detailed, immersive, and very fully developed. I could see, hear, and feel everything vividly in my mind. And Steve West's narration was amazing. The emotions in his voice made me feel all the main character's anger, frustration, dread, depression, elation, excitement, etc. It started a bit slow, lots of descriptions and explanation about the world and the people, but the pace picked up quick and I got sucked in. The mystery deepened all the way through the story. Lots of surprises, lots of unexpected twists, and an emotional roller coaster. I still don't like pain, suffering, torture, murder, and worse, but I do love a little excitement and a lot of mystery so I couldn't stop listening. I had to find out why this was happening and who was behind it. I've added Steven Savile and Steve West to my favorites list and I'm looking forward to more from both of these guys.

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  • Ecualegacy
  • 22-03-20

The Silver Dark

Somehow, "dark" just doesn't cover it, but that may be because you'll be blinded by the gorgeous prose and dazzled by how the story sometimes blurs past you. Over the many book's I've read/listened to, I've rarely stepped into one like this that does such a thorough job of hooking me from the first chapter. For grimdark fans, you'll have much to feast on here. A word of caution: abandon all hope ye who enter here.

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  • cheryl l schilla
  • 04-03-20

Good story stand alone

This was an above average story and one well worth a credit. I enjoyed this mans journey from not knowing anything about himself to the discovery of who he was and who he became. The.narrator was so good that I am looking for other books he has done. Nice to have a story with an ending.

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  • q
  • 01-01-21

Waste of time

His last book was satisfying. This one was lazy, full of plot holes and pointless at the end. I finished it to see what happened and was disappointed. At the end , the whole storyline was pointless. Nothing was accomplished. This story had so much potential. It was a good idea. Don’t bother buying this one

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  • matthew
  • 26-04-20

very dark but good

this was a good listen, albeit extremely dark, overall a good book if you like this genre. thankfully it was not another zombie novel in disguise.

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  • UtahRunner5
  • 11-04-20

A Dark and Gripping Tale

This was a dark, gripping, tale that kept me guessing as to where this was going to end. Temple is a fascinating and tragic character and watching him as he tries to get his memories back makes for a thrilling ride. The narration was extremely well done. He had the perfect voice for Temple. This was a particular interesting book to listen to while quarantined at home during the COVID-19 pandemic that is happening in the world right now. Like I said this is a dark story, but it was very much engaging.

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  • 1OldGal
  • 16-03-20

He had nothing left to lose.

He wakes up in a dirty room with no memory, not even his name. Civilization is on the brink of collapse with a plague decimating the population. Brutality abounds. He takes a young girl under his protection, but it may be himself that he's actually trying to save. The ending reveals the horrifying truth about how and why all this came to be. As shocking as that revelation was, I don't think it would be much of a stretch to see how it could become a desperate reality. Great story, I couldn't put it down. Excellent narrator, as well. I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest opinion.