Book Haul

Considering the recent unveiling of Audible Plus in the UK (a service where, as part of your Audible membership you get access to thousands of free audio books) this post COULD be thousands of books long … but because that would be a nightmare for all involved, I’ll just list those I actually download as and when.

Unfortunately I seem to be going through a reading slump. I’m getting through audio books quick enough but I’m really struggling to get enthusiastic about physical/e-books. But I don’t plan on letting something like that get in the way of stockpiling more. Slumps can’t last forever after all. Although, saying that, I only picked up a couple more regular books … which is a slump in itself compared to usual.


Legacy of the Brightwash

Tashué’s faith in the law is beginning to crack. Three years ago, he stood by when the Authority condemned Jason to the brutality of the Rift for non-compliance. When Tashué’s son refused to register as tainted, the laws had to be upheld. He’d never doubted his job as a Regulation Officer before, but three years of watching your son wither away can break down even the strongest convictions.

Then a dead girl washed up on the bank of the Brightwash, tattooed and mutilated. Where had she come from? Who would tattoo a child? Was it the same person who killed her? Why was he the only one who cared?

Will Tashué be able to stand against everything he thought he believed in to get the answers he’s looking for?

We Lie With Death

The empire has fallen and another rises in its place in the action-packed sequel to We Ride the Storm, Devin Madson’s brutal and breathtaking epic fantasy.

Into Kisia’s conquered north, a Levanti empire is born.

Loyal to the new emperor, Dishiva e’Jaroven must tread the line between building a new life and clinging to the old. But his next choice will challenge all she thinks she knows and everything she wants to believe.

Now empress of nothing, Miko is more determined than ever to claim her empire, yet as her hunt for allies grows increasingly desperate, she may learn too late that power lies not in names but in people.

Abandoned by the Second Swords, Rah must choose a new path. Will honor be his salvation, or lead to his destruction?

Sold to the Witchdoctor, Cassandra’s only chance of freedom is in his hands, but when her fate becomes inextricably linked to Empress Hana, her true nature could condemn them both.

Audio Books:

Doors of Eden

They thought we were safe. They were wrong.

Lee and Mal went looking for monsters on Bodmin Moor four years ago, and only Lee came back. She thought she’d lost Mal forever, now miraculously returned. But what happened that day on the moors? And where has Mal been all this time? Mal’s reappearance hasn’t gone unnoticed by MI5 either, and their officers also have questions.

Julian Sabreur is investigating an attack on top physicist Kay Amal Khan. This leads Julian to clash with agents of an unknown power – and they may or may not be human. His only clue is grainy footage, showing a woman who supposedly died on Bodmin Moor.

Dr Khan’s research was theoretical; then she found cracks between our world and parallel Earths. Now these cracks are widening, revealing extraordinary creatures. And as the doors come crashing open, anything could come through.


In the city of Queen Mab, nothing is quite as it seems. Pariah, spy and Inquisitorial agent Alizebeth Bequin is all of these things and yet none of them. An enigma, even to herself, she is caught between Inquisitors Gregor Eisenhorn and Gideon Ravenor, former allies now enemies who are playing a shadow game against a mysterious and deadly foe. Coveted by the archenemy, pursued by the Inquisition, Bequin becomes embroiled in a dark plot of which she knows not her role or purpose. Helped by a disparate group of allies, she must unravel the secrets of her life and past if she is to survive a coming battle in which the line between friends and foes is fatally blurred.


Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists are mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes.

Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies – all motionless except for one moving image – a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.

In San Francisco, primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy, a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 “signs,” the most ever learned by a primate, and she likes to finger paint. But recently her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match, with stunning accuracy, the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642…a drawing of an ancient lost city. A new expedition – along with Amy – is sent into the Congo, where they enter a secret world, and the only way out may be through a horrifying death…..


Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds – clearly someone, or something, is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift and encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new 21st-century economy.

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting, and full of current fears, Horrorstör delivers a high-concept premise in a unique style.


The thrilling conclusion to The Extinction Files is finally here!

A code hidden in the human genome…will reveal the ultimate secret of human existence.

And could hold humanity’s only hope of survival.

In 2003, the first human genome was sequenced. But the secrets it held were never revealed.

The truth was discovered 30 years ago, almost by accident. Dr. Paul Kraus had spent his entire career searching for what he called humanity’s lost tribes – human ancestors who had gone extinct. When Kraus compared the DNA samples of the lost tribes with our own, he found a pattern of changes: a code. At the time, the technology didn’t exist to unravel what it meant. To protect the secret, Kraus hid his work and disappeared. Now the technology exists to finally understand the mysterious code buried in the human genome, but finding the pieces of Kraus’ research is more dangerous than anyone imagined.

Dr. Peyton Shaw and her mother have obtained part of Kraus’ research – and a cryptic message that could lead to the remaining pieces. They believe his work is the key to stopping a global conspiracy – and an event that will change humanity forever.

The ultimate secret, buried in the human genome, will change our very understanding of what it means to be human. For Peyton, finding it may come at an incredible price. She must weigh the lives of strangers against those she loves: Desmond Hughes and her mother. With time running out, Peyton makes a fateful choice – one that can never be undone.

20 thoughts on “Book Haul

  1. My Audible subscription is to the UK version, so now I have a dilemma… usually I would accumulate some credits, buy a supply of books, and than cancel for a few months to listen through it all. Now… maybe it is worth to keep the access to their catalogue? I need to think about it. Did you have time to browse through what they gave us? A lot of good stuff?

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    1. I haven’t actually had much of a browse just yet but I keep my subscription ongoing so, considering my backlog of titles I haven’t felt the need. I really do need to sit down and have a look, though. Horrorstör was the only title on my book haul from Audible Plus at the min 🙂

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  2. Pariah was a good novel for me. I read that and the Ravenor omnibus back to back and ended up liking them a hell of a lot more than eisenhorn… congo movie was a quite a freightner for me when i was a kid. Never knew it was a book. Ive seen milou added hotorstor on her account but i still have to look into downloading it

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      1. Bequin was more of a an eisenhorn character anyhow, so at least thats fresh in your mind still. Im fine with you audiobookong it. Just means youll be done way befor me😂

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  3. I’ll be looking forward to reading your review of Horrorstor. I wasn’t a fan, because while it started well enough it just fizzled out like a wet cracker somewhere in the middle. The idea was pretty ok, but the execution was just dismal.
    Also, I’m curious of your opinion on Doors of Eden. I skipped this one, the reviews were too mixed, but I’m waiting for my copy of Shards of Earth 🙂

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    1. My review is coming out for Horrorstor tomorrow 🙂 I already posted a scathing 1 star review of it on goodreads 😂 sounds like we had similar thoughts on it. Grady just isn’t an author I think I’ll be turning to in the future. B-movie horror kind of stuff :/

      I picked it up cheap as the audible daily deal (Eden) but had been avoiding for the same reason as you. Fingers crossed I like it. Shards does sound good!

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  4. I just saw in the comments that you weren’t a fan of Horrorstor, but you might possibly like Grady Hendrix’s non-fiction work better. He has a book called Paperbacks from Hell that takes its readers on a tour of horror fiction from the 70s and 80s. It’s an interesting read, plus it’ll give you loads of weird and wonderful books to add to your TBR list! Sorry you didn’t enjoy Horrorstor, but I hope you enjoy your other book buys!

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