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The Dust of Dawn

By: Eloise J. Knapp
Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • DCGrits
  • 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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  • Michael Oberhardt
  • 19-02-19

Nice start to a new series

Dust of Dawn is the start of a new series by Eloise Knapp, the author of a favorite series of mine, The Undead Situation. I first heard of the book when I had the opportunity to get a free review copy, and was pretty glad to seize the chance. I had previously purchased all 4 of her prior audiobooks on Audible, so this was great luck. That said, I did end up buying the kindle edition as well.

Dust of Dawn was a novel, the first in a new series, told from the perspective of several characters. That generally worries me as in audio format, it can make it a bit hard to follow transitions. However, the author did a great job of addressing the character transitions, and the narrator did a fantastic job handling it also. They did several important things for this. Firstly, the transitions occurred at chapter breaks. Secondly, the chapters were titles with the character name and the character number. Thirdly, the narrator did leave a good amount of transition pause, rather than just running on with zero pause, as has occurred in a lot I have read.

Although it is from the perspective of different separate characters, it doesn't take long to get into the tale and the majority or the characters are thrown together. The book starts on the day of an expected extinction event, and shortly after is in the aftermath. The book ends on a nice revelation, but feels like a complete story without an unnecessary cliffhanger.

The narrator was a new on to my collection, and did a great job, both with the excellent demarcation of chapter and character switch he's, to clarity, to ease of listening.

I'm looking forward to further audiobooks in the series. Recommend.

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  • mendezz
  • 16-02-19

Suspenseful and Interesting..But Explicit At Times

First things first: I was given this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest review.

In terms of story, I thought this novel expertly portrayed a vivid and at time frightening depiction of end-of-the-world events. You begin the novel with several different characters, each with their own interesting backstories that really enrich the storyline. The author does a great job of representing the views and psychologies of a wide range of characters and intermingling their stories within the timeline.

Also, kudos to the narrator, who did a great job of giving voice to each character in this novel and adding to the suspense and thrill of it. From beginning to end, he made this an enjoyable listen.

However, I do feel like I have to put a trigger warning on this review. This novel does deal with themes of child abuse, domestic abuse, and drug abuse, and at times it gets eerily descriptive. There were a few moments where I had to put it down and walk away. If that kind of thing upsets you, then this book isn't for you.

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  • BT
  • 16-02-19

Not the ordinary apocalypse

I received this book for free, in exchange for an unbiased review.

A comet is heading for earth and with only 3 months warning, chaos ensues.

This is a dual story of the apocalypse and not, told at once. Apocalypse, because everything at ground zero is about as bad as you can get, and not apocalypse, because as the rest of the world is not destroyed. While society continues to break down at ground zero and people are dying from hunger, other people and a mysterious disease, scientists are studying the events and trying to figure out what has happened and why the earth survived.

This is a different concept, that is seldom explored. What would you do if you thought it would all be over tomorrow? And what if it didn't end?

The story is definitely interesting, and I found myself always wondering what would happen next. Suspenseful, without being too much so. Dark at times, but with a hopefulness of better things.

As outlined in chapter 1, one of the main characters' daughter was murdered. This turns out to be a major driving force for this character, and I couldn't be happier. I am frankly tired of protagonist fathers, who focus on their spouse and not their children. Usually, they cant wait to see their spouse, fight to get home to them, struggle to save them, give their lives for them...only to also have kids who either have few to no lines, and provide none of the motivation for the character. I was therefore encouraged to find that Jack's story was driven almost entirely by his daughters murder.

The voice acting was good, although, there were some times when a line was delivered in opposition to the description to it. Like delivering a flat read line, followed by "he screamed". It wasn't often, but it is something the voice director should have caught.

All in all, a fine book, with only a few problems (which are spoiler filled and I will outline below). Definitely worth checking out, and a fine opening to a series.


***Major Spoilers***

My main complaints about this book are that in an area of millions, interconnected people are thrown together, and that the end poses more questions than answers.

So, in the beginning, Jack hunts down his daughters killer who tells him about the real killer. We then have jack meet up with 2 other main characters. A therapist and a monster. On the flip side, his ex wife and new family head to a FEMA shelter.Jack then spends the rest of the book in a slow journey to get to the FEMA camp is ex is at, while the therapist finds out the monster is Jacks daughters' killer. Jack gets to the FEMA shelter only to be in mind contact with his ex wife's daughter. With all the connections to Jack, I was surprised that the therapist didn't turn out to be Jacks ex wife's therapist.

There is such a struggle to make everyone in the story interconnected that it just starts to become unrealistic. An area of around 7800 sq miles, and we cant get away from Jack`s connections.

The other problem is that the story doesn`t end with the book. I assume when the publisher bought the book, they bought a series. Because book 1 ends with the story unfinished, to be presumably, carried on in book 2,3,etc.

Personally I feel this is lazy. A book should end with the end of 1 story, then pick up book 2 at the beginning of story 2. They can be intertwined, a continuation, but there should be a clear ending. But that is my personal preference, I assume cliffhanger endings are popular because so many books and movies are ended with them.

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  • Cyphers Fallen
  • 13-02-19

An Original Story with Real Characters

I really enjoyed the story. Definitely an original idea that kept me wanting to know more. Looking forward to the story of what comes next. The characters where real. Meaning that the had flaws and had genuine emotions. Enjoyed the narrator alot. He has a very unique voice and can portray male/female characters rather well. Highly recommend.

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

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  • edwvmax
  • 16-10-21

Nice job Eloise Knapp! So Enjoyable!!

You did a great job on this book EK! I thoroughly enjoyed it. You have a fan. I downloaded the second novel before I was done with this one.

My only kind of weird criticism isn’t with the writing At All. The narration at 1X was so clipped that I had to slow down that roll to 0.9X. Ha! It only lengthened my enjoyment time!

I will definitely download more of this author’s work.

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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.