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17 12, 2015

RAVAGE

By |2015-12-17T12:33:12+01:00December 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Iain Rob Wright’s Ravage is an “apocalyptic horror novel” set in the Midlands in England, and now available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

Iain has rapidly become one of the UK’s most popular horror writers, publishing a series of thrillers in quick succession which has earned him a loyal following of devoted fans.

Ravage deals with a scenario which is familiar to aficionados of the genre: the main character, Nick, wakes up one morning to find that some bizarre infection has spread amongst everyone he knows – not just his family, but across his entire neighborhood and apparently, as he later discovers, the whole world.

The infection is contagious, spread by contact with bodily fluids such as the blood or saliva of an infected person, and quickly turns victims into mindless zombies baying for fresh blood.

Nick is obliged to flee for his life, and soon teams up with a ramshackle band of survivors who have managed to avoid infection through unexpected circumstances – or sheer dumb luck.

The survivors manage to find somewhere to take refuge, but very soon a different enemy begins to stalk them – a power struggle among the group that asserts itself as quickly as the order of civilized society has been eroded. Very quickly, it becomes clear that this enemy within is just as frightening – and much more dangerous – than the world outside their haven.

Ravage is fast-paced, with a colorful cast of characters, plenty of gore, and a storyline that builds through a series of cliffhangers to an explosive climax. And refreshingly, it’s a zombie novel where the focus is on the characters – both human and animal – rather than the “walking dead.”

Listen to a sample:

I really enjoyed narrating this novel, and I’m looking forward to producing more of Iain’s work in audiobook format later this year – stay tuned for updates!

27 07, 2015

SOLDIER OF ROME – The Legionary

By |2015-07-27T08:28:22+01:00July 27th, 2015|0 Comments

In the year 9 A.D., the Roman army suffered a terrible defeat in the boggy forest of Teutoburger Wald in Germania. Their leader, Publius Quintilius Varus, had placed his trust in his ally Arminius, war chief of the Cherusci tribe, unaware that Arminius was secretly forging an alliance of various Germanic tribes to oppose the expansion of the Roman Empire.

Arminius betrayed Varus by leading his forces into an ambush, and the Romans suffered with catastrophic losses in the battles that ensued. Three legions were annihilated, and many officers took their own lives rather than suffer the shame of defeat and the horrific punishments inflicted by their victors.

Such is the background of SOLDIER OF ROME – THE LEGIONARY by James Mace, which I recently narrated for Audible’s audiobook version. It tells the story of Artorius, the younger brother of one of those soldiers who lost their lives in the epic defeat of Teutoburger Wald.

Having sworn to avenge his brother’s death, Artorius enlists in the army and trains to become a member of the Twentieth Legion. He sets out with 40,000 other legionaries under the command of Germanicus Caesar to defeat Arminius and exact a terrible revenge for the treachery of six years previously.

Listen to a sample:

Author James Mace has drawn on his passion for Roman history and meticulous research into the military practices of the period to create an exciting, gritty and realistic portrayal of the Romans’ infamous defeat and its aftermath.

This is the first book in the rapidly growing Artorian Chronicles series. I’m looking forward to narrating part two (The Sacrovir Revolt) later in 2015.

23 07, 2015

SERIOUSLY MUM, WHAT’S AN ALPACA?

By |2015-07-24T10:43:39+01:00July 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Who hasn’t dreamt of giving up the rat race and exchanging the daily grind for a life in the sun? Easier said than done, you might think – but that’s exactly what Alan Parks and his partner Lorna did a few years ago, when they upped sticks and moved from the UK to rural Spain to start breeding alpacas!

With next to no experience of animal husbandry and only a smattering of Spanish, Alan and Lorna decide that the only way to make such a radical change in the lives is to dive in at the deep end. They buy an old olive mill in Andalucía, acquire their first alpacas from a local breeder, and learn the job as they go along.

Alan has documented the highs and lows of their adventures in his memoir Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca?, which I had the pleasure of narrating as an audiobook that is now available from Audible.com, Amazon, and iTunes.

From the moment on a seafront walk in Brighton when they decide to take the plunge, to the joys and heartbreaks of coming to terms with the realities of working with animals and learning to live with the locals, it’s a story full of laugh-out-loud episodes as well as moments of high drama. Will their venture succeed – or will it all prove too much…?

Listen to a sample:

The expat experience is an attractive idea for many people, but it certainly takes courage to embrace the kind of major life-change that Alan and Lorna embark on.

But even though they undergo big challenges and hard times – as well as the worst weather Andalucía has experienced in 100 years – Alan and Lorna love their new life and realize that they have learned a great deal about themselves and each other.

Audible customers say:

A wonderful, funny and touching story…

I recommend it for anyone who loves animals and humor.

Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca? is now available from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

23 07, 2015

ASBO

By |2015-07-24T10:41:47+01:00July 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Sometimes, a horror writer takes you on a journey of the imagination that ventures into the realms of fantasy or the supernatural, bringing to life situations or characters that inhabit our dreams or nightmares.

But in ASBO, Iain Rob Wright has created a scenario that’s terrifying precisely because it takes place in the real world, with recognizable characters facing all-too-familiar situations.

ASBO stands for Anti-Social Behaviour Order – a civil order made by the British courts to curtail repeated anti-social behaviour, whether by juveniles or others creating a persistent nuisance in a community.ASBO stands for Anti-Social Behaviour Order – a civil order made by the British courts to curtail repeated anti-social behaviour, whether by juveniles or others creating a persistent nuisance in a community.

When Andrew Goodman is confronted in the street by an abusive teenager demanding he buy him a packet of cigarettes, he’s inclined to brush the incident off as an unpleasant chance encounter that’s totally out of place in his comfortable, middle-class neighborhood.

But things rapidly get out of hand when Andrew realizes that for some reason he and his family are being deliberately targeted by the emotionally unstable Frankie and his gang of delinquent followers, who unleash an escalating campaign of violence and terror that threatens their very lives – and the police seem to be able to do little to protect them.

Here’s a short excerpt:

22 07, 2015

SOMETHING WICKED

By |2015-07-27T08:21:46+01:00July 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

I recently completed the audio production of British writer Kerry Wilkinson’s Something Wicked, which is also available in Kindle format and in paperback from Pan Macmillan.

The hero of Something Wicked is private investigator Andrew Hunter, who has already appeared as a secondary character in Kerry’s hugely popular Jessica Daniel series, which boosted him to Amazon’s list of top ten bestselling Kindle authors in 2012.

Something Wicked marks the debut of a new series of Andrew Hunter novels set in Manchester in the north of England. Along with his smart but strangely reckless assistant Jenny, Andrew is drawn into a complicated web of intrigue and deceit centering around his investigation into the disappearance of a young man on his 18th birthday.

Nine months after he vanished, all the police have turned up are three severed fingers found in a wood on the outskirts of the city. The boy’s desperate father turns to Andrew for help to find out why his son never made it home on the evening of his birthday and what happened to him afterwards.

Kerry Wilkinson’s writing style is an audiobook narrator’s gift: he has a fine ear for local accents and snappy dialogue, he draws colorful characters and delivers a fast-paced plots with plenty of unexpected twists and turns, and his distinctive sense of humor is apparent on every page. Take a listen:

The Kindle version of Something Wicked has already garnered praise from early reviewers, many of whom have already fallen in love with continuing Jessica Daniel series. I had a great time narrating this compelling story, and I’m really excited to see how the audiobook fares with Kerry’s army of devoted fans.

If you would like a free copy of this audiobook, you can take a free 30-day trial membership at Audible – or to receive a reviewer’s copy, message me using the link at the bottom right of this page

22 07, 2015

SAM

By |2015-07-24T10:42:39+01:00July 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Is Sammie just a very troubled little boy – or is there something altogether more sinister behind this ten-year-old’s disturbing behavior?

When a washed-up ex-priest and a geeky ghost-hunter join forces to find the truth behind the shocking events that have taken place in Sammie’s country home, they bring a healthy dose of skepticism to their task.

They find a malnourished, dirty, and seemingly neglected child living in palatial surroundings, but quickly discover that nothing is as it seems. A spate of mysterious injuries and the recent death of Sammie’s father could be easily passed off as unfortunate accidents – but the investigators are quickly drawn into a dramatic trap that leads to a horrifying conclusion.

With a twist at the end to blindside any listener, Sam is a story in the best tradition of paranormal horror and demonic possession.

Listen to a brief extract from Sam:

Did you know that you can get this audiobook free when you start a free 30-day trial at Audible? Or if you would like me send you a review copy, send me a message using the contact form at the bottom of this page.