Release Week: Mark L. Van Name’s No Going Back and Lavie Tidhar’s Tel Aviv Dossier

May goes out fairly quietly in terms of raw numbers, but there are still two audiobooks I am pretty excited about, led for me by No Going Back: Jon & Lobo, Book 5 By Mark L. Van Name, Narrated by Tom Stechschulte for Audible Frontiers. Out concurrently with its print and e-book release from Baen, the book continues the Jon and Lobo series, which came to audio in one giant gulp last month. Jon and Lobo are back–and everything is about to change. If they both survive. Haunted by memories of children he could not save, Jon Moore is so increasingly self-destructive that even his best friend, the hyper-intelligent Predator-Class Assault Vehicle, Lobo, is worried. When Jon risks meeting a woman from his distant past and undertakes a high-stakes mission, Lobo fears this will be their last. The job is illegal. They have to take on one of the oldest, most powerful men alive. Two different security forces are tracking them. And Jon is falling in love. Desperate and out of options on a world so inhospitable that its statues and monuments outnumber its living inhabitants, Jon and Lobo encounter their deadliest challenges yet. They must make decisions from which there truly is No Going Back.”

 

The second audiobook I’m most excited about this week is The Tel Aviv Dossier By Lavie Tidhar and Yir Yaniv, Narrated by Eric Meyers for Audible Ltd. Originally published in print by ChiZine in 2009, it’s the third of Tidhar’s books to come to audio after the mid-May release of his 2011 novel Osama and his novella An Occupation of Angels last year. Here’s the pitch for The Tel Aviv Dossier: Through a city torn apart by violence they cannot comprehend, three disparate people: a documentary film-maker, a yeshiva student, and a psychotic fireman must try to survive, and try to find meaning – even if it means being lost themselves. As Tel Aviv is consumed, a strange mountain rises at the heart of the city and shows the outline of what may be another, alien world beyond. Can there be redemption there? Can the fevered rumours of a coming messiah be true? As the city loses contact with the outside world and closes in on itself, as the few surviving children play and scavenge in the ruins, can innocence survive? And is it possible for hope to spring amid such chaos?”

ALSO OUT TUESDAY:

OUT EARLIER THIS WEEK:

SEEN BUT NOT HEARD:

  • Closed Horizon by Peter Lantos (Arcadia Books, May 28) — “ In this debut novel, set in 2032, Mark Chadwick is a brilliant psychiatrist who is on the verge of a major scientific breakthrough. By combining functional imaging of the brain with computer technology, he can not only predict intentions but also decode human thought processes. His discovery attracts the attention of Robert Dufresne, a senior officer in Home Security who is determined to use this novel technique in the fight against the enemies of the Surveillance State.” — no audio news
  • Silver Moon by Catherine Lundoff (Lethe Press, 5/28) — a particularly interestingly premised “coming of age” werewolf story… no, seriously, go read that premise! — no audio news
  • Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant #3) by Ben Aaronovitch (29 May 2012)
  • Weirdspace: The Devil’s Nebula by Eric Brown (Abaddon, May 29, 2012) — a new shared world begins with this novel from Abaddon
  • Toxicity by Andy Remic (Solaris)
  • Strangeness and Charm: The Courts of the Feyre, Book 3 by Mike Shevdon (Angry Robot)
  • Night’s Engines: The Nightbound Land, Book 2 by Trent Jamieson (Angry Robot)
  • Cursed by Benedict Jacka (Ace)
  • Harmony by Keith Brooke (Solaris, May 29, 2012) — no audio news — via io9’s Bookshelf Injection — “The aliens are here, all around us. They always have been. And now, one by one, they’re destroying our cities.”
  • The Fifth World by Jacob Foxx (Electronic Sound and Print, May 26, 2012) — “In the early twenty-second century, the earth is dying, reeling from the effects of a brutal nuclear war. To save humanity, an international alliance called the Consortium seeks to build a new homeland on a distant planet.”
  • Anthology: The Moment of Change, a speculative poetry anthology edited by Rose Lemberg (Aqueduct, May 2012)
  • Collection: Ancient, Ancient, a collection of short fiction by Kiini Ibura Salaam (Aqueduct, May 2012)
  • Collection: The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard (Subterranean Press, May 2012) — collecting a series of linked stories along with a new 40,000 short novel, “The Skull”
  • Anthology: Year’s Best SF 17 edited by David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer (Harper Voyager)
  • Anthology: V Wars edited by by Jonathan Maberry (IDW Publishing) — chronicling the forthcoming “junk DNA” evolved Vampire Wars
  • Anthology:  Going Interstellar edited by Les Johnson and Jack McDevitt (Baen) — “Essays by space scientists and engineers teamed with a collection of tales by an all-star assortment of award winning authors all taking on new methods of star travel.”
  • Non-Fiction:  The Science of Avatar by Stephen Baxter (Orbit)

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Just added to the radar: The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter (Knopf, Random House Audio, July 10) — alternate history exploring politics and law in a post-Civil War era where Lincoln survives assassination only to face impeachment.

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