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  • Reset

  • Written by: Brian Andrews
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (105 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the Wall Street Journal best-selling co-author of the Tier One series comes a pause-resisting sci-fi thriller about the ultimate battlefield: the human mind.

Deep in the Afghan mountains, Sergeant Michael Pitcher discovers an object with powers that defy explanation. After interacting with it, he suffers a traumatic seizure and is flown home for evaluation.

Cleared by the doctors, Michael goes home to his relieved wife, Josie. But he’s a changed man. The once-loving husband is now coldly withdrawn. After emptying the couple’s bank account, he disappears into the night.

When a team of scientists connected to Sergeant Pitcher vanishes without a trace, CIA agent Dean Ninemeyer comes to him for insight - only to find that the recovering soldier has also disappeared.

Dean and Josie must now join forces in a desperate race against time, searching for answers in an ever-twisting mystery. What they uncover is a chilling conspiracy that already has the fate of the world in its grip.

©2018 Brian Andrews (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Excellent Story

Highly recommend this entertaining, face paced book. You are in good hands with this author. Ray Porter the narrator is pretty brilliant too.

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Easy to pickup and hard to put down!


This is one good book with very unexpected twists and turns. I very highly recommend it.

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Excellent book, great narrator

Very smart, very relevant. Sci-fi with a serious message that just happens to be a gripping adventure at the same time. Highly recommended.

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Could have done without the preaching at the end

Decent story, incredible voice performance. Had a hard time getting over the main characters name, legend. It seemed forced just for the sake of a couple of zelda references. Otherwise, worth the listen on a road trip or doing yard work.

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Thought Provoking

Good story, great performance, fantastic ending that started some great conversations. Good car trip listen.

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  • Mr
  • 2019-09-16

Good listen, severely let down by the 3rd act

Very interesting premise, and a great start. Ending got so ludicrous I wasn’t able to finish it. Great listen for the first 90% or so, though.

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This is a good book

it certainly makes you think. Th e characters were Good, storyline very well done. Loved it

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loved it

this book played out like a movie and I love it when I can't guess the twist!
I definitely recommend this book. The narrator was great.

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8 wanted to like it more than I did

the subject was interesting and I really did want to like it... but found myself falling asleep, and day dreaming away from the book and multiple times had to keep rewinding back to a place I remembered. that doesn't usually happen to me. I think it would have been better written by Stephen King or Robert J Sawyer or Katherine V Forrest instead

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Blockbuster

This book was exciting and thought provoking. I could see this book as the basis for a blockbuster movie.

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  • Angela M Bacon
  • 2018-05-02

You'll never see it coming

I've never written a full review, just answered the pre-set questions, but this book made a special impact. I won't re-hash the story, that's all in the book summary. I admit that I mainly bought this book for the narrator. I just LOVE Ray Porter's narrations and the summary intrigued me.
When I was about 2/3 through, I was at first disappointed that the deliberate character developments from the beginning abruptly stopped and were replaced with pure action. To be honest, there could have been more bridges from a character's backstory to bring us to current events, but I quickly forgot about those gaps. The showdown was perfectly paced and easy to follow, it was all logical. After the story concluded and the epilogue started, I expected the usual continuation of the character's life after the event, but got something very different. I have over 600 audiobooks and have read many more paper books in my life, but rarely has my jaw literally dropped. And I mean literally. It changed my perspective on the whole story and I really hope that there will be a follow-up book that picks up where 'Reset' ends. Don't get me wrong, it's a fully completed story without a cliffhanger, but with endless possibilities. Go ahead, spend that credit, you won't regret it!

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  • shelley
  • 2018-04-25

Action mystery sci-fi suspense thriller...Whew!

The author of this book is the same author of the Tier One books cowritten with Jeff Wilson. If you have not listened to those books I would recommend that you do as that is a fantastic series. If you have kindle unlimited those books are FREE to read and listen to. This book too is a freebie on Kindle unlimited. Not that I'm pushing but it does kind of pay for itself in the long run.
Anyway, about this book. To begin with, I have to start by telling you that this is narrated by Ray Porter. I always enjoy listening to him, his narration it outstanding. He always gets the correct emotions and sarcasm and levity or seriousness.
So it's 1963 and Captain Will Barnes wakes up in a padded room, wearing a straight jacket, parched mouth and no clue as to why. When he finally meets with his commanding officer he doesn't remember a thing about what brought him to this place. Nor does he remember when the colonel tells him that he has murdered his own wife in their bed three weeks ago.

Now Michael Pitcher finds something in a spherical cave chamber in Afghanistan. There is a comatose terrorist and then he hears a woman talking to him in the cave, but no one is there. The voice says it wants to know him.

Meanwhile in upstate NY an old military missile silo has been purchased and is being prepared for doomsday by Willie Barnes, he's now 76 years old. He gives Josie Pritchard (a journalist) a tour of his silo. When she says something under her breath Willie turns and asks "does she talk to you too?"

I can't say any more without spoiling this book. This is an EXCELLENT sci-fi mystery thriller with plenty of action and suspense.
My HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!
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  • Jesse
  • 2018-12-18

Great story - Minus the shaming

Ray Porter was amazing as always. Still remains my favorite narrator to date (main reason I bought the book).

SPOILERS BELOW

I suppose I should have picked up various clues throughout, but the entire book ended up being one big guilt trip for climate change; Only to be concluded in the final chapter by the author's shaming explanation of how terrible the human race is and what a horrendous job we've done preserving the Earth. blegh.

I applaud the initiative, Brian, but I did not buy this book to be lectured and shamed about the effects of Climate Change (not saying I disagree with the premise).

Otherwise, I thought it was a well-crafted story! And I thoroughly enjoyed it until the abrupt ending.

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  • Lia
  • 2018-12-20

Decent SiFi Book

What if the human brain could be hacked and reprogrammed? In Reset by Brian Andrews, a mysterious floating orb is found in a cave deep within the mountains of Afghanistan. Those who come into contact with the device suffer seizures. Upon recovery, their minds and bodies are hijacked and set on a specific course to alter the fate of earth and humanity.

The unique premise caught my attention, and I found it a suspenseful and fast-paced read. Though some of the scenes and dialogue felt a little formulaic at points, the overall plot was certainly unique and provided a couple of very intriguing turns that more than made up for any lapses in writing style. It was easy to become immersed in the interwoven concepts of near-extinction events and the possibly alien technology that could hack the human brain. The separate stories of the characters blended together well to culminate in a series of events to battle the influence of the mysterious orb.

Brian Andrews’ background as a Navy veteran and nuclear engineer lend well to this military thriller with a taste of science fiction. He is also the author of the bestselling Tier One thriller series with Jeffrey Wilson.

Ray Porter brought the book to life with his brilliant narration of the story

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  • 2018-05-29

ugh...

not sure who to blame here. the story idea, is ok/good, but I'm not sure if it's the editor or possibly director of the performance, there are huge gaps in the story, like sections were edited out or removed, can't imagine that's how it was written. the characters will be discussing something that happened in the story, but the listener never hears it. the main character picks up her husband, sentence ends, then next sentence the main character is having lunch with a friend talking about what happened the night before with her husband, things important to the story, but the listener never hears. I really enjoy ray porter, one of my top 5, but one second the character has an English accent, next it's gone, again possible editing failure. didn't bother listening to the last 30 minutes. too bad, the story idea had potential.

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  • Wayne
  • 2018-04-30

There are two ways to evaluate Reset!

The first evaluation is the quality of the plot which earns 5 stars. The second evaluation is on the quality of the afterwards section written by the author which earns 1 star. I averaged the two evaluations despite 99.1% of the book (the novel itself) earning 5 stars and award the novel 3 stars. Ray Porter's narration earns 5 stars.

So my issue with the book is 100% due to final 6 minutes of this 669 minute audio book. My issue with the 6 minutes is the authors population alarmism. In 1798 Thomas Malthus published his first essay on concerns with starvation due to human population growth predicting dire catastrophe in the short term. At the time the earths human population was 0.9 billion and the annual population growth was 0.4%. By the time biologist Paul Erhlich published The Population Bomb in 1968 the earth's human population was 4.1 billion and the annual growth rate had increased to 1.8% and would reach its zenith of 2.1% annually by the mid 1970s. By 1918 the earth's human population reached 7.6 billion and annual human population growth is at 1.0% annually and is dropping very rapidly to the point the annual human population growth will likely drop into negative numbers before the end of the 21st century. It seems likely that earth's human population will reach its peak of 10.5 billion sometime late in the 21st century.

Malthus wrote that 1.0 billion people would result in mass starvation. Ehrlich wrote in 1968 that earth's resources including food, minerals.metals, fuel, etc. would be exhausted by the year 2000. On September 29, 1980 economist Julian Simon bet Paul Ehrlich $10,000 that the price of wheat/food, various metals, and oil would not increase (that is, the quantity would be enough greater to handle increased human needs) on September 29, 1990. The bet was specific to 5 critical commodities. Ehrlich lost the bet on all five commodities.

220 years after Malthus' essay despite earth's human population having increased 8 fold there is far more than enough food needed to feed every human (starvation that does occur is limited to political conditions in some countries, not food worldwide supply). Earth's rivers and waterways and air are cleaner. Since 1798 the average worldwide human lifespan has increased from 35 years to 70.5 years. In the US average lifespan increased from 47 years to 78 years during the 20th century.

My view of the author's alarmism in the last 6 minutes of Reset is rather negative.

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  • Jakub
  • 2018-11-06

Finally a page turner and with a good message...

The Reset has been a refreshing departure after having chewed trough a few titles as of late that did not capture my interest nor retained my attention. This however is a page turner, “brain candy”, an easy listen with a simple yet captivating story arch that comes with a bonus message and a recommendation. Ray Porter, the narrator of the Bobiverse series, is great as expected though there are a few stumbles and mishaps along the way. Still, a top notch performance. Also, so great to finally come across a stand-alone book!There is room for a possible continuation but it would not be necessary as the ending is satisfying as-is. Getting a little tired of series whose conclusions may come years in the future if ever.

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  • Eileen
  • 2018-06-06

This one has it all!

The subject matter got my attention but when I saw Ray Porter was narrating I couldn’t spend my credit fast enough! I was not disappointed!! This one really does have it all, science, government agencies, a prepper, something alien, possible end of the world, love, betrayal, zombie ants (sort of), you get the idea! Somehow it all works! Could be the voice of Ray Porter, he can turn silver into gold, but overall I think Mr. Andrews did a solid job here and I thought it was a fun ride! As other reviewers mentioned there is a glitch or two, I didn’t find it a big deal in the scheme of things. Also there is a commentary by the author at the end, some people seem to have their feathers ruffled over it, my feathers remain unruffled. It’s just a commentary not the end of the world, or is it? You be the judge.

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  • Rusty
  • 2018-05-27

good book, good narration

I am a fan of Brian Andrews books and a huge fan of Ray Porter so it's not surprising I enjoyed this audible story. It's a military techno thriller, sci-fi, action, type novel without politics which is becoming increasingly hard to find.

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  • Actormd
  • 2018-09-09

Very entertaining

Loved it! I would circle the block a couple times just so I could finish a chapter. Very entertaining in an action packed, don't really have to think about it kind of way. If you want a cerebral thriller, look elsewhere but if you just want an entertaining time pass for the commute as I did, this fit the bill.

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