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The Longest Night

Enter Darkness, Book 1
Written by: K. M. Fawkes
Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Series: Enter Darkness, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins

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Publisher's Summary

With humanity on the brink of extinction, they activated the EMP. Now, the world enters darkness.  

It started with bright lights; a new medical technology, promising to eradicate all human ills. History of blood clots? Cholesterol clogging up the old ticker? There was a nanobot for that. It wasn’t cheap of course, and everyone knew that new technology had bugs in it. But hey, why not let the rich be the guinea pigs for once?  

Fast-forward a year, and the one percent began dying en masse. The nanobots had evolved to view aging as a virus and were reacting by shutting down the host. Swathes of the population were infected before the government rolled out a treatment program in the midst of riots and mass unrest. 

Meanwhile, the nanomachines spread like wildfire, infecting and killing millions. The remains of the government had no choice but to detonate a series of experimental weapons in the atmosphere, producing an EMP effect that rendered almost all electronic devices on earth useless.  

Bradley is one of the survivors. A former veterinarian, he decides to escape his burning city and trek deep into the Maine wilderness, aiming to find his estranged father’s old lake house. Remembering lessons learned and long-forgotten, Bradley endeavors to survive on his own terms and be self-sufficient in a new and altogether darker world.  

But his struggle has only just begun.  

This is the first audiobook in K. M. Fawkes’ Enter Darkness series, a post-apocalyptic EMP series of audiobooks.

©2018 KM Fawkes (P)2018 KM Fawkes

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  • timj26
  • 2019-01-26

Zombie free

A fresh take on the end of the world that seems more like premonition Then fiction Can’t wait for books 2 and 3 I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Brian
  • 2019-03-24

Short And To The Point

So, I don’t get to say this often. And I definitely don’t get to say it in books under 200 pages but the science and the description of the disease/issue was spot on and well thought out. Fawkes was able to, in only a few pages, describe what happened before, during, and after the introduction of the main downfall of our society. It wasn’t overly detailed and there weren’t a hundred pages of life before or life during. Fawkes basically says “this is what happened, there were some of the issues it caused, and this is society since then” and does it gracefully and enough that I was satisfied. Most of the story after that introduction follows one man’s attempts at trying to survive. He starts in a survivor camp but quickly realizes that they’ve basically been left for dead and decides to bug out (obviously very very late) to his dad’s camp. Ironically his dad was one of those “crazy prepper types who thought the world was going to end”. Of course, there are some scenes where Bradley jokes/talks about how he’s still shocked how his dad was right. We have the typical bad apples along the way who want to take Bradley’s food and leave him for dead. We also run into (what I would call) the typical female counterpart for our young and very nice Bradley. What I didn’t expect were some of the scenes after that. I won’t ruin the surprise, but know that Fawkes doesn’t follow the typical Post-Apocalyptic “meet and we’re instantly in love” or any other trope that you’re used to. There were numerous scenes (including her and others I won’t mention) that genuinely shocked and surprised me. That doesn’t happen too often in Post-Apocalyptic books anymore. Overall, The Longest Night was a good start to the story. I don’t say this often, but probably could have been combined with book two to make a slightly normal sized novel – but I’m glad that I got to enjoy this bite-sized PA book quickly. I believe that I saw that ABW signed on to do more books in this series and I’m glad. He was able to portray Bradley perfectly. It was one of those perfect voices for the character books.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 2019-01-29

a wonderful post apocalyptic story

the book was so good ... I loved it... the world as gone dark ... and the survival is..... I don't want to write the story or any spoiler I just want to say I loved the book so much ... it was a good book with a great story line... the narrator was awesome as well I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Neesie315
  • 2020-09-12

How to Survive

I read a lot of post apocalyptic books and decided to give this one a try. I enjoyed the description of the nanobots and the beginning of the SHTF scenario. The idea behind the nanobots was very unique, in my opinion. That being said, the main character, Brad, is painfully naive for someone who had been raised by a survivalist. He makes many, many dumb mistakes and I found myself doing the big eye roll more than once. He leaves the supposed safety of an apartment that he has been forced to share with a bunch of other people and heads out to the wilds of Maine where his father has a cabin. My first thought was, why did he wait so long when he knew what his Father had set up? If I knew of a place like that, I would head there at the first sign of trouble! Once he reaches the cabin, he meets a woman and her young son who have set up housekeeping. Anna also has to be pretty unaware of how things are now that the world has changed so drastically. Let's just say that these two deserve each other. The book had the obligatory bad guys and nasty military types, with a little violence thrown in. The descriptions of the survival tips/skills was probably the most interesting part of the book. Not a bad book, but there are so many books in this genre that I don't think I will be continuing this series. The narrator, Andrew Wehrlen,does a good job, but his performance seemed a little rushed at times. I was given the chance to listen to the audiobook version of this book by the author/narrator/publisher and chose to review it.

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  • J.D.P
  • 2020-07-16

interesting technological take on the Apocalypse.

I would love to hear this one read by Scott Brick, for comparison. The narration felt as if it had been digitally sped up after the recording at times, it's hard to explain, but I had to look and see if I was playing the book at faster than 1X speed. The book at least offered a fresh technological take on the dangers that could await us in the future.

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  • Gail
  • 2020-03-07

post apocalypse stor

The Longest Night, Enter Darkness, Book 1, By: K. M. Fawkes is a post apocalypse story. A short story about struggle of survival. It has good characters and a good story line. The story doesn’t end in a cliffhanger but you can see where it could go on. As the apocalypse starts up. There is very little corse Language in it, I can only remember one or two words. But there could have been more. There are no sex scenes, but there is a hint of rape in the story. But it is only an indication of it. Although there is some violence it does not go into a lot of details. A man does get shot in the head. Narrator Andrew B. Wehrlen brings each character alive with their own individual voices. A job well done. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher free of charge for a honest, unbiased review.

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 2020-02-25

Provides a good look at humanity.

This is a wonderful start to a new series. The story drew me in is filled with danger, hope and surprise. The characters are wonderful. I fully believed and hoped that things would work out okay for them. I was surprised a couple times at Bradley. First he only wants to be alone. Then when he receives company he keeps looking for the good in people. He really has a good heart. This is my first book by this author and in this series. I enjoyed listening to Andrew B Wehrlen tell this story. He did a wonderful job portraying all the voices that Bradley ran across.

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  • Prsxl5
  • 2020-02-17

weak

very weak story. full of inconsistencies and characters who make the most stupid decisions.

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  • Marla
  • 2020-02-03

Good post-apocalipatic series

One mans trial to live after almost all have died. His father was a preper and he will benefit from it if he can get to the cabin. Good post-apocalipatic series. This book was given to me for an honest review.

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  • Dennis
  • 2020-01-26

EMP and Nanobots

Found this very interesting due to death and virus came before the EMP attack and maybe the use of the EMPS was use in hope of killing the nanos and finding a cure for the virus. Man has gone to the point that they have developed nanotechnology to cure diseases and in some they actually people younger. Then one day the nanos started to kill instead of healing the person and before long ninety percent of humanity had died and we start to see civilization start to collapse. Brad is the main character before this he was a veterinarian and life was so so but he was happy. You take the trip from when everything starts falling apart up, his escape to a cabin his father owned who was a prepper and finally Brad having to grow up and learn you must defend yourself or die and killing a man who was trying to steal from him. The story you meet other characters some good and some bad and found I could not stop listening and I hope you enjoy it as much as i.