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Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1 | [Colleen Gleason, Joss Ware]

Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift" - he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences. Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one...until she meets Elliott.
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Publisher's Summary

From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Colleen Gleason, writing as Joss Ware, comes the award-winning paranormal romance series set in a devastated world.

Everything they knew is gone...
From the remnants of devastation, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind's last hope, but they cannot survive this devastated world alone.

When Dr. Elliott Drake emerges from a cave after traveling fifty years through time, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are overgrown jungles, and what's left of civilization has been repressed by crystal-wearing immortal beings. But even more unsettling: Elliott has acquired an extraordinary ability--the power to heal.

But even that gift, in a world that lacks the technology and infrastructure of his past, is a two-edged sword for Elliott.

Jade Kapiza, who'd been imprisoned by the immortal beings, has been in hiding for years. But now she's determined to help the human race fight back against the control of her captors. She can trust no one...but when Elliott comes into her life, he pushes at her defenses and begins to tear down the walls she's built so carefully.

Yet the mysterious doctor seems to have secrets of his own. Can Jade trust Elliott with her heart, even as they risk their lives to save a band of innocents?

And can Elliott find a new place for himself--a home--in this new, ravaged world?

©2010 Joss Ware (P)2013 Colleen Gleason

What the Critics Say

"Joss Ware's vision of the future is dark, complex, and sharply original." (Nalini Singh)

"Brilliantly conceived and executed." (Library Journal)

"Joss Ware makes even the end of the world sexy!" (Kathryn Smith, USA Today bestselling author)

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    Katheryne MD, United States 04-01-15
    Katheryne MD, United States 04-01-15 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Way beyond My Expectation"

    I really enjoyed this book way more than I was expecting. I like romance, dystopian YA, zombies and sci-fi but something about the description just didn’t appeal to me. After reading some of the reviews I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did. The author did a good job of finding the right balance between world building and actually telling a story. Sometimes writers get caught up in the build-up and a plot becomes boring or stale. She blended the right amount of action, romance and back story. She also threw in enough mystery to make me want to go back for more (there are at least 4 books on Audible). I liked the narrator as well but it took a while to get accustomed to his style of delivery. Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a mix of sci-fi and romance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary Willoughby, OH, United States 06-30-14
    Rosemary Willoughby, OH, United States 06-30-14
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    "A Chilling Story"

    When five men emerge from a cave, they find that the world, as they knew it, is gone. Fifty years has passed, but they have not changed. As they journey to seek other survivors, they learn that each of them possess an extraordinary power. They are driven to see what is left and seek safety from the zombie like creatures who hunt them. Then they meet Jade, a runner, who is trying to save her friends and her world from the evil that caused this devastation. Will they survive? Joss Ware/Colleen Gleason has written a story that gave me chills. What if our life was destroyed in a heartbeat? The story is so incredible and the danger so exciting. I was hooked. The characters are well written and the setting so powerful. I was especially drawn to Jade and Dr. Elliott Drake. They are a intriguing couple. They fight the attraction they feel, but finally realize that we need someone to love and to love us. This is a suspenseful story that is filled with unexpected twists. Beyond the Night is the first book in the Envy Chronicles. I can't wait to start reading the next one. I want to know more about Envy Nevada and her people and about the Immortals and their plans.

    I enjoyed the narration by Sebastian Fields. He was perfect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia L. Berbeza Wilmington, Delaware, USA 06-20-14
    Marcia L. Berbeza Wilmington, Delaware, USA 06-20-14 Member Since 2012

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    "NEVER Read Zombie Stories, LOVED This One!"
    Where does Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this story, it ranks up at the top of the books I've listened to this year.


    What about Sebastian Fields’s performance did you like?

    Sebastian Field nailed the performance. A good narrator can make or break a story. Some books that I've loved were ruined by a poor narrator. He did an excellent job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    As I wrote in the title, I NEVER read end of the world, apocalyptic zombie stories. NEVER. Cannot tolerate them. The author sent me the voucher for this story in exchange for a fair review and once I started, the thought occurred to me that I really didn't want to listen to this. Once I started listening, I actually thought, "What have I gotten myself into?" But having agreed, I hated to back out. Glad I didn't, because the story made complete sense. It is wonderfully written, has a well conceived back story, and left me with a good feeling inside afterwards. I can highly recommend this.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carole M. Sauer Wheeling, Illinois 02-04-14
    Carole M. Sauer Wheeling, Illinois 02-04-14

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    "Beyond The Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    I like to read. I enjoy the process of reading print books. And I have never taken advantage of an audiobook before this one. But I can see how listening to a book has its pluses. That said, If listening to books is your thing, then I would recommend this audio over the print version. If you're going on a road trip or traveling, I would recommend this audio over the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've never listened to an audio book before. I tried once to use the 'voice' function on my Kindle Fire, but the robotic reading annoyed me, so I turned it off and read the old fashioned way. But Colleen Gleason offered up a few copies of the audio book of her Envy Chronicles. I've read the Envy Chronicles paperbacks. But I was curious about the audio version, so I took her up on her offer.

    Dystopian is not my 'go to' genre. But I like Colleen's historical novels, like her style, and am up to reading whatever she writes. I won't go into what the book is about. Between the book blurb and the many reviews, the story line is already there. She's got it all. A very interesting story about 5 men who go exploring and find themselves in the future after an apocalypse. They encounter groups of people existing and trying to rebuild a new civilization from scratch. There are 'monsters' in the dark bent on disruption, power and control. There is mystery, suspense, and a direct connection between the characters and the past and present. And what Colleen Gleason book would there be without romance and hot sex.

    But this review is also for the audio telling of Colleen's story. The narrator of Book 1 is Sebastian Fields. He has a very engaging voice without sounding too affected. Although he tries to distinguish vocally between the characters, he doesn't go over the top with his interpretations. And because of Colleen's expertise in story telling, Sebastian has no problem drawing the listener into the story so that you feel like you are a part of this new civilization.

    Colleen Gleason has an audio book with an entertaining story and an engaging narrator, I have no problem recommending it to lovers of the dystopian or romance.


    Which character – as performed by Sebastian Fields – was your favorite?

    Honestly, I enjoyed Sebastian Fields interpretation of the gangas. He manages to pull off a difficult task without going over the top.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly's Nerdy Obsession Grain Valley, MO 02-04-14
    Kelly's Nerdy Obsession Grain Valley, MO 02-04-14

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    "Love the story line"
    What did you love best about Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1?

    I loved the story line that Colleen has written. She has a very creative mind, and I love reading her work


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the story line. The character interaction keeps you listening and keeps you intrigued.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I honestly wasn't fond of the narrator. He sounded monotone, and he sounded like he wasn't into the story. I didn't hear any excitement in his voice. The various accents that he did do gave it some depth, but when he was attempting to sound like a female, he failed. There should have been a female narrator along with the male.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Trying to live through the night.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-08-15
    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-08-15 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Sexy Post Apocalyptic Series With Zombies"

    Dr. Elliot Drake and his friends were exploring caves in Sedona when the world ended. All of them lost consciousness only to awake and find that fifty years have passed. And they've not aged one bit. That was six months ago. Now they've found a group of teens that may finally lead them to Envy, the largest known society of survivors. Their hope is to find someone who has lived through the event and can explain to them what has happened.

    Jade has only ever known this world. When she meets Elliot, nicknamed "Dred," she is sure that he is hiding a dark secret. But she never suspects the truth. Jade has fought to survive this long and she's not planning on stopping long enough to let this man into her heart. In a world where everything seems lost, though, hope may be the one thing they have left.

    This is the kind of book that makes you want to rush into the next series installment immediately! Ware has created a captivating world with incredible detail. BEYOND THE NIGHT is a great balance of romance, paranormal, and post-apocalypse zombie-ridden future.

    Sebastian Fields was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy L. Soura up state ny 08-03-14
    Trudy L. Soura up state ny 08-03-14 Member Since 2006
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    "This COULD have been such a good book"

    This is a romance novel ! A soft porn romance novel. I don't mind sex scenes but really it gets old fast when at least 25% of the story is about getting laid. The story line is different and could have been so good if it weren't for the constant long drawn out love making scenes . Its just that they were so long and drawn out and poorly written that I found my self fast forwarding the book.It really is a shame cause the basic story has a really different take on the end of the world .I have no idea how this book got any 5 star ratings.

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    Rebecca Cedaredge, CO, USA 01-08-15
    Rebecca Cedaredge, CO, USA 01-08-15 Member Since 2011

    I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books

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    "End of the world, So Steamy, Action movie"

    Like an action movie the excitement never stops, and the characters are so hot. This is really fun and Sebastian Fields can read a book to me anytime. The characters all have redeeming qualities and will make you root for them. Even though it is written about a time that most books show as dreary and scary. One of my favorite genre, I liked the twist that Coleen Gleason has used here. You will too. Getting the sequel now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luvs2Read09 Fayetteville, NC USA 01-06-15
    Luvs2Read09 Fayetteville, NC USA 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great plot!"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was slow at the beginning and a bit hard to get into but then picked up. The characters were interesting and engaging. I did think the narration left something to be desired though. The range of voices was very limited.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karin Anderson 09-18-14

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    "Envy Chronicles Book One"

    Envy Chronicles Book One.

    Dr. Elliot Drake, Wyatt, Quent Fielding, Simon Japp and Bruno "Fence" Washington were in a cave in Sedona when the world as they knew it changed. One moment, Elliot, Wyatt and Quent were caving with their guides Lenny and Fence, the next 50 years had passed and they woke up with special abilities. Now they must traverse a land teeming with Gangas (a version of the Chinese Jiangshi). While searching for answers the group comes upon some teens being attacked by the Gangas and rescues them. The teens lead them to Envy, where Elliot and his friends heard they could find said answers.

    Sebastian Fields narrates the story in a steady cadence. He distinguishes voices a bit, but not too much. He does not try to imitate a woman's voice by raising the pitch of his, which makes this more of a reading than acting narration.

    If you're looking for a story with zombie-like creatures without the brain-eating and gore, this is the book for you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Flowed well enjoyed the plot and the characters seemed to finish before you knew it. Have downloaded the next audiobook

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