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His mind has been fractured for years. Now, he could be humankind’s only hope of stopping the end of our species.

Special Forces Captain Cade Rearden struggles to control the whispers in his head. Plagued by multiple personality disorder, he nearly spirals into insanity after extremists kill his whole team and hold him captive. Defeated but not broken, he can hardly believe it when an artificial intelligence named Doris rescues him and then recruits him for an impossible mission.

Pulling together a crack military team, Rearden must take down Janus, a rogue AI intent on launching a chain of deadly attacks on American soil. And the key to staying one step ahead of the enemy could lie in understanding and protecting the incredible knowledge that Doris possesses. Knowledge that didn’t originate here on Earth.

Can Rearden somehow control his internal chaos and the battles raging around him? Can he and his team prevent the genocide of the whole human race? The stakes don’t get much higher.

State of Chaos is the first book in the riveting Cade Rearden science fiction thriller series. If you like near-future technology, complex heroes, and high-octane action, then you’ll love JK Franks’ explosive adventure.

©2019 JK Franks Media LLC (P)2020 Jk Franks Media LLC

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A Fight for the Future

State of Chaos is the start of a new series by a favorite indie author of mine, JK Franks. I was given the opportunity to get the audiobook as a free review copy, and given I'd loved the prior books of his I'd purchased and gotten, I was glad for the opportunity.

State of Chaos is once again a series founded in a non fantastic sci fi universe (eg no walking dead). But in this scenario, we are dealing with warring AI's and humans in a world bordering on an apocalypse. A group of humans along with a good AI, battle with a rogue AI and the humans aligning themselves with it. The plot was rich and full of action, schemes, events, and people, but oddly it never became too confusing. The book starts with some historic back stories and origins, and then moves several years later to a series of triggering events leading up to a pending apocalypse.

I did find myself intrigued by the book being listed as a Cade Rearden thriller. Cade Rearden was a significant character in it, but it felt more like is was a multi lead character, and I wouldn't have called Rearden the lead character. So much was going on with so many characters it would be hard to label it as one character's book, being a true ensemble thriller. I am intrigued though in wondering what the future books will take on - as in concentrating more on Rearden, so all the other great characters would be more sidelined or not included. But the book was highly enjoyable, so I am pretty interested in seeing what the next book will bring. State of Chaos was a fantastic contained story though, so don't worry that you will be left with a cliffhanger...
The narrator was great, and easy to listen to, and no clarity or pacing issues. I would definitely listen to a further books by this narrator.

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This Book Is Everything a Thriller Was Meant To Be

Sometimes you just get lucky. J.K. Franks’ novel, Midnight Zone, looks absolutely fascinating to me, but I decided to start with this first book in the series to make sure that I knew everything I was supposed to when I started the next book. Now, all I can say is, “WOW!” State of Chaos is an amazing ride that had me hooked from the very beginning straight through to the final page.

This book has everything a good thriller needs and a heck of a lot more. There’s a war between two rival AIs. There is first contact with an alien species. There’s a plot to create a coup within the U.S. government which will have the unavoidable side effect of killing many millions of people. And there are a few decent people dragged into the plots and conflicts that are trying desperately to keep Armageddon from happening.

On top of all of that, Franks has clearly thought very carefully about all the issues involved and pulled together a highly credible setting. These are events I could imagine happening in the modern U.S., which is quite an accomplishment since it involves two AIs, aliens, and a lot of high-tech break throughs.

The book is called a Cade Rearden Thriller, and frankly Cade, with his military training and multiple personalities is a great character, but there’s nothing in this first book to make you think he’s the only main character—i.e. the character the whole series will be built on. That’s because the rest of the cast from the friendly AI, Doris, to the teenagers she recruits to help her fight the war, to the handful of critical military personnel and scientists fighting to save humanity, are also great characters. I hope very much that they appear in the next book as well.

State of Chaos is an amazing experience. If you like high octane thrillers, strap on your seatbelt and give this novel a try.

I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

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Best Story I’ve Listened to in a While

I was given this free review copy audio-book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of State of Chaos - A Cade Rearden Thriller by JK Franks and narrated by Lee Strayer. This was an awesome story that was very entertaining and full of action and adventure mixed with science fiction! Or is it fiction…
The narrator did an excellent job of reading the story and doing the different voices. He made the story come alive in my mind. I listened to book with every free minute I had. I usually listen to books on x1.5 speed but this one had to be toned down to x1 speed so I could savor every minute of it. This was a very good first book introducing Cade Rearden. I highly recommend it and I can’t wait for future Cade Rearden adventures!

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much better than I expected

First story from this author, not going be last.

early I struggled to fit divergent parts together. Had no idea what was going on. But then parts pulled together in a very good way.

The book was very well written, author knowledgeable and definitely kept my attention. The narrator was extremely good, would listen to anything by him.

Thank you, I will be looking for more stories by fine writer.

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Scary possible reality

This is the fifth book I’ve read/listened to by this author (previously listened to the entire Catalyst series) and I’d love to continue this series. I enjoy the speculation about AIs and their motivations and abilities based on initial programming. Some Sci-if ideas have become reality...for example, “beam me up Scotty” and flip phones. If only a small amount of possibilities in this book become reality, I am very scared! For me, this is more a story about what could happen when we underestimate and place too responsibility in the hands of advanced AIs (not a military, fight and go get the bad guy book).

The publisher’s summary leads us to believe this book centers around Captain Rearden. It does not. We are introduced to him at the beginning of the book, then we are introduced to a group of young kids who accidentally discover an advanced AI named Doris. The story then centers on them, Doris, and others working with them. It is quite a while before Rearden makes his way back into the story. He is also not the one putting together the team to take down the malevolent AI Janus, nemesis to Doris. I’m glad! This storyline is way better. It’s not one Rambo guy going around with some tag-alongs. There are many people, each playing a specific, important role.

This book has a conclusion and does not have an obvious lead into the next book. I’m very curious where this series will go from here.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Lee Strayer ) and I would listen to another. He uses a few well placed, subtle sound effects (like radio transmissions). He does great performing this book. His male and female character voices are well done. He has a good range.

There are no explicit sex scenes, or overly excessive violence. There is the occasional swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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Great start to the series!

From beginning to end this story was wonderful although you really need to listen because the story line moves fast which personally I liked. There’s a lot of different content but didn’t seem to have the hours of meaningless dribble that some authors use to get the pages filled.
The story was a completely original one(at least for me) the main character had depth and were very relatable.

Narrator did a terrific job also. His character voices were distinct and his delivery was spot on like he’d helped write the story.


Thank you for the opportunity to review this audiobook that I received free at my request.

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Great and realistic

Loved this book. So much of it could be true today. If you like techno thrillers this is the book for you. Can’t wait to read more of his books.

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Scary realistic

Amazing book! Not sure if it’s a fictional story or a forecast for our future. The story is very well written and the characters are great. The characters are diverse but come together well in the story. The computer AI is such a great and believable villain. It’s scary because you can see this story as a real future reality.

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Amazing as usual for Frank’s!

Amazing as always.... Jk Frank’s never lets you down. Lee strayer did an incredible job narrating as well. I need more of this story but I think the series continues as more of Cade than the kids & Doris in this book.
So may interesting concepts and ideas. Science fiction meets a bit of reality.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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It's great, unless you've read Joe Ledger

A multiple-personality operative with scientifically-advanced equipment wages war against shadowy forces in a covert war, with a cast of side-characters to give a bit of breadth to what would otherwise be a very shallow plot.

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"Putting them out of their miseries."

A satellite station abandoned by people but with a still resident, watching AI, three signals over approximately two years which appear to be messages from space, a small group of children who find the satellite complex, and in Washington, a rogue AI who wants more...
State of Chaos is an high octane, fast paced thriller in which mankind itself is fighting for survival as two powerful computer based entities face up to each other. Numerous characters do not overwhelm the story and Cade Rearden, the lead figure from the series title, is but one - or perhaps several - of them is a soldier with multiple personalites, recruited to help the defence. It is a long book, lasting appropriately seventeen hours, but never tedius, even when DORIS is explaining technologies way over this reader's understanding.

In part, this was down to the narration by Lee Strayer, whose well paced reading carried the text with just the right input of expression, well modulated and with good, individual voicings of the characters. His pronunciations of some words were a little unusual but did not distract from the overall performance.

This was a most enjoyable and exciting read which felt frighteningly plausible. I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of State of Chaos, at my request, by the rights holder via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. Cade Rearden is an unusual protagonist: not sure that I like him - but I look forward to meeting him again in the next of author J.K.Frank's new series. Recommended to readers who enjoy fast paced thrillers with plenty of action.