Author: Brett Riley
Narrator: David Doersch
Length: 12 hours 14 minutes
Publisher: Imbrifex Books
Genre: Science Fiction; Horror
Release date: March 9, 2021
The Purge is here. New Orleans must die.
Long after the destruction of all electronic technology, the Bright Crusade rules the world as a fundamentalist Christian theocracy. Gabriel Troy is Lord of Order for the New Orleans Principality. For years, he and his deputies have fought to keep their city safe from the attacks of the Crusade’s relentless enemies, the Troublers, heretical guerillas who reject the Crusade’s rule and the church’s strict doctrines. As their crowning achievement, Troy’s forces capture the Troublers’ local leader. The city has never been more secure.
Alarming intelligence leaks from Washington: Supreme Crusader Matthew Rook plans to enact a Purge - the mass annihilation of everyone deemed a threat to the Crusade. Rook orders his forces to round up all but the blindly loyal and march them to New Orleans. Once the prisoners have been chained inside, the Crusaders will wall off the city and destroy the levees. The resulting deluge, reenacting the Biblical deluge of Noah’s time and the city’s devastation during Hurricane Katrina, will kill everyone inside.
Forced to choose between the Crusade and the city he has sworn to protect, Troy and five other conflicted conspirators gird for battle, fully aware that the looming apocalypse will demand horrific choices, test their faith, and require them to join forces with their sworn enemies.
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Brett Bailey Interview
- Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
- How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
- Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
- How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
I do get tired, though. I’m a college professor and a family man, so fitting everything into my daily schedule is always challenging. On some days, I just don’t have time for everything, or maybe all I want to do is lie on the couch and watch movies or Netflix. I try to minimize days when I get nothing done, but when it happens, or when I have a less productive day, I try to let myself off the hook. I also give myself a day or two off here and there, longer if I really need it. That lets me come back to my desk feeling refreshed and excited.
- If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
I’d also like to go back to see my twelve-year-old self and tell that kid that he doesn’t have to follow the paths of anger and pain, because one day, things will be okay.
- What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
- What gets you out of a writing slump? What about a reading slump?
As for a reading slump, my college years forced me to read a bunch of texts at once, and thus far, I’ve never been able to break that habit. I still generally read several books at the same time, so if I’m just not feeling it with a given book on a given day, I just come back to it later and read something else in the meantime.
- Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
- What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
I’d also tell them to respect every step of the writing process. I see a lot of young writers who believe in the sacred first draft, but most first drafts are pretty bad. Sure, make the first draft as good as you can, but realize that the very nature of rough drafts is that they are rough. Revision and editing are crucial. Don’t mistake proofreading for true revision.
Read widely. Pay attention to technique, structure, how different writers use language and the elements of storytelling, how characters are established and developed. Note the balance of storytelling elements in a given scene and the proportion of scenes to summaries. Note how good writers use setting, figurative language, and so forth. Read a lot, and read actively. You’ll learn a lot about what you want to do in your own work and what you want to avoid.
- What’s next for you?
Brett Riley is professor of English at the College of Southern Nevada. He grew up in southeastern Arkansas and earned his Ph.D. in contemporary American fiction and film at Louisiana State University. His short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including "Folio," "The Wisconsin Review" and "The Baltimore Review". Riley’s debut novel, "Comanche" was released in September 2020. He has also won numerous awards for screenwriting. Riley lives in Henderson, Nevada.
About the Narrator: David Doersch
David has worn many professional hats over the 30+ years of his career: actor, director, fight choreographer, recording artist, touring musician, and audiobook narrator of dozens of books. A gifted storyteller, David has always had a facility with accents and character voices. Since being introduced to audiobook narration some ten years ago, he has recorded books in a variety of genres: fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, children’s, mystery, crime, thriller, romance, etc. He is an audible approved narrator and in 2012 was a finalist for the coveted SAG-AFTRA Foundation Audible Contract.