Well, now that C2 has been released on Audible, I have a ton of readers asking when C3 comes out on audio.
First off: thank you very much for your interest. It’s a great problem for a writer to have.
The best I have right now is that production for C3 is tentatively scheduled to start sometime later this year, probably around July or August. That’s really the best information I have right now. As you know, R. C. Bray’s schedule is somewhat akin to an exploding minefield…
In the meantime, I’m currently writing the 4th book and listening to the new Mountain Man Prequel by Keith C. Blackmore. If you haven’t picked that one up yet, just what the hell is wrong with you???
After one week. Number 1 spot. Thank you so much to all the listeners out there!
Commune Book 2 was released on Audible three days ago. It’s already climbed to the #2 best seller slot for the Post Apocalypse genre and jumped to 77 on their Science Fiction top 100 best seller list.
You readers out there who are making this happen: you can’t imagine my gratitude. Just thank you.
Well, forget everything I just said. Commune Book Two is now available on Audible.
Well, Persevering Reader, I was on the phone with ACX this morning to see why the book still has not gone live on Audible. Their response was thus:
I’m sorry guys. I wish I had better for you. The release of this audio book has been more like the extraction of a 30 pound blackhead from an elephant’s ass more than anything else. Keep your fingers crossed for “by tomorrow” and I’ll keep haranguing them as much as I can.
I’ve been in frequent contact with ACX to follow up on status and how it’s all going back there; was in fact on the phone with them this morning.
According to their process, they have until April 2nd (this Monday) to complete their 10 to 14 day business process (the time it takes them to QA review and post the book for sale).
So, according to ACX and Audible, the book should be available for download no later than Monday of next week. If we don’t see it by then, I’ll be on the phone again to see what I can do.
In the meantime, please enjoy this video to hold you over.
This was waiting for me this morning. We are past the review stage and on to retail. Very, very close. I’ll send out an update as soon as we’re live!
Production wrapped today! All that remains now is to submit the completed package to Audible and let them run through their own QC process (hopefully today). I can’t say when it will finally be available for download because the time for them to complete their process is variable, but trust me: I’ll sound the alarm as soon as you can go grab it!
As this is the third book in Joshua Gayou’s Commune Series, I thought I’d take a look back at my reviews of the first two installments. Of the first book I said it was an “excellent first book by a new author.” By the second book, I had dropped the “by a new author” caveat and said that it was simply remarkable. And now, with Commune Book 3, I can faithfully say it is extraordinary. And I’ll add that I believe it is on par with some of the best writers I’ve read, and easily surpasses just about anything else I’ve ever read in the post-apacolyptic genre.
That was a long-winded way of saying C3 is the best one so far. In this one, Mr. Gayou shakes things up a bit with a shift in perspective, switching to third-person narrative versus the multiple-POV first person format of the first two books. It’s immediately evident why he has done so. The story world has expanded, to include narrative threads from people and groups beyond the titular commune. But the change in format also gives Gayou the opportunity to fully stretch his wings as a storyteller. And the result is…well, as I said, nothing short of extraordinary. In addition to the commune members we already know, we’re introduced to a host of new characters (and wow, what characters they are!). With the third-person perspective, the author is no longer stuck inside the head of the POV character. This allows him to paint a picture of every scene that is crisp, vivid, and memorable. And the characters are brought to life in technicolor. Now we, the reader, get to see their own narrow perspectives (or their unreliable memories of events, as the previous books were fashioned as re-tellings by each character), and see every side of each conversation, including a drone’s-eye-view of the POV character, his/her behavior, mannerisms and appearance. And Gayou seems to have an inexhaustible supply of character material to draw on, as the depth and detail of these varied personalities is astonishing. And my god are these characters entertaining! From heart-wrenching moments that leave you on the brink of tears, to hilariously disgusting antics that will leave your sides splitting. These are some of the most memorable characters I’ve read.
One gets the sense that Mr. Gayou isn’t simply showing off. He has a rare talent in sketching these people, but there seems to be a profound reason for this, which we can feel ratcheting up tighter and tigher as the story progresses. Everything is coming to a head at some point. And Mr. Gayou is setting us all up for a fall. He’s doing a masterful job of investing us in these people (both the good guys and bad, I might add), so that the stakes are ever higher when the proverbial feces finally hits the fan.
I won’t spoil any of the plot for you (surely you’ve already read C1 and C2 if you’re considering reading Commune 3). I’ll just say that C3 is a riveting continuation of the story line, expands the cast and , stress-tests a few of the characters (both old and new), and gives more background on some of the more mysterious cast members.
Commune 3 is extraordinary. If I could give it 6 stars, I would.