Narrator's Cup of Joe
Scott and I discussed the author-narrator relationship, career highs and lows, and upcoming projects with Daniela Acitelli on her program Narrator's Cup of Joe.
Stuart Ashenbrenner of Best Thriller Books reviews The Blue Hour Sanction
"In one of the most intriguing books of the summer, Landon Beach's The Blue Hour Sanction delivers a perfect combination of fastballs, curveballs, and home runs.
I was first introduced to Beach's novels with Huron Breeze a few years ago, and each book since helped perfectly parlay into The Blue Hour Sanction, which provides the origin story of Adrienne Astra. Where a small-town girl becomes one of the most brilliant and lethal assassins, this novel wraps you up like a boxer's fists and blasts you in the jaw with each and every turn of the page. It was a dark read that had me locked in from page one with maybe the most lethal female protagonist I've ever seen grace the page. Beach's writing is second to none, and his talent truly shines through in this brilliantly crafted thriller."
The Real Book Spy reviews The Blue Hour Sanction
"One day, Margaret Crandall, a small-town girl from Michigan, was simply a prominent collegiate heptathlete, and the next, she’s one of the world’s most deadly assassins, but how does that transformation take pace?
That’s the whole point of Landon Beach’s new thriller, The Blue Hour Sanction, which tells the backstory of Adrienne Astra, a character who was first introduced in Beach’s 2021 novel Huron Breeze, although, maybe not quite how you’d expect. Breeze, the first book in the Sunrise-Side Mystery series, follows a head-scratching mystery that involves a murder in a small Michigan town where, unbeknownst to everyone else residing there, is a place called home by one of the world’s most famous authors, Riley Cannon. Living under a different name and embracing a quiet life in the shadows, Cannon is preparing for her return to the publishing world and is currently writing her next book, which stars a globe-trotting assassin named, you guessed it, Adrienne Astra.
Going back in time to tell the account of Cannon’s fictional character here, Beach breathes new life into Astra while also treating his readers to an exciting coming-of-age story that chronicles the recruitment, training, and first missions of one of the genre’s most intriguing new characters. While it’s no doubt a fun read for Beach’s fans, especially those who favor his Riley Cannon books, it also proves to be the first true action thriller from Beach, who is better known for spinning mystery and suspense plotlines than bang, bang, shoot-’em-up-types of stories, though, his readers may hope for a sequel to this one."
2023 Audie Awards
I had a wonderful time attending the 2023 Audie Awards at Pier Sixty in New York City on Tuesday, March 28th. I was also a presenter, and it was an honor to be paired with actor and narrator Hope Newhouse. Here are some pictures from the event as well as the entire recorded program—Hope and I present at the 40:27 mark. Seeing my friend and the narrator of my novels, Scott Brick, in person was a career and personal highlight.
Narrator was a special project that took twenty years from start to finish. But, in all that time, there was one person I had in mind to perform it—one person who could bring the story to life. And he did. I am thrilled that Scott was nominated for the Best Male Narrator Audie Award; he gave the performance of a lifetime.
Danger Close Podcast
It was a thrill and an honor to join audiobook narrating legends Scott Brick and Ray Porter on #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jack Carr's Danger Close Podcast to discuss my novel Narrator and all things audiobooks.
Here is what Jack said about Narrator:
"Very rarely do I read a book so unique and gripping it makes me wish I had thought of it! Narrator is that book—a psychological thriller in which author Landon Beach crafts his love letter to storytellers in a novel so compelling you will be thinking about it, gifting it, and discussing it for years to come. In both its written and audio formats, Narrator is a masterpiece."
—Jack Carr, former Navy SEAL Sniper and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the James Reece Terminal List series
BEHIND THE MITTEN features Landon Beach
I appeared on the Behind the Mitten Podcast and discussed my novels with hosts Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez. It is always good to speak with friends from the mitten, and the podcast recording proved to be as unpredictable as the Michigan weather; at the 4-minute mark, the hosts accidentally hang up on me when a guest who was supposed to tape an interview earlier in the morning calls in after he had overslept. I make a strong comeback, though . . . growing up in the Great Lakes State—um, the weather, the roads, etc.—prepares one for the unexpected. I hope you get a good laugh—and learn a little bit about my novels.
PURE MICHIGAN features Landon Beach
I appeared on Pure Michigan's Travel Michigan Podcast and discussed my novels with the Vice President of Travel Michigan, Dave Lorenz. Since many of my novels are set in Michigan and the Great Lakes region and contain a good amount of local history, they make handy traveling companions when visiting the area.
[My segment takes place from 8:04 - 19:17]
Narrator was featured on AudioFile Magazine's podcast Behind the Mic.
Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss the Narrator audiobook. I am honored to have been featured, and Narrator was Michele's pick of the week!
The Thriller Zone
Scott and I appeared on The Thriller Zone and discussed Narrator and my other books with David Temple.
Narrator's Cup of Joe
Scott and I discussed the author-narrator relationship and the collaboration that took place while working on Narrator with Daniela Acitelli on her program Narrator's Cup of Joe.
Scott and I appeared on Thriller Talk and discussed the story behind the story of Narrator with K.J. Howe and Ryan Steck.
The Crew Reviews
Scott and I discussed Narrator with the guys—Mike Houtz, Sean Cameron, and C. E. Albanese—at The Crew Reviews.
The Real Book Spy reviews Narrator
"You’ve never read a book like this. Ever. Landon Beach, best known for his Great Lakes Saga, steps way outside the box for this wild, heart-pounding adventure of psychological suspense. What makes this story so brilliant, is also what complicates writing the review. The least you know going into this one, the better. Trust me on that. Without giving anything away, Beach’s straightforward setup quickly turns into anything but, launching into a vertigo-inducing story that packs nonstop twists and turns, and will soon have Shawn—and readers—questioning everything. And there lies the key to Narrator’s greatness. Its sheer unpredictability and constant misdirection will not only keep readers on their toes, but thoroughly engrossed as they race helplessly towards a shocking conclusion that’s unlike anything else in print today. In my career, having reviewed over 1,200 novels, I can honestly say . . . I have never read anything quite like this. Think Misery meets Gone Girl. Landon Beach delivers a special, unforgettable, jaw-dropping reading experience that readers won’t soon forget. Narrator is a masterpiece."
The Real Book Spy interviews Landon Beach about Narrator
Here is some of what The Real Book Spy had to say about Narrator:
"As a critic, one of the best feelings in the world is when I find a book that absolutely blows me away. Even better, though, is when I get to tell you all, diehard readers and fans of the thriller genre, about it. Then, finally, that book comes out, and one by one, I watch on social media as readers go through that same reading experience that I did, and their reactions are always priceless.
Well, most recently, the book that took me on such an adventure was Landon Beach’s Narrator, a riveting first-person, present-tense story that follows famed audiobook narrator Shawn Frost, who while battling some personal demons, finds himself living in hell on earth after he’s captured and forced to perform the narration of an audiobook his captors wrote for him.
Indeed, Narrator does produce an unforgettable, unputdownable reading experience unlike anything else on bookstore shelves right now. So if you’re looking for a great book to sink your teeth into, run and don’t walk to get your copy of Landon Beach’s phenomenal new novel today."
The Real Book Spy reviews Huron Breeze
"Beach goes outside of his comfort zone with this book, delivering a thrilling, page-turning reading experience that has more twists and turns than anything you’ll find at Six-Flags. The change of pace for the veteran, underrated author, should net high praise as Huron Breeze blows into bookstores and readers dive into the perfectly-plotted mystery that saves its best reveal for the very end. Moreover, without giving anything away, there’s a bit of a story-within-a-story vibe to the overall plot, and readers will no doubt enjoy getting a peek behind the curtain at how the publishing industry works—from mega deals to deadlines and the author/agent dynamic—and the pressures that come with being a bestselling novelist."
The Real Book Spy reviews The Hike
"A more hard-boiled approach from Landon Beach pays off in a big way here, with his latest offering settling somewhere between a crime novel and an all-out thriller. The pacing is fast, but still, Beach manages to layer his story with excellent character development and a thoughtful, well-plotted backstory that helps reveal characters’ real intentions and motives on its way to a shocking ending. Though technically part of his “Great Lakes Saga” series, The Hike is not a direct sequel to any of the other books, allowing readers to jump right into this one—and they should."
The Real Book Spy interviews Landon Beach about The Hike
Here is some of what The Real Book Spy had to say about The Hike:
"If you don’t know the name Landon Beach, you should. And if you aren’t reading his fantastic Great Lakes saga, you definitely should be.
One of the most underrated authors in the game today, Beach has made a name for himself by writing fast-paced thrillers set around Michigan’s Great Lakes. Though all part of the same saga, the books aren’t technically direct sequels to each other, which means that anyone can pick up his latest adventure, The Hike, and dive right on it."
The Wreck was featured on AudioFile Magazine's podcast Behind the Mic.
Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Michele Cobb discuss The Wreck audiobook. I am honored to have been featured!
Clive Cussler Adventure Writers Competition Interview
It was an honor to be named a finalist in the Clive Cussler Adventure Writers Competition. While I was at the convention, I was interviewed by Peter Greene and Craig Neil. The entire experience was an adventure I will never forget. Enjoy the interview.
The Cabin made The Real Book Spy's Reading List
Why The Real Book Spy said you should be excited about The Cabin : "Beach’s last book The Sail, received tons of praise—including from New York Times bestselling author Ted Bell, who called it a 'top-notch thriller with suspense to burn.' That should be enough to get people pumped to see how Beach follows things up with The Cabin, and personally, I like his new one just a tad better. If you’re searching for a super underrated author with breakout potential, look no further."
The Real Book Spy interviews Landon Beach about The Cabin
Here is some of what The Real Book Spy had to say about The Cabin :
"When Ted Bell, the New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Hawke series, calls a thriller 'top-notch' and declares that the author is 'the real deal,' well, you know that book is worth checking out, which is one of the reasons I dove into Landon Beach’s The Sail, and now his follow-up, The Cabin."
The Real Book Spy interviews Landon Beach about The Wreck
Here is some of what The Real Book Spy had to say about The Wreck :
"A wonderfully-written adventure that is perfect for fans of Clive Cussler, Beach’s The Wreck was just released on audiobook with master narrator Scott Brick bringing the story to life, and it’s phenomenal. "
Lake Superior Magazine interviews Landon Beach about The Sail
Here is some of what Lake Superior Magazine had to say about The Sail:
"The Sail features the story of a last voyage on Lake Superior by a dying father and his teenage son, who at first does not know his father's condition. Paralleling their journey, and eventually violently intersecting with it, are the workings of some dangerous people. The plot is imbued with plenty of suspense and bold action."
WKJC interviews Landon Beach
I was so fortunate to discuss my books and future writing plans with Kevin Allen at WKJC 104.7.