Ethan, a digital sound engineer in Los Angeles, becomes aware that his life is unraveling when an audiobook reveals his deepest, darkest secrets, escalating until the narrator addresses him directly, threatening to destroy him from within. Vivian, a single mother running an antique store in San Francisco, listens to her audiobook to distract herself from missing her young daughter but is shaken when the narrative is interrupted by her daughter's voice, faintly calling for help.
Ethan and Vivian are drawn together as they fight to solve a generation-spanning conspiracy that begins with a boy listening to the Orson Welles broadcast of War of the Worlds in 1938 and evolves through the latest innovations in digital technology, unearthing the mind-bending concept of a possibility parasite bent on unleashing an explosion of apocalyptic meta horror.
Conceptually striking and intimately disturbing, Interference is a cutting-edge science fiction/horror thriller that will resonate with an audience acquainted with the paranoia inherent in the latest technology that pervades our lives.
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By Matthew on 14-11-15
Stunning author read offering!
Would you consider the audio edition of Interference to be better than the print version?
Didn't read print version, but OMG this is a REMARKABLE first book AND it is, quite simply, the BEST author read book I have ever listened to.
Eric Luke has 2 remarkable careers ahead of him. Namely, as a fiction writer and as one of the best voice artists I have come across in a long time.
What did you like best about this story?
Everything. Every aspect of this book is well crafted. The characters are authentic, their actions are logical, their thought processes and responses real, and the reading is ideal.
Which scene was your favorite?
Description of the seedier side of Hollywood was great.
Who was the most memorable character of Interference and why?
Difficult to pick one out , as they are all wonderful. I think Hank was the most memorable, simply because of the complexity of his large story arc. They are all wonderful.
Any additional comments?
Easily top 10 audiobook I have listened to. If you get one book or have one credit left, get this one.
Seriously, it is that good, and I listen to alot of books.
Oh, and Eric Luke, if you are reading this, WELL DONE and get at the next one! I can hardly wait!
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By Tyler Dean on 08-01-16
California Cosmic Horror at its Best!
Would you listen to Interference again? Why?
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Eric Luke's Interference is the kind of gem that is all the more bright for its unprepossessing scope. A self-published audio-book singularly obsessed with self-published audiobooks, the fleet, meticulously paced narrative is as much a love letter to the aforementioned form as it is to California and Lovecraftian horror.
Unlike most of the entries in that overstuffed category, Interference throws off the usual crutches of the Cthulhu mythos (save in playful reference), and spends the majority of its pages focused, not on the arcane and interchangeable lore of horrors-from-beyond-the stars, but on our world, lovingly drawing on everything from Marvel comics, to Bollywood, to Norteño music and the most obscure of John Carpenter films (not to mention a significant portion of the novel devoted to Orson Welles broadcast of "War of the Worlds"). Each of these and more is explored with an attention to detail that makes the world of the novel feel grounded, familiar and chock full of little pleasures; all the more distressing then when it is infected by a cruel entity equal parts Nyarlathotep and Mephistopheles.
If there is one subject that unifies Interference, however, it is a sharp and reverent depiction of California. Its intricate sketches of San Francisco, San Diego and (especially) Los Angeles are both affectionate and keenly observant, but it has a special obsession with the Central Valley, here rendered as a post-agricultural wasteland that never truly escaped the Great Depression. It serves as a worthy backdrop to American Gothic in much the way that the rural South served Flannery O'Connor or small town Maine served Stephen King.
The comparison to King is apt, insofar as Luke's prose is simple without being terse or amateurish and finds footholds for its reader in a clear, cinematic style. Where Luke really shines, however, is as an actor. He has a clear talent for voice work, but the most interesting aspects of the performance come in the subtle nuances of his 3rd person prose, where it is never entirely clear if one is hearing an omniscient narrator or the malevolent intelligence that haunts the recordings within the world of the novel.
All in all, Interference is a first novel that shows great promise in the way it economizes its giant scope, and finely-tunes its balance of cosmic horror and California noir.
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