If Not for the Dawn

  • by Dane St. John
  • Narrated by David DeBoy
  • 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Eight people are on a perilous collision course in a world that never sleeps. Their individual journeys are the culmination of a leading neurosurgeon’s herculean efforts - 10 years before - to save his dying wife’s life. His research results in a chance discovery that will later completely alter society when AltaMira Pharmaceuticals releases Vigorex, the most explosive drug in a century, one that manipulates nucleotides in the human mind in a way that allows people to sleep and experience R.E.M. while they're awake.
As the story unfolds, a colorful cast of characters begin to take the drug, which if not taken properly will have hazardous consequences. But each of these people has undergone a deeply traumatic episode in their formative years, which will affect them in differing ways; murder, arson, kidnapping, vigilantism, among other crimes, will characterize their nightly personalities and send them crashing into one another.

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What the Critics Say

"It takes the skillful work of a brilliant new author to sustain the suspense of a truly engaging narrative. You will find in these pages a staggeringly sober, meticulously researched and captivating chronicle of a gritty underworld reality. Following the lineage of influential narco-thrillers (e.g. A Scanner Darkly, Strange Days, and Limitless), St. John creates an architectural masterpiece in the convincing construction of a comprehensively systematic landscape of socio-psychological drama, the harsh reality of which is so recognizably human that it speaks authentically to the most deeply-rooted shadows and fears of our inner selves. While his prose is infused with rich language, imagery and metaphors - a true poetic testament to great literature - the incessant unfolding of the almost obsessively scripted suspense drives the reader onward into an entirely consuming cinematic journey. This is contemporary storytelling at its finest." (Lisa Marie Quillinan)

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Captivating... you'll stay up late listening!

If Not For The Dawn is a captivating psychological thriller that takes you on a journey through eight seemingly unrelated lives, the dark place they each retreat to because of their own individual hardships, the refuge they find in this 'miracle drug', and the hypnotic collision that follows when their lives intersect in a surprising climax. St. John's characters are beautifully developed and are brought to life through his artful prose, his colorful imagery and his imaginative story telling. This is one of those books you are dying to know what happens next but you don't want to end. It's a favorite, in print and on audible.
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- Maika

Character driven masterpiece!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of If Not for the Dawn to be better than the print version?

Don't know, I haven't read the printed version but David DeBoy did a damn good job with the narration.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Absolutely, it took a few hours to introduce the characters but man, did the story take off!!


What does David DeBoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Yes, as I previously stated DeBoy did an excellent job bringing the many characters to life. I think I would definitely enjoy the audible version over print. DeBoy is very good with the Latino accents.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I had an extreme reaction and I still am- I've been walking the streets every night trying to score vigorex!! If there are any AltaMira Pharmaceutical employees out there let's HOOK UP!!!


Any additional comments?

I have listened to over 70 books this year and this is the best book I've heard so far. Give it a shot!

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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2013
  • Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing