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Author: Blythe Woolston Narrator: Kate Rudd Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781469275420
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A teenage girl. A survivalist childhood. And now a bomb strapped to her chest. See the world through her eyes in this harrowing and deeply affecting literary thriller.

I’m Valkyrie White. I’m fifteen. Your government killed my family.

Ever since Mabby died while picking beans in their garden—with the pock-a-pock of a helicopter overhead—four-year-old Valley knows what her job is: hide in the underground den with her brother, Bo, while Da is working, because Those People will kill them like coyotes. But now, with Da unexpectedly gone and no home to return to, a teenage Valley (now Valkyrie) and her big brother must bring their message to the outside world—a not-so-smart place where little boys wear their names on their backpacks and young men don’t pat down strangers before offering a lift. Blythe Woolston infuses her white-knuckle narrative, set in a day-after-tomorrow Montana, with a dark, trenchant humor and a keen psychological eye. Alternating past-present vignettes in prose as tightly wound as the springs of a clock and as masterfully plotted as a game of chess, she ratchets up the pacing right to the final, explosive end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Suspenseful, dark, and touching—this is another winner from Woolston.”

    A. S. King, Edgar Award nominated author of Everybody Sees the Ants and Please Ignore Vera Dietz

  • “Razor-sharp novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A chilling exploration of the life, motivations, and strategies of a young American suicide bomber…Harrowing and unforgettable.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A pace-perfect, pitch-perfect thriller that is exquisitely written and deeply thought provoking.”

    Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner

  • “This novel wrapped its icy hand around my heart and dragged me in. Admirably restrained, peculiarly fluent, and scary as hell.”

    Ron Koertge, author of Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

  • “The tension doesn’t let up for a minute in this startling, terrifying story. It pulls you along like a rampaging river, then sucks you under.”

    Ellen Wittlinger, author of Hard Love

  • “Valley and her older brother, Bo, have been taught to distrust conventional society, especially the government, which they believe is responsible for the death of their mother. When their father goes missing, Valley and Bo join others who are living off the grid and plotting ways to bring the world to its knees. Rudd’s stark delivery perfectly captures Valley’s twisted worldview and makes the teen’s gruesome determination to have an impact shocking. Rudd clearly navigates the alternating time sequences, making this terrifying story seem all too believable.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Blythe Woolston‘s first novel, The Freak Observer, won the William C. Morris Debut Fiction Award. About Black Helicopters, she says, ”Suicide bombings shock me and confuse me. What triggers that decision? What makes a person become a weapon? It‘s a terrible choice — a terrorist‘s choice — but it is also the choice of a human being with a mind and a heart and a life before that moment. Every suicide bomber is a human being, just like me. When I understood that, I started writing Black Helicopters.“ Blythe Woolston lives in Billings, Montana.

About the Narrator

Kate Rudd, actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has appeared in several independent films and shorts, as well as in multiple episodes of the television show Perks. As an audiobook narrator she has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.