The Odds: The Audio Drama: The Collected Scripts: 12 Episodes

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Pub Date 1 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021

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Engaging, inventive, and fun."
— Dalan Musson, writer, Marvel's The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

This collection of twelve audio-drama scripts invites readers to a vividly imagined post-apocalyptic world where you can bet on anything, and where chess is the world's most popular full-contact sport.

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Are you a bishop or a rook?

That’s the question facing the combatants in this year’s quadrennial battle royale of live-action chess matches fought to the death. The backdrop is the subterranean city of Dedrick, one of the last remnants left standing after the mysterious cataclysm known only as Deadblast.

Caught in the crossfire is a good-hearted drifter, Eldridge. He had returned to his hometown to make good on an old promise, but when the powers that be decide he has to compete as a rook, he’s forced to face up to his past in order to secure a future for himself and his family.

This twelve-episode adaptation of the electrifying post-apocalyptic action-comedy introduces new storylines, twists, and characters. Fans of the original novel will recognize all their old favorites, including Eldridge, Constable Tola, Oksana, Boris Hagan, Marko Marinus, and Pell Yannick.

But the board’s bigger this time around, as the settings expand to include a visit to the enigmatic Church of the Shattered Heart and a glimpse into the Bank of Dedrick, run by Sire Superior Pryor of the Dedrick Trixies. The forces of evil have new recruits, too, in the sinister and cunning Fenris Magnar.

Four talented writers collaborated on this season, including Bryant and Barbra Dillon, co-founders of Fanbase Press (Identity Thief, Something Animal), writer/director Sam Rhodes (The Katniss Chronicles), and author Robert J. Peterson (The Remnants, Strong Bones).

This compilation marks the first release for the newly revitalized California Coldblood Books, publisher of such critically acclaimed titles as The Late Bloomer (a 2019 Kirkus Book of the Year), A Spy in Time (shortlisted for 2019 Ilube Nommo Award), and the Jack Harper Trilogy.

Engaging, inventive, and fun."
— Dalan Musson, writer, Marvel's The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

This collection of twelve audio-drama scripts invites readers to a vividly imagined post-apocalyptic...


Advance Praise

“The Odds hearkens me back to childhood: under the covers with a flashlight, following characters I loved through worlds I desperately wanted to explore. From the opening pages to the ‘chess’ thing (a brilliant sequence, worth the price of admission alone), The Odds is engaging, inventive, and fun.”
—Dalan Musson, screenwriter, Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

“I’d describe The Odds as one part western, one part Hunger Games, and one part chess. The hero is incredibly engaging.”
—Kristine Chester, Fanbase Press

“It’s full-bore sci-fi/postapocaylptic writing where the writing is actually good, not just functional. The dialogue sizzles. The sentences are packed with radioactive imagery and double-barreled zingers. The paragraphs grab you by your eye sockets and scream in your ears ’til they bleed while repeatedly punching you in the face— and you love every second of it.”
—Karl Mueller, writer/director of Rebirth (Netflix Studios) and Mister Jones (Anchor Bay Films)

“The Odds hearkens me back to childhood: under the covers with a flashlight, following characters I loved through worlds I desperately wanted to explore. From the opening pages to the ‘chess’ thing...


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